Immigration : news of the month - July 2023


Julie Leprohon

Immigration : news of the month - July 2023

Our experts gather all the latest developments in immigration procedures worldwide for you.




Minimum wage increased on July, 9th 2023

Turkish gross minimum wage increase by nearly 20% to catch up with inflation, going from 10,008 Turkish lira to 13,414.50 lira. This will have a high impact on minimum wage required by position.

  • 6 and a half times the minimum wage for high-level managers

  • 4 times the minimum wage for engineers and department managers

  • 3 times the minimum wage for specialised positions and teachers

This measure is effective since July 1st 2023, for all new work visa applications. This will also apply to procedures started before the said date but on which the administration has yet to pronounce itself on.






Launching of a new short-term work visa (STWA)

The Moroccan authorities launched a new short-term work visa (STWA), available on the online platform Taechir.

This accelerated procedure allows foreign nationals to work for up to  months for a Moroccan employer. This allows urgent work matters to be dealt with, as it requires less administrative formalities than a long-term work permit, as it delivered quickly.






Replacing Residence cards for residents from thirs-country to the EU by permanent residence

Family members of European Economic Area and/or European Union that originally come from a third-country will have to renew their residence cards for security reasons. Said card will automatically lose its validity between 2023 and 2026, for documents issued between 1998 and 2021. The renewal is mandatory to avoid going through an entry visa process if eligible people are outside of Denmark upon expiration of their card.






Homeland Security Department extended TPS to various nationals

The US administration extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, and Nicaragua for 18 months. This non-immigrant category allows people to work in the US without formally being a residence permit. It requires reapplication in order for the extension to be applicable.






Extension of temporary protected directive due to ukrainien refugees

EU government applied this Temporary Protection Directive for Ukrainian nationals and third-country nationals ever since the war started. The directive allows access to the job market, residence permits and other benefits. It has been renewed until March 2024 in some countries and others will soon follow. Each country determines the scope and length of each measure applicable on its national territory, depending on the evolutions of the war.







Parliament votes in favor of a plan to attract skilled workers

Parliament voted a plan on June, 22nd 2023 to attract skilled workers to fill the vacances in multiple sectors in the German economy. There were 1,98 million vacant jobs in 2022.

This measure will be followed up by the creation of a “points system”, factoring in qualifications, age, command of English and German, professional experience, and link with Germany.

Some asylum seekers, depending on their competences, will also be eligible to change their migratory status to skilled worker, if they were in Germany before March 29 2023.

Some entry barriers will be lowered for specific profiles. For example, German language level requirements can be made more lax for IT specialists holding an European Blue Card. The government will also recognise external certifications rather than produce its own – long to produce – national standards, for some specialised jobs.

This should help reduce the processing times of visa and work permit applications in Germany. At this time, however, exact details of the law have yet to be voted.





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Julie Leprohon

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