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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup - 23 April 2019
Is It Legal? Digital Nomads and Immigration
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?
SLOVAKIA: New Online Appointment Booking System Established by Foreign Police
Effective 17 April 2019, the Foreign Police has implemented a new online system for scheduling appointments for a particular date and time.
BREXIT: UK and Switzerland Reach Agreement on No-Deal Labour Market Access
At its meeting on 17 April 2019, the Swiss Federal Council approved a temporary agreement with the United Kingdom on mutual labour market access in a no-deal scenario.
MALAYSIA: MYXpats Centre Updates Systems and Fees
Effective 1 June 2019, the MYXpats Centre of the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has announced new features and service charges for Employment Pass, Professional Visit Pass, Dependant pass and Long-Term Social visit Pass applications.
UNITED STATES: USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2020
On 10 April 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2020 (1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the additional quota (20,000) for individuals holding a US master’s or other advanced degree.
AUSTRALIA: Further Details of New Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa
IRELAND: Abolition of Re-entry Visa System Announced
Effective 13 May 2019, visa-required nationals holding a valid Irish Resident Permit (IRP) card or GNIB card will no longer require a re-entry visa to leave and return to Ireland. An IRP or GNIB card and passport will be sufficient to prove a right to travel to Ireland.
Global Immigration 101: Intra-Company Transfer Permits
By Kent O'Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
For successful mobility managers, school is always in session. In an industry where the only thing that is constant is everything is always changing… success depends on continually keeping abreast of new immigration rules and processes… and reminding ourselves of the same old basics vital to successful international assignments.
BREXIT: UK and EU Agree New Article 50 Extension Until 31 October 2019
On 10 April 2019, the European Council and the UK government agreed a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period.
BREXIT: What Next for EU and UK Citizens?
On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum asking voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland if they wanted to remain a member of, or to leave, the EU. 51.89% of UK voters voted to leave the EU.
DENMARK: New Procedure for EU National Immigration Applications [Updated]
Effective 1 April 2019, post-arrival residence document applications by EU nationals are handled by the Danish Agency of International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). Previously, these cases were handled by the State Administration (RSA).
CANADA-UNITED STATES: Tech, Talent, and Immigration [Updated: November 19, 2019]
As highly skilled immigration cools in the U.S. and heats up in Canada... Canada’s Global Talent Stream becomes permanent.
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
While geographic neighbors, but with currently two seemingly divergent approaches to immigration – Canada and the United States have developed an almost symbiotic relationship in the international labor market. With the perceived and actual cooling of the United States’ openness to immigration under the Trump administration, Canada appears more than happy to benefit.
BREXIT: Returning UK Nationals Can Bring Family Until End of March 2022
VENEZUELA: Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures Due to Energy Outages
Government offices were forced to cease operations for more than 15 business days during March 2019, due to nationwide power outages, leading to delays in all immigration processes.
RUSSIA: Head Migration Office Stops Issuing Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permits
Effective 5 April 2019, the Head Migration Office located at Boyarsky Lane, in central Moscow, will cease accepting initial or renewal applications for work permits and visa invitations for highly qualified specialists (HQS) and their dependents.
BREXIT: European Parliament Approves Visa-Free Access to EU for UK Nationals Post-Brexit
On 4 April 2019, the European Parliament approved a draft law exempting UK nationals from visa requirements to enter the EU for short visits (up to 90 days in any 180-day period), once the UK leaves the EU.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Dependent Sponsorship Policy
The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend the policy on foreign national workers sponsoring family members in the UAE. As yet, no implementation date has been announced.
IRELAND: Changes to Employment Permits System to Address Labour Shortages in Key Sectors
Effective 22 April 2019, changes have been announced to the Critical Skills List of Occupations and the Ineligible List of Occupations, following the first bi-annual review of 2019.
MALAYSIA: New Upper Age Limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass Applications for Dependent Children [Updated 25 March 2019]
Effective immediately, the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children.
SINGAPORE: Foreign Worker Quota Rules to be Tightened
The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced planned changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers.
FACT CHECK: Will U.S. Citizens (and others) Need a Visa to Visit Europe in 2021?
By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, Newland Chase
Just want the executive summary? No.
For those wanting a more detailed explanation: Some major media outlets circulated stories this past week that – “U.S. citizens will need visas to visit Europe starting in 2021.”