Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

In 2017, along with our sister company, Newland Chase, we published hundreds of client and public updates on significant changes to immigration policy impacting international business in dozens of countries, via newsletters, white papers, client briefs, industry articles, and social media.

While it would be near impossible to summarise in one document all of last years’ changes in immigration policy from around the world, linked below is a brief overview of what we consider to be among the most significant developments in corporate immigration from around the world, grouped by region and country.

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Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

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Latest Immigration News

Catch up on our latest immigration alerts from around the world:

 

Latest Immigration News

Catch up on our latest immigration alerts from around the world:

 

Latest Immigration News

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JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Nationals

AZERBAIJAN – New Rules for Payment of Work and Residence Permit Fees

CANADA – Government Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Certain Spouses and Revises Age Threshold for Dependents

TAIWAN – Upcoming Relaxation of Visa Rules for Nationals of Southeast and South Asian Countries

ANGOLA – Amendments to Rules on Hiring of Foreign Employees

PORTUGAL – All Travellers Subject to Border Control 10-14 May 2017 Due to Pope’s Visit

JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Five Central Asian Countries

AUSTRALIA – New Foreign Worker Levy and Increased Visa Application Charges

COSTA RICA – New Expedited ID Card Process for Registered Companies

SWITZERLAND – Government Invokes “Safeguard Clause” to Impose Quota on Residence Permits for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

 

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HONG KONG – Indian Nationals Can No Longer Apply for Hong Kong Visit Visas at Chinese Consulates

UNITED STATES – USCIS Issues New Guidance on H-1B Work Visas for Computer Programmers

ITALY – Posted Worker Notification Not Required for Intra-Company Transfers

UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration and Nationality Fees

INDIA – Changes to Visa and e-Visa Framework

MALAYSIA – Expatriate Services Division Announces Reclassification of Employment Pass Categories and Annual Company Registration Updates

NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Highly Skilled Migrants, Students and Scientific Researchers

SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

INDIA – Biometrics Scanning Now Required at Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore Foreigner Regional Registration Offices

AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished [UPDATED]

AUSTRALIA – Stricter Criteria for Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Migration

AUSTRALIA – Government Announces Stricter Criteria for Citizenship

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

UKRAINE – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

COLOMBIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

INDIA – Aadhaar Card Required for Certain Foreign Residents

VIETNAM – Authorities Testing Online Work Permit Portal

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category from August 2017

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CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

NIGERIA – New Immigration Regulations Published

NEW ZEALAND – Non-Compliant Employers to Be Temporarily Prevented from Hiring Migrant Labour

GEORGIA – European Parliament Approves Schengen Visa Waiver for Georgian Nationals (UPDATED)

LUXEMBOURG – New Immigration Law Bring Extensive Changes

SOUTH KOREA – Clarification: For-Profit Activities Not Allowed on Business Visa or Visa Waiver

 

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SPAIN – Company Signatory Must Prove Residence in Spain or EU

BOLIVIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

BRAZIL – New Temporary Residence Status for Nationals of Neighbouring Non-Mercosur Countries

UNITED STATES – Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland Block Key Parts of Second Executive Order on Immigration

SINGAPORE – Longer Processing Times for Work and Dependent Passes

UNITED KINGDOM – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules – April 2017

ITALY – New Quota Decree Published

NORWAY – New Rules for Residence Permit Holders Changing Employers

TURKEY – Regulations Published for New Turquoise Card

ISRAEL – Clarification: Short-Term Employment Authorisation (SEA) Cannot Be Obtained Post Arrival

CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

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ANGOLA – Deadline for Annual Submission of Employee List is 30 April

PERU – Visa-Free Entry for Certain Indian Nationals

VIETNAM – New 30-Day E-Visa for Nationals of 40 Countries

NIGERIA – Visa on Arrival Expanded to Ease Business Travel

ZAMBIA – New Immigration Fees

HONG KONG – Visa Requirements Relaxed for Cambodian Nationals

SINGAPORE – Work Pass Exempt Activities No Longer Limited to 60 Days

UNITED STATES – New Executive Order on Immigration Effective 16 March

UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to the Immigration Rules from April 2017

UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Beginning 3 April 2017

BELGIUM – New Requirements for Posting Workers

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to Labour Market Testing Requirements for Essential Skills Work Visa

Effective 11 April 2016, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) changed the documents required, as proof of labour market testing, for an Essential Skills work visa application for a low-skilled job.

The employer must now attach a Skills Match Report (SMR) from Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) to their Employer Supplementary Form, to demonstrate a genuine attempt to advertise the job to New Zealanders.

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NEW ZEALAND – Changes to Labour Market Testing Requirements for Essential Skills Work Visa

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Cavell Leitch.