Start your week off right by staying up to date with these key changes in immigration.

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CHINA | Shanghai Abolishes Tentative Residence Permits for Hong Kong, Macau and Overseas Chinese Citizens
The Public Security Bureau in Shanghai has announced that as of August 26, 2015 it no longer requires citizens from Hong Kong or Macau  to obtain “Tentative Residence Permits” to travel to and reside in Shanghai. In addition, this deregulation also pertains to overseas Chinese citizens.  While these individuals are no longer subject to the Tentative Residence Permit requirement, the change has no effect on the individual’s requirement to undergo Tentative Residence Registration with the local police. This Tentative Residence Registration will replace the Tentative Residence Permit as proof of legal stay in several processes in Shanghai, such as obtaining a driver’s license, renewal of a passport for an overseas Chinese citizen and the application for a long term visa by foreign dependents of the citizens involved. Note that work permits are still required for those planning to work in Shanghai.

Immigration Changes from Around the World

THAILAND | Stricter Enforcement of Requirements for Visa Transfer to New Passport
The Thai government has recently started strictly adhering to already existing regulations regarding the documentation required for transferring an existing visa into a new passport. To prove to the immigration authorities that the old passport was properly “cancelled” and “voided” at the time the transfer takes place, in most cases, it is no longer sufficient to show a stamp or other statement in the old passport stating that it has been invalidated and has been replaced by a new passport.  In addition, the foreign national is required to provide written documentation from the foreigner’s embassy confirming that the individual’s passport has been replaced. It has been reported that this document from the embassy is now more strictly enforced when a visa transfer is taking place. Note that the rule does not apply to tourist visas.


UNITED KINGDOM | Proposed Changes to Points Table Expected to Result in More Restricted CoS Allocations
In response to the recent oversubscriptions for restricted TIER 2 General Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS), UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has proposed changes to the points table used for the points-based allocation system. If the proposal is accepted by Parliament the changes are expected to increase the amount of restricted CoS that can be issued per month, without raising the quota. Please watch this space for more details on the suggested changes and how they are expected to impact the amount of CoS allocations.

Reminders: Recent and Upcoming Immigration Implementations

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

• September 13 – October 6, 2015: Jewish High Holiday period (including Rosh Hashana). Many Israeli government offices will be closed during this time in observance of the holidays. Employers sending foreign nationals into Israel should expect significant delays in processing times through mid-October.
• September 22, 2015: Kenya and the U.S. will begin issuing reciprocal 5-year, multiple-entry business visas without amending the visa eligibility criteria. Previously, U.S. nationals could only obtain a 1-year, multiple entry business visa.


Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

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