RUSSIA (April 30, 2015) – 2016 quota application period begins

Friday, May 1, 2015
RUSSIA (April 30, 2015) – 2016 quota application period begins

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Russia has begun accepting 2016 quota applications from companies aiming to secure foreign labor What does the change mean? If they have not already done so, employers should begin... »

GLOBAL (April 30, 2015) – Australia, Canada, Singapore report scams targeting immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015
GLOBAL (April 30, 2015) – Australia, Canada, Singapore report scams targeting immigrants

IMPACT – MEDIUM Authorities in Australia, Canada and Singapore have all warned in recent weeks of scams targeting immigrants in their countries The recent warnings highlight a global trend of attempts to trick immigrants... »

AUSTRALIA 2015 Annual Immigration Survey

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
AUSTRALIA 2015 Annual Immigration Survey

Demand for high-skilled workers in Australia has increased significantly in the past few years. Meanwhile, Australian immigration laws have been evolving in line with the policy objectives of the ruling Liberal Party. Many immigration... »

UNITED STATES – Bill would allow E-2 treaty investors to become permanent residents

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
UNITED STATES – Bill would allow E-2 treaty investors to become permanent residents

A bill introduced in the House last week would allow foreign business owners in the U.S. on E-2 treaty investor visas to apply for permanent residency after 10 years. E-2 visas allow foreign citizens... »

UNITED STATES: Lawsuit seeks to block H-4 spousal work rule

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
UNITED STATES: Lawsuit seeks to block H-4 spousal work rule

A lawsuit has been filed that seeks to stop the Department of Homeland Security from implementing the new regulation that allows H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B employees to apply for work authorization. The complaint,... »

Russia: Standard Work Permit Quota Application Deadlines Announced

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Russia: Standard Work Permit Quota Application Deadlines Announced

The deadline for filing standard work permit quota applications for 2016 is July 1, 2015. The deadline for filing standard work permit quota corrections for 2015 is September 1, 2015. Employers will also face... »

BRUNEI (April 28, 2015) – Business licenses now required as part of business visa applications

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
BRUNEI (April 28, 2015) – Business licenses now required as part of business visa applications

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Brunei’s Department of Immigration and National Registration is requiring applicants for Business Visit Visas to submit copies of their business license during the application process. What does... »

CANADA (April 28, 2015) – Additional provisions implemented for LMIA-based work permits

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
CANADA (April 28, 2015) – Additional provisions implemented for LMIA-based work permits

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? A few new provisions related to the new high-wage and low-wage streams for workers in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will take effect April 30. What does... »

Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Foreign nationals applying for subclass 457 visas are now subject to a lower minimum salary level to be eligible for a market salary rate exemption and a more flexible English language proficiency requirement, according... »

VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stopped accepting petitions for criminal background checks due to internal reorganization. What does the change mean? People living in Venezuela who... »

POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Poland has now stopped issuing tax ID numbers automatically to EU nationals as well as non-EU nationals. What does the change mean? All foreign workers who require... »

ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Israel will observe public holidays April 22-25. What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed and immigration processing will be suspended. Implementation time frame: April 22-25. Visas/permits affected: All visas... »

NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

Sunday, April 19, 2015
NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New Zealand has waived labour market testing requirements for companies employing foreign nationals renewing temporary work visas, provided the employees are applying under the Essential Skills policy and... »

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

Sunday, April 19, 2015
PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Portugal’s new law on administrative procedures requires that all documents submitted to government agencies be... »

Venezuela: Audit May Delay In-Country Legalizations and Apostilles

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Venezuela: Audit May Delay In-Country Legalizations and Apostilles

An ongoing audit at the Office of Consular Affairs of the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Venezuelan Government will delay legalization and apostille processes in the country. Depending on the destination country,... »

UNITED KINGDOM (April 15, 2015) – Brazilian Consulate in London suspends services

Thursday, April 16, 2015
UNITED KINGDOM (April 15, 2015) – Brazilian Consulate in London suspends services

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Brazilian Consulate in London is closed because of damage to the building. What does the change mean? The closure will suspend regular services, and visa applicants should expect... »

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – At H-1B season’s close, employers begin weighing alternatives

Thursday, April 16, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – At H-1B season’s close, employers begin weighing alternatives

Now that H-1B cap season has closed, many employers will be searching for other options for foreign skilled workers who were not selected in the lottery. Alternatives to H-1B visas have become increasingly important... »

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – Analysis: USCIS issues binding guidance on location changes, H-1B amended petitions

Thursday, April 16, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – Analysis: USCIS issues binding guidance on location changes, H-1B amended petitions

On April 9, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a binding, precedent decision that requires an employer to file an amended petition with USCIS whenever an H-1B worker moves to a worksite that was not... »

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