By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
Global Immigration 101: Schengen Visas
MEXICO: Increased Immigration Fees from 1 January 2019
Effective 1 January 2019, the fees charged by the National Immigration Institute (INM) for immigration services have increased, in line with the Consumer Price Index yearly increase.
COLOMBIA: New Deadline for Special Stay Permits for Venezuelan Nationals
A new deadline has been established for Venezuelan nationals to obtain a Special Stay Permit (PEP) allowing them to stay and work in Colombia for up to two years.
RUSSIA: New Obligations for Inviting Parties
On 16 January 2019, Federal law of 19.07.2018 #216-FZ came into force, imposing new obligations on companies which invite foreign nationals to Russia from visa-required countries (this includes visits on work and business visas).
BREXIT: UK Parliament Rejects Withdrawal Agreement [UPDATED]
On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On 16 January, the UK Prime Minister survived a vote of no confidence.
ITALY: Government Plans to Safeguard Residence Rights of UK Nationals in Event of No Deal Brexit
The Italian government has announced that it is preparing legislation that will allow British citizens residing legally in Italy to remain resident in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
KENYA: In-Country Work Permits Suspended Indefinitely [UPDATED]
As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya.
2019 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
Most economists and geopolitical analysts see 2019 as a relatively calm year. While risks of significant shocks to the international business climate are certainly present, and the new year will undoubtedly see mounting potential of major shocks in years to come… most of what we see in the road ahead for 2019 appears to be reasonably navigable. That’s not to say there won’t be significant disruptions – both positive and negative – in numerous destinations around the world.
INDONESIA: Reduced Number of Embassies for Limited Stay Visa Collection
Effective 9 January 2019, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) have reduced the number of embassies and consulates where the Limited Stay Visa (VTT) can be collected from 65 to 22.
PHILIPPINES: All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 1 March 2019
1 March 2019 is the deadline for registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2019 period began on 1 January 2019.
MALAYSIA: Stricter Enforcement of 12-Month Limit for Professional Visit Pass
Effective 15 January 2019, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has reminded companies of the existing rule that the Professional Visit Pass (PVP) is intended for short-term work activities, and can only be issued for a maximum of twelve months, with no renewals.
NETHERLANDS: Government Guarantees Rights of UK Nationals in Event of No Deal Brexit
On 7 January 2019, the Dutch Cabinet announced that British citizens who have right of residence in the Netherlands on 29 March 2019 can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands even in the event of a no deal Brexit.
BELGIUM: Single Permit Implemented 1 January 2019
The Single Permit Directive (2011/98/EU) has finally been implemented in Belgium, effective 1 January 2019. Meanwhile, the Flanders region has prepared its own work permit legislation, mostly effective 1 January 2019.
NIGERIA: Ministry of Interior Doubles Residence Permit Fee
Effective immediately, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Interior has increased the fee for the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) from the equivalent of USD 1000 to USD 2000.
UNITED KINGDOM: Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme to Open in January
On 20 December, the Home Office laid another Statement of Changes to the immigration rules before Parliament, enabling “resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport” and “their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card” to apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, from 21 January 2019.
IRELAND: Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) is now requesting that Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders apply for their Stamp 4 permission four months in advance of the expiry date of their CSEP, (i.e., once they have completed 20 months on their employment permit).
UNITED KINGDOM: Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019
Effective 28 January 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees.
AUSTRALIA: Sponsor Compliance and Publication of Sanctions
Effective 13 December 2018, enhanced integrity regulations have come into effect, allowing the immigration department to publicly list companies which have failed to satisfy a sponsorship obligation.
SINGAPORE: New Administrative Fees from April 2019
Effective 1 April 2019, the application and issuance/renewal fees will be significantly increased for the Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes administered by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).