Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 10 June 2019

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

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UNITED STATES : Visa Applicants Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts

Effective immediately, the US Department of State has updated its nonimmigrant and immigrant visa forms, requiring most applicants to list all personal social media accounts, with usernames or handles (not passwords), along with telephone numbers and email addresses, dating back five years, when completing the the standard visa application forms.

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IRELAND: Most Common Work Permit Options… in 5 Minutes

With a booming economy and continued access to the European common market post-Brexit, international business should keep an eye on Ireland. Here’s a quick summary of the most common work permission routes you need to know about.

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Meet Newland Chase Immigration Experts at SHRM 2019 Annual Conference

Newland Chase and CIBTvisas will once again be exhibiting at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition. This year’s event will be held June 23 - 26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are attending, stop by our booth #2902 and pick up a complimentary copy of our white paper, 6 Key Strategies to Get the Most from Your Global Immigration Provider. 

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Qualifying same-sex spouses are now eligible to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC). The as-yet unpublished government policy, communicated verbally, follows the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Taiwan on 17 May 2019.

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PHILIPPINES: New Tax Registration Rules Issued

Effective immediately, all foreign nationals applying for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP), a Provisional Work Permit (PWP), a Special Work Permit (SWP) or any work visa are required to obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN).

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Permanent Residency "Golden Card" Introduced

The UAE has started issuing a new permanent residency "golden card" to qualifying investors, exceptional talents in the field of science and knowledge such as doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors, and creative individuals in the field of culture and art.

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RUSSIA: Recent Immigration Changes

A bill amending the residence permit rules has been submitted to the State Duma for review. Several other changes have also recently been proposed.

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PANAMA: Changes to Residence and Work Permit Rules

On 28 May 2019, several Executive Decrees were enacted which modify work and residence permit rules and introduce new immigration categories allowing work.

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FINLAND: Labour Market Test No Longer Required for Career Changers

Effective 1 June 2019, a foreign national who is already employed in Finland, and who wishes to change occupation, will no longer require a labour market test.

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