Immigration Insights

PHILIPPINES: ACR-I Annual Report Due

November 28, 2022

Foreign nationals holding an Alien Certificate Registration (ACR-I) must complete mandatory annual reporting with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BOI).

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SWITZERLAND: Quotas to Remain Unchanged

November 28, 2022

The Federal Council of Switzerland announced that quotas will remain the same for new work permit applications from non-EU/EFTA nationals submitted during the 2023 calendar year will remain unchanged.

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INDONESIA: Annual Manpower Reporting

November 28, 2022

Indonesian companies with foreign employees must submit an Annual Manpower Report to the Ministry of Manpower by 10 January 2023.

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SWITZERLAND: Services Mobility Agreement Extended

November 23, 2022

The SMA in place between Switzerland and the United Kingdom has been extended through 2025. This agreement allows service providers to work in both countries, and workers to stay on a short-term basis.

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CHINA: COVID Restrictions for Foreigners Eased

November 18, 2022

The Chinese government has announced several changes to its COVID control policy for foreigners traveling to China.

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SWITZERLAND: Limits Set on Immigrants from Croatia

November 18, 2022

Switzerland has invoked a safeguard clause in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons which sets quotas on work permits for citizens of Croatia for 2023.

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MALAYSIA: ePass Introduced for Renewals

November 17, 2022

Renewals filed by applicants whose companies are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can now be granted an electronic pass (ePass).

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CANADA: Canada-Italy Youth Mobility Agreement and Updates

November 16, 2022

Canada has announced a new youth work experience agreement with Italy and issued further guidance to Canadian employers on responsibilities towards foreign workers.

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POLAND: Changes for Russian Nationals

November 16, 2022

Polish authorities have removed Russian nationals from the list of nationals eligible to utilize the simplified process to obtain work authorization in Poland.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Updates to UK Sponsor Guidance

November 16, 2022

The UK Home Office has issued guidance updates to organizations sponsoring foreign workers in several key categories.

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SAUDI ARABIA – To Join Apostille Convention

November 11, 2022

Saudi Arabia is joining the Apostille Convention, greatly simplifying the process of legalizing necessary documents used in international migration and mobility.

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CIBT – Marc Kaplan Named CEO of CIBT

November 11, 2022

CIBT Inc. has named Marc Kaplan as its new Chief Executive Office. Kaplan is a growth-oriented leader with a successful 25-year career in the Professional and Business Services sector.

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UNITED KINGDOM – BNO Visa Update

November 10, 2022

Children of British national (overseas) status holders will soon be able to independently apply for their own BNO visas.

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INDONESIA – ASTAKA Required for Short Term Work Permit

November 10, 2022

The MOM in Indonesia is requiring employers to maintain ASTAKA insurance for foreign national employees on short-term work assignments of six months of less.

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VIETNAM – HCMC Job Approval Requirements Changing

November 4, 2022

With Vietnam still processing a backlog of requests due to Covid, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) labor authorities have specifically requested additional supporting evidence for any Job Position Approvals submitted to them.

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CIBT – Honored at FEM EMEA Awards

November 3, 2022

CIBT is thrilled to be twice honored by the Forum for Expatriate Management EMEA EMMA Awards, with Ray Rackham receiving the Global Mobility Professional of the Year award, and Newland Chase receiving the Best Partnership between a Corporate Organization and a Service Provider award.

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SINGAPORE: Vaccination Requirements for Issuance of Work Passes

October 28, 2022

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is requiring all foreign nationals and dependents aged 13 and above, to be fully vaccinated with World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing vaccines to get their new work passes issued.

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JAPAN: Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Concessions To Be Discontinued

October 28, 2022

The Immigration Services Agency of Japan has indicated special provisions taken during the Covid outbreak to extend the validity of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) may not be extended indefinitely. The ISA provides details on current COE extensions.

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FRANCE: Visas for Vietnam Passport Holders

October 27, 2022

The French Embassy in Vietnam announced as of 17 October, all visa applications must be submitted with a passport that includes the holder’s place of birth.

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NEW ZEALAND: Skilled Migrant Points Threshold

October 21, 2022

Immigration New Zealand announced it will resume processing of Expressions of Interests (EOI) submitted for the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) for any new EOIs submitted on or prior to 9 November 2022.

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