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UK Immigration – Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) and eVisas Updates

As previously reported, physical Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) cards will be phased out and will no longer be used starting January 2025. This is part of the UK government’s plan to create a modernized and digital immigration system. The Home Office has now provided additional details regarding the switch from physical to digital documents to prove immigration status. Some foreign workers may have processed their UK work permits without the need to create an online account, but they will now be able to create a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account to access their eVisa, a digital proof of their immigration status. In the past week the Home Office has in fact begun emailing those with only physical documents/BRPs inviting them to create a UKVI account. Invitations will be issued in phases before the process opens to all BRP holders in summer 2024. Applicants can register for their updates here. Furthermore, while employees who already have an eVisa/UKVI account do not need to do anything as the government makes this change, they should still continue to update their UKVI account with any changes to personal information. Particularly, they should tell the Home Office about any passport on which they intend to travel using the online ‘Update your UK Visas and Immigration account details‘ service on GOV.UK, if this is not already linked to their account, to avoid delays when travelling. Further information can be found here.
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Brazil: passport holders from the United States, Canada, and Australia will require a visa to enter Brazil starting April 10, 2024

UPDATE: The postponement has been extended. The rule change is now scheduled to go into effect on April 10, 2025.

 

Visa exemptions for nationals of the United States, Canada, and Australia will be removed starting April 10, 2024. The change was originally slated to begin on January 10th, but the Brazilian government announced a 3-month postponement.

 

Under this new rule, nationals from the United States, Canada, and Australia will need to apply for an eVisa online to enter Brazil for a stay not exceeding 90 days as visitors for purposes including tourism, business, and seminars or conferences. Other nationalities will continue using the Consular Visa process, as applicable.

 

The Brazilian government authorized VFS to process eVisa applications. The eVisa will be issued electronically and should be printed. Please note that if the eVisa is denied, it won’t be possible to resubmit it online and you would then need to apply for a Consular Visa. The current average processing time for an eVisa application is typically 5 business days. However, this is not guaranteed and it is subject to change.

 

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UK Immigration Fees Will Increase Starting 4 October 2023

Following the UK Government’s announcement in July 2023, it has been confirmed that the immigration fees will change from 9am on 4 October 2023. You may find the full listing of amended fees here.

The date that the Immigration Health Surcharge is due to rise is still unknown; however, it may happen later this fall.

 

Employers are encouraged to review the sponsorship pipeline and submit applications for initial sponsorship, extension and/or settlement ahead of the fee rises wherever possible, review Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocations and request increases using the Priority change of circumstance service, and make any upcoming applications for Skilled Worker defined CoS as soon as possible.

 

Some of the fee changes most likely to interest you are listed below:

 

Fees category  Current fee (GBP)  New fee (GBP)  Percentage increase 
Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for Skilled Workers or GBM Senior or Specialist Workers  199  239  20%
Skilled Worker entry clearance (outside the UK) with CoS of three years or less (main applicant and each dependant)  625  719  15%
Skilled Worker entry clearance (outside the UK) with CoS of more than three years (main applicant and each dependant)  1,235  1,420  15%
Skilled Worker permission to stay with CoS of three years or less (main applicant and each dependant)  719  827  15%
Skilled Worker permission to stay with CoS of more than three years (main applicant and each dependant)  1,423  1,500  5.41%
Skilled Worker – shortage occupation – entry clearance or permission to stay with CoS of three years or less (main applicant and each dependant)  479  551  15%
Skilled Worker – shortage occupation – entry clearance or permission to stay with CoS of more than three years (main applicant and each dependant)  943  1,084  15%
Settlement (indefinite leave)  2,404  2,885  20%
Priority processing outside the UK Entry clearance (non-settlement) 250 500 Doubled
Priority processing within the UK Permission to stay 500 500 No change

 

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Singapore Extends Mandatory Quarantine Period

The mandatory quarantine period (or Stay-Home Notice) for travelers to Singapore has been extended to 21 days starting on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Quarantines must be served at dedicated facilities.

Countries exempt from this order are Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau. This order excludes bilaterally negotiated travel lanes, such as the reciprocal green lane or air travel bubble arrangements.

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SINGAPORE: Dependent Pass Holders Will Require Work Passes

On 3 March 2021, the Ministry of Manpower published changes that will require Dependent Pass (DP) holders to apply for work passes.

Currently, DP holders who are dependents under an employment pass may be eligible to apply for a letter of consent (LOC) to work in Singapore. The LOC is currently not subject to the criteria for work passes and can be applied for by the employer or appointed employment agent.

Starting 1 May 2021, DP holders will need to have a work pass (EP, S Pass, or work permit) instead of an LOC if they seek to work in Singapore.

The new regulations will apply to any DP holder that seeks employment after 1 May 2021. Any DP holder currently working under an LOC will be allowed to work until the LOC’s expiry. After the LOC expires, the respective employer will need to follow the proper steps to apply for a work pass for the DP holder. Employers hiring DP holders will need to comply with the relevant work pass criteria, such as qualifying salary, dependency ratio ceiling, and/or levies.

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