European Union: EU States Expected to Harmonize Immigration Rules for Intracompany Transferees by 2016

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
European Union: EU States Expected to Harmonize Immigration Rules for Intracompany Transferees by 2016

European lawmakers are expected to adopt a new directive that will require EU member states to offer a combined work and residence permit for intracompany transferees. The permit would be exempt from labor market... »

INDIA: Retirement funds requesting names of foreign workers

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
INDIA: Retirement funds requesting names of foreign workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Indian agency that handles employee retirement funds, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), is asking the Foreign Regional Registration Offices (FRRO) for complete lists of foreign... »

CHINA: Foreign registrations getting tight scrutiny in Shanghai

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
CHINA: Foreign registrations getting tight scrutiny in Shanghai

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Police in Shanghai have begun strictly enforcing foreign registration. What does the change mean? Police are conducting random checks at residential compounds to determine whether foreign nationals... »

MALAYSIA: All companies must use online portal for Employment Passes processed through Putrajaya

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
MALAYSIA: All companies must use online portal for Employment Passes processed through Putrajaya

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? With little notice, the Putrajaya headquarters of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has mandated that all companies use the new online portal to apply for employment passes.... »

CANADA: Canada Experience Class filling quickly, could reach quota soon

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
CANADA: Canada Experience Class filling quickly, could reach quota soon

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Canada Experience Class (CEC) has received over 6,000 applications since the annual filing began in November 2013, and its quota of 12,000 could be reached before... »

UKRAINE: Entry restrictions imposed for Russian men

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
UKRAINE: Entry restrictions imposed for Russian men

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The hotline of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has confirmed that Ukraine has imposed dramatic new restrictions barring entry to most Russian men. What does... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Minimum Salary Levels Increased for Tier 2 Workers

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Minimum Salary Levels Increased for Tier 2 Workers

Minimum salary requirements for Tier 2 foreign nationals working in the UK increased by approximately one to three percent on April 6, 2014. The United Kingdom has increased the minimum salary requirements for foreign... »

GHANA: Authorities performing more immigration checks

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
GHANA: Authorities performing more immigration checks

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ghana’s immigration authorities are ramping up office inspections in which they check papers of foreign workers. What does the change mean? Employers and foreign workers should be... »

SINGAPORE: Improved registration extended to all Employment Pass holders and dependents

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SINGAPORE: Improved registration extended to all Employment Pass holders and dependents

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will extend several improved registration services to Employment Pass, or EP, holders and their family members. What does the change mean? The... »

EUROPEAN UNION: Parliament agrees to common rules for non-EU intracompany transferees

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
EUROPEAN UNION: Parliament agrees to common rules for non-EU intracompany transferees

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The European Parliament has voted to adopt standardized rules governing non-EU intracompany transferees, or ICTs, posted to a European Union member state. What does the change mean?... »

UNITED STATES: H-1B cap premium processing begins April 28

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
UNITED STATES: H-1B cap premium processing begins April 28

April 17, 2014 – Premium processing of H-1B cap-subject petitions will begin on April 28, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced. This will include petitions seeking an exemption from the cap for individuals... »

Escape to New Zealand – Top Tips for settling into the Rugby nation

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Escape to New Zealand – Top Tips for settling into the Rugby nation

From rolling green hills to cinematic mountain backdrops, New Zealand offers an opportunity to experience the wealth and breadth of the planet’s geography within one location. As well as boasting one of the world’s... »

CANADA: Tax Authority Extends Filing Deadline to May 5

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CANADA: Tax Authority Extends Filing Deadline to May 5

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has extended the filing deadline for 2013 personal tax returns to May 5, 2014, after it temporarily shut down its online services to fix a critical security issue. Although... »

AUSTRALIA: New Surcharge for All Immigration Fees Paid by Credit Card

Thursday, April 17, 2014
AUSTRALIA: New Surcharge for All Immigration Fees Paid by Credit Card

Effective April 19, 2014, credit card payments for any Visa Application Charge or other immigration-related fee will incur a surcharge. The surcharge will range between 1.08% and 2.91% depending on the credit card used... »

NIGERIA: April 30 Deadline for Residence Card Applications

Thursday, April 17, 2014
NIGERIA: April 30 Deadline for Residence Card Applications

Long-term foreign workers who have not already done so must apply for the Nigerian residence card by April 30 or face possible deportation. Nationals of ECOWAS member countries and short-term workers of three months... »

CANADA: Four-Year Limits on Stay for Temporary Foreign Workers Become Effective in April 2015

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CANADA: Four-Year Limits on Stay for Temporary Foreign Workers Become Effective in April 2015

From April 1, 2015, temporary foreign workers who have worked in Canada for four years and who do not fall within certain exempt categories will be required to depart Canada and may not be... »

RUSSIA: Stricter rules for foreign workers and visitors

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
RUSSIA: Stricter rules for foreign workers and visitors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Those applying for visa extensions must hold a passport that is valid for six months beyond the requested visa extension end date. What does the change mean?... »

BRAZIL: World Cup will delay consular visa processing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
BRAZIL: World Cup will delay consular visa processing

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The World Cup, which will take place in Brazil from June 12-July 13, will bring a crush of visa applications to Brazilian consulates worldwide. What does the... »

ECUADOR: New Residence Permit Introduced for Select MERCOSUR Nationalities

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ECUADOR: New Residence Permit Introduced for Select MERCOSUR Nationalities

A new two-year residence permit with shorter processing times and fewer document requirements will be available to eight MERCOSUR nationalities later this year. The permit will grant work authorization without requiring company sponsorship. Nationals... »

NAMIBIA: Overview of tax system

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NAMIBIA: Overview of tax system

April 14:  The Namibian tax system is source-based. Any amount of cash received by or accruing to any person from a source within (or deemed to be within) Namibia is subject to tax in... »

NIGERIA: VAT schedules for each state now required

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
NIGERIA: VAT schedules for each state now required

April 14:  Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service now requires companies operating in multiple locations and that file their value added tax (VAT) returns centrally to comply with the attribution principle. In other words, taxpayers... »

UNITED STATES: USCIS issues first receipts for H-1B cap cases

Monday, April 14, 2014
UNITED STATES: USCIS issues first receipts for H-1B cap cases

April 11, 2014 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun issuing its first receipts to H-1B petitioners only one day after it announced that it had conducted lotteries to select the cap-subject... »

CANADA: New Processing Model for Permanent Residence Program

Monday, April 14, 2014
CANADA: New Processing Model for Permanent Residence Program

Canada will change how it selects and processes permanent residence applications in 2015, under the recently announced Express Entry program. Under Express Entry, foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to Canada will be matched with... »

ISRAEL: Immigration processing suspended during Passover

Friday, April 11, 2014
ISRAEL: Immigration processing suspended during Passover

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government offices are closed for Passover from April 10 through April 23. What does the change mean? Processing of visa applications and work permits will be suspended.... »

UNITED STATES: White House to advance work authorization for H-4 spouses

Friday, April 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: White House to advance work authorization for H-4 spouses

April 10, 2014 – This week, the White House announced that it intends to move forward on a proposed rule that would allow spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work while present in... »

UNITED STATES: H-1B petitions hit 172,500; lottery completed

Friday, April 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: H-1B petitions hit 172,500; lottery completed

April 10, 2014 – The number of H-1B petitions filed in the first week of filing hit 172,500, according to an announcement today by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This year’s filings were... »

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