This Week’s Immigration News

Sep09

SRI LANKA: New Police Clearance, Letter of Guarantee and Health Assessment Requirements

Police Clearance

Effective immediately, all applicants for Ministry approval for residence visas must submit a police clearance certificate from their country of residence, duly authenticated and legalized by the Sri Lankan consulate in that jurisdiction.

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Sep09

VENEZUELA: New Police Clearance and Power of Attorney Requirements

Police Clearance Certificate

Effective immediately, the Autonomous Identification and Foreigners Service (SAIME) now requires TR-L work visa authorisation applicants to submit a police clearance certificate (PCC) from their country of residence.

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Sep09

AUSTRALIA: Skilled Occupation List Review

The Department of Employment has announced the start of their annual review into Australia’s skilled migration occupation lists, with new lists due to be released in March 2020.

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Sep06

RUSSIA: Latest Immigration Updates

New Out-of-Quota Positions

Effective 8 September 2019, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development has approved a new list of 80 job positions in which qualified foreign specialists can be employed for up to one year without quota.

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Sep05

BREXIT: No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU [UPDATED 5 Sep 2019]

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement (“no-deal Brexit”), then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.

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Sep05

BREXIT: UK Government Modifies Rules for EU Citizens Arriving After No-Deal Brexit [UPDATED 5 Sep 2019]

[UPDATE 5 Sep 2019] On 4 September 2019, the Home Office published a new policy paper detailing its modified transitional arrangements for EU citizens arriving in the UK after a no-deal Brexit. According to this policy paper, EU citizens and their family members will be able to move to the UK and live, study and work "as they do now" during the transitional period until 31 December 2020. Under the previous proposals, they would only be able to stay for three months at a time during this period.

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Sep03

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 3 September 2019

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Aug27

SAUDI ARABIA: Employment Contract Authentication Requirement Launched

The Ministry of Labor has introduced a contracts authentication service requiring employers to upload all their employee contracts to a portal and then have the employees verify them. 

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Aug27

KOREA: New National Health Insurance Requirement

Effective immediately, foreign nationals who have been resident in Korea for more than six months will be automatically subscribed to Korean national health insurance (NHI) without notice, even if they already have private health insurance.

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Aug27

RUSSIA: Recent and Upcoming Immigration Changes

Effective immediately, the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry has established an official form for notifying the de-registration of foreign nationals. Moreover, details have emerged of a new requirement for employers of foreign labour to ensure that their foreign national employees are vaccinated against measles. Finally, a new law, effective 1 November 2019, amends the rules for obtaining temporary and permanent residence permits for certain categories of foreign nationals.

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Aug27

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 27 August 2019

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Aug22

UNITED KINGDOM: Stricter Document Retention Rules for Sponsors

Effective immediately, the Home Office has updated its guidance on document retention for sponsors under the Points Based System.

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Aug21

INDONESIA: Amendments to Regulations for Work Permit Exemption for Foreign National Shareholders in Indonesian Companies

The Indonesian investment board (BKPM) has amended its regulations to clarify that foreign national shareholders in Indonesian companies who also work as Directors or Commissioners for the same company qualify for an exemption allowing them to work in Indonesia without a work permit.

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Aug20

UNITED KINGDOM: Post-Brexit Immigration System - Update

At a recent event held by senior immigration policy officials, the Home Office affirmed its ongoing commitment toward an updated immigration system, to be introduced in January 2021.

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Aug20

PHILIPPINES: Changes in Rules for Special and Provisional Work Permits [UPDATED]

On 22 April 2019, the Department of Labor (DOLE), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) released joint immigration guidelines, making some changes to the rules for the Special Work Permit (SWP) and Provisional Work Permit (PWP).  [UPDATE] The Bureau of Immigration has now implemented these changes also for applicants for Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) visas who are sponsored by companies registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).

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Aug19

CZECHIA: Upcoming Immigration Changes [UPDATED]

The new immigration legislation became effective on 31 July.

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Aug19

THAILAND: Work Permit Applicants Now Required to Submit Medical Certificate

Effective 19 August 2019, all work permit applications must be supported by a medical certificate, according to an Employment Department regulation issued on 16 August 2019.

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Aug19

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 19 August 2019

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Aug16

ISRAEL: More Flexibility in the STEP Visa Process and Summer Processing Slowdown

The Israeli Work Permit Unit (‘WPU’) now allows for the STEP 90-Day Work Visa to be split into more than a single period, as was previously the case.

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Aug15

THAILAND: More Stringent Rules for Landlords

A TM30 form (‘Landlord Notification Receipt’) must be completed by the landlord of a property and submitted to the immigration authorities to report a foreign national staying at their premises.

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Aug13

MALAYSIA: New Requirements for MDEC Applications

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.

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Aug12

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 12 August 2019

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Aug12

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.

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Aug08

IRELAND: Business Immigration Developments in July 2019

2019 continues to be a busy year for Irish immigration with three further significant developments occurring in July alone.

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Aug06

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.

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Aug05

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 5 August 2019

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Aug01

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.

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Jul31

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.

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Jul30

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.

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Jul29

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 29 July 2019

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