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Going Global: Expand Your Business to Singapore

There are currently 195 countries in the world in which companies may choose to do business. Successful companies looking to “go global” proactively seek out the most attractive opportunities. In making the decision of where to expand internationally, companies must consider business objectives as well as the business and legal environment of potential locations.

Follow Newland Chase’s continuing Going Global series where we take a look at a different country each month – ranking countries in tiers from 1 to 5 (with 1 being most attractive for international expansion) based on its current business climate and corporate immigration system. In this edition, we take a look at the country of Singapore.

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Meet Voon Lee, Managing Director for Asia

On April 10, Newland Chase brought our webinar Going Global: 3 Best Countries to Expand Your Business – where Global Legal Analyst and presenter Kent O’Neil analysed the business climates and corporate immigration systems of three of Forbes magazines’ 2018 Best Countries for Business: the Netherlands, Sweden, and Singapore. In preparing for the webinar, Kent had the opportunity to speak with Voon Lee, Newland Chase’s Managing Director for Asia at his office in Singapore.

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Meet Herman Van Reekum

Meet Herman Van Reekum at our Next Webinar! On March 13, Newland Chase’s Senior Advisor for Canada, Herman Van Reekum, and Ken Nickel-Lane, Managing Director of Canada, will present their webinar Cracking the Code: Canada’s Fast-Tracked Immigration Streams for the Global Tech Industry. They will discuss the exciting opportunities for companies in the technology fields presented by Canada’s new Global Skills Strategy and Global Talent Stream. Central to the discussion will be how companies can utilize Canada’s innovative immigration system to attract and retain top tech talent and minimize the risks from the protectionist shifts in immigration policy at play in other countries in the Americas region and Europe. As he prepares for the webinar, Global Legal Analyst and webinar host, Kent O’Neil, had a chance to speak with Herman on a snowy day at his second home in British Columbia, Canada.

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Meet Daniela Lima

Meet Daniela Lima at our Next Webinar! On February 28, Newland Chase’s Managing Director for Latin America, Daniela Lima, and Simone Pinheiro, Manager of Immigration for our São Paulo office, will present their webinar Brazil’s New Migration Law: Immigration and Compliance in the Spotlight. This webinar will discuss the impact of Brazil’s most extensive immigration law reform in more than 35 years and its impact on companies doing business in Brazil. As the team prepares for the webinar, Global Legal Analyst and webinar host, Kent O’Neil, had a chance to speak with Daniela at her office in São Paulo.

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Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

In 2017, Newland Chase published hundreds of client and public updates on significant changes to immigration policy impacting international business on dozens of countries via newsletters, white papers, client briefs, industry articles, and social media. The world of 2017 was one replete with change, especially in the field of global mobility. The trends toward globalization and nationalism continued to compete for prominence in immigration policy in countries around the world, and the topic of immigration was at the top of the list for public debate and governmental action. Technology continued to transform global mobility, simultaneously making international travel more accessible and convenient, and more challenging.

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Brexit – Where Will 2018 Take Us?

Politics can be a very topsy-turvy world, and none more so than in the UK in 2017 as Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, thus leading the country into one of its biggest political and administrative challenges of the century.

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Newland Chase Policy Briefing With Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Newland Chase were delighted to attend a breakfast briefing on Monday 16th October with Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the Committee on Exiting the European Union.

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EUROPEAN UNION | US Citizens Visa-Free to Europe for Foreseeable Future

Citizens of the United States will continue to enjoy visa-free travel to European Union countries for the foreseeable future. Last week, the European Commission indefinitely delayed any action on the March 3, 2017, request from the European Parliament to suspend the visa-free scheme for U.S. nationals due to the U.S. refusal to open its own visa-free scheme to the EU member states of Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, and Romania.

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GLOBAL TRENDS | Business Visas Receiving Increased Scrutiny

With use of business visas on the rise, more countries are making changes to their rules and processes for these popular visas. While business visas may have shorter processing times and more lenient requirements than work permits, Newland Chase urges companies to apply the same focus on compliance when planning international travel utilizing business visas as is used when planning an assignment that requires a work permit – especially in this era of increasing business visa use and scrutiny.

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EUROPEAN UNION | Will U.S. Citizens Soon Need Entry Visas to the EU?

On March 3, the Parliament of the European Union passed a resolution urging the European Commission to revoke the visa-free privilege for U.S. citizens within two months unless the U.S. government agrees to grant visa-free travel to the citizens of EU member states Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania. While the resolution is not legally binding on the EU Commission, the Parliament – anticipating push-back by the Commission – has already intimated it is headed to the courts if no Commission action is forthcoming. This sensitive U.S.-EU issue has been on Newland Chase’s radar for some time, but this latest development has now ratcheted-up the potential for real action.

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Going Global: 12 Best Countries to Expand Your Business Internationally

On December 21, Forbes magazine published its annual “Best Countries for Business” list for 2017, ranking the “business friendliness” of 139 countries based on 11 factors covering the legal and economic aspects impacting business. As Newland Chase prepares for the new year ahead, we reviewed this year’s list with interest and were encouraged to find that in the top countries for business this year we could confidently assure our clients… Newland Chase has your back.

