Immigration News & Alerts

Date Title Country
Portugal – Portuguese Immigration Authorities to Go on Strike Portugal
Canada – January Newsletter Canada
France – Parental Authorization Required for Children Travelling out of the Country France
Peru – Changes to Required Documentation Peru
Vietnam – Work Permit Guidelines Updated Vietnam
Philippines – Alien Certificate of Registration I-Card Annual Report Fee Payment Philippines
United Arab Emirates – Online Visa Application System E-Vision Now Available for All Immigration Transactions United Arab Emirates
Turkey – New Immigration Bureau Requirements for Changes in Applicant Information Turkey
Canada – Winter Immigration Update Canada
Switzerland – Immigration Update Switzerland
Malaysia – Employment Pass Projections to be Submitted for 2017 Malaysia
United Arab Emirates – Mandatory Health Insurance United Arab Emirates
China – New Work Permit Policy to be Implemented Nationwide in April 2017 China
Singapore – Appointing an Employment Pass Holder of a Related Company to Board of Directors Singapore
United States – DHS Regulation to Ease Job Portability for High-Skilled Foreign Workers United States
Australia – “Member of the Family Unit” to be Redefined Australia
South Africa – Automatic Extension of Study Visas that Expire on or Before December 31, 2016 South Africa
Canada – Immigration Alerts Canada
France – New Immigration Law Takes Effect France
Chile – Internal Revenue Service and Chilean Registrar Office on Strike Chile
Indonesia – Restrictions on Third Party Involvement Indonesia
United Kingdom – Changes to Immigration Rules Announced United Kingdom
Canada – Immigration Updates Canada
India – Process Changes at the Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) in Gurgaon India
United States – USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY2018 in April 2017 United States
China – New Work Permit Card China
Australia – Immigration Updates Australia
Australia – 457 Visa Program Updates Australia
Switzerland – Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2017 Switzerland
South Africa – Automated Police Clearance Certificates Delayed Until Further Notice South Africa
Australia – Temporary Visa Framework to be Simplified Australia
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Czech Republic – New Restrictions on Filing for a Short-Term Visa Czech Republic
United Arab Emirates – DIFC Salary Certificate Changes United Arab Emirates
Poland – New Requirements for Employers Poland
France – New Declaration of Secondment Requirements France
China – Old Passports Required for Some Visa Applicants China
Ireland – New Appointment System for Registration of Residency Ireland
Malaysia – MDEC Introduces New Regulations Malaysia
Switzerland – Quota Availability Status Update Switzerland
Ireland – New Employment Permit Online System Ireland
Malaysia – New Regulations on Employment Pass Applications Malaysia
Turkey – Residence Permit Renewal via Appointment Turkey
Singapore – MOM Minimum Salary Raised to S$3,600 Singapore
EU Nationals Living in the UK United Kingdom
Canada – June Immigration Updates Canada
United Kingdom – U.K. Votes to Depart the EU United Kingdom
Australia – Subclass 457 Visa Processing Times and Policy Guidelines Australia
Australia – New Sponsorship Accreditation Arrangements Australia
Singapore – Two Factor Authentication for SingPass Users Singapore
Reduced Working Hours in the Middle East During the Month of Ramadan United Arab Emirates
United States – E-Passport Required For Visa Waiver Program United States
Singapore – The Ministry of Manpower Increases Focus on Singaporean Core Singapore
Emigra India Annual Charity Event India
United Arab Emirates – Visa Transfer Restrictions United Arab Emirates
France – New Immigration Law Published March 2016 France
United Arab Emirates – Visa Validity Limited For Applicants Over Sixty United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates – Dubai Introduces New Visa System United Arab Emirates
Australia – Increased Processing Times for Temporary Work Visas Australia
Switzerland – Free Movement of Persons Agreement to be Complete June 1, 2016 for Bulgarian and Romanian Citizens Switzerland
Argentina – Reciprocity Fee Temporarily Suspended for U.S. Nationals Argentina
Emigra Worldwide Argentina Has Moved! Argentina
United Kingdom – Immigration Changes for Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017 United Kingdom
China – Shanghai Immigration Updates China
Singapore – S Pass Levy Increase Singapore
United Arab Emirates – DIFC Birth Certificate Requirement United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – New Immigration Rules to Take Effect April 6, 2016 United Kingdom
Vietnam – New Decree Details Requirements for Foreign Workers Vietnam
Turkey – Personal Documents Must Now Be Legalized Turkey
