Immigration News

Oct11

UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Launches Second Pilot Phase of EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, due to take effect 1 November 2018.

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Oct11

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.

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Oct11

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.

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Oct10

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. 

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Oct10

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).

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Oct08

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 8th October 2018

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

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Oct05

Global Immigration 101: Free Trade Agreements and International Unions - Their Impact on Global Mobility

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

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Oct05

NEW ZEALAND: Work Visa Application Fees to Double

Effective 5 November 2018, application fees for New Zealand visas will increase dramatically.

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Oct04

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.

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Oct03

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.

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Oct02

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.

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Oct02

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.

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Oct01

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 1st October 2018

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

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Oct01

UNITED STATES: New Deportation Policy Implemented But Not for Employment Petitions

Effective 1 October 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun implementing its 28 June 2018 policy memorandum, prioritising the removal of foreign nationals from the United States on the basis of public safety, in compliance with Executive Order 13768.

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Oct01

SWITZERLAND: Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas for 2019.

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Oct01

FRANCE: Changes to Rules for Posted Workers

On 5 September 2018, Law No. 2018-771 on “freedom to choose one’s professional future” was signed by the French president, codifying several important changes to the rules for workers posted to France.

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Sep27

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).

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Sep27

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.

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Sep27

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.

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Sep25

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. 

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Sep24

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 24th September 2018

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

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Sep24

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.

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Sep21

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.

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Sep20

BRAZIL: Delays Due to Internal Systems Upgrade

The federal Police in Brazil are currently implementing a new internal IT system (SISMIGRA) to replace the previous one (SINCRE).

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Sep20

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).

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Sep20

GREECE: Fee Changes

Effective 12 September 2018, new fees ("stamp duty") are applicable to non-EU nationals applying for various categories of residence permit.

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Sep19

Going Global: Expand Your Business to South Africa

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

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Sep17

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.

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Sep17

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 17th September 2018

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

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Sep17

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.

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