This Week’s Immigration News

Apr03

COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Updates

This is the latest immigration and travel information from Newland Chase. This dedicated page is updated daily at 11am BST and 5.30pm BST and at 7am EST and 1.30pm.

3 April 2020 | Updated: Argentina, European Union / Schengen, Germany, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam

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Apr02

UNITED STATES – USCIS Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Submitted as of 1 April

On 1 April 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may now be submitted to USCIS if based on a valid selected registration.

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Apr01

SOUTH KOREA: Tuberculosis Test for Long-Term Visa or Residence

Effective 1 April 2020, 16 more countries have been added to the list of countries whose nationals are required to submit a tuberculosis test certificate in support of long-term visa and Alien Registration Certificate (ARC) applications.

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Mar25

AUSTRALIA: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Employer Sponsor FAQ

Following confirmation from the Australian Government that many businesses across Australia will be forced to close their doors or limit their services as of 12pm, Monday 23 March 2020 due to COVID-19, we are aware that many employer sponsors will be wondering what this means for their visa holding workforce.

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Mar23

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 23 March 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Mar16

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 16 March 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Mar12

UNITED STATES: Entry Ban Extended to Schengen States, UK and Ireland

The president has announced the suspension of entry for travelers of any nationality who have been in the Schengen area in the previous 14 days. Effective midnight US EST on Monday 16 March (04:00 GMT Tuesday 17 March), the travel ban is extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Mar11

UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge to Increase from October 2020

The United Kingdom government has announced that, effective October 2020, the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will increase from £400 to £624 per year.

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Mar09

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 9 March 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Mar06

MEXICO: Reminder of Annual Corporate File Update Requirement

Every year in March and April, upon completing the annual tax declaration, companies legally established in Mexico and registered with the National Immigration Institute (INM) as employers of foreign workers are required to update their file of corporate documentation (Constancia de Inscripción de Empleador).

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Mar05

GERMANY: Skilled Immigration Act Comes into Effect

The ‘immigration act for skilled personnel’ (Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz), which applies from 1 March 2020, is intended to facilitate immigration and employment for foreign skilled workers.

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Mar05

SINGAPORE: Upcoming Measures to Promote Fair Hiring

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced several measures intended to strengthen fair hiring practices.

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Mar02

SINGAPORE: Lower Quotas for Certain Sectors in 2021

Effective 1 January 2021, the S-Pass Sub-Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) for companies in the construction, marine shipyard, and process sectors will be lowered from 20% to 18%.

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Mar02

NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Residence Processing Priority Rules

Effective 24 February 2020, applications under the Residence for Work (RFW) programme will no longer be prioritized over those under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).

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Feb26

SAUDI ARABIA: Additional Step for Business Visit Visa Applications

Applications for a Business Visit Visa for Saudi Arabia must now be supported by a pre-approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to a Letter of Invitation from the sponsoring Saudi-registered entity.

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Feb25

BELGIUM: Further Measures to Mitigate Single Permit Processing Delays

The Belgian authorities have taken further steps to decrease application processing times for the single permit, and to avoid lapses in work authorization due to the slower processing of the residence authorization.

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Feb25

PHILIPPINES: New Guidelines for Special Work Permit for Consultants and Specialists

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has released new guidelines for Special Work Permit (SWP) applications for consultants or specialists.

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Feb24

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 24 February 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Feb20

UNITED KINGDOM: New Fast-Track Visa Scheme for Top Scientists

The Global Talent route, a visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians, opened on 20 February 2020.

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Feb19

UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Policy Statement on Future Immigration System

The UK government has released more details of its proposed new ‘points-based’ system for employment immigration routes, due to take effect from 1 January 2021, under which free movement will end and EU nationals will be covered by the same rules as non-EU nationals.

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Feb18

NIGERIA: Government Overhauls Visa Policy

On 4 February 2020, the government of Nigeria launched the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 (NVP 2020).

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Feb18

PHILIPPINES: Update to Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa Applications

Effective immediately, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Foreign National Unit (FNU) has begun requiring authorized agents such as consultancy and law firms to present a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) for the processing of Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa applications and related transactions.

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Feb18

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Rules for Work Permit Renewals

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) has published a new occupation list of permitted occupations and, relatedly, introduced new rules for work permit renewals.

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Feb18

SOUTH KOREA: New Process for Visa Issuance

Effective 24 February 2020, Korean consulates will begin to phase out the stamping of visas into passports.

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Feb17

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 17 February 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Feb17

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visas for Bushfire Recovery

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has accepted the recommendation of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) to relax and broaden the conditions for holders of Subclass 417 and 462 Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas to allow them to assist in the recovery efforts following the recent bushfires, without breaching visa conditions.

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Feb10

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 10 February 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

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Feb08

White Paper | China: Status of Immigration During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The outbreak of the coronavirus starting in Wuhan, China is significantly affecting individuals, businesses, travel, supply chains, and financial markets. Our team in China has prepared the following update detailing the outbreak’s impact on visas and immigration for business to and from China.  

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Feb07

2020 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends (Part 4 of 4)

By Jason Rogers, J.D., VP & Global Immigration Counsel, and Kent O’Neil, J.D.

We often note the passing of years – and particularly decades – with fanfare and a bit of introspection. In a greater sense, the flip of the calendar from 2019 to 2020 is more an artificial demarcation. When it comes to the international business environment, 2020 will present us with much of the same opportunities and challenges that 2019 did. Nevertheless, it is always prudent to periodically assess where we stand and where we’re going.

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Feb06

2020 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends (Part 3 of 4)

By Jason Rogers, J.D., VP & Global Immigration Counsel, and Kent O’Neil, J.D.

We often note the passing of years – and particularly decades – with fanfare and a bit of introspection. In a greater sense, the flip of the calendar from 2019 to 2020 is more an artificial demarcation. When it comes to the international business environment, 2020 will present us with much of the same opportunities and challenges that 2019 did. Nevertheless, it is always prudent to periodically assess where we stand and where we’re going.

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