Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 10th December 2018

December 10, 2018

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

SINGAPORE: Higher Minimum Salary for S Pass Applicants

Effective 1 January 2019, the minimum qualifying salary for the S Pass will be increased from SGD 2200 to SGD 2300.

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NETHERLANDS: New Minimum Salary Levels for 2019

Effective 1 January 2019, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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UNITED STATES: Preparing for the Fiscal Year 2020 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Period

On 1 April 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start to accept H-1B petitions from cap-subject employers for skilled foreign workers starting work in fiscal year 2020 (from 1 October 2019).

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MALAYSIA: New Immigration Application Procedure for MIDA-Registered Companies

Effective 5 December 2018, all new and renewal Employment Pass (EP) and Dependant Pass (DP) applications for companies with pre-approved positions under the Malaysia Investment Development Authority (MIDA) must be submitted via the the online Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal, rather than manually at the Immigration Unit at MIDA.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Requirements for Travelling with Children Eased

Effective 1 December 2018, the “First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations, 2014”eases the requirements for parents and legal guardians travelling with children through South African ports of entry, which were first introduced in 2015.

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MALAYSIA: ESD Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2019 Now Open

Effective 3 December 2019, companies who are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can start to apply for their 2019 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for Employment Passes and Professional Visit Passes.

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MEXICO: Delays Expected at Immigration Offices

As a new administration takes office in Mexico, major staff changes are expected to take place in the upcoming days within the offices of the National Immigration institute (INM) around the country, including at international airports.

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