There are new requirements for MSC/ICT status companies applying for an Employment Pass, Dependant Pass and/or Long-Term Social Visit Pass for their employees via MDEC.
MALAYSIA: New Requirements for MDEC Applications
IRAQ: New Immigration Entry Procedure and Blood Tests
Effective Immediately, the Prime Minister’s office in Baghdad has declared a new immigration entry procedure for obtaining a MEEV (Multi-Entry/Exit visa) and blood tests.
UKRAINE: D Visa Applications Within Country to be Introduced
Foreign nationals already staying in Ukraine on a visa-free basis will be eligible to apply for a long-term visa (type D) without leaving the country.
ECUADOR: New Entry Requirements for Venezuelan Nationals
As announced in a recent decree published by Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno, effective 25 August 2019, a visa will be required for all Venezuelan nationals entering Ecuador.
COLOMBIA: New Reporting Obligations for Sponsoring Companies via SIRE
Migration Colombia has changed its interpretation of the reporting obligations for sponsoring companies via the online system SIRE in cases where there is a change of visa category for the foreign national employee.
CHINA: Broader Visa Policies to Attract Foreign Talent
The National Immigration Administration in China has implemented new immigration and entry-exit policies, effective nationwide from 1 August 2019.
SPAIN: Delays to Residence Permit Processing and Visa Application Appointment Booking
Applicants for Spanish residence permits are experiencing significant delays in the application approval process.
GREECE: Increased Labor Checks
The Greek Minister of Labor has announced that there will be an increased number of employment law compliance checks in the coming months throughout Greece, especially in tourist areas such as the Greek islands.
NIGERIA: Registration of Resident Foreign Nationals Announced
On 12 July 2019, the Nigerian government directed all foreign nationals who intend to reside in Nigeria for at least 90 days to present themselves within six months to the Nigeria Immigration Service to be registered.
MALAYSIA: i-KAD Issuance Suspended Until Further Notice
The immigration authorities in Malaysia have announced that, effective 16 July 2019, the issuance of i-KAD identification cards for foreign nationals is suspended until further notice.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Sponsorship Policy [UPDATED]
The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend the policy on foreign national workers sponsoring family members in the UAE. As yet, no implementation date has been announced.
AUSTRALIA: Latest on Skilled Regional Visas
In the lead up to the introduction of the new Skilled Regional visas in November 2019, the immigration authorities have announced further details on the implementation dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional arrangements for Subclass 489 and RSMS visas.
NIGERIA: New E-Yellow Fever Card Required
Effective 1 July 2019, the Nigerian government now requires all foreign nationals entering Nigeria to obtain a new electronic Yellow Fever Card (e-Yellow Card) on arrival, on presentation of their home-country yellow fever vaccination certificate.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Rules for DIFC Free Zone Foreign Employees
Effective immediately, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) free zone has announced changes to its foreign employee services.
KAZAKHSTAN: Deadline for 2020 Quota Applications is 31 July 2019
The deadline for submitting quota applications for employing foreign nationals in quota-subject categories in 2020 is 31 July 2019.
MOROCCO: Dependent Children Must Obtain Residence Permits
The Moroccan government has announced to all foreign diplomatic missions in Morocco that, effective 1 July 2019, it will enforce the current regulation requiring all foreign national children resident in Morocco to obtain residence permits (“cartes de séjour”).
KENYA: Tax Certificate Now Required for Work Permit Renewals
Effective 1 July 2019, the Department of Immigration Services (DIS) has issued a directive requiring all work permit renewal applications to include individual and company Tax Compliance Certificates (TCCs).
SAUDI ARABIA: New Permanent Residence Scheme [UPDATED]
The Saudi government has begun accepting applications for its new permanent residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals.
Top 10 Global Immigration Changes for the First Half of 2019
Changes to global immigration laws and processes have been frequent and numerous over the first half of 2019. In case you missed one, here’s our “top 10” for the first six months of this year.