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UNITED KINGDOM – Updated Guidance for Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsors

Effective 18 July 2018, the Home Office has updated its guidance for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors. Among the key changes are the following:  Read More

HONG KONG – Court of Appeal Upholds Judgement Permitting Dependent Visas for Same-Sex Spouses

On 4 July 2018, Hong Kong’s highest court, the Court of Final Appeal, upheld a previous decision by a lower court to allow same-sex spouses to hold dependen  Read More

INDIA – New Deadline for Linking Aadhaar to PAN

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the deadline for residents to link their Aadhaar number to their Permanent Account Number (PAN) until 31 March 20  Read More

AUSTRALIA – Global Talent Scheme Pilot Begins

The Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has released further details of its pilot Global talent Scheme (GTS), aimed at attracting highly-skilled talen  Read More

UNITED KINGDOM – New Scheme for Non-EEA Researchers Opens

Effective 6 July 2018, the UK Home Office has introduced the new “UKRI Science, Research and Academia” scheme, which allows non-EEA researchers, scientists and aca  Read More

INDONESIA – Delays expected in work authorization processing as new online system launches

On Monday 2 July 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) unexpectedly announced that its previous online application system for RPTKA (expatriate placement plan) and IMTA  Read More

CANADA – Law change makes drunk driving a serious offence, with potential implications for some foreign national visa applicants

An amendment to the Criminal Code in Canada has doubled the maximum prospective punishment for drunk driving (‘DUI’ – Driving Under the Influence) from five year  Read More

CHINA – Change to Document Requirements for Category A Work Permit Applications

Effective immediately, the Shanghai State Administration of Foreign Affairs requires a different tax certificate in support of applications for Category A wor  Read More

INDONESIA – Further Details of Upcoming Regulations for Hiring Foreign Workers

Further details are now available of the new regulations for hiring foreign workers (see our previous alert here).  Read More

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