Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 16 December 2019

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

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UNITED STATES: Electronic Registration Required for Upcoming H-1B Cap Season

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will implement its new electronic registration process for H-1B applications for the upcoming H-1B lottery.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Ministry of Labor Cancels Yellow Nitaqat Band

Effective 26 January 2020, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) has announced it will cancel the yellow band in its Saudization programme, Nitaqat.  Companies currently in the yellow band will be moved into the red band and will become non-compliant unless they improve their Nitaqat rating.

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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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RUSSIA: Reminder - Upcoming Deadline for Employers to Confirm Measles Vaccination of All Foreign Employees [UPDATED]

Employers engaging foreign labor in Russia have until 31 December 2019 to confirm the vaccination against measles of all the foreign nationals they currently employ. 

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CZECHIA: New Appointment Booking Lottery at New Delhi Consulate Allows Only 33 Applications

The Czech embassy in New Delhi, India, has implemented a new appointment booking system for nationals of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives applying for employee cards.  Under this system, only 33 employee card applications will be accepted between January and March 2020.

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ARGENTINA: Police Clearance Certificates Required for Certain Visas

Effective immediately, holders of 30-day technical or professional visas valid for 30 days who apply to renew the visa for a sixth time (i.e. beyond six months’ continuous stay in Argentina) must submit police clearance certificates (PCCs) from their country of origin and/or all countries where they have lived during the previous three years.

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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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SWITZERLAND: Reminder that Job Advertisement Threshold to Change from January 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 5% or above will have to test the Swiss labor market by advertising. The threshold has been 8% since the requirement was introduced in July 2018.

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