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Apr19

RUSSIA: Draft Law to Restrict Employment of Foreign Nationals Introduced

On 13th April 2018, a draft law was introduced to the Russian parliament, proposing new powers to ban or restrict the employment of nationals of the United States and/or other countries imposing sanctions on Russia.

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Apr19

SWITZERLAND: Government Extends “Safeguard Clause” Limiting Residence Permits for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to extend, for the year from 1st  June 2018, the quota on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals (EU-2) of 996 long-term B permits, released quarterly.

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Apr18

NIGERIA: Ministry of Interior Online Services May Cause Delays

On 7th May 2018, the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMI) is expected to launch its new online service, covering all aspects of the operations and workflow of its Citizenship and Business (C&B) department.

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Apr17

COLOMBIA: New Requirement for Minors Travelling by Air

Effective 26th April 2018, anyone travelling by air within or out of Colombia accompanied by a minor child of seven years or under must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

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Apr17

KUWAIT: Restrictions for Foreign National Engineers, and Diploma Holders Under 30 Years Old

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Effective immediately, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) requires engineers applying to renew or transfer their residence permits to present a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Kuwait Engineers Society (KES).

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Apr17

SPAIN: New Document Criteria for Residence Card Applications in Madrid

Effective immediately, an applicant for a residence card in Madrid whose passport does not bear an entry stamp affixed by the Spanish border control authorities must instead submit a statement of entry (“Declaración de entrada”).

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Apr17

CHILE: Post-arrival Temporary Residence Visa for Work Purposes to Be Discontinued

The Chilean Ministry of the Interior has announced that, effective 23rd April 2018, it will discontinue the post-arrival temporary visa for work purposes, introduced in 2015.

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Apr17

BRAZIL: Clarification of Procedure for Change of Status from Temporary to Permanent Residence Permit

The Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Justice have issued a joint statement clarifying that applications for conversion of temporary residence into permanent residence permits must be submitted to the Ministry of Labour for processing, rather than the Ministry of Justice.

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Apr17

BULGARIA: Amendments to the Labour Mobility Law

Effective 23rd May 2017, Bulgaria has passed amendments to the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act which relax the requirements for issuance of EU Blue Cards for non-EU nationals, increase the allowed ratio of foreign national to Bulgarian national employees and transpose into Bulgarian law EU Directive 2016/801 “on the entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing”.

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Apr16

INDIA: E-Services Extended Nationally to All FRROs

Effective immediately, India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has rolled out nationally its new e-FRRO system for online visa-related services.

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Apr13

MOROCCO: Fewer Intra-Company Transfers Qualify for Exemption from Labour Market Testing

In the last few weeks, the Ministry of Labour in Morocco has tightened the qualifying criteria for the intra-company transfer work permit process.

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Apr13

UNITED STATES: USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2019

On 6th April 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2019 (1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the additional quota (20,000) for individuals holding a US master’s or other advanced degree.

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Apr12

RUSSIA: New Notification Forms

Effective 20th April 2018, new forms will be introduced for notifying the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the labour activity of foreign nationals.

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Apr11

GHANA: New Employment Guidelines Released by Petroleum Commission

Effective 2nd June 2018. the Petroleum Commission (PC) has released new guidelines covering the employment of foreign nationals.

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Apr09

PANAMA: Entry Rules Relaxed for Schengen Visa/EU Residence Holders and Indian Nationals

Effective 4th April 2018, valid Schengen visas and EU residence permits are again accepted for entry into Panama.

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Apr06

INDONESIA: Upcoming Regulations for Hiring Foreign Workers

Effective 29th June 2018, the government of Indonesia has issued new regulations for hiring foreign workers.

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Apr05

COSTA RICA: New Penalties for Overstay

Effective 20th April 2018, the General Directorate of Immigration will begin to enforce an existing, previously unenforced rule imposing a fine of USD 100 per month of overstay, or alternatively a ban from entering Costa Rica of three times the length of the overstay.

The penalties will be applied retroactively to any overstays since 1st March 2010.

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Apr05

NETHERLANDS: Reduced Application Fees

Effective 3rd May 2018, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced adjusted fees for immigration applications. Many fees will be reduced, and none will rise.

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Apr04

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Good Conduct Certificate Requirement Suspended

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Apr02

PANAMA: New Online Application for Travel Permits for Minors

Effective 1st April 2018, the National Immigration Authority will implement a mandatory online application process for travel permits for minors exiting the country with one or no parents.

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Mar27

ARGENTINA: Express Appointments Re-Established for Residence Applicants

Effective immediately, Argentina's National Immigration Office (DNM) has put the express appointments system back into operation for temporary and permanent visa and residence applications and temporary work authorisations.

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Mar26

SLOVENIA: New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Available

Effective immediately, Slovenia has introduced new work and residence permit rules for intra-corporate transfer (ICT), transposing into national law European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”.

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Mar23

IRELAND: Signed Employment Contract Required for All Employment Permit Applications

Effective 26th March 2018, the Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2018 introduce several changes, including an important new documentary requirement and an expansion of the occupations qualifying for intra-company transfers.

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Mar23

UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, in order to reduce overall H-1B processing times, they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions starting 2nd April 2018.

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Mar21

PHILIPPINES: Additional Documents Required for Alien Employment Permit Applications

Effective 2nd April 2018, the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has confirmed additional documentary requirements for Alien Employment Permit (AEP) applications.

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Mar21

AUSTRALIA: New Global Talent Scheme Announced

On 19th March 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new visa scheme to attract highly-skilled talent to Australia will be piloted from 1st July 2018.

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Mar21

UNITED STATES: End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

Effective 12th March 2018, the United States embassy in Paris, France, has closed its “Golden Arrow” program for expedited E visas for critical employees of registered large multinational corporations. Delays should be anticipated as a result.

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Mar20

UNITED KINGDOM: Croatian Worker Restrictions Lifted from 30th June 2018

The current work authorisation requirements for Croatian workers in the UK will be lifted on 30th June 2018.

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Mar19

PERU: New Streamlined Change of Status Process

Effective 19th March 2018, a new, simplified process for applications for change of immigration status has been introduced, with in-person attendance at the immigration office, and an online application tracking system.

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Mar19

UNITED KINGDOM: New Immigration Fees From 6th April 2018

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have published updated fees for 2018/19 for all immigration and nationality applications made outside and from within the UK, effective Friday 6th April 2018.

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