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... »

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.... »

CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

Thursday, August 14, 2014
CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? China has implemented polio inspections for travelers from nine countries. What does the change mean? Travelers entering China from any of the specified countries, regardless of nationality, may be subject... »

ANGOLA: Repatriation deposit now required

Thursday, August 14, 2014
ANGOLA: Repatriation deposit now required

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Angolan immigration authorities are now enforcing an existing law requiring that holders of Temporary Stay Visas pay a repatriation deposit. What does the change mean? The SME (Serviço de... »

UNITED STATES: Third-quarter statistics for H-1B and PERM applications released

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: Third-quarter statistics for H-1B and PERM applications released

The Department of Labor has released quarterly statistics on H-1B and PERM applications for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 (April 1 to June 30, 2014). The total H-1B determinations in the third... »

UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

In September, the priority date cut-off for EB-2 India will advance by more than three months, to May 1, 2009, but could be retrogressed as early as November 2014. EB-3 Philippines will advance by... »

FRANCE: Stricter Requirements for Posting Workers; Increased Penalties for Noncompliance

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
FRANCE: Stricter Requirements for Posting Workers; Increased Penalties for Noncompliance

EU companies posting workers to France must comply with stricter reporting requirements, while the French companies that receive the posted workers must comply with tougher verification requirements. Potential penalties for noncompliance have increased for... »

IRELAND: New Law Aims to Attract Workers with Technology Skills

Monday, August 11, 2014
IRELAND: New Law Aims to Attract Workers with Technology Skills

The President of Ireland signed into law the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 on 27 July 2014, which now becomes the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014. The Act contains and authorizes new rules intended... »

AUSTRALIA: Report recommends major changes to improve 457 visa system

Monday, August 11, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Report recommends major changes to improve 457 visa system

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A report recommending numerous changes to the subclass 457 visa system will be released shortly, according to an announcement by Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia... »

JAPAN: Foreign residents traveling outside Japan must fill out revised ED card

Friday, August 8, 2014
JAPAN: Foreign residents traveling outside Japan must fill out revised ED card

Impact – MEDIUM What is the change? Japan has revised the Embarkation/Disembarkation Card (ED Card) for foreign residents who leave Japan with plans to reenter. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals departing from Japan must... »

KAZAKHSTAN: Employers’ quota allocation application deadline approaches

Friday, August 8, 2014
KAZAKHSTAN: Employers’ quota allocation application deadline approaches

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Applications for hiring foreign nationals in job categories covered by the Kazakh quota system next year are due by Aug. 28. What does the change mean? Employers who are seeking... »

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