Escape to New Zealand – Top Tips for settling into the Rugby nation

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Escape to New Zealand – Top Tips for settling into the Rugby nation

From rolling green hills to cinematic mountain backdrops, New Zealand offers an opportunity to experience the wealth and breadth of the planet’s geography within one location. As well as boasting one of the world’s... »

CANADA: Tax Authority Extends Filing Deadline to May 5

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CANADA: Tax Authority Extends Filing Deadline to May 5

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has extended the filing deadline for 2013 personal tax returns to May 5, 2014, after it temporarily shut down its online services to fix a critical security issue. Although... »

AUSTRALIA: New Surcharge for All Immigration Fees Paid by Credit Card

Thursday, April 17, 2014
AUSTRALIA: New Surcharge for All Immigration Fees Paid by Credit Card

Effective April 19, 2014, credit card payments for any Visa Application Charge or other immigration-related fee will incur a surcharge. The surcharge will range between 1.08% and 2.91% depending on the credit card used... »

NIGERIA: April 30 Deadline for Residence Card Applications

Thursday, April 17, 2014
NIGERIA: April 30 Deadline for Residence Card Applications

Long-term foreign workers who have not already done so must apply for the Nigerian residence card by April 30 or face possible deportation. Nationals of ECOWAS member countries and short-term workers of three months... »

CANADA: Four-Year Limits on Stay for Temporary Foreign Workers Become Effective in April 2015

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CANADA: Four-Year Limits on Stay for Temporary Foreign Workers Become Effective in April 2015

From April 1, 2015, temporary foreign workers who have worked in Canada for four years and who do not fall within certain exempt categories will be required to depart Canada and may not be... »

RUSSIA: Stricter rules for foreign workers and visitors

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
RUSSIA: Stricter rules for foreign workers and visitors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Those applying for visa extensions must hold a passport that is valid for six months beyond the requested visa extension end date. What does the change mean?... »

BRAZIL: World Cup will delay consular visa processing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
BRAZIL: World Cup will delay consular visa processing

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The World Cup, which will take place in Brazil from June 12-July 13, will bring a crush of visa applications to Brazilian consulates worldwide. What does the... »

ECUADOR: New Residence Permit Introduced for Select MERCOSUR Nationalities

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ECUADOR: New Residence Permit Introduced for Select MERCOSUR Nationalities

A new two-year residence permit with shorter processing times and fewer document requirements will be available to eight MERCOSUR nationalities later this year. The permit will grant work authorization without requiring company sponsorship. Nationals... »

NAMIBIA: Overview of tax system

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NAMIBIA: Overview of tax system

April 14:  The Namibian tax system is source-based. Any amount of cash received by or accruing to any person from a source within (or deemed to be within) Namibia is subject to tax in... »

NIGERIA: VAT schedules for each state now required

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NIGERIA: VAT schedules for each state now required

April 14:  Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service now requires companies operating in multiple locations and that file their value added tax (VAT) returns centrally to comply with the attribution principle. In other words, taxpayers... »

UNITED STATES: USCIS issues first receipts for H-1B cap cases

Monday, April 14, 2014
UNITED STATES: USCIS issues first receipts for H-1B cap cases

April 11, 2014 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun issuing its first receipts to H-1B petitioners only one day after it announced that it had conducted lotteries to select the cap-subject... »

CANADA: New Processing Model for Permanent Residence Program

Monday, April 14, 2014
CANADA: New Processing Model for Permanent Residence Program

Canada will change how it selects and processes permanent residence applications in 2015, under the recently announced Express Entry program. Under Express Entry, foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to Canada will be matched with... »

ISRAEL: Immigration processing suspended during Passover

Friday, April 11, 2014
ISRAEL: Immigration processing suspended during Passover

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government offices are closed for Passover from April 10 through April 23. What does the change mean? Processing of visa applications and work permits will be suspended.... »

UNITED STATES: White House to advance work authorization for H-4 spouses

Friday, April 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: White House to advance work authorization for H-4 spouses

April 10, 2014 – This week, the White House announced that it intends to move forward on a proposed rule that would allow spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work while present in... »

