Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 23 December 2019

December 23, 2019

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

CIBT and Soccer Without Borders Collaborate on Unique Case

To Newland Chase and CIBTvisas, immigration is more than just paperwork and processes, rules and requirements. It is about people and lives, dreams and plans, achievements and experiences. Read how this particular case brought that reality more clearly into focus

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AUSTRALIA: Traffic Light Bulletin – Skilled Migration List Review

Following consultations with various stakeholders, including Newland Chase Australia (read our 28 November blog post here), the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business has released its Traffic Light Bulletin outlining its proposed changes to Immigration's skilled occupation lists.

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BREXIT: Majority Conservative Government Expected to Pass Withdrawal Agreement Bill

In the 12 December 2019 United Kingdom general election, the electorate gave the Conservative party a substantial majority.  This makes it almost certain that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will be passed by parliament (although it is not certain that this can be achieved by 31 January 2020 without a further extension) and all but eliminates the risk of a cliff-edge no-deal Brexit with no transition period.

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KUWAIT: New Business Visit Visa Regulations Extended to All Nationalities

In an attempt to crack down on forged degree certificates submitted in support of business (commercial) visit visa applications, the Kuwait Ministry of Interior has introduced new regulations for all nationalities.

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SINGAPORE: Lower Dependency Ratio Ceiling in 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, the Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) and S Pass Sub-DRC for companies in the services sector will be lowered. The DRC is the percentage of foreign workers (Work Permit and S Pass holders) that a company can hire.

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PHILIPPINES: All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 29 February 2020

29 February 2020 is the deadline for all registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2020 period begins on 1 January 2020.

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EUROPEAN UNION: Reminder of Upcoming Schengen Visa Code Amendments

The amended Schengen visa code will come into effect on 2 February 2020. Changes include more flexible procedures, longer visa validities, and fees.

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