AUSTRALIA: (25 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (25 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has expanded the list of foreign nationals eligible to submit online applications for Temporary Work visas to nearly 200 countries. What does the change mean? Online... »

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: Work and Holiday Visa Finalized With China; Free Trade Agreement Proposes Streamlined Entry

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
AUSTRALIA/CHINA: Work and Holiday Visa Finalized With China; Free Trade Agreement Proposes Streamlined Entry

Australia has completed negotiations for a Work and Holiday Visa program that will allow Chinese nationals to visit Australia for up to twelve months and work for up to six months during that time.... »

COSTA RICA: (Nov. 24, 2014) Costa Rica simplifies temporary residence process

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
COSTA RICA: (Nov. 24, 2014) Costa Rica simplifies temporary residence process

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Certain foreign nationals seeking Temporary Residence Permits may now submit an employer’s offer letter in support of their applications instead of appearing in person in Costa Rica. What... »

AUSTRALIA: (24 November 2014) English testing requirements amended for certain permanent residency applicants

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (24 November 2014) English testing requirements amended for certain permanent residency applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The regulations concerning acceptable tests for the evidencing of English language ability have been amended for some visa subclasses. What does the change mean? Applicants who are required to... »

SINGAPORE: (Nov. 21, 2014) Changes in work authorization impact some foreign spouses

Monday, November 24, 2014
SINGAPORE: (Nov. 21, 2014) Changes in work authorization impact some foreign spouses

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Beginning next year, foreign spouses of Singapore citizens and permanent residents on Long Term Visit Passes may obtain Letters of Consent from the Ministry of Manpower allowing... »

INDIA: (Nov. 21, 2014) Indian Prime Minister promises visas on arrival for Australian nationals soon

Monday, November 24, 2014
INDIA: (Nov. 21, 2014) Indian Prime Minister promises visas on arrival for Australian nationals soon

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Speaking in Australia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a visa-on-arrival facility for Australian tourists. He also said the merger of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and... »

UNITED STATES: President Announces Plans for Business Immigration, Removal Relief

Friday, November 21, 2014
UNITED STATES: President Announces Plans for Business Immigration, Removal Relief

The President has offered a collection of initiatives that, among other things, should permit earlier filing of employment-based adjustment of status applications, broaden employment authorization opportunities for STEM-degree graduates of U.S. institutions, and expand... »

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) China to be added to Work and Holiday visa program

Friday, November 21, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) China to be added to Work and Holiday visa program

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia and China have agreed to a Work and Holiday visa arrangement. What does the change mean? Australia will grant up to 5000 Work and Holiday visas... »

INDONESIA: (Nov. 20, 2014) Foreign nationals ending employment must leave country sooner

Friday, November 21, 2014
INDONESIA: (Nov. 20, 2014) Foreign nationals ending employment must leave country sooner

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has changed the rules on exit permits for foreign nationals who have completed their work assignments. What does the change mean? Exit permits are now valid for seven... »

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

Friday, November 21, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has expanded the list of foreign nationals eligible to submit online applications for Temporary Work visas. What does the change mean? Online visa applications are significantly... »

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... »

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