Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on 1 July 2020.
VIETNAM: Upcoming New Labour Code and Amendments to Immigration Law
KUWAIT: New Business Visit Visa Regulations Extended to All Nationalities
In an attempt to crack down on forged degree certificates submitted in support of business (commercial) visit visa applications, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior has introduced new regulations for all nationalities.
CANADA: Biometrics Now Required for Certain In-Canada Applications
Effective 3 December 2019, applicants within Canada for work permit, study permit and visa extensions, as well as for permanent residence, must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at a designated Service Canada location.
SOUTH KOREA: Visa Invitations and Extensions Limited for Companies with Unpaid Tax
Effective immediately, the Korean immigration authorities have introduced a new regulation rejecting applications for visa issuance confirmation numbers (VICN) and Alien Registration Card (ARC) extensions if the inviting company has any amount of arrears for any type of tax.
NETHERLANDS: New Minimum Salary Levels for 2020
The Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.
MALAYSIA: MDEC Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens 3 December 2019
MSC/ICT status companies who are registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes from 3 December 2019.
SOUTH KOREA: Work Experience Requirement Relaxed for E7 Visa Applications
Effective immediately, applicants for an E7 visa whose university diploma is not related to the job position in the Korean company only need to demonstrate three years of related work experience, rather than five years as previously required.
SPAIN: New Requirements for Assignment Letter for Intra-Company Transfer Permit Applications
Effective immediately, the immigration authorities have established new requirements for assignment letters in support of all intra-company transfer permit applications, both those under EU Directive 2014/66 and those under the Spanish Entrepreneur’s Law.
COLOMBIA: New Entry and Stay Regulations
Effective 1 December 2019, Resolution 3167 of 2019 establishes new guidelines for the entry into, stay in and departure from Colombia of both Colombian and foreign nationals.
AUSTRALIA: Skilled Occupation List Review
On 26 November 2019, Newland Chase met with two representatives from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, regarding the upcoming changes to the skilled occupation lists used by Immigration.
SWITZERLAND: New Quotas for 2020
On 27 November 2019, the Federal Council of Switzerland announced that quotas will remain the same for new work permit applications submitted during the 2020 calendar year for certain groups.
SAUDI ARABIA: Work Visit Visa Eliminated
Newland Chase has been informed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has privately confirmed that the Work Visit Visa (WVV) is no longer available. The Business Visa now replaces it. Those currently in the Kingdom under a WVV can stay until the expiry date.
AUSTRALIA: New Regional Visas Now Available
The new Subclass 494 Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa opened for applications on 16 November 2019 for employers with roles in regional Australia (defined by postcode), which is generally anywhere outside the Brisbane, Sydney, or Melbourne metropolitan areas.
SAUDI ARABIA: New Format for Work and Commercial Visit Visas [Updated 19 Nov 2019]
With no official announcement or explanation, Saudi consular authorities have recently begun issuing Work Visit and Commercial Visit Visas in a new format, labelled “Business Visa”, and with the note, “not permitted to work” or similar.
MALAYSIA: ESD Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens 20 November 2019
Effective 20 November 2019, companies that are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes (EP) and Professional Visit Passes (PVP).
UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces Various Changes to Immigration Fees
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective 2 December 2019, the fee to request its premium processing service for certain employment based petitions will increase to USD 1440 from the current fee of USD 1410.
ZAMBIA: Foreign Nationals Now Require Health Insurance
Effective Immediately, foreign nationals who enter 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.
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.
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 applications, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior has issued an internal memo containing new rules for Egyptian nationals and graduates of Egyptian universities.
FRANCE: Government Proposes Updated Shortage Occupation List and New Immigration Targets
The government of France has proposed changes to the immigration rules, from March 2020, including a more accurate analysis of skills shortages, leading to sectoral immigration targets and shortage occupations lists, debated and defined annually.
SWITZERLAND: New Credit Card Format for Residence Permits
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.