Visa & Immigration

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Taiwan – Immigration Update (ARC Change)

Change to the numbering system for Alien Residency Certificate (ARC) The Ministry of Interior of Taiwan has recently announced that it is going to change the numbering system for Alien Residency Certificates (ARC) to have them match the format of Taiwan national identification cards of all Taiwan citizens. It is expected to benefit over one million …

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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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Australia – Temporary Skills Shortage Visa Regime

Background: Profound changes to the business visa regime were announced in April 2017, some with immediate effect and some to take effect in 2018. The Government has discontinued the sub-class 457 visa that had been in operation since 1996, and replaced it with a “Temporary Skills Shortage” (TSS) visa from March 2018. On 18 March …

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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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Taiwan – Eligibility to Work

Taiwan – was voted the best expatriate destination in the world by Expat Insider Survey in 2016, is also one of the world’s safest countries to live.   The rich geographic natures and friendliness in people, is an attractive international working opportunity for expats in Asia. It’s the best place for quality of life; particularly when …

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