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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 24 June 2019
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.
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.
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.
UNITED STATES: USCIS FY 2020 H-1B Cap and Premium Processing [UPDATED]
*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.
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.
On 10 June 2019, several more Executive Decrees were enacted.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).