Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 21 January 2020

January 21, 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

CIBT-FSG Debuts Anticipated Joint Venture to Shanghai Business Leaders

CIBT-FSG held its first public event in China since the announcement of the unprecedented joint venture between the world’s leading visa and immigration provider and China’s leading HR services provider. The opening reception was held November 18 at the Yangtze Boutique Hotel in Shanghai.

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CHINA: Expedited Permit Processing for Highly-Skilled Foreign Nationals in Shanghai

Effective immediately, certain Category A (highly-skilled) applicants seeking permission to work in Shanghai can apply for their work and residence permits simultaneously under a new “single window” procedure, shaving several days off the processing time.

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2019 IN REVIEW: Top Global Business Immigration News Stories

By Kent O’Neil, Global Legal Analyst, and Dan King, Senior Researcher, Newland Chase

In 2019, Newland Chase published 327 alerts, blogs, and weekly roundups of significant immigration news and insights for HR, global mobility, immigration, and business travel professionals.

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IRELAND: Spike in Employment Permit Applications Causes Processing Delays

A surge in applications for employment permits at the end of 2019, ahead of a 1 January 2020 increase in salary thresholds and increased advertising requirements, has led to processing delays.

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SINGAPORE: Increased Penalties for Discriminatory Employers

In January 2020, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has strengthened its Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) for greater deterrence against workplace discrimination.

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SOUTH KOREA: Immigration Processing Delays

Due to a systems error in December 2019, the processing of immigration applications in South Korea is currently delayed by one to three weeks. The delay is expected to continue into February 2020.

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FRANCE: Residence Permit Fees Reduced and Simplified

Effective 1 January 2020, new and generally lower residence permit fees have been introduced, and the number of different residence permit tariffs has been reduced.

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VIETNAM: New Restrictions on Chinese Nationals Holding Passport with “Nine-Dash Line” Map

In the context of ongoing territorial disputes between Vietnam and China over parts of the South China Sea, the Chinese passport showing the so-called “nine-dash line” map has again recently been causing trouble for Chinese nationals applying for work permits and local police clearance certificates in Hanoi.

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