This Week’s Immigration News

May07

ISRAEL and UNITED STATES: B-5 Investor Visa for US Nationals and E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli Nationals Now Available

Effective 1 May 2019, the Israeli consulates in Washington, New York, Houston, and San Francisco have begun accepting applications for the new B-5 Investor Visa for US citizens.

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May07

SINGAPORE: New Operating Hours at Ministry of Manpower Service Centres

Effective 3 June 2019, new operating hours will come into effect at the Ministry of Manpower Services Centre (MOMSC) Hall C, and the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC).

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May07

PHILIPPINES: Changes in Rules for Special and Provisional Work Permits

On 22 April 2019, the Department of Labor (DOLE), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) released joint immigration guidelines, making some changes to the rules for the Special Work Permit (SWP) and Provisional Work Permit (PWP).

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May07

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 7 May 2019

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

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May06

SOUTH AMERICA: Ten Years of Freedom of Movement

Implemented in 2009, the MERCOSUR Residence Agreement is perhaps the world’s second most ambitious freedom of movement scheme.
Where are we ten years later?

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May03

DENMARK: Amended Rules for Certain Foreign Workers

Effective 1 June 2019, the Danish government has announced some minor changes to the immigration rules.

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Apr30

Is It Legal? Digital Nomads and Immigration (part 2)

As technology continues to transform the way we work – laws and company policies struggle to keep up. One such case is that of the “digital nomad”.
What happens when the reality of immigration laws meets the hype?

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Apr29

CHILE: Recent Immigration Changes

The immigration authorities in Chile have recently implemented several measures.

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Apr29

UNITED STATES: New Policy for L-1 Readmissions at Canadian Border

Effective immediately, and without an official announcement, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are refusing to process petitions presented by Canadian nationals, for readmission in L-1 status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Apr29

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 29 April 2019

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

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Apr24

CANADA: Processing Delays and New Wage Thresholds for Labour Market Impact Assessments

Application Processing Delays

Employment and Social Development Canada is warning that average processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications have increased.

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Apr24

UK Nationals in the EU – Brexit Strategy Planning

On 10 April 2019, the European Council and the UK government agreed to a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period, lasting only for as long as necessary to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement and, in any event, no longer than 31 October 2019.

That still leaves several possible Brexit outcomes.

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Apr24

ARGENTINA: Restrictions on Company Registration Deadline Extension Requests

The National Registry of Sponsoring Entities (Renure) has announced that it will no longer accept deadline extension requests from companies incorporated as Limited Liability Companies (“SRL” in Spanish), branch offices or foundations.

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Apr23

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 23 April 2019

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

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Apr22

Is It Legal? Digital Nomads and Immigration

As technology continues to transform the way we work – laws and company policies struggle to keep up. One such case is that of the “digital nomad”.
What happens when the reality of immigration laws meets the hype?  

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Apr18

SLOVAKIA: New Online Appointment Booking System Established by Foreign Police

Effective 17 April 2019, the Foreign Police has implemented a new online system for scheduling appointments for a particular date and time.

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Apr18

BREXIT: UK and Switzerland Reach Agreement on No-Deal Labour Market Access

At its meeting on 17 April 2019, the Swiss Federal Council approved a temporary agreement with the United Kingdom on mutual labour market access in a no-deal scenario.

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Apr18

MALAYSIA: MYXpats Centre Updates Systems and Fees

Effective 1 June 2019, the MYXpats Centre of the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has announced new features and service charges for Employment Pass, Professional Visit Pass, Dependant pass and Long-Term Social visit Pass applications.

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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

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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

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

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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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