The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) – the Home Office appointed independent immigration advisory body – has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
UNITED KINGDOM: Migration Advisory Committee Recommends Broadening Shortage Occupation List
AUSTRALIA: Latest Immigration Updates
After the recent federal election in Australia, it is predicted that the Liberal-National coalition will secure a majority government with at least 77 seats. So what does this mean for the immigration program?
UNITED KINGDOM: Nationals of Seven More Countries Can Now Use ePassport Gates
Effective 20 May 2019, visitors to the United Kingdom from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States are now able to use ePassport gates at ports across the UK and at juxtaposed controls.
RUSSIA: Stricter Rules on Payment of State Fee for Letter of Invitation in Moscow
Effective immediately, the state fee collected for issuance of letters of invitation (LOI) at the migration office at 42 Pokrovka Street in Moscow must be paid exclusively from the bank account of the inviting company.
SOUTH AFRICA: Department of Home Affairs Restricts Short-Term Work to 180 Days Per Calendar Year
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has issued a directive internally and to the South African diplomatic missions, restricting short-term work on a Visitor’s Visa 11(2) to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year.
NEW ZEALAND: Updates to Skill Shortage Lists
Effective 27 May 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).
SAUDI ARABIA: New Residence Scheme Approved
The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and which will be implemented within the next five years.
SWITZERLAND: End of Work Permit Quotas for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals
Effective 1 June 2019, the safeguard clause imposing quotas on residence permits for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU2) will no longer apply.
PANAMA: Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit
Effective 24 April 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigos).
BREXIT: UK and Ireland Sign Deal to Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights
Royal Babies, Latin Trivia, and Children Born Abroad
On the happy occasion of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – we take this opportunity to discuss children born abroad, citizenship, and what expectant mums and dads on international assignment need to know.
COSTA RICA: Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules
Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.
TURKEY: All Residence Permit Renewals Now to Be Submitted In Person
Effective immediately, any foreign national residence permit holder in Turkey intending to renew their residence permit must submit their renewal application in person at the immigration office.
ISRAEL and UNITED STATES: B-5 Investor Visa for US Nationals and E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli Nationals Now Available
Effective 1 May 2019, the Israeli consulates in Washington, New York, Houston, and San Francisco have begun accepting applications for the new B-5 Investor Visa for US citizens.
SINGAPORE: New Operating Hours at Ministry of Manpower Service Centres
Effective 3 June 2019, new operating hours will come into effect at the Ministry of Manpower Services Centre (MOMSC) Hall C, and the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC).
PHILIPPINES: Changes in Rules for Special and Provisional Work Permits
On 22 April 2019, the Department of Labor (DOLE), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) released joint immigration guidelines, making some changes to the rules for the Special Work Permit (SWP) and Provisional Work Permit (PWP).
SOUTH AMERICA: Ten Years of Freedom of Movement
Implemented in 2009, the MERCOSUR Residence Agreement is perhaps the world’s second most ambitious freedom of movement scheme.
Where are we ten years later?
Is It Legal? Digital Nomads and Immigration (part 2)
As technology continues to transform the way we work – laws and company policies struggle to keep up. One such case is that of the “digital nomad”.
What happens when the reality of immigration laws meets the hype?
UNITED STATES: New Policy for L-1 Readmissions at Canadian Border
Effective immediately, and without an official announcement, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are refusing to process petitions presented by Canadian nationals, for readmission in L-1 status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
UK Nationals in the EU – Brexit Strategy Planning
On 10 April 2019, the European Council and the UK government agreed to a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period, lasting only for as long as necessary to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement and, in any event, no longer than 31 October 2019.
That still leaves several possible Brexit outcomes.
ARGENTINA: Restrictions on Company Registration Deadline Extension Requests
The National Registry of Sponsoring Entities (Renure) has announced that it will no longer accept deadline extension requests from companies incorporated as Limited Liability Companies (“SRL” in Spanish), branch offices or foundations.