UNITED STATES: Department of Labor investigation reminds employers to comply with H-1B wage laws

Friday, August 29, 2014
UNITED STATES: Department of Labor investigation reminds employers to comply with H-1B wage laws

Aug. 28, 2014 – Companies employing H-1B workers are subject to investigation by the Department of Labor for prevailing wage violations, and risk legal action, civil penalties, back wages and taxes, and suspension from... »

CANADA: New LMIA rules affect timing of work permit application

Friday, August 29, 2014
CANADA: New LMIA rules affect timing of work permit application

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Undernew rules for positions requiring a labor market impact assessment (LMIA), work permit applications cannot be lodged until the LMIA has been approved. What does the change... »

UAE: Immigration Reform Law Restructures Short-Term Visa Categories, Increases Fees and Compliance Obligations

Friday, August 29, 2014
UAE: Immigration Reform Law Restructures Short-Term Visa Categories, Increases Fees and Compliance Obligations

Restructured entry visa options should facilitate travel and provide more options to companies sending foreign employees to the UAE for short-term engagements. The reforms also increase processing fees, and may expand in-country change of... »

UNITED STATES/CANADA: Border delays expected during Labor Day weekend

Thursday, August 28, 2014
UNITED STATES/CANADA: Border delays expected during Labor Day weekend

U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) is warning travelers about heavy traffic and longer lines at border crossings during the Labor Day weekend from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, observed in both Canada and the... »

AUSTRALIA: Investment criteria relaxed for Significant Investor Visa

Thursday, August 28, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Investment criteria relaxed for Significant Investor Visa

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced a change that significantly eases investment restrictions of Significant Investor Visa (SIV) nominees. What does the change mean? New... »

UNITED STATES: Requests for evidence spike for O-1 petitions

Thursday, August 28, 2014
UNITED STATES: Requests for evidence spike for O-1 petitions

Aug. 26, 2014 – Over the past several months, BAL has seen a sudden and steep increase in requests for evidence (RFEs) issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in O-1 visa petitions... »

GLOBAL/US: FATCA reporting requirements now in effect for U.S. nationals living abroad

Thursday, August 28, 2014
GLOBAL/US: FATCA reporting requirements now in effect for U.S. nationals living abroad

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The U.S. has implemented the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), mandating new reporting requirements for Americans living abroad. What does the change mean? U.S. nationals living abroad must... »

BRAZIL: Procedures simplified for Permanent Visa requests based on kinship and for Mercosur members

Thursday, August 28, 2014
BRAZIL: Procedures simplified for Permanent Visa requests based on kinship and for Mercosur members

IMPACT – HIGH What are the changes? The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has issued an order that simplifies Permanent Visa applications based on kinship (marriage, Brazilian child, “stable union”), as well as for citizens of... »

VIETNAM: Resolution would relax proof of work experience for foreign professionals

Friday, August 22, 2014
VIETNAM: Resolution would relax proof of work experience for foreign professionals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Vietnam has issued a resolution to relax a contentious new law that requires that foreign professionals show proof of work experience and a university degree or diploma to... »

AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

Friday, August 22, 2014
AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under recent changes, Azerbaijan has introduced short-term work permits for foreign workers. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals may now apply for permits with durations of three or... »

RUSSIA: Controversial rules take effect for Russian nationals with dual citizenship/residency

Thursday, August 21, 2014
RUSSIA: Controversial rules take effect for Russian nationals with dual citizenship/residency

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Controversial and burdensome requirements that Russian citizens living abroad notify the government of foreign residency or dual citizenship have taken effect; the notification form and deadlines have been... »

EMEA EMMAs 2014 shortlist Announced

Thursday, August 21, 2014
EMEA EMMAs 2014 shortlist Announced

Dedicated to celebrating excellence in global mobility worldwide, the 2014 series of EMMAs will take place in three glamorous international settings to recognize and reward the determination and successes of those at the forefront... »

GHANA: Petroleum sector must follow new job advertising rules

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
GHANA: Petroleum sector must follow new job advertising rules

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ghana’s Petroleum Commission is scheduled to impose new labor market testing rules for oil and gas sector companies that employ foreign workers. What does the change mean? Beginning Sept. 1,... »

RUSSIA: Notification Requirements for Russian Citizens Abroad: What Individuals Need to Know

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
RUSSIA: Notification Requirements for Russian Citizens Abroad: What Individuals Need to Know

New notification requirements for Russian citizens obtaining a permanent residence permit or citizenship overseas took effect on August 4. Russian authorities have released standard forms and clarified filing deadlines for the new requirement. On... »

AUSTRALIA/POLAND: Reciprocal work and holiday visa program launched

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
AUSTRALIA/POLAND: Reciprocal work and holiday visa program launched

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia and Poland have begun a new reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa program for young people. What does the change mean? Up to 200 individuals between the ages of... »

ISRAEL: Investor visa for Americans clears another hurdle

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
ISRAEL: Investor visa for Americans clears another hurdle

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Israel has approved a measure to provide investor visas to Americans, completing a reciprocal agreement in which the U.S. will provide similar visas to eligible Israeli investors. What... »

FRANCE: Labor office audits increase amid new reporting rules for posted workers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
FRANCE: Labor office audits increase amid new reporting rules for posted workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? French labor offices are increasing audits at the same time they are imposing new reporting requirements on French companies that are hosting workers transferred from EU employers. What does... »

AUSTRALIA: Agency cracking down on Working Holiday Visa abusers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Agency cracking down on Working Holiday Visa abusers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Fair Work Ombudsman has begun reviewing industries suspected of exploiting the work provisions of the Working Holiday (subclass 417) Visa. What does the change mean? Underpayment and nonpayment... »

AUSTRALIA: Designated area migration program to loosen restrictions on overseas workers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Designated area migration program to loosen restrictions on overseas workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia will launch a pilot foreign-worker program under a designated area migration agreement (DAMA) with the Northern Territory Government. What does the change mean? The agreement provides... »

SAUDI ARABIA: Foreign workers may renew dependents’ visit visas electronically

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA: Foreign workers may renew dependents’ visit visas electronically

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Saudi Arabia has launched an electronic service that will allow expatriates to renew visit visas for relatives. What does the change mean? Foreign employees may renew visit... »

SINGAPORE: Companies face new rules for employment pass transfers

Thursday, August 14, 2014
SINGAPORE: Companies face new rules for employment pass transfers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Companies that seek to transfer employment pass holders to a subsidiary company or group of companies must meet new criteria. If they do not meet these criteria, they must apply for... »

SAUDI ARABIA: Private employers must provide health insurance to workers and families

Thursday, August 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA: Private employers must provide health insurance to workers and families

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Saudi Arabia’s Health Insurance Council has announced that all private businesses must provide medical insurance for their foreign workers and families. What does the change mean? As of Aug.... »

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