MALAYSIA – Stricter Enforcement by MYXpats of Personnel Authorised to Handle Immigration Applications

Effective 12 November 2018, MYXpats (via the ESD portal) will strictly enforce that only personnel named in the company’s Letter of Undertaking (LOU) will be allowed to handle immigration applications.

This rule was already in effect but was not strictly enforced until now.

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This alert has been prepared with information provided by The Corporate Lab.

 

AUSTRALIA – No more priority processing for work visas

Effective 5 September 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has ceased accepting priority processing requests for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) and Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457).

AUSTRALIA – No more priority processing for work visas

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

AUSTRALIA – New Labour Market Testing Requirements

Effective 12 August 2018, several changes have been introduced to the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements for the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa.

AUSTRALIA – New Labour Market Testing Requirements

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

THAILAND – Single Window system for work permits and visas implemented early

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) now requires BOI-promoted companies applying for work permits or long-term visas at the Bangkok One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC), or in Chiang Mai or Phuket, to submit applications via its new Single Window online system for streamlined initial and renewal work permit and visa applications.

The implementation date was brought forward from 2 October 2018 to 31 July 2018. In all other provinces, applications must still be made with hardcopy supporting documents and old-style work permit booklets will still be issued.

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AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund now effective

Effective 12 August 2018, the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy is now payable for employer-sponsored nomination applications.

AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund now effective

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

VIETNAM – Work permit duration cannot exceed local entity business licence validity

Effective immediately, the Labour Authority in Ho Chi Minh City has clarified that the proposed duration of a work permit as stated in the application (currently two years maximum) cannot exceed the expiration date of the sponsoring entity’s current business licence.

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VIETNAM – Work permit duration cannot exceed local entity business licence validity

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund Update

The Department of Home Affairs that the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2018, which was passed by the Parliament of Australia on 9 May 2018, is expected to be implemented during the first quarter of the 2018-2019 financial year (i.e. between July and September 2018.

AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund Update

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