VENEZUELA/UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – American travelers no longer visa-exempt

Thursday, March 5, 2015
VENEZUELA/UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – American travelers no longer visa-exempt

IMPACT – LOW  What is the change? Venezuela is no longer extending visa-exempt status to American visitors and will reduce the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. What does the change mean? American... »

BELGIUM (March 4, 2015) – ‘Foreigners’ tax’ takes effect for residence permits and D visas

Thursday, March 5, 2015
BELGIUM (March 4, 2015) – ‘Foreigners’ tax’ takes effect for residence permits and D visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New government administrative fees, popularly known as the “foreigners’ tax,” have taken effect in Belgium. What does the change mean? Foreigners are now subject to the new... »

UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Obama signs DHS funding bill

Thursday, March 5, 2015
UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Obama signs DHS funding bill

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through September, ending the possibility of the agency’s partial closure for this fiscal year. The House of Representatives passed... »

UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Mandatory E-Verify legislation passes House Judiciary Committee

Thursday, March 5, 2015
UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Mandatory E-Verify legislation passes House Judiciary Committee

A bill that would require all U.S. employers to participate in the E-Verify program was approved Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation faces strong opposition from Democrats who argue that it could have... »

GERMANY (March 3, 2015) – Academic enrollment certificate copies now accepted for internship applications

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
GERMANY (March 3, 2015) – Academic enrollment certificate copies now accepted for internship applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Students applying for internship work placement can now do so with a copy of their college or university enrollment certificate rather than the original. What does the change... »

CANADA (March 3, 2015) – Soon-to-expire 4-year limit on LMIA-based work permits will not affect high-skilled foreign workers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
CANADA (March 3, 2015) – Soon-to-expire 4-year limit on LMIA-based work permits will not affect high-skilled foreign workers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? A four-year time limit on certain lower-skilled foreign workers will expire on April 1. What does the change mean? The April 1 expiration date does not affect companies sponsoring... »

India: Tourist Visa on Arrival to be Extended to 150 Countries in Phases

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
India: Tourist Visa on Arrival to be Extended to 150 Countries in Phases

Following the earlier expansion of the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA), the program will be further extended to a total of 150 countries in phases during current fiscal year, according to an announcement by the... »

Belgium: Additional Fees, Electronic Payment Process Implemented for Residence Permit and Visa D Applications

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Belgium: Additional Fees, Electronic Payment Process Implemented for Residence Permit and Visa D Applications

Effective immediately, certain residence permit and visa D applicants are subject to an additional administrative fee ranging from EUR 60 to 215 per application, regardless of whether the application was filed with a Belgian... »

UNITED STATES (March 2, 2015) – House measure funds DHS for another week

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
UNITED STATES (March 2, 2015) – House measure funds DHS for another week

A shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security was averted late Friday night when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise measure that will fund the agency until midnight Friday. Congress must vote again on Friday to keep... »

HONG KONG (Feb. 27, 2015) – Immigration improvements planned for coming months

Monday, March 2, 2015
HONG KONG (Feb. 27, 2015) – Immigration improvements planned for coming months

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A series of proposed immigration improvements benefiting foreign workers in several categories are planned to take effect in the coming months. What does the change mean? Among the benefits, foreign... »

UKRAINE (Feb. 27, 2015) – Accreditation card processing suspended for some Russian, foreign nationals

Monday, March 2, 2015
UKRAINE (Feb. 27, 2015) – Accreditation card processing suspended for some Russian, foreign nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Economic Development has suspended processing of accreditation cards for Russian nationals who are invited to work in a foreign company’s Ukrainian representative office. The suspension... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 27, 2015) – DHS faces possible shutdown

Monday, March 2, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 27, 2015) – DHS faces possible shutdown

The Department of Homeland Security faced the likelihood of a partial shutdown Friday, after the House of Representatives voted down a bill to keep the agency running for three weeks. Funding for DHS expires... »

United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

Saturday, February 28, 2015
United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

A partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been temporarily averted with votes in both the House and Senate to extend funding for the agency for one week, until March 6.... »

Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

Friday, February 27, 2015
Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

Bermuda has adopted new work permit policies that will take effect March 1, 2015. Key changes include a more streamlined and faster work permit application process for long- and short-term work, new short-term work... »

SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Work Permit levies in all sectors

Friday, February 27, 2015
SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Work Permit levies in all sectors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Singaporean government announced in its 2015 budget that it will defer proposed hikes in the monthly levies for Work Permits and S Passes until 2016 for all... »

AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – More seasonal worker visas to become available

Friday, February 27, 2015
AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – More seasonal worker visas to become available

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia will increase the number of Seasonal Worker Program visas it makes available in the 2015-16 fiscal year. The number will increase from 3,250 to 4,250. What does the change... »

AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – Australia allowing clearance from select FBI-approved channelers

Friday, February 27, 2015
AUSTRALIA (26 February 2015) – Australia allowing clearance from select FBI-approved channelers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? U.S. citizens and permanent residents needing an FBI clearance for an Australian visa can now use select FBI-approved channelers to obtain clearance. What does the change mean? The change... »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Court reverses USCIS interpretation of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 24, 2015) – Court reverses USCIS interpretation of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’

A federal court in Seattle has ruled that the position of “market research analyst” falls within the definition of “specialty occupation” for purposes of obtaining an H-1B visa. In a rare move, the court... »

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