UKRAINE – Stricter Border Controls for Russian Nationals Under Martial Law

Effective 26 November 2018 until 27 December 2018, Ukraine has declared martial law in the regions of Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson, Odessa, Nikolaev and Vinnitsa.

During this period, Russian nationals crossing the Ukrainian border are being more carefully checked.

Over the past few days, more than 70 Russian nationals have been stopped from crossing the Ukraine border at Borispol and Kiev airports. The vast majority were not allowed because they could not confirm the purpose of their trip to Ukraine, while others had made illegal visits to the occupied territories, in particular Crimea

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UKRAINE – Stricter Border Controls for Russian Nationals Under Martial Law

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UKRAINE – New Biometric Entry Procedures Introduced

Effective 1 January 2018, Ukraine has introduced a system of biometric border control for nationals of 70 countries, including Russians, entering the country via international ports of entry. The new system is expected to cause some delays for affected travellers.

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UKRAINE – New Biometric Entry Procedures Introduced

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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

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UKRAINE – Major Changes to Immigration Rules

Effective 27 September 2017, the regulations governing work permits and temporary residence permits have been amended, introducing changes to permit categories, validity periods, minimum salaries, government filing fees, notification and renewal rules and documentary requirements, among other changes.

Note that further clarification of the changes is expected from the Ukrainian authorities, and that there may be delays while the new regulations are implemented.

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UKRAINE – Major Changes to Immigration Rules

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UKRAINE – European Council Adopts Schengen Visa Waiver for Ukrainian Nationals

On 11 May 2017, the European Council adopted a proposal on visa liberalisation for Ukrainian nationals, allowing Ukrainians to travel to the Schengen Area without obtaining visas.

Under the visa exemption, Ukrainians who hold a biometric passport will have the right to enter the EU visa-free for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes, but not to work or study.

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UKRAINE – European Council Adopts Schengen Visa Waiver for Ukrainian Nationals

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HONG KONG – Indian Nationals Can No Longer Apply for Hong Kong Visit Visas at Chinese Consulates

UNITED STATES – USCIS Issues New Guidance on H-1B Work Visas for Computer Programmers

ITALY – Posted Worker Notification Not Required for Intra-Company Transfers

UNITED KINGDOM – New Immigration and Nationality Fees

INDIA – Changes to Visa and e-Visa Framework

MALAYSIA – Expatriate Services Division Announces Reclassification of Employment Pass Categories and Annual Company Registration Updates

NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Highly Skilled Migrants, Students and Scientific Researchers

SOUTH AFRICA and RUSSIA – Reciprocal 90-Day Visa Waiver Implemented

CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

INDIA – Biometrics Scanning Now Required at Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore Foreigner Regional Registration Offices

AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished [UPDATED]

AUSTRALIA – Stricter Criteria for Permanent Employer-Sponsored Skilled Migration

AUSTRALIA – Government Announces Stricter Criteria for Citizenship

UNITED STATES – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2018

UKRAINE – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

COLOMBIA – New Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirement

INDIA – Aadhaar Card Required for Certain Foreign Residents

VIETNAM – Authorities Testing Online Work Permit Portal

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

UKRAINE – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

Effective 16 April 2017, Resolution No. 118 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduces online visa applications, simplifies the requirements for visa invitation letters, reduces the time allowed for consulates to process and issue a visa and reduces the consular visa application fee, amongst other changes.

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UKRAINE – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

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