ARGENTINA – Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments

By Peregrine There is currently a need for appointments, and delays for a month, for non-Mercosur visa applications at the Immigration Office (DNM). According to the authorities, the DNM is currently implementing a biometric data. However, there have been no official announcements on this subject. Action Items Employers...

UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration Health Surcharge To Double [UPDATED]

By Peregrine [UPDATE] On 11 October 2018 the government laid before parliament the Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2018, which seeks to double the IHS to £400 per annum. Students, as well as those on the Youth Mobility Scheme, will continue to receive a discounted rate of...

SPAIN – Immigration Authorities Suspend In-Person and Telephone Consultations

By Peregrine The Spanish immigration authorities have issued an announcement confirming the temporary suspension of in-person and telephone consultations at both the Large Companies Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas – “UGE”) as well as the temporary suspension of in-person consultations at the General Subdirectorate of Immigration. At...

INDIA – E-Services Extended Further; E-Visas Can Be Used Three Times in a Year

By Peregrine E-FRRO Extended Effective 24 September 2018, the  e-FRRO  system for online registration and visa-related services has-been extended to Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddha Nagar. In-country registrations and visa extensions in these locations can be completed online rather than in person. In April 2018, the FRROs in...

FRANCE – Government Proposes New Immigration Bill [UPDATED]

By Peregrine The French Government has introduced a new bill which proposes significant changes to France's immigration rules. [UPDATE]   The  Asylum and Immigration Law (No. 2018-778)  was signed into law by President Macron on September 10, 2018 and published the following day.   What is proposed? Below are the key changes   Intra-company...

NEW ZEALAND – Work Visa Application Fees to Double

By Peregrine Effective November 5, 2018, application fees for New Zealand visas will increase dramatically. The fee changes will affect the individuals applying for work, residence and visitor visas and employers seeking accreditation or sponsoring work and residence visas. Key Fee Changes The key changes are as follows: The...

PORTUGAL – Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified

By Peregrine Regulatory Decree no. 9/2018 , published on 11 September 2018, took effect on 1 October 2018. As well as Implementing the 2017 amendments to the immigration law qui transposed some EU Directives into Portuguese law (see our previous alert  here , the decree seeks to...

POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

By Peregrine Effective immediately, a new online appointment booking system is in place at the Warsaw immigration office (Mazovian Provincial Office) for initial and renewal applications for type A work permits (local contract and payroll). The applicant can select a preferred date from an available range....