Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Foreign nationals applying for subclass 457 visas are now subject to a lower minimum salary level to be eligible for a market salary rate exemption and a more flexible English language proficiency requirement, according... »

VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stopped accepting petitions for criminal background checks due to internal reorganization. What does the change mean? People living in Venezuela who... »

POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Poland has now stopped issuing tax ID numbers automatically to EU nationals as well as non-EU nationals. What does the change mean? All foreign workers who require... »

ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Israel will observe public holidays April 22-25. What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed and immigration processing will be suspended. Implementation time frame: April 22-25. Visas/permits affected: All visas... »

NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

Sunday, April 19, 2015
NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New Zealand has waived labour market testing requirements for companies employing foreign nationals renewing temporary work visas, provided the employees are applying under the Essential Skills policy and... »

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

Sunday, April 19, 2015
PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Portugal’s new law on administrative procedures requires that all documents submitted to government agencies be... »

Venezuela: Audit May Delay In-Country Legalizations and Apostilles

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Venezuela: Audit May Delay In-Country Legalizations and Apostilles

An ongoing audit at the Office of Consular Affairs of the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Venezuelan Government will delay legalization and apostille processes in the country. Depending on the destination country,... »

UNITED KINGDOM (April 15, 2015) – Brazilian Consulate in London suspends services

Thursday, April 16, 2015
UNITED KINGDOM (April 15, 2015) – Brazilian Consulate in London suspends services

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Brazilian Consulate in London is closed because of damage to the building. What does the change mean? The closure will suspend regular services, and visa applicants should expect... »

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – At H-1B season’s close, employers begin weighing alternatives

Thursday, April 16, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – At H-1B season’s close, employers begin weighing alternatives

Now that H-1B cap season has closed, many employers will be searching for other options for foreign skilled workers who were not selected in the lottery. Alternatives to H-1B visas have become increasingly important... »

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – Analysis: USCIS issues binding guidance on location changes, H-1B amended petitions

Thursday, April 16, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – Analysis: USCIS issues binding guidance on location changes, H-1B amended petitions

On April 9, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a binding, precedent decision that requires an employer to file an amended petition with USCIS whenever an H-1B worker moves to a worksite that was not... »

NEW ZEALAND (14 April 2015) – New Zealand less flexible on permanent residence application processes; processing times improve

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
NEW ZEALAND (14 April 2015) – New Zealand less flexible on permanent residence application processes; processing times improve

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New Zealand authorities have grown stricter when processing residence applications in the Skilled Migration Category, requiring employers to complete employment verification questionnaires within five business days. What does... »

INDIA (April 14, 2015) – Indian embassies requiring PIO-OCI card conversions

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
INDIA (April 14, 2015) – Indian embassies requiring PIO-OCI card conversions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Embassy of India in the U.S. and U.K. are requiring holders of previously issued Person of Indian Origin cards to obtain an Overseas Citizen of India... »

United States: USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of H-1B Cap Cases on April 27

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
United States: USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of H-1B Cap Cases on April 27

USCIS will begin to adjudicate H-1B cap cases filed under premium processing on April 27, it announced today. Despite a record number of H-1B cap submissions, the agency has exceeded its projected start date for... »

South Africa: New Immigration Center to Expedite Visa and Permit Processing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
South Africa: New Immigration Center to Expedite Visa and Permit Processing

The Department of Home Affairs is expected to open an expedited immigration processing center in Pretoria by March 2016, according to an announcement by the Home Affairs Minister. A pilot program is expected to offer... »

IRELAND (April 13, 2015) – Online re-entry visa appointment system launching soon

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
IRELAND (April 13, 2015) – Online re-entry visa appointment system launching soon

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Ireland is planning to launch an online appointment system for re-entry visa applications soon. What does the change mean? The online visa system will provide a more orderly scheme, especially during... »

CHINA (April 13, 2015) – New Z visa does not invalidate existing 10-year business, tourist, study visas

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
CHINA (April 13, 2015) – New Z visa does not invalidate existing 10-year business, tourist, study visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The issuance of a new Z visa or residence visa does not automatically void a previously issued valid 10-year business (M), tourist (L) or study (F) visa. What does the... »

UNITED STATES (April 13, 2015) – USCIS: H-1B petitions approached 233,000, lottery completed

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 13, 2015) – USCIS: H-1B petitions approached 233,000, lottery completed

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received nearly 233,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions during this year’s filing period, the agency said in a statement Monday. USCIS also confirmed that it has completed the lottery selection. Petitions that were... »

United States: May 2015 Visa Bulletin: Cut-Off Date Imposed for EB-5 China; EB-2 China and India Advance, While EB-3 Philippines Retrogresses Significantly

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
United States: May 2015 Visa Bulletin: Cut-Off Date Imposed for EB-5 China; EB-2 China and India Advance, While EB-3 Philippines Retrogresses Significantly

According to the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, the EB-5 subcategory for China will be subject to a cut-off date of May 1, 2013 and is likely to remain backlogged indefinitely. Next month will... »

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