October 2016 had several significant global immigration changes. Make sure your Global Mobility program is prepared for the remainder of the year with these top immigration alerts for the month.
Top 5 Global Immigration Updates for October 2016:
- SWITZERLAND| Quotas for L and B Permits Increased for 2017, but Remain Tight
The Swiss Federal Council announced that it will moderately increase the number of work permits available to highly-qualified foreign nationals from non-European Union (EU) and non-European Free Trade Area (EFTA) nations for 2017. Read more.
- SAUDI ARABIA | Validity Period for Work and Commercial Visas Lengthened
The validity period and authorized length of stays have been increased for most foreign nationals traveling to the Kingdom on Work Visit Visas and Commercial Visit Visas. The new longer visit visas do come with significantly higher application fees. Read more.
- TANZANIA | Long-Term Resident Foreign Nationals Must Register by November 2
Foreign nationals residing in Tanzania for more than six months must now register with the National Identification Authority (NIDA) for a photographic identification card, or face fines for failure to comply with the new requirement. Foreign nationals holding work permits and their dependents over the age of 18 have until November 2 to register. Read more.
- SOUTH AFRICA | New Electronic Police Clearance System Delayed
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) announced that it was postponing the implementation of the new automated police clearance system expected to go live October 1st. Read more.
- CANADA| Deadline for Mandatory eTA Pushed Back to November 10, 2016
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (commonly still referred to as CIC) has once again delayed making the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) mandatory for all visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada. Read more.
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