UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

Effective 12 March 2018, the United States embassy in Paris, France, has closed its “Golden Arrow” program for expedited E visas for critical employees of registered large multinational corporations. Delays should be anticipated as a result.

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UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

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

CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau is now accepting work permit applications from applicants classified as either Category A or B, and holding an M (business) or L (tourist) entry visa, rather than a Z (work) visa.

Risks and benefits

Note that Category B applicants risk their M or L entry visa expiring while their work permit application is being processed, and they may not be able to extend their entry visa without leaving China.

This simplified process avoids the six to eight weeks usually required to obtain a Notification Letter of Work Permit and a Z (work) visa before travelling to China (compared to about one week for an M or L visa), and may allow the applicant to start work more quickly.

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CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

shanghai in sunsetThis news alert was prepared using information provided by Shanghai Foreign Service (Group), Pro-Link Global China and Asia Pacific Access.

JAPAN – New One-Year Permanent Residence Pathway Implemented for Highly-Qualified Foreign Residents

Effective immediately, the Japanese immigration authorities have implemented new guidelines for permanent residency applications for foreign nationals, including shorter qualifying residence periods for certain applicants.

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JAPAN – New One-Year Permanent Residence Pathway Implemented for Highly-Qualified Foreign Residents

The information in this alert was provided by Relo Japan and Tokyo Orientations.

COSTA RICA – New Expedited ID Card Process for Registered Companies

The Immigration authorities have this week implemented an expedited process for the issuance of Identification cards for employees of accredited companies.

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COSTA RICA – New Expedited ID Card Process for Registered Companies

This news alert was prepared using information provided by BLP and Immigration Solutions Costa Rica.

Newland Chase provides specialist immigration services worldwide.

CIBT is a world leader in short-term outbound visa requirements for expats and businesses.

ISRAEL – Upcoming Program to Attract Hi-Tech Workers

On 15 January 2017, the Israeli government announced that a new, expedited process will be launched in 2017 to allow technology companies to obtain “Hi-Tech” status, with benefits for employers and employees.

It is thought that this program may be implemented in the first and early second quarter of 2017. Other planned changes to the immigration system have also been announced.

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ISRAEL – Upcoming Program to Attract Hi-Tech Workers

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

HUNGARY – Expedited Single Permit Processing for Serbians and Ukrainians in Shortage Occupations

To facilitate the immigration process for certain non-EU nationals with in-demand skills, Hungary has introduced an expedited single permit process.

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