Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 13 May 2019

May 13, 2019

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

BLOG: Royal Babies, Latin Trivia, and Children Born Abroad

On the happy occasion of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – we take this opportunity to discuss children born abroad, citizenship, and what expectant mums and dads on international assignment need to know.

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BREXIT: UK and Ireland Sign Deal to Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights

On 8 May 2019, the governments of Ireland and of the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the status, rights and privileges already enjoyed by British and Irish citizens in each others’ states under the Common Travel Area (CTA).

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PHILIPPINES: Changes in Rules for Special and Provisional Work Permits

On 22 April 2019, the Department of Labor (DOLE), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) released joint immigration guidelines, making some changes to the rules for the Special Work Permit (SWP) and Provisional Work Permit (PWP).

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ISRAEL and UNITED STATES: B-5 Investor Visa for US Nationals and E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli Nationals Now Available

Effective 1 May 2019, the Israeli consulates in Washington, New York, Houston, and San Francisco have begun accepting applications for the new B-5 Investor Visa for US citizens.

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BLOG: South America | Ten Years of Freedom of Movement

Implemented in 2009, the MERCOSUR Residence Agreement is perhaps the world’s second most ambitious freedom of movement scheme. 
Where are we ten years later?

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TURKEY: All Residence Permit Renewals Now to Be Submitted In Person

Effective immediately, any foreign national residence permit holder in Turkey intending to renew their residence permit must submit their renewal application in person at the immigration office.

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COSTA RICA: Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.

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SINGAPORE: New Operating Hours at Ministry of Manpower Service Centres

Effective 3 June 2019, new operating hours will come into effect at the Ministry of Manpower Services Centre (MOMSC) Hall C, and the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC).

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