This Week’s Immigration News

May20

RUSSIA: Stricter Rules on Payment of State Fee for Letter of Invitation in Moscow

Effective immediately, the state fee collected for issuance of letters of invitation (LOI) at the migration office at 42 Pokrovka Street in Moscow must be paid exclusively from the bank account of the inviting company.

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May20

SOUTH AFRICA: Department of Home Affairs Restricts Short-Term Work to 180 Days Per Calendar Year

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has issued a directive internally and to the South African diplomatic missions, restricting short-term work on a Visitor’s Visa 11(2) to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year.

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May20

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 20 May 2019

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May16

NEW ZEALAND: Updates to Skill Shortage Lists

Effective 27 May 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).

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May16

SAUDI ARABIA: New Residence Scheme Approved

The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and which will be implemented within the next five years.

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May16

SWITZERLAND: End of Work Permit Quotas for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

Effective 1 June 2019, the safeguard clause imposing quotas on residence permits for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU2) will no longer apply.

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May13

PANAMA: Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

Effective 24 April 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigos).

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May13

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 13 May 2019

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May09

BREXIT: UK and Ireland Sign Deal to Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights

On 8 May 2019, the governments of Ireland and of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the status, rights and privileges already enjoyed by British and Irish citizens in each others’ states under the Common Travel Area (CTA).

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May08

Royal Babies, Latin Trivia, and Children Born Abroad

On the happy occasion of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – we take this opportunity to discuss children born abroad, citizenship, and what expectant mums and dads on international assignment need to know.

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May08

COSTA RICA: Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.

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May08

TURKEY: All Residence Permit Renewals Now to Be Submitted In Person

Effective immediately, any foreign national residence permit holder in Turkey intending to renew their residence permit must submit their renewal application in person at the immigration office.

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May07

ISRAEL and UNITED STATES: B-5 Investor Visa for US Nationals and E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli Nationals Now Available

Effective 1 May 2019, the Israeli consulates in Washington, New York, Houston, and San Francisco have begun accepting applications for the new B-5 Investor Visa for US citizens.

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May07

SINGAPORE: New Operating Hours at Ministry of Manpower Service Centres

Effective 3 June 2019, new operating hours will come into effect at the Ministry of Manpower Services Centre (MOMSC) Hall C, and the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC).

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May07

PHILIPPINES: Changes in Rules for Special and Provisional Work Permits

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).

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May07

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 7 May 2019

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May06

SOUTH AMERICA: Ten Years of Freedom of Movement

Implemented in 2009, the MERCOSUR Residence Agreement is perhaps the world’s second most ambitious freedom of movement scheme.
Where are we ten years later?

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May03

DENMARK: Amended Rules for Certain Foreign Workers

Effective 1 June 2019, the Danish government has announced some minor changes to the immigration rules.

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Apr30

Is It Legal? Digital Nomads and Immigration (part 2)

As technology continues to transform the way we work – laws and company policies struggle to keep up. One such case is that of the “digital nomad”.
What happens when the reality of immigration laws meets the hype?

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Apr29

CHILE: Recent Immigration Changes

The immigration authorities in Chile have recently implemented several measures.

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Apr29

UNITED STATES: New Policy for L-1 Readmissions at Canadian Border

Effective immediately, and without an official announcement, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are refusing to process petitions presented by Canadian nationals, for readmission in L-1 status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Apr29

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 29 April 2019

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Apr24

CANADA: Processing Delays and New Wage Thresholds for Labour Market Impact Assessments

Application Processing Delays

Employment and Social Development Canada is warning that average processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications have increased.

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Apr24

UK Nationals in the EU – Brexit Strategy Planning

On 10 April 2019, the European Council and the UK government agreed to a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period, lasting only for as long as necessary to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement and, in any event, no longer than 31 October 2019.

That still leaves several possible Brexit outcomes.

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Apr24

ARGENTINA: Restrictions on Company Registration Deadline Extension Requests

The National Registry of Sponsoring Entities (Renure) has announced that it will no longer accept deadline extension requests from companies incorporated as Limited Liability Companies (“SRL” in Spanish), branch offices or foundations.

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Apr23

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 23 April 2019

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Apr22

Is It Legal? Digital Nomads and Immigration

As technology continues to transform the way we work – laws and company policies struggle to keep up. One such case is that of the “digital nomad”.
What happens when the reality of immigration laws meets the hype?  

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Apr18

SLOVAKIA: New Online Appointment Booking System Established by Foreign Police

Effective 17 April 2019, the Foreign Police has implemented a new online system for scheduling appointments for a particular date and time.

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Apr18

BREXIT: UK and Switzerland Reach Agreement on No-Deal Labour Market Access

At its meeting on 17 April 2019, the Swiss Federal Council approved a temporary agreement with the United Kingdom on mutual labour market access in a no-deal scenario.

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Apr18

MALAYSIA: MYXpats Centre Updates Systems and Fees

Effective 1 June 2019, the MYXpats Centre of the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has announced new features and service charges for Employment Pass, Professional Visit Pass, Dependant pass and Long-Term Social visit Pass applications.

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