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FRANCE – New Online Verification Procedure for VLS-TS Long-Stay Visa

Effective 18 February 2019, all foreign nationals in France holding unverified VLS-TS long-stay visas must verify their visa via a new online portal.  Read More

BREXIT - Possible Outcomes for Citizens [Updated 20/02/2019]

On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and  Read More

EUROPEAN UNION – Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States

Under the Public Documents Regulation (EU) 2016/1191, effective 16 February 2019, an apostille (authenticity stamp) is no longer required when presenting public docume  Read More

MALAYSIA – New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children via the Expatriate Services Division

Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dep  Read More

UNITED STATES – USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Certain Pending H-1B Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, on 19 February 2019, it will resume premium processing for pending H-1B petition filed on   Read More

GERMANY – Amended Document Requirement for Work and Residence Permit Renewal Applications

Effective immediately, the German labour office has updated its application form for renewal applications for residence permits for employment purposes.  Read More

SAUDI ARABIA – Companies with High Saudization Rates Eligible for Reimbursement or Waiver of Expat Fees

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has announced that companies with a sufficiently high Saudization (Nitaqat) rating will have expat fees r  Read More

BREXIT – Switzerland To Apply Separate Work Permit Quota for British Citizens in “No-Deal” Scenario

The Swiss Federal Council has decided that, in the event of the UK’s disorderly exit from the EU (i.e., without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement), a separate  Read More

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Dependent Visa Endorsement Procedure in Dubai

Effective immediately, the General Department of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFA-D) in Dubai has modified the dependent visa endorsement proce  Read More

SAUDI ARABIA – Recent Changes to Work Visas, Block Visas and Nitaqat

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, and to  Read More

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