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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

AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished

The Australian government announced yesterday that the Subclass 457 Visa will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa to be in place by March 2  Read More

UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2018

On 7 April 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2018  Read More

UKRAINE – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

Effective 16 April 2017, Resolution No. 118 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduces online visa applications, simplifies the requirements for visa invitation letters,  Read More

COLOMBIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

Effective 1 April 2017, the Colombian government has introduced a new requirement for travellers entering Colombia from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Brazil   Read More

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