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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 21 October 2019
Help Shape the Future of UK Immigration
Newland Chase is preparing a submission of evidence and comments on behalf of its clients to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) on the future of UK immigration. We are seeking input from interested individuals, companies, and organizations to help influence the future UK immigration policy post-Brexit.
QATAR: New Temporary Work Visa Introduced
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Social and Labor Affairs (MADLSA) have announced some forthcoming new work and residence permit rules.
NEW ZEALAND: Government Proposes Overhaul of Employer-Supported Work Visas [UPDATED 14 Oct 2019]
The New Zealand government has proposed significant changes to the employer-assisted work visa framework which, if implemented, will affect all New Zealand employers supporting work visa applications and all individuals applying for employer-supported work visas.
THAILAND: Work Permit Applicants Now Required to Submit Medical Certificate [UPDATED 14 Oct 2019]
Effective 9 October 2019, the medical certificate is no longer required for work permit applications submitted under special laws, including under the Board of Investment (BOI), Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) and the Petroleum Act.
COSTA RICA: Sharp Increase in Guarantee Deposit Rate Affects Current Cases
Effective immediately, the General Directorate of Immigration has significantly increased the amounts of guarantee deposit payable by applicants for immigration status in Costa Rica.
BREXIT: UK Minister Confirms EU Citizens Who Miss Settled Status Deadline May Be Deported
On 10 October 2019, the Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis told a German newspaper that, in a no-deal Brexit, EU citizens could be deported from the UK if they fail to apply for settled status by the 31 December 2020 deadline, even if they fulfil all legal conditions for a residence permit.
PHILIPPINES: In-Person Application for Alien Employment Permit in Manila [UPDATED]
[UPDATE] A new DOLE-NCR advisory, issued 30 September 2019 and effective 15 October 2019, significantly modifies the new requirements introduced on 1 October 2019.
BREXIT: No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU [UPDATED 9 Oct 2019]
If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement (“no-deal Brexit”), then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.
SAUDI ARABIA: Government Waives Expat Levy for Industrial Companies for Five Years
The Saudi government has announced that it will waive expat fees paid for foreign nationals working in industrial-sector companies for five years, effective 1 October 2019.
BRAZIL: Change to Residence Terms for Investors
Effective immediately, the Brazilian government has published Normative Resolution (NR) 37/2019, amending NR 01/2017 so that foreign nationals changing status from visitor to resident for the purposes of investment (and some other undefined cases as permitted by Brazilian law) may now obtain residence for an indefinite period.
BRAZIL: Digital Work Card System Introduced
Effective immediately, the Brazilian government has published Ordinance 1065, regulating the issuance of the digital work card. The new system should make it easier to hire foreign national workers.
SPAIN: New Requirement for EU Registration Certificate Appointments for UK Nationals
The immigration office in Madrid dealing with EU registration for EU nationals now requires UK nationals to use a special tab on the online scheduling system to book appointments for EU registration certificates.
INDONESIA: New Regulation on Job Titles for Foreign Workers
Effective immediately, the Ministry of Manpower has issued a regulation specifying more than 2200 permitted job titles in 18 sectors for foreign workers in Indonesia (Decree No. 228 of 2019).
NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Accredited Employer Framework
Effective 7 October 2019, the New Zealand government has announced significant changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa.
RUSSIA: Moscow Migration Office to Issue Invitation Letters in Electronic Format Only
Effective 1 October 2019, the Internal Affairs Ministry’s Moscow Office will issue all invitation letters in electronic format only.
KUWAIT: Work Permit Attestation for Egyptian Nationals Suspended
The Egyptian embassy in Kuwait is currently refusing to attest work permit approvals for Egyptian nationals issued by the Kuwaiti labor authorities.
SINGAPORE: Reminder - Update of Residential Address During Pass Issuance
The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has reminded employers of foreign national work pass holders of the address registration requirements.
PHILIPPINES: Manila Requires Additional Corporate Document for Alien Employment Permit Application
Effective immediately, the Department of Labour and Employment in the National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), which covers Metro Manila, now requires the submission of a Board Resolution designating and authorizing the company signatory of the employment contract and other supporting documents for Alien Employment Permit (AEP) applications.
SOUTH AFRICA: Procedural Changes for Qualification Evaluation and Transfer of Skills
Effective 16 September 2019, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) will allow only qualification holders (applicants) to follow up on their own evaluation applications. SAQA will no longer allow third parties (such as immigration agencies, attorneys or family members) to follow up.
SRI LANKA: New Police Clearance, Letter of Guarantee and Health Assessment Requirements
Effective immediately, all applicants for Ministry approval for residence visas must submit a police clearance certificate from their country of residence, duly authenticated and legalized by the Sri Lankan consulate in that jurisdiction.