ISRAEL – New Regulations for Foreign Employees of “Hi-Tech Companies” and Their Spouses

Effective immediately, the Israeli Ministry of Interior has published new regulations relating to the employment of foreign experts in high-tech companies.

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CHINA – Five-Year Visa and Residence Permit for Overseas Chinese

Effective immediately, China’s Ministry of Public Security has introduced a new five-year multiple-entry visa and residence permit for individuals of Chinese descent living overseas.

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CHINA – Five-Year Visa and Residence Permit for Overseas Chinese

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

INDIA – New Visa E-Services at Four FRROs

India’s Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has launched a new online “e-Services” system for application and processing of visa related services at its Foreigner Regional Registration Offices in Bangaluru, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. Thus far, this new system is only being used in these select cities, but it is expected to be gradually introduced at additional FRROs and FROs throughout India in the coming weeks, eventually becoming the nation-wide standard.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by IKAN Relocations and LawQuest.

GHANA – Immigration Service Requires Medical Certificates be Obtained from its Headquarters in Ghana

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has posted a brief announcement of a new policy, effective 15 February 2018, requiring all new applicants for work and residence permits to obtain medical certificates from the GIS medical facility at its headquarters in Ghana.

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RUSSIA – New Work Permit Regulations Bring Administrative Changes

Effective 4 February 2018, new regulations on issuing work permits bring some administrative changes to the work permit rules.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation.

NIGERIA – Executive Order Brings Stricter Labour Market Rules

On 2 February 2018, the President of Nigeria signed an executive order (EO5) aimed at promoting local Nigerian expertise in science, engineering and technology.

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NIGERIA – Executive Order Brings Stricter Labour Market Rules

This alert was drafted using information provided by Famsville Solicitors.

UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double

The government has announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) will increase from £200 to £400 per year.

The discounted charge, payable by Tier 4 students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5), will rise from £150 to £300 per year.

Introduced in 2015, the IHS is payable by those from outside the European Economic Area coming to the UK to work, study or join family for six months or longer.

The increase is likely to be implemented sometime this year.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double

The information in this alert was provided by Newland Chase.