United Kingdom – Health Surcharge Extended to Australian and New Zealand Nationals United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates – Restrictions on Exceeding Employment Quota in Dubai United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – MAC Announces Recommendations on Tier 2 Reform United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates – Changes to Visit Visa Status In-Country United Arab Emirates
Philippines – ACR I-Card Holders Must Complete Annual Report by March 3, 2016 Philippines
Singapore Immigration Summary 2015 Singapore
Dubai – Employee Presence at DIFC No Longer Required for Employment Visa Cancellation or Transfer United Arab Emirates
Taiwan – Mandatory Online Filing System Launching January 2016 Taiwan
Australia – Accepting Payments for Migration Outcomes Now a Criminal Offense Australia
Malaysia – Expatriate Services Division Projections Open for 2016 Malaysia
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Canada – December 2015 Immigration Updates Canada
China – Beijing Labor Bureau System Update China
Ireland – GNIB Office Introduces New Appointment System Ireland
China – Deregistration Required for All Expired or Inactive Work Permits China
Argentina – Changes in Civil and Commercial Code and Immigration Regulations Argentina
Israel – Short Employment Authorization Extended to 45 Days Israel
Singapore – Ministry of Manpower Sets 90-Day Limit for Work Pass Exemption Singapore
Switzerland – Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2016 Switzerland
United Arab Emirates – Original Documents Required and TECOM Delays United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom – Jobs Added to Shortage Occupation List United Kingdom
South Africa – Traveling to South Africa – Update South Africa
Germany – Enforcement of Local Registration and De-registration Procedures Germany
Indonesia – Amendments Made to Recent Regulations for Foreign Workers Indonesia
China – Immigration Alerts China
Canada – Introduction of Employer Portal for Work Permit Applications Submitted Under Canada’s International Mobility Program Canada
UNITED STATES – USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 on April 1, 2016 United States
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Ireland – GNIB Registration Changes Address Queue Management Ireland
Morocco – New Requirement for Residence Permit Renewal Morocco
Ireland – Changes Within the DJEI Ireland
Ireland – Recent Immigration Notices Ireland
Philippines – Details on Changes to Alien Employment Permit Process Philippines
China – Visa Exemption for Taiwanese Travelers to China (UPDATE) China
United Kingdom – Request for Evidence for Tier 2 Review United Kingdom
Important Changes to the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Bulletin United States
China – Temporary Residence Permits No Longer Issued for Hong Kong, Macau Residents and Overseas Chinese Citizens in Shanghai China
Changes to Obligations for Filing H-1B Amendment Petitions Under Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC United States
Australia – Visa Labels Will No Longer Be Issued Australia
China – Immigration Alerts China
Vietnam – Work Permit Changes Presented in Draft Decree Vietnam
USCIS Final Guidance on L-1B Adjudications Offers Some Comfort-But No Cure-for Employer Concerns United States
APEC Business Travel Card Increases to Five Years
United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Online Applications for GCC Country Residents United Arab Emirates
China – Immigration Alerts China
South Africa – VFS Global Offices Open in The United Kingdom South Africa
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
India – PIO Cardholders Are Advised to Register as an OCI Cardholder India
Canada – Immigration Alerts Canada
Australia – Protected Industrial Action May Cause Delays for Travelers and Visa Applicants Australia
Indonesia – New Regulations for Foreign Workers Indonesia
United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Changes Medical and Emirates ID Process United Arab Emirates
Emigra Worldwide Hong Kong Office Relocation Hong Kong
Singapore – Changes to Dependent Privileges for Work Pass Holders Singapore
Malaysia – New Employment Pass Category (EPIII) Malaysia
Canada – Immigration Alerts Canada
Russia – Penalties for Non-Compliance Defined Russia
Singapore – Changes to Employment Pass Application Process Singapore
China – Shanghai Introduces Initiatives to Attract Foreign Talents (UPDATE) China
Thailand – Tax Documents Required for Long-Term Visa Extensions Thailand
Vietnam – Visa Free Entry For Certain Nationalities Vietnam
Malaysia – iKad Becomes Available for Foreigners Malaysia
China – Immigration Changes to Begin on July 1, 2015 China
France – New Order to Prevent Secondment and Illegal Work Related Fraud France
Australia – Potential Delays for International Travelers and Visa Applicants Australia
UK – Tier 2 General Visa Quota Exceeded United Kingdom
Canada – Immigration Alerts – June 2015 Canada
United States – Immigration Newsletter United States
Turkey – Changes for Residence Permit Application Process Turkey
Malaysia – New MYXpats Centre to Open in June, 2015 Malaysia
