Immigration News

Sep14

EUROPEAN UNION: Revised Posted Workers Directive Enters into Force

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.

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Sep14

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.

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Sep13

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.

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Sep13

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”).

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Sep12

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.

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Sep12

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.

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Sep11

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.

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Sep11

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).

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Sep10

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 10th September 2018

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

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Sep10

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.).

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Sep07

NEW ZEALAND: New Rules for Interim Visas

Effective immediately, interim visas are valid for 21 days after a temporary entry visa application is declined or withdrawn.

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Sep07

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.

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Sep07

CHINA: Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

As we reported in August, the Chinese government has abolished the work permit requirement for residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan ("HMT residents").

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Sep06

IRAQ: Further Changes to Entry and Exit Rules

On 4 September 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) announced several important changes to the immigration rules.

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Sep06

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.

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Sep05

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.

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Sep04

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 4th September 2018

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

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Sep04

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.

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Sep04

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.

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Sep03

UNITED STATES: USCIS Extends Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is extending and expanding the previously announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions.

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Sep03

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.

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Aug28

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 28th August 2018

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

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Aug23

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

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Aug23

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.

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Aug22

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.

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Aug21

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 21st August 2018

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

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Aug21

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.

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Aug21

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).

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Aug15

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? 

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Aug15

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"

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