EIG Dispatch
China Extends Visa Validity for Foreign Nationals with Chinese Heritage
February 6, 2018

China has recently introduced a new 5-year visa program available to foreigners of Chinese ethnicity. The Ministry of Public Security announced that the visa allows temporary residence and multiple entries and exits within this period. The extension was enacted to boost China’s economic development, explore cultural exchange, and allow ...

EIG Dispatch
UK Issues New Requirement for Applicants Seeking Permanent Residence
January 30, 2018

In January, UK’s Home Office announced changes to how it will calculate absences in connection with applications for permanent residence, or, “Indefinite Leave to Remain.” Qualified Applicants must now demonstrate a continuous period of residence in the UK in any rolling twelve-month period. The new rule no longer ...

EIG Dispatch
Additional Information Required for Singapore’s Employment Passes
January 30, 2018

On January 26, 2018, Singapore started requiring all employers to provide their foreign employees’ contact details to complete transactions on the Ministry of Manpower’s EP Online system. EIG currently requests these details upon initiation of related matters and underscores the importance of completing all requested information, as these ...

EIG Dispatch
Switzerland’s New Labor Requirements Aimed at Reducing Unemployment
January 30, 2018

The Switzerland Federal Council announced it will implement a labor market test for employers wishing to hire foreign nationals in occupations with high unemployment rates. Starting July 1, 2018, Swiss employers seeking to hire foreign nationals in occupations with at least an 8% unemployment rate must first advertise ...

EIG Dispatch
Switzerland One Step Closer to Cancelling Schengen Status
January 24, 2018

A Swiss campaign to abandon the country’s Schengen Member State status, which guarantees freedom of movement with 26 other European countries, has received approval to move forward from the Swiss Government. Proponents of the initiative to curb immigration from the EU now have until July 2019 to obtain 100,000 signatures ...

EIG Dispatch
Protesters Respond to the Government’s Treatment of Migrants
January 24, 2018

In response to the Belgian government’s plan to conduct raids and arrests on migrants in Brussels, over 2,000 Belgians protested in the capital and found overnight residences for hundreds of homeless migrants with the aid of volunteer programs. The protest is part of a larger pattern ...

EIG Dispatch
El Salvadoran Refugees to Head North after Trump ends TPS
January 24, 2018

The Trump administration has announced its intention to end the Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) program for citizens of El Salvador living in the United States, a population of roughly 200,000 people. The administration intends to terminate the TPS program for Salvadorans on September 9, 2019, despite many having U.S. citizen children ...

EIG Dispatch
Switzerland One Step Closer to Canceling Schengen Status
January 23, 2018

A Swiss campaign to abandon the country’s Schengen Member State status, which guarantees freedom of movement with 26 other European countries, has received approval to move forward from the Swiss Government. Proponents of the initiative to curb immigration from the EU now have until July 2019 to obtain 100,000 signatures ...

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El Salvadoran Refugees to Head North after Trump ends TPS
January 23, 2018

The Trump administration has announced its intention to end the Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) program for citizens of El Salvador living in the United States, a population of roughly 200,000 people. The administration intends to terminate the TPS program for Salvadorans on September 9, 2019, despite many having U.S. citizen children ...

EIG Dispatch
China Simplifies Requirements for R Visa for High Skilled Talent
January 17, 2018

As of January 1, 2018, China’s R Visa will be issued to qualified applicants, granting multiple-entries for a period of up to 180 days. The R Visa will be valid in increments of 5 or 10 years and includes the right for dependent spouses and children to ...

EIG Dispatch
EU Tightens Borders by Adopting Entry/Exit System
January 17, 2018

The EU Council adopted an Entry/Exit System regulation amending the Schengen border code published on December 9, 2017. The recent changes are made in an effort for the System to more closely track the length of stay for foreign nationals systematically, detect overstays, reduce delays of manual ...

EIG Dispatch
UAE Requires Police Clearance for Residence Visa Processing
January 17, 2018

Starting February 4, 2018, UAE will require police clearance certificates (PCC) for all incoming immigrant workers applying for Residence Visas. PCCs must be legalized, attested, and translated. Primary applicants for Residence Visas will require a PCC for any country in which they have resided for ...

EIG Dispatch
Clarification Provided for Brazil’s New Immigration Law
January 17, 2018

On November 21, 2017, Brazil introduced a new immigration law containing several regulations which have been published in stages. The Brazil government is still in the process of publishing additional resolutions, while changes to requirements based on published resolutions are in the process of being ...