Australia – Visa Application Charges (VAC) to Increase July 1, 2015 Australia
South Africa – New Rule for Minors Traveling to and from South Africa South Africa
Ireland – DJEI Introduces the Trusted Partner Initiative Ireland
Costa Rica – Advance Appointment Now Required at the Immigration Department Costa Rica
Nigeria – Dependents of Foreign Nationals Are Required to Have Their Passports Endorsed Nigeria
Singapore – Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Online Application Submission Required – Beginning June 1, 2015 Singapore
Turkey – Police Department has Stopped Appointments for Dependent Residence Permits Turkey
Hong Kong – Immigration Policy Changes (UPDATE) Hong Kong
Australia – Changes to Subclass 457 Visas (UPDATE) Australia
United Arab Emirates (UAE) – New Online Portal Coming May 3, 2015 for DIFC Free Zone United Arab Emirates
Malaysia – Updated Document Requirements and Online Submission for MDEC Employment Pass Applications Malaysia
United Kingdom Immigration Alerts United Kingdom
Thailand – New Online Option for 90 Day Report Filing Thailand
Japan – Status of Residence Re-Organized Japan
Egypt – Beginning May 15, 2015, Consular Visas Will Be Required for Business and Tourist Travelers Egypt
Romania – Mandatory Criminal Record Certificate for Companies Filing Work Permit Applications Romania
Philippines – Changes to Fee Exemptions for Certain Holders of 47a2 Visas (UPDATE) Philippines
Australia – Integrity of Subclass 457 Visa Program Report Australia
Philippines – Tighter Requirements for Companies Hiring Foreign Nationals Introduced Philippines
Thailand – Expanded List of Activities Considered “Not Working” Thailand
India – Visa Applicants in the United Kingdom Must Submit Application Materials in Person and Provide Biometric Data India
Denmark – Company Certification Provides Fast Track Option for Danish Employers Denmark
Ireland – Additional Requirements Necessary for Stamp 4 Applications Ireland
Belgium – New Administrative /Government Fees for Visa D / Residence Permit Applicants Belgium
China / Canada – New Reciprocity Agreement Gives Travelers Access to Longer Validity Visas Canada/China
Saudi Arabia- Changes to Family Visitor Visa Validity and Family Visitor Visa Application Process Saudi Arabia
Slovenia – Dependents of Non-EU Nationals Must Wait One (1) Year Before Joining Work Permit Holder Slovenia
Ukraine – Updated Work Permit/Renewal Timelines Ukraine
Nigeria – Re-Entry Visas No Longer Required Nigeria
Canada – Four Year Cap for Skill Levels B, C, and D with LMIA Based Work Permit is about to Lapse Canada
Turkey – Assembly, Maintenance, and Service (AMS) Visas Now Allow for Multiple Entries Turkey
United Arab Emirates – Fines to Be Expected for Those Who Violate “Zero Overstay Policy” United Arab Emirates
Malaysia – MDEC Announces New Requirements for Foreign Nationals and Dependents (UPDATE) Malaysia
United Kingdom – Biometric Residence Permits Required Beginning in March 2015 United Kingdom
Canada – New Compliance Pre-Application Process and Fees for LMIA Exempt Visa Categories Canada
Egypt – Delays, Changes to Work Permit Applications and Requirements Egypt
Brazil – CTPS Workbooks for VITEM V Labor Contract Visa Holders Can Now Be Requested with Diário Oficial (Official Gazette) Brazil
USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for FY 2016 on April 1, 2015 United States
ISRAEL – Short Term Work Authorization Pilot Program Implemented Israel
HONG KONG – Several Immigration Policy Changes Planned for Q2 2015 Hong Kong
UNITED STATES – Immigration Newsletter United States
United States – Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade United States
Colombia – Dependants of MERCOSUR Nationals May Now Benefit from New TP-15 Visa Category Colombia
Malaysia – Employment, Dependant and Professional Visit Pass Holders Must Transfer Passes into New Passports Prior to Departing Malaysia Malaysia
Philippines – Holders of 47(a)(2) Visas May Be Subject to Pay Immigration Fee at Point of Each Departure Philippines
India – Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card has merged with Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card India
Philippines – ACR I-Card Holders Must Complete Annual Report by 1 March 2015 Philippines
Portugal – Processing Times at SEF Return to Normal Following Corruption Investigation Portugal
Thailand – One Stop Service Center (OSSC) Announces Changes to Corporate Documentation Requirements Thailand
Malaysia – Expatriate Projections Required for Employers Using Expatriate Services Division Portal Malaysia
China – Work Permits Issued in Beijing May Now Be Granted for up to Three Years China
Malaysia – MDEC Announces New Requirements for Foreign Nationals and Dependents Malaysia
France – New Minimum Wage Requirements; New Work Permit Application Forms France
Vietnam – Business Visas Are No Longer Available Upon Entry Vietnam
Russia – New Notification Procedures for Employers; CIS Nationals to Obtain Patents instead of Work Permits Russia