Lucy Halse

  • 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

    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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  • South Africa: More Professions Added to Proposed List of Critical Skills

    The government of South Africa plans to add more professions to its list of Critical Skills to compensate for a lack of skilled workers in the country.

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  • Seychelles: Gainful Occupation Permit Modified to Benefit Local Workers

    The Government of Seychelles has modified the framework of the Gainful Occupation Permit (COP) to give local workers greater access to the labor market.

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  • Mauritania Launches New Online Work Permit Platform

    Mauritania's Department of Labour has launched a new online work permit management platform. The new process is expected to improve the application process and reduce turnaround time.

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  • Canada: Unprecedented Draw for Express Entry Applicants

    Canada: Unprecedented Draw for Express Entry Applicants

    Canada is expanding permanent residency opportunities for certain foreign workers.

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  • Slovenia: New Minimum Wages Announced for 2021

    Slovenia: New Minimum Wages Announced for 2021

    The new national minimum wage is EUR 1,024 gross per month in Slovenia for 2021. New minimum wages are an 8.0% increase from 2020 and apply to initial, current, and pending applications.

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  • Canada: New Entry Requirements Announced Due to COVID-19

    Canada: New Entry Requirements Announced Due to COVID-19

    The Canadian government has announced new COVID-19 test and quarantine requirements for individuals planning to enter the country.

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  • Canada: New Work Permit Available for Hong Kong (SAR) Residents and BN(O) Passport Holders

    Canada: New Work Permit Available for Hong Kong (SAR) Residents and BN(O) Passport Holders

    Hong Kong (SAR) residents and BN(O) passport holders may apply for a new work permit. The new permit allows qualified applicants to live and work in Canada for up to three years.

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  • Slovakia: National Minimum Wage Levels Announced for 2021

    Slovakia: National Minimum Wage Levels Announced for 2021

    Minimum wages in Slovakia have increased to EUR 623 per month in 2021. The new minimum wage is a 7.4% increase from the previous 2020 level of EUR 520.

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  • Seychelles: New Remote Work Visa Launched

    Seychelles: New Remote Work Visa Launched

    The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) has announced a new remote work visa for individuals who want to work from the country remotely.

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  • Cyprus: Revised Posted Worker Directive Implemented

    Cyprus: Revised Posted Worker Directive Implemented

    Cyprus has updated its Revised Posted Worker Directive to add a six-month posting extension for postings that were previously limited to a maximum of one year.

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  • Bolivia: Visa Requirement Reinstated for U.S. and Israeli Nationals

    U.S. and Israeli nationals must obtain a Visit or Tourist Visa for continuous or cumulative stays in Bolivia for 30 days or more per year.

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