Lucy Halse

  • IRCC Resumes Canadian Citizenship Tests Online

    IRCC Resumes Canadian Citizenship Tests Online

    IRCC has resumed online citizenship tests after an eight-month suspension. The initial pilot phase will include 5,000 high-priority and pre-pandemic applications.

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  • Ireland: Burgh Quay Registration Office Announces Changes to Immigration Registration Renewals

    Ireland: Burgh Quay Registration Office Announces Changes to Immigration Registration Renewals

    The Burgh Quay Registration Office has reopened. Updated protocols are in place for immigration registration renewals at Burgh Quay and local Garda Stations.

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  • Netherlands: Minimum Salary Levels to Increase for High-Skilled Foreign Nationals

    On Jan. 1, 2021, the Dutch government will increase minimum salary levels for high-skilled foreign national employees. Salary thresholds will also increase for recent grads and EU Blue Card holders.

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  • Taiwan: Foreign Nationals to Receive New ARC/APRC Numbers in 2021

    Taiwan will merge its two numeric systems for Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals in 2021. Existing ARC/APRC cardholders have 10 years to update their cards.

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  • UAE: Sponsorship no Longer Required for Certain Foreign Investors to Own Local Businesses

    UAE: Sponsorship no Longer Required for Certain Foreign Investors to Own Local Businesses

    Effective Dec. 1, 2020, the Government of the United Arab Emirates will allow certain foreign investors to fully own local companies without an Emirati sponsor.

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  • Kuwait: Age-Based Restrictions Announced for Work Permit and Residency Renewals

    Kuwait: Age-Based Restrictions Announced for Work Permit and Residency Renewals

    The Kuwaiti government will no longer accept work permit and residency renewals for expatriates aged 60 or over. The change takes effect on January 1, 2021.

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  • Switzerland: New Permit Quotas Announced for 2021

    Switzerland: New Permit Quotas Announced for 2021

    The Swiss government has specified annual quotas for EU/EFTA service providers and third-country specialists. There is a separate quota for UK nationals in 2021 following the Brexit transition.

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  • Russia: E-Visas to be Issued for 52 Countries in January 2021

    Russia: E-Visas to be Issued for 52 Countries in January 2021

    Russia will grant entry for citizens of 52 countries through e-visas on January 1, 2021. The e-visa program is an extension of a pilot program launched in 2017.

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  • Minimum Wage Levels Raised for Saudi Workers

    Minimum Wage Levels Raised for Saudi Workers

    The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has issued a ministerial decision to raise the minimum wage for Saudi workers. The minimum wage mandates will take effect in April 2021.

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  • UK Immigration Update: Guidance released for employers in advance of new immigration system

    UK Immigration Update: Guidance released for employers in advance of new immigration system

    The Government of the UK has issued guidance for a new immigration system starting December 1, 2020. The guidance follows the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules released in October 2020.

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  • UAE: Visa Fine Waiver Extended to December 31, 2020

    UAE: Visa Fine Waiver Extended to December 31, 2020

    The government has extended a visa fine waiver from November until December 31, 2020. The order applies to residency, tourist, and visit visa holders whose visas expired before March 1, 2020.

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  • UAE: Long-Term Residence Permit Eligibility Expanded

    UAE: Long-Term Residence Permit Eligibility Expanded

    Eligibility for long-term residence permits will expand on December 1, 2020. New categories include doctors, certain specialists, PhD holders, and engineers. Applicants must be residents of the UAE.

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  • Colombia: New Criteria Announced for Fulfilling Immigration Obligations and Imposition of Sanctions

    Colombia: New Criteria Announced for Fulfilling Immigration Obligations and Imposition of Sanctions

    Migration Colombia has updated criteria to fulfill immigration obligations and administrative procedures for imposing sanctions. Changes are outlined in Resolution 2357.

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  • Singapore: New Work Pass for Technology Industry to Launch in 2021

    Singapore: New Work Pass for Technology Industry to Launch in 2021

    Singapore will launch a new work pass called Tech.Pass in 2021. The work pass allows individuals to invest, start and run a business, and give lectures. Certain qualifying criteria apply.

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  • Ireland: Comments on Occupations Lists Open Through December 11, 2020

    Ireland: Comments on Occupations Lists Open Through December 11, 2020

    Comments are open for the Critical Skills Occupations List and Ineligible List of Occupations for Employment Permits until December 11, 2020.

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  • Residence Status Guidance Issued for UK Citizens Living in Denmark in 2021

    Residence Status Guidance Issued for UK Citizens Living in Denmark in 2021

    Denmark has issued guidance for UK citizens residing in Denmark following the Brexit transition. UK citizens in Denmark must apply for new residence status in 2021 under the Withdrawal Agreement.

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  • Canada Announces New Immigration Measures for Hong Kong Residents

    Canada Announces New Immigration Measures for Hong Kong Residents

    In 2021, Canada will create two additional immigration pathways for Hong Kong residents who want to study, work, or seek asylum in Canada as part of the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.

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  • U.S. Consulate Closures Due To COVID-19

    U.S. Consulate Closures Due To COVID-19

    Learn more about U.S. consulate closures due to COVID-19.

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  • Saudi Arabia: New Initiatives for Private Sector Workers to Launch in March 2021

    Saudi Arabia: New Initiatives for Private Sector Workers to Launch in March 2021

    On March 14, 2021, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) will implement a labor law to improve transparency and mobility for private sector employees.

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  • Canada: Bilingual and French-Speaking Express Entry Applicants to Receive More Points

    Canada: Bilingual and French-Speaking Express Entry Applicants to Receive More Points

    The Canadian government will award additional points for bilingual and French-speaking applicants who are applying through the Express Entry system.

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