Kenya: Security Law Brings Stricter Work Permit Requirements

Monday, December 22, 2014
Kenya: Security Law Brings Stricter Work Permit Requirements

Foreign nationals in Kenya will face stricter work permit rules due to a new amendment that has been implemented in line with a renewed focus by the Kenyan government on national security concerns. The... »

Switzerland: Work Permit Quotas for B and L Permits Reduced for 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014
Switzerland: Work Permit Quotas for B and L Permits Reduced for 2015

The B and L-Permit quota numbers have been reduced by 1,000 for foreign nationals from non-EU/ European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries or Croatia. The quota for EU/EFTA nationals on assignment applying for B... »

UNITED STATES (Dec. 19, 2014) – Sarah Saldaña confirmed as next ICE director

Monday, December 22, 2014
UNITED STATES (Dec. 19, 2014) – Sarah Saldaña confirmed as next ICE director

Earlier this week, Sarah Saldaña, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was confirmed by the Senate 55-39. Only two Republicans voted in favor of her confirmation,... »

THE NETHERLANDS: (Dec. 18, 2014) Salary requirements to increase for highly-skilled migrants

Friday, December 19, 2014
THE NETHERLANDS: (Dec. 18, 2014) Salary requirements to increase for highly-skilled migrants

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Netherlands’ monthly salary requirements for highly-skilled migrant workers will increase by 3.48 percent Jan. 1. What does the change mean? Companies will have to pay slightly higher salaries to... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 18, 2014) Mandatory employer-covered health insurance to take effect soon

Friday, December 19, 2014
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 18, 2014) Mandatory employer-covered health insurance to take effect soon

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? On Jan. 1, two Dubai free zones will implement a law that requires companies to cover all employees with basic health insurance, and it is expected that all immigration offices in Dubai... »

WORLDWIDE: Immigration Processing During the Holiday Season

Thursday, December 18, 2014
WORLDWIDE: Immigration Processing During the Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many government offices worldwide will close or have reduced staff and hours of operation, likely resulting in processing delays for work permits, residence permits and visas over the coming weeks... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Expedited Entry Program Implemented at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

Thursday, December 18, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Expedited Entry Program Implemented at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

Foreign nationals with biometric passports from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the United States can apply for the Registered Traveller program to expedite their entry into the UK at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.... »

ST KITTS AND NEVIS: Security Measures Require Reissuance of Some Passports

Thursday, December 18, 2014
ST KITTS AND NEVIS: Security Measures Require Reissuance of Some Passports

St. Kitts and Nevis will no longer recognize a foreign passport issued between January 2012 and July 2014 if it does not list a birthplace or does not reflect the holder’s current name. Foreign... »

MOZAMBIQUE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Stricter quota enforcement sought on hiring of foreign workers

Thursday, December 18, 2014
MOZAMBIQUE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Stricter quota enforcement sought on hiring of foreign workers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Mozambique is ramping up its efforts to stop companies from using third-party recruiting agencies to sidestep government quotas on foreign workers. What does the change mean? Employers... »

UNITED KINGDOM/EGYPT: (Dec. 17, 2014) British Embassy in Egypt reopens

Thursday, December 18, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM/EGYPT: (Dec. 17, 2014) British Embassy in Egypt reopens

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The British Embassy in Egypt has reopened after closing last week due to unspecified security concerns. What does the change mean? Immigration, travel and other consular services... »

SINGAPORE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Employment Pass to be required of foreign employees before starting work

Thursday, December 18, 2014
SINGAPORE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Employment Pass to be required of foreign employees before starting work

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower will require that foreign employees obtain their Employment Pass before they can start work. What does the change mean? Foreign employees will no... »

BELGIUM: (Dec. 16, 2014) Parliament weighs new fee on foreign workers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
BELGIUM: (Dec. 16, 2014) Parliament weighs new fee on foreign workers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Belgian government has proposed imposing a new fee on foreign workers applying for residence permits. What does the change mean? Under the current proposal, foreign nationals... »

AUSTRALIA: (16 December 2014) Visa application fees for spouses and partners to increase 50 per cent

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (16 December 2014) Visa application fees for spouses and partners to increase 50 per cent

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government will sharply raise application fees for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas in the new year. What does the change mean? Applicants can avoid the... »

RUSSIA: (Dec. 16, 2014) New requirements set for labor agreements, medical insurance for foreign workers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
RUSSIA: (Dec. 16, 2014) New requirements set for labor agreements, medical insurance for foreign workers

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Amendments to the Russian Labor Code that change employers’ duties toward foreign employees took effect Dec. 12. What does the change mean? Employers must sign labor agreements... »

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA: (15 December 2014) Australia, South Korea launch trade agreement

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA: (15 December 2014) Australia, South Korea launch trade agreement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement took effect 12 December. What does the change mean? Business visitors, intra-company transferees, contractual service suppliers and executives who are nationals of Australia or... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 15, 2014) Transition to TECOM online portal causing delays

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 15, 2014) Transition to TECOM online portal causing delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A new online portal for companies operating in the Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone is experiencing an extremely high volume of applications. What does the change... »

CHINA: (Dec. 15, 2014) Authorities to clarify regulations on new short-term work visas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
CHINA: (Dec. 15, 2014) Authorities to clarify regulations on new short-term work visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Chinese authorities will clarify regulations regarding activities permitted by foreign nationals in China on M and F visas for fewer than 90 days. What does the change mean? Foreigners... »

UNITED STATES: (Dec. 12, 2014) US immigrant visas dropped in 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Dec. 12, 2014) US immigrant visas dropped in 2014

The U.S. issued 467,370 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2014 – a decrease of more than 5,700 compared with 2013 and nearly 15,000 fewer than the number of immigrant visas issued in 2012, according to... »

UNITED KINGDOM/GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) UK, Canada close embassies in Egypt, suspending services

Monday, December 15, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM/GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) UK, Canada close embassies in Egypt, suspending services

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Canadian and British embassies in Egypt have halted public services due to unspecified security concerns. What does the change mean? Until further notice, both Canada and the United... »

GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) Holiday period to delay processing

Monday, December 15, 2014
GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) Holiday period to delay processing

IMPACT – MEDIUM What are the changes? Many government offices close for a number of holidays across the world at the end of the year and in early 2015. Christmas and New Year’s Day will... »

RUSSIA: (Dec. 12, 2014) Notification rules for employers of foreign workers to change Jan. 1

Monday, December 15, 2014
RUSSIA: (Dec. 12, 2014) Notification rules for employers of foreign workers to change Jan. 1

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Russia’s Federal Migration Service will change the notification rules for employers of foreign workers. What does the change mean? Employers must report the hiring or termination of a foreign... »

BELGIUM: New Minimum Salary Levels Announced

Friday, December 12, 2014
BELGIUM: New Minimum Salary Levels Announced

Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum base salary for highly skilled foreign workers applying for Type “B” work permits will increase to €39,422 annually, for senior management and foreign nationals in executive-level positions to... »

CHINA: Short-Term Work Authorization Requirements Implemented

Friday, December 12, 2014
CHINA: Short-Term Work Authorization Requirements Implemented

Starting January 1, 2015, foreign nationals working in China for up to 90 days in certain activities will require work authorization and must apply for a “Z” visa to enter China. Foreign nationals who... »

TURKEY: 60-Day Passport Validity Rule Effective January 1, 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014
TURKEY: 60-Day Passport Validity Rule Effective January 1, 2015

Foreign nationals must have a passport valid for at least 60 days past their allowable visa or work/residence permit duration to enter Turkey, starting January 1, 2015. Travelers who do not meet this requirement... »

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