Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 11 February 2019

The latest vital immigration news and updates from around the globe in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

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MEXICO: Delays at Immigration Offices

As the new federal administration takes office in Mexico, major staff changes are taking place within the offices of the National Immigration institute (INM) around the country, affecting the processing times of submitted applications.

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NEW ZEALAND: Government Proposes Overhaul of Employer-Supported Work Visas

The New Zealand government has proposed significant changes to the employer-assisted work visa framework which, if implemented, will affect all New Zealand employers supporting work visa applications and all individuals applying for employer-supported work visas.

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BREXIT: Citizens' Rights After Brexit

The UK has reached a separation agreement with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (‘the EEA EFTA States’), including a deal on citizens’ rights.  Read more

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The Swiss Federal Council and the UK government have approved an agreement protecting the rights of Swiss nationals currently residing in the UK and the reciprocal rights of UK nationals currently residing in Switzerland, after the UK leaves the EU. Read more

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ROMANIA: Significant Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

Romania’s work permit quota for 2019 has been published in the Official Gazette (Part I, no. 80 of 31 January 2019) according to Government Decision no. 34/31.01.2019.

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MALAYSIA: MYXpats Centre Requires ESD Portal Users to Complete Survey

All employers registered with the ESD portal of the MYXpats Centre to apply for Employment Passes or Professional Visit Passes must complete an online client experience survey before carrying out any further transactions through the portal.

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PHILIPPINES: New Requirements and Restrictions for Special Work Permit and Provisional Work Permit

On 29 January 2019, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued Operations Order No. JHM-2019-002, prescribing supplemental guidelines for SWP and PWP issuance.

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COLOMBIA: New Labour Ministry Registration Required for all Foreign Workers [UPDATED]

On 9 October 2018, the Ministry of Labour issued Resolution 4388, creating and implementing the Single Registry of Foreign Workers in Colombia (“RUTEC”). The Ministry aims to use the registry to collect and control information about foreign workers, allowing it to monitor their current status and avoid abusive and illegal contracting practices.

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GERMANY: Plans to Introduce Transition Period for UK Nationals to Regularise Immigration Status After a No-Deal Brexit

The German federal government has announced its plans for UK nationals in Germany after 29 March 2019, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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VENEZUELA: Embassy in Argentina Can Now Apostille Venezuelan Criminal Records Certificates

Effective immediately, the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina is now authorised to stamp an apostille seal on Venezuelan criminal records certificates.

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