INDIA – New Visa E-Services at Four FRROs

India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has launched a new online “e-Services” system for application and processing of visa related services at its Foreigner Regional Registration Offices in Bangaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. Thus far, this new system is only being used in these select cities, but it is expected to be gradually introduced at additional FRROs and FROs throughout India in the coming weeks, eventually becoming the nation-wide standard.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by IKAN Relocations and LawQuest.

Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

In 2017, along with our sister company, Newland Chase, we published hundreds of client and public updates on significant changes to immigration policy impacting international business in dozens of countries, via newsletters, white papers, client briefs, industry articles, and social media.

While it would be near impossible to summarise in one document all of last years’ changes in immigration policy from around the world, linked below is a brief overview of what we consider to be among the most significant developments in corporate immigration from around the world, grouped by region and country.

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Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

INDIA – Reminder: Deadline Approaching for Conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)

Indian consulates and embassies around the world are urging holders of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to convert them to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards before the 31 December 2017 deadline.

Please note that, from October 2018, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will only accept machine-readable travel documents. The existing PIO cards are hand written and will, therefore, become invalid travel documents.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lawquest.

JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of India and Ukraine will take effect on 1 January 2018.

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JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

The information in this alert was provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

UNITED KINGDOM – Original Documents Required for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India

Effective 7 August 2017, all applicants submitting Tier 2 and Tier 4 applications at any Visa Application Centre in India, including dependents, will be required to submit all original documentation, together with their passport, in support of their application.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Original Documents Required for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India

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

INDIA – Chennai Authorities Require Foreign Nationals to Be Registered Within 24 Hours of Arrival, and also on Departure

The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Chennai, India now requires landlords and managers of apartments, hotels and other accommodation to complete the online Form C notification procedure within 24 hours of a foreign national’s arrival in Chennai, rather than within 14 days as at other FRROs around India.

Chennai FRRO is also the first and (so far) only FRRO to require notification of a foreign national’s departure or checkout, via the same online portal.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lawquest and IKAN Relocations.

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