ISRAEL – Changes to Hi-Tech (HIT) Visa Applications Process

Effective immediately, the Israeli Ministry of Interior (MOI) has implemented amended rules for the new “Hi-Tech” (HIT) Visa. Under the amended rules, all applicants must now apply for their HIT Visas through Israeli overseas consular posts.

Previously, applicants from visa waiver countries were exempt from consular processing prior to arriving in Israel. In a related change, the MOI has also lengthened the validity period for Short Employment Authorization (SEA) Visas for “Hi-Tech” applicants from 45 days to 90 days.

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ISRAEL – Changes to Hi-Tech (HIT) Visa Applications Process

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kan-Tor & Acco.

CANADA – UAE Citizens Visa-Free Starting 5 June 2018

Effective 5 June 2018, nationals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer require a visa to enter Canada. UAE nationals will be granted entry with only a valid UAE passport and an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). The new visa waiver for UAE nationals will permit stays of up to six months for the purposes of business, tourism, or family visits.

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CANADA – UAE Citizens Visa-Free Starting 5 June 2018

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CANADA – Government Announces Expansion of Biometric Collection

On 6 April 2018, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced they will be expanding the current Biometrics Program from summer 2018 to include most nationalities.

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CANADA – Government Announces Expansion of Biometric Collection

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Newland Chase Webinar| GOING GLOBAL: 3 Best Countries to Expand Your Business

10 April 2018 @ 11:00 am EDT / 4:00 pm BST

There are currently 195 countries in the world in which companies can do business, and each country presents its own set of opportunities and challenges. High among those challenges is navigating the constantly-changing world of corporate immigration.

Whether you are an established player on the global stage or planning to become one, this webinar will review the business climates in the Netherlands, Singapore and Sweden, with a focus on their immigration processes.

Join us for our next webinar on April 10th as we review three countries from Forbes magazine’s “Best Countries for Business” based on factors covering the legal and economic aspects impacting business.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn how to analyse a country’s general business climate and corporate immigration system to determine the optimum countries for expanding your business.
  • Understand the general process for corporate immigration for three of the most attractive countries currently for international expansion.
  • Get the “pros” and “cons” of the corporate immigration systems for each of these top three countries for business.

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CANADA – Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership

On 8 March 2018, Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), along with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Amongst other free-trade provisions, the CPTPP provides eased reciprocal immigration provisions for the entry and stay of nationals of partner countries as short-term business visitors, temporary foreign workers and investors.

Once the CPTPP has been ratified by at least six of the partner countries, it will enter in effect and more details of the implementation of its provisions will be published.

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ISRAEL – New Long-Term Multiple-Entry Visa for Indian Business Persons

Effective immediately, the Israeli Ministry of Interior will issue a multiple-entry B-2 visitor visa for qualifying Indian business persons, valid for up to five years, for stays of up to 90 days at a time. Normally, B-2 visitor visas for Indian nationals are valid for a single entry, and for a stay of up to 30 days.

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ISRAEL – New Long-Term Multiple-Entry Visa for Indian Business Persons

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ITALY – Consulates Apply More Rigorous Definition of Permissible Business Visa Activities

Effective immediately, Italian consulates are more strictly assessing business visa applications, defining the allowable business activities according to Visa Decree 850/2011.

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