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IRELAND – Irish Residence Permit Replaces GNIB Card

Effective 11 December 2017, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has replaced the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card with a new   Read More

COSTA RICA – New Social Security Registration Requirements for Dependents

Effective immediately, dependent family members of applicants for permanent or temporary residence are required to register separately with the Social Securit  Read More

MALAYSIA – MYXpats Centre Announces Year-End Closure

MYXpats Centre has announced that the Expatriate Service Division (ESD)’s online system will be closed for system maintenance and updates from 26 December 2  Read More

CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau - Planned Closure for System Upgrade

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Expert Bureau will suspend all immigration applications between 22 and 25 December 2017, as the national immigration system undergoes   Read More

SINGAPORE – New Electronic System for Permanent Residence Applications

Effective 18 December 2017, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority will introduce an electronic-Permanent Residence (e-PR) application system, which will be manda  Read More

MEXICO – Reminder: Failure to Report Change of Address May Lead to Financial Penalty

Employers of foreign nationals in Mexico are reminded that all foreign residents in Mexico must notify the Mexican National Immigration Institute (INM) of the  Read More

TAIWAN – New Foreign Recruitment Law Passed

On 31 October 2017, the Taiwan Legislative Yuan passed the new Act Governing Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals.  Read More

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND – Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

On 31 October 2017, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement (a “Memorandum of Understanding”) on the short-stay visa waiver for  Read More

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Indian Nationals Under 14-Day Visa on Arrival May Not Change Status

Effective immediately, Indian nationals holding a 14-day visa on arrival, issued on the basis of a US visa valid for at least six months or Green Card, or of   Read More

UNITED STATES – USCIS Tightens Policy on Adjudication of Nonimmigrant Visa Applications

On 23 October 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cancelled policy guidelines in effect since April 2004, regarding requests for the extension of cer  Read More

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