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Significant Immigration Law and Process Updates

Significant Immigration Law and Process Updates

Following countries made some significant changes in their immigration laws and policies that came into effect as of July 1, 2013.


  • Croatia joined the European Union as the 28th member state today. However, Croatian nationals will face some work restriction in some European Union countries.
  • China implemented a new Entry-Exit Law that affects the existing visa types and imposes stricter penalties on illegal residency and employment.
  • Sweden now requires registering employees that who intend to be/stay in Sweden longer than five days; this also includes business trips. These employees should register with the Swedish Work Environment Authority.
  • Argentina now requires to changes the 24(H) transitory residency visa; this category can now only be renewed once per year, for a total of 60 days in each year.
  • Germany’s new law increased the range of activities permitted for business visitors and encouraged the migration of vocational workers.
  • Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower introduced several new restrictions on foreign workers.
  • Belgium’s Limosa social security notification process has been simplified as of July 1st, 2013.
  • Ireland launched a new pilot program that will enable non-European Economic Area workers to attend job interviews for shortage occupations.