COLOMBIA – Longer Processing Times as All In-Country Visa Applications Must be Submitted Online

Effective 28 January 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all in-country visa procedures must now be completed online. In-person visa applications at the Ministry will no longer be accepted.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Tannus & Asociados and Brigard Urrutia.

BELARUS – Foreign Nationals Can Register Online

Effective 2 January 2019, foreign nationals who have arrived in Belarus through international check points (not from Russia) can submit a request for online registration via the Unified Portal of E-Services.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Intermark Relocation.

UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

Effective 28 January 2019, employers in the United Kingdom will be able to rely on an online right-to-work check to prove the status of prospective employees.

The online Right to Work Checking Service was introduced in April 2018, but currently employers in the UK still need to request paper documents alongside using the service.

The changes will also make it simpler for UK nationals without British passports to demonstrate their citizenship by enabling them to use short birth or adoption certificates, which they can get for free, instead of the long versions.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Changes to Right-to-Work Checks in 2019

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.

AUSTRALIA – Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visa Programme

There have been some recent changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa programme, which allows qualifying applicants to have a holiday in Australia and work there to help fund their trip.

AUSTRALIA – Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visa Programme

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

CHILE – New Appointment System for Immigration Procedures

Effective immediately, the Investigations Police (PDI) and the Immigration Department have implemented a new online appointment-booking system for all immigration-related processes.

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CHILE – New Appointment System for Immigration Procedures

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CSM and Contacto Chile.

CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

Effective 1 November 2018, the Shanghai authorities have launched a new online application service for foreign nationals eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption, arriving at one of Shanghai’s airports.

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CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

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

UNITED KINGDOM – Home Office Releases More Details About Upcoming New Application Service

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has released further information about its upcoming new Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UK VACS). While the Home Office promises a more streamlined, intuitive process, implementation delays are likely, and applicants considered higher risk are likely to be subject to stricter scrutiny.

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