Immigration changes around the world: United Kingdom, Columbia and Singapore

The Home Office has announced that UK immigration fee changes will come into effect on 18 March, 2016

Most UK immigration applications will be subject to a slight increase in fees (e.g. fee increases for visit, student and work visas are at a 2 per cent rise). However, immigration fees will be substantially higher for certain application categories such as Settlement (for both the employee and dependents) and expedited services.

Some of the most notable fee changes are listed here:

Colombia: Amendment to visa category for Schengen Nationals
Migration Colombia recently issued a new resolution (0175) confirming that Schengen area nationals are to utilize the PIP-05 entry permit (issued upon entry to Colombia). The February 2016 resolution usurps a decree from November 2015 and another Resolution in December directing Schengen nationals to be issued PIP-10 entry permits when traveling to Colombia.

Singapore: Some employment pass renewals under additional scrutiny
The Ministry of Manpower currently appears to be reviewing employment pass renewals more closely especially for newer organizations. If immigration authorities notice a sudden increase in salaries (to meet established minimum salary requirements) or that a significantly higher number of foreign nationals, as opposed to Singaporean workers, are employed they might be prompted to look further into a renewal application.

Reminders: Recent and Upcoming Immigration Implementations
The following are reminders of recent or upcoming implementation dates that you should know:
March 15, 2016: Although Canada’s electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) program will technically become mandatory for all applicable visa-waiver nationals on March 15, the Canadian authorities have announced a grace period until this upcoming Autumn. During this grace period, visa-waiver nationals will be permitted entry into Canada regardless of whether they hold an eTA.