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

NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2018

Effective 1 January 2018, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2018

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THAILAND – New Strategic Talent Centre Supports Companies Hiring Foreign Specialists

Effective 3 July 2017, the Thai Board of Investment (BOI) has established a new Strategic Talent Centre (STC) to help Thai and foreign companies that are seeking to recruit highly skilled Thai and foreign specialists in the fields of science and technology to support their businesses in Thailand.

The STC is available to all private companies, regardless of whether they are registered with the BOI. Moreover, non-BOI companies using the STC are entitled to be exempt from the 4:1 ratio of local Thai employees to foreign employees.

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CANADA – Government Implements Global Skills Strategy

On 12 June 2017, the Canadian government implemented its Global Skills Strategy (GSS), and provided further details of the two-year pilot program.

Two-week work permit processing is available for certain highly skilled occupations under the Global Talent Stream (GTS) or the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The Global Skills Strategy also encompasses two new work permit exemptions for short-term work.

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CANADA – Government Implements Global Skills Strategy

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DENMARK – Stricter Permanent Residence Requirements and New Salary Rules for Pay Limit Scheme

The Danish Parliament has recently passed two pieces of legislation affecting immigration: one act imposing stricter eligibility criteria for permanent residence, and another act defining salary requirements for work permits under the Pay-Limit Scheme, which also affects the Fast-track Scheme.

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DENMARK – Stricter Permanent Residence Requirements and New Salary Rules for Pay Limit Scheme

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