Immigration weekly update: January 9, 2018

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore entered into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) on December 30, 2018. Vietnam is expected to follow on January 14, 2019.

The agreement includes provision for immigration regulations that may result in new programs or changes for business visitors, investors and skilled workers from CPTPP member countries.


The CPTPP is a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam. 11 countries signed the agreement on March 8, 2018 in Santiago, Chile.

The CPTPP will enter into force for Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia and Peru 60 days following completion of their respective approval processes.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debbie Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC or Roberta Carnaccini, Global Operations Director, Immigration.

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