Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 11 November 2019

November 11, 2019

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

NEW ZEALAND: New Version of ANZSCO Applies Transitionally to Current Migrant Employees

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced a targeted review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) job classification system, which has moved some lower-skilled occupations over to the medium skilled occupation group.

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FRANCE: Government Proposes Updated Shortage Occupation List and New Immigration Targets

The government of France has proposed changes to the immigration rules, including a more accurate analysis of skills shortages, leading to sectoral immigration targets and shortage occupations lists, debated and defined annually.

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SWITZERLAND: New Credit Card Format for Residence Permits

Effective immediately, residence permits issued to European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA) citizens (L, B and C permits) will have a new credit card-like format, including a biometric photograph and signature (no fingerprints), replacing the old paper permits.

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Format for Work and Commercial Visit Visas

With no official announcement or explanation, Saudi consular authorities have recently begun issuing Work Visit and Commercial Visit Visas in a new format, which includes the phrase “not permitted to work” or similar wording. 

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ISRAEL: Hi-Tech Visa No Longer Available to Visa Nationals

Effective immediately, non-visa waiver nationals are no longer eligible for the fast-track Hi-Tech (HIT) one-year B-1 work permit and visa process. This affects both new and renewal applications.

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QATAR: Residence Permit Renewals Now Require Attested Electronic Work Permit

Effective 3 November 2019, the immigration authorities will only accept residence permit renewal applications if supported by an attested electronic work contract.

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