CHINA – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

As we reported in August, the Chinese government has abolished the work permit requirement for residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan (“HMT residents”).

Effective 1 September 2018, HMT residents can voluntarily apply for a new mainland residence card.

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CHINA – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

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

CHINA – Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Workers Will No Longer Require a Work Permit for Mainland China

The Chinese government has announced that it will abolish the work permit requirement for employees from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

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CHINA – Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Workers Will No Longer Require a Work Permit for Mainland China

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

HONG KONG – Immigration Authority Allows Dependent Visa Applications for Same-Sex Spouses

On 10 July, the Hong Kong Immigration Authority confirmed that it has implemented an “interim arrangement” allowing dependent residence status for same-sex spouses with eligible sponsors, pending a review of its dependent immigration policy.

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HONG KONG – Court of Appeal Upholds Judgement Permitting Dependent Visas for Same-Sex Spouse

HONG KONG – Visitor Status Now Permits Delivery of Speeches and Presentations

Effective immediately, foreign nationals entering Hong Kong as visitors are allowed to attend an event to give speeches and presentations without obtaining a separate employment permit, under certain conditions.

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HONG KONG – Visitor Status Now Permits Delivery of Speeches and Presentations

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Hong Kong Visa Centre.

TAIWAN – Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and Macau Can Now Obtain Multiple-Entry Permit Online

Effective 2 October 2017, permanent residents of Hong Kong and Macau, who live in one of 27 designated locations can apply for one-year or three-year multiple-entry permits for Taiwan online, rather than in person at the Taipei Representative Office.

Previously, only a single-entry permit to Taiwan was available through the online platform. Obtaining a visa upon arrival in Taiwan remains an option.

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TAIWAN – Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and Macau Can Now Obtain Multiple-Entry Permit Online

This news alert was prepared using information provided by People First Relocation.

Latest Immigration News

Catch up on our latest immigration alerts from around the world:

 

HONG KONG – Indian Nationals Can No Longer Apply for Hong Kong Visit Visas at Chinese Consulates

UNITED STATES – USCIS Issues New Guidance on H-1B Work Visas for Computer Programmers

ITALY – Posted Worker Notification Not Required for Intra-Company Transfers

UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration and Nationality Fees

INDIA – Changes to Visa and e-Visa Framework

MALAYSIA – Expatriate Services Division Announces Reclassification of Employment Pass Categories and Annual Company Registration Updates

NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Highly Skilled Migrants, Students and Scientific Researchers

SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

INDIA – Biometrics Scanning Now Required at Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore Foreigner Regional Registration Offices

AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished [UPDATED]

AUSTRALIA – Stricter Criteria for Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Migration

AUSTRALIA – Government Announces Stricter Criteria for Citizenship

UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2018

UKRAINE – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

COLOMBIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

INDIA – Aadhaar Card Required for Certain Foreign Residents

VIETNAM – Authorities Testing Online Work Permit Portal

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category from August 2017

HONG KONG – Indian Nationals Can No Longer Apply for Hong Kong Visit Visas at Chinese Consulates

Effective immediately, Indian nationals requiring a visit visa for stays of more than 14 days must now apply directly to the immigration department in Hong Kong, rather than to the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular mission.

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HONG KONG – Pre-Arrival Registration Required for Indian Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Your Man in India.

Latest Immigration News

Catch up on our latest immigration alerts from around the world:

ANGOLA – Deadline for Annual Submission of Employee List is 30 April

PERU – Visa-Free Entry for Certain Indian Nationals

VIETNAM – New 30-Day E-Visa for Nationals of 40 Countries

NIGERIA – Visa on Arrival Expanded to Ease Business Travel

ZAMBIA – New Immigration Fees

HONG KONG – Visa Requirements Relaxed for Cambodian Nationals

SINGAPORE – Work Pass Exempt Activities No Longer Limited to 60 Days

UNITED STATES – New Executive Order on Immigration Effective 16 March

UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to the Immigration Rules from April 2017

UNITED STATES – USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Beginning 3 April 2017

BELGIUM – New Requirements for Posting Workers

HONG KONG – Visa Requirements Relaxed for Cambodian Nationals

Effective 1 March 2017, nationals of Cambodia may apply to enter Hong Kong for employment, investment, training and study and under several other immigration programs.

Previously, Cambodian nationals could only enter Hong Kong as visitors or dependents.

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HONG KONG – Visa Requirements Relaxed for Cambodian Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

HONG KONG – Pre-Arrival Registration Required for Indian Nationals

Effective 23 January 2017, Indian nationals intending to visit Hong Kong visa-free for up to 14 days must now apply for and obtain pre-arrival registration before travelling. Previously, this registration procedure was not required.

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HONG KONG – Pre-Arrival Registration Required for Indian Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Hong Kong Visa Centre.