ROMANIA – 2017 Work Permit Quotas Exhausted

The 2017 quotas for work permits for local hires and secondments has been exhausted. The 2018 work permit quotas may not be released before the end of this year, and until they are, current pending applications in these categories will not be approved.

Work permits for other categories, such as intra-company transferees, highly-skilled workers and trainees, are still available.

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ROMANIA – 2017 Work Permit Quotas Exhausted

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Rilvan Relocations.

BRAZIL – Electronic Visas Soon Available for Australian Nationals

From 21 November 2017, Australian nationals will be able to apply for an electronic visa for Brazil, valid for tourism or business and issued within 72 hours, through a new online system.

The electronic visas will then be made available to Canadian nationals from 8 January 2018, to US nationals from 15 January 2018 and to Japanese nationals from 22 January 2018.

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BRAZIL – Electronic Visas Soon Available for Australian Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Mundivisas.

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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AUSTRALIA – Update on Forthcoming Changes to Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Visas

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have begun to clarify the changes to permanent employer-sponsored skilled visa programmes that were announced on 18 April 2017.

Significantly, DIBP has announced transitional or ‘grandfathering’ arrangements to permit individuals who held, or had applied for, a subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 to access certain existing provisions under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.

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AUSTRALIA – Update on Forthcoming Changes to Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Visas

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

UNITED KINGDOM – Government Doubles Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visas

The UK Home Office has announced that the number of visas available annually through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route is increasing from 1000 to 2000.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Government Doubles Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visas

This news alert was prepared using information provided by UK Visas and Immigration and Newland Chase.

KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit Rules

Effective 15 September 2017, the Ministry of labour and Social Protection has amended the rules for obtaining work permits for intra-company transferees.

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KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit Rules

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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.