Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 1 July 2019

July 1, 2019

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.


EUROPEAN UNION: EU Council Adopts Schengen Visa Code Amendments

On 6 June 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted amendments to the visa code regulation, aimed at improving conditions for legitimate travellers entering Europe for short stays, and enhancing border security.

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MEXICO: Increased Scrutiny of Immigration Documents

Effective immediately, foreign national travellers to and within Mexico may now be subject to increased immigration document checks.

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Top 10 Global Immigration Changes for the First Half of 2019

Changes to global immigration laws and processes have been frequent and numerous over the first half of 2019. In case you missed one, here’s our “top 10” for the first six months of this year.

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DENMARK: Increased Flexibility for Employers

Recent amendments to the Danish Aliens Act, effective 1 June 2019, create more flexibility for employers hiring foreign nationals under the Fast Track Scheme and the Pay Limit Scheme.

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BELGIUM: Measures to Mitigate Single Permit Processing Delays

The Belgian authorities have taken steps to decrease application processing times for the new single permit, and to avoid lapses in work authorisation due to the slower processing of the residence authorisation.

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CHILE: New Entry Requirements for Venezuelan Nationals

Effective 22 June 2019, all Venezuelan nationals are required to obtain a visa at the Chilean consulate in Venezuela or in another country, prior to their entry into Chile.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Residency Visas for Dependent Sons Can Now Be Renewed

Effective immediately, residents of the United Arab Emirates can renew the residency visas of their dependent sons who have reached the age of 18, and/or graduated from secondary school or university.

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GUATEMALA: New Rules for Migrant Workers

Effective immediately, the Guatemalan government has implemented new work authorisation and residence rules for foreign national workers.

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Permanent Residence Scheme [UPDATED]

The Saudi government has begun accepting applications for its new permanent residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals.

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