September 2022 Global Immigration Alert – Work Visas


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Please note: while we address some country-specific updates
related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the below contains information
regarding global restrictions and closures as they stand today.
Given the constantly changing nature of this situation, we highly
recommend reviewing any global mobility inquiries on a case-by-case
basis, including any consulate-specific or immigration authority
resources, in “real-time” before traveling
internationally. Please reach out to our Global Mobility Team in
advance of any international travel.

Canada’s new measures for foreign nationals with expired or
expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP)

On August 2, 2022, the Government of Canada recognized the
tremendous social, cultural, and economic benefits that
international students bring to Canada and implemented new measures
for former international students with expired or expiring
post-graduation work permits to remain in Canada and continue
working. These measures are as follows:

  • Foreign nationals whose post-graduation work permit expired or
    will expire during the time period of September 20, 2021 to
    December 31, 2022 will have the opportunity to work in Canada for
    an additional 18 months by either extending their work permit or
    applying for a new one. Those currently in Canada will also have
    the ability to work in the interim period while their permit is
    being extended or a new one is being issued.

  • Individuals with post-graduation work permits that have expired
    or will expire during the time period of September 20, 2021 to
    December 31, 2022 will receive an email indicating that they are
    allowed to work in the interim. Recipients can attach this email to
    their post-graduation work permit to show an employer they are
    authorized to work temporarily in Canada. This one-time measure is
    intended to ensure that those eligible for the additional 18-month
    work period will have the ability to continue working or return to
    the workforce while they apply for a new work permit. This interim
    work period will be in effect until May 31, 2023.

China – M Visa Validity

The pandemic continues to impact the processing of Chinese
business visitor visa applications in the so-called M visa
category. We are seeing that Chinese Consulates may issue M visas
only as a “single entry,” with a validity of 30, 60, or
90 days. In the past, US nationals (for example) were able to
obtain “multiple entry” M visas with ten years’
validity allowing a stay of 90 days per entry.

South Korea – Electronic Travel Authorization System

As announced at the close of last year, South Korea implemented
an Electronic Travel Authorization system, called
“K-ETA.” With the increase in international business
travel, we want to remind our readers of this new system.

Travelers eligible for visa-free entry (visa-waiver nationals)
are required to obtain a K-ETA prior to travel to South Korea.
K-ETA applications must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance
of travel, and may be valid for up to two years upon approval. Only
travelers with approved K-ETAs are permitted to board flights
headed for South Korea. It is important to note that the K-ETA
requirement does not alter any COVID restrictions or visa-free
entry suspensions, and travelers are still required to comply with
all such requirements, including COVID testing. For specifics,
please see the link here. Information about the K-ETA application
can be found here.

The Netherlands – Approval Letter Sufficient for KM and ICT
Holders

Recently the IND announced that it is currently sufficient for
KM and ICT employees of recognized sponsors to rely on the IND
approval letter to be able to start working on or after the
employment contract or assignment start date. There is currently no
need to make an IND appointment for an endorsement sticker, as the
authorities face major delays in scheduling such appointments.

Taiwan – Entry Requirements

Foreign nationals are currently permitted to enter Taiwan for
business purposes. They must obtain a special entry permit (visa)
from an R.O.C. Taiwan overseas mission before traveling. Please see
further information here.

We recommend a review of entry procedures prior to scheduling
travel- – especially for those travelers who used to be “visa
exempt” in the past- – so that the traveler may have
sufficient lead time to process the special entry permit
application.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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