INDIA – Increased Penalties for Late Registration and Late Visa Extension

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has revised its penalty fees for late registration of foreign nationals, and for submission of visa extensions after visa expiry.

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INDIA – Exit Clearance Requirement Now Extended to All Indian Nationals [Updated]

[UPDATE] Citing technical difficulties, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued a public notice suspending the below-described registration requirement until further notice. Non-ECR (Emigration clearance Required) Indian nationals travelling to one of the 18 notified countries listed below may still voluntarily register with the eMigrate portal before the technical problems are solved and the requirement is re-applied.

Effective immediately, all Indian nationals travelling to any of 18 “notified” countries for employment purposes are advised to register with the eMigrate portal of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) at least 24 hours prior to departure.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by IKAN Relocations, Sesam Business Consultants and LawQuest.

INDIA – E-Services Extended Nationally to All FRROs

Effective immediately, India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has rolled out nationally its new [https://indianfrro.gov.in/eservices/home.jsp~e-FRRO]] system for online visa-related services.

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INDIA – Various Amendments to the Immigration Regulations

The Ministry of Home Affairs in India has recently made several changes to the immigration regime.

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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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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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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

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