SAUDI ARABIA – Recent Changes for Foreign Workers

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system and to the expat levy.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Government Publishes Plan for EU Citizens Arriving After No-Deal Brexit

On 28 January 2019, the UK Home Office published a policy paper outlining its proposals for how it will treat EU citizens arriving in the UK after a no-deal Brexit.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme Opens and Fee to be Cancelled

Effective 21 January, the Home Office opened the voluntary public testing phase of the EU Settlement Scheme to resident EU citizens (and their EU citizen family members) with a valid passport and their non-EU citizen family members holding a valid biometric residence card.

Also on 21 January, the prime minister announced that the application fee (currently £65 for an adult and £32.50 for a child under 16) will be cancelled once the scheme is fully open and that anyone who has applied during testing will have their fee reimbursed.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Public Testing of EU Settlement Scheme Opens

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MEXICO – Increased Immigration Fees from 1 January 2019

Effective 1 January 2019, the fees charged by the National Immigration Institute (INM) for immigration services have increased, in line with the Consumer Price Index yearly increase.

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MEXICO – Increased Immigration Fees from 1 January 2019

This alert was prepared with information provided by Enrique Arellano Rincon Abogados.

INDONESIA – Change to Validity of RPTKA

Effective 10 December 2018, an RPTKA can only be valid for up to two years initially, rather than five as previously.

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INDONESIA – Change to Validity of RPTKA

This news alert was prepared using information provided by PNB Immigration Law Firm.

SAUDI ARABIA – Labour Market Testing Requirement Suspended

Effective immediately, the Saudi Ministry of Labor has suspended the requirement for companies intending to hire foreign nationals to first advertise jobs on the Taqat jobs portal before applying for block visas (expatriate quota).

At the same time, the Ministry has announced a fast track visa service for companies who have a high Saudization rate to be able to obtain visas immediately, and has allowed companies in the medium green saudization category to apply for block visas provided that it does not lower the company’s Saudization category. This was previously restricted to the high green and platinum categories only.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Labour Market Testing Requirement Suspended

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INDONESIA – Changes to Work Immigration Rules Take Effect

On 1 November 2018, Regulation 10/2018 of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) took effect.

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INDONESIA – Changes to Work Immigration Rules Take Effect

This news alert was prepared using information provided by PNB Immigration Law Firm.

SAUDI ARABIA – Foreign nationals require a registered rental agreement for work permit renewal

Effective September 2018, foreign national residents looking to renew their work permits must have a rental contract authenticated and registered with the new Ejar online rental platform, according to an announcement by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) and the Ministry of Housing.

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ARGENTINA – Major Fee Increases for Most Immigration Processes

The Argentine Immigration Department is introducing a major increase in the fees for most immigration-related processes. Effective 6 June 2018, various governments fees for immigration processes – such as Transitory, Temporary, and Permanent Residence applications, Entry Permit applications, renewal applications, and change of category applications – will increase an average of 300 percent, up to 500 percent for some applications.

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ARGENTINA – Major Fee Increases for Most Immigration Processes

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NETHERLANDS – Reduced Application Fees

Effective 3 May 2018, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced adjusted fees for immigration applications. Many fees will be reduced, and none will rise.

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NETHERLANDS – Reduced Application Fees

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.