Jessie Butchley

Jessie is Envoy's Global Immigration Writer.

  • Costa Rica: Adjustment to Visa Stamp Policy

    Costa Rica: Adjustment to Visa Stamp Policy

    The government of Costa Rica removed requirements for nationals and residents of Costa Rica to obtain an entry stamp within their passports when exiting the country.

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  • Turkey: New Monthly Minimum Wage Requirements for 2023  

    Turkey: New Monthly Minimum Wage Requirements for 2023  

    Turkey increased the country’s minimum monthly wage requirements for foreign nationals holding work permits on 22 December 2022 .

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  • Belgium: 2023 Immigration Document Processing Fees

    Belgium: 2023 Immigration Document Processing Fees

    Belgium increased processing fees associated with the processing of certain long-term immigration document types on 1 January 2023.

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  • Hungary: New Online Platform for Registering Certain Immigration Documents

    Hungary: New Online Platform for Registering Certain Immigration Documents

    The government of Hungary introduced a new online option for submitting certain immigration-related documents for nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA).

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  • United Arab Emirates: Increased Visa Service Fees

    United Arab Emirates: Increased Visa Service Fees

    The United Arab Emirates increased fees associated with the processing of certain immigration-related documents such as residence visas and visit visas.

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  • Portugal: New Guide on Rights and Duties of Foreign National Workers 

    Portugal: New Guide on Rights and Duties of Foreign National Workers 

    Portugal made available a guide called "Working in Portugal" that is designed to inform foreigners working in the country about their rights and responsibilities.

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  • Kazakhstan: Work Permit Quotas 2023

    Kazakhstan: Work Permit Quotas 2023

    Kazakhstan opened new work permit quota applications for 2023 to hire a foreign national employee in the country, employers must submit employment and sponsorship applications.

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  • Canada: Expansion of Open Work Permits to Dependents  

    Canada: Expansion of Open Work Permits to Dependents  

    Canada will expand open work permit eligibility for the spouses and dependent children of principal applicants under a temporary employment program.

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  • Canada: New Funds Aimed at Increasing Recognition of Foreign Credentials 

    Canada: New Funds Aimed at Increasing Recognition of Foreign Credentials 

    Canada aims to provide funding to organizations that aim to remove barriers preventing foreign nationals from gaining employment in their field of study or profession.

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  • Portugal: Simplified Measures for Renewing Immigration Documents

    Portugal: Simplified Measures for Renewing Immigration Documents

    Portugal simplified procedures for renewing residence permits, residence cards, short stay visas or temporary stay visas due to expire between 1 January 2023 and 21 March 2023.

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  • Latvia: New Procedure for Issuing Residence Visas

    Latvia: New Procedure for Issuing Residence Visas

    Latvia will introduce new procedures for issuing residence visas to eligible nationals beginning 1 February 2023.

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  • Poland: Visa Application Deadline Extended for Belarusian and Ukrainian Nationals

    Poland: Visa Application Deadline Extended for Belarusian and Ukrainian Nationals

    Poland extended the deadline for Belarusian and Ukrainian nationals to submit a national visa application in order to remain in the country legally.

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  • Poland: Increased Hourly Minimum Wage

    Poland: Increased Hourly Minimum Wage

    The government of Poland increased the hourly minimum wage rate to PLN 22.80 on 1 January 2023.

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  • Malaysia: New Measures for Renewing Passports

    Malaysia: New Measures for Renewing Passports

    The government of Malaysia introduced measures for the online renewal of passports. Eligible applicants will be permitted to apply through the MYOnline Passport website.

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  • Malaysia: Employer Registration Process

    Malaysia: Employer Registration Process

    Malaysia will require employers to register with the appropriate government authorities as part of the process for hiring foreign national employees.

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  • Malaysia: Minimum Salary Changes and Exemptions

    Malaysia: Minimum Salary Changes and Exemptions

    Malaysia increased the country’s minimum monthly wage requirements and introduced temporary exemptions for employers under certain conditions.

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  • Mexico: New Work and Immigration Document Fees

    Mexico: New Work and Immigration Document Fees

    On 1 January 2023, the government of Mexico introduced new immigration and work-related processing fees.

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  • Israel: Increased Immigration Application Fees

    Israel: Increased Immigration Application Fees

    Israel increased fees associated with the submission of certain work and entry authorization types on 1 January 2023.

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  • Belgium: Salary Increases in Wallonia

    Belgium: Salary Increases in Wallonia

    The government of Wallonia, Belgium increased salary thresholds for certain work authorization types.

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  • Belgium: Work and Residence Authorization Processing Timelines

    Belgium: Work and Residence Authorization Processing Timelines

    Belgium introduced new estimates for work and residence authorization processing times due to an increase in application submissions.

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