Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 18 February 2019

February 18, 2019

The latest vital immigration news and updates from around the globe in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

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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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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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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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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