AUSTRALIA: Maximum Stay Period for Subclass 400 Visa Increased, But Longer Stays Must Have Strong Business Justification

Thursday, November 20, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Maximum Stay Period for Subclass 400 Visa Increased, But Longer Stays Must Have Strong Business Justification

Holders of Subclass 400 (Temporary Work) visas will be able to request to stay in Australia for a maximum stay of up to six months, effective November 23, 2014. Employers and foreign nationals will... »

INDONESIA: (Nov. 19, 2014) Indonesia tightens document requirements for work permits

Thursday, November 20, 2014
INDONESIA: (Nov. 19, 2014) Indonesia tightens document requirements for work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has introduced more stringent endorsement and signature requirements for foreign nationals applying for work permits. What does the change mean? Applicants will be required to provide... »

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: (19 November 2014) Free Trade Agreement announced

Thursday, November 20, 2014
AUSTRALIA/CHINA: (19 November 2014) Free Trade Agreement announced

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia and China have completed negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. What does the change mean? Although the “CHAFTA” will take some time to undergo domestic debate and... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 19, 2014) Technical problems plaguing US Embassies worldwide

Thursday, November 20, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Nov. 19, 2014) Technical problems plaguing US Embassies worldwide

U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are experiencing technical problems in sending and receiving communications, resulting in possible delays in visa processing. The problem has been confirmed by U.S. Embassies globally. U.S. Embassies... »

INDIA: (Nov. 18, 2014) India simplifies immigration procedures for Japanese nationals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
INDIA: (Nov. 18, 2014) India simplifies immigration procedures for Japanese nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under a new rule, residence permits for Japanese nationals in India are now automatically valid for the length of their visas. In a separate development, India has done... »

IRELAND: (Nov. 18, 2014) New payment system causing delays, backlog likely during holiday season

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
IRELAND: (Nov. 18, 2014) New payment system causing delays, backlog likely during holiday season

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A new payment system under the new employment permits legislation is slowing down processing. What does the change mean? Under the new system, payments must be received in the Department of... »

PORTUGAL: (Nov. 17, 2014) ‘Golden Visa’ corruption probe causing processing delays

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
PORTUGAL: (Nov. 17, 2014) ‘Golden Visa’ corruption probe causing processing delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Portuguese police are investigating corruption in the Golden Visa program and have detained for questioning several officials, including the director of SEF, Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras. What... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 17, 2014) H-1B, PERM, Wage determinations up from last year

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Nov. 17, 2014) H-1B, PERM, Wage determinations up from last year

H-1B, PERM and Prevailing Wage determinations all increased significantly in fiscal year 2014, according to year-end data recently released by the U.S. Labor Department. H-1B determinations reached 519,503 compared with 442,254 for fiscal 2013. Of total determinations... »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Nov. 14, 2014) UK to expand 24-hour visa service to several more countries

Monday, November 17, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Nov. 14, 2014) UK to expand 24-hour visa service to several more countries

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The United Kingdom will expand its 24-hour “super priority” visa service to Turkey, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and the Philippines, as well as to the... »

COSTA RICA: Visa Overstays Now Subject to New Fines

Monday, November 17, 2014
COSTA RICA: Visa Overstays Now Subject to New Fines

Foreign nationals in Costa Rica who are out of status may be subject to overstay fines. As such, Costa Rican employers must ensure that their foreign employees remain in status during their employment, and... »

UNITED STATES: Holiday Travel Planning for Foreign Nationals

Monday, November 17, 2014
UNITED STATES: Holiday Travel Planning for Foreign Nationals

If you will be traveling internationally during the upcoming holiday season, make sure that you have all the necessary documents, including a passport with sufficient remaining validity, a valid visa in the appropriate classification,... »

COSTA RICA: Temporary Residence Permit Applicants Can Submit Offer Letters From Abroad

Monday, November 17, 2014
COSTA RICA: Temporary Residence Permit Applicants Can Submit Offer Letters From Abroad

