The world of global immigration is constantly changing and May 2016 was a perfect example of that. Here's a roundup of the most important changes we saw last month.
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- RUSSIA | Federal Migration Service Reorganized and Merged into Ministry of Internal Affairs
Effective April 5, 2016, per the President of Russia’s order, the Federal Migration Service (FMS) has been abolished and its functions incorporated into the Ministry of Internal Affairs. There will be a thirty percent reduction in FMS staff when the transition is finalized later this year (expected June 1). The Ministry of Internal Affairs will now oversee all facets of Russia’s immigration policies.
- HUNGARY| Incorrect Biometric Information Uploaded to Some Work and Residence Permits
The Hungarian Immigration Office in Budapest recently discovered a technical mistake made in some residence and work permits issued late last year: the biometric information contained in some of these permits was inadvertently uploaded to the wrong data chip in some instances.
- SAUDI ARABIA | The Saudi Arabian Embassy in London Announces New Document Requirements
The Consulate for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – United Kingdom has announced new document formalities for Commercial, Work, and Business Visit Visa applications filed in London. The Ministry will now require that all company support letters filed for these visa categories be submitted on company letterhead and attested by the U.K. or Arab British Chamber of Commerce. Companies that are not yet registered with the Chamber must do so before requesting any of the mentioned visas.
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