Immigration

Immigration is at the heart of relocation. All international HR managers need access to the best possible immigration advice to keep their organisations and their employees compliant. It is essential that companies have up-to-date advice on obtaining immigration work permits to grow their businesses. Read more

Immigration is a hot topic all over the world. The political agenda is often dominated by illegal immigration news stories. This can influence public opinion and impact the interpretation of immigration statistics - which is clearly bad news for the business agenda. Growing companies are increasingly looking to expand into emerging markets and need sound immigration advice. They equally want to obtain visas for their global talent and project teams wanting to work in popular destinations in Europe, USA, Australia or Canada.

Understanding the immigration status of global employees is critical. Whether you are managing your organisation's international relocation, sending employees on an overseas assignment to further their career, or even supporting the growth of your business through international recruitment, you need access to the facts about immigration, the latest immigration news, help interpreting new immigration rules and an understanding of which immigration issues are at the top of the agenda.

Re:locate is here to help. Our directory of business immigration experts and up-to-date articles and videos – all of which focus on immigration requirements, law and strategies – will point you in the right direction.

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Immigration Alerts

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UKVI Announces Changes to Immigration Rules

The UK Home Office has announced several change to the Immigration rules, in relation to the Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa categories, as well as the EU Settlement Scheme.
Bridge in Switzerland

Immigration update: Switzerland negotiate terms with the U.K. to safeguard citizens’ rights

On December 19, 2018, the Federal Council of Switzerland approved an agreement with the U.K. on the rights of citizens after Brexit. This contract benefits Swiss and British nationals who have acquired rights in Switzerland or the U.K., based on the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (e.g. residence rights).
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Immigration update: Belgium single permit launches

A new combined procedure, the single permit, was introduced for non-European workers who visit Belgium for more than 90 days.

Immigration News

A photo of UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, superimposed over an image of the UK Home Office headquarters in Croydon England

Brexit: business anxiety over freedom of movement U-turn

Business leaders have expressed dismay over the government's announcement that freedom of movement for European Economic Area citizens would abruptly end if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on October 31.

Immigration News

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Overseas workers 'key to UK jobs boom'

The UK jobless rate is the lowest it has been since 1974. While there are more EU nationals working in the UK now, there has been a marked increase in the number of workers from outside the EEA.

Immigration Alerts

Japanese port

Immigration update: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore entered into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Vietnam is expected to follow. The agreement includes provision for immigration regulations that may result in new programs or changes for business visitors, investors and skilled workers from CPTPP member countries.
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Crown World Mobility immigration update: Russia, Romania, New Zealand, Brazil and Australia

Changes to immigration rules in Russia, Romania, New Zealand, Brazil and Australia.

Crown World Mobility Immigration Update: Colombia, Indonesia and Malaysia

A new registry of foreign workers in Colombia, updates to the Expatriate Placement Plan (RPTKA) and Work Permit (IMTA) in Malaysia, and enforcement of existing rules in Indonesia are announced.

Immigration News

Graphic of a UK flag with illustrated people in front of it

Overseas workers 'key to UK jobs boom'

The UK jobless rate is the lowest it has been since 1974. While there are more EU nationals working in the UK now, there has been a marked increase in the number of workers from outside the EEA.

Immigration Alerts

Japanese port

Immigration update: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore entered into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Vietnam is expected to follow. The agreement includes provision for immigration regulations that may result in new programs or changes for business visitors, investors and skilled workers from CPTPP member countries.
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Canada adds three occupations to its Global Talent Stream

Three new occupations are to be added to the Canadian government’s Global Talent Stream pilot scheme, in an effort to allow easier access to the skilled workers Canada requires.
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Canada commits to increasing immigration over three years

The Canadian government has announced a three-year plan to increase immigration. The plan sets out a goal for increased migration over the next three years in an effort to boost the economy.

Immigration News

Japanese port

Immigration update: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore entered into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Vietnam is expected to follow. The agreement includes provision for immigration regulations that may result in new programs or changes for business visitors, investors and skilled workers from CPTPP member countries.

Immigration Alerts

US Immigration security at airport

Latest US travel ban restored by Supreme Court

The latest US travel ban initiated by the Trump administration is to be restored, according to the US Supreme Court. What should those travelling from effected countries take into consideration?
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Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration dispatch – UK, China, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Australia, Canada and US

Discover key changes to immigration regulations in the United Kingdom, China, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Australia, Canada and the United States.
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Changes to immigration in South Africa, European Union, Italy, Nigeria and Panama

Pro-Link GLOBAL advises of significant changes to the immigration regulations in South Africa, the European Union, Italy, Nigeria and Panama.

