CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau is now accepting work permit applications from applicants classified as either Category A or B, and holding an M (business) or L (tourist) entry visa, rather than a Z (work) visa.

Risks and benefits

Note that Category B applicants risk their M or L entry visa expiring while their work permit application is being processed, and they may not be able to extend their entry visa without leaving China.

This simplified process avoids the six to eight weeks usually required to obtain a Notification Letter of Work Permit and a Z (work) visa before travelling to China (compared to about one week for an M or L visa), and may allow the applicant to start work more quickly.

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CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

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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

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

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.

UNITED STATES – Senators Introduce Immigration Reform Law

Republican senators have introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act into the Senate with the goal of spurring economic growth and raising US workers’ wages by creating a skills-based immigration system.

The RAISE Act calls for drastic cuts to the family-based permanent resident programs while creating a points system for employment-based green cards.

Our US partner, Maggio Kattar, has more information:

UNITED STATES –What Does the “Raise” Act Mean for Immigration in the U.S.?

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NEW ZEALAND – Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category from August 2017

On 19 April 2017, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced that changes to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC), including new minimum salary requirements, will take effect on 14 August 2017.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Cavell Leitch and Woburn International Group.

CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau has announced that it will move to the new unified work permit system on 27 March 2017, earlier than the planned nationwide start date of 1 April 2017.

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CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lehman, Lee & Xu and Asia Pacific Access.

UNITED KINGDOM – Government Announces Changes to Tier 2

On 23 March 2016 the government announced changes to the Tier 2 work authorisation category in response to two reviews undertaken last year by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).

The main changes will come into effect in two stages (autumn 2016 and April 2017).

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