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Investment Visa Options: Spanish Entrepreneur's Act

In 2013 the Spanish government enacted a law which, amongst other things, drastically altered the Spanish immigration system. The Spanish Entrepreneur's Act was one of the measures designed to assist with the recovery of the economy. As a consequence, apart from accelerating the immigration routes for highly-qualified professionals and researchers, it introduced several types of residence permits through investment options.

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Investment Visa Options: Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Programme

In this latest article for our series on immigration through investment, we are discussing the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Programme. This investment programme allows for a straightforward route to obtaining Cypriot citizenship, which can be a preferable option to permanent/temporary residency. This programme has been significantly modified in September 2016.

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Investment Visa Options: Singapore Global Investor Programme

Continuing with our series on immigration through investment, the Singapore Global Investor Programme appears as a highly attractive option for those looking to relocate to Asia. Investors interested in starting up businesses or investing in Singapore can apply for the Singapore Permanent Residence status through this Investor Programme. There are two different options, depending on the investment option selected: 

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Investment Visa Options: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and St Kitts & Nevis

Immigration through investment has become a popular option in recent years, for people looking to move to a new country without the employment restrictions that work permits can bring. Available in multiple countries throughout the world, investment programmes aim to balance economic growth for the host country while offering citizenship and/or residency benefits to investors and their families.

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Spotlight on Mexico

This is the latest instalment in our Spotlight series, exploring different regions across the globe. We hope to provide you with the most up to date and relevant information should you wish to expand to new destinations.

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Brexit: How Will This Affect UK Nationals Living in the EU?

At this stage it is impossible to predict how the rights of UK nationals living in remaining EU states will be affected, as UK policy towards EU nationals and the terms of the UK's Withdrawal Agreement – once agreed – will impact EU immigration policy towards UK nationals.

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Brexit: How Will This Affect EU Nationals Residing in the UK?

Whilst the country is coming to terms with the outcome of Brexit, it is important for us to not forget EU nationals who are currently working in the UK and to understand how they may be affected by this significant change.

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Understanding the Complexities of Business Travel

Extended Business Visit or Short Term Assignment In recent years, we at Newland Chase have found that there has been an overall global rise in business travel. Business activities are undergoing substantial changes and it is becoming increasingly difficult for organisations to track and define these activities within their existing structures in accordance with the scope of regulations.

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EU Referendum Advice for UK Employers

With the EU referendum set to take place on Thursday 23rd June, voters are just days away from deciding whether Britain should remain in the European Union.

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Brexit: The Potential Implications of the UK Leaving the EU

In the second of our blog series on Brexit we explore the implications for EU citizens, should the UK leave the EU.

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Brexit and the Impact on British Football

In the first of our blog series on the potential implications of Britain exiting the EU (Brexit), we explore how this decision could impact football across the UK.

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Is the UK's Tier 1 (Investor) Visa Under Threat?

Following recently published figures from ONS, there was a significant decline in the number of applications for the Tier 1 (Investor) Visa in 2015. Here we explore the reasons behind this drop and what the future might be for this category.

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Spotlight on Africa

This is the first of our new Spotlight series exploring different regions across the globe. We hope to provide you with the most up to date and relevant information should you wish to expand to new destinations.

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Is Mass Immigration Driving Down Wages for British Employees?

With the UK's EU referendum promised by the end of 2017, we are likely to see an increase in arguments to stay and leave the EU, with Immigration being such a controversial subject, it is no surprise that a recent study conducted by the Bank of England was set out to find if immigration has an effect on wages in the UK. They found that immigration did not affect the majority of peoples wages in the UK, they did however find that immigration has an effect on lower skilled service workers such as; care workers, waiting staff and cleaners, whom are all receiving a lower income wage due to competition for their jobs, and the lower wages paid to immigrants.

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What Happens when you Leave Sponsored Employment in the UK?

Many Tier 2 sponsored workers have concerns regarding the exact steps to be taken should their employment under Tier 2 Sponsorship cease earlier than expected.

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Are Europeans the Least Open to Immigration?

According to a Gallup study looking into the attitudes of people across 142 countries towards immigration, Europeans came out as the most negative in the world. The majority of respondents totalling 52% said immigration levels in their countries should be reduced. In every other region of the world, people were more likely to want immigration levels in their countries to either stay at their same level or to increase, rather than to decrease in nature.

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Prices, Wages and Purchasing Power: Which Cities Lead the Way?

According to a recent study, Dubai is one of only four cities in the world where rent exceeds more than $3,000 per month for an average unfurnished three bedroom apartment. The other cities which make the list include New York at $4,320, Hong Kong at $4,220 and finally London at $3,350 per month.

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Is the Decline in Immigration Slowing Australia's Economic Growth?

The Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) quarterly monetary policy report supports the suspicion that the cut in the economy's potential growth is linked to a slower population growth.

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The Negative Impact of Frequent Business Travel

The lifestyle of an international business traveller is often portrayed as glamorous and exciting in modern films and advertisements, however a recent academic study has shown that the reality can be far from luxurious.

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