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.
VENEZUELA: Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures Due to Energy Outages
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
Global Immigration Weekly Roundup & Brexit Updates - 11 March 2019
The latest vital immigration news from around the globe, plus Brexit updates, in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.
UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Introduces New Start-up and Innovator Categories, Reforms Tier 1 (Investor) Category, Amends EU Settlement Scheme
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).
ARGENTINA: Ten-Year Police Clearance Certificates Now Required for Immigration Applications
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.
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.
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.
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.