CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective 28 February 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date.

Those who fail to comply with this new deadline will be denied renewal, and will have to apply for a new work permit.  Currently, there is no national rule establishing a deadline for work permit renewal application submissions.

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CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

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RUSSIA – Moscow Migration Office Currently Issues Invitation Letters in Electronic Format Only

Effective 11 December, the Moscow Migration Department has stopped accepting request to issue Letters of Invitation (LOIs) in official paper form. LOIs can now only be issued as electronic documents.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation.

CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Expert Bureau will suspend all immigration applications between 22 and 25 December 2017, as the national immigration system undergoes an upgrade.

Please note:

  • During this period, the Bureau will not accept any new or extension applications or issue any permits via its headquarters, branches, self-service spots, on-line service or WeChat;
  • For already submitted, pending applications, processing time will be prolonged by 8-12 working days;

Action Items

  • Applicants for work and residence permits and visas, and their employers in China, should allow extra time for applications to be processed.

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CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Care.

UNITED KINGDOM – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

On 7 December 2017, the UK government published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

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UNITED KINGDOM – Government Doubles Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visas

The UK Home Office has announced that the number of visas available annually through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route is increasing from 1000 to 2000.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Government Doubles Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visas

This news alert was prepared using information provided by UK Visas and Immigration and Newland Chase.

SWEDEN – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Announced for March 2018

The Swedish Migration Agency has announced that it plans to implement European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer” from 1 March 2018, including an online application procedure.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by NIM.MERSION.

TAIWAN – New Foreign Recruitment Law Passed

On 31 October 2017, the Taiwan Legislative Yuan passed the new Act Governing Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals.

The new law, which has no implementation date as yet, will have various benefits for foreign nationals working in Taiwan and their employers.

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TAIWAN – New Foreign Recruitment Law Passed

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Taiwan Immigration & Relocation and People First Relocation.