Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 26th November 2018

November 26, 2018

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

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visa Programme

There have been some recent changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa programme, which allows qualifying applicants to have a holiday in Australia and work there to help fund their trip.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Labour Market Testing Requirement Suspended

Effective immediately, the Saudi Ministry of Labor has suspended the requirement for companies intending to hire foreign nationals to first advertise jobs on the Taqat jobs portal before applying for block visas (expatriate quota).

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PERU: New Work Contract Registration System

The Peruvian government has launched a new online system for registering and subsequently managing employment contracts.

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NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds

Effective 26 November, the minimum income thresholds for essential skills work visas and skilled migrant residence visas are set to increase.

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SINGAPORE: New Vaccination Requirement for Dependent Children

Effective 1 February 2019, the Ministry of Health will require documentation of diptheria and measles vaccination to be submitted by foreign-born children, in support of applications for long-term immigration passes.

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BRAZIL: Residence Permit for Property Investment

The National Immigration Council has published Normative Resolution 36/2018, which regulates the issuance of a residence permit on the basis of real estate investment in Brazil.

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AUSTRALIA: Labour Market Testing and Free Trade Agreements

On 31 October 2018, Australia became the sixth signatory to the ‘Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership’ (TPP-11), after Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. The agreement comes into force on 30 December 2018. Chile, Peru, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam are yet to ratify the TPP-11.

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INDIA: Exit Clearance Requirement Now Extended to All Indian Nationals

Effective immediately, all Indian nationals travelling to any of 18 “notified” countries for employment purposes are advised to register with the eMigrate portal of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at least 24 hours prior to departure.

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