BREXIT – Switzerland and UK Agreement on Citizens’ Rights After Brexit

The Swiss Federal Council and the UK government have approved an agreement protecting the rights of Swiss nationals currently residing in the UK and the reciprocal rights of UK nationals currently residing in Switzerland, after the UK leaves the EU.

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BREXIT – Germany Plans Three-Month Transition Period for UK Nationals to Regularise Immigration Status After a No-Deal Brexit

The German federal government has announced its plans for UK nationals in Germany after 29 March 2019, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Long-Term Visa Applications Accepted from 3 February 2019

The UAE will officially begin accepting applications for long-term residence visas for investors, entrepreneurs and key professionals from 3 February 2019.

In November 2018, the UAE cabinet approved new long-term residence visas, and announced further details of the qualifying requirements. Under the previous rules, residence visas were only valid for up to three years.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Long-Term Visa Applications Accepted from 3 February 2019

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Executive Expatriate Relocations.

COLOMBIA – Longer Processing Times as All In-Country Visa Applications Must be Submitted Online

Effective 28 January 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all in-country visa procedures must now be completed online. In-person visa applications at the Ministry will no longer be accepted.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Tannus & Asociados and Brigard Urrutia.

UNITED KINGDOM – Government Publishes Plan for EU Citizens Arriving After No-Deal Brexit

On 28 January 2019, the UK Home Office published a policy paper outlining its proposals for how it will treat EU citizens arriving in the UK after a no-deal Brexit.

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BELARUS – Foreign Nationals Can Register Online

Effective 2 January 2019, foreign nationals who have arrived in Belarus through international check points (not from Russia) can submit a request for online registration via the Unified Portal of E-Services.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Intermark Relocation.

NEW ZEALAND – Centralised Visa Lodgement

Effective 14 January 2019, paper and online visa applications received from applicants resident in the Wellington and Palmerston North regions of New Zealand (except student applications) have begun to be directed to Auckland’s National Documentation Office (NaDO).

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Cavell Leitch.