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Permanent Residency Introduced

April 17 2019 Qatar now allows foreign nationals with 20 years’ consecutive legal residence in Qatar and Qatari-born nationals with 10 consecutive years of legal…

New Work Pass Type Introduced

January 22 2019 The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has introduced a new work pass, the Pre-Approved Letter of Consent…

Employers See More RFEs and Denials, USCIS Data Confirm

February 25 2019 Between FY 2015 and FY 2018, the rate of approvals fell and the rate of requests for evidence rose for H-1B, L-1, TN and O petitions filed…

Qatar Crisis Report (March 2019)

March 26 2019 The Qatar diplomatic crisis began in June 2017 when a number of Middle Eastern countries, including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab…

University Degrees Now Required for Project Coordinators and General Supervisors

May 30 2019 Foreign nationals seeking Qatari work permits in select professions, notably including Project Coordinators and General Supervisors, are now required…

Stricter Application Process for Hi-Tech Visa Holders Sponsoring a Spouse’s Work Visa

October 2 2019 The Israeli Ministry of Interior has clarified certain conditions regarding Hi-Tech (HIT) visa applicants seeking to sponsor their…

Electronic Visa Process for St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Implemented

October 2 2019 Effective immediately, eligible foreign nationals from 53 countries can apply for an e-visa to enter Russia through specific immigration…

New Mandatory Work Permit Category for Skilled Workers Requires High Government Fee

October 1 2019 The Ministry of Labour in Jordan created a mandatory new work authorization route for highly-skilled foreign workers that requires a…

Minimum Wage Level Increased

September 24 2019 Effective July 30, 2019, the minimum monthly salary for foreign workers in Georgia has increased to at least five times the national…

New Documentary and Departure Notification Requirements Implemented

September 19 2019 Effective immediately, applicants for employment residence permits in Georgia must submit a reference letter issued by the Revenue Service…