This Week’s Immigration News

Dec05

VIETNAM: Upcoming New Labour Code and Amendments to Immigration Law

Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on 1 July 2020.

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Dec05

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.

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Dec05

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.

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Dec03

NETHERLANDS: Changes to IN Amsterdam Service Fees for 2020

The IN Amsterdam service centre has announced changes to its fee schedule for 2020.

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Dec03

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.

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Dec03

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.

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Dec03

BELGIUM: Increased Minimum Salary Thresholds for 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, minimum gross annual salary levels for foreign employees will be increased in the three Belgian regions.

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Dec03

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.

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Dec02

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.

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Dec02

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.

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Dec02

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 2 December 2019

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

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Nov29

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.

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Nov28

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.

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Nov28

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.

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Nov25

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 25 November 2019

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

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Nov22

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.

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Nov21

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.

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Nov19

CZECHIA: New Posted Worker Notification Requirements

The Czech authorities have updated the notification requirements for workers posted to Czechia by companies based in the EU.

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Nov19

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.

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Nov19

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).

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Nov18

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.

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Nov18

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 18 November 2019

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

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Nov12

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.

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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 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

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

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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, from March 2020, 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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