NEW ZEALAND – Recent Immigration Updates

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has recently implemented several changes to immigration rules and procedures.

Partners and dependent children can now make their visa applications online; the minimum income threshold has been updated for those sponsoring dependents in several categories, including certain Essential Skills visa holders; and INZ will no longer place physical visa labels in passports.

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

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Major changes in immigration rules announced

On 13 June 2018, the government announced significant changes to the immigration and foreign labour systems of the UAE.

The changes will affect current and future foreign national employees and their employers.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Major changes in immigration rules announced

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Ten-Year Residence Visa Announced

The government of the United Arab Emirates announced on 20 May 2018 that investors and professionals will be granted ten-year residence visas. Currently, residence visas are valid for up to three years.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Ten-Year Residence Visa Announced

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Proven, Sesam Business Consultants and Executive Expatriate Relocations.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Skilled Workers Can Take Part-Time Jobs

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has recently issued a decision allowing Emirati and foreign national skilled workers to take multiple part-time jobs, under certain conditions.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Skilled Workers Can Take Part-Time Jobs

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants, Curtis and Proven.

COSTA RICA – New Penalties for Overstay

Effective 20 April 2018, the General Directorate of Immigration will begin to enforce an existing, previously unenforced rule imposing a fine of USD 100 per month of overstay, or alternatively a ban from entering Costa Rica of three times the length of the overstay.

The penalties will be applied retroactively to any overstays since 1 March 2010.

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COSTA RICA – New Penalties for Overstay

This news alert was prepared using information provided by ARA LAW Attorneys.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Good Conduct Certificate Requirement Suspended

Effective 1 April 2018, the UAE has provisionally suspended the requirement to submit a good conduct (police clearance) certificate for a new employment visa application, until further notice.

The requirement to provide a good conduct certificate, in Arabic and attested by the UAE embassy, in support of new employment visa applications, was introduced in February 2018.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Good Conduct Certificate Requirement Suspended

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Government Announces Plans to Boost Emirati Employment

The Ministry of Emiratisation and Human Resources (MOHRE) has recently announced plans to encourage the employment of Emirati nationals.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Government Announces Plans to Boost Emirati Employment

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Proven.