SINGAPORE – New Administrative Fees from April 2019

Effective 1 April 2019, the application and issuance/renewal fees will be significantly increased for the Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes administered by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

SINGAPORE – New Administrative Fees from April 2019

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BRAZIL – Expedited Processing for Residence Authorisation for Technical Assistance Now Limited to “Urgent” and “Emergency” Cases

On 16 October 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution (NR) 34/2018, amending NR 03/2017, which is applicable to foreign nationals who enter Brazil for up to one year to provide technical assistance services while remaining on home contract.

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BRAZIL – Expedited Processing for Residence Authorisation for Technical Assistance Now Limited to “Urgent” and “Emergency” Cases

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published [UPDATED]

On 25 July 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorisation for foreign professionals, effective immediately.

UPDATE] The Ministry of Labour has published further clarification of the procedures for renewal of work and residence authorisation for those holding permits issued under the previous law.

According to the Ministry, holders of a work permit issued before 21 November 2017 who wish to extend their stay must first obtain a new residence permit under the latest Normative Resolutions. After holding this for two years, they will be able to apply to convert this to indefinite residence.

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published [UPDATED]

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KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Entry and Visa Rules

Several laws have taken effect recently which amend the regulations for obtaining visas and visa invitations, as well as the rules of entry to Kazakhstan for foreign nationals who arrive on a visa.

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KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Entry and Visa Rules

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

On 25 July 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorisation for foreign professionals, effective immediately.

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Major changes in immigration rules announced

On 13 June 2018, the government announced significant changes to the immigration and foreign labour systems of the UAE.

The changes will affect current and future foreign national employees and their employers.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Major changes in immigration rules announced

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TURKEY – Update on Residence Permit Process

The Migration Directorate has recently introduced changes to its rules for short-term (touristic) residence permits, with the stated aim of limiting the number of foreign nationals illegally engaging in work while holding these permits.

These measures are expected to develop further as the Migration Directorate tests their effectiveness.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener Law Office.

KUWAIT – Restrictions for Foreign National Engineers, and Diploma Holders Under 30 Years Old

Effective immediately, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) requires engineers applying to renew or transfer their residence permits to present a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Kuwait Engineers Society (KES).

PAM has also issued the decision that, effective 1 July 2018, foreign nationals under the age of 30 will not be allowed to obtain a work permit in Kuwait if they hold a university degree (diploma, bachelor’s, master’s or PHD).

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BRAZIL – Relaxation of New Police Clearance Requirement for Residence Renewal Applicants

The Ministry of Labour has issued a Technical Note stating that current resident visa holders applying for residence renewal in Brazil are not required to present a legalised and translated police clearance certificate from their country of residence covering the last five years. Instead, these applicants must provide a certificate of criminal record issued by the Brazilian police.

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BRAZIL – Relaxation of New Police Clearance Requirement for Residence Renewal Applicants

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