CANADA – Processing Delays and New Wage Thresholds for Labour Market Impact Assessments

Employment and Social Development Canada is warning that average processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications have increased.

Effective 22 April 2019, Employment and Social Development Canada has published new provincial and territorial median hourly wages.

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SINGAPORE – Upcoming Tightening of Foreign Worker Quota Rules

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced planned changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers.

SINGAPORE – Upcoming Tightening of Foreign Worker Quota Rules

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

AUSTRALIA – Immigration Developments for Employers

On 11 March 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect.

AUSTRALIA – Immigration Developments for Employers

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase and Visa Executive.

UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration and Nationality Fees

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has published updated fees, which come into effect on 29 March 2019.

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UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration and Nationality Fees

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.

DENMARK – New Procedure for EU National Immigration Applications in Copenhagen

Effective 1 April 2019, post-arrival residence document applications by EU nationals in Copenhagen will be handled by the Danish Agency of International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). Currently, these cases are handled by the State Administration (RSA).

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DENMARK – New Procedure for EU National Immigration Applications in Copenhagen

This alert was prepared with information provided by Copenhagen Relocations.

COLOMBIA – Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow entry, transit and departure of Venezuelan nationals holding expired or soon-to-expire passports.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Brigard Urrutia.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On 12 March, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

This alert was prepared with information provided by Maggio Kattar.

BREXIT – No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 (or later, after an extension of the Article 50 period) without a ratified withdrawal agreement, then UK nationals will become third-country (non-EU) nationals immediately.

Please also see our broader examination of the possible Brexit outcomes for both UK and EU citizens.

Here we examine the latest measures established or proposed to manage UK nationals in the EU in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

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BREXIT – No-Deal Brexit Measures for UK Nationals in the EU

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase and partners.

FRANCE – New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Visa Holders

Effective 1 March 2019, talent passport (“passeport talent”) applicants who have been issued a three-month D visa will now be issued a six-month temporary residence permit (“Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” or APS) on application for an initial residence permit, post arrival in France.

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FRANCE – New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Visa Holders

This alert was prepared with information provided by APRO Consulting.