SWITZERLAND – Transitional Period for Croatians Extended to End of 2021

On 7 December 2018, the Swiss federal council announced it will maintain until 31 December 2021 the transitional provisions of Protocol III, which extended to Croatian nationals the Agreement on Free Movement of Persons (FMPA) between Switzerland and the European Union.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Requirements for Travelling with Children Eased

Effective 1 December 2018, the “First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations, 2014” eases the requirements for parents and legal guardians travelling with children through South African ports of entry, which were first introduced in 2015.

Changes have also been made to the rules on spouses, work visas and residence, while many more proposed changes to the visa rules are expected to be introduced in the coming months, but were not included in this amendment.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Requirements for Travelling with Children Eased

This alert was prepared with information provided by IBN Immigration Solutions.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Further Details of Long-Term Visa Scheme

On 24 November 208, the UAE cabinet approved new long-term residence visas, and announced further details of the qualifying requirements for certain key professionals, investors and entrepreneurs. Currently, residence visas are valid for up to three years.

The government announced the new visas on 20 May 2018, and implementation is now expected early in 2019.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Further Details of Long-Term Visa Scheme

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

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds

Effective 26 November 2018, the minimum income thresholds for essential skills work visas and skilled migrant residence visas are set to increase.

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PANAMA – Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees

Following the enactment of Law 57 of 24 October 2018, employees of multinational headquarters (“Sedes de Empresas Multinacionales” or SEM) will be able to apply for permanent residence after five years of temporary residence, while continuing to work for the same company in Panama.

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PANAMA – Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Visa Rules Bring Positive Changes

On 21 October 2018, the UAE cabinet approved a number of new visa rules that will prove beneficial to numerous categories of foreign nationals in the UAE, including tourists, retirees and students and the widows, divorcees, and children of foreign nationals.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Visa Rules Bring Positive Changes

This alert has been prepared with information provided by Sesam Business Consultants and Executive Expatriate Relocations.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that its new insurance scheme for foreign workers will be available from 15 October 2018.

The new scheme, announced alongside other changes on 13 June 2018, will be offered as an alternative to the existing bank guarantee system.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants.