UNITED KINGDOM – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules Launches Second Pilot Phase of EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has published a new statement of changes to the Immigration Rules, due to take effect 1 November 2018.

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ARGENTINA – Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments

There is currently a low availability of appointments, and delays of up to a month and a half, for non-Mercosur visa applications at the Immigration Office (DNM).

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ARGENTINA – Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CSM.

CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.

Qualifying business persons will continue to be able to travel and work under the same rules as before. The USMCA must still be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.

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CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

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NEW ZEALAND – Work Visa Application Fees to Double

Effective 5 November 2018, application fees for New Zealand visas will increase dramatically.

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SPAIN – Immigration Authorities Suspend In-Person and Telephone Consultations

The Spanish immigration authorities have issued an announcement confirming the temporary suspension of in-person and telephone consultations at both the Large Companies Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas – “UGE”) as well as the temporary suspension of in-person consultations at the General Subdirectorate of Immigration.

At the same time, immigration officers are working on clarifying the criteria for approval of applications under the Entrepreneur’s Act.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Management.

POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

Effective immediately, a new online appointment booking system is in place at the Warsaw immigration office (Mazovian Provincial Office) for initial and renewal applications for type A work permits (local contract and payroll). The applicant can select a preferred date from an available range. However, the date confirmed by the authorities may not be the same as the date requested.

In addition, the Kraków immigration office (Malopolskie Provincial Office) has implemented a new system for booking an appointment for any work and residence permit application by email. In return, the applicant will receive an SMS notification with the appointment time.

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POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

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PORTUGAL – Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified

Regulatory Decree no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018, took effect on 1 October 2018.

As well as implementing the 2017 amendments to the immigration law which transposed certain EU Directives into Portuguese law (see our previous alert here, the decree seeks to simplify visa application and residence permit procedures and to reduce processing times.

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PORTUGAL – Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Eres Relocation Services.