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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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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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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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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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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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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