India: Tourist Visa on Arrival to be Extended to 150 Countries in Phases

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
India: Tourist Visa on Arrival to be Extended to 150 Countries in Phases

Following the earlier expansion of the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA), the program will be further extended to a total of 150 countries in phases during current fiscal year, according to an announcement by the... »

Belgium: Additional Fees, Electronic Payment Process Implemented for Residence Permit and Visa D Applications

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Belgium: Additional Fees, Electronic Payment Process Implemented for Residence Permit and Visa D Applications

Effective immediately, certain residence permit and visa D applicants are subject to an additional administrative fee ranging from EUR 60 to 215 per application, regardless of whether the application was filed with a Belgian... »

UNITED STATES (March 2, 2015) – House measure funds DHS for another week

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
UNITED STATES (March 2, 2015) – House measure funds DHS for another week

A shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security was averted late Friday night when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise measure that will fund the agency until midnight Friday. Congress must vote again on Friday to keep... »

HONG KONG (Feb. 27, 2015) – Immigration improvements planned for coming months

Monday, March 2, 2015
HONG KONG (Feb. 27, 2015) – Immigration improvements planned for coming months

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A series of proposed immigration improvements benefiting foreign workers in several categories are planned to take effect in the coming months. What does the change mean? Among the benefits, foreign... »

UKRAINE (Feb. 27, 2015) – Accreditation card processing suspended for some Russian, foreign nationals

Monday, March 2, 2015
UKRAINE (Feb. 27, 2015) – Accreditation card processing suspended for some Russian, foreign nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Economic Development has suspended processing of accreditation cards for Russian nationals who are invited to work in a foreign company’s Ukrainian representative office. The suspension... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 27, 2015) – DHS faces possible shutdown

Monday, March 2, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 27, 2015) – DHS faces possible shutdown

The Department of Homeland Security faced the likelihood of a partial shutdown Friday, after the House of Representatives voted down a bill to keep the agency running for three weeks. Funding for DHS expires... »

United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

Saturday, February 28, 2015
United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

A partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been temporarily averted with votes in both the House and Senate to extend funding for the agency for one week, until March 6.... »

Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

Friday, February 27, 2015
Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

Bermuda has adopted new work permit policies that will take effect March 1, 2015. Key changes include a more streamlined and faster work permit application process for long- and short-term work, new short-term work... »

SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Work Permit levies in all sectors

Friday, February 27, 2015
SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Work Permit levies in all sectors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Singaporean government announced in its 2015 budget that it will defer proposed hikes in the monthly levies for Work Permits and S Passes until 2016 for all... »

AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – More seasonal worker visas to become available

Friday, February 27, 2015
AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – More seasonal worker visas to become available

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia will increase the number of Seasonal Worker Program visas it makes available in the 2015-16 fiscal year. The number will increase from 3,250 to 4,250. What does the change... »

AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – Australia allowing clearance from select FBI-approved channelers

Friday, February 27, 2015
AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – Australia allowing clearance from select FBI-approved channelers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? U.S. citizens and permanent residents needing an FBI clearance for an Australian visa can now use select FBI-approved channelers to obtain clearance. What does the change mean? The change... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Court reverses USCIS interpretation of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Court reverses USCIS interpretation of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’

A federal court in Seattle has ruled that the position of “market research analyst” falls within the definition of “specialty occupation” for purposes of obtaining an H-1B visa. In a rare move, the court... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Supreme Court hears arguments in visa-denial case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Supreme Court hears arguments in visa-denial case

A divided Supreme Court Monday heard arguments in a closely watched case involving a California woman who argues that she has a right to know why her husband was denied a visa to come... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Employer liable in $14 million jury award to foreign temporary workers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Employer liable in $14 million jury award to foreign temporary workers

A federal jury has awarded $14 million to five Indian nationals working for a U.S. company under the temporary-worker visa program. The jury found the employer, along with a labor recruiter and an immigration... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – DHS issues final rule allowing H-4 dependent spouses to apply for work authorization

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – DHS issues final rule allowing H-4 dependent spouses to apply for work authorization

Under a final rule announced today, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders will be able to apply for work authorization beginning May 26. The new H-4 regulation extends work authorization to H-4... »

INDIA/UNITED KINGDOM (Feb. 23, 2015) – Biometrics, online appointments to be required for visas, consular services

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
INDIA/UNITED KINGDOM (Feb. 23, 2015) – Biometrics, online appointments to be required for visas, consular services

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The High Commission of India in London has announced that it will require biometric data capture for visas and other consular services beginning in March. What does the... »

BRAZIL (Feb. 23, 2015) – New rule improves visa conversion process

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
BRAZIL (Feb. 23, 2015) – New rule improves visa conversion process

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A new decree simplifies the process for foreign nationals who are converting from a temporary work visa to a permanent visa. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals may... »

United States: H-4 Employment Authorization Rule Clears Federal Review

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
United States: H-4 Employment Authorization Rule Clears Federal Review

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has given its approval to a final regulation that will allow eligible H-4 nonimmigrants to apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) if their H-1B spouse has... »

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