Immigration Insights

CHINA – Visa Free Agreement with Singapore and Thailand

March 11, 2024

China has added two additional countries - Singapore and Thailand - to their list of visa-waiver locations.

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SINGAPORE – Increase in Qualifying Salary for EP Applications

March 11, 2024

Beginning on 1 January 2025, Singapore will increase the qualifying salary for new employment pass (EP) applications.

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CHINA – New Visa-Waiver Scheme

March 7, 2024

China is granting a visa-waiver to citizens of six countries, allowing them to visit China for periods up to 15 days for business, tourism, family visit, and transit purposes.

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CANADA – Updated Travel Information for Mexican Citizens

March 4, 2024

Starting February 29, 2024, Mexican citizens with a valid US non-immigrant visa or previous Canadian visa can apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) when traveling by air on a Mexican passport.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Emiratization ratio  

February 27, 2024

UAE has introduced initiatives to increase Emiratization in private companies with an aim to have 75,000 Emirati citizens working in the private sector over the next five years

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SAUDI ARABIA – Saudization Ratio for Engineers   

February 27, 2024

The Saudi authorities have announced continued plans to increase Saudization in companies operating in Saudi Arabia

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SINGAPORE – Local Qualifying Salary Increase 

February 26, 2024

Singapore has signalled a rise in the Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) from SGD 1,400 to SGD 1,600 per month.

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CANADA – Update to Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

February 20, 2024

Starting February 15, 2024, students who have graduated from a master’s degree program, even if it is less than two years, are eligible for a three-year PGWP if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

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PHILIPPINES – Suspension of Medical Clearance Requirement

February 20, 2024

As a preventive measure to mitigate the spread of Ebola, the Philippine authorities have been requiring certain nationals to provide a medical clearance as part of their visa application process. With effect from February 1, 2024, the authorities will suspend the medical clearance requirement for nationals of 53 countries. The memorandum issued by the authorities […]

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GERMANY – 2024 UEFA European Championship: Visa Impacts and Considerations

February 16, 2024

Travelers to Germany should be aware that visa processing delays are likely to take place in advance of the tournament.

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FRANCE – Visa and Immigration for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris

February 16, 2024

Preparations have already begun to process a massive number of visa and entry requirements ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Removal of Sponsor License Renewal Requirements

February 16, 2024

From April 6, 2024, the UK will no longer require employers to renew their sponsor license.

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CANADA – Clarification of Requirements for Digital Nomads

February 8, 2024

IRCC has clarified requirements that could affect a "digital nomad" who wishes to enter and reside in Canada.

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NEW ZEALAND – Updates to Permanent Resident Visa and Working Holiday Visa Schemes

February 6, 2024

The government of New Zealand has introduced updates to its Permanent Resident Visa and Working Holiday Visa schemes.

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6 Common Misconceptions about Short Term Travel in Europe

February 6, 2024

Free movement and open borders are concepts that are often misunderstood. Here we clear up the confusion around six common misconceptions.

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CANADA – 2024 Quebec Immigration Plan: Key Updates and Policy Shifts

February 6, 2024

The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) has released its 2024 Immigration Plan, outlining its approach to address the demographic and economic demands facing the province of Quebec.

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UNITED STATES – A Reminder to Begin H-1B Lottery Evaluations

February 2, 2024

The registration period for the H1B lottery will begin in March 2024, so now is a good time to start evaluating your company’s H-1B needs for fiscal year 2025.

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EUROPEAN UNION – Bulgaria and Romania to join the Schengen Zone

February 1, 2024

The Schengen Zone is set to welcome Bulgaria and Romania from March 31, 2024, marking a significant evolution in the European travel landscape.

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CANADA – Reforms to the International Student Program

January 30, 2024

The Canadian government has announced reforms to the International Student Program, placing a temporary cap on the number of study permit applications.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Home Office Formalizes Fines for Illegal Employment

January 30, 2024

The UK Home Office has released updated details of the fines employers will now face for illegal employment.

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