NEW ZEALAND – Updates to Skill Shortage Lists

Effective 27 May 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL).

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

PANAMA – Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

Effective 24 April 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigos).

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PANAMA – Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

This alert was prepared with information provided by Morgan & Morgan.

COSTA RICA – Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.

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COSTA RICA – Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

This news alert was prepared using information provided by ARA LAW Attorneys.

ISRAEL and UNITED STATES – B-5 Investor Visa for US Nationals and E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli Nationals Now Available

Effective 1 May 2019, the Israeli consulates in Washington, New York, Houston, and San Francisco have begun accepting applications for the new B-5 Investor Visa for US citizens.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Israel has implemented the E-2 Investor Visa for Israeli nationals, also available from 1 May 2019 at the US Embassy branch office in Tel Aviv.

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AUSTRALIA – Immigration Developments for Employers

On 11 March 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect.

AUSTRALIA – Immigration Developments for Employers

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase and Visa Executive.

UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On 12 March, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

This alert was prepared with information provided by Maggio Kattar.

FRANCE – New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Visa Holders

Effective 1 March 2019, talent passport (“passeport talent”) applicants who have been issued a three-month D visa will now be issued a six-month temporary residence permit (“Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour” or APS) on application for an initial residence permit, post arrival in France.

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FRANCE – New Temporary Residence Permit for Talent Passport Visa Holders

This alert was prepared with information provided by APRO Consulting.