SAUDI ARABIA – Recent Changes for Foreign Workers

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system and to the expat levy.

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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.

NEW ZEALAND – Changes to Minimum Income Thresholds

Effective 26 November 2018, the minimum income thresholds for essential skills work visas and skilled migrant residence visas are set to increase.

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NEW ZEALAND – Work Visa Application Fees to Double

Effective 5 November 2018, application fees for New Zealand visas will increase dramatically.

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UNITED KINGDOM – New Application Service Announced for Work and Study Visas

On 17 May 2018, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announced that it had awarded a contract to French outsourcing specialist Sopra Steria, to deliver a new service for applications for work and study visas, settlement and citizenship from within the UK, from October 2018.

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UNITED KINGDOM – New Application Service Announced for Work and Study Visas

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the UK Government.

CHILE – Post-arrival Temporary Residence Visa for Work Purposes to Be Discontinued

The Chilean Ministry of the Interior has announced that, effective 23 April 2018, it will discontinue the post-arrival temporary visa for work purposes, introduced in 2015.

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CHILE – Post-arrival Temporary Residence Visa for Work Purposes to Be Discontinued

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CSM and Contacto Chile.

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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