Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 18 March 2019

March 18, 2019

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

AUSTRALIA: Immigration Developments for Employers

Changes to Skilled Occupation Lists

On 11 March 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect.

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DENMARK: New Procedure for EU National Immigration Applications

Effective 1 April 2019, immigration applications by EU nationals will be handled by the Danish Agency of International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). Currently, these cases are handled by the State Administration (RSA).

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Long-Term Visas [Updated 13 March 2019]

On 11 March 2019, the UAE cabinet approved the regulatory framework for the issuance of five and ten-year visas. Previously, residence visas were only valid for up to a maximum of three years

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FRANCE: New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Holders

Effective 1 March 2019, talent passport (“passeport talent”) applicants who have been issued a three-month D visa will now be issued a six-month temporary residence permit (“Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” or APS) on application for an initial residence permit, post arrival in France.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On 12 March, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions.

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COLOMBIA: Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow entry, transit and departure of Venezuelan nationals holding expired or soon-to-expire passports.

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Immigration and Nationality Fees

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has published updated fees, which come into effect on 29 March 2019.

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