Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 7 January 2020

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

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UNITED STATES: Dramatic Increases to Visa Issuance Fees for Australian Nationals

Effective 23 December 2019, Australian citizens applying for certain non-immigrant visa categories (L-1, L-2, E-1, E-2, H-1B, and H-4 visas) face drastically higher visa issuance fees. This is in addition to the standard visa application (MRV) fees that all nationalities must pay.

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GERMANY: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2020.

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DENMARK: New Positive List, Minimum Salary and Government Fees

The Danish immigration authorities have published a new positive list, effective 1 January 2020 and valid until 30 June 2020.

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FRANCE: Measures to Facilitate Talent Passport Applications

The Ministry of Home Affairs has published a note to the Prefectural authorities recommending measures to expedite applications for Talent Passport and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) residence permits.

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NETHERLANDS: New Online Notification Portal for Temporary Postings Starting 1 March 2020

Effective 1 March 2020, employers in the EEA (EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland sending their employees to work temporarily in the Netherlands must submit a notification of the posting via a new online portal. The portal will be open from 1 February to notify postings that begin on or after 1 March.

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SOUTH KOREA: Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

The Korean National Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents.  For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by 28 February 2020, penalties will be reduced or exempted.

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ROMANIA: Further Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2020

The Romanian government has increased to 30,000 the total number of work permits that can be issued in 2020 to non-EU nationals, up by 50% from 20,000 in 2019.

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