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.

CANADA – Government Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Certain Spouses and Revises Age Threshold for Dependents

Effective 28 April, 2017, the Government of Canada has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status.

Effective 24 October 2017, the Canadian government will reset the age of dependency back to “under 22”.

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CANADA – Government Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Certain Spouses and Revises Age Threshold for Dependents

This alert was prepared using information provided by Kranc Associates and the Government of Canada.

LUXEMBOURG – New Immigration Law Bring Extensive Changes

Luxembourg’s new immigration law entered into force on 24 March 2017, introducing several new residence permit categories, including the new EU ICT permit, along with other changes of significance for non-EU nationals.

The Official Gazette of 20 March 2017 published the Law of 8 March 2017 amending and supplementing the Immigration Law of 29 August 2008.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Osch & Arendt and LuxRelo.

BELGIUM – Integration Law Published [UPDATED]

Effective 18 February 2017, a new law requires certain residence permit applicants to submit a signed “newcomers statement” in support of their application and to provide evidence of their integration efforts in order to maintain or renew their residency status.

[UPDATE] The “Integration Act” was originally published on 16 January 2017, and was due to take effect ten days later, on 26 January 2017. However, it was republished on 8 February 2017, and will therefore take effect on 18 February 2017. The “newcomers statement” is not likely to come into effect on that date, however, as the text has not yet been finalised.

It remains unclear whether the new obligations will apply to first residence applications (“newcomers”) only, or also to renewals (foreign nationals already residing in Belgium). Guidelines from the authorities will have to clarify how the new rules will be applied in practice.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Praetica.