The Home Office has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, due to take effect 1 November 2018.
UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Launches Second Pilot Phase of EU Settlement Scheme
Australian Immigration | Skilled Migration Visas with State Nominations
Holders of 457 and TSS visas often assume that they will apply for permanent residency through the Temporary Residence Transitional pathway of an ENS or RSMS visa. But with changes to employer sponsored visas, including the introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund levy, and for those with occupations on the short-term occupation list (STSOL) it might be time to consider a Skilled migration visa with state nomination.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that its new insurance scheme for foreign workers will be available from 15 October 2018.
AUSTRALIA: What Happened to the Temporary Parent Visa?
The early 2017 announcement of a longer stay, temporary visa for parents of Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents was met with great anticipation. Parents no longer needed to meet the “balance of family” test by having at least half of their children in Australia, and the fees were not as prohibitive as those for the Contributory Parent visas.
ARGENTINA: Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments
There is currently a low availability of appointments, and delays of up to a month and a half, for non-Mercosur visa applications at the Immigration Office (DNM).
SPAIN: Immigration Authorities Suspend In-Person and Telephone Consultations
The Spanish immigration authorities have issued an announcement confirming the temporary suspension of in-person and telephone consultations at both the Large Companies Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas – “UGE”) as well as the temporary suspension of in-person consultations at the General Subdirectorate of Immigration.
PORTUGAL: Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified
Regulatory Decree no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018, took effect on 1 October 2018. As well as implementing the 2017 amendments to the immigration law which transposed certain EU Directives into Portuguese law (see our previous alert here), the decree seeks to simplify visa application and residence permit procedures and to reduce processing times.
POLAND: New Appointment Booking Procedures
Effective immediately, a new online appointment booking system is in place at the Warsaw immigration office (Mazovian Provincial Office) for initial and renewal applications for type A work permits.
CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES: Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged
The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.
UNITED STATES: New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions
IRAQ: New Employer Requirements
Effective immediately, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) requires companies that do not have a waiver from the Prime Minister’s Office to pay a security deposit of IQD 100,000 for each visa applicant to obtain a visa Letter of Approval (LOA).
RUSSIA: Delays In Acceptance of Work Permit Applications in Moscow
Effective immediately, Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) officials at the Moscow migration office in Sakharovo are neither checking nor registering work permit applications on the day of submission, due to technical difficulties.
INDIA: Supreme Court Rules Aadhaar Scheme Legal
The Supreme Court of India today upheld the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme, while also striking down several contentious provisions of the Aadhaar Act.
INDIA: E-Services Extended Further; E-Visas Can Be Used Three Times in a Year
Effective 24 September 2018, the e-FRRO system for online registration and visa-related services has been extended to Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar. Plus, an Indian electronic visa (e-Visa), whether for tourism, business or medical purposes, can now be used up to three times in a single calendar year.
LUXEMBOURG: Changes to Requirements for Authorisation to Stay
Effective 21 September 2018, amendments to the immigration rules have streamlined the documentary requirements for applications for authorisation to stay for locally-hired non-EEA (third-country) workers.
HONG KONG: Immigration Authority Allows Dependent Visa Applications for Same-Sex Spouses
Effective 19 September 2018, the Hong Kong government has revised its immigration policy to allow a same-sex spouse or civil partner, or an opposite-sex civil partner, in a foreign legally-recognized relationship with an eligible sponsor, to apply for a dependent visa.
UK: Migration Advisory Committee Publishes Report on the Impact of Migration from EEA
On 18 September 2018, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its much-anticipated report on the impact of migration from the European Economic Area (EEA).
ARGENTINA: Strike Expected to Affect Public Services
A general strike called by several large trade unions for 24 and 25 September in protest at the government’s economic policy is expected to affect services provided by the National Immigration Office (DNM), the National Civil Registry (RENAPER), the Social Security Agency (ANSES), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Registry of Recidivism (RNR) among others.
NETHERLANDS: Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Intra-Corporate Transferees
Effective 1 October 2018, third-country nationals working in the Netherlands with an intra-corporate transfer (ICT) permit can perform self-employed activities alongside the main working activities for which their residence permit in the Netherlands has been initially granted, according to a recent decree.