This Week’s Immigration News

Apr05

VENEZUELA: Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures Due to Energy Outages

Government offices were forced to cease operations for more than 15 business days during March 2019, due to nationwide power outages, leading to delays in all immigration processes.

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Apr05

RUSSIA: Head Migration Office Stops Issuing Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permits

Effective 5 April 2019, the Head Migration Office located at Boyarsky Lane, in central Moscow, will cease accepting initial or renewal applications for work permits and visa invitations for highly qualified specialists (HQS) and their dependents.

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Apr04

BREXIT: European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Access to EU for UK Nationals Post-Brexit

On 4 April 2019, the European Parliament approved a draft law exempting UK nationals from visa requirements to enter the EU for short visits (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), once the UK leaves the EU.

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Apr04

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Sponsorship Policy

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend the policy on foreign national workers sponsoring family members in the UAE. As yet, no implementation date has been announced.

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Apr03

IRELAND: Changes to Employment Permits System to Address Labour Shortages in Key Sectors

Effective 22 April 2019, changes have been announced to the Critical Skills List of Occupations and the Ineligible List of Occupations, following the first bi-annual review of 2019.

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Apr03

AUSTRALIA: Immigration Impact of 2019/20 Budget

The Australian Government presented the 2019/20 budget on 2 April 2019. 

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Apr01

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 1 April 2019

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Mar25

MALAYSIA: New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children [Updated 25 March 2019]

Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children.

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Mar25

AUSTRALIA: New Visa Categories Announced

The Australian Government has announced two new provisional visa categories and a new permanent visa, effective November 2019.

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Mar25

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 25 March 2019

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Mar18

SINGAPORE: Foreign Worker Quota Rules to be Tightened

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced planned changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers.

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Mar18

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 18 March 2019

The latest vital immigration news and updates from around the globe in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

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Mar15

FACT CHECK: Will U.S. Citizens (and others) Need a Visa to Visit Europe in 2021?

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

Just want the executive summary? No.

For those wanting a more detailed explanation: Some major media outlets circulated stories this past week that – U.S. citizens will need visas to visit Europe starting in 2021.

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Mar14

UNITED KINGDOM: New Immigration and Nationality Fees

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has published updated fees, which come into effect on 29 March 2019.

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Mar14

AUSTRALIA: Immigration Developments for Employers

Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists

On 11 March 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect.

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Mar13

UNITED STATES: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On 12 March, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions.

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Mar13

COLOMBIA: Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow entry, transit and departure of Venezuelan nationals holding expired or soon-to-expire passports.

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Mar13

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Long-Term Visas [Updated 13 March 2019]

On 11 March 2019, the UAE cabinet approved the regulatory framework for the issuance of five and ten-year visas. Previously, residence visas were only valid for up to a maximum of three years

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Mar12

FRANCE: New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Holders

Effective 1 March 2019, talent passport (“passeport talent”) applicants who have been issued a three-month D visa will now be issued a six-month temporary residence permit (“Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” or APS) on application for an initial residence permit, post arrival in France.

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Mar11

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup & Brexit Updates - 11 March 2019

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Mar07

UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Introduces New Start-up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme

On 7 March 2019, the Home Office published a Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, introducing new Start-up and Innovator categories and making reforms to the Tier 1 (Investor) category.

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Mar07

SWITZERLAND: New National Salary Calculation Tool for Seconded Workers

On 5 March 2019, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) published a new national salary calculation tool that all cantonal labour authorities must now use when conducting remuneration checks to verify the work conditions of seconded workers (temporary intra company transferees or workers posted at a client site to fulfill a service contract).

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Mar07

ARGENTINA: Ten-Year Police Clearance Certificates Now Required for Immigration Applications

Effective 6 March 2019, the immigration authorities have published a new regulation requiring police clearance certificates submitted in support of immigration applications to include the applicant’s criminal record for the ten years prior to the certificate’s issuance.

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Mar06

IRELAND: Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

Effective 6 March 2019, the spouses and de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can access the Irish labour market without first obtaining an Employment Permit.

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Mar06

VIETNAM: New Notification Requirement for Early Termination of Work Permits

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has issued a circular which re-introduces the requirement to notify provincial Departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (DeLISA) of early termination of work permits, and introduces new work permit application forms. Implementation is ongoing and depends on the province.

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Mar05

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 5 March 2019

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Mar05

COLOMBIA: Mercosur Visa No Longer Open to Chilean Nationals

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will no longer grant migrant visas to Chilean nationals on the basis of the Mercosur Agreement, although no changes to the immigration regulations have been made to this effect.

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Mar05

DENMARK: New Positive List Published

The Danish immigration authorities have published a new positive list, effective 1 March 2019 and valid until 30 June 2019.

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Mar05

BREXIT: Spain Publishes Contingency Measures for No-Deal Brexit

The Spanish government has published a decree adopting contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit.

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Mar05

SOUTH AFRICA: Consulates May Have Started Using Unpublished Draft of New Critical Skills List

Reports have emerged that some South African overseas missions have begun to reject Critical Skills Visa applications on the grounds that the corporate general manager category no longer exists.

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