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APAC Immigration Presentation By Emigra

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APAC Immigration Presentation By Emigra

  1. 2. APAC Immigration Presentation By Emigra
  2. 3. Immigration Presentation: Agenda <ul><li>Recent changes in immigration requirements in APAC </li></ul><ul><li>region </li></ul><ul><li>Current & upcoming challenges for China </li></ul><ul><li>Trends in managing immigration programs </li></ul><ul><li>Best practices in immigration RFIs and RFPs </li></ul><ul><li>Useful websites </li></ul><ul><li>Emigra Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  3. 4. Immigration Requirement Changes APAC Region for last 12 months <ul><li>Philippines - Indian and Chinese nationals have been removed from the “high-risk/restricted” category and reclassified to the “visaed” and/or “visa-required” category. Indian and Chinese nationals will still require visas to enter the Philippines. </li></ul><ul><li>Japan – Introduction of fingerprinting and digital facial photograph for all foreign nationals entering Japan via all international airports and ports at immigration control. Reason – Increased security </li></ul><ul><li>India - Copy of PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card is required for foreigner’s registration at the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Mumbai and Chennai in addition to standard documents. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Immigration Requirement Changes APAC Region for last 12 months <ul><li>Singapore - New changes announced by The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to boost the pool of available foreign workers in Singapore. S Pass quotas increased from 15% to 25%. Personalized Employment Pass (PEP) requirements relaxed in an attempt to attract more foreign workers </li></ul><ul><li>Taiwan – National Taiwan Immigration Agency begins to issue new advanced Alien Registration Certificate ‘ARC’. Microchip containing confidential personal data of the holder is embedded in the new ARC which will help to expedite the immigration clearances at the time of travel </li></ul><ul><li>> Thailand – New regulation stipulates that certified copies of personal (marriage and birth certificates) and corporate documents are required to process Non-Immigrant ‘B’ and ‘O’ Visas. Such documents are retained by the immigration department after application process completion </li></ul>
  5. 6. Current & Upcoming Immigration Challenges for China <ul><li>Beijing: </li></ul><ul><li>Tightening of immigration for foreign nationals due to the forthcoming Olympics in Beijing in June 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Indications are that in-country extension of Business Visa ‘F’ may not be a possibility post July 2008 for limited time in view of Olympics in Beijing </li></ul><ul><li>Increased scrutiny of immigration documents by overseas Chinese Embassies/Consulates </li></ul><ul><li>Incorrect usage of Tourist and Business Visas in China is being more seriously discouraged </li></ul><ul><li>Academic certificates must be translated by the appointed translation company in Beijing </li></ul><ul><li>Additional time taken to process both initial and renewal Work permit applications </li></ul><ul><li>Expedited Services no longer applicable </li></ul>
  6. 7. Current & Upcoming Immigration Challenges for China <ul><li>Shanghai: </li></ul><ul><li>Requirement of providing an executed Power of Attorney by Host Sponsor in Shanghai has been introduced for processing Work and Resident Permit applications by third parties. </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcement of the condition that foreign nationals have to re-register at the jurisdictional police station upon each entry into China. Most popularly demanded in the provinces of Shanghai and Beijing. </li></ul><ul><li>Change of Status from Tourist to Work Permit is increasingly discouraged by the Immigration Authorities in China. An official announcement to this effect in Shanghai is expected to be made shortly. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Trends in Managing Immigration Programs <ul><li>Immigration is becoming a much more visible issues in the public eye, and governments are responding with greater enforcement. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition that local management standards with regard to compliance may not match to corporate viewpoint, as local managers may be more willing to trade risk for cost reduction. </li></ul><ul><li>Centralization on a Regional or Global basis is increasing to gain greater control on compliance and eliminate hidden costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition that short-term assignments and extended business trips need immigration support. </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration is increasingly being split apart from relocation and separately managed so that local hire activities, relocation, and business travel can be coordinated under one roof. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Best Practices in Conducting an Immigration RFI or RFP <ul><li>Fresh research by Brad Cary, CEO of Emigra, along with Delayne Romson, former Executive Director of TIRA </li></ul><ul><li>Studied 23 immigration-only RFPs issued recently by multinational companies </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrated that few companies have the in-house experience to design effective regional or global immigration RFIs and RFPs </li></ul><ul><li>Produced “Best Practices” Scope of Work, RFI, and RFP templates </li></ul><ul><li>Copy of research paper and templates are available free of charge to HR practitioners </li></ul>
  9. 10. Useful Websites <ul><li>Related to China Immigration: </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Commerce (China PRC): http://www.mofcom.gov.cn </li></ul><ul><li>The Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong SAR: http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk </li></ul><ul><li>Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland : http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the United States of America: http://china-embassy.org </li></ul>
  10. 11. Who is Emigra? <ul><li>Founded in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>TIRA Functional Specialist in Immigration worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Processes over 10,000 immigration cases per year </li></ul><ul><li>“ Brick and mortar” with full-time employees in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, U.S., and U.K. </li></ul><ul><li>Network of carefully selected and managed providers extend capabilities to more than 100 other nations </li></ul><ul><li>120+ Full-Time Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Historical customer service rating of 4.7 of out 5.0 </li></ul>
  11. 12. Questions?
  12. 13. Thank you for your attention

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