Immigration Insights

NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds

January 13, 2020

Effective 24 February 2020, the minimum income thresholds for essential skills work visas and skilled migrant residence visas are set to increase in New Zealand.

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CHINA: Expedited Permit Processing for Highly-Skilled Foreign Nationals in Shanghai

January 13, 2020

Certain Category A (highly-skilled) applicants seeking permission to work in Shanghai can now apply for their work and residence permits simultaneously under a new "single window" procedure.

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 13 January 2020

January 13, 2020

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

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TURKEY: Short-term Tourist Residence Permits Limited to One Year

January 10, 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, short-term tourist residence permits are limited to one year of validity, and cannot be renewed beyond this.

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RUSSIA: Salary Notifications for Highly-Qualified Specialists to be Submitted by End of January 2020

January 10, 2020

Employers of highly qualified specialists (HQS) have until 31 January 2020 to notify the migration authorities of salaries paid to these foreign national employees in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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SWITZERLAND: Stricter Language Requirements Now in Force

January 9, 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, existing language requirements in Switzerland must be evidenced using recognized language diplomas/certificates, from accredited institutions.

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FRANCE: 2020 Minimum Salary Increases

January 7, 2020

The French government has increased the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC) to EUR 1539.42 per month.

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 7 January 2020

January 7, 2020

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

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ROMANIA: Further Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2020

January 6, 2020

The Romanian government has increased to 30,000 the total number of work permits that can be issued in 2020 to non-EU nationals, up by 50% from 20,000 in 2019.

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DENMARK: New Positive List, Minimum Salary and Government Fees

January 6, 2020

The Danish immigration authorities have published a new positive list, effective 1 January 2020 and valid until 30 June 2020.

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GERMANY: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

January 3, 2020

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2020.

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GERMANY: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

January 3, 2020

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2020.

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FRANCE: Measures to Facilitate Talent Passport Applications

January 2, 2020

Ministry of Home Affairs published measures intending to expedite applications for Talent Passport and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) residence permits.

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 30 December 2019

December 30, 2019

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

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UNITED STATES: Dramatic Increases to Visa Issuance Fees for Australian Nationals

December 30, 2019

Effective 23 December 2019, Australian citizens applying for certain nonimmigrant visa categories in the United States face drastically higher visa fees.

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AUSTRALIA: The New ‘Agricultural Visa’ – Horticulture Industry Labor Agreement

December 23, 2019

The Australian Department of Immigration has announced that a new Labor Agreement for the Horticulture Industry will be available 1 January 2020.

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 23 December 2019

December 23, 2019

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

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EUROPEAN UNION: Reminder of Upcoming Schengen Visa Code Amendments

December 20, 2019

The amended Schengen visa code will come into effect on 2 February 2020. Changes include more flexible procedures, longer visa validities, and fees.

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NETHERLANDS: New Online Notification Portal for Temporary Postings Starting 1 March 2020

December 20, 2019

In March, employers in the EEA or Switzerland sending employees to work temporarily in the Netherlands must submit online notification via a new portal. 

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IRELAND: Upcoming Changes to the Employment Permits System

December 20, 2019

Changes to employment permits, effective 1 January, will address immediate labor shortages in hospitality, construction, health and road haulage sectors.

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