Immigration Insights

EUROPEAN UNION – Reminder of Upcoming Entry-Exit System (EES)

July 18, 2024

Changes to travelling in Europe are due to take place in 2024 and 2025 with the introduction of the Entry-Exit System (EES)

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CANADA – CUFTA International Mobility Program Work Permits

July 16, 2024

Recent updates to CUFTA have impacted immigration procedures falling under the International Mobility Program.

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COLOMBIA – Holders of Permanent Resident (R) Visas Issued Before October 2022 Must Transfer by October 21, 2024

July 16, 2024

Permanent Resident (R) Visa holders with visas issued before October 2022 are required to transfer their visa by October 21, 2024.

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COLOMBIA – Delays in Issuing Foreigner ID Cards

July 15, 2024

Colombia has faced significant delays in issuing foreigner ID cards due to operational changes at Migración Colombia.

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PORTUGAL – Residence Permits Extended until June 30, 2025

July 5, 2024

Portuguese authorities have extended the validity of Residence Permits and Visas until June 30, 2025, to address ongoing delays in processing, effective from June 29, 2024.

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CHINA – Visa Exemption Expanded to Include Australia, New Zealand, Poland

July 1, 2024

China's Foreign Ministry announced an expansion of its visa exemption policy to citizens of New Zealand, Australia, and Poland.

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HONG KONG – Phased Invalidation and Reissue of Identity Cards

July 1, 2024

Identity cards held by Hong Kong permanent and non-permanent residents issued before November 26, 2018 will undergo phased invalidation.

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MALAYSIA – Immigration Processes Go Online for ESD Companies

July 1, 2024

Malaysia now requires certain immigration applications to be submitted online through the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) portal.

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AUSTRALIA – Amendments to Visa Conditions

June 26, 2024

The Australian Government is implementing updates to visa conditions 8107, 8607, and 8608 as part of its Migration Strategy.

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ISRAEL – New Electronic Travel Authorization System Introduced

June 14, 2024

The Israeli government announced the introduction of a new electronic travel authorization system, which will become fully operational in August 2024.

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UNITED KINGDOM – An ETA is now required for some nationalities

June 14, 2024

Following implementation of the UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) system in November 2023, this update provides a summary of the current requirements.

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DENMARK – Changes to the Danish Aliens Act 2024

June 11, 2024

The Danish Parliament has passed a Bill amending the Danish Aliens Act, allowing greater flexibility for residence in Denmark.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Update on Immigration Legislative Amendments

June 11, 2024

The South African Department of Home Affairs has finalized several amendments to existing Immigration Regulations under the Immigration Act.

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VIETNAM – Change of Processing Authority in Hanoi

June 11, 2024

Hanoi authorities have temporarily delegated authority to local districts to process work permits for foreign workers in certain categories.

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UKRAINE, BELARUS, RUSSIA – Suspension of Overseas Passport Renewals

June 11, 2024

The suspension of overseas passport renewals is being used as a strategic tool impacting the immigration status of affected nationals.

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UKRAINE – Restrictions on Leaving the Country Affecting Dual Nationals and Permanent Residents Abroad

June 11, 2024

Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60, including dual nationals or Ukrainians with permanent residence abroad, are restricted from leaving Ukraine.

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MALAYSIA – Immediate Approval of FKW Quota for MDEC-Registered Companies

June 11, 2024

MDEC-registered companies applying for Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection will now receive immediate approval.

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SINGAPORE – Local Qualifying Salary Increase 

June 11, 2024

Singapore has signalled a rise in the Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) from SGD 1,400 to SGD 1,600 per month.

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PHILIPPINES – Key Updates on PEZA Visa, Motion for Reconsideration and Temporary Visitor Visa

June 6, 2024

The Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines has made a number of key visa and immigration policy updates.

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INDONESIA – Implementation of New Bridging Visa

June 6, 2024

Immigration authorities in Indonesia announced the introduction of a new Transitional Stay Permit, also known as a Bridging Visa.

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