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MSI Immigration Global News Alerts – March 9th

MSI Immigration Global News Alerts – March 9th

AMERICAS

Canada – Express Entry applicants change of policy

Chile – Delays in Work and Residence Permit processing

APAC

Singapore – Changes to Jobs Bank posting requirements

EMEA

Israel – Amendment to B-2 visitor visa for Indian nationals

Turkey – Changes to Registration System for Work Permit Applications

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Canada – Express Entry applicants change of policy

A policy update was announced by the IRRC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) at the end of February 2018, regarding requirements for police certificates for Express Entry applicants. The current requirement for providing a police certificate is if the applicant has spent more than 6 months cumulatively in any country since the age of 18. The policy update now states that certificates are required to be provided for any country the applicant has spent 6 continuous months or more within the last 10 years, or since the age of 18.

In addition, the government intends to discuss a change in their policy regarding exclusion of certain immigrants due to medical conditions. It has been noted that the current policy, whereby an applicant may be denied entry if their medical condition is deemed to create excessive demand on the Canadian health care system, is discriminatory. Further updates to follow as details of the policy change are disclosed in the next month.

 

Chile – Delays in Work and Residence Permit processing

Foreign nationals applying for various types of work and residence visas are experiencing severe delays in the processing of their applications. These delays may affect the foreign nationals work authorization while their applications are pending.

Current processing times are as follows:

  • Initial in-country applications for Temporary Special Work Permits: 70 days (increased from 35 days), with an additional 60 day processing time (up from 45 days) for the actual work or residence permit after the Temporary Special Work Permit has been issued.
  • Renewal in-country applications for Temporary Residence Visas, Work Contract Visas and Mercosur Temporary Residence: 200 days, up from the typical processing times for renewals of 90 to 100 days
  • In-country permanent residence applications: 14 months, up from the more usual 8 to 10 months

Foreign nationals are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible to limit any potential delays.

 

Singapore – Changes to Jobs Bank posting requirements

From 1 July, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will broaden the Fair Consideration Framework advertising requirement to firms with 10 or more employees and job positions that pay a fixed monthly salary of less than SGD15,000. Currently, only firms with more than 25 employees and jobs that pay below SGD12,000 are required to post in the Jobs Bank for 14 days before submitting an Employment Pass application.

The expansion of the FCF to cover more employers and jobs has been introduced in a bid to give Singaporean nationals fair access to more high-quality jobs. As fewer jobs will be exempt from the Jobs Bank advertising requirement, longer lead times for submission of applications are likely to be experienced.

 

Israel – Amendment to B-2 visitor visa for Indian nationals

A multiple entry B-2 visitor visa program has been introduced by the Israeli Ministry of the Interior, applicable to qualifying business people of Indian nationality. The visa is valid for stays of up to 90 days, and is granted for a period of 5 years. This is a major improvement upon the previous B-2 visitor visa timeframes, which was only valid for a single entry for a stay of up to 30 days. This visa program is effective immediately.

The qualifying criteria are as follows:

  • The sponsoring company must be active and duly registered in the Indian Company Registry for at least six months prior to the filing of the B-2 Visa application;
  • Permissible business activity includes: “participating in business meetings, engaging in negotiations, investing in Israel, buying or selling Israeli companies, participating in conferences and conducting market research”;
  • The regulation makes it clear that productive work in Israel is not allowed under this visa, including but not limited to: supply of any products, provision of any service including manpower services, generally working in country or serving as the company’s permanent representative in Israel

 

Turkey – Changes to Registration System for Work Permit Applications

Employers seeking to hire foreign nationals in Turkey will now be required to submit work permit applications using an e-signature on the online government portal (e-devlet). As hard copy files are no longer required to be submitted to the Ministry of Labor, using a POA, in follow-up to the online application, the process has been simplified. However, the sponsoring employer must have a KEP (Kayitli Elektronik Posta) account to be able to submit the application.

Prior to establishing a KEP account, the company must obtain a qualified electronic certificate. The registration is established by a registered provider who represents the employer, is a Turkish Social Security (SGK) e-list responsible person, with their signature registered with the SGK. The KEP account can then be established. The responsible SGK representative may then authorize the employer’s representative to submit work permit applications.

The KEP has only recently introduced, and as such is experiencing some technical glitches and is not fully operational. However, employers are encouraged to begin attempting to establish their qualified electronic certificate and KEP to avoid potential delays with future work permit applications.

 

For more information on MSI’s Immigration Services please contact us immigration@msiimmigration.com.

Information for this update has been provided by our global network of immigration partners. Given the nature of and speed at which online communications are developed, we will make every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information provided. However, materials contained in this alert are subject to change at any time without any notice.

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