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Top 5 Global Immigration Updates for July 2016

July 29, 2016


You can manage the most successful Global Mobility program in the world but it won't stay that way for long unless you stay up-to-date with current trends in global immigration. July 2016 was full of major changes and updates.

Top 5 Global Immigration Updates for July 2016:
  1. SAUDI ARABIA | New Medical Insurance Requirements Implemented for Many Visitor Visa Applicants
    Effective June 20, many applicants filing for Saudi Arabian visas (business, work, and family) will be required to purchase medical insurance covering their stay in the country. Added to the online Enjaz registration portion of Saudi visa application, affected applicants must now select from four medical insurance plans ranging in price from USD $100-$400 depending on the level of coverage and applicant details, as well as answer additional medical and biographical questions. Read more. 

  2. RUSSIA | New Stricter Health Insurance Requirements Being Enforced
    On June 1st the Russian Department of Federal Migration Service (FMS) began enforcing new stricter minimum requirements regarding voluntary medical insurance (VMI) for foreign employees working in the Russian Federation. Read more. 

  3. SINGAPORE | New Online Process for Police Certificates of Clearance
    Singapore Police Force (SPF) criminal record Certificates of Clearance (COCs), also commonly referred to as Police Clearances, will now be processed through an electronic application process available online at the Singapore Police Force’s eServices website. The previously available walk-in service has been discontinued. Read more. 
  4. AZERBAIJAN | Temporary Residence Permits Now Required for Short-Term Assignments
    Foreign nationals who work in Azerbaijan (including those on short-term assignments), must now apply for a temporary residence permit. Previously, foreign nationals could work on short-term assignments in Azerbaijan based only on a work permit, without needing to obtain a temporary residence permit. Read more. 

  5. NETHERLANDS | Two Changes Affecting Highly Skilled Migrants and Japanese Nationals

    Highly skilled migrants whose employment ends while their residence permits are still valid are now permitted to remain in the Netherlands for up to three (3) months from the formal end date of their employment. During these three months, the foreign national may search for other employment as a highly skilled migrant with a new sponsor. Prior practice only permitted this stay if the initial employment ended through no fault of the employee.

    Japanese nationals
    will continue to be exempt from work permit requirements until January 1, 2017. The State Secretary of Justice has announced that it will be delaying the re-introduction of the work permit for Japanese nationals until the start of next year. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service had previously announced that it would be reinstating the work permit requirement for Japanese nationals starting October 1st. Read more. 

*BONUS UPDATE* Download our latest white paper to learn about the recent 27th Session of the African Union and the new African Union (AU) Passport. Click the image below. 

African Union Passport

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader
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