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

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.

Latest Immigration News

Catch up on our latest immigration alerts from around the world:

 

JAPAN – New One-Year Permanent Residence Pathway Implemented for Highly-Qualified Foreign Residents

Effective immediately, the Japanese immigration authorities have implemented new guidelines for permanent residency applications for foreign nationals, including shorter qualifying residence periods for certain applicants.

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JAPAN – New One-Year Permanent Residence Pathway Implemented for Highly-Qualified Foreign Residents

The information in this alert was provided by Relo Japan and Tokyo Orientations.

Latest Immigration News

Catch up on our latest immigration alerts from around the world:

JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Nationals

AZERBAIJAN – New Rules for Payment of Work and Residence Permit Fees

CANADA – Government Eliminates Conditional Permanent Residence for Certain Spouses and Revises Age Threshold for Dependents

TAIWAN – Upcoming Relaxation of Visa Rules for Nationals of Southeast and South Asian Countries

ANGOLA – Amendments to Rules on Hiring of Foreign Employees

PORTUGAL – All Travellers Subject to Border Control 10-14 May 2017 Due to Pope’s Visit

JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Five Central Asian Countries

AUSTRALIA – New Foreign Worker Levy and Increased Visa Application Charges

COSTA RICA – New Expedited ID Card Process for Registered Companies

SWITZERLAND – Government Invokes “Safeguard Clause” to Impose Quota on Residence Permits for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

 

JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Five Central Asian Countries

On 1 May 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will take effect on 5 June 2017.

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JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Nationals of Five Central Asian Countries

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

JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Nationals

Effective 8 May 2017, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will introduce several measures to relax the visa requirements for Chinese nationals.

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JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Chinese Nationals

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

UPDATED: NETHERLANDS – Work Permits for Japanese Nationals Reintroduced from 1 January 2017

The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) of the Netherlands has announced that, effective 1 January 2017, employers of Japanese nationals are once again required to obtain work permits for their Japanese national employees.

UPDATE: On 18 July it was announced that the planned date of implementation has been postponed from 1 October 2016 to 1 January 2017.

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UPDATED: NETHERLANDS – Work Permits for Japanese Nationals Reintroduced from 1 January 2017

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expat Management Group (EMG) and V&A Group.

New Data in Immiguru: Netherlands – Work Permit Exemption (Japanese Nationals)

We’re very pleased to announce that the Work Permit Exemption for Japanese Nationals to the Netherlands process was added to Immiguru this week.

Japanese nationals are work permit exempt due to treaties between Japan and the Netherlands.

Many thanks to Expat Management Group for their help with this!

Follow this link for more information about Immiguru, our revolutionary new global immigration knowledge software.

APAC Webinar – Recording and Slides Here

On Tuesday 20 October we hosted a webinar on the use of technology by governments for immigration services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Peregrine’s presenter, Dan King, would like to thank all of the attendees, and of course our speakers:

View and/or download our slides and a recording of the webinar below – and let us know if you have any questions!