Immigration changes from around the world

Australia – changes to 457 visa rules affect foreign employees and accredited sponsorsmelbourne-australia

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced some minor changes to its Subclass 457 visa scheme, which will affect both foreign nationals working in Australia and companies applying for accredited sponsor status. The 457 visa is the most commonly used route for employers bringing skilled foreign nationals to Australia for temporary employment.
First, holders of 457 visas granted after 19 November 19 2017 who leave their current sponsoring company will only have 60 days to either obtain another sponsor or exit Australia. This is a decrease from the 90 days applicable to visas issued prior to this implementation date.
According to the DIBP, reducing the time that foreign nationals have to compete for other local jobs after leaving their original sponsoring company will work to ensure that the 457 visa program is used for its intended purposes as a supplement, rather than a substitute, for local labour markets.


Kuwait – minimum salary increase for dependent visas aimed at reducing expat populationkuwait

On 19 October the Kuwaiti Ministry of the Interior (MOI) announced that it has increased the minimum monthly salary requirements for foreign nationals living in Kuwait to sponsor their spouses and dependents for visit and family visas. Effective immediately, the following minimum salary increases will be observed for affected foreign nationals:
To sponsor dependent family members for Kuwaiti residence: KWD 450 (approximately USD 1,485) per month, an increase from the previous requirement of KWD 250 (USD 825) per month.
To sponsor accompanying dependents for Kuwaiti visit visas: KWD 200 (approximately USD 660), an increase from the previous requirement of KWD 150 (USD 495) per month.


Turkey – employers of foreign workers now to notify ministry of labour of start datesTurkey_Window

As we’ve reported previously, Turkey’s new Law on International Workforce (No. 6735), enacted in August, continues to make changes throughout Turkey’s immigration system and labour laws applicable to foreign nationals working in the country. See our Immigration Dispatches of 29 August and 3 October for more details. The latest aspect of the new law to be implemented affects employers of foreign workers in Turkey.
Employers in Turkey are now required to notify the Ministry of Labour (MOL) within 15 days of the start of employment of a foreign national employee and to likewise notify MOL at the end of that employment. Like similar provisions in place throughout the neighbouring European nations, the requirement is designed to more efficiently manage and track the entry and exit of foreign nationals working in the country and to ensure that they are being afforded the protections of Turkey’s labour laws.


Reminders: recent and upcoming immigration implementations

The following are reminders of recent or upcoming implementation dates that you should know:

  • 1 November, China: China is overhauling its employment immigration scheme and implementing a new single-permit system for work authorisation of foreign nationals starting November 1 in Beijing, Hebei, Tianjin, Anhui, Shandong, Guangdong, Sichuan, and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. (See our upcoming Global Brief this week for the details)
  • 10 November, Canada: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) becomes mandatory for visa-exempt foreign nationals (except US nationals) traveling to Canada. (see our Immigration Dispatch of 3 October for details)