Seyfarth Global Immigration Update: March 2020

Author:Mr Gabriele Vennewald
Profession:Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Australia - Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visas for Bushfire Recovery

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has accepted the recommendation of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) to relax and broaden the conditions for holders of Subclass 417 and 462 Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visas. These new conditions will allow Working Holiday visa holders to perform activities to assist with recovery efforts following the recent bushfires without breaching visa conditions.

Foreign nationals holding WHM visas may work for the same employer for a period of twelve months (extended from six months) when assisting with bushfire recovery efforts. Additionally, the definition of “specified work” for the purposes of the WHM visa applications will be broadened to include construction work in disaster-declared areas, as well as both paid and volunteer work in areas impacted by the fires.

Canada - New Obligations for Employers Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers in Québec

New immigration provisions are effective for employers hiring temporary foreign workers in the province of Québec under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Employers are now subject to new obligations for Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) submissions under the newly implemented Act Respecting Labour Standards. Previously, there was no obligation for employers to submit specific information to the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), the supervisory body overseeing such applications. The new policy will require additional obligations for employers when hiring temporary foreign workers. An Employer Declaration to the CNESST is now required and may be submitted online or by mail.

China - Coronavirus Policy and Response Updates

In order to strengthen the prevention and control of the coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV), the National Immigration Administration, the National Science and Technology Commission, and the Exit-Entry Administration of the Public Security Bureau in the People's Republic of China have recently issued new measures to facilitate swift online immigration, work permit, and residence permit applications and help reduce cross-border movement. As many offices and urban centers are still under quarantine with limited transportation, these measures demonstrate the Chinese government's efforts to reduce administrative burdens on organizations during the epidemic.

Applications at local immigration authorities will continue to...

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