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The Turkish government has issued new minimum wage requirements for foreign work permit holders.
The Croatian government has provided new guidance for UK nationals living and working in the country after December 31, 2020.
The Bulgarian government has issued additional details for UK nationals residing in the country after December 31, 2020.
The Expert Bureau will use a new online portal through the Ministry of Science and Technology’s (MOST) Service Platform to integrate processing of foreign nationals’ work permit applications.
The Irish government has introduced a new post-Brexit residence process for non-EEA family members of UK nationals.
Phishing attempts are serious security concerns and unfortunately, foreign national students, scholars and employees are often the target of these attempts and other security risks.
On Jan. 12, 2021, the DOL announced that it will issue a Final Rule to increase and reform prevailing wages for foreign worker programs on Jan. 14, 2021, to be implemented in 60 days.
By January 29, 2021, employers must submit quarterly notifications on the salaries that they paid to highly qualified specialists (HQS) in the fourth quarter of 2020.
In accordance with governmental decree No. 3675-p, family members of HQS employees may enter Russia.
The Portuguese government has increased minimum wage levels nationwide for 2021. Minimum wage levels will increase to EUR 665 per month.
On January 8, 2021, DHS published a final rule in the Federal Register that modifies the H-1B CAP lottery selection process. The final rule is effective March 9, 2021.
Work Pass holders must notify the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of any change in their mobile number or residential address within five days of the change.
On February 15, 2021, the government will introduce Decree 152/2020/ND-CP with regulations for foreign nationals working in Vietnam.
The Belgian government has provided more details for UK nationals on obtaining a new work or residency permit following the Brexit transition.
On January 1, 2021, minimum salary levels increased in Luxembourg for certain workers. Nationwide, Luxembourg’s minimum wages increased by 2.8% for affected categories.
The French government has announced new minimum wages, effective January 1, 2021.