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Australia
Coleman Greig Lawyers
Australia has closed its borders to travellers who have been in mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.
Canada
Immigration.ca
January 22, 2020 - Canada immigration authorities issued 3,400 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the second Express Entry draw of 2020 as CRS score falls to 471.
Immigration.ca
January 21, 2020 - Ontario issued a total of 7,391 nominations through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program in 2019.
Immigration.ca
January 20, 2020 - Prince Edward Island has released 2020 draw dates for its Expression of Interest system.
Immigration.ca
December 19, 2019 - British Columbia immigration has issued the most invitations on record in the latest draw through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
Immigration.ca
December 19, 2019 - Canada immigration authorities have conducted a second Express Entry draw in eight days, issuing Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,200 candidates with the lowest CRS score of 469.
Immigration.ca
December 19, 2019 - Ontario has announced the launch of a new Regional Immigration Pilot designed to attract newcomers to smaller communities.
Investment Immigration
May 9 , 2019 - More spouses are to be eligible for Canada work permits through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot under a change to come into force on June 1.
Immigration.ca
April 12 , 2019 - These are some of the top Canada jobs most likely to see candidates receive Canada Express Entry immigration Invitations to Apply in 2019.
China
Fragomen
The National Immigration Administration (NIA) in China has issued a public announcement to expand the 144-hour transit visa exemption to more ports and areas for nationals from 53 countries. The expanded policy will be effective December 1, 2019
DLA Piper
China's National Immigration Administration (NIA) introduced new rules that took effect on 1 August 2019 to facilitate immigration matters and the exit and entry of foreigners nationwide
Hong Kong
Fragomen
Ongoing events in Hong Kong have caused travel disruptions at the Hong Kong Airport, however immigration processing has not been affected at this time.
India
Fragomen
The government is expected to announce the changes and related details shortly.
Fragomen
Confirming earlier reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs of India has streamlined and consolidated many visa categories.
Indonesia
Fragomen
In the run-up to our upcoming APAC Immigration Conference 'Managing Immigration in the Age of Disruption', we wanted to take a closer look at several of the countries that we cover from within the region ...
SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants
Indonesia's Manpower Ministry is in the process of drafting a decree on job positions that are open for foreign workers.
Japan
Fragomen
Foreign nationals in Japan who hold Temporary Visitor Visas can no longer apply to change their status to a Long-Term Work ...
Fragomen
Japan's immigration system has long been a fascinating study of paradox. On the one hand, it contains the streamlined processes and relatively quick processing times of what one might expect from a modern immigration system.
Fragomen
A new employer-sponsored subcategory of the Designated Activities (DA) work visa has been introduced in Japan that expands the available work options for foreign graduates of universities in Japan.
Kazakhstan
Fragomen
The Kazakhstan government has implemented several policy changes that reduce administrative entry processes.
Mongolia
GRATA International
Parliament of Mongolia had adopted the Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Nationals on 08 July 2010. According to this law
New Zealand
Cavell Leitch
This immigration advice is for employers looking to offer fixed-term employment to Working Holiday Visa ("WHV") holders.
Cavell Leitch
This immigration update is intended to give a brief overview of the changes to temporary work visas in New Zealand.
Cavell Leitch
Regularly updating skill shortage lists ensures that immigration policies adapt to changing labour market conditions.
Cavell Leitch
The review of the job classification system moved some lower skilled occupations to the medium skilled occupation group.
Fakhoury Global Immigration
This involves mandatory accreditation of all employers seeking to support work visa applications.
Fakhoury Global Immigration
This is a positive update for employers looking to hire individuals working in the impacted occupations, listed below.
Duncan Cotterill
Major policy changes proposed by the Government in 2019 will affect the six most commonly utilised work visa categories.
Fragomen
The government will implement the following changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa scheme, a visa only available to accredited employer
Cavell Leitch
The minimum income requirements for some visa categories have recently been increased. Why? What? Who is impacted?
Cavell Leitch
Regularly updating skill shortage lists ensures immigration policies are adaptable to changing labour market conditions.
Philippines
Fragomen
The expounded list of activities has clarified and formalized the activities that will require work authorisation.
Fragomen
the Philippines, applicants for the 47(a)(2) Special Non-Immigrant Visa seeking to start work during the processing of their long-term work visa must now apply for a Provisional Work Permit
Singapore
Fragomen
Looking ahead Fragomen is tracking the various travel bans and restrictions in the Asia-Pacific region.
South Korea
Fakhoury Global Immigration
The Korean national Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents. For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by February 28, 2020, penalties will be reduced
Fakhoury Global Immigration
Effective November 18, 2019, the authorities will no longer process a foreign national's VIN and/or ARC extension until the host companies tax payments are up to date.
Fragomen
While walking the streets of Seoul, South Korea's energetic capital, it was fascinating to see the contrast between its centuries-old palaces set against a backdrop of modern high-rise buildings.
Thailand
Fragomen
Immigration authorities at both the One Stop Service Center and the Immigration Bureau in Chaengwattana are requesting additional documentation to support long-term visa extensions and renewals.
Frank Legal & Tax
The TM30 form is an obligation for any house owner, possessor of a dwelling place or a hotel manager ("Hosts") to declare a foreigner residing on his property...
Fragomen
The Immigration Bureau, One-Stop Service Center and Provincial Immigration Offices in Thailand now require nationals of 47 African countries
Vietnam
Fakhoury Global Immigration
Amendments to the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence of Foreigners will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Furthermore, a new labor code will come into effect on January 1, 2021
Fragomen
Changes to both the immigration laws and, separately, the Labor Code are expected in Vietnam.
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