Hong Kong: Longer Stays and Relaxed Criteria for Foreign Nationals in Hong Kong

Friday, January 30, 2015
Hong Kong: Longer Stays and Relaxed Criteria for Foreign Nationals in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has announced plans to increase the allowable duration of stay for General Employment Policy (GEP), Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP) and Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) visa holders, including... »

Serbia: Intracompany Transferees, Other Foreign Workers Subject to New Work Permit Categories

Friday, January 30, 2015
Serbia: Intracompany Transferees, Other Foreign Workers Subject to New Work Permit Categories

Serbia has introduced a new work permit system that creates three new work permit categories. Most foreign nationals, including certain intracompany transferees, must obtain work and residency permits after arrival in Serbia. The former... »

Turkey: Technical Visa May Allow Multiple-Entry 90-day Cumulative Stays

Friday, January 30, 2015
Turkey: Technical Visa May Allow Multiple-Entry 90-day Cumulative Stays

Foreign nationals with Assembly, Maintenance and Service (AMS) visas may now be eligible for multiple-entries and stays up to three months cumulatively over a year, due to an amendment to the regulations. Previously, most... »

CZECH REPUBLIC (Jan. 29, 2015) – Job-training visas now available

Friday, January 30, 2015
CZECH REPUBLIC (Jan. 29, 2015) – Job-training visas now available

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Czech Republic has started offering job-training visas. What does the change mean? The new visas provide a simpler and faster process than traditional work permits for... »

Ecuador: New Visa-Stamping Deadline for In-Country Visa Applications

Friday, January 30, 2015
Ecuador: New Visa-Stamping Deadline for In-Country Visa Applications

Foreign nationals applying for work visas in Ecuador have 72 hours from the date indicated in the filing receipt to submit their passport for visa stamping. Those who do not meet this deadline will... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 28, 2015) – US consulates in Canada to limit visa appointments

Thursday, January 29, 2015
UNITED STATES (Jan. 28, 2015) – US consulates in Canada to limit visa appointments

Due to a planned system upgrade starting in mid-February and an anticipated service interruption, the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Canada will begin taking fewer visa appointments from applicants applying for nonimmigrant visas to... »

NIGERIA (Jan. 28, 2015) – Business visas-on-arrival gain traction

Thursday, January 29, 2015
NIGERIA (Jan. 28, 2015) – Business visas-on-arrival gain traction

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Nigeria has issued guidance that clarifies procedures for obtaining business visas-on-arrival for business travelers and investors. What does the change mean? Business visas-on-arrival are available for limited... »

AUSTRALIA (28 January 2015) – Australia cracking down on 457 sponsorship violations

Thursday, January 29, 2015
AUSTRALIA (28 January 2015) – Australia cracking down on 457 sponsorship violations

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A popular restaurant in Melbourne has lost its right to recruit foreign workers for five years after being cited for a number of Subclass 457 sponsorship violations.... »

Canada: Application Guidelines Announced for Immigration Investor Venture Capital Program

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Canada: Application Guidelines Announced for Immigration Investor Venture Capital Program

Implementation guidelines for the Immigration Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) program have been published, following the announcement of the IIVC pilot program. Five hundred applications will be accepted for the IIVC program between January 28... »

CANADA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Parent and grandparent program closes after reaching cap

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
CANADA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Parent and grandparent program closes after reaching cap

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? For the second year in a row, applications for parent and grandparent sponsorship have reached the 5,000 annual cap in less than one month. What does the change mean? Canada... »

INDIA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Merger of PIO and OCI cards benefits Indian diaspora and family members

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
INDIA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Merger of PIO and OCI cards benefits Indian diaspora and family members

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? India has merged its Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards with its Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards. What does the change mean? The merger eliminates red... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 27, 2015) – Storm halts USCIS services across parts of Northeast

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
UNITED STATES (Jan. 27, 2015) – Storm halts USCIS services across parts of Northeast

A powerful storm has closed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices across parts of the Northeast. As of Tuesday afternoon, Winter Storm Juno had dumped 11 inches of snow on New York City and... »

THE NETHERLANDS (Jan. 26, 2015) – Japanese nationals exempt from work permits, court says

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
THE NETHERLANDS (Jan. 26, 2015) – Japanese nationals exempt from work permits, court says

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Japanese nationals do not need to secure work authorization to work in the Netherlands, the highest Dutch immigration court has ruled. What does the change mean? Japanese nationals have... »

ISRAEL (Jan. 26, 2015) – 30-day work program reintroduced

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Israel has reintroduced its 30-day Short Employment Authorization (SEA) program after it was temporarily suspended in December. What does the change mean? Qualifying foreign nationals can apply... »

Israel: Short Employment Authorization Visa Program Reopened; Documentary Requirements Revised

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Israel: Short Employment Authorization Visa Program Reopened; Documentary Requirements Revised

Foreign nationals are again eligible to apply for the Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visa program, following its suspension in December 2014, according to an announcement by the work permit unit and the Ministry of... »

COLOMBIA (Jan. 23, 2015) – Certain educational degrees must be apostilled or legalized

Monday, January 26, 2015
COLOMBIA (Jan. 23, 2015) – Certain educational degrees must be apostilled or legalized

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Colombia’s Ministry of Education now requires that applications for degree validation include apostilled or legalized undergraduate diplomas, transcripts and university curricula for the Colombian program for which... »

ISRAEL (Jan. 23, 2015) – U.S. waives in-person requirement for some visa applicants

Monday, January 26, 2015
ISRAEL (Jan. 23, 2015) – U.S. waives in-person requirement for some visa applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The U.S. Embassy in Israel will allow Israeli nationals who meet certain criteria to renew U.S. visitor visas without an in-person visit. What does the change mean?... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 23, 2015) – Immigration opponent to take key immigration leadership role

Monday, January 26, 2015
UNITED STATES (Jan. 23, 2015) – Immigration opponent to take key immigration leadership role

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has been named the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. As BAL has previously reported, Sessions is a major opponent of immigration reform... »

United States: USCIS Director Says H-4 EAD Rule is Near Completion

Friday, January 23, 2015
United States: USCIS Director Says H-4 EAD Rule is Near Completion

In a conference call with stakeholders today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez said that his agency is completing work on a regulation that allows certain H-4 nonimmigrants to apply for employment... »

MALAYSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Malaysia enforcing ‘transfer of endorsement’ rule for foreigners holding new passports

Friday, January 23, 2015
MALAYSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Malaysia enforcing ‘transfer of endorsement’ rule for foreigners holding new passports

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Malaysia has recently begun enforcing an existing rule that foreigners holding new passports take steps to transfer their employment passes and other passes to their new passports.... »

RUSSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Deadline nears for quarterly income reporting of highly qualified foreign specialists

Friday, January 23, 2015
RUSSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Deadline nears for quarterly income reporting of highly qualified foreign specialists

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Employers must report the income of highly qualified foreign specialists on a quarterly basis. What does the change mean? Reporting for the fourth quarter of 2014 is... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – Administration moves to re-establish relations with Cuba, ease travel restrictions

Friday, January 23, 2015
UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – Administration moves to re-establish relations with Cuba, ease travel restrictions

The Obama administration has taken steps in recent days to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and to ease travel restrictions for Americans wishing to travel to the island nation. The actions follow the Dec.... »

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