Global immigration changes for Philippines, Australia, Canada, Denmark & Vietnam

PHILIPPINES | Exiting Process for Long-Term Work Assignments Now Takes Four to Six Weeks
With the simple act of making the previous “standard” but often unobserved procedure for exiting the country now mandatory, authorities have added four to six weeks to the end of long-term work assignments for foreign nationals in the Philippines. Effective immediately, the Filipino Bureau of Immigration (BOI) will no longer process applications to cancel Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Cards (ACR I-Cards) unless the corresponding long-term work visa has first been downgraded to a tourist visit visa.


AUSTRALIA | New Criteria Allow More Companies to Enjoy 457 Accredited Sponsor Benefits

Effective July 1, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is making it easier for more companies to qualify as Accredited Sponsors under the popular Subclass 457 Visa stream. Accredited Sponsors receive priority allocation and streamlined processing of their nomination and visa applications. While the changes to the accreditation characteristics do not effect current Accredited Sponsors and their benefits under the program, the new criteria should be particularly beneficial to companies with lower volumes of 457 Visa applications or high application volumes with medium percentages of Australian workers.


CANADA | Flagpoling Limited to Certain Days in Southern Ontario
Effective immediately, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) counters at the ports of entry in southern Ontario province are limiting the days on which they will accept flagpole applications for work permits or confirmations of permanent residence. The CBSA authorities at the Rainbow Bridge, Queenstown-Lewiston Bridge, and Peace Bridge crossings no longer accept flagpole work permit applications or permanent residence landings on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays. Flagpole submissions will only be accepted at those crossings Tuesdays through Thursdays.


DENMARK | Efforts to Standardize CPR Registration Bring Stricter Requirements and Online System Pilot

The process for foreign nationals registering their residence in Denmark is undergoing changes: including stricter requirements for documents submitted in support of registration and a new online registration system being piloted in Copenhagen. While Civil Personal Registration (CPR) of foreign nationals in Denmark has traditionally been a largely local affair – subject to significant variations by municipality – the trend is to now standardize requirements across Denmark. With this movement toward standardization, some document requirements are becoming stricter.


VIETNAM | New Form Increases Multiple Entry Business Visa Process by Two-Days in Ho Chi Minh City
Effective immediately, the Immigration Authority in Ho Chi Minh City has replaced the primary application form for the Multiple Entry Business Visa (MEBV). A new Form NA-2 has now replaced the previous Form NA-18 only in Ho Chi Minh City; thus far, no other provinces have announced a similar change.

While there are no substantive changes in requirements, the new form brings a slight change in process. The new Form NA-2 requires the provision of the application details (i.e. assignee information, and assignment and entry dates) to authorities prior to submission who then print and return the partially-completed application for signing and stamping by the sponsoring company. With this change, companies should anticipate an additional two business days in the process for MEBV applications lodged in Ho Chi Minh City.