This Week’s Immigration News

Nov12

ZAMBIA: Foreign Nationals Now Require Health Insurance

Effective Immediately, foreign nationals who Zambia without valid health insurance must obtain local health insurance through the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA), on arrival at the port of entry.

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Nov12

SINGAPORE: Higher Minimum Salary for S Pass Applicants

Effective 1 January 2020, the minimum qualifying salary for the S Pass will be increased from SGD 2300 to SGD 2400.

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Nov12

COLOMBIA: Changes to Degree Validation Process

The Ministry of National Education has issued a Resolution establishing or modifying the requirements and processing times of degree validation processes.

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Nov12

KUWAIT: New Business Visit Visa Regulations for Egyptian Nationals and Graduates of Egyptian Universities

In an attempt to crack down on forged degree certificates submitted in support of business (commercial) visit visa and residence permit applications, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior has issued an internal memo containing new rules for Egyptian nationals and graduates of Egyptian universities.

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Nov11

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 11 November 2019

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Nov08

FRANCE: Government Proposes Updated Shortage Occupation List and New Immigration Targets

The government of France has proposed changes to the immigration rules, including a more accurate analysis of skills shortages, leading to sectoral immigration targets and shortage occupations lists, debated and defined annually.

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Nov07

SWITZERLAND: New Credit Card Format for Residence Permits

Effective immediately, residence permits issued to European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA) citizens (L, B and C permits) will have a new credit card-like format, including a biometric photograph and signature (no fingerprints), replacing the old paper permits.

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Nov07

NEW ZEALAND: New Version of ANZSCO Applies Transitionally to Current Migrant Employees

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced a targeted review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) job classification system, which has moved some lower-skilled occupations over to the medium skilled occupation group.

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Nov07

ISRAEL: Hi-Tech Visa No Longer Available to Visa Nationals

Effective immediately, non-visa waiver nationals are no longer eligible for the fast-track Hi-Tech (HIT) one-year B-1 work permit and visa process. This affects both new and renewal applications.

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Nov05

QATAR: Residence Permit Renewals Now Require Attested Electronic Work Permit

Effective 3 November 2019, the immigration authorities will only accept residence permit renewal applications if supported by an attested electronic work contract.

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Nov04

SAUDI ARABIA: New Format for Work and Commercial Visit Visas

With no official announcement or explanation, Saudi consular authorities have recently begun issuing Work Visit and Commercial Visit Visas in a new format, which includes the phrase “not permitted to work” or similar wording. 

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Nov04

ISRAEL: Strike at Israeli Consulates Worldwide Ends

The strike unexpectedly declared last week at Israeli consulates worldwide ended on Sunday, 3 November.

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Nov04

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 4 November 2019

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Oct31

BREXIT: EU Agrees Another Article 50 Extension [UPDATED]

On 28 October 2019, the EU agreed a new ‘flextension’ of the Article 50 period: until 31 January 2020, with the option of the UK leaving earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified in time.

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Oct30

MALAYSIA: Change in Validity of Approval Letters Issued by MDEC

Effective 1 November 2019, the validity of all approval letters issued by MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) for ICT companies will be revised from three months to six months. 

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Oct30

RUSSIA: New Address Registration Regulations and Forms

Effective 28 October 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has approved new regulations and a new form for address registration.

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Oct30

ISRAEL: Strike at Israeli Consulates Worldwide

Effective immediately, employees of the consular sections within all Israeli missions worldwide have unexpectedly declared a strike. The duration of the strike has not been announced.

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Oct28

AUSTRALIA: Perth and Gold Coast Added to Regional Areas With Immigration Benefits

The Australian Department of Immigration announced over the weekend that they will be including Perth, Western Australia and the Gold Coast, Queensland as ‘regional’ areas for immigration purposes from November of this year. 

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Oct28

BREXIT: EU Agrees Another Article 50 Extension

On 28 October 2019, the EU agreed a new ‘flextension’ of the Article 50 period: until 31 January 2020, with the option of the UK leaving earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified in time.

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Oct28

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 28 October 2019

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Oct25

UNITED KINGDOM: Further Changes to Immigration Rules for No-Deal Brexit

On 24 October 2019, the government published another statement of changes to the Immigration Rules to prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit.

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Oct24

AUSTRALIA: New Employment Contract Policy for 482 Visa Applications Retracted [UPDATED 24 Oct 2019]

[UPDATE]

The recent policy change requiring an end date for employment contracts for Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa applications has been dropped.  Visa processing officers have been notified that applications should be assessed in line with previous policy advice.

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Oct24

RUSSIA: Reminder - Deadline for Employers to Confirm Measles Vaccination of All Foreign Employees

Employers engaging foreign labour in Russia have until 31 December 2019 to confirm the vaccination against measles of all foreign nationals they employ.

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Oct24

BELGIUM: Some Historical Residence Fees Can Be Reclaimed

On 11 September 2019, the Belgian Council of State annulled two Royal Decrees that lay down the payment of residence administrative fees (the first of 16 February 2015 that introduced the administrative fee and the second of 14 February 2017 that raised the fee amount).

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Oct23

THAILAND: Faster Processing of Certain Pre-Work Permit Approval Applications

Effective immediately, companies which are eligible for expedited work permit processing at the One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC) can now also submit pre-work permit approval (PWPA) applications at the OSSC.

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Oct23

CHILE: New Exit Permit Requirements

Effective 11 October 2019, foreign nationals who do not hold a valid tourist card, visa application receipt and/or residence receipt must request, by email and at least five days in advance of travel, a permit in order to exit Chile.

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Oct23

BREXIT: UK Parliament Forces Government to Request Further Extension of Article 50 Period

On 17 Oct 2019, the Government of the United Kingdom and the EU Council agreed a modified Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. However, on 19 Oct 2019, the UK Parliament voted to force the UK Government to request another extension of the Article 50 period. On 22 Oct 2019, parliament voted to take forward the government's Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which must be approved before the Withdrawal Agreement can be ratified in the UK, but voted against the government's fast-track timetable for scrutinizing the bill.

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Oct21

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 21 October 2019

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Oct17

Help Shape the Future of UK Immigration

Newland Chase is preparing a submission of evidence and comments on behalf of its clients to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on the future of UK immigration. We are seeking input from interested individuals, companies, and organizations to help influence the future UK immigration policy post-Brexit.

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Oct17

GERMANY: Long Waiting Times for Visa Appointments at German Missions in India

The German authorities have published current waiting times for visa appointments at the various German missions around India.

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