COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Over the past month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has grown increasingly strict about enforcing a requirement that applicants for TP-4 Visas have either a local contract or... »

INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? As part of the employment visa process, India now requires that employers provide their Employees’ Provident Fund Organization identification number. What does the change mean? Employers must enter their EPFO... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

The Labor Department has increased audits of PERM labor certification applications. Companies applying for PERMs should prepare for more audits and longer timelines, given that audits can delay PERM application approval by up to... »

UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

Monday, October 20, 2014
UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

The UK and Ireland have signed a visa agreement that will allow foreign nationals to travel to both countries with a single visa from either country. Chinese and Indian nationals will be the first... »

AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

Monday, October 20, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

The Australian government plans to streamline the subclass 457 visa application process and reduce administrative burdens on sponsoring businesses, in response to an independent review of the program that took place in September. Over... »

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

Monday, October 20, 2014
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In a reciprocal agreement, Singapore and Hong Kong will allow eligible travelers to enroll in each other’s automated border clearance systems. What does the change mean? The arrangement will... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

Monday, October 20, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

The FBI has resumed processing clearance requests after a new computer system suspended operations last month. The FBI is currently processing requests received Aug. 5, 2014. However, the FBI has stressed that processing remains slow; therefore, applicants... »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

Monday, October 20, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Home Office has released a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules covering nearly all U.K. immigration categories. What does the change mean? Among the changes, there are new rules... »

COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

Friday, October 17, 2014
COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

Foreign nationals applying for new or renewed work visas must submit an executed employment or services contract with a Colombian entity. Employers of intracompany transferees on home payroll must indicate in the local contract... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

Friday, October 17, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

Beginning next year, employers who use E-Verify will no longer have access to records that are more than 10 years old. On Jan. 1, E-Verify records created before Dec. 31, 2004 will be permanently deleted... »

INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

Friday, October 17, 2014
INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

IMPACT –MEDIUM What is the change? All Persons of Indian Origin cards are now valid for the cardholder’s life. What does the change mean? Holders of current PIO cards effectively have been given a lifetime visa.... »

AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

Friday, October 17, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government has announced four changes to its temporary skilled foreign worker (subclass 457) visa program. What does the change mean? The changes will retain the... »

CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

Thursday, October 16, 2014
CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

China has introduced random residence checks and higher fines to enforce the residence registration requirement for foreign nationals. Foreign nationals must register their residence at a local police station within 24 hours of arrival.... »

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

Thursday, October 16, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Papua New Guinea’s labor agency has announced holiday shutdown periods in December and January. What does the change mean? Employers should plan to file work permit applications as early... »

IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

Thursday, October 16, 2014
IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? An increasing number of foreign national students are registering at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin’s City Centre. The heightened demand has caused long queues and significant... »

AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

Thursday, October 16, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government will launch a new Premium Investor Visa to attract higher net-worth investors, and will make other changes to the Significant Investor Visa program in... »

NETHERLANDS: Knowledge Migrants Must Be Paid Upon Arrival

Thursday, October 16, 2014
NETHERLANDS: Knowledge Migrants Must Be Paid Upon Arrival

Under a new Dutch government policy, employers in the Netherlands must start paying Knowledge Migrants’ salaries upon arrival regardless of the contract start date or work authorization status. Employers must start paying Knowledge Migrants’... »

American Express and Deutsche Bank to speak at Global Mobility Summit

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
American Express and Deutsche Bank to speak at Global Mobility Summit

American Express, Deutsche Bank and TNT Express are among the employers that will speak at the EMEA Global Mobility Summit 2014 in London on 7 November. This flagship event, run by the Forum for... »

UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND: (Oct. 14, 2014) Joint UK-Irish visa to launch for Chinese, Indian travelers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND: (Oct. 14, 2014) Joint UK-Irish visa to launch for Chinese, Indian travelers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The United Kingdom and Ireland have entered into an agreement to ease business and tourist travel in the two countries for Chinese and Indian nationals. What does... »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 14, 2014) Visa waivers granted to certain Chinese, Indian nationals

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 14, 2014) Visa waivers granted to certain Chinese, Indian nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Philippines has granted visa-free entry to certain Chinese and Indian nationals. What does the change mean? Chinese and Indian nationals holding a valid and current American,... »

CHINA: (Oct. 14, 2014) Work furloughs to close Beijing government offices

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
CHINA: (Oct. 14, 2014) Work furloughs to close Beijing government offices

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government and quasi-governmental employees in Beijing will be given a six-day furlough to reduce the number of cars on the road during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.... »

ANGOLA: New Visas Ease Business Travel to Angola

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
ANGOLA: New Visas Ease Business Travel to Angola

Brazilian citizens can now obtain multiple-entry visas for travel to Angola. New short-term and long-term visa options will facilitate business travel between Angola and Cape Verde. Angolan and Cape Verdean citizens will have an... »

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