UNITED KINGDOM – Citizens’ Rights Under the Withdrawal Agreement Versus a No-Deal Scenario

On 14 November 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) government reached an agreement with the European Union (EU) on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The deal, which still needs to be ratified by both the UK and European parliaments, includes arrangements about the legal status of EU citizens in the UK post Brexit.

On 6 December 2018 the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) published a policy paper outlining the UK government’s proposals for protecting citizens’ rights in case the UK leaves the EU without an agreed and ratified withdrawal deal.

Here we examine how the UK government’s proposed no deal arrangements for EU citizens in the UK differ from those in the withdrawal agreement.

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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.

NEW ZEALAND – Updated Salary Thresholds for Essential Skills Visa

Effective 15 January 2018, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has increased the remuneration thresholds which affect how long Essential Skills visa applicants can stay and whether their families can stay too.

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

OMAN – Salary Threshold Halved for Sponsoring Dependents

Effective immediately, foreign national employees in Oman earning at least OMR 300 (about USD 780) per month are permitted to sponsor their family members for dependent residence permits.

Previously, the salary threshold for dependent sponsorship was OMR 600 per month.

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OMAN – Salary Threshold Halved for Sponsoring Dependents

This news alert was prepared using information provided by HelpXpat Relocations and Curtis.

NEW ZEALAND – “Kiwis-First” Immigration Changes Will Increase Costs for Businesses… But Much Less Than Originally Feared

In response to recent record-high immigration levels in New Zealand, the government announced plans last April to pursue what they deemed a “Kiwis-First” plan to revise its employment-based immigration system. After extensive public comment and debate, significant changes to the Essential Skills Visa and Skilled Migrant Visa programs are being implemented on 28 August 2017.

While new income threshold requirements are expected to increase costs for companies employing foreign labor in New Zealand, the changes are less concerning for businesses than initially anticipated.  However, companies with foreign employees should still take note of the changes.

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This news alert was written and published by Pro-Link Global.

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to the Essential Skills Work Visas Will Affect Visa Duration and Dependent Privileges

Effective 28 August 2017, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is introducing remuneration bands for work visas.  The remuneration bands will affect how long applicants can stay and whether their families can stay too.

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

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DENMARK – Stricter Document Requirements for Local Registration

The Danish registration authorities have recently started to require marriage and birth certificates originating in non-European Union countries, submitted in support of local registration procedures, to be apostilled (or legalized).

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DENMARK – Stricter Document Requirements for Local Registration

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Copenhagen Relocations.