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Immigration Update: Australia

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Updates to Condition 8547

10 May 2017

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has recently implemented changes that allow working holiday visa holders to work for more than six months with the same employer in certain circumstances.

CONDITION 8547 – WHAT HAS CHANGED?

Condition 8547 applies to working holiday visas and has the effect of limiting work with any one employer to no more than six months. Prior to the recent changes the limitation applied regardless of where the work was performed. The recent changes soften the policy and now allow working holiday visa holders to work for an additional six months for the same employer, as long as the work is performed in a different location. (more…)


Immigration Update: Australia

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Australian Budget Changes

10 May 2017

The 2017-18 Budget was handed down by the Australian Federal Government on 10 May 2017. The following are key elements impacting the immigration program, as well as other recently announced changes.

From 1 July, 2017 – Visa Application Fees

On 1st July 2017 indexation of visa application charges will occur. All current visa application charges will be indexed annually in line with the forecast Consumer Price Index (CPI). (more…)


Immigration Update: Australia

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457 Visa Category to be Abolished

April 2017

On 18th April 2017, the Australian Government announced that in March 2018 the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa – Subclass 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

The TSS visa program will be comprised of two streams:

  • A short-term stream with a visa validity of up to two years; and
  • A medium-term stream of up to four years.

The aim of the new program is to support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and provide safeguards for Australian workers.

While the 457 visa program is continuing to operate until the introduction of the TSS program, there have been a number of changes to the 457 program effective immediately.

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Immigration Update: Thailand

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Change in Thai Visa Application

22 Feb 2017

Effective 1 April 2017 –

  • Traditional Walk-In Visa Application is only valid until 31 March 2017
  • Electronic Visa Application (EVA) will be effective from 1 April 2017 onwards

From 1 February 2017, the Royal Thai Embassy, Singapore will introduce Electronic Visa Application (EVA), where visa applicants will be able to fill out application forms, submit and check application status online. This is applicable to applicants who need visa to Thailand for travel, business or work.

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Immigration Update: United States

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Immigration Alert – U.S | Executive Order Update

20 Feb 2017

President Donald Trump said Thursday February 17, 2017, that he would issue a new executive order week commencing February 20, 2017, “tailored” to a federal appeals court decision that blocked his travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations.

The Justice Department has stated “Rather than continuing this litigation, the president intends in the near future to rescind the order and replace it with a new, substantially revised executive order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns”.

In our opinion, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen should continue to exercise extreme caution before traveling to or departing from the United States in light of the President’s announcement and as a matter of practicality should delay all foreign travel until there is more clarity of the administration’s intentions.

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Immigration Update: United States

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Immigration Update – U.S | Nafta Agreement Between US And Canada

17 Feb 2017

Here is the latest information in our continuing efforts to keep you up to date with the Trump administration impact on immigration.

After the first meeting between President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it appears that the labor mobility provisions of the NAFTA Agreement as they relate to Canada and US will not be restricted in any way.  While there may be some minor ‘edits’ related to specific trade arrangements, the labor mobility provisions appear very secure.

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Immigration Update: United States

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Further Immigration Update Concerning President Trump’s Executive Order Barring Entry From Seven Countries

15 Feb 2017

To our valued Santa Fe Relocation customers,

Santa Fe has previously reported that a Federal Judge in Washington state had placed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on President Trump’s Executive Order barring entry of foreign nationals from seven countries, for a period of 90 days, arguing that it was negatively impacting the economy of Washington.

The decision by the Washington Judge was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. On Thursday, February, 9, 2017, three judges from the federal appeals panel, in a unanimous 29-page opinion, rejected the government’s argument that suspension of the order should be lifted immediately for national security reasons.

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Immigration Update: United States

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 Immigration Update: Latest Update of U.S Travel Ban

07 Feb 2017

To our valued Santa Fe Relocation customers –

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) officially announced on the afternoon of February, 5, 2017 that the Executive Order barring entry temporarily to seven predominantly Muslim countries due to alleged security concerns was no longer in affect. This comes after a Federal Judge in Seattle ruled against the ban and a federal appeals court denied the Justice Department’s request to immediately reinstate President Trump’s Executive Order barring entry to those affected by the ban. Instead, the appeals court asked the ban’s challengers to respond to the appeal, and for the Justice Department to file a counter-response by afternoon on Monday February, 6, 2017 with the removal of the ban remaining in effect until a decision has been made by the court.

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Immigration Update: Indonesia

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New System Implementation for Telex Visa Request Procedures

7 Feb 2017

Effective February 2017, the Directorate General Immigration has implemented a new system and procedure for Telex Visa approval application (applicable for Limited Visas [in relation to a Work Permit] and Business Visas).

Under the new system, the employer is required to register their company in the new system before submitting a Telex Visa application. Upon approval, the Directorate General Immigration will send the password for the submitted user name for login into the new system for submission of the application.

Processing time for registering in the Immigration system is approximately 48 hours.

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Immigration Update: United States

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Advisory Concerning President Trump’s Executive Order Barring Entry From Seven Countries

31 Jan 2017

To our valued Santa Fe Relocation customers,

On January, 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (“Executive Order”) that may potentially impact your company and your employees. While this Executive Order has generated controversy and uncertainty, we report on the current status.

What the Executive Order Means

The Executive Order bars the entry of foreign nationals from seven countries which are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, (“ Seven Countries”) to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The 90-day period could be extended. Citizens of the Seven Countries who hold dual citizenship with the U.S. should not be affected. Other people who hold dual citizenship with one of the Seven Countries and another country (not the U.S.) may be subject to restriction. The Executive Order and ban on entry to the U.S. does not include people who have merely travelled to the Seven Countries.

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