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MALAYSIA – eVisa Program Expanded to Include Work Visas

Effective 1 August 2017, the government-appointed visa agency, Window Malaysia has expanded its eVisa facility to include the “eVisa for Expatriate”, for work purposes.

Window Malaysia Aims to process and approve eVisa applications within two working days, an improvement on the usual five to six working days required to process a consular Visa with Reference application.

However, the major work permit issuing agencies in Malaysia, the MYXpats Centre of the Expatriates Services Division (ESD), and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), are as yet unable to confirm whether they recognize the new eVisa as part of their process flow.

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MALAYSIA – eVisa Program Expanded to Include Work Visas

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Permit Pro.

QATAR – Visa-Free Entry Introduced for 80 Nationalities


On 9 August 2017 Qatar announced that, effective immediately, nationals of 80 countries can enter the country visa-free for stays of up to 30 days or 90 days.

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QATAR – Visa-Free Entry Introduced for 80 Nationalities

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Foreign Nationals Must Apply for New Biometric Residence Cards

Starting 14 August 2017, foreign nationals holding temporary residence cards in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) must apply to exchange their old cards for new biometric residence cards. Foreign residents have until 31 December 2017 to complete the switch-over.

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NIGERIA – Foreign Professionals Now Require Local Certification

Effective immediately, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has issued a directive that foreign professionals intending to work in Nigeria must first register with the relevant regulatory professional bodies in Nigeria.

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NIGERIA – Foreign Professionals Now Require Local Certification

This alert was drafted using information provided by Famsville Solicitors.

COLOMBIA – New Regulations Modify All Visa Types

A major new set of immigration regulations has established new visa categories and requirements . Resolution 6045 of 2 August 2017 repealed Resolution 5512 of 4 September 2015, and will come into force ninety business days from its publication date.

Visas issued prior to the entry into force of Resolution 6045 will keep their validity and conditions. Before expiration, a new visa must be requested in accordance with the regulations established in Resolution 6045.

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