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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GERMANY – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2019.

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GERMANY – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Palladium Mobility and ICUnet.

UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

Effective 28 January 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees.

The online Right to Work Checking Service was introduced in April 2018, but currently employers in the UK still need to request paper documents alongside using the service.

The changes will also make it simpler for UK nationals without British passports to demonstrate their citizenship by enabling them to use short birth or adoption certificates, which they can get for free, instead of the long versions.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.

AUSTRALIA – Sponsor Compliance and Publication of Sanctions

Effective 13 December 2018, enhanced integrity regulations have come into effect, allowing the immigration department to publicly list companies which have failed to satisfy a sponsorship obligation.

AUSTRALIA – Sponsor Compliance and Publication of Sanctions

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.

SINGAPORE – New Administrative Fees from April 2019

Effective 1 April 2019, the application and issuance/renewal fees will be significantly increased for the Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes administered by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

SINGAPORE – New Administrative Fees from April 2019

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

KENYA – In-Country Work Permits Suspended [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya. Upon the expiry of a permit or pass, the foreign national will be required to leave the country until the permit or pass is renewed and issued.

[UPDATE] As of 14 January 2019, this directive has not yet been implemented. However, increased scrutiny is being given to all applications with more stringent vetting of approvals for permits and passes. Approvals will only be given for positions where it is clearly demonstrated that there is no local skill-set available or that the sponsoring entity has taken genuine steps to train Kenyan understudies.

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INDONESIA – Change to Validity of RPTKA

Effective 10 December 2018, an RPTKA can only be valid for up to two years initially, rather than five as previously.

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INDONESIA – Change to Validity of RPTKA

This news alert was prepared using information provided by PNB Immigration Law Firm.