Global Immigration Alerts


This Alert highlights recent developments in global immigration and employment law in Canada, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam.


Following the implementation of the Express Entry Program in January—a program aimed at fast-tracking the best and brightest applicants for permanent residency in Canada (for more information on the program, click here)—the first draw from the applicants' pool was held on January 31. All selected candidates have either a valid job offer with a Canadian company on the basis of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or hold a Provincial Nomination in addition to meeting the language, education and skills requirements. Selected candidates have 60 days from January 31 to file their permanent residence applications.

In addition, effective February 21, work permit applications filed under categories that are exempt from LMIAs are facing new requirements aimed at increasing government scrutiny of LMIA-exempt work permits to the same level as in effect for LMIA-based work permits. As such, the employer filing for an LMIA-exempt work permit is required to complete an additional form and pre-file it with an additional $230 filing fee before the applicant can lodge his or her work permit application. The purpose of this new requirement is to ensure that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has information on file directly from the employer about the position. This information can then be used during future inspections by CIC or other government agencies to ensure that employers are compliant with the rules and requirements of the program.


To combat the unemployment rates in Egypt, the Ministry of Manpower is now enforcing a labor market test before employers can sponsor foreign nationals for work authorization in Egypt. Unlike in other countries where the sponsoring entity has to provide evidence of having concluded a labor market test, in Egypt, the ministry will handle the actual testing. Based on the job description provided, it will determine if a local worker can fill an open position. Details on how the ministry will test the local labor market and on the time frame to conduct this test are as of yet unknown.


The German authorities are increasing their efforts to enforce compliance with work and residence permit regulations. This is evidenced by several actions. There is a noticeable increase in the volume of site visits...

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