RUSSIA – New Obligations for Inviting Parties

On 16 January 2019, Federal law of 19.07.2018 #216-FZ came into force, imposing new obligations on companies which invite foreign nationals to Russia from visa-required countries (this includes visits on work and business visas).

The law obliges legal entities and persons who invite foreign nationals to undertake measures to ensure that the invited nationals comply with the declared purpose of entry to and timely exit from Russia.

However, as of 16 January 2019, the government of Russia has not yet established the list of such measures and the rules for undertaking them.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Intermark Relocation and VISTA Foreign Business Support.

BREXIT – UK Parliament Rejects Withdrawal Agreement

On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On 16 January the UK prime minister faces a no confidence vote. The government has three parliamentary working days (until 21 January 2019) to present a plan B to parliament for another vote.

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PHILIPPINES – All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 1 March 2019

1 March 2019 is the deadline for registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The Annual Report (“AR”) 2019 period began on 1 January 2019.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Follosco, Morallos & Herce.

 

UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration Health Surcharge Doubles from 8 January 2019

An Order of 18 December 2018 authorises the doubling of the immigration health surcharge (IHS) to £400 per annum, effective 8 January 2019.

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IRELAND – Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

Effective immediately, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) is now requesting that Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders apply for their Stamp 4 permission four months in advance of the expiry date of their CSEP, (i.e., once they have completed 20 months on their employment permit).

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IRELAND – Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

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UNITED KINGDOM – Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme to Open in January

On 20 December, the Home Office laid another Statement of Changes to the immigration rules before Parliament, enabling “resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport” and “their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card” to apply for settled or pre-settled status through the EU Settlement Scheme, from 21 January 2019.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Government Publishes Post-Brexit Immigration Proposals [UPDATED]

The UK Home Office has published its long-awaited policy paper on its proposed future skills-based immigration system, designed to replace freedom of movement for EU citizens after Brexit.

According to the proposal, EU (and EFTA) workers will be treated the same as non-European nationals under the existing Points-Based System, but with some amendments to the system following most of the recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) earlier this year.

On 20 December 2018, the Home Office published factsheets and statements related to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill 2018, which will end the EU’s rules on free movement of persons into the UK and make EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members subject to UK immigration controls.

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