The Australian Department of Immigration announced over the weekend that they will be including Perth, Western Australia and the Gold Coast, Queensland as ‘regional’ areas for immigration purposes from November of this year.
AUSTRALIA: Perth and Gold Coast Added to Regional Areas With Immigration Benefits
BREXIT: EU Agrees Another Article 50 Extension
On 28 October 2019, the EU agreed a new ‘flextension’ of the Article 50 period: until 31 January 2020, with the option of the UK leaving earlier if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified in time.
UNITED KINGDOM: Further Changes to Immigration Rules for No-Deal Brexit
On 24 October 2019, the government published another statement of changes to the Immigration Rules to prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit.
AUSTRALIA: New Employment Contract Policy for 482 Visa Applications Retracted [UPDATED 24 Oct 2019]
The recent policy change requiring an end date for employment contracts for Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa applications has been dropped. Visa processing officers have been notified that applications should be assessed in line with previous policy advice.
RUSSIA: Reminder - Deadline for Employers to Confirm Measles Vaccination of All Foreign Employees
Employers engaging foreign labour in Russia have until 31 December 2019 to confirm the vaccination against measles of all foreign nationals they employ.
BELGIUM: Some Historical Residence Fees Can Be Reclaimed
On 11 September 2019, the Belgian Council of State annulled two Royal Decrees that lay down the payment of residence administrative fees (the first of 16 February 2015 that introduced the administrative fee and the second of 14 February 2017 that raised the fee amount).
THAILAND: Faster Processing of Certain Pre-Work Permit Approval Applications
Effective immediately, companies which are eligible for expedited work permit processing at the One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC) can now also submit pre-work permit approval (PWPA) applications at the OSSC.
CHILE: New Exit Permit Requirements
Effective 11 October 2019, foreign nationals who do not hold a valid tourist card, visa application receipt and/or residence receipt must request, by email and at least five days in advance of travel, a permit in order to exit Chile.
BREXIT: UK Parliament Forces Government to Request Further Extension of Article 50 Period
On 17 Oct 2019, the Government of the United Kingdom and the EU Council agreed a modified Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. However, on 19 Oct 2019, the UK Parliament voted to force the UK Government to request another extension of the Article 50 period. On 22 Oct 2019, parliament voted to take forward the government's Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which must be approved before the Withdrawal Agreement can be ratified in the UK, but voted against the government's fast-track timetable for scrutinizing the bill.
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.