AUSTRALIA – Government Announces Stricter Criteria for Citizenship

On 20 April 2017, the The Government announced that a package of reforms will apply to citizenship applications received on or after 20 April 2017.

Legislation relating to these reforms will be put before Parliament by the end of 2017.

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AUSTRALIA – Government Announces Stricter Criteria for Citizenship

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive.

INDIA – Aadhaar Card Required for Certain Foreign Residents

Effective 1 July 2017, foreign national residents who have stayed in India for more than 182 days in the previous 12 months and are therefore required to pay income tax in India, must obtain an Aadhaar ID card in order to submit their income tax return (ITR).

An ITR acknowledgement form is required in support of visa renewal applications.

Previously, a foreign national only required a PAN (Permanent Account Number) to submit their income tax return.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by IKAN Relocations, Lexagent and LawQuest.

VIETNAM – Authorities Testing Online Work Permit Portal

A draft circular released in January this year by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) introduced a nationwide portal for the online submission and management of work permit applications. According to the draft circular, online work permit applications will be mandatory nationwide from 1 July 2017, and the systems are currently being developed and tested.

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VIETNAM – Authorities Testing Online Work Permit Portal

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

AUSTRALIA – Stricter Criteria for Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Migration

On 18 April 2017, the Australian government announced tighter eligibility criteria for the permanent employer-sponsored skilled migration programmes, alongside major changes to the subclass 457 visa which we described in this alert.

The implementation of these reforms began on 19 April 2017 and is expected to be completed in March 2018.

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AUSTRALIA – Stricter Criteria for Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Migration

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive and Newland Chase Australia.

COLOMBIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

Effective 1 April 2017, the Colombian government has introduced a new requirement for travellers entering Colombia from Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Brazil to present an international yellow fever vaccination at the port of entry.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Brigard and Urrutia and Tannus & Asociados.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2018

On 7 April 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient quota-subject H-1B filings for government fiscal year 2018 (1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018) to meet both the general H-1B quota (65,000) for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and the additional quota (20,000) for individuals holding a US master’s or other advanced degree.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar.

New Data in Immiguru: SLOVENIA – Blue Card (Application in Country)

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve added the Blue Card (Application in country) process for Slovenia to Immiguru.

The Blue Card is an EU-wide (with some exceptions) immigration process for highly skilled employees with a concrete job offer in the destination country. In Slovenia, the Blue Card can be applied for at a Slovenian consulate abroad or within Slovenia. This is the immigration process applicable when the Blue Card is applied for after the applicant’s entry to Slovenia.

Many thanks to our partners in Slovenia, ODI Law Firm and Relocations Ltd, for their help with this!

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