UNITED STATES: Fragomen Pitches In to Assist Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Thursday, September 18, 2014
UNITED STATES: Fragomen Pitches In to Assist Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

In response to an unprecedented refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of children fleeing abuse and violence in Central America have shown up alone to seek refuge in the United... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai conducting unannounced workplace audits

Thursday, September 18, 2014
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai conducting unannounced workplace audits

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Immigration and Labor Ministries have begun making unscheduled on-site visits to companies in Dubai. What does the change mean? Companies located in Dubai mainland and the free zones... »

VIETNAM: PIT Can Be Calculated from Day of Arrival in Vietnam

Thursday, September 18, 2014
VIETNAM: PIT Can Be Calculated from Day of Arrival in Vietnam

Following the Vietnamese government’s instructions to improve the business environment and enhance national competitiveness, on 25 August 2014, the Ministry of Finance issued Circular 119/2014/TT-BTC amending a number of regulations in order to reform... »

ITALY: Joint ventures qualify for intracompany transfer work permits

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
ITALY: Joint ventures qualify for intracompany transfer work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Italy’s Ministry of Labor has clarified that it will issue intracompany work permits for joint venture arrangements. What does the change mean? Non-EU workers may obtain work... »

GLOBAL: Muslim holiday will delay processing in many countries

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
GLOBAL: Muslim holiday will delay processing in many countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Around the beginning of October, countries with majority or large Muslim populations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia will shut down for periods ranging from two... »

SOUTH AFRICA: Government postpones strict parental travel provision again

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Government postpones strict parental travel provision again

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Implementation of a cumbersome provision requiring that parents carry unabridged birth certificates for any children traveling with them has again been postponed, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba... »

MOROCCO: Employment Processing Services Halted, Delays Ahead, Due to Restructuring

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
MOROCCO: Employment Processing Services Halted, Delays Ahead, Due to Restructuring

In Morocco, the processing of work permit applications and other employment services has been suspended until further notice, due to the restructuring of the Moroccan Ministry of Employment. Effective immediately, employers in Morocco will... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Companies urged to file before holiday break

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Companies urged to file before holiday break

IMPACT –MEDIUM What is the change? Government offices will close for five days in early October in observance of Eid al-Adha. What does the change mean? Processing of work permits and other services will be delayed.... »

CHINA: National holidays to delay processing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
CHINA: National holidays to delay processing

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Chinese government offices will be closed Oct. 1-7 in observance of National Day. What does the change mean? The closures will halt work permit processing for one week. Implementation timeframe: Oct.... »

UNITED STATES: EB-2 India unavailable until Oct. 1; large retrogression predicted

Monday, September 15, 2014
UNITED STATES: EB-2 India unavailable until Oct. 1; large retrogression predicted

Effective immediately, visa numbers in the Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2) category for India are unavailable for the remainder of the current fiscal year which ends Sept. 30, according to the U.S. Department of State.... »

INDIA: Government forms task force to expedite visas and citizenship for Hindu Pakistani nationals

Monday, September 15, 2014
INDIA: Government forms task force to expedite visas and citizenship for Hindu Pakistani nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has formed a task force to speed up processing of long-term visa and citizenship applications for Pakistani nationals who are Hindu and... »

UNITED STATES: ‘Administrative processing’ attorney inquiries eliminated

Monday, September 15, 2014
UNITED STATES: ‘Administrative processing’ attorney inquiries eliminated

Sept. 11, 2014 The U.S. Department of State has stopped fielding attorney email inquiries regarding administrative processing on behalf of visa applicants. As a result, visa applicants should be prepared for the possibility of delays in issuance.... »

SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

Monday, September 15, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on issuing visas, work permits and business contracts to Dutch nationals and Dutch companies. What does the change mean? Applications by Dutch employers... »

MOROCCO: Ministry of Employment freezes all processing amid restructuring

Friday, September 12, 2014
MOROCCO: Ministry of Employment freezes all processing amid restructuring

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A restructuring at the Moroccan Ministry of Employment has temporarily halted all processing. What does the change mean? All services, including processing of work authorization applications, are on hold... »

AUSTRALIA: Recommendations to overhaul 457 program released

Friday, September 12, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Recommendations to overhaul 457 program released

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? An independent review of Australia’s 457 program has been published, recommending major systemic changes to the skilled workers occupations list, criteria for approval of visas, and oversight... »

CANADA: CIC Will Again Accept Work Permit Extensions Where LMIA is Pending at Time of Filing

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
CANADA: CIC Will Again Accept Work Permit Extensions Where LMIA is Pending at Time of Filing

Employers applying for work permit extensions are once again permitted to file work permit applications while a required Labor Market Impact Assessment application is still pending, the CIC has clarified. This practice provides employers... »

UNITED STATES: October Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Worldwide to advance; EB-2 India remains unchanged

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
UNITED STATES: October Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Worldwide to advance; EB-2 India remains unchanged

The U.S. State Department has released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin. The priority dates for nationals of China in the EB-3 (employment-based third preference) category will advance moderately by five months to April 1,... »

AUSTRALIA: Departure eGates to speed airport processing

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Departure eGates to speed airport processing

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia will introduce automated departure eGates at its eight international airports from mid-2015. What does the change mean? The eGates will speed processing for travelers departing Australia. Implementation timeframe: The... »

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: Ebola virus triggers travel and immigration restrictions

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: Ebola virus triggers travel and immigration restrictions

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has prompted numerous national responses affecting travel and immigration rules and procedures around the world. The disease has infected an estimated 3,685 people and... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Tenants Should be Prepared for “Right to Rent” Checks

Monday, September 8, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Tenants Should be Prepared for “Right to Rent” Checks

Foreign nationals renting residential property in certain areas of the UK should be prepared to provide their immigration documents to landlords, who will soon be required to check such documents to comply with a... »

AUSTRALIA: SmartGate automatic border processing expanded to all valid ePassports

Monday, September 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA: SmartGate automatic border processing expanded to all valid ePassports

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia now recognises all valid ePassports to be eligible to present to its SmartGate automatic border processing system. What does the change mean? Travellers with valid ePassports... »

AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

Monday, September 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia and Spain have entered a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement. What does the change mean? The agreement provides 500 Work and Holiday Visas for each country per... »

UNITED STATES: US Consulates in Australia to temporarily limit appointments

Monday, September 8, 2014
UNITED STATES: US Consulates in Australia to temporarily limit appointments

Sept. 5, 2014 – U.S. Consulates in Australia will begin to temporarily limit visa and consular service appointments from now through November, when Australia is scheduled to host the G20 (Group of Twenty) Leaders’ Summit,... »

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