SOUTH AFRICA – Launch of Automated Biometric Police Clearance Postponed

The Department of Home Affairs has postponed the introduction of an automated biometric criminal records check system, without announcing a new launch date.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Launch of Automated Biometric Police Clearance Postponed

This alert was drafted using information provided by IBNJ Fetting SPC and Newland Chase.

CHINA – Employment Permit and Foreign Expert Certificate to be Consolidated

Effective 1 October 2016, the employment permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and the foreign expert certificate issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, will be consolidated into a single permit.

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CHINA – Employment Permit and Foreign Expert Certificate to be Consolidated

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Shanghai Foreign Service Co. and Asia Pacific Access.

INDIA – Mandatory Biometric Enrolment for Seven Visa Categories in the United Kingdom

The High Commission of India in London has announced that applicants for seven visa categories (including employment visas, but not tourist or business visas) are required to register their biometric data, effective 19 August 2016.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lexagent.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Biometric Data Capture Introduced for Residence Permit Applications

The Ivorian authorities have introduced a new procedure for temporary residence permit applications, including biometric data capture.

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE – Biometric Data Capture Introduced for Residence Permit Applications

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Africa Relocation Services.

ITALY – New Biometric Residence Permit

Effective 10 November 2015, new electronic residence permits are being issued, which contain a chip to store the holder’s biometric data. The new cards meet European Council (EC) regulation 380/2008.

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ITALY – New Biometric Residence Permit

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Mazzeschi.

RUSSIA – Schengen Visa Information System Implemented

On 14 September 2015, the European Union Visa Information System (VIS), which requires all Schengen visa applicants to register their biometric data, was expanded to Russia.

From 12 October 2015, the VIS will also start operating in China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan. On 2 November 2015, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will come online

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RUSSIA – Schengen Visa Information System Implemented