Immigration Insights

GERMANY: Skilled Immigration Act Comes into Effect

March 5, 2020

The ‘immigration act for skilled personnel’ (Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz), which applies from 1 March 2020, is intended to facilitate immigration and employment for foreign skilled workers.

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SINGAPORE: Upcoming Measures to Promote Fair Hiring

March 5, 2020

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced several measures intended to strengthen fair hiring practices.

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NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Residence Processing Priority Rules

March 2, 2020

Applications under the Residence for Work (RFW) programme in New Zealand will no longer be prioritized over those under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).

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SINGAPORE: Lower Quotas for Certain Sectors in 2021

March 2, 2020

In Singapore, the S-Pass Sub-Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) for companies in certain sectors will be lowered from 20% to 18%.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Policy Statement on Future Immigration System

February 28, 2020

The UK government has released more details of its proposed new ‘points-based’ system for employment immigration routes, due to take effect from 1 January 2021, under which free movement will end and EU nationals will be covered by the same rules as non-EU nationals.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Additional Step for Business Visit Visa Applications

February 26, 2020

Applications for a Business Visit Visa for Saudi Arabia must now be supported by a pre-approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to a Letter of Invitation from the sponsoring Saudi-registered entity.

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PHILIPPINES: New Guidelines for Special Work Permit for Consultants and Specialists

February 25, 2020

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has released new guidelines for Special Work Permit (SWP) applications for consultants or specialists.

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BELGIUM: Further Measures to Mitigate Single Permit Processing Delays

February 25, 2020

The Belgian authorities have taken further steps to decrease application processing times for the single permit, and to avoid lapses in work authorization due to the slower processing of the residence authorization.

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 24 February 2020

February 24, 2020

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

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Fast-Track Visa Scheme for Top Scientists

February 20, 2020

The UK Government has announced that the Global Talent route, a visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians, will open on 20 February 2020.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Policy Statement on Future Immigration System

February 19, 2020

The UK government has released more details of its proposed new ‘points-based’ system for employment immigration routes, due to take effect from 1 January 2021, under which free movement will end and EU nationals will be covered by the same rules as non-EU nationals.

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SOUTH KOREA: New Process for Visa Issuance

February 18, 2020

Effective 24 February 2020, Korean consulates will begin to phase out the stamping of visas into passports.

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NIGERIA: Government Overhauls Visa Policy

February 18, 2020

On 4 February 2020, the government of Nigeria launched the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 (NVP 2020).

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Rules for Work Permit Renewals

February 18, 2020

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) has published a new occupation list of permitted occupations and, relatedly, introduced new rules for work permit renewals.

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PHILIPPINES: Update to Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa Applications

February 18, 2020

The Philippine Economic Zone Authority Foreign National Unit has begun requiring authorized agents to present a Special Power of Attorney for the processing of Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa applications.

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AUSTRALIA: Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visas for Bushfire Recovery

February 17, 2020

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has accepted the recommendation of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) to relax and broaden the conditions for holders of Subclass 417 and 462 Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas to allow them to assist in the recovery efforts following the recent bushfires, without breaching visa conditions.

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 17 February 2020

February 17, 2020

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

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 10 February 2020

February 10, 2020

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

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White Paper | China: Status of Immigration During the Coronavirus Outbreak

February 8, 2020

As the outbreak of the coronavirus is significantly affecting individuals, businesses, travel, supply chains, and financial markets, our team in China has outlined the details on the outbreak’s impact on visas and immigration for business to and from China.

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2020 LOOK AHEAD: Global Business Immigration and Mobility Trends (Part 4 of 4)

February 7, 2020

Newland Chase takes a look ahead at 2020. Including business immigration, visas, and mobility global trends and regional developments to expect this year.

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