UNITED STATES – Plan Now for FY 2019 Cap-Subject H-1B Filings

On 2 April 2018, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will start to accept H-1B petitions from cap-subject employers for skilled foreign workers.

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UNITED STATES – Plan Now for FY 2019 Cap-Subject H-1B Filings

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Littler.

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.

IRAQ – Ministry of Interior Effects Several Important Changes

On 8 February 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) issued a notification making several important changes to the immigration rules.

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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

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UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 (General) Oversubscribed For Second Month

The number of Tier 2 (General) Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) available for January 2018 was exceeded by demand for the second consecutive month.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 (General) Oversubscribed For Second Month

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CHINA – Talent Visa Rules and Benefits Clarified

Effective 1 January 2018, new regulations for the “R visa” for high-level talent allow multiple stays in China of up to 180 days at a time, with a validity of up to ten years, a streamlined online application system and reduced processing times.

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CHINA – Talent Visa Rules and Benefits Clarified

This alert was prepared with information provided by Shanghai Foreign Service Group and Lehman, Lee & Xu.

IRAQ – UPDATE: Ministry of Interior Summons Cancelled

UPDATE: As of 25 January 2018, the below-described summons from the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Residency Office has been cancelled until further notice.

On 18 January 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Interior (MOI) issued a notification that they had served all foreign companies’ visa representatives a letter stating that the management of all foreign companies under a contract with a foreign army or embassy or an Iraqi entity must attend a meeting at the MOI Residency Office, on Monday 29 January 2018, to discuss all regulations issued from the MOI for the years 2017 to 2018.

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IRAQ – UPDATE: Ministry of Interior Summons Cancelled

This alert was prepared using information provided by New Frontiers Business Consulting.