[UPDATE] On 8 November 2018, the Greek government published an internal ministerial circular concerning the new Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Permit, enabling for the first time the submission of applications under law No. 4540 and clarifying several aspects of the new ICT process.
GREECE: New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented [UPDATED]
MALAYSIA: Companies Must Only Use Authorised Staff Members to Handle Immigration Applications
Effective 12 November 2018, the MYXpats Centre of the Expatriate Services Division of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has reminded companies of the existing rule that only staff members named in their Letter of Undertaking (LOU) are allowed to submit immigration applications.
VENEZUELA: Increased Processing Times for Immigration Procedures
Effective immediately, processing times for immigration procedures at the Venezuelan Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Foreigners Control (SAIME) have increased.
PANAMA: Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees
Following the enactment of Law 57 of 24 October 2018, employees of multinational headquarters (“Sedes de Empresas Multinacionales” or SEM) will be able to apply for permanent residence after five years of temporary residence, while continuing to work for the same company in Panama.
Global Immigration 101: It’s Not Rocket Science… Supporting Documentation for Work Permit and Visa Applications, Authentication, Legalisation, and Apostille Simplified
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.
Whether you’re a “PhD” with years of handling your company’s international workforce… or the “new kid in class”, Newland Chase has you covered. Follow our continuing Global Immigration 101 blog series as each month we take a look at a different basic but vital aspect of immigration for short-term and long-term international business and work assignments. No tuition bills, student loans, number 2 pencils, term papers, end-of-semester exams, or all-nighters… just practical information and sage advice from the “real world” of mobility. (You’re welcome.) If you missed our last class session on “Free Trade Agreement and International Unions… and Their Impact on Global Mobility”… you can copy my notes here.
In this month’s session, we tackle the eternal scourge of global immigration – paperwork… more specially, supporting documents and their authentication, legalisation, and apostille.
CHILE: New Appointment System for Immigration Procedures
Effective immediately, the Investigations Police (PDI) and the Immigration Department have implemented a new online appointment-booking system for all immigration-related processes.
CHINA: New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption
BRAZIL: New Visa for Receiving Technical Training
On 26 October 2018, the government published Normative Resolution 35/2018, regulating the issuance of a temporary visa and residence authorisation for receiving training related to the operation or maintenance of equipment or other goods produced in Brazil.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Visa Rules Bring Positive Changes for Expats
On 21 October, the UAE cabinet approved a number of new visa rules that will prove beneficial to numerous categories of foreign nationals in the UAE: including tourists, retirees, and students and the widows, divorcees, and children of foreign nationals.
COLOMBIA: New Labour Ministry Registration Required for all Foreign Workers
On 9 October 2018, the Ministry of Labour issued Resolution 4388, creating and implementing the Single Registry of Foreign Workers in Colombia (“RUTEC”). The Ministry aims to use the registry to collect and control information about foreign workers, allowing it to monitor their current status and avoid abusive and illegal contracting practices.
INDONESIA: Further Details of Upcoming Regulations for Hiring Foreign Workers [UPDATED]
[UPDATE] At a meeting of the US-ASEAN Business Council in Jakarta in early October 2018, attended by the Ministry of Manpower and the Directorate General of Immigration, it was stated that the implementation date of the new regulations would be 1 November 2018, and that a trial would be started on 15 October 2018. However, as of 24 October 2018, no trial period has begun and Immigration officers at the airport do not know when the implementation will begin.
ARGENTINA: Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments [UPDATED]
There is currently a low availability of appointments at the Immigration Office (DNM), and delays of over two months for non-Mercosur visa applications, and over nine months for Mercosur visa applications. Express service fee applications have been suspended.
BELGIUM: Transposition of EU Directives – State of Play
On 19 October 2018, the Council of Ministers approved a draft royal decree on the issuance of single permits. This represents the last major piece of legislation to fully implement the Single Permit Directive (2011/98/EU).
UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Releases More Details About Upcoming New Application Service
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has released further information about its upcoming new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VACS). While the Home Office promises a more streamlined, intuitive process, implementation delays are likely, and applicants considered higher risk are likely to be subject to stricter scrutiny.
BRAZIL: Expedited Processing for Residence Authorisation for Technical Assistance Now Limited to “Urgent” and “Emergency” Cases
On 16 October 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution (NR) 34/2018, amending NR 03/2017, which is applicable to foreign nationals who enter Brazil for up to one year to provide technical assistance services while remaining on home contract.
IRELAND: Ongoing Delays and Upcoming Minimum Wage Increase
There continue to be significant delays in obtaining appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration for non-EEA nationals in Dublin. The delays are expected to persist for at least the rest of this year.
PANAMA: Stamped Visa for Nationals of Cuba, China, Dominican Republic, India and Venezuela Now Valid for up to Five Years
Effective 12 October 2018, the multiple-entry stamped visa issued to nationals of Cuba, China, Dominican Republic, India and Venezuela is valid for up to five years.
UNITED KINGDOM - Immigration Health Surcharge To Double [UPDATED]
[UPDATE] On 11 October 2018 the government laid before parliament the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018, which seeks to double the IHS to £400 per annum. Students, as well as those on the Youth Mobility Scheme, will continue to receive a discounted rate of £300.
AUSTRALIA: September SkillSelect Results
Australia’s September 2018 SkillSelect invitations have come and gone, and from the data released by Immigration, it appears that for now they are sticking to the 2500 per month total invites – 2490 for Skilled Independent SC189 and 10 for Skilled Regional SC489 Family Sponsored. By points score, the majority of invitations continue to go to applicants sitting on 75 points (1202 total) – almost double the number of invites sent to those on 70 points. Applicants on 65 points continue to languish in the pool, with no invitations issued.