UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Dependent Visa Endorsement Procedure in Dubai

Effective immediately, the General Department of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai (GDRFA-D) in Dubai has modified the dependent visa endorsement procedure, adding up to four days to the process.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Dependent Visa Endorsement Procedure in Dubai

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.

BREXIT – Possible Outcomes for Citizens [Updated 15/02/2019]

On 15 January 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On 16 January the UK prime minister survived a no confidence vote. A debate and vote on the government’s “plan B”, and on amendments to it, was held on 29 January 2019, with no more clarity as a result.

While the article 50 process means that, as things stand, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019, with or without a ratified deal, there are several ways that no-deal Brexit may be averted before then.

Here we look at possible outcomes for EU and British citizens, especially in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

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NEW ZEALAND – Government Proposes Overhaul of Employer-Supported Work Visas

The New Zealand government has proposed significant changes to the employer-assisted work visa framework which, if implemented, will affect all New Zealand employers supporting work visa applications and all individuals applying for employer-supported work visas.

Most of the changes are set to be implemented from August 2019, after public consultation. Regional Skill Shortage Lists may be introduced as early as April 2019.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Cavell Leitch.

UNITED STATES – Changes to H-1B Cap Lottery Announced, but Registration Requirement Postponed

On 31 January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule, to amend regulations governing the H-1B cap process.

The rule changes the lottery process, effective this year, but postpones implementation of the electronic registration requirement until the FY 2021 H-1B cap season.

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UNITED STATES – Changes to H-1B Cap Lottery Announced, but Registration Requirement Postponed

 This alert was prepared with information provided by Gibney, Krug and Newland Chase.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Long-Term Visa Applications Accepted from 3 February 2019

The UAE will officially begin accepting applications for long-term residence visas for investors, entrepreneurs and key professionals from 3 February 2019.

In November 2018, the UAE cabinet approved new long-term residence visas, and announced further details of the qualifying requirements. Under the previous rules, residence visas were only valid for up to three years.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Long-Term Visa Applications Accepted from 3 February 2019

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Executive Expatriate Relocations.

COLOMBIA – Longer Processing Times as All In-Country Visa Applications Must be Submitted Online

Effective 28 January 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all in-country visa procedures must now be completed online. In-person visa applications at the Ministry will no longer be accepted.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Tannus & Asociados and Brigard Urrutia.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Effective 28 January 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

This alert was prepared with information provided by Gibney.