This Week’s Immigration News

Jan02

FRANCE: Measures to Facilitate Talent Passport Applications

The Ministry of Home Affairs has published a note to the Prefectural authorities recommending measures to expedite applications for Talent Passport and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) residence permits.

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Dec30

UNITED STATES: Dramatic Increases to Visa Issuance Fees for Australian Nationals

Effective 23 December 2019, Australian citizens applying for certain nonimmigrant visa categories (L-1, L-2, E-1, E-2, H-1B, and H-4 visas) face drastically higher visa issuance fees. This is in addition to the standard visa application (MRV) fees that all nationalities must pay.

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Dec30

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 30 December 2019

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

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Dec23

AUSTRALIA: The New ‘Agricultural Visa’ – Horticulture Industry Labor Agreement

The Department of Immigration has announced that a new Labor Agreement template for the Horticulture Industry will be available from 1 January 2020.

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Dec23

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 23 December 2019

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

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Dec20

IRELAND: Upcoming Changes to the Employment Permits System

The Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation has announced changes to the employment permits system, which become effective 1 January 2020, to address immediate labor shortages in key sectors such as hospitality, construction, health and road haulage.

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Dec20

NETHERLANDS: New Online Notification Portal for Temporary Postings Starting 1 March 2020

Effective 1 March 2020, employers in the EEA (EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland sending their employees to work temporarily in the Netherlands must submit a notification of the posting via a new online portal. The portal will be open from 1 February to notify postings that begin on or after 1 March.

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Dec20

EUROPEAN UNION: Reminder of Upcoming Schengen Visa Code Amendments

The amended Schengen visa code will come into effect on 2 February 2020. Changes include more flexible procedures, longer visa validities, and fees.

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Dec18

PHILIPPINES: All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 29 February 2020

29 February 2020 is the deadline for all registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2020 period begins on 1 January 2020.

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Dec18

BREXIT: Majority Conservative Government Expected to Pass Withdrawal Agreement Bill

In the 12 December 2019 United Kingdom general election, the electorate gave the Conservative party a substantial majority.  This makes it almost certain that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be passed by parliament (although it is not certain that this can be achieved by 31 January 2020 without a further extension) and all but eliminates the risk of a cliff-edge no-deal Brexit with no transition period.

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Dec17

SINGAPORE: Lower Dependency Ratio Ceiling in 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, the Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) and S Pass Sub-DRC for companies in the services sector will be lowered. The DRC is the percentage of foreign workers (Work Permit and S Pass holders) that a company can hire.

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Dec17

SOUTH KOREA: Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

The Korean National Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents.  For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by 28 February 2020, penalties will be reduced or exempted.

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Dec16

AUSTRALIA: Traffic Light Bulletin – Skilled Migration List Review

Following consultations with various stakeholders, including Newland Chase Australia (read our 28 November blog post here), the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has released its Traffic Light Bulletin outlining its proposed changes to Immigration's skilled occupation lists.

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Dec16

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 16 December 2019

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Dec12

CZECHIA: New Appointment Booking Lottery at New Delhi Consulate Allows Only 33 Applications

The Czech embassy in New Delhi, India, has implemented a new appointment booking system for nationals of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives applying for employee cards.  Under this system, only 33 employee card applications will be accepted between January and March 2020.

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Dec12

SAUDI ARABIA: Ministry of Labor Cancels Yellow Nitaqat Band

Effective 26 January 2020, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) has announced it will cancel the yellow band in its Saudization programme, Nitaqat.  Companies currently in the yellow band will be moved into the red band and will become non-compliant unless they improve their Nitaqat rating.

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Dec12

RUSSIA: Reminder - Upcoming Deadline for Employers to Confirm Measles Vaccination of All Foreign Employees [UPDATED]

Employers engaging foreign labor in Russia have until 31 December 2019 to confirm the vaccination against measles of all the foreign nationals they currently employ. 

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Dec12

FRANCE: Decree to Extend Rights of Posted Workers from July 2020

Ministerial order 2019-116 of 20 February 2019,  which will come into effect on 30 July 2020, transposes into French law European Directive 2018/957 of 28 June 2018, extending the employment rights of posted (seconded) workers.

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Dec11

SWITZERLAND: Reminder that Job Advertisement Threshold to Change from January 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 5% or above will have to test the Swiss labor market by advertising. The threshold has been 8% since the requirement was introduced in July 2018.

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Dec10

UNITED STATES: Electronic Registration Required for Upcoming H-1B Cap Season

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will implement its new electronic registration process for H-1B applications for the upcoming H-1B lottery.

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Dec10

ARGENTINA: Police Clearance Certificates Required for Certain Visas

Effective immediately, holders of 30-day technical or professional visas valid for 30 days who apply to renew the visa for a sixth time (i.e. beyond six months’ continuous stay in Argentina) must submit police clearance certificates (PCCs) from their country of origin and/or all countries where they have lived during the previous three years.

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Dec09

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 9 December 2019

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

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Dec05

VIETNAM: Upcoming New Labour Code and Amendments to Immigration Law

Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on 1 July 2020.

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Dec05

KUWAIT: New Business Visit Visa Regulations Extended to All Nationalities

In an attempt to crack down on forged degree certificates submitted in support of business (commercial) visit visa applications, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior has introduced new regulations for all nationalities.

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Dec05

CANADA: Biometrics Now Required for Certain In-Canada Applications

Effective 3 December 2019, applicants within Canada for work permit, study permit and visa extensions, as well as for permanent residence, must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at a designated Service Canada location.

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Dec03

NETHERLANDS: Changes to IN Amsterdam Service Fees for 2020

The IN Amsterdam service center has announced changes to its fee schedule for 2020.

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Dec03

SOUTH KOREA: Visa Invitations and Extensions Limited for Companies with Unpaid Tax

Effective immediately, the Korean immigration authorities have introduced a new regulation rejecting applications for visa issuance confirmation numbers (VICN) and Alien Registration Card (ARC) extensions if the inviting company has any amount of arrears for any type of tax.

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Dec03

NETHERLANDS: New Minimum Salary Levels for 2020

The Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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Dec03

BELGIUM: Increased Minimum Salary Thresholds for 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, minimum gross annual salary levels for foreign employees will be increased in the three Belgian regions.

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Dec03

MALAYSIA: MDEC Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020 Opens 3 December 2019

MSC/ICT status companies who are registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes from 3 December 2019.

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