This Week’s Immigration News

Apr16

UNITED STATES: USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2020

On 10 April 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2020 (1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020) 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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Apr15

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 15 April 2019

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

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Apr15

AUSTRALIA: Further Details of New Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa

The Australian government has published legislation for the new Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494), which will come into effect on 16 November 2019. The list of qualifying occupations has not yet been published.

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Apr12

IRELAND: Abolition of Re-entry Visa System Announced

Effective 13 May 2019, visa-required nationals holding a valid Irish Resident Permit (IRP) card or GNIB card will no longer require a re-entry visa to leave and return to Ireland. An IRP or GNIB card and passport will be sufficient to prove a right to travel to Ireland.

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Apr12

Global Immigration 101: Intra-Company Transfer Permits

By Kent O'Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

For successful mobility managers, school is always in session. In an industry where the only thing that is constant is everything is always changing… success depends on continually keeping abreast of new immigration rules and processes… and reminding ourselves of the same old basics vital to successful international assignments.

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Apr11

BREXIT: UK and EU Agree New Article 50 Extension Until 31 October 2019

On 10 April 2019, the European Council and the UK government agreed a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period.

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Apr11

BREXIT: What Next for EU and UK Citizens?

Background

On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum asking voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland if they wanted to remain a member of, or to leave, the EU. 51.89% of UK voters voted to leave the EU.

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Apr11

BREXIT: No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.

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Apr09

DENMARK: New Procedure for EU National Immigration Applications [Updated]

Effective 1 April 2019, post-arrival residence document applications by EU nationals are handled by the Danish Agency of International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). Previously, these cases were handled by the State Administration (RSA).

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Apr08

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 8 April 2019

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Apr05

CANADA-UNITED STATES: Tech, Talent, and Immigration

As highly skilled immigration cools in U.S. and heats up in Canada... Canada’s Global Talent Stream becomes permanent.

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

While geographic neighbours, but with currently two seemingly divergent approaches to immigration – Canada and the United States have developed an almost symbiotic relationship in the international labour market. With the perceived and actual cooling of the United States’ openness to immigration under the Trump administration, Canada appears more than happy to benefit.

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Apr05

BREXIT: Returning UK Nationals Can Bring Family Until End of March 2022

A UK government policy paper, published on 4 April 2019, has established that UK nationals returning from the EU to the UK after Brexit can be joined by their EU or non-EU national family members, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a ratified withdrawal agreement.

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Apr05

VENEZUELA: Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures Due to Energy Outages

Government offices were forced to cease operations for more than 15 business days during March 2019, due to nationwide power outages, leading to delays in all immigration processes.

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Apr05

RUSSIA: Head Migration Office Stops Issuing Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permits

Effective 5 April 2019, the Head Migration Office located at Boyarsky Lane, in central Moscow, will cease accepting initial or renewal applications for work permits and visa invitations for highly qualified specialists (HQS) and their dependents.

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Apr04

BREXIT: European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Access to EU for UK Nationals Post-Brexit

On 4 April 2019, the European Parliament approved a draft law exempting UK nationals from visa requirements to enter the EU for short visits (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), once the UK leaves the EU.

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Apr04

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Sponsorship Policy

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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Apr03

IRELAND: Changes to Employment Permits System to Address Labour Shortages in Key Sectors

Effective 22 April 2019, changes have been announced to the Critical Skills List of Occupations and the Ineligible List of Occupations, following the first bi-annual review of 2019.

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Apr03

AUSTRALIA: Immigration Impact of 2019/20 Budget

The Australian Government presented the 2019/20 budget on 2 April 2019. 

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Apr01

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 1 April 2019

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Mar25

MALAYSIA: New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children [Updated 25 March 2019]

Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children.

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Mar25

AUSTRALIA: New Visa Categories Announced

The Australian Government has announced two new provisional visa categories and a new permanent visa, effective November 2019.

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Mar25

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 25 March 2019

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Mar20

UNITED STATES: USCIS FY 2020 H-1B Cap and Premium Processing

On 19 March 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a two-phase approach to premium processing for H-1B cap petitions when the FY 2020 filing period begins on 1 April 2019.

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Mar18

SINGAPORE: Foreign Worker Quota Rules to be Tightened

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced planned changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers.

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Mar18

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 18 March 2019

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Mar15

FACT CHECK: Will U.S. Citizens (and others) Need a Visa to Visit Europe in 2021?

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

Just want the executive summary? No.

For those wanting a more detailed explanation: Some major media outlets circulated stories this past week that – U.S. citizens will need visas to visit Europe starting in 2021.

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Mar14

UNITED KINGDOM: New Immigration and Nationality Fees

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has published updated fees, which come into effect on 29 March 2019.

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Mar14

AUSTRALIA: Immigration Developments for Employers

Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists

On 11 March 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect.

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Mar13

UNITED STATES: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On 12 March, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions.

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Mar13

COLOMBIA: Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow entry, transit and departure of Venezuelan nationals holding expired or soon-to-expire passports.

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