Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 27 August 2019

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

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UNITED KINGDOM: Post-Brexit Immigration System - Update

At a recent event held by senior immigration policy officials, the Home Office affirmed its ongoing commitment toward an updated immigration system, to be introduced in January 2021.

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THAILAND: Work Permit Applicants Now Required to Submit Medical Certificate

Effective 19 August 2019, all work permit applications must be supported by a medical certificate, according to an Employment Department regulation issued on 16 August 2019.

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BREXIT: UK Government Reconsiders Rules for EU Citizens Arriving After No-Deal Brexit

The Home Office has indicated that it is planning changes to the proposed transitional arrangements for EU citizens arriving after a no-deal Brexit.

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CZECH REPUBLIC: Upcoming Immigration Changes [UPDATED]

The new immigration legislation became effective on 31 July.

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PHILIPPINES: Changes in Rules for Special and Provisional Work Permits [UPDATED]

On 22 April 2019, the Department of Labor (DOLE), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) released joint immigration guidelines, making some changes to the rules for the Special Work Permit (SWP) and Provisional Work Permit (PWP). [UPDATE] The Bureau of Immigration has now implemented these changes also for applicants for Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) visas who are sponsored by companies registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).

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INDONESIA: Amendments to Regulations for Work Permit Exemption for Foreign National Shareholders in Indonesian Companies

The Indonesian investment board (BKPM) has amended its regulations to clarify that foreign national shareholders in Indonesian companies who also work as Directors or Commissioners for the same company qualify for an exemption allowing them to work in Indonesia without a work permit.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Stricter Document Retention Rules for Sponsors

Effective immediately, the Home Office has updated its guidance on document retention for sponsors under the Points Based System.

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