Nigeria's Minister of Interior launched the new Immigration
Regulations 2017 (the Regulation) on 20 March 2017. The objectives
of the Regulation is to drive effective implementation of the
Immigration Act of 2015 which replaced the Immigration Act of 1963.
It also aimed at consolidating existing immigration regulations and
provide a "one-stop" reference on immigration rules in
Nigeria. With these new regulations, Nigeria seems to have taken a
major step forward in dealing with modern immigration
In addition, the provisions contained in the Regulation are
expected to fast-track the ease of doing business in Nigeria since
this is one of the key objectives of the current administration.
Some of the salient points covered in the Regulation include:
Entry and exit from Nigeria
Control of immigrants
Issuance of Nigerian passports and
other travel documents
Offences and penalties
Although majority of the provisions in the Regulation have been
in existence prior to its release, the underpinning idea is to
create awareness and put in place a mechanism for ensuring
compliance. All foreign nationals are therefore advised to review
applicable provisions and ensure compliance to avoid disruption of
Deloitte immigration team is on hand to provide necessary
advisory and compliance support as such has become far more
important in navigating the ever-changing landscape.
Details of the Regulation are fully examined
April 5, 2017 - Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 8th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 58th overall, featuring a record lowest score of 431 and inviting 3753 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs.
Beginning June 6, 2017, the Canada immigration department will award points under the comprehensive ranking system in two new areas including strong French language ability, and having a sibling in Canada.
The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI) announced a maximum number of 5000 Skilled Worker Program applications submitted on line ("Mon projet Quebec"), will be accepted for its intake period in 2017. The period of reception will be revealed at a later date.
Quebec immigration authorities have announced they will begin accepting new applications under its highly successful Quebec Immigrant Investor Program for a limited period beginning May 29, 2017 and ending February 23, 2018.
The Canada immigration system is reinforcing a two-step trend, with figures showing a growing number of newcomers arrive on a temporary Canada work permit before making the transition to permanent residence.
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