Employees of accredited companies can now submit offer letters from abroad in support of their Temporary Residence permits. Prior to this change, foreign workers had to either travel to Costa Rica to submit work... »

TURKEY: (Nov. 13, 2014) New rules to limit in-country applications by foreign workers

Monday, November 17, 2014
TURKEY: (Nov. 13, 2014) New rules to limit in-country applications by foreign workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Turkey will implement new restrictions on in-country applications for residence permits, work permit conversions and Assembly and Maintenance Visa extensions. What does the change mean? As of Jan. 1, foreign... »

COLOMBIA: (Nov. 13, 2014) Colombia suspends Mercosur visa for Venezuelans

Monday, November 17, 2014
COLOMBIA: (Nov. 13, 2014) Colombia suspends Mercosur visa for Venezuelans

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Colombian officials have indefinitely suspended issuance of Mercosur visas to Venezuelan nationals, saying Venezuela has failed to develop a Mercosur visa option for Colombian nationals. What does the... »

CHINA/UNITED STATES (Nov. 13, 2014) Embassy announces extended-validity visas for certain US visitors

Monday, November 17, 2014
CHINA/UNITED STATES (Nov. 13, 2014) Embassy announces extended-validity visas for certain US visitors

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Chinese Embassy in the U.S. has announced that as of Nov. 11 it is accepting applications for extended-validity visas agreed to in the recent reciprocal visa deal... »

COLOMBIA: (Nov. 11, 2014) Colombian companies must register workers online

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
COLOMBIA: (Nov. 11, 2014) Colombian companies must register workers online

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Colombia has launched a new online system for employers of foreign nationals to report on the status of their workers. The new system has specific measures in place... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 11, 2014) US moves quickly to issue new visas under agreement with China

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Nov. 11, 2014) US moves quickly to issue new visas under agreement with China

The U.S. will begin issuing extended-validity visas this week to Chinese nationals under a new reciprocal visa agreement between the two countries, the U.S. State Department has announced. Under the agreement, announced Monday, business and tourist... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 11, 2014) Visa-waived nationals undergoing increased screening before travel to US

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Nov. 11, 2014) Visa-waived nationals undergoing increased screening before travel to US

Travelers who do not require a visa to travel to the U.S. must answer additional questions on the electronic questionnaire completed before travel, according to a Nov. 3 announcement by the U.S. Department of... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 10, 2014) Court rules on L-1B ’specialized knowledge’ definition

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Nov. 10, 2014) Court rules on L-1B ’specialized knowledge’ definition

A federal appeals court has overturned an L-1B visa decision by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in which a foreign chef was denied a visa on the grounds that he did not have the... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 10, 2014) December Visa Bulletin: EB-3 to advance significantly for most countries

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Nov. 10, 2014) December Visa Bulletin: EB-3 to advance significantly for most countries

All countries will advance forward in the employment-based third preference (EB-3) category for professionals and skilled workers, according to the State Department’s December Visa Bulletin. Priority dates for EB-3 Worldwide, Mexico and Philippines will... »

UNITED STATES/CHINA:(Nov. 10, 2014) US, China reach deal on visas

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
UNITED STATES/CHINA:(Nov. 10, 2014) US, China reach deal on visas

President Barack Obama announced Monday that the U.S. has reached a reciprocal agreement with China to ease visas for business visitors, tourists and students. Obama revealed the visa deal in a speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation... »

The key trends impacting global mobility managers

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In an interview with Brian Friedman the founder of the Forum for Expatriate management, Melissa Sudano, director – global mobility at CA Technologies, discussed the current trends and challenges facing global mobility managers.  ... »

SOUTH AFRICA: (Nov. 7, 2014) Critical Skills Visa documentary criteria eased

Monday, November 10, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: (Nov. 7, 2014) Critical Skills Visa documentary criteria eased

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? South Africa has eased certain documentary criteria to support a Critical Skills Work Visa application. What does the change mean? If applicants have proof they have applied for registration with a South African... »

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