On 9 July 2018, the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) published Directive (EU) 2018/957 of 28 June 2018, amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services.
EUROPEAN UNION: Revised Posted Workers Directive Enters into Force
PORTUGAL: EU Directives Will Take Effect 1 October 2018
Decree Law no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018 and effective 1 October 2018, implements the latest amendments to the immigration law, which in turn were published on 28 August 2017.
Australian Immigration | Trade Deals and Labour Markets
A trade deal between eleven Pacific Rim countries is set to be ratified by the Australian Government, after support for the deal was raised by the Labor Party.
PHILIPPINES: No Visa Stickers Available for Temporary Visitors
The Bureau of Immigration has issued a "Note With Recommendation" warning that it has run out of the visa stickers that are usually issued for the extension of temporary visitor or 9(a) visas (“TV Sticker”).
SINGAPORE: Company Stamp No Longer Required on Forms
Effective 10 September 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore no longer requires employers to endorse forms using their company stamps.
NETHERLANDS: Cross Border Workers No Longer Limited to 90 Out of 180 Days
Effective immediately, third country nationals resident in another member state (for example Belgium or Germany) who work in the Netherlands with a work permit but return to their country of residence at least once a week (so-called “cross border workers” or “frontier workers”) are no longer limited to 90 days stay in the Netherlands in any 180-day period.
SLOVAKIA: Long Queues for Temporary Residence Permits at Foreign Police Office in Bratislava
The number of non-EU nationals attending the Foreign Police office in Bratislava to submit initial and renewal applications for temporary residence permits (including single permits) has increased significantly in recent weeks, leading to very long queues.
AUSTRALIA: No More Priority Processing for Work Visas
Effective 5 September 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has ceased accepting priority processing requests for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).
COSTA RICA: Immigration Bureau Closed [UPDATED]
On Tuesday 4 September 2018 the main offices of the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) in San Jose, Costa Rica, were closed after a raid by the Judicial Investigation Directorate (O.I.J.).
SPAIN: Delay in Processing of Visas Under Entrepreneurs’ Act
Currently, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is experiencing delays in the processing of applications for visas under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013) due to staff shortages, as well as ongoing delays in processing of residence authorisations.
Reports of the Death of NAFTA Greatly Exaggerated
Where Are We Now in Corporate Mobility?
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
When news first hit last week of a U.S.-Mexico-only trade deal – and given President Donald Trump’s bombastic and somewhat awkward roll-out of the news – one would have concluded that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was dead and the funeral was scheduled for some time last weekend. But as Twain quipped… “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
BRAZIL: New Immigration Rules for Residence Renewal Published [UPDATED]
On 25 July 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorisation for foreign professionals, effective immediately.
GERMANY: Closer Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications
The German immigration authorities (Ausländerbehörde) will require official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications, according to the Frankfurt authorities, who are already implementing this new rule.
ISRAEL: Strike and Holiday Closures at Israeli Consulates Worldwide
Support staff in the consular sections of all Israeli diplomatic missions worldwide have gone on strike, resulting in a suspension of operations. The duration of the strike has not been announced.
UNITED STATES: USCIS Extends Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions
SWITZERLAND: New Integration and Language Requirements for Residence Permits
The Swiss Federal Council has approved a package of legislative amendments which, effective 1 January 2019, will allow the authorities to demand that foreign nationals applying for residence permits sign a cultural integration agreement and demonstrate a certain level of language skill.
EU Posted Worker Requirements… in 5 Minutes
Confused about the EU’s Posted Worker Directives? Get the vital basics in this 5-minute-read.
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
IRELAND: Immigration Authorities Announce Closure of Appointment System for Re-entry Visas
Effective 3 September 2018, the online appointment booking service for visa-required nationals seeking re-entry visas from the Re-entry Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will cease to operate. All applications must be submitted by post.
AUSTRALIA: New Labour Market Testing Requirements
Effective 12 August 2018, several changes have been introduced to the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements for the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa.
SINGAPORE: Upcoming New Housing Checks for Work Pass Holders
Effective 14 September 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore will check work pass applicants’ residential addresses when issuing passes.
LUXEMBOURG: Minimum Wage Increases
Effective 1 August 2018, the statutory minimum wage in Luxembourg has increased by 2.5%. Wages in Luxembourg are pegged to the cost of living (consumer price inflation).
AUSTRALIA: Character Issues and the Fraud Criterion in Visa Applications
When applying for an Australian visa, all applicants will be asked the same question – “Have you ever been convicted of an offence?” How do you answer this thorny question?
The UK’s Tier 2 Quota: Stepping Down from the Carousel
“So when will this end
It goes on and on
Over and over and over again
Keep spinning around
I know that it won't stop
Till I step down from this"