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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 18 February 2019
SAUDI ARABIA: Companies with High Saudization Rates Eligible for Reimbursement or Waiver of Expat Fees
The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has announced that companies with a sufficiently high Saudization (Nitaqat) rating will have expat fees reimbursed or exempted for 2018.
BREXIT: Switzerland To Apply Separate Work Permit Quota for British Citizens in “No-Deal” Scenario
The Swiss Federal Council has decided that, in the event of the UK’s disorderly exit from the EU (i.e., without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement), a separate quota of work permits will be made available from 30 March 2019 to British citizens who wish to enter Switzerland to work.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Visa Endorsement Procedure in Dubai
Effective immediately, the immigration authorities (GDRFA) in Dubai have modified the dependent visa endorsement procedure, adding up to four days to the process.
SAUDI ARABIA: Recent Changes to Work Visas, Block Visas and Nitaqat
The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, and to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system.
COLOMBIA: New Labour Ministry Registration Required for all Foreign Workers [UPDATED]
On 9 October 2018, the Ministry of Labour issued Resolution 4388, creating and implementing the Single Registry of Foreign Workers in Colombia (“RUTEC”). The Ministry aims to use the registry to collect and control information about foreign workers, allowing it to monitor their current status and avoid abusive and illegal contracting practices
PHILIPPINES: New Requirements and Restrictions for Special Work Permit and Provisional Work Permit
On 29 January 2019, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued Operations Order No. JHM-2019-002, prescribing supplemental guidelines for SWP and PWP issuance.
NEW ZEALAND: Government Proposes Overhaul of Employer-Supported Work Visas
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.
MALAYSIA: MYXpats Centre Requires ESD Portal Users to Complete Survey
All employers registered with the ESD portal of the MYXpats Centre to apply for Employment Passes or Professional Visit Passes must complete an online client experience survey before carrying out any further transactions through the portal.
GERMANY: Plans to Introduce Transition Period for UK Nationals to Regularise Immigration Status After a No-Deal Brexit
The German federal government has announced its plans for UK nationals in Germany after 29 March 2019, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
BREXIT: Switzerland and UK Agreement on Citizens’ Rights After Brexit
VENEZUELA: Embassy in Argentina Can Now Apostille Venezuelan Criminal Records Certificates
Effective immediately, the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina is now authorised to stamp an apostille seal on Venezuelan criminal records certificates.
ROMANIA: Significant Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019
Romania’s work permit quota for 2019 has been published in the Official Gazette (Part I, no. 80 of 31 January 2019) according to Government Decision no. 34/31.01.2019.
MEXICO: Delays at Immigration Offices
As the new federal administration takes office in Mexico, major staff changes are taking place within the offices of the National Immigration institute (INM) around the country, affecting the processing times of submitted applications.
UNITED STATES: Changes to H-1B Cap Lottery Announced But Registration Requirement Postponed
On 31 January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule, to amend regulations governing the H-1B cap process. The rule changes the lottery process, effective this year, but postpones implementation of the electronic registration requirement until the FY 2021 H-1B cap season.
DENMARK: Government Publishes Plan for UK Citizens in Event of No-Deal Brexit
The Danish government has published details of a planned temporary transitional scheme extending the rights of British citizens already resident in Denmark on 29 March 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
COLOMBIA: Longer Processing Times as All In-Country Visa Applications Must be Submitted Online
Effective 28 January 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all in-country visa procedures must now be completed online. In-person visa applications at the Ministry will no longer be accepted.
UNITED STATES: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions
Effective 28 January 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions.
BELARUS: Foreign Nationals Can Register Online
Effective 2 January 2019, foreign nationals who have arrived in Belarus through international check points (not from Russia) can submit a request for online registration via the Unified Portal of E-Services.
NEW ZEALAND: Centralised Visa Lodgement
Effective 14 January 2019, paper and online visa applications received from applicants resident in the Wellington and Palmerston North regions of New Zealand (except student applications) have begun to be directed to Auckland’s National Documentation Office (NaDO).
UNITED KINGDOM: Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme Opens
Effective 21 January, the Home Office opened the voluntary public testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to 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.
MEXICO: Increased Immigration Fees from 1 January 2019
Effective 1 January 2019, the fees charged by the National Immigration Institute (INM) for immigration services have increased, in line with the Consumer Price Index yearly increase.