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UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

October 20, 2014
UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

The UK and Ireland have signed a visa agreement that will allow foreign nationals to travel to both countries with a single visa from either country. Chinese and Indian nationals will be the first to benefit from the program. The UK and Ireland will accept certain short-stay visas issued by either country for business or tourism,...

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UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

October 20, 2014
UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

The UK and Ireland have signed a visa agreement that will allow foreign nationals to travel to both countries with a single visa from either country. Chinese and Indian nationals will be the first to benefit from the program. The UK and Ireland will accept certain short-stay visas issued by either country for business or tourism,...

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Posted in Business, Countries, country, FEM Global Immigration News, Ireland, Nationals, Travel, UK, United Kingdom, visa |

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

October 20, 2014
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In a reciprocal agreement, Singapore and Hong Kong will allow eligible travelers to enroll in each other’s automated border clearance systems. What does the change mean? The arrangement will streamline border procedures for eligible travelers. Implementation timeframe: The policy took effect Sept. 22. Visas/permits affected: Potentially all visas. Who is affected: The automated...

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Posted in automated, bal, Business, FEM Global Immigration News, hong, kong, passport, sar, Singapore |

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

October 20, 2014
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In a reciprocal agreement, Singapore and Hong Kong will allow eligible travelers to enroll in each other’s automated border clearance systems. What does the change mean? The arrangement will streamline border procedures for eligible travelers. Implementation timeframe: The policy took effect Sept. 22. Visas/permits affected: Potentially all visas. Who is affected: The automated...

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Posted in automated, bal, Business, FEM Global Immigration News, hong, kong, passport, sar, Singapore |

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

October 20, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Home Office has released a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules covering nearly all U.K. immigration categories. What does the change mean? Among the changes, there are new rules and criteria for Tier 2 and Tier 1 categories under the points-based system and an expansion of permitted activities under Business Visitor...

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Posted in bal, Business, category, Changes, FEM Global Immigration News, Immigration, Rules, tier, United Kingdom, visitor |

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

October 20, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Home Office has released a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules covering nearly all U.K. immigration categories. What does the change mean? Among the changes, there are new rules and criteria for Tier 2 and Tier 1 categories under the points-based system and an expansion of permitted activities under Business Visitor...

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Posted in bal, Business, category, Changes, FEM Global Immigration News, Immigration, Rules, tier, United Kingdom, visitor |

AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

October 16, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government will launch a new Premium Investor Visa to attract higher net-worth investors, and will make other changes to the Significant Investor Visa program in the coming year. What does the change mean? The newPremium Investor Visa will be open to those investing a minimum...

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Posted in Applicants, Australia, bal, Business, Changes, FEM Global Immigration News, investment, Investor, Program, visa |

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 14, 2014) Visa waivers granted to certain Chinese, Indian nationals

October 15, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 14, 2014) Visa waivers granted to certain Chinese, Indian nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Philippines has granted visa-free entry to certain Chinese and Indian nationals. What does the change mean? Chinese and Indian nationals holding a valid and current American, Australian, Canadian, Japanese or Schengen visa may enter the Philippines without a visa for seven days. Implementation timeframe: Immediate and...

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Posted in bal, Business, chinese, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, indian, philippines, visa |

MALAYSIA – Malaysia suspends issuance of i-Pass ID cards

October 1, 2014
MALAYSIA – Malaysia suspends issuance of i-Pass ID cards

What is the change? Malaysia’s immigration department has suspended issuance of i-Pass identification cards until further notice. What does the change mean? The i-Pass is merely an additional form of identification that can be used instead of a passport in peninsular Malaysia. The overall work permit process will not be affected. Implementation timeframe: The...

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Posted in additional, bal, Business, Cards, FEM Global Immigration News, identification, Malaysia, Pass, Work |

AUSTRALIA – Australia reviewing border fees

September 29, 2014
AUSTRALIA – Australia reviewing border fees

What is the change? Australia is reviewing border-related fees, charges and taxes. What does the change mean? Various fees and charges associated with coming to and leaving Australia—including the A$55 Passenger Movement Charge on all passengers departing on international flights or sea trips—could be altered.Visa application fees may also be reviewed. Implementation timeframe: Ongoing. Visas/permits...

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