Immigration News

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Chinese applicants to UK universities hit new high

There has been a surge in Chinese students applying to UK universities. What's the cause? Is it a result of the US/China trade war, Brexit, or a combination of many factors? David Sapsted investigates.

Immigration Alerts

Indian visa

India - Visa & Immigration

Update on changes made to Indian visa and immigration arrangements. Inlcuding e-FRRO, registration of minors, business visa registration, VOA's for Japanese nationals, India business cards, permitted activities, visa cancellation policy, visa conversions, overstay and visa violations financial penalties.
Japanese port

Immigration update: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore entered into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Vietnam is expected to follow. The agreement includes provision for immigration regulations that may result in new programs or changes for business visitors, investors and skilled workers from CPTPP member countries.
Malaysia skyline

Immigration update: Malaysia MDEC Foreign Knowledge Worker projection for 2019

Companies can now apply for their 2019 Foreign Knowledge Worker (FKW) projection for employment passes.

Immigration News

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'Relax visa rules for Indians' demand MPs

The UK must relax visa requirements for Indian workers and students coming to Britain if it wants to strengthen its post-Brexit ties with the world's largest democracy, a parliamentary committee said in a report on Monday.

Immigration Alerts

Japanese port

Immigration update: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore entered into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Vietnam is expected to follow. The agreement includes provision for immigration regulations that may result in new programs or changes for business visitors, investors and skilled workers from CPTPP member countries.
Passengers wait at immigration

Crown World Mobility immigration update: Russia, Romania, New Zealand, Brazil and Australia

Changes to immigration rules in Russia, Romania, New Zealand, Brazil and Australia.
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Additional changes to the Australian Temporary Skill Shortage visa

The Australian government has announced further details of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. Changes include alterations to the skilled occupations lists and to the length of stay.

Immigration Alerts

Hand holds a passport

UKVI Announces Changes to Immigration Rules

The UK Home Office has announced several change to the Immigration rules, in relation to the Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa categories, as well as the EU Settlement Scheme.
Bridge in Switzerland

Immigration update: Switzerland negotiate terms with the U.K. to safeguard citizens’ rights

On December 19, 2018, the Federal Council of Switzerland approved an agreement with the U.K. on the rights of citizens after Brexit. This contract benefits Swiss and British nationals who have acquired rights in Switzerland or the U.K., based on the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (e.g. residence rights).
Eiffel Tower in Paris

Immigration update: France minimum wage increase

The monthly minimum wage in France is now 1,521.22 Euros. The minimum hourly wage (SMIC) has also increased from 9.88 Euros to 10.03 Euros.

Immigration News

A photo of UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, superimposed over an image of the UK Home Office headquarters in Croydon England

Brexit: business anxiety over freedom of movement U-turn

Business leaders have expressed dismay over the government's announcement that freedom of movement for European Economic Area citizens would abruptly end if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on October 31.

Immigration Alerts

Hand holds a passport

UKVI Announces Changes to Immigration Rules

The UK Home Office has announced several change to the Immigration rules, in relation to the Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa categories, as well as the EU Settlement Scheme.
Bridge in Switzerland

Immigration update: Switzerland negotiate terms with the U.K. to safeguard citizens’ rights

On December 19, 2018, the Federal Council of Switzerland approved an agreement with the U.K. on the rights of citizens after Brexit. This contract benefits Swiss and British nationals who have acquired rights in Switzerland or the U.K., based on the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (e.g. residence rights).
Passengers stand at airport immigration queue

Fall in EU net migration outweighed by non-EU arrivals

Overall net migration is stable at 273,000 as increasing non-EU immigration makes up for a 60 per cent fall in the number of EU migrants since Brexit vote.

Immigration News

A photo of UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, superimposed over an image of the UK Home Office headquarters in Croydon England

Brexit: business anxiety over freedom of movement U-turn

Business leaders have expressed dismay over the government's announcement that freedom of movement for European Economic Area citizens would abruptly end if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on October 31.

Immigration Alerts

UAE skyline

Immigration update: UAE long-term visa scheme

The UAE cabinet has now approved long-term residence visas for investors, entrepreneurs, key professionals and outstanding students. They will be made available in the early part of 2019.
India street with neon lights

Crown World Mobility immigration update: India

UPDATE: Citing technical difficulties, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued a public notice suspending registration requirement until further notice.
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Visa process update in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Additional changes have been made to visa changes in the UAE made at the beginning of the month. The additional changes will need to be taken into account when planning an international assignment.

Immigration News

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'Relax visa rules for Indians' demand MPs

The UK must relax visa requirements for Indian workers and students coming to Britain if it wants to strengthen its post-Brexit ties with the world's largest democracy, a parliamentary committee said in a report on Monday.
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