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.
NIGERIA: Registration of Resident Foreign Nationals Announced
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UNITED STATES: USCIS FY 2020 H-1B Cap and Premium Processing [UPDATED]
*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.
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.
On 10 June 2019, several more Executive Decrees were enacted.
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.