This Week’s Immigration News

Jul18

NIGERIA: Registration of Resident Foreign Nationals Announced

On 12 July 2019, the Nigerian government directed all foreign nationals who intend to reside in Nigeria for at least 90 days to present themselves within six months to the Nigeria Immigration Service to be registered.

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Jul17

MALAYSIA: i-KAD Issuance Suspended Until Further Notice

The immigration authorities in Malaysia have announced that, effective 16 July 2019, the issuance of i-KAD identification cards for foreign nationals is suspended until further notice.

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Jul17

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Sponsorship Policy [UPDATED]

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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Jul15

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 15 July 2019

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

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Jul12

CANADA: Government Updates Global Talent Occupations List

Effective July 2019, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the Global Talent Occupations List.

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Jul10

AUSTRALIA: Latest on Skilled Regional Visas

In the lead up to the introduction of the new Skilled Regional visas in November 2019, the immigration authorities have announced further details on the implementation dates for the 491 and 494 visas, and transitional arrangements for Subclass 489 and RSMS visas.

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Jul10

NIGERIA: New E-Yellow Fever Card Required

Effective 1 July 2019, the Nigerian government now requires all foreign nationals entering Nigeria to obtain a new electronic Yellow Fever Card (e-Yellow Card) on arrival, on presentation of their home-country yellow fever vaccination certificate.

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Jul09

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Rules for DIFC Free Zone Foreign Employees

Effective immediately, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) free zone has announced changes to its foreign employee services.

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Jul08

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 8 July 2019

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

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Jul04

KAZAKHSTAN: Deadline for 2020 Quota Applications is 31 July 2019

The deadline for submitting quota applications for employing foreign nationals in quota-subject categories in 2020 is 31 July 2019.

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Jul04

MOROCCO: Dependent Children Must Obtain Residence Permits

The Moroccan government has announced to all foreign diplomatic missions in Morocco that, effective 1 July 2019, it will enforce the current regulation requiring all foreign national children resident in Morocco to obtain residence permits (“cartes de séjour”).

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Jul01

KENYA: Tax Certificate Now Required for Work Permit Renewals

Effective 1 July 2019, the Department of Immigration Services (DIS) has issued a directive requiring all work permit renewal applications to include individual and company Tax Compliance Certificates (TCCs).

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Jul01

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 1 July 2019

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Jun28

SAUDI ARABIA: New Permanent Residence Scheme [UPDATED]

The Saudi government has begun accepting applications for its new permanent residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals.

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Jun27

Top 10 Global Immigration Changes for the First Half of 2019

Changes to global immigration laws and processes have been frequent and numerous over the first half of 2019. In case you missed one, here’s our “top 10” for the first six months of this year.

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Jun27

MEXICO: Increased Scrutiny of Immigration Documents

Effective immediately, foreign national travellers to and within Mexico may now be subject to increased immigration document checks.

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Jun27

GUATEMALA: New Rules for Migrant Workers

Effective immediately, the Guatemalan government has implemented new work authorisation and residence rules for foreign national workers.

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Jun25

CHILE: New Entry Requirements for Venezuelan Nationals

Effective 22 June 2019, all Venezuelan nationals are required to obtain a visa at the Chilean consulate in Venezuela or in another country, prior to their entry into Chile.

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Jun24

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Residency Visas for Dependent Sons Can Now Be Renewed

Effective immediately, residents of the United Arab Emirates can renew the residency visas of their dependent sons who have reached the age of 18, and/or graduated from secondary school or university.

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Jun24

DENMARK: Increased Flexibility for Employers

Recent amendments to the Danish Aliens Act, effective 1 June 2019, create more flexibility for employers hiring foreign nationals under the Fast Track Scheme and the Pay Limit Scheme.

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Jun24

BELGIUM – Measures to Mitigate Single Permit Processing Delays

The Belgian authorities have taken steps to decrease application processing times for the new single permit, and to avoid lapses in work authorisation due to the slower processing of the residence authorisation.

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Jun24

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 24 June 2019

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Jun21

EUROPEAN UNION: EU Council Adopts Schengen Visa Code Amendments

On 6 June 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted amendments to the visa code regulation, aimed at improving conditions for legitimate travellers entering Europe for short stays, and enhancing border security.

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Jun19

MEXICO: Further Restructuring of the National Migration Institute and Possible Bureaucratic Delays

On 14 June 2019, the Commissioner of the National Institute of Migration (INM), Tonatiuh Guillén, resigned and that same day Francisco Garduño was appointed as his successor. The Commissioner is the highest authority of the INM and is appointed directly by the President of Mexico.

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Jun19

INDONESIA: New Residence Procedures for Foreign Workers

Effective immediately, foreign workers are no longer able to undergo biometric collection and obtain their Limited Stay Permit (ITAS) and Multiple Exit Re-Entry Permit (MERP) on arrival at Soekarno Hatta airport, but will instead have to submit an application and attend a biometric session at their local immigration office.

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Jun18

FRANCE: Legislation to Simplify Posting Procedures and Strengthen Inspections

Effective 1 July 2019, a decree has amended the requirements for posting workers to France.

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Jun17

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 17 June 2019

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

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Jun14

UNITED STATES: USCIS FY 2020 H-1B Cap and Premium Processing [UPDATED]

[UPDATE]

*Phase one commenced on 1 April 2019, allowing H-1B lottery petitioners applying for a change-of-visa status to file a request for premium processing concurrently with their H-1B petition. USCIS began processing those requests on May 20, 2019.

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Jun14

PANAMA: Changes to Residence and Work Permit Rules [UPDATED]

On 28 May 2019, several Executive Decrees were enacted which modify work and residence permit rules and introduce new immigration categories allowing work.

[UPDATE]

On 10 June 2019, several more Executive Decrees were enacted.

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Jun12

UNITED STATES: USCIS Plans Closure of International Field Offices

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to close all 22 of its international field offices in the coming months.

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