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VIETNAM: New Restrictions on Chinese Nationals Holding Passport with "Nine-Dash Line" Map

In the context of ongoing territorial disputes between Vietnam and China over parts of the South China Sea, the Chinese passport showing the so-called "nine-d  Read More

CHINA: Expedited Permit Processing for Highly-Skilled Foreign Nationals in Shanghai

Effective immediately, certain Category A (highly-skilled) applicants seeking permission to work in Shanghai can apply for their work and residence permits simultaneou  Read More

IRELAND: Spike in Employment Permit Applications Causes Processing Delays

A surge in applications for employment permits at the end of 2019, ahead of a 1 January 2020 increase in salary thresholds and increased advertising requireme  Read More

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds

Effective 24 February 2020, the minimum income thresholds for essential skills work visas and skilled migrant residence visas are set to increase.  Read More

TURKEY: Short-term Tourist Residence Permits Limited to One Year

Effective 1 January 2020, short-term tourist residence permits are limited to one year of validity, and cannot be renewed beyond this.  Read More

RUSSIA: Salary Notifications for Highly Qualified Specialists to be Submitted by 31 January 2020

Employers of highly qualified specialists (HQS) have until 31 January 2020 to notify the migration authorities of salaries paid to these foreign national empl  Read More

SWITZERLAND: Stricter Language Requirements Now in Force

Effective 1 January 2020, existing language requirements must be evidenced using recognized language diplomas/certificates, from accredited institutions.  Read More

GERMANY: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2020.  Read More

FRANCE: 2020 Minimum Salary Increases

Effective 1 January 2020, the French government has increased the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC) to EUR 1539.42 per month (up 1.2% from EUR 1  Read More

ROMANIA: Further Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2020

The Romanian government has increased to 30,000 the total number of work permits that can be issued in 2020 to non-EU nationals, up by 50% from 20,000 in 2019  Read More

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