CANADA – Changes to List of Designated Countries for Immigration Medical Exam

Effective 23 November 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the list of “designated countries” whose residents require an immigration medical examination (IME) to apply for a temporary or permanent residence visa.

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This alert was prepared using information provided by Kranc Associates and Newland Chase.

ROMANIA – 2017 Work Permit Quotas Exhausted

The 2017 quotas for work permits for local hires and secondments has been exhausted. The 2018 work permit quotas may not be released before the end of this year, and until they are, current pending applications in these categories will not be approved.

Work permits for other categories, such as intra-company transferees, highly-skilled workers and trainees, are still available.

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ROMANIA – 2017 Work Permit Quotas Exhausted

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

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Process Changes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

The Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) free zone has removed the Internal Visa Transfer option for foreign employees transferring to a new employer within the DCCA. Employees in this situation now need to use the “Government Transfer” option, which requires a medical test (unlike the Internal Visa Transfer option).

Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi, the original Emirates ID of the sponsor is now required in support of visa applications for dependent family members. The immigration authorities scan the original Emirates ID to check whether the sponsor is currently out of the country, and reject the application if the sponsor is not in the UAE at the time of application submission.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Process Changes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants.

CANADA – Government Announces Three-Year Immigration Plan

On 1 November 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Canada’s immigration plan. The plan breaks with practice of previous years by laying out immigration targets for the next three years.

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This alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase Canada and the Canadian Employee Relocation Council.

CANADA – Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program to be Expanded and Streamlined

Effective 2 January 2018, the Province of Alberta’s Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will streamline its provincial economic immigration program into two streams.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Rekai LLP.

TUNISIA – Expats in GCC Countries Now Eligible for Visa-on-Arrival

Effective immediately, foreign nationals holding residence visas from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries no longer require consular visas to enter Tunisia and are now eligible for visas-on-arrival valid for stays of up to 15 days. Visas-on-arrival are reportedly now available to GCC expats at all Tunisian airports and border crossings.

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TUNISIA – Expats in GCC Countries Now Eligible for Visa-on-Arrival

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kammoun & Kallel.

CANADA / EUROPEAN UNION – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Facilitates Business Mobility

Provisionally effective from 21 September 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union includes provisions for the entry of short-term business visitors and temporary foreign workers.

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CANADA / EUROPEAN UNION – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Facilitates Business Mobility

This alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase Canada, Rekai LLP, the European Commission and the Canadian Government.