Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 16th July 2018

July 16, 2018

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

HONG KONG: Immigration Authority Allows Dependent Visa Applications for Same-Sex Spouses

The Hong Kong Immigration Authority has confirmed that it has implemented an “interim arrangement” allowing dependent residence status for same-sex spouses with eligible sponsors, pending a review of its dependent immigration policy.

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INDONESIA: Further Details of Upcoming Regulations for Hiring Foreign Workers

Further details are now available of the proposed new regulations for hiring foreign workers (see our previous alert here). Note that there is still no implementation date for the new system.

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NEW ZEALAND: Several Recent Changes to Immigration Rules and Procedures

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently implemented several changes including an update to the minimum income threshold certain Essential Skills visa holders.

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SWITZERLAND: Reminder that Obligation to Advertise Certain Jobs Now Effective

Effective 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 8% or above must to test the Swiss labour market by advertising. This threshold will be lowered to 5% from 1 January 2020.

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CHINA: Change to Document Requirements for Category A Work Permit Applications

Effective immediately, the Shanghai State Administration of Foreign Affairs requires a different tax certificate in support of applications for Category A work permits, including applicable new work permits, renewals and cancellations.

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CANADA: Potential Implications for Visa Applicants with Drunk Driving Law Change

An amendment to the Criminal Code in Canada has doubled the maximum prospective punishment for drunk driving (‘DUI’ – Driving Under the Influence) from five years to ten years.

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