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UNITED KINGDOM – Migrant Cap Reached for First Time

The government's immigration cap for non-EU national skilled workers, which applies to positions earning over £20,800, has been hit for the first time si  Read More

AUSTRALIA – Visa Fees Increase from 1 July 2015

From 1 July 2015, Australian Visa Application Charges (VAC) will increase. The fee changes include an increase in line with inflation (2.3%) for   Read More

FRANCE – New Record-keeping Rules for Assignments

Recent changes to French labour law for companies sending their employees to France on assignment, under detachment status (i.e. remaining on home payroll  Read More

CANADA (June 17, 2015) – Saskatchewan accepting applications under Express Entry program

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nomination Program (SINP) is now accepting applications through the federal Express Entry scheme.   Read More

SOUTH AFRICA – New Requirements for Parents Travelling with Children

Effective 1 June 2015, parents or legal guardians travelling to or from South Africa with their child will have to produce the child’s unabridged birth   Read More

TURKEY – Changes to the Residence Permit Application Process

Effective 18 May 2015 residence permit applications in all Turkish cities must be made to the offices of the Migration Department, rather than to the loca  Read More

SOUTH AFRICA – Premium Visa Service for Qualifying Corporate Accounts

On 14 May 2015 a new Corporate Account Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Centre was opened in Johannesburg as a one-stop shop for quicker and more efficien  Read More

UNITED STATES – USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing of H-1B Extension Petitions from 26 May to 27 June 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on 19 May that it will temporarily suspend premium processing of all H-1B extension of sta  Read More

RUSSIA – Quota Application Deadlines

The final deadlines for companies submitting standard work permit quota applications are 1 July 2015 for 2016 quota applications, and 1 September 2015 for  Read More

JAPAN – Residence Statuses Reorganised

On 1 April 2015 Japan’s Immigration Bureau introduced some amendments to the Immigration Control Act, partially reorganising the residence categories av  Read More

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