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ITALY – Residence Permit Fees Reintroduced

Effective 9 June 2017, the Italian government has reintroduced filing fees for applications for a “permesso di sogiorno” residence permit.  Read More

UNITED STATES – More Rigorous Visa Vetting Implemented

On 3 May 2017, the Department of State requested the right to collect additional information from certain visa applicants worldwide from the Office of Budget and Management. Th  Read More

CANADA – Government Implements Global Skills Strategy

On 12 June 2017, the Canadian government implemented its Global Skills Strategy (GSS), and provided further details of the two-year pilot program.  Read More

BRAZIL – New Immigration Law Published

Effective November 2017, a new Brazilian immigration law (Lei 13445/2017, published 25 May 2017) will r  Read More

INDIA – Changes to Visa and e-Visa Framework

The Indian government has expanded its e-Visa scheme, extended five-year tourist and business visas to more nationals and   Read More

MALAYSIA – Expatriate Services Division Announces Reclassification of Employment Pass Categories and Annual Company Registration Updates

The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) now requires companies to update their information in the ESD online system annually, and also whenever there are any changes to the comp  Read More

NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Highly Skilled Migrants, Students and Scientific Researchers

Effective 1 April 2017, highly skilled migrants, EU Blue Card holders, foreign students studying in the Netherlands and scientific researchers who are in possession of a valid   Read More

SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

Effective 31 March 2017, Russian nationals no longer require Port of Entry Visas in advance of travel to South Africa for the purpose of general business, tourism or family vis  Read More

CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

Effective 1 May 2017, nationals of Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania will be able to enter Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) rather than a visa, if  Read More

INDIA – Biometrics Scanning Now Required at Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore Foreigner Regional Registration Offices

With immediate effect, Indian authorities have introduced a biometric requirement for foreign nationals applying for visa extensions and registration at the Foreigners Registra  Read More

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