This Week’s Immigration News

Mar08

BREXIT: No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 (or later, after an extension of the Article 50 period) without a ratified withdrawal agreement, then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.

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Mar08

BREXIT: Possible Outcomes for Citizens [Updated 8 March 2019]

On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly against the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the government and the EU.

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Mar07

UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Introduces New Start-up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme

On 7 March 2019, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, introducing new Start-up and Innovator categories and making reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) category.

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Mar07

SWITZERLAND: New National Salary Calculation Tool for Seconded Workers

On 5 March 2019, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published a new national salary calculation tool that all cantonal labour authorities must now use when conducting remuneration checks to verify the work conditions of seconded workers (temporary intra company transferees or workers posted at a client site to fulfill a service contract).

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Mar07

ARGENTINA: Ten-Year Police Clearance Certificates Now Required for Immigration Applications

Effective 6 March 2019, the immigration authorities have published a new regulation requiring police clearance certificates submitted in support of immigration applications to include the applicant’s criminal record for the ten years prior to the certificate’s issuance.

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Mar06

IRELAND: Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

Effective 6 March 2019, the spouses and de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can access the Irish labour market without first obtaining an Employment Permit.

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Mar06

VIETNAM: New Notification Requirement for Early Termination of Work Permits

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has issued a circular which re-introduces the requirement to notify provincial Departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (DeLISA) of early termination of work permits, and introduces new work permit application forms. Implementation is ongoing and depends on the province.

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Mar05

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 5 March 2019

The latest vital immigration news and updates from around the globe in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

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Mar05

COLOMBIA: Mercosur Visa No Longer Open to Chilean Nationals

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will no longer grant migrant visas to Chilean nationals on the basis of the Mercosur Agreement, although no changes to the immigration regulations have been made to this effect.

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Mar05

DENMARK: New Positive List Published

The Danish immigration authorities have published a new positive list, effective 1 March 2019 and valid until 30 June 2019.

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Mar05

BREXIT: Spain Publishes Contingency Measures for No-Deal Brexit

The Spanish government has published a decree adopting contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit.

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Mar05

SOUTH AFRICA: Consulates May Have Started Using Unpublished Draft of New Critical Skills List

Reports have emerged that some South African overseas missions have begun to reject Critical Skills Visa applications on the grounds that the corporate general manager category no longer exists.

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Mar04

SLOVAKIA: Recent Legislative Changes to Immigration Procedures

Effective 1 January 2019, amendments to Act No.5/2004 on the Employment Service and Act No. 404/2011 on the Stay of Foreign Nationals affect non-EU nationals working in Slovakia and their employers.

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Mar04

PHILIPPINES: Additional Requirements for Cancellation of Alien Employment Permit

Effective 1 March 2019, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued new guidelines for applications for cancellation of Alien Employment permits (AEPs).

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Mar01

Do I Have a Posted Worker? (Part II)

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

Over the last several years, “Posted Worker Rules” have become a hot topic of discussion in the European mobility industry and an oft-confusing headache for company HR and mobility managers with employees in Europe.

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Feb25

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 25 February 2019

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Feb22

EUROPEAN UNION: Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States

Under the Public Documents Regulation (EU) 2016/1191, effective 16 February 2019, an apostille (authenticity stamp) is no longer required when presenting public documents issued by the authorities of one European Union (EU) member state to the authorities of another EU member state.

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Feb22

FRANCE: New Online Verification Procedure for VLS-TS Long-Stay Visa

Effective 18 February 2019, all foreign nationals in France holding unverified VLS-TS long-stay visas must verify their visa via a new online portal.

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Feb20

BREXIT: Greek Government Working on No-Deal Brexit Legislation

On 15 February 2019, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote a letter to his UK counterpart, reassuring British citizens that "their rights will be fully recognised and guaranteed, in line with the reciprocity offered by the UK to EU citizens."

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Feb20

MALAYSIA: New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children via the Expatriate Services Division

Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children.

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Feb20

Do I Have a “Posted Worker”?

Part I of a Two-Part Series

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

Over the last several years, “Posted Worker Rules” have become a hot topic of discussion in the European mobility industry and an oft-confusing headache for company HR and mobility managers with employees in Europe.

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Feb19

GERMANY: Amended Document Requirement for Work and Residence Permit Renewal Applications

Effective immediately, the German labour office has updated its application form for renewal applications for residence permits for employment purposes.

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Feb19

UNITED STATES: USCIS to Resume Premium Processing for Certain Pending H-1B Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, on 19 February 2019, it will resume premium processing for pending H-1B petition filed on or before 21 December 2018.

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Feb18

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 18 February 2019

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Feb15

SAUDI ARABIA: Companies with High Saudization Rates Eligible for Reimbursement or Waiver of Expat Fees

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has announced that companies with a sufficiently high Saudization (Nitaqat) rating will have expat fees reimbursed or exempted for 2018.

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Feb13

BREXIT: Switzerland To Apply Separate Work Permit Quota for British Citizens in “No-Deal” Scenario

The Swiss Federal Council has decided that, in the event of the UK’s disorderly exit from the EU (i.e., without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement), a separate quota of work permits will be made available from 30 March 2019 to British citizens who wish to enter Switzerland to work.

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Feb11

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 11 February 2019

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Feb11

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Visa Endorsement Procedure in Dubai

Effective immediately, the immigration authorities (GDRFA) in Dubai have modified the dependent visa endorsement procedure, adding up to four days to the process.

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Feb11

SAUDI ARABIA: Recent Changes to Work Visas, Block Visas and Nitaqat

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, and to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system.

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Feb08

Going Global: Expand Your Business to Mexico

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

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