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Top 5 Global Immigration Updates for August 2016

August 31, 2016

Top 5 global immigration updates for August 2016

August 2016 was packed full of important global immigration changes. Stay up-to-date with current trends in global immigration here. 

Top 5 Global Immigration Updates for August 2016:

  1. CHINA| Visa Applicants Required to Provide Old Passports
    Foreign nationals whose current passport was issued on or after January 1, 2014 are required to additionally provide their previous passport for all visa categories. Read more. 

  2. TURKEY | Stricter Requirements and Long Delays for Residence Permit Renewals
    Following the recent failed coup attempt and imposition of the State of Emergency Act in Turkey, the Immigration Office now requires that foreign nationals appear at an in-person meeting to finalize their Residence Permit renewals. Read more.

  3. MALAYSIA | Changes to Employment Pass and Professional Visit Pass Process May Bring Delays
    The Malaysian Expatriate Services Division (ESD) has announced three significant changes to the Employment Pass (EP) and Professional Visit Pass (PVP). Read more. 

  4. HONG KONG | Employers Required to Make “Genuine Effort” to Recruit Local Labor
    The Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID) has begun to require employers to verify and provide documentation proving that they have made efforts to recruit and hire local workers when applying for work permits. This includes additional requests for proof of local job advertisements. Read more. 

  5. SAUDI ARABIA | Medical Insurance Requirement Eliminated for U.S. Nationals
    Earlier this year, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry began requiring that all foreign nationals applying for both short- and long-term visas to Saudi Arabia purchase medical insurance covering their stay in the Kingdom. However, several Consulates within the U.S. have reversed this requirement for U.S. nationals. Read more.

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