Global: Global Immigration Alert for August 2021
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Note: While we are addressing some country-specific updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the information below contains information regarding global restrictions and closures as they exist today. Given the ever-changing nature of this situation, we strongly recommend that you review all global mobility requests on a case-by-case basis, including specific resources at the consulate or immigration authorities, in “real time” beforehand. to travel abroad. Please contact our global mobility team before any international travel.
Australia – Passenger Limitations for International Arrivals
The Australian Prime Minister has announced a temporary reduction in the “cap” for international arrivals (the limited number of inbound passengers allowed to enter Australia) from July 14, 2021 to August 31, 2021. The number of arrivals allowed will be reduced by 50%. during this period as a measure to limit transmissions of COVID, in particular transmissions of the Delta variant. Australian citizens returning home will be given priority and the Australian government has increased the number of repatriation flights available.
New Zealand – Suspension of the online application system for the Essential Skills visa
The online application system for the submission of essential skills visa applications is suspended until August 30, 2021. Paper visa applications must be submitted by mail or in person until the electronic filing system is completed. available. Applicants applying for a visa renewal will no longer need to provide the documents already submitted in previous applications due to the changes made to the system.
Additionally, the New Zealand government has announced that the maximum visa validity that can be granted to applicants earning less than the median salary will be reduced from 1 year to 2 years. In addition, the total limitation on the validity of the three-year visa for applicants with salaries below the median salary level will be temporarily removed; applications submitted before June 30, 2022 will not be subject to this requirement. This means that essential skills visa holders earning less than the median salary do not need to spend 12 months outside New Zealand after holding a visa for three years in order to renew their visa. .
For more information on the Essential Skills Visa, please visit the New Zealand Immigration Agency website.
South Korea – Long-term visas automatically extended
Korean long-term visas that expire in the next two months will automatically be extended for a period of 90 days. Korean immigration authorities confirm that all Alien Registration Cards (ARCs) with expiration dates between July 19, 2021 and September 30, 2021 will be extended due to the pandemic. No action is required by visa holders, and extensions will be granted automatically. The extension concession will not be granted to visa holders physically outside of Korea from the start of the extension program (July 19, 2021). Standard extension requests can still be filed within four months of the new expiration dates (i.e. 90 days after the CRA expires). For more information, please visit the Korean Immigration Service (KIS) website.
United Arab Emirates – Programmers and Coders Eligible for New Visa Program
The UAE has announced a new visa program designed to attract coders and software engineers called the “Golden Visa Program”. Under the new system, up to 100,000 visas will be granted to foreign nationals with training and qualifications in computer science and software engineering. Golden Visas will be considered as long-term visas granting work and residence authorization for a period of 5 or 10 years depending on the eligibility of the applicant. The UAE government is also looking to create up to 1,000 new tech companies over the next five years. Applications for Golden Visas can be made by foreign nationals abroad or by people currently residing in the UAE under another status.
United Kingdom – Displaced Talent Pilot Program
A new pilot program has been announced that will apply current UK work visa rules to displaced workers with the aim of facilitating applications from skilled refugees and displaced migrants. This pilot program focuses on applicants from Jordan and Lebanon who will receive help and support applying for UK work visas under the UK points-based system. The initiative is part of a larger effort announced by the Home Secretary to support displaced migrants and refugees settling in the UK.
The UK Home Office has announced that the pilot program will include up to 100 applicants, hoping to eventually open up a new labor market for UK employers. The program removes many of the documentary and administrative requirements of the skilled worker system, which prove difficult for displaced applicants. For more information on the recent announcement, please click here.
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