CHINA – White Paper on New Immigration System

We’re proud to have contributed to a white paper on immigration to China, written by our friends at Aires, with the help of one of our partners in China, Lehman, Lee and Xu.

The paper, embedded below, examines in detail the streamlined, points-based immigration system which China has been piloting since November 2016, and which is due to be implemented nationwide from 1 April 2017.

 

 

UNITED STATES – Employers Must Use the New Form I-9 From 22 January 2017

Employers have until 22 January 2017 to incorporate the New Form I-9 into their onboarding processes.

The previous Form I-9 may continue to be used to verify the employment authorisation of new hires and to re-verify expiring employment authorisation until 21 January 2017.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar and Littler.

UNITED STATES – New USCIS Rule Amending Several Employment-Based and Non-Immigrant Visa Programs

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced amendments to certain regulations to improve US employers’ ability to recruit and retain high-skilled personnel.

The Final Rule will take effect on 17 January 2017. Below is a summary of several key components of the new rule.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar and Littler.

ISRAEL – Immediate Changes to Work Permit Regulations

Effective immediately, the Work Permit Unit (WPU) of the Ministry of Interior has implemented new regulations for obtaining work permits and visas for foreign experts, which apply also to pending work permit applications.

The new regulations (originally published in December 2015) , include changes to the non-academic work permit scheme, and stricter auditing requirements for work permit extension applications.

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ISRAEL – Immediate Changes to Work Permit Regulations

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

PHILIPPINES – Stricter Employment Permit Rules Introduced

Effective 28 August 2015, the Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued revised Alien Employment Permit (AEP) rules. Among the major changes are stricter labour-market testing and understudy training rules, and new employment permit exemptions.

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PHILIPPINES – Stricter Employment Permit Rules Introduced

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Follosco, Morallos & Herce.

IRELAND – Changes to Employment Permit Application Process and Eligibility

Effective 1 September 2015, the Department for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) has implemented some changes to the Employment Permit application process and eligibility.

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IRELAND – Changes to Employment Permit Application Process and Eligibility

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Care Relocation.

IRELAND – Trusted Partner Initiative Launched

On 12 May 2015 the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Immigration (DJEI) launched the Trusted Partner Initiative, which is intended to reduce the paperwork required from employers and European Economic Area (EEA) contractors applying for employment permits for foreign nationals.

Applicants granted Trusted Partner status will have access to a unique set of employment permit application forms where they must provide their Trusted Partner Registration number in lieu of a number of their employer details. Applications should also be processed faster.

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IRELAND –Trusted Partner Initiative Launched

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Care Relocation.

IRELAND – New Requirements for Accountants; and New Stamp 4 Application Procedure

Since the implementation of new Employment Permit Regulations in October 2014, the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) has begun to require accountants who are applying for employment permits to provide evidence of a recognised qualification.

Also, from 1 April 2015, there is a new procedure for Critical Skills Employment Permit or Green Card holders applying for Stamp 4 residence permission.

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IRELAND – New Requirements for Accountants; and New Stamp 4 Application Procedure

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Care Relocation.

New Data in Immiguru: Peru – Post-Arrival Temporary Residence (MERCOSUR)

We’re very pleased to announce that the Post Arrival Temporary Residence process to Peru was added to Immiguru this month.

Nationals of the following members or associate members countries of MERCOSUR (Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador) do not require work authorisation to take up employment in Peru, but are required to apply for MERCOSUR residence visas. This visa can be applied for through the Consulate, or post arrival in Peru as a change of status from a visitor to a MERCOSUR temporary residence permit holder.

Many thanks to our partners in Peru, Employee Mobility Solutions (EMS), for their help with this!

Follow this link for more information about Immiguru, our revolutionary new global immigration knowledge software.

New Data in Immiguru: Bolivia – Short-Term Authorisation (Permanencia Transitoria)

We’re very pleased to announce that the new Short-Term Authorisation (Permanencia Transitory) process to Bolivia was added to Immiguru this month.

Effective January 2015, the Bolivian General Immigration Department (DIGEMIG) has implemented major changes to immigration and work authorisation procedures, as we reported in our alert of 2 March 2015.

There are now three standard immigration routes which allow for work in Bolivia: A short-term consular visa, a short-term post-arrival work authorisation and a post-arrival three-year temporary residence route.  There are still separate routes for Argentinians and MERCOSUR nationals.

The new short-term authorisation (permanencia transitoria) replaces the old post-arrival short-term visa.  Short-term authorisation can be obtained after entering Bolivia as a tourist, or on a short-term visa (visa objeto determinado). The short-term authorisation can also give also access to temporary residence in Bolivia.

Many thanks to our partners in Bolivia, Ferrere Bolivia, for their help with this!

Follow this link for more information about Immiguru, our revolutionary new global immigration knowledge software.