UNITED STATES: H-1B petitions hit 172,500; lottery completed

Friday, April 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: H-1B petitions hit 172,500; lottery completed

April 10, 2014 – The number of H-1B petitions filed in the first week of filing hit 172,500, according to an announcement today by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This year’s filings were... »

INDIA: Consulates in San Francisco, Houston now require filing of ‘Additional Particulars Form’

Thursday, April 10, 2014
INDIA: Consulates in San Francisco, Houston now require filing of ‘Additional Particulars Form’

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Indian Consulates in San Francisco and Houston now require applicants for visas to complete an Additional Particulars Form before traveling. What does the change mean? The... »

COLOMBIA: Venezuelans may now apply for Mercosur visa

Thursday, April 10, 2014
COLOMBIA: Venezuelans may now apply for Mercosur visa

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Venezuelan nationals may now apply for Mercosur visas in Colombia. What does the change mean? Venezuelans may use the visa for stays in Colombia lasting up to... »

VIETNAM: Vietnam tightens local police clearance rules on recent arrivals

Thursday, April 10, 2014
VIETNAM: Vietnam tightens local police clearance rules on recent arrivals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A new rule mandates that foreigners who arrive in Vietnam before filing a work permit application must submit a local police clearance certificate, in addition to an... »

UNITED STATES: May 2014 Visa Bulletin: No Movement in EB-3 Worldwide and China Cut-Off; Modest Advancements for EB-3 India and EB-2 China

Thursday, April 10, 2014
UNITED STATES: May 2014 Visa Bulletin: No Movement in EB-3 Worldwide and China Cut-Off; Modest Advancements for EB-3 India and EB-2 China

The cutoff date for EB-3 China and most other countries will remain at October 1, 2012. EB-3 India will advance by two weeks, to October 1, 2003, and EB-3 Philippines will advance by eighteen... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Consultation Published on Taxing Nonresidents’ Gains on Property

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Consultation Published on Taxing Nonresidents’ Gains on Property

The U.K. government has published its plans to make gains made by nonresidents on U.K. residential property subject to capital gains taxation from April 2015 in a comparable way to U.K. residents. Following up... »

SWITZERLAND: Court Makes Landmark Decision on Inter-cantonal Taxation of Employment Income

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SWITZERLAND: Court Makes Landmark Decision on Inter-cantonal Taxation of Employment Income

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruled on 29 January 2014, that the current system of inter-cantonal allocation of income taxes of Swiss resident taxpayers who are subject to wage withholding taxes is in violation... »

TURKEY: New Law to Place Restrictions on Business Visitors, Cause Gradual Changes to Residence Permit Rules

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
TURKEY: New Law to Place Restrictions on Business Visitors, Cause Gradual Changes to Residence Permit Rules

The new immigration law — to be implemented in stages beginning on April 12 — will create significant changes to residence permit requirements and filing procedures and will place new restrictions on business and... »

AUSTRALIA: Changes Proposed to Work Authorization Requirements for Offshore Resource Workers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Changes Proposed to Work Authorization Requirements for Offshore Resource Workers

The Australian Parliament is now considering a bill to repeal legislation that would require all foreign offshore workers to hold a visa granting employment authorization if they will work in any capacity on an... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Important Changes to Form 42 Filing, Upcoming Deadlines

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Important Changes to Form 42 Filing, Upcoming Deadlines

Companies have until 6 July 2014 to submit Form 42, the U.K. tax return for unapproved employment-related share incentives, in respect of any reportable events for the tax year ended 5 April 2014. Additionally... »

UNITED STATES: H-1B cap closes April 7; lottery announced

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
UNITED STATES: H-1B cap closes April 7; lottery announced

April 7, 2014 – H-1B petitions filed in the first week have exceeded the annual limits of 65,000 for undergraduate degree applicants and 20,000 for applicants holding a U.S. master’s degree or higher, according... »

SOUTH AFRICA: New VFS visa centers to accept mandatory in-person applications on June 1

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: New VFS visa centers to accept mandatory in-person applications on June 1

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Department of Home Affairs, or DHA, has contracted with VFS Global to open visa facilitation centers across the country to handle applications within South Africa under... »

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