UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has released further information about its upcoming new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VACS). While the Home Office promises a more streamlined, intuitive process, implementation delays are likely, and applicants considered higher risk are likely to be subject to stricter scrutiny.
UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Releases More Details About Upcoming New Application Service
BRAZIL: Expedited Processing for Residence Authorisation for Technical Assistance Now Limited to “Urgent” and “Emergency” Cases
On 16 October 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution (NR) 34/2018, amending NR 03/2017, which is applicable to foreign nationals who enter Brazil for up to one year to provide technical assistance services while remaining on home contract.
IRELAND: Ongoing Delays and Upcoming Minimum Wage Increase
There continue to be significant delays in obtaining appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration for non-EEA nationals in Dublin. The delays are expected to persist for at least the rest of this year.
PANAMA: Stamped Visa for Nationals of Cuba, China, Dominican Republic, India and Venezuela Now Valid for up to Five Years
Effective 12 October 2018, the multiple-entry stamped visa issued to nationals of Cuba, China, Dominican Republic, India and Venezuela is valid for up to five years.
UNITED KINGDOM - Immigration Health Surcharge To Double [UPDATED]
[UPDATE] On 11 October 2018 the government laid before parliament the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018, which seeks to double the IHS to £400 per annum. Students, as well as those on the Youth Mobility Scheme, will continue to receive a discounted rate of £300.
Australian Immigration | Skilled Migration Visas with State Nominations
Holders of 457 and TSS visas often assume that they will apply for permanent residency through the Temporary Residence Transitional pathway of an ENS or RSMS visa. But with changes to employer sponsored visas, including the introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund levy, and for those with occupations on the short-term occupation list (STSOL) it might be time to consider a Skilled migration visa with state nomination.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that its new insurance scheme for foreign workers will be available from 15 October 2018.
ARGENTINA: Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments
There is currently a low availability of appointments, and delays of up to a month and a half, for non-Mercosur visa applications at the Immigration Office (DNM).
SPAIN: Immigration Authorities Suspend In-Person and Telephone Consultations
The Spanish immigration authorities have issued an announcement confirming the temporary suspension of in-person and telephone consultations at both the Large Companies Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas – “UGE”) as well as the temporary suspension of in-person consultations at the General Subdirectorate of Immigration.
PORTUGAL: Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified
Regulatory Decree no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018, took effect on 1 October 2018. As well as implementing the 2017 amendments to the immigration law which transposed certain EU Directives into Portuguese law (see our previous alert here), the decree seeks to simplify visa application and residence permit procedures and to reduce processing times.
POLAND: New Appointment Booking Procedures
Effective immediately, a new online appointment booking system is in place at the Warsaw immigration office (Mazovian Provincial Office) for initial and renewal applications for type A work permits.
CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES: Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged
The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.
UNITED STATES: New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions
IRAQ: New Employer Requirements
Effective immediately, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) requires companies that do not have a waiver from the Prime Minister’s Office to pay a security deposit of IQD 100,000 for each visa applicant to obtain a visa Letter of Approval (LOA).
RUSSIA: Delays In Acceptance of Work Permit Applications in Moscow
Effective immediately, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) officials at the Moscow migration office in Sakharovo are neither checking nor registering work permit applications on the day of submission, due to technical difficulties.
INDIA: Supreme Court Rules Aadhaar Scheme Legal
The Supreme Court of India today upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme, while also striking down several contentious provisions of the Aadhaar Act.
INDIA: E-Services Extended Further; E-Visas Can Be Used Three Times in a Year
Effective 24 September 2018, the e-FRRO system for online registration and visa-related services has been extended to Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar. Plus, an Indian electronic visa (e-Visa), whether for tourism, business or medical purposes, can now be used up to three times in a single calendar year.
LUXEMBOURG: Changes to Requirements for Authorisation to Stay
Effective 21 September 2018, amendments to the immigration rules have streamlined the documentary requirements for applications for authorisation to stay for locally-hired non-EEA (third-country) workers.