Visa & Immigration

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India – Modernisation and Liberalisation of the India Visa System

Bureau of Immigration (BoI) was setup in 1971 by Government of India to undertake Immigration function in the country. BoI is headed by Commissioner of Immigration and assisted by FRROs for immigration facilitation service at airports and work relating to registration of foreigners under various Acts and Rules. Altogether, there are 86 Immigration Check Posts …

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Singapore – 1st April 2019 Changes to Immigration Issuance & Renewal Fees

From 1 April 2019, there will be adjustments to the application and issuance / renewal fees for Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes. Alert: In view of the increased administrative fees, applications should be thoroughly reviewed prior to submission. Any errors will result in rejection and a re-submission will be required. Initial application fees …

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Philippines – Shortage of 9A Visa Stickers

The Bureau of Immigration is currently experiencing shortage on the 9A (Temporary Visitor) visa stickers based on the “Note with Recommendation” addressed to the Immigration Commissioner. BACKGROUND: For the past years, the visa sticker is placed on the passport when requesting for a 9A visa extension. However, the supplies for these stickers have reached a …

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Australia – New Labour Market Testing Rules

New rules were announced by the Federal Government and implemented in August 2018. Employers need to advertise in Australia for roles that are to be filled by a Temporary Skills Shortage visa applicant (the main visa category for 1 – 4 year international assignments to Australia). The employer must demonstrate that Australians are not excluded …

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India – Full implementation of “e-FRRO” scheme

The Govt. of India has now officially launched the web based application named as “e-FRRO” services for visa-related services including registration and visa extension of Foreign nationals residing in India, which will now be offered online through this e-FRRO platform. “e-FRRO” services are running successfully as a pilot project in four FRROs across India (Bangalore, …

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Taiwan – Relaxation in Visa & Immigration

New rules for Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals take effect The Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professional Talent which was passed on Oct. 31, 2017 has taken effect on February 08, 2018.  This newly effected act relaxes the requirements for foreign professionals on visa, employment, stay and residence regulations while better benefiting …

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Malaysia – Immigration Process Changes

Recent Changes by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) In line with MDEC continuous clients’ process improvement, we are pleased to inform that MDEC have embarked on new services and business processes with enhancement of eXpats system to achieve a better process turnaround time and user experience which will ultimately serve you better. Effective from 15th November 2017, the new changes …

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Thailand – Eligibility to Work

All foreigners must obtain a Work Permit in order to be eligible to legally undertake paid work in Thailand. The Work Permit will formally document the foreigner’s position, current occupation or job description and the Thai company he/she is working with, as well as the time period for which the permit is granted. Do note …

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