CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.

Qualifying business persons will continue to be able to travel and work under the same rules as before. The USMCA must still be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.

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CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

This alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.

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

TURKEY – Update on Entry for US Nationals; and Security Alert

There are some updates to the situation for US nationals wishing to obtain visas for Turkey, and a security alert for those already in Turkey and other middle-eastern countries.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener.

TURKEY + UNITED STATES – Update on Entry to Turkey for US Nationals

On 21 November 2017, the United States Department of State issued an update on the situation for US nationals entering Turkey. The main points are as follows:

  • US citizens (with no other nationality) will be issued sticker visas upon entry into Turkey only if they can show legal residency (residence permits) in another country other than the US. (Note: this is in clear contrast with airport policy the past month where US nationals were consistently being issued sticker visas at Turkish airports as long as their flight originated outside the US).
  • Turkish consulates outside the US are consistently issuing visas to US nationals physically present at that consular post, with no problems. Note that whether a particular consulate retains a local residence requirement is case-by-case.
  • Turkish consular posts in the US are still offering visa appointments to US nationals in some cases, based on certain criteria such as medical needs, urgent family issues, international conferences or sport events, etc.
  • Current valid Turkish visas (including sticker visas) continue to be acceptable for entry into Turkey.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Bener.

TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing

Panorama os Istanbul and Bosporus at night

On 6 November 2017, the United States mission to Turkey announced that it is resuming limited visa services in Turkey, based on assurances from the government of Turkey about the security of local US diplomatic staff. A reduced number of visa appointments is available at the US Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in Istanbul.

Turkey reciprocated by announcing a resumption of limited processing of visa applications for US nationals in the United States.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by US Embassy & Consulates in Turkey and the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC.

TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Reciprocal Suspension of Visa Services

Panorama os Istanbul and Bosporus at nightOn 8 October 2017, the United States announced the immediate suspension of all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

Hours later, Turkey retaliated by suspending all visa services for US citizens at its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, and at Turkey’s borders, and blocked US nationals from using its e-Visa service.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by the US Embassy in Turkey.

Major Changes to Immigration Rules Around the World in 2016

In 2016 Peregrine published over 140 immigration alerts about over 50 different countries, with the help of our local partners across the globe.

Apart from the regular changes to minimum salary requirements, application fees and quota levels, 2016 saw a continuation of the recent trends of online immigration systems and expanding visa waiver programs.

The EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States raised questions about possible major immigration rule changes on both sides of the Atlantic, but as of December 2016 nothing concrete has been announced.

European Union member states, meanwhile, have been busy transposing recent EU directives on intra-company transfers and posted workers into their national legislation, and debating further changes to the posted worker rules and the Blue Card scheme.

Here we run through some of the major developments in immigration around the world in the last year.

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Major Changes to Immigration Rules Around the World in 2016

REMINDER: PEREGRINE WEBINAR – The NAFTA Agreement in North America

Just a reminder that you can join us for a webinar on Thursday 11 June 2015 at 3PM GMT (UK time). The webinar topic is The NAFTA Agreement: Impact on Immigration and it is free to attend for Peregrine’s Immiguru and Immigo clients and partners. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so please contact us at info@peregrine.im to book your spot now.

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PEREGRINE WEBINAR – The NAFTA Agreement in North America