EIG Dispatch
Upcoming ACR I-Card Holder Changes Announced for the Philippines
January 10, 2018

The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration now requires holders of the Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Cards (ACR I-Cards) to file Annual Reports (ARs) by March 3, 2018. This requirement affects all registered aliens who have stayed more than 59 days in the Philippines unless the alien is ...

EIG Dispatch
Singapore Announces Higher Salary Thresholds for Dependent Privileges
January 10, 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower has increased the minimum monthly salary requirement by 20% for foreign nationals to sponsor their family members. The latest updates to the Employment Pass and S Pass minimum thresholds to sponsor dependents for Dependent Passes (DPs) and Long Term Visa ...

EIG Dispatch
Higher Salary Thresholds and Updated Visa Application Fees Announced for Israel
January 10, 2018

Starting January 1, 2018, companies planning on sending employees to Israel with a Short Term Employment (SEA) or Short Term Expedited Process (STEP) visa must comply with the recent changes to the minimum budget salary, increasing the gross monthly wage to 5300 NIS. Additionally, the Ministry of ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: UK and Australia
December 20, 2017

UK’s Latest Immigration Changes End 2017 on a High Note. Since August 2017, the UK has been incrementally rolling out new immigration laws and policies in the wake of Brexit which has had a significant impact on EU migration. Most recently, on December 7, 2017, the Court of ...

Global News
Global Headlines: Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and the UN
December 13, 2017

Ireland Introduces New Immigration Registration Cards. With effect from December 11, 2017, the ‘GNIB card’ has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP). The IRP has exactly the same legal status as the GNIB card. The same rules and responsibilities apply. For example, the holder is still required ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Argentina, Philipines, Switzerland,
December 6, 2017

Argentina: Waiver of Reciprocity Fee for Canadians. Effective January 1, 2018, Argentina will waive the visa reciprocity fee for Canadian citizens entering the country for tourism or business purposes. Following the cancellation of the reciprocity fees for US citizens in 2016 and Australians in 2017, the latest fee ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Europe Update, Qatar
November 29, 2017

Update – Europe: Entry-Exit System (EES) Approved, Implementation Slated for 2020. As an update to our earlier story, last week the European Council adopted the proposed regulations establishing an Entry-Exist System (EES) for EU member countries. Now that the European Council has adopted the regulation, the proposal is now headed ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Africa, Canada, Turkey
November 17, 2017

Six Central African States Ratify Visa-Free Agreement. Gabon recently announced that they will waive the short-stay visa requirements for citizens of countries in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC); six central African states including Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, and Equatorial ...

EIG Dispatch
New Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Singapore’s Employment Pass Application
November 17, 2017

The Ministry of Manpower of Singapore has added new detailed recruitment questions to the Employment Pass (EP) Application form. The recruitment exception for positions paid more than SGD 12,000 per month remains in place. However, for positions requiring pre-application recruitment (positions paid less than SGD ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Australia, Canada, Singapore
October 29, 2017

Australia Employer Obligations, Training Benchmark Update. Employers sponsoring foreign national workers in Australia must contribute to the professional training of local Australian workers. In March 2018, the existing training benchmarks that ensure the fulfillment of employer obligations will be replaced by the Skilling Australians Fund (“the ...

EIG Dispatch
How to Prepare for Brexit
October 24, 2017

As previously reported, the U.K. will leave the European Union in March 2019. While there have not yet been any immediate immigration consequences, companies should prepare for changes to be implemented from both sides by mid-2018. In the meantime, what should companies be doing? Companies should begin ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Canada, Ireland
October 17, 2017

Changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act. Starting October 11, 2017, applicants for citizenship in Canada are able to take advantage of the changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act.  Some of the latest changes include a physical presence in Canada being reduced to three out of five years and income ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Canada and EU, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom,
October 11, 2017

  CETA to Benefit Short-Term Business Visitors and Temporary Foreign.On September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a trade agreement between Canada and the EU, came into provisional effect (CETA will take full effect once all EU member states ratify it). Under this ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Singapore, Switzerland
October 3, 2017

Salary Requirements Increased for Singapore Dependent Pass Eligibility. Effective January 2018, Employment Pass holders in Singapore will need to earn at least SGD 6,000 per month for their spouse and children to be eligible for dependent passes (increased from SGD 5,000) and SGD 12,000 per month ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: Britain, Germany, Italy
September 26, 2017

British Prime Minister Proposes Two-year Transition Period for Brexit. In a landmark Brexit speech given Friday in Florence, British Prime Minister Theresa May reiterated her goal of completing Brexit negotiations and exiting the EU on March 29, 2019, but in a new development, also proposed a two-year ...