This Week’s Immigration News

Aug06

UKRAINE: D Visa Applications Within Country to be Introduced

Foreign nationals already staying in Ukraine on a visa-free basis will be eligible to apply for a long-term visa (type D) without leaving the country.

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Aug05

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 5 August 2019

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

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Aug01

ECUADOR: New Entry Requirements for Venezuelan Nationals

As announced in a recent decree published by Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno, effective 25 August 2019, a visa will be required for all Venezuelan nationals entering Ecuador.

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Jul31

COLOMBIA: New Reporting Obligations for Sponsoring Companies via SIRE

Migration Colombia has changed its interpretation of the reporting obligations for sponsoring companies via the online system SIRE in cases where there is a change of visa category for the foreign national employee.

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Jul30

CHINA: Broader Visa Policies to Attract Foreign Talent

The National Immigration Administration in China has implemented new immigration and entry-exit policies, effective nationwide from 1 August 2019.

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Jul29

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 29 July 2019

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

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Jul26

SPAIN: Delays to Residence Permit Processing and Visa Application Appointment Booking

Applicants for Spanish residence permits are experiencing significant delays in the application approval process. 

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Jul24

GREECE: Increased Labor Checks

The Greek Minister of Labor has announced that there will be an increased number of employment law compliance checks in the coming months throughout Greece, especially in tourist areas such as the Greek islands.

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Jul22

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 22 July 2019

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

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Jul18

NIGERIA: Registration of Resident Foreign Nationals Announced

On 12 July 2019, the Nigerian government directed all foreign nationals who intend to reside in Nigeria for at least 90 days to present themselves within six months to the Nigeria Immigration Service to be registered.

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Jul17

MALAYSIA: i-KAD Issuance Suspended Until Further Notice

The immigration authorities in Malaysia have announced that, effective 16 July 2019, the issuance of i-KAD identification cards for foreign nationals is suspended until further notice.

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Jul17

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Sponsorship Policy [UPDATED]

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend the policy on foreign national workers sponsoring family members in the UAE. As yet, no implementation date has been announced.

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Jul15

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 15 July 2019

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

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Jul12

CANADA: Government Updates Global Talent Occupations List

Effective July 2019, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the Global Talent Occupations List.

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Jul10

AUSTRALIA: Latest on Skilled Regional Visas

In the lead up to the introduction of the new Skilled Regional visas in November 2019, the immigration authorities have announced further details on the implementation dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional arrangements for Subclass 489 and RSMS visas.

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Jul10

NIGERIA: New E-Yellow Fever Card Required

Effective 1 July 2019, the Nigerian government now requires all foreign nationals entering Nigeria to obtain a new electronic Yellow Fever Card (e-Yellow Card) on arrival, on presentation of their home-country yellow fever vaccination certificate.

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Jul09

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Rules for DIFC Free Zone Foreign Employees

Effective immediately, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) free zone has announced changes to its foreign employee services.

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Jul08

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 8 July 2019

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Jul04

KAZAKHSTAN: Deadline for 2020 Quota Applications is 31 July 2019

The deadline for submitting quota applications for employing foreign nationals in quota-subject categories in 2020 is 31 July 2019.

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Jul04

MOROCCO: Dependent Children Must Obtain Residence Permits

The Moroccan government has announced to all foreign diplomatic missions in Morocco that, effective 1 July 2019, it will enforce the current regulation requiring all foreign national children resident in Morocco to obtain residence permits (“cartes de séjour”).

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Jul01

KENYA: Tax Certificate Now Required for Work Permit Renewals

Effective 1 July 2019, the Department of Immigration Services (DIS) has issued a directive requiring all work permit renewal applications to include individual and company Tax Compliance Certificates (TCCs).

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Jul01

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 1 July 2019

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Jun28

SAUDI ARABIA: New Permanent Residence Scheme [UPDATED]

The Saudi government has begun accepting applications for its new permanent residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals.

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Jun27

Top 10 Global Immigration Changes for the First Half of 2019

Changes to global immigration laws and processes have been frequent and numerous over the first half of 2019. In case you missed one, here’s our “top 10” for the first six months of this year.

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Jun27

MEXICO: Increased Scrutiny of Immigration Documents

Effective immediately, foreign national travellers to and within Mexico may now be subject to increased immigration document checks.

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Jun27

GUATEMALA: New Rules for Migrant Workers

Effective immediately, the Guatemalan government has implemented new work authorisation and residence rules for foreign national workers.

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Jun25

CHILE: New Entry Requirements for Venezuelan Nationals

Effective 22 June 2019, all Venezuelan nationals are required to obtain a visa at the Chilean consulate in Venezuela or in another country, prior to their entry into Chile.

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Jun24

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Residency Visas for Dependent Sons Can Now Be Renewed

Effective immediately, residents of the United Arab Emirates can renew the residency visas of their dependent sons who have reached the age of 18, and/or graduated from secondary school or university.

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Jun24

DENMARK: Increased Flexibility for Employers

Recent amendments to the Danish Aliens Act, effective 1 June 2019, create more flexibility for employers hiring foreign nationals under the Fast Track Scheme and the Pay Limit Scheme.

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Jun24

BELGIUM – Measures to Mitigate Single Permit Processing Delays

The Belgian authorities have taken steps to decrease application processing times for the new single permit, and to avoid lapses in work authorisation due to the slower processing of the residence authorisation.

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