This Week’s Immigration News

Jan29

UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Plan for EU Citizens Arriving After No-Deal Brexit

On 28 January 2019, the UK Home Office published a policy paper outlining its proposals for how it will treat EU citizens arriving in the UK after a no-deal Brexit.

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Jan28

BELARUS: Foreign Nationals Can Register Online

Effective 2 January 2019, foreign nationals who have arrived in Belarus through international check points (not from Russia) can submit a request for online registration via the Unified Portal of E-Services.

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Jan28

NEW ZEALAND: Centralised Visa Lodgement

Effective 14 January 2019, paper and online visa applications received from applicants resident in the Wellington and Palmerston North regions of New Zealand (except student applications) have begun to be directed to Auckland’s National Documentation Office (NaDO).

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Jan23

UNITED KINGDOM: Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme Opens

Effective 21 January, the Home Office opened the voluntary public testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport and their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card.

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Jan21

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 21st January 2019

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Jan18

Global Immigration 101: Schengen Visas

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

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Jan18

MEXICO: Increased Immigration Fees from 1 January 2019

Effective 1 January 2019, the fees charged by the National Immigration Institute (INM) for immigration services have increased, in line with the Consumer Price Index yearly increase.

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Jan18

COLOMBIA: New Deadline for Special Stay Permits for Venezuelan Nationals

A new deadline has been established for Venezuelan nationals to obtain a Special Stay Permit (PEP) allowing them to stay and work in Colombia for up to two years.

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Jan17

RUSSIA: New Obligations for Inviting Parties

On 16 January 2019, Federal law of 19.07.2018 #216-FZ came into force, imposing new obligations on companies which invite foreign nationals to Russia from visa-required countries (this includes visits on work and business visas).

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Jan15

ITALY: Government Plans to Safeguard Residence Rights of UK Nationals in Event of No Deal Brexit

The Italian government has announced that it is preparing legislation that will allow British citizens residing legally in Italy to remain resident in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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Jan15

KENYA: In-Country Work Permits Suspended Indefinitely [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya.

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Jan14

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 14th January 2019

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Jan11

2019 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

Most economists and geopolitical analysts see 2019 as a relatively calm year. While risks of significant shocks to the international business climate are certainly present, and the new year will undoubtedly see mounting potential of major shocks in years to come… most of what we see in the road ahead for 2019 appears to be reasonably navigable. That’s not to say there won’t be significant disruptions – both positive and negative – in numerous destinations around the world. 

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Jan11

INDONESIA: Reduced Number of Embassies for Limited Stay Visa Collection

Effective 9 January 2019, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) have reduced the number of embassies and consulates where the Limited Stay Visa (VTT) can be collected from 65 to 22.

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Jan11

PHILIPPINES: All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 1 March 2019

1 March 2019 is the deadline for registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2019 period began on 1 January 2019.

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Jan10

MALAYSIA: Stricter Enforcement of 12-Month Limit for Professional Visit Pass

Effective 15 January 2019, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has reminded companies of the existing rule that the Professional Visit Pass (PVP) is intended for short-term work activities, and can only be issued for a maximum of twelve months, with no renewals.

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Jan09

NETHERLANDS: Government Guarantees Rights of UK Nationals in Event of No Deal Brexit

On 7 January 2019, the Dutch Cabinet announced that British citizens who have right of residence in the Netherlands on 29 March 2019 can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands even in the event of a no deal Brexit.

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Jan08

BRAZIL: Ministry Restructuring May Affect Immigration Processing

On 1 January 2019, the new administration published Provisional Measure 870, reorganising government Ministries and public agencies.

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Jan07

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 7th January 2019

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Jan04

2018 IN REVIEW: Top 8 Global Business Immigration News Stories of the Year

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

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Jan04

UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge To Double from 8 January 2019

An Order of 18 December 2018 authorises the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective 8 January 2019.

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Jan02

BELGIUM: Single Permit Implemented 1 January 2019

The Single Permit Directive (2011/98/EU) has finally been implemented in Belgium, effective 1 January 2019. Meanwhile, the Flanders region has prepared its own work permit legislation, mostly effective 1 January 2019.

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Jan02

NIGERIA: Ministry of Interior Doubles Residence Permit Fee

Effective immediately, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Interior has increased the fee for the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) from the equivalent of USD 1000 to USD 2000.

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Dec24

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 24th December 2018

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Dec21

TECH INDUSTRY: 3 Up-and-Coming Global Tech Hotbeds You Should Know

By Kent O'Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase

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Dec20

UNITED KINGDOM: Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme to Open in January

On 20 December, the Home Office laid another Statement of Changes to the immigration rules before Parliament, enabling “resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport” and “their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card” to apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, from 21 January 2019.

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Dec20

IRELAND: Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) is now requesting that Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders apply for their Stamp 4 permission four months in advance of the expiry date of their CSEP, (i.e., once they have completed 20 months on their employment permit).

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Dec20

UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Post-Brexit Immigration Proposals

On 19 December 2018, the UK Home Office published its long-awaited policy paper on its proposed future skills-based immigration system, designed to replace freedom of movement for EEA citizens after Brexit.

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Dec17

GERMANY: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2019.

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Dec17

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 17th December 2018

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