SAUDI ARABIA – New Residence Scheme Approved

The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and which will be implemented within the next five years.

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SAUDI ARABIA – New Residence Scheme Approved

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NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2019

Effective 1 January 2019, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2019

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BELGIUM – 2019 Minimum Salary Increases for Work Permits

Minimum salary requirements for Type B work permits and Blue Cards will increase from 1 January 2019.

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ESTONIA – Amendments to Immigration Law Exempt Top Specialists from Quota

Effective 15 July 2018, amendments have been made to the Aliens Act aimed at encouraging highly-skilled foreign specialists and combatting the illegal employment of foreign nationals.

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ESTONIA – Amendments to Immigration Law Exempt Top Specialists from Quota

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Ten-Year Residence Visa Announced

The government of the United Arab Emirates announced on 20 May 2018 that investors and professionals will be granted ten-year residence visas. Currently, residence visas are valid for up to three years.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Ten-Year Residence Visa Announced

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Proven, Sesam Business Consultants and Executive Expatriate Relocations.

AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australia Fund Bill Passed by the Senate

On Tuesday 8 May the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 was debated and passed by the Senate.

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AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australia Fund Bill Passed by the Senate

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BULGARIA – Amendments to the Labour Mobility Law

Effective 23 May 2017, Bulgaria has passed amendments to the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act which relax the requirements for issuance of EU Blue Cards for non-EU nationals, increase the allowed ratio of foreign national to Bulgarian national employees and transpose into Bulgarian law EU Directive 2016/801 “on the entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing”.

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BULGARIA – Amendments to the Labour Mobility Law

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz.

AUSTRALIA – New Global Talent Scheme Announced

On 19 March 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that a new visa scheme to attract highly-skilled talent to Australia will be piloted from 1 July 2018.

Qualifying employers in two streams – established businesses and start-ups – will be able to access four-year subclass 482 (TSS) visas via streamlined applications and faster processing, with a streamlined pathway to permanent residence after three years, and no occupation list restrictions.

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AUSTRALIA –New Global Talent Scheme Announced

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CHINA – Talent Visa Rules and Benefits Clarified

Effective 1 January 2018, new regulations for the “R visa” for high-level talent allow multiple stays in China of up to 180 days at a time, with a validity of up to ten years, a streamlined online application system and reduced processing times.

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CHINA – Talent Visa Rules and Benefits Clarified

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CHINA – Relaxed Visa Rules for Top Talent

Effective 1 January 2018, new regulations for the “R Visa” for high-level talent allow multiple stays in China of up to 180 days at a time, with a validity of up to ten years, a streamlined online application system and reduced processing times.

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CHINA – Relaxed Visa Rules for Top Talent