This Week’s Immigration News

Feb19

CORONAVIRUS: Latest Travel and Immigration Disruption [Updated 19 February 2020]

China and various other countries have implemented restrictions on entry and exit, visa and work permit issuance, closed ports, tightened quarantine rules and taken other measures in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. These restrictions may affect international business travel and assignment plans.

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Feb19

UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Policy Statement on Future Immigration System

The UK government has released more details of its proposed new ‘points-based’ system for employment immigration routes, due to take effect from 1 January 2021, under which free movement will end and EU nationals will be covered by the same rules as non-EU nationals.

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Feb18

NIGERIA: Government Overhauls Visa Policy

On 4 February 2020, the government of Nigeria launched the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 (NVP 2020).

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Feb18

PHILIPPINES: Update to Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa Applications

Effective immediately, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Foreign National Unit (FNU) has begun requiring authorized agents such as consultancy and law firms to present a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for the processing of Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa applications and related transactions.

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Feb18

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Rules for Work Permit Renewals

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) has published a new occupation list of permitted occupations and, relatedly, introduced new rules for work permit renewals.

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Feb18

SOUTH KOREA: New Process for Visa Issuance

Effective 24 February 2020, Korean consulates will begin to phase out the stamping of visas into passports.

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Feb17

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 17 February 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Feb17

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visas for Bushfire Recovery

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has accepted the recommendation of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) to relax and broaden the conditions for holders of Subclass 417 and 462 Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas to allow them to assist in the recovery efforts following the recent bushfires, without breaching visa conditions.

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Feb10

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 10 February 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Feb08

White Paper | China: Status of Immigration During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The outbreak of the coronavirus starting in Wuhan, China is significantly affecting individuals, businesses, travel, supply chains, and financial markets. Our team in China has prepared the following update detailing the outbreak’s impact on visas and immigration for business to and from China.  

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Feb07

2020 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends (Part 4 of 4)

By Jason Rogers, J.D., VP & Global Immigration Counsel, and Kent O’Neil, J.D.

We often note the passing of years – and particularly decades – with fanfare and a bit of introspection. In a greater sense, the flip of the calendar from 2019 to 2020 is more an artificial demarcation. When it comes to the international business environment, 2020 will present us with much of the same opportunities and challenges that 2019 did. Nevertheless, it is always prudent to periodically assess where we stand and where we’re going.

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Feb06

2020 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends (Part 3 of 4)

By Jason Rogers, J.D., VP & Global Immigration Counsel, and Kent O’Neil, J.D.

We often note the passing of years – and particularly decades – with fanfare and a bit of introspection. In a greater sense, the flip of the calendar from 2019 to 2020 is more an artificial demarcation. When it comes to the international business environment, 2020 will present us with much of the same opportunities and challenges that 2019 did. Nevertheless, it is always prudent to periodically assess where we stand and where we’re going.

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Feb05

2020 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends (Part 2 of 4)

By Jason Rogers, J.D., VP & Global Immigration Counsel, and Kent O’Neil, J.D.

We often note the passing of years – and particularly decades – with fanfare and a bit of introspection. In a greater sense, the flip of the calendar from 2019 to 2020 is more an artificial demarcation. When it comes to the international business environment, 2020 will present us with much of the same opportunities and challenges that 2019 did. Nevertheless, it is always prudent to periodically assess where we stand and where we’re going.

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Feb05

UNITED STATES: New Public Charge Regulations Expand Inadmissibility Criteria

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) final rule expanding the types of public assistance that could cause foreign nationals to become ineligible for permanent residence and other immigration benefits took effect on 30 January 2020.

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Feb04

2020 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends (Part 1 of 4)

By Jason Rogers, J.D., VP & Global Immigration Counsel, and Kent O’Neil, J.D.

We often note the passing of years – and particularly decades – with fanfare and a bit of introspection. In a greater sense, the flip of the calendar from 2019 to 2020 is more an artificial demarcation. When it comes to the international business environment, 2020 will present us with much of the same opportunities and challenges that 2019 did. Nevertheless, it is always prudent to periodically assess where we stand and where we’re going.

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Feb03

UNITED STATES: Travel Restrictions and Updated Process for Evaluating Foreign Country Compliance

The US president has signed a proclamation imposing new, tailored visa restrictions on six more countries that have failed to meet a series of security criteria. The countries in question are Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.

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Feb03

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 3 February 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Jan31

BREXIT: UK Leaves EU and Enters Transition Period

How Did We Get Here?

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum asking voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland if they wanted to remain a member of, or to leave, the European Union. 51.89% of UK voters voted to leave the EU.

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Jan30

PHILIPPINES: Manila PEZA Office Now Requires Personal Appearance for Certain Visa Applications

Effective immediately, initial applications for Special 47(a)(2) Non-Immigrant Visas for principal applicants by Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-registered enterprises under the functional supervision of Zone Office National Capital Region (NCR) require a personal appearance by the applicant.

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Jan29

UNITED KINGDOM: Migration Advisory Committee Recommends Limiting Points-Based System to Skilled Workers Without Job Offer

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – the Home Office appointed independent immigration advisory body – has published its report, responding to the government’s request to consider how a points-based system (PBS) could be introduced in the UK, and to review salary thresholds for immigration.

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Jan28

UNITED KINGDOM: New Fast-Track Visa Scheme for Top Scientists to Open in February

The UK Government has announced that the Global Talent route, a visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians, will open on 20 February 2020.

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Jan27

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 27 January 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Jan24

RUSSIA: Changes to Residence Notification Rules

The government has introduced new requirements for the notification of residence, which is submitted annually by holders of temporary residence permits (TRPs) and permanent residence permits (PRPs).

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Jan22

MALAYSIA: Foreign National Workers Reminded to Transfer Passes to New Passports

The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has issued a reminder that a Foreign Knowledge Worker or dependent who holds a valid employment pass or dependent pass and obtains a new passport should urgently complete a Transfer of Endorsement (TOE) to the new passport.

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Jan22

ROMANIA: New Salary Requirement for Blue Card

Effective 9 January 2020, the minimum required salary for highly-skilled workers applying for an EU Blue Card has increased to RON 10,858 from RON 10,326.

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Jan21

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 21 January 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Jan20

2019 IN REVIEW: Top Global Business Immigration News Stories

By Dan King, Senior Researcher, Newland Chase and Kent O’Neil

In 2019, Newland Chase published 327 alerts, blogs, and weekly roundups of significant immigration news and insights for HR, global mobility, immigration, and business travel professionals.

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Jan16

SOUTH KOREA: Immigration Processing Delays

Due to a systems error in December 2019, the processing of immigration applications in South Korea is currently delayed by one to three weeks. The delay is expected to continue into February 2020.

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Jan16

FRANCE: Residence Permit Fees Reduced and Simplified

Effective 1 January 2020, new and generally lower residence permit fees have been introduced, and the number of different residence permit tariffs has been reduced.

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Jan15

SINGAPORE: Increased Penalties for Discriminatory Employers

In January 2020, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has strengthened its Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) for greater deterrence against workplace discrimination.

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