This Week’s Immigration News

Jun12

UNITED STATES: USCIS Plans Closure of International Field Offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to close all 22 of its international field offices in the coming months.

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Jun12

COLOMBIA: Authorities Begin Renewal of Special Stay Permits for Venezuelan Nationals

Effective immediately, Venezuelan nationals in Colombia holding a Special Stay Permit (PEP) can apply online to renew their PEP for a further two years.

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Jun11

IRELAND: Consultation on Employment Permits and Occupation Lists

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) has opened a public consultation as part of its latest twice-yearly review of the occupation lists for employment permits for workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

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Jun11

PERU: New Entry Rules for Venezuelan Nationals

Effective 15 June 2019, the Peruvian immigration authorities will only allow Venezuelan nationals to enter Peru if they have a valid passport and visa.

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Jun10

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 10 June 2019

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

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Jun06

UNITED STATES : Visa Applicants Now Required to Disclose Social Media Accounts

Effective immediately, the US Department of State has updated its nonimmigrant and immigrant visa forms, requiring most applicants to list all personal social media accounts, with usernames or handles (not passwords), along with telephone numbers and email addresses, dating back five years, when completing the standard visa application forms.

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Jun06

FINLAND: Labour Market Test No Longer Required for Career Changers

Effective 1 June 2019, a foreign national who is already employed in Finland, and who wishes to change occupation, will no longer require a labour market test.

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Jun05

PHILIPPINES: New Tax Registration Rules Issued

Effective immediately, all foreign nationals applying for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP), a Provisional Work Permit (PWP), a Special Work Permit (SWP) or any work visa are required to obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN).

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Jun04

IRELAND: Most Common Work Permit Options… in 5 Minutes

With a booming economy and continued access to the European common market post-Brexit, international business should keep an eye on Ireland. Here’s a quick summary of the most common work permission routes you need to know about.

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Jun04

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Permanent Residency "Golden Card" Introduced

The UAE has started issuing a new permanent residency "golden card" to qualifying investors, exceptional talents in the field of science and knowledge such as doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors, and creative individuals in the field of culture and art.

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Jun04

RUSSIA: Recent Immigration Changes

A bill amending the residence permit rules has been submitted to the State Duma for review. Several other changes have also recently been proposed.

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Jun03

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 3 June 2019

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

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May31

NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds for Dependent Sponsorship

Effective 1 July 2019, Essential Skills and Religious Worker work visa holders will need to earn at least NZD 43,332.76 to support dependent children for a visitor or student visa (previously NZD 42,944.20).

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May30

UNITED KINGDOM: Migration Advisory Committee Recommends Broadening Shortage Occupation List

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – the Home Office appointed independent immigration advisory body – has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

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May28

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 28 May 2019

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

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May24

AUSTRALIA: Latest Immigration Updates

After the recent federal election in Australia, it is predicted that the Liberal-National coalition will secure a majority government with at least 77 seats. So what does this mean for the immigration program?

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May23

MEXICO: Longer Processing Times for Immigration Applications

Currently, processing times for temporary residence applications are longer than usual.

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May23

UNITED KINGDOM: Nationals of Seven More Countries Can Now Use ePassport Gates

Effective 20 May 2019, visitors to the United Kingdom from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are now able to use ePassport gates at ports across the UK and at juxtaposed controls.

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May20

RUSSIA: Stricter Rules on Payment of State Fee for Letter of Invitation in Moscow

Effective immediately, the state fee collected for issuance of letters of invitation (LOI) at the migration office at 42 Pokrovka Street in Moscow must be paid exclusively from the bank account of the inviting company.

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May20

SOUTH AFRICA: Department of Home Affairs Restricts Short-Term Work to 180 Days Per Calendar Year

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has issued a directive internally and to the South African diplomatic missions, restricting short-term work on a Visitor’s Visa 11(2) to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year.

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May20

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 20 May 2019

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

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May16

NEW ZEALAND: Updates to Skill Shortage Lists

Effective 27 May 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).

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May16

SAUDI ARABIA: New Residence Scheme Approved

The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and which will be implemented within the next five years.

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May16

SWITZERLAND: End of Work Permit Quotas for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

Effective 1 June 2019, the safeguard clause imposing quotas on residence permits for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU2) will no longer apply.

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May13

PANAMA: Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

Effective 24 April 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigos).

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May13

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 13 May 2019

The latest vital global immigration news and Brexit updates in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

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May09

BREXIT: UK and Ireland Sign Deal to Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights

On 8 May 2019, the governments of Ireland and of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the status, rights and privileges already enjoyed by British and Irish citizens in each others’ states under the Common Travel Area (CTA).

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May08

Royal Babies, Latin Trivia, and Children Born Abroad

On the happy occasion of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – we take this opportunity to discuss children born abroad, citizenship, and what expectant mums and dads on international assignment need to know.

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May08

COSTA RICA: Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.

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May08

TURKEY: All Residence Permit Renewals Now to Be Submitted In Person

Effective immediately, any foreign national residence permit holder in Turkey intending to renew their residence permit must submit their renewal application in person at the immigration office.

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