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EUROPEAN UNION: Reminder of Upcoming Schengen Visa Code Amendments

The amended Schengen visa code will come into effect on 2 February 2020. Changes include more flexible procedures, longer visa validities, and higher fees.  Read More

AUSTRALIA: The new ‘Agricultural Visa’ – Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement

The Department of Immigration has announced that a new Labour Agreement template for the Horticulture Industry will be available from 1 January 2020.  Read More

NETHERLANDS: New Online Notification Portal for Temporary Postings Starting 1 March 2020

Effective 1 March 2020, employers in the EEA (EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Switzerland sending their employees to work temporar  Read More

IRELAND: Upcoming Changes to the Employment Permits System

The Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation has announced changes to the employment permits system, which become effective 1 January 2020, to addre  Read More

BREXIT: Majority Conservative Government Expected to Pass Withdrawal Agreement Bill

In the 12 December 2019 United Kingdom general election, the electorate gave the Conservative party a substantial majority. This makes it almost certain that   Read More

PHILIPPINES: All ACR I-Card Holding Foreign Nationals to Report to Immigration By 29 February 2020

29 February 2020 is the deadline for all registered foreign nationals in the Philippines to report to the immigration office. The 60-day Annual Report (“AR”) 2020   Read More

SOUTH KOREA: Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

The Korean national Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents. For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by 28 Feb  Read More

SINGAPORE: Lower Dependency Ratio Ceiling in 2020

Effective 1 January 2020, the Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC) and S Pass Sub-DRC for companies in the services sector will be lowered. The DRC is the percentag  Read More

AUSTRALIA: Traffic Light Bulletin – Skilled Migration List Review

Following consultations with various stakeholders, including the Newland Chase Australia team, the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business  Read More

CZECHIA: New Appointment Booking Lottery at New Delhi Consulate Allows Only 33 Applications in First Quarter of 2020

The Czech embassy in New Delhi, India, has implemented a new appointment booking system for nationals of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the M  Read More

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