AUSTRALIA – Labour Market Testing and Free Trade Agreements

On 31 October 2018, Australia became the sixth signatory to the ‘Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership’ (TPP-11), after Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore. The agreement comes into force on 30 December 2018. Chile, Peru, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam are yet to ratify the TPP-11.

AUSTRALIA – Labour Market Testing and Free Trade Agreements

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SWITZERLAND – New Integration and language requirements for residence permits

The Swiss Federal Council has approved a package of legislative amendments which, effective 1 January 2019, will allow the authorities to demand that foreign nationals applying for residence permits sign a cultural integration agreement and demonstrate a certain level of language skill.

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AUSTRALIA – New Labour Market Testing Requirements

Effective 12 August 2018, several changes have been introduced to the Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements for the Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa.

AUSTRALIA – New Labour Market Testing Requirements

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AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund now effective

Effective 12 August 2018, the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy is now payable for employer-sponsored nomination applications.

AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund now effective

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POLAND – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

Effective 1 July 2018, new regulations allow non-EU nationals to apply for work permits for almost two hundred occupations without the requirement to first obtain confirmation from the labour office.

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POLAND – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

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SWITZERLAND – Reminder: Obligation to Advertise Certain Jobs Now Effective

Effective 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 8% or above have to test the Swiss labour market by advertising. This threshold will be lowered to 5% from 1 January 2020.

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AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund Update

The Department of Home Affairs that the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2018, which was passed by the Parliament of Australia on 9 May 2018, is expected to be implemented during the first quarter of the 2018-2019 financial year (i.e. between July and September 2018.

AUSTRALIA – Skilling Australians Fund Update

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SWITZERLAND – Federal Council Confirms Initial List of Occupations Requiring Labour Market Test

On 23 May 2018, the Swiss Federal Council confirmed the initial list of occupations for which, from 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals will have to test the Swiss labour market by advertising.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Universal Jobmatch to be Replaced by ‘Find a Job’

It has been officially announced that Universal Jobmatch – a government website used by UK recruiters and Tier 2 licensed sponsors to advertise jobs – is being replaced by the ‘Find a Job’ service.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Universal Jobmatch to be Replaced by ‘Find a Job’

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SWITZERLAND – Government Extends “Safeguard Clause” Limiting Residence Permits for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to extend, for the year from 1 June 2018, the quota on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals (EU-2) of 996 long-term B permits, released quarterly.

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