Lucy Halse

  • The Schengen Zone: Everything You Need to Know

    The Schengen Zone: Everything You Need to Know

    The Schengen Area, also called the “Schengen Zone,” consists of 26 countries across Europe.

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  • UK Announces Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules

    UK Announces Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules

    The UK has announced a series of changes to their immigration rules aimed at enticing foreign workers to remain in the UK. Changes take effect in the early spring and mid-summer of 2021.

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  • Benin Government Announces New Electronic Passport System

    Benin Government Announces New Electronic Passport System

    The Government of Benin has announced plans to implement an electronic Passport (ePassport) system designed to expedite clearance and facilitate entry for passport holders at ports of entry.

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  • Estonia Announces Minimum Salary Levels for 2021

    Estonia Announces Minimum Salary Levels for 2021

    Estonia has updated its national minimum salary levels for 2021. Minimum monthly salary levels have risen 2.9% from 2020. The new minimum wages are in effect nationwide through March 2, 2022.

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  • Netherlands Grants More Business Activity Rights to UK Business Visitors

    Netherlands Grants More Business Activity Rights to UK Business Visitors

    The Netherlands is now allowing more activities for UK national business visitors. UK nationals may now perform more activities without a work permit, including research and analysis.

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  • UK Government Releases 2021 Budget Report; Aims to Attract More Foreign Talent

    UK Government Releases 2021 Budget Report; Aims to Attract More Foreign Talent

    The Government of the UK has released a 2021 Budget Report with changes to the country’s immigration regime. The 2021 Budget Plan unveils several proposed plans.

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  • China’s Expert Bureau Announces Relaxed Shanghai Work Permit Requirements

    China’s Expert Bureau Announces Relaxed Shanghai Work Permit Requirements

    To attract more skilled foreign workers, the Chinese government has relaxed eligibility requirements and certain rules for Shanghai Work Permit applicants.

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  • Ukraine Publishes Minimum Salary Rates for 2021

    Ukraine Publishes Minimum Salary Rates for 2021

    The Ukrainian government has posted new minimum wage levels for 2021. The minimum salary level nationwide is now UAH 60,000 per month. New salary levels affect new, pending and existing applications.

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  • Thailand Announces More Requirements for 90-Day Report Applications

    Thailand Announces More Requirements for 90-Day Report Applications

    The Government of Thailand has added more requirements for 90-day report applications.

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  • Italy Issues Post-Brexit Guidance for UK Nationals

    Italy Issues Post-Brexit Guidance for UK Nationals

    The Italian government has published new guidance for UK nationals following the Brexit transition.

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  • France Posts Post-Brexit Guidance for UK Nationals

    France Posts Post-Brexit Guidance for UK Nationals

    France has provided more information for UK nationals to secure post-Brexit residency rights. UK nationals must file their applications for a new residence permit before July 1, 2021.

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  • Austria: Post-Brexit Updates Available for U.K. Nationals

    Austria: Post-Brexit Updates Available for U.K. Nationals

    The Austrian government has issued updates for U.K nationals following the Brexit transition. U.K. nationals must file an application for a new residency permit by December 31, 2021.

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  • Costa Rica to Launch Visa Waiver for Certain Chinese Nationals

    Costa Rica to Launch Visa Waiver for Certain Chinese Nationals

    On Mar. 1, 2021, some Chinese nationals will be eligible for visa waivers. Eligible travelers must buy a tourism package from a tour agency registered in Costa Rica upon entry.

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  • Saudi Arabia Introduces Temporary Work Visit Visa

    Saudi Arabia Introduces Temporary Work Visit Visa

    The Saudi government has created a new short-term work visa for certain foreign nationals. Qualified employees may work in Saudi Arabia for a visa-sponsoring entity up to 90 days per year.

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  • Ecuador: National Assembly Approves Immigration Reform Bill

    Ecuador: National Assembly Approves Immigration Reform Bill

    The National Assembly has approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill that replaces the Visa de Excepcion de Corta Duracion with an Acts of Commerce Visa.

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  • Singapore’s S Pass Quotas to Drop in 2022 for Manufacturing Industry

    Singapore’s S Pass Quotas to Drop in 2022 for Manufacturing Industry

    In 2022, the Government of Singapore will lower its S Pass quota for the manufacturing sector. Quotas will drop from 20 percent to 18 percent in 2022, and will be further reduced to 15 percent in 2023

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  • New Law in Saudi Arabia to Require Regional Headquarters for International Companies

    New Law in Saudi Arabia to Require Regional Headquarters for International Companies

    Starting Jan. 1, 2024, a new law will prevent international businesses without regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia from contracting with institutions, agencies & funds owned by the Saudi government.

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  • Greece: EU Blue Card Quota Announced for 2021-2022

    Greece: EU Blue Card Quota Announced for 2021-2022

    Greece has announced its EU Blue Card quota for 2021-2022. The latest quota includes 380 spots in the Attica region and 226 spots available across Greece.

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  • Saudi Arabia: New Electronic Platform Introduced for Job Seekers

    Saudi Arabia: New Electronic Platform Introduced for Job Seekers

    The Saudi Council of Ministers has approved a new database called the United National Employment Platform to help job seekers by facilitating and streamlining the employee recruitment & hiring process

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  • Ireland’s Department of Justice Publishes 2021 Immigration Plans

    Ireland’s Department of Justice Publishes 2021 Immigration Plans

    The Irish government has published actions it intends to take this year to simplify and digitize Ireland’s immigration services in 2021.

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