This Week’s Immigration News

Feb18

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 18 February 2019

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Feb15

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.

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Feb13

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.

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Feb11

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 11 February 2019

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Feb11

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.

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Feb11

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.

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Feb08

Going Global: Expand Your Business to Mexico

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

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Feb08

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

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Feb08

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.

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Feb08

BREXIT: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and UK Agree on Citizens’ Rights After Brexit [UPDATED]

The UK has reached a separation agreement with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (‘the EEA EFTA States’), including a deal on citizens’ rights.

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Feb08

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.

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Feb08

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.

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Feb06

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.

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Feb06

BREXIT: Switzerland and UK Agreement on Citizens’ Rights After Brexit

The Swiss Federal Council and the UK government have approved an agreement protecting the rights of Swiss nationals currently residing in the UK and the reciprocal rights of UK nationals currently residing in Switzerland, after the UK leaves the EU.

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Feb05

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.

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Feb05

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.

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Feb05

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.

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Feb04

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 4 February 2019

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Jan31

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.

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Jan30

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.

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Jan29

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 29th January 2019

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Jan29

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.

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Jan29

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.

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Jan29

UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Plan for EU Citizens Arriving After No-Deal Brexit

On 28 January 2019, the UK Home Office published a policy paper outlining its proposals for how it will treat EU citizens arriving in the UK after a no-deal Brexit.

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Jan28

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.

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Jan28

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).

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Jan23

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.

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Jan21

Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 21st January 2019

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Jan18

Global Immigration 101: Schengen Visas

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

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Jan18

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.

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