Immigration Insights

Global Immigration 101: A Work Permit by Any Other Name

June 8, 2018

What is a work permit? A discussion of global corporate immigration requirements for companies and employees, and the process, requirements, and tips for obtaining work permits in countries around the world from one of the leading international business travel and corporate immigration providers.

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AUSTRALIA: Proposed Changes to Skilled Migration Lists

June 7, 2018

The Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business is currently undergoing a public submissions process to review proposed changes to the Short and Medium Long Term Strategic Skills Occupation Lists and the Regional Occupations List.

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PANAMA: Executive Decree Clarifies Basis for Cancelling Work Permits

June 7, 2018

The Ministry of Labour has published an executive decree setting out possible grounds for the cancellation of work permits. The national immigration authority has recently cancelled a number of residence permits issued to foreign nationals on the basis of fraudulent documentation.

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EUROPEAN UNION: Posted Worker Reform Adopted by European Parliament

June 6, 2018

The European Parliament has voted in favour of adopting amendments to the Posting of Workers Directive (1996/71/EC), agreed with the Council and the Commission in March 2018. Member states have 2 years to transpose the rules into their national laws; they must effect them by the end of this period.

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SWITZERLAND: Update – Federal Council Confirms Initial List of Occupations Requiring Labour Market Test

June 6, 2018

On 23rd May 2018, the Swiss Federal Council confirmed the initial list of occupations for which, from 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals will have to test the Swiss labour market by advertising.

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Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 4th June 2018

June 4, 2018

Discover the latest immigration news and updates from around the globe with your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase. This week we look at news from Argentina, Italy and Canada, as well as Israel and Kazakhstan.

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KAZAKHSTAN: Work Permit No Longer Required for CEOs and Deputies

June 4, 2018

Recent amendments to the immigration rules that apply to chief executives and their deputies are benefiting companies operating in Kazakhstan. Effective April 28, work permits are no longer required for foreign chief executives and their deputies of Kazakhstani companies with foreign ownership.

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ARGENTINA: Major Fee Increases for Most Immigration Processes

June 1, 2018

The Argentine Immigration Department is introducing a major increase in the fees of most immigration related processes. Effective June 6, various governments fees for immigration processes will increase an average of 300 percent, up to 500 percent for some applications.

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ITALY: Labour Authorities Step-Up Enforcement of Posted Worker Rules

June 1, 2018

The Italian Labour Inspectorate (INL) has implemented stricter rules and policies on investigating company compliance with Italy’s rules implementing the European Union (EU) Posted Workers Enforcement Directive. Companies both sending and hosting foreign workers in Italy should verify compliance.

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CANADA: UAE Citizens Visa-Free Starting June 5

May 31, 2018

Effective June 5, citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer require a visa to enter Canada. UAE nationals will be granted entry with only a valid UAE passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The new visa waiver is applicable for business, tourism, and family visits.

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ISRAEL: Changes to Hi-Tech (HIT) Visa Applications Process

May 31, 2018

The Israeli Ministry of Interior (MOI) has implemented amended rules for the new “Hi-Tech” (HIT) Visa. Under the amended rules, all applicants must now apply for their HIT Visas through Israeli overseas consular posts.

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Plans to Modernise the EU’s “Schengen” Visa System Move Forward

May 30, 2018

Latest news on European Union (EU) plans to modernise the Schengen Visa system for business travel. Included are updates on proposed short-stay visa application process, ETIAS system, EES system, and VIS system.

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“How-to Guide” for an American British Princess Immigrating to the UK

May 24, 2018

How will Meghan Markle immigrate to the United Kingdom now that she has married Prince Harry in a Royal Wedding and become a princess? A leading global immigration firm takes a light-hearted look.

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GREECE: New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented

May 23, 2018

The Greek government has published a law implementing the European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”.Further clarification on the application of the law is expected in the coming weeks.

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SWITZERLAND: Federal Council Confirms Initial List of Occupations Requiring Labour Market Test

May 23, 2018

On 23rd May 2018, the Swiss Federal Council confirmed the initial list of occupations for which, from 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals will have to test the Swiss labour market by advertising.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Ten-Year Residence Visa Announced

May 23, 2018

The government of the United Arab Emirates announced on 20 May 2018 that investors and professionals, such as doctors, engineers and researchers and their families will be granted ten-year residence visas. Currently, residence visas are valid for up to three years.

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KENYA: All Work Permits Must Be Verified

May 22, 2018

Every foreign national in Kenya who is the holder of a work permit is required to visit the Immigration Department to have their documents verified between 21 May 2018 and 21 July 2018.

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Application Service Announced for Work and Study Visas

May 22, 2018

On 17th May 2018, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announced that it had awarded a contract to French outsourcing specialist Sopra Steria, to deliver a new service for applications for work and study visas, settlement and citizenship from within the UK, from October 2018.

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Going Global: Expand Your Business to The Netherlands

May 17, 2018

A look at the business climate and corporate immigration system of The Netherlands and evaluation of the opportunities for companies expanding internationally. The second in Newland Chase's "Going Global" series.

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TURKEY: Update on Residence Permit Process

May 17, 2018

The Migration Directorate in Turkey has recently introduced changes to its rules for short-term (touristic) residence permits, with the stated aim of limiting the number of foreign nationals illegally engaging in work while holding these permits.

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