This Week’s Immigration News

Dec12

CZECHIA: New Appointment Booking Lottery at New Delhi Consulate Allows Only 33 Applications

The Czech embassy in New Delhi, India, has implemented a new appointment booking system for nationals of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives applying for employee cards.  Under this system, only 33 employee card applications will be accepted between January and March 2020.

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Dec12

SAUDI ARABIA: Ministry of Labor Cancels Yellow Nitaqat Band

Effective 26 January 2020, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) has announced it will cancel the yellow band in its Saudization programme, Nitaqat.  Companies currently in the yellow band will be moved into the red band and will become non-compliant unless they improve their Nitaqat rating.

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Dec12

RUSSIA: Reminder - Upcoming Deadline for Employers to Confirm Measles Vaccination of All Foreign Employees [UPDATED]

Employers engaging foreign labor in Russia have until 31 December 2019 to confirm the vaccination against measles of all the foreign nationals they currently employ. 

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Dec12

FRANCE: Decree to Extend Rights of Posted Workers from July 2020

Ministerial order 2019-116 of 20 February 2019,  which will come into effect on 30 July 2020, transposes into French law European Directive 2018/957 of 28 June 2018, extending the employment rights of posted (seconded) workers.

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Dec11

SWITZERLAND: Reminder that Job Advertisement Threshold to Change from January 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 5% or above will have to test the Swiss labor market by advertising. The threshold has been 8% since the requirement was introduced in July 2018.

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Dec10

UNITED STATES: Electronic Registration Required for Upcoming H-1B Cap Season

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will implement its new electronic registration process for H-1B applications for the upcoming H-1B lottery.

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Dec10

ARGENTINA: Police Clearance Certificates Required for Certain Visas

Effective immediately, holders of 30-day technical or professional visas valid for 30 days who apply to renew the visa for a sixth time (i.e. beyond six months’ continuous stay in Argentina) must submit police clearance certificates (PCCs) from their country of origin and/or all countries where they have lived during the previous three years.

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Dec09

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 9 December 2019

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Dec05

VIETNAM: Upcoming New Labour Code and Amendments to Immigration Law

Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on 1 July 2020.

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Dec05

KUWAIT: New Business Visit Visa Regulations Extended to All Nationalities

In an attempt to crack down on forged degree certificates submitted in support of business (commercial) visit visa applications, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior has introduced new regulations for all nationalities.

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Dec05

CANADA: Biometrics Now Required for Certain In-Canada Applications

Effective 3 December 2019, applicants within Canada for work permit, study permit and visa extensions, as well as for permanent residence, must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at a designated Service Canada location.

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Dec03

NETHERLANDS: Changes to IN Amsterdam Service Fees for 2020

The IN Amsterdam service centre has announced changes to its fee schedule for 2020.

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Dec03

SOUTH KOREA: Visa Invitations and Extensions Limited for Companies with Unpaid Tax

Effective immediately, the Korean immigration authorities have introduced a new regulation rejecting applications for visa issuance confirmation numbers (VICN) and Alien Registration Card (ARC) extensions if the inviting company has any amount of arrears for any type of tax.

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Dec03

NETHERLANDS: New Minimum Salary Levels for 2020

The Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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Dec03

BELGIUM: Increased Minimum Salary Thresholds for 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, minimum gross annual salary levels for foreign employees will be increased in the three Belgian regions.

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Dec03

MALAYSIA: MDEC Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens 3 December 2019

MSC/ICT status companies who are registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes from 3 December 2019.

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Dec02

SOUTH KOREA: Work Experience Requirement Relaxed for E7 Visa Applications

Effective immediately, applicants for an E7 visa whose university diploma is not related to the job position in the Korean company only need to demonstrate three years of related work experience, rather than five years as previously required.

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Dec02

SPAIN: New Requirements for Assignment Letter for Intra-Company Transfer Permit Applications

Effective immediately, the immigration authorities have established new requirements for assignment letters in support of all intra-company transfer permit applications, both those under EU Directive 2014/66 and those under the Spanish Entrepreneur’s Law.

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Dec02

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 2 December 2019

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Nov29

COLOMBIA: New Entry and Stay Regulations

Effective 1 December 2019, Resolution 3167 of 2019 establishes new guidelines for the entry into, stay in and departure from Colombia of both Colombian and foreign nationals.

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Nov28

AUSTRALIA: Skilled Occupation List Review

On 26 November 2019, Newland Chase met with two representatives from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, regarding the upcoming changes to the skilled occupation lists used by Immigration.

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Nov28

SWITZERLAND: New Quotas for 2020

On 27 November 2019, the Federal Council of Switzerland announced that quotas will remain the same for new work permit applications submitted during the 2020 calendar year for certain groups.

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Nov25

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 25 November 2019

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Nov22

SAUDI ARABIA: Work Visit Visa Eliminated

Newland Chase has been informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has privately confirmed that the Work Visit Visa (WVV) is no longer available.  The Business Visa now replaces it. Those currently in the Kingdom under a WVV can stay until the expiry date.

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Nov21

AUSTRALIA: New Regional Visas Now Available

The new Subclass 494 Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa opened for applications on 16 November 2019 for employers with roles in regional Australia (defined by postcode), which is generally anywhere outside the Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne metropolitan areas.

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Nov19

CZECHIA: New Posted Worker Notification Requirements

The Czech authorities have updated the notification requirements for workers posted to Czechia by companies based in the EU.

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Nov19

SAUDI ARABIA: New Format for Work and Commercial Visit Visas [Updated 19 Nov 2019]

With no official announcement or explanation, Saudi consular authorities have recently begun issuing Work Visit and Commercial Visit Visas in a new format, labelled “Business Visa”, and with the note, “not permitted to work” or similar.

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Nov19

MALAYSIA: ESD Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens 20 November 2019

Effective 20 November 2019, companies that are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes (EP) and Professional Visit Passes (PVP).

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Nov18

UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces Various Changes to Immigration Fees

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective 2 December 2019, the fee to request its premium processing service for certain employment based petitions will increase to USD 1440 from the current fee of USD 1410.

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Nov18

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 18 November 2019

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