AUSTRALIA/UNITED STATES/GLOBAL: Australia latest country to report immigration scam

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
AUSTRALIA/UNITED STATES/GLOBAL: Australia latest country to report immigration scam

IMPACT – MEDIUM The Australian government has issued a warning about a fraudulent website—work4australia.com—that falsely claims to provide Australian eVisas. Australia is one in a string of countries that have reported web, email or... »

VIETNAM: Decree sets mandatory procedures for recruitment of Vietnamese employees

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
VIETNAM: Decree sets mandatory procedures for recruitment of Vietnamese employees

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Vietnam has issued a decree prohibiting representative offices of foreign companies established in Vietnam from directly recruiting Vietnamese employees. What does the change mean? Representative offices of foreign companies must follow strict procedures... »

INDIA: MHA delegates visa and immigration services to FRROs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
INDIA: MHA delegates visa and immigration services to FRROs

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has delegated nearly all its visa services to Foreign Regional Registration Offices . What does the change mean? Many services, including extensions, conversions from... »

INDIA: Visa changes announced for overseas Indian and US nationals

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
INDIA: Visa changes announced for overseas Indian and US nationals

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? On a visit to New York on Sunday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that holders of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards will receive lifetime Indian visas and that... »

UNITED STATES: Duplicate biometrics appointment notices sent by USCIS

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
UNITED STATES: Duplicate biometrics appointment notices sent by USCIS

For the second time in two months, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sent out duplicate biometrics appointment notices to applicants who had received prior notices and who had already attended biometrics appointments.... »

GLOBAL: Offices to close for Muslim holiday

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
GLOBAL: Offices to close for Muslim holiday

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Offices will close this week as countries with significant Muslim populations observe the Eid al-Adha holiday. What does the change mean? Companies and foreign nationals in need of government... »

MALAYSIA: MDeC companies must file Professional Visit Pass applications with ESD

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
MALAYSIA: MDeC companies must file Professional Visit Pass applications with ESD

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? As of Oct. 1, companies under Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) must submit applications for Professional Visit Passes (PVP) with the Expatriate Service Division (ESD). What does the change... »

MALAYSIA – Malaysia suspends issuance of i-Pass ID cards

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
MALAYSIA – Malaysia suspends issuance of i-Pass ID cards

What is the change? Malaysia’s immigration department has suspended issuance of i-Pass identification cards until further notice. What does the change mean? The i-Pass is merely an additional form of identification that can be... »

RUSSIA – Quotas removed for employment of Ukrainian nationals

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
RUSSIA – Quotas removed for employment of Ukrainian nationals

What is the change? Russia has removed quota restrictions on Ukrainian citizens who have fled because of the conflict there. What does the change mean? Companies may employ Ukrainian nationals in foreign quota positions without approval,... »

Leading global benchmark report to be previewed at APAC Summit

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Leading global benchmark report to be previewed at APAC Summit

Over 80% of global mobility functions outsource their tax, removals and household good services, according to research from the Forum of Expatriate Management. The Managing the Global Mobility Function survey of 235 global mobility... »

AUSTRALIA – Family and carer visas saved from elimination after Senate motion

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
AUSTRALIA – Family and carer visas saved from elimination after Senate motion

What is the change? Four family and carer visa categories that were eliminated earlier this year have been reinstated by a successful disallowance motion in the Senate. What does the change mean? Foreign employees... »

AUSTRALIA – Australia reviewing border fees

Monday, September 29, 2014
AUSTRALIA – Australia reviewing border fees

What is the change? Australia is reviewing border-related fees, charges and taxes. What does the change mean? Various fees and charges associated with coming to and leaving Australia—including the A$55 Passenger Movement Charge on all... »

MALAYSIA – Mandatory e-filing of PVPs leaves companies in limbo

Sunday, September 28, 2014
MALAYSIA – Mandatory e-filing of PVPs leaves companies in limbo

What is the change? Effective immediately, Malaysia has imposed mandatory e-filing for Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications. What does the change mean? The Immigration Department has stopped accepting manual filings. Beginning Oct. 1, employers must submit PVP... »

MSI wins EMMA for “Relocation Management Company of the Year”

Friday, September 26, 2014
MSI wins EMMA for “Relocation Management Company of the Year”

Mobility Services International (MSI), a global business solutions company and leading provider of global talent mobility, has won the Forum for Expatriate Management’s (FEM) EMMA Award for “Relocation Management Company of the Year” at... »

CANADA: Employment minister: Temporary Foreign Worker Program applications down 75 percent

Thursday, September 25, 2014
CANADA: Employment minister: Temporary Foreign Worker Program applications down 75 percent

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Applications for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are down 75 percent in the past two months in Canada following the implementation of reforms aimed at forcing companies to hire more Canadian citizens or permanent resident workers,... »

UNITED STATES: Diversity Lottery to begin accepting applicants

Thursday, September 25, 2014
UNITED STATES: Diversity Lottery to begin accepting applicants

Online registration will begin Oct. 1 for the fiscal year 2016 Diversity Lottery, which provides 50,000 immigrant visas to individuals from countries with historically low immigration to the U.S. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 1 at... »

IRELAND: Processing Delays Loom with Upcoming Implementation of Employment Permits (Amendment) Act of 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014
IRELAND: Processing Delays Loom with Upcoming Implementation of Employment Permits (Amendment) Act of 2014

Foreign nationals seeking work authorization in Ireland may face delayed start dates, as the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act of 2014, which will significantly change the current Irish employment permit scheme, is implemented October 1,... »

AUSTRALIA: Changes to 457 visa program unlikely this year

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Changes to 457 visa program unlikely this year

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? In response to the recent independent review panel report recommending wholesale changes to the 457 visa program, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has indicated in... »

IRELAND: Employment Permits (Amendment) Act: Are you ready?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
IRELAND: Employment Permits (Amendment) Act: Are you ready?

(Ireland’s Employment Permits Amendment Act is set to take effect Oct. 1. In a series of alerts, BAL will highlight the major changes to help prepare employers for this overhaul of Ireland’s employment permit... »

AUSTRALIA: Government to review skilled migration and temporary work visa programs

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Government to review skilled migration and temporary work visa programs

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia isundertaking a review of its skilled migration and temporary work visa programs that seeks to make far-reaching changes and establish a new framework for skilled foreign... »

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 1

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 1

Entrants have from Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at noon EDT to Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official lottery website. Lottery applications must conform to the... »

SPAIN: Significant Reforms Planned for Tax System

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
SPAIN: Significant Reforms Planned for Tax System

The Spanish government has put forward a tax reform plan that includes lower income tax rates and changes to the taxation of savings and capital gains, as well as the so-called “impatriate” tax regime.... »

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