Global Immigration Weekly Roundup & Brexit Updates - 11 March 2019

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

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UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Introduces New Start-up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme

On 7 March 2019, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, introducing new Start-up and Innovator categories and making reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) category.

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IRELAND: Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

Effective 6 March 2019, the spouses and de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can access the Irish labour market without first obtaining an Employment Permit.

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VIETNAM: New Notification Requirement for Early Termination of Work Permits

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has issued a circular which re-introduces the requirement to notify provincial Departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (DeLISA) of early termination of work permits, and introduces new work permit application forms. Implementation is ongoing and depends on the province.

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Denmark_Boats150100DENMARK: New Positive List Published

The Danish immigration authorities have published a new positive list, effective 1 March 2019 and valid until 30 June 2019.

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ARGENTINA: Ten-Year Police Clearance Certificates Now Required for Immigration Applications

Effective 6 March 2019, the immigration authorities have published a new regulation requiring police clearance certificates submitted in support of immigration applications to include the applicant’s criminal record for the ten years prior to the certificate’s issuance.

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South Africa - Cape Town2-928288-editedSOUTH AFRICA: Consulates May Have Started Using Unpublished Draft of New Critical Skills List

Reports have emerged that some South African overseas missions have begun to reject Critical Skills Visa applications on the grounds that the corporate general manager category no longer exists.

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Colombia_-_Cartagena-150100COLOMBIA: Mercosur Visa No Longer Open to Chilean Nationals

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will no longer grant migrant visas to Chilean nationals on the basis of the Mercosur Agreement, although no changes to the immigration regulations have been made to this effect.

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Switzerland_Schaffhausen.Castle-150100SWITZERLAND: New National Salary Calculation Tool for Seconded Workers

On 5 March 2019, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published a new national salary calculation tool that all cantonal labour authorities must now use when conducting remuneration checks to verify the work conditions of seconded workers (temporary intra company transferees or workers posted at a client site to fulfill a service contract).

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Brexit Updates

brexit-150100 (1)Possible Outcomes for Citizens [Updated 8 March 2019]

On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly against the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the government and the EU.

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brexit150100No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 (or later, after an extension of the Article 50 period) without a ratified withdrawal agreement, then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.

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Seville, Spain 150100Spain Publishes Contingency Measures for No-Deal Brexit

The Spanish government has published a decree adopting contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit.

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