This Week’s Immigration News

Jun24

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 24 June 2019

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

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Jun21

EUROPEAN UNION: EU Council Adopts Schengen Visa Code Amendments

On 6 June 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted amendments to the visa code regulation, aimed at improving conditions for legitimate travellers entering Europe for short stays, and enhancing border security.

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Jun19

MEXICO: Further Restructuring of the National Migration Institute and Possible Bureaucratic Delays

On 14 June 2019, the Commissioner of the National Institute of Migration (INM), Tonatiuh Guillén, resigned and that same day Francisco Garduño was appointed as his successor. The Commissioner is the highest authority of the INM and is appointed directly by the President of Mexico.

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Jun19

INDONESIA: New Residence Procedures for Foreign Workers

Effective immediately, foreign workers are no longer able to undergo biometric collection and obtain their Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) and Multiple Exit Re-Entry Permit (MERP) on arrival at Soekarno Hatta airport, but will instead have to submit an application and attend a biometric session at their local immigration office.

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Jun18

FRANCE: Legislation to Simplify Posting Procedures and Strengthen Inspections

Effective 1 July 2019, a decree has amended the requirements for posting workers to France.

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Jun17

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 17 June 2019

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

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Jun14

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

[UPDATE]

*Phase one commenced on 1 April 2019, allowing H-1B lottery petitioners applying for a change-of-visa status to file a request for premium processing concurrently with their H-1B petition. USCIS began processing those requests on May 20, 2019.

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Jun14

PANAMA: Changes to Residence and Work Permit Rules [UPDATED]

On 28 May 2019, several Executive Decrees were enacted which modify work and residence permit rules and introduce new immigration categories allowing work.

[UPDATE]

On 10 June 2019, several more Executive Decrees were enacted.

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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

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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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