CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective 28 February 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date.

Those who fail to comply with this new deadline will be denied renewal, and will have to apply for a new work permit.  Currently, there is no national rule establishing a deadline for work permit renewal application submissions.

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CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

This news alert was prepared using information provided by FSG.

HONG KONG – Visitor Status Now Permits Delivery of Speeches and Presentations

Effective immediately, foreign nationals entering Hong Kong as visitors are allowed to attend an event to give speeches and presentations without obtaining a separate employment permit, under certain conditions.

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HONG KONG – Visitor Status Now Permits Delivery of Speeches and Presentations

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Hong Kong Visa Centre.

CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Expert Bureau will suspend all immigration applications between 22 and 25 December 2017, as the national immigration system undergoes an upgrade.

Please note:

  • During this period, the Bureau will not accept any new or extension applications or issue any permits via its headquarters, branches, self-service spots, on-line service or WeChat;
  • For already submitted, pending applications, processing time will be prolonged by 8-12 working days;

Action Items

  • Applicants for work and residence permits and visas, and their employers in China, should allow extra time for applications to be processed.

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CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

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

MALAYSIA – MYXpats Centre Announces Year-End Closure

MYXpats Centre has announced that the Expatriate Service Division (ESD)’s online system will be closed for system maintenance and updates from 26 December 2017 (6pm) to 2 January 2018 (8am).

During the closure, the system will not be accessible for submission of online applications (ESD company registration, Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, Long Term Visit Pass and Professional Visit Pass) or monitoring status of these applications.

Applications for passes must be submitted as early as possible if approval is to be obtained before the closure date.  For applications submitted closer to the closure date, the status will only be known after 2 January 2018 when the system resumes.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Permit Pro and Rabin & Associates.

 

MALAYSIA – MDEC Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) Projection for 2018 Opens on 8 December 2017

Companies who are registered with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) can start to apply for their 2018 projection for Employment Passes from 8 December 2017.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Permit Pro.

 

AUSTRALIA – Consultation on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

The Department of Employment is commencing public consultation on potential changes to the Department of Immigration’s new occupation lists, the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) and the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

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AUSTRALIA – Consultation on Skilled Migration Occupation Lists

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

AUSTRALIA – Changes to Health Insurance Requirements for 457 Visa Applicants

Effective 18 November 2017, subclass 457 visa applicants will no longer be required to provide evidence, or a letter from an insurer, confirming their health insurance coverage as part of the visa application process.

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AUSTRALIA – Changes to Health Insurance Requirements for 457 Visa Applicants

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