Immigration Insights

Ukraine-Russia and Immigration: What You Need to Know

May 18, 2022

The situation in Ukraine and throughout the region remains unpredictable and is constantly changing. Newland Chase teams throughout the world are closely tracking the crisis and organizing immigration strategies for affected clients, their employees, and their families.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to Join Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) Scheme

May 16, 2022

From 1 June 2022, all nationals from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia intending to visit the UK (for tourism, business, study or medical treatment) for a period of up to six months will no longer be required to obtain a Visit visa in advance of travel; instead, they can choose to apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) to travel to the UK.

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UNITED KINGDOM: High Potential Individual Visa – Global Universities List

May 10, 2022

UK Visas and Immigration have updated the Global Universities List, the table of global universities that will be accepted as awarding institutions for the High Potential Individual (HPI) visa route when it launches on 30 May 2022, for qualifications awarded between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.

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NETHERLANDS: Reduced Service Fee Due to Long Wait Times at IN Amsterdam Expat Centre

May 10, 2022

Due to a backlog of applications and lengthy waiting times for appointments at IN Amsterdam’s Expat Centre, the IN Amsterdam authorities will temporarily reduce their fees by 20% during the months of May and June 2022.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces Relief for Certain Applicants with Pending Work Authorization (EAD) Applications

May 5, 2022

USCIS have announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) that increases the automatic extension period for employment authorization and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to up to 540 days.

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NEW ZEALAND: Accredited Work Visa Process

April 26, 2022

All employers in New Zealand who intend to bring in foreign nationals to take on permanent or local roles will need to have an accreditation status after 4 July 2022.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Global Business Mobility Routes – Evidential Requirements for Licence Applications

April 11, 2022

There are new evidential requirements for UK organisations seeking to apply for new or revised licences under the Global Business Mobility immigration routes.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Increase in Fees for Majority of Visa Applications

April 6, 2022

The Home Office has released an update to the UK visa fees, effective 6 April 2022, with increases to work visas and student visas.

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UNITED KINGDOM: The Impact of Brexit on Sponsor Licence Applications

April 6, 2022

The Home Office’s latest publication of sponsorship transparency data up to and including Q4 2021 confirms what immigration practitioners predicted and are now witnessing: that Brexit, supercharged by a post-pandemic recovery of the UK economy, has resulted in a surge in UK organisations applying for sponsor licences (to hire foreign workers) which, in turn, has drastically impacted processing times and lead to a rapidly growing register of sponsors.

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NETHERLANDS: IND Investigating (Bela)Russian Ties with Recognized Sponsors

April 5, 2022

The Dutch Immigration Authority (IND) is to reach out to recognized sponsors (companies that are considered as trustworthy partner of the IND) to request they complete a statement to confirm whether the company has any connections with Bela(Russian) mother companies.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Transitional Arrangements – Further Details on the Global Business Mobility Routes

April 4, 2022

On 11 April 2022, the Intra-Company Transfer and Intra-Company Graduate Trainee routes are being replaced by two new Global Business Mobility routes. Further guidance on the transitional arrangements to ease the introduction of these new routes has now been published.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Announces New Measures to Reduce Immigration Backlog

March 31, 2022

On March 29, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced three measures that seek to reduce wait times, expand premium processing to additional form types, and streamline the process for those waiting for employment authorization documents.

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AUSTRALIA: Permanent Residency Pathways for Short-Term Worker Cohort

March 25, 2022

From 1 July 2022, certain short-term 482 and 457 visa holders will have a pathway to permanent residency in Australia. Grandfathering provisions have also been preserved for legacy 457 visa holders.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules March 2022 | Additional Changes

March 24, 2022

Following the Home Office’s Statement of Changes of 15 March 2022, in this alert we focus on scheduled miscellaneous administrative policy changes to the Immigration Rules.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules March 2022 | Individuals

March 23, 2022

Following the Home Office’s Statement of Changes of 15 March 2022, in this alert we focus on those scheduled changes to the Immigration Rules specifically impacting, and representing opportunity for, individuals.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules March 2022 | EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

March 22, 2022

Following the Home Office’s Statement of Changes of 15 March 2022, in this alert we focus on those scheduled changes to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) provisions of the Immigration Rules.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules March 2022 | Educational Sponsorship

March 21, 2022

In line with the UK Government’s “Plan for Growth”, the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules introduces changes relating to Appendix Student, Appendix Short-term Student and Appendix Graduate of the Immigration Rules.

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EUROPEAN UNION and UKRAINE: EU Issues Operational Guidelines for Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) (2001/55/EC)

March 18, 2022

The European Commission (EC) issued new Operational Guidelines for the Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) (2001/55/EC), which are aimed at both supporting the Member States in implementing the Directive and helping “those arriving to have a consistent and effective level of rights…”

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UNITED KINGDOM: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules March 2022 | Business Routes

March 18, 2022

Following the Home Office’s Statement of Changes (StoC) of 15 March 2022, in this alert we focus on those scheduled changes to the Immigration Rules providing new routes for individuals coming to the UK for business purposes under both sponsored and non-sponsored routes.

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Singapore Simplified: Fair Consideration Framework and Immigration Essentials for Business | Webinar Q&A Report

March 18, 2022

Following our recent webinar, Newland Chase experts answer the most pressing questions on the challenges and solutions of Singapore's Fair Consideration Framework and immigration essentials for business.

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