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.