Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 8 April 2019

April 8, 2019

The latest vital global immigration news and Brexit updates in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

AUSTRALIA: Immigration Impact of 2019/20 Budget

The Australian Government presented the 2019/20 budget on 2 April 2019. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BREXIT: Returning UK Nationals Can Bring Family Until End of March 2022

A UK government policy paper, published on 4 April 2019, has established that UK nationals returning from the EU to the UK after Brexit can be joined by their EU or non-EU national family members, whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a ratified withdrawal agreement.

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