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).
RUSSIA: Changes to Residence Notification Rules
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 Transfer of Endorsement (TOE) to the new passport.
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.
2019 IN REVIEW: Top Global Business Immigration News Stories
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, and Dan King, Senior Researcher, Newland Chase
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.
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.
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.
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.
IRELAND: Spike in Employment Permit Applications Causes Processing Delays
A surge in applications for employment permits at the end of 2019, ahead of a 1 January 2020 increase in salary thresholds and increased advertising requirements, has led to processing delays.
VIETNAM: New Restrictions on Chinese Nationals Holding Passport with "Nine-Dash Line" Map
In the context of ongoing territorial disputes between Vietnam and China over parts of the South China Sea, the Chinese passport showing the so-called "nine-dash line" map has again recently been causing trouble for Chinese nationals applying for work permits and local police clearance certificates in Hanoi.
CHINA: Expedited Permit Processing for Highly-Skilled Foreign Nationals in Shanghai
Effective immediately, certain Category A (highly-skilled) applicants seeking permission to work in Shanghai can apply for their work and residence permits simultaneously under a new "single window" procedure, shaving several days off the processing time.
NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds
Effective 24 February 2020, the minimum income thresholds for essential skills work visas and skilled migrant residence visas are set to increase.
TURKEY: Short-term Tourist Residence Permits Limited to One Year
Effective 1 January 2020, short-term tourist residence permits are limited to one year of validity, and cannot be renewed beyond this.
RUSSIA: Salary Notifications for Highly-Qualified Specialists to be Submitted by End of January 2020
Employers of highly qualified specialists (HQS) have until 31 January 2020 to notify the migration authorities of salaries paid to these foreign national employees in the fourth quarter of 2019.
SWITZERLAND: Stricter Language Requirements Now in Force
Effective 1 January 2020, existing language requirements must be evidenced using recognized language diplomas/certificates, from accredited institutions.
FRANCE: 2020 Minimum Salary Increases
Effective 1 January 2020, the French government has increased the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC) to EUR 1539.42 per month (up 1.2% from EUR 1521.22 per month in 2019).
ROMANIA: Further Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2020
The Romanian government has increased to 30,000 the total number of work permits that can be issued in 2020 to non-EU nationals, up by 50% from 20,000 in 2019.
DENMARK: New Positive List, Minimum Salary and Government Fees
The Danish immigration authorities have published a new positive list, effective 1 January 2020 and valid until 30 June 2020.
FRANCE: Measures to Facilitate Talent Passport Applications
The Ministry of Home Affairs has published a note to the Prefectural authorities recommending measures to expedite applications for Talent Passport and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) residence permits.
UNITED STATES: Dramatic Increases to Visa Issuance Fees for Australian Nationals
Effective 23 December 2019, Australian citizens applying for certain nonimmigrant visa categories (L-1, L-2, E-1, E-2, H-1B, and H-4 visas) face drastically higher visa issuance fees. This is in addition to the standard visa application (MRV) fees that all nationalities must pay.
AUSTRALIA: The New ‘Agricultural Visa’ – Horticulture Industry Labor Agreement
The Department of Immigration has announced that a new Labor Agreement template for the Horticulture Industry will be available from 1 January 2020.
IRELAND: Upcoming Changes to the Employment Permits System
The Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation has announced changes to the employment permits system, which become effective 1 January 2020, to address immediate labor shortages in key sectors such as hospitality, construction, health and road haulage.
NETHERLANDS: New Online Notification Portal for Temporary Postings Starting 1 March 2020
Effective 1 March 2020, employers in the EEA (EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland sending their employees to work temporarily in the Netherlands must submit a notification of the posting via a new online portal. The portal will be open from 1 February to notify postings that begin on or after 1 March.
EUROPEAN UNION: Reminder of Upcoming Schengen Visa Code Amendments
The amended Schengen visa code will come into effect on 2 February 2020. Changes include more flexible procedures, longer visa validities, and fees.
PHILIPPINES: All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 29 February 2020
29 February 2020 is the deadline for all registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2020 period begins on 1 January 2020.