Agility, Flexibility keys to successful talent deployment according to Weichert survey of US relocation managers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Agility, Flexibility keys to successful talent deployment according to Weichert survey of US relocation managers

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ, July 9, 2014  –  Companies intent on post-recession growth need a mobile workforce agile enough to respond quickly to new opportunities and fill talent gaps across their organizations, according to the... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Amendment to Taxation of Share-Based Awards for Assignees

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Amendment to Taxation of Share-Based Awards for Assignees

A recent amendment to the new U.K. rules on how share-based awards held by internationally mobile employees (IMEs) are taxed, set to come into force on 6 April 2015, will potentially allow any amounts... »

VIETNAM: Government passes immigration law overhaul

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
VIETNAM: Government passes immigration law overhaul

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Vietnam’s National Assembly has passed a new immigration law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. What does the change mean? The law overhauls visa categories and validity periods, prohibits conversion... »

THAILAND: New penalty form must be signed by foreign applicants

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
THAILAND: New penalty form must be signed by foreign applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Thailand has distributed a form, “Acknowledgment of Penalties for a Visa Overstay,” which visitors must sign when they obtain or extend visas. What does the change mean? Thailand is... »

RUSSIA: Salary threshold to drop for specialist IT workers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
RUSSIA: Salary threshold to drop for specialist IT workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Russia will be dropping the minimum salary threshold for IT companies hiring workers in the quota-exempt Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permit category. What does the change mean? IT... »

INDONESIA: Provisional permits no longer available

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
INDONESIA: Provisional permits no longer available

INDONESIA – Provisional permits no longer available July 18, 2014 IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has eliminated 30-day provisional temporary stay permits. What does the change mean? Work permit holders can no longer... »

United Kingdom: Draft PAYE Regulations Amend Tax Code Notification Requirements

Friday, July 18, 2014
United Kingdom: Draft PAYE Regulations Amend Tax Code Notification Requirements

The requirements for issuing copies of tax codes to employees and timely notifying them of changes to those codes are being amended, according to the U.K. tax authority. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has... »

UNITED STATES: Amid Sustained High RFE and Denial Rates, USCIS Ombudsman Exposes Flaws in Adjudication Procedures

Friday, July 18, 2014
UNITED STATES: Amid Sustained High RFE and Denial Rates, USCIS Ombudsman Exposes Flaws in Adjudication Procedures

The USCIS Ombudsman’s 2014 Annual Report targeted USCIS’s continued close scrutiny of high-skilled visa classifications. During the first half of fiscal year 2014, RFEs were issued in nearly 50% of L-1B petitions, nearly 43%... »

AUSTRALIA: Legislative maneuver reverses vote on foreign oil worker visas

Friday, July 18, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Legislative maneuver reverses vote on foreign oil worker visas

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? In response to a Senate vote Wednesday night that blocked several visa categories for foreign oil and gas industry workers, Australia’s Immigration Minister issued a Legislative Instrument on Thursday to override... »

SINGAPORE: As Employers Prepare for Upcoming Job Posting Requirements, New Exemptions Announced

Thursday, July 17, 2014
SINGAPORE: As Employers Prepare for Upcoming Job Posting Requirements, New Exemptions Announced

When new advertising requirements for employment passes take effect this August, companies sponsoring foreign nationals for intracompany assignments or for assignments of one month or less will be exempt. The Ministry of Manpower has... »

PHILIPPINES: Legal Counsel May Now Represent Employers in 9(g) Visa Application Interviews

Thursday, July 17, 2014
PHILIPPINES: Legal Counsel May Now Represent Employers in 9(g) Visa Application Interviews

Companies sponsoring foreign nationals for 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visas may once again use their legal counsel to fulfill in-person filing requirements. Representatives must be authorized through a special power of attorney issued by an... »

AUSTRALIA: Foreign oil and gas workers’ visas thrown into limbo by Senate vote

Thursday, July 17, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Foreign oil and gas workers’ visas thrown into limbo by Senate vote

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A vote in the Australian Senate has struck down several temporary visa categories for foreign workers in the oil and gas sector. What does the change mean?... »

IRELAND: Smart-card rollout causing delays to multiple-entry visas

Thursday, July 17, 2014
IRELAND: Smart-card rollout causing delays to multiple-entry visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Applicants for multiple-entry visas (MEVs) have been experiencing processing delays as Ireland transitions to new smart cards. What does the change mean? Applications formerly completed in one day now... »

AMERICAS: Working Holiday program announced by four countries

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
AMERICAS: Working Holiday program announced by four countries

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The four countries in the Pacific Alliance – Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – have announced a Working Holiday visa program. What does the change mean? Nationals of the... »

EUROPEAN UNION: Court rejects Germany’s language proficiency requirement

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
EUROPEAN UNION: Court rejects Germany’s language proficiency requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The European Union’s Court of Justice has rejected Germany’s requirement that spouses of Turkish nationals demonstrate language proficiency. What does the change mean? The German language regulation violates the... »

GLOBAL: Eid holiday will close offices, cause delays

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
GLOBAL: Eid holiday will close offices, cause delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Eid holiday at the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan will close many government and private offices throughout the world for two to 10 days, depending... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Paperless labor cards, e-contracts cut processing times to 48 hours

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Paperless labor cards, e-contracts cut processing times to 48 hours

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Labour in Dubai is moving to paperless labor cards and employment contracts for purposes of work permit and residency visa applications. What does the change... »

UKRAINE: Visa-free EU regime anticipated

Monday, July 14, 2014
UKRAINE: Visa-free EU regime anticipated

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Council of the European Union has launched the second phase of visa liberalization with Ukraine. What does the change mean? If adopted, the regime will allow visa-free travel... »

UNITED STATES: USCIS requests for evidence continue to climb

Monday, July 14, 2014
UNITED STATES: USCIS requests for evidence continue to climb

Requests for evidence (RFEs) – including “unduly burdensome” requests – continue to plague high-skilled worker petitions in the H-1B, L-1A and L-1B categories, according to the 2014 annual report of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... »

UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

Friday, July 11, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The U.K. is tightening its rules on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas to crack down on abuse. What does the change mean? Tier 4 (Student) and Tier 1 (Post Study... »

UNITED STATES: Stats show low success rates for H-1B, L-1 and EB-1 administrative appeals

Friday, July 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: Stats show low success rates for H-1B, L-1 and EB-1 administrative appeals

The approval rates for H-1B, L-1, and EB-1 petitioners who file administrative appeals are extremely low, according to recently released statistics by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In fiscal year 2013, the chances... »

AUSTRALIA: Relaxed Requirements for Subclass 457 Visa Holders Seeking Permanent Residence and Other Changes

Thursday, July 10, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Relaxed Requirements for Subclass 457 Visa Holders Seeking Permanent Residence and Other Changes

It is now easier for Subclass 457 visa holders seeking permanent residence under the Employer Nomination or Regional Sponsored Migration programs to demonstrate that they meet prior employment requirements where their employer has undergone... »

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