Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

In 2017, along with our sister company, Newland Chase, we published hundreds of client and public updates on significant changes to immigration policy impacting international business in dozens of countries, via newsletters, white papers, client briefs, industry articles, and social media.

While it would be near impossible to summarise in one document all of last years’ changes in immigration policy from around the world, linked below is a brief overview of what we consider to be among the most significant developments in corporate immigration from around the world, grouped by region and country.

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Global Trends | 2017 Roundup of Significant Global Corporate Immigration Developments

SINGAPORE – Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Employment Pass Application Form

Effective immediately, and without any official announcement, the Ministry of Manpower has added several questions to the Employment Pass (EP) online application form, requiring sponsoring employers to give additional, detailed information about their recruitment practices.

The changes may cause delays with applications which have not yet been submitted, as additional information on the recruitment process will need to be gathered.

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SINGAPORE – Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Employment Pass Application Form

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

SINGAPORE – New Electronic System for Permanent Residence Applications

Effective 18 December 2017, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority will introduce an electronic-Permanent Residence (e-PR) application system, which will be mandatory for all Permanent Residence (PR) applications from that date.

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SINGAPORE – New Electronic System for Permanent Residence Applications

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

SINGAPORE – Mobile Phone Numbers Required for Work Permit Issuance or Renewal

Effective November 17, employers must provide their foreign workers’ mobile phone numbers when completing the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM’s) Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OWAS) prior to issuing or renewing their Work Permits (WPs).

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SINGAPORE – Mobile Phone Numbers Required for Work Permit Issuance or Renewal

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

SINGAPORE – Higher Salary Threshold for Dependent Privileges from January 2018

Effective 1 January 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will raise the salary threshold for work pass holders to qualify for dependent privileges.

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SINGAPORE – Higher Salary Threshold for Dependent Privileges from January 2018

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

Latest Immigration News

Catch up on our latest immigration alerts from around the world:

SPAIN – Company Signatory Must Prove Residence in Spain or EU

BOLIVIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

BRAZIL – New Temporary Residence Status for Nationals of Neighbouring Non-Mercosur Countries

UNITED STATES – Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland Block Key Parts of Second Executive Order on Immigration

SINGAPORE – Longer Processing Times for Work and Dependent Passes

UNITED KINGDOM – Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules – April 2017

ITALY – New Quota Decree Published

NORWAY – New Rules for Residence Permit Holders Changing Employers

TURKEY – Regulations Published for New Turquoise Card

ISRAEL – Clarification: Short-Term Employment Authorisation (SEA) Cannot Be Obtained Post Arrival

CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai