This Week’s Immigration News

Jan11

PHILIPPINES: All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 1 March 2019

1 March 2019 is the deadline for registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2019 period began on 1 January 2019.

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Jan10

MALAYSIA: Stricter Enforcement of 12-Month Limit for Professional Visit Pass

Effective 15 January 2019, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has reminded companies of the existing rule that the Professional Visit Pass (PVP) is intended for short-term work activities, and can only be issued for a maximum of twelve months, with no renewals.

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Jan09

NETHERLANDS: Government Guarantees Rights of UK Nationals in Event of No Deal Brexit

On 7 January 2019, the Dutch Cabinet announced that British citizens who have right of residence in the Netherlands on 29 March 2019 can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands even in the event of a no deal Brexit.

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Jan08

BRAZIL: Ministry Restructuring May Affect Immigration Processing

On 1 January 2019, the new administration published Provisional Measure 870, reorganising government Ministries and public agencies.

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Jan07

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 7th January 2019

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

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Jan04

2018 IN REVIEW: Top 8 Global Business Immigration News Stories of the Year

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

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Jan04

UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge To Double from 8 January 2019

An Order of 18 December 2018 authorises the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective 8 January 2019.

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Jan02

BELGIUM: Single Permit Implemented 1 January 2019

The Single Permit Directive (2011/98/EU) has finally been implemented in Belgium, effective 1 January 2019. Meanwhile, the Flanders region has prepared its own work permit legislation, mostly effective 1 January 2019.

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Jan02

NIGERIA: Ministry of Interior Doubles Residence Permit Fee

Effective immediately, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Interior has increased the fee for the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card (CERPAC) from the equivalent of USD 1000 to USD 2000.

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Dec24

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 24th December 2018

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

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Dec21

TECH INDUSTRY: 3 Up-and-Coming Global Tech Hotbeds You Should Know

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

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Dec20

UNITED KINGDOM: Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme to Open in January

On 20 December, the Home Office laid another Statement of Changes to the immigration rules before Parliament, enabling “resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport” and “their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card” to apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, from 21 January 2019.

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Dec20

IRELAND: Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) is now requesting that Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders apply for their Stamp 4 permission four months in advance of the expiry date of their CSEP, (i.e., once they have completed 20 months on their employment permit).

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Dec20

UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Post-Brexit Immigration Proposals

On 19 December 2018, the UK Home Office published its long-awaited policy paper on its proposed future skills-based immigration system, designed to replace freedom of movement for EEA citizens after Brexit.

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Dec17

GERMANY: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2019.

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Dec17

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 17th December 2018

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

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Dec16

UNITED KINGDOM: Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

Effective 28 January 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees.

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Dec14

BREXIT: Deal or No-Deal… What Does It Mean for UK-EU Immigration?

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

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Dec13

AUSTRALIA: Sponsor Compliance and Publication of Sanctions

Effective 13 December 2018, enhanced integrity regulations have come into effect, allowing the immigration department to publicly list companies which have failed to satisfy a sponsorship obligation.

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Dec12

SINGAPORE: New Administrative Fees from April 2019

Effective 1 April 2019, the application and issuance/renewal fees will be significantly increased for the Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes administered by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

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Dec11

INDONESIA: Change to Validity of RPTKA

Effective 10 December 2018, an RPTKA can only be valid for up to two years initially, rather than five as previously. After two years, the RPTKA can be extended for another period of two years, and after this for another one year.

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Dec11

INDIA: Increased Penalties for Late Registration and Late Visa Extension

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has revised its penalty fees for late registration of foreign nationals, and for submission of visa extensions after visa expiry.

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Dec11

UNITED KINGDOM: No Suspension of Tier 1 (Investor); Publication of Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules [LATEST]

Tier 1 (Investor)

On 6 December 2018, various press outlets reported, based on an unpublished government press release, that the Home Office had suspended the Tier 1 (Investor) route until further notice. However, on 11 December 2018 a Home Office spokesperson commented: "The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is not currently suspended. However, the Government remains committed to reforming the route. A further announcement will be made in due course. Any suspension would be implemented through changes to the Immigration Rules."

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Dec10

UNITED KINGDOM: Citizens’ Rights Under the Withdrawal Agreement Versus a No-Deal Scenario

On 14 November 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) government reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both the UK and European parliaments, includes arrangements about the legal status of EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit.

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Dec10

SWITZERLAND: Transitional Period for Croatians Extended to End of 2021

On 7 December 2018, the Swiss federal council announced it will maintain until 31 December 2021 the transitional provisions of Protocol III, which extended to Croatian nationals the Agreement on Free Movement of Persons (FMPA) between Switzerland and the European Union.

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Dec10

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 10th December 2018

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

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Dec05

NETHERLANDS: New Minimum Salary Levels for 2019

Effective 1 January 2019, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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Dec05

SOUTH AFRICA: Requirements for Travelling with Children Eased

Effective 1 December 2018, the "First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations, 2014" eases the requirements for parents and legal guardians travelling with children through South African ports of entry, which were first introduced in 2015.

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Dec05

MALAYSIA: New Immigration Application Procedure for MIDA-Registered Companies

Effective 5 December 2018, all new and renewal Employment Pass (EP) and Dependant Pass (DP) applications for companies with pre-approved positions under the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) must be submitted via the online Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal, rather than manually at the Immigration Unit at MIDA.

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Dec04

MEXICO: Delays Expected at Immigration Offices

As a new administration takes office in Mexico, major staff changes are expected to take place in the upcoming days within the offices of the National Immigration institute (INM) around the country, including at international airports.

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