UNITED STATES: State Department Consular System Back Online, But Visa Issuance Delays Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
UNITED STATES: State Department Consular System Back Online, But Visa Issuance Delays Persist

The State Department’s consular database has resumed limited operations after technical problems reported late last week. Foreign nationals awaiting nonimmigrant visa issuance are experiencing delays as the agency works through backlogs. The State Department’s... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Short-Term Business Visitor Agreement to Be Updated

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Short-Term Business Visitor Agreement to Be Updated

Based on recent discussions between professional bodies and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), it is understood that there are plans for an updated Appendix 4 (short-term business visitor) agreement to be published in the... »

INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

Monday, July 28, 2014
INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Indonesia’s Immigration Office has increased the fees on 30-day and seven-day visas-on-arrival (VOAs). What does the change mean? This is a small increase, but an opportunity to remind foreign assignees... »

UNITED KINGDOM: New biometrics rule set for young children

Friday, July 25, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: New biometrics rule set for young children

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The U.K. is rolling out a new biometrics requirement for visa applicants under 5 years old. What does the change mean? Children under 5 must attend a biometrics appointment to... »

UNITED STATES: State Department glitch delays visas globally

Friday, July 25, 2014
UNITED STATES: State Department glitch delays visas globally

An outage in the U.S. Department of State’s database that processes visas and other immigration documents is causing delays for travelers seeking U.S. visas around the world. The glitch in the Consular Consolidated Database began on... »

NORWAY: Minimum Salary Increases for Non-EU Workers

Friday, July 25, 2014
NORWAY: Minimum Salary Increases for Non-EU Workers

The minimum salary threshold for new and renewal Residence and Work Permit applicants with bachelor’s degrees has increased to NOK 380,300 per year, provided no industry-specific collective bargaining agreement applies, effective July 1, 2014.... »

WORLDWIDE: Immigration Offices Will Close Across the Middle East, North Africa and Parts of Asia for Eid-al-Fitr

Thursday, July 24, 2014
WORLDWIDE: Immigration Offices Will Close Across the Middle East, North Africa and Parts of Asia for Eid-al-Fitr

Government offices in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia are expected to close for the holiday around July 28, depending on lunar sightings. Government offices throughout the Middle East, North Africa... »

ITALY: High Court Rules 10% Tax on Bankers’ Bonuses Is Valid

Thursday, July 24, 2014
ITALY: High Court Rules 10% Tax on Bankers’ Bonuses Is Valid

The Italian Constitutional Court has ruled that the 10-percent tax on banking bonuses is not contrary to the Italian constitution. The 10-percent levy applies to senior executives in the financial services sector on their... »

AUSTRALIA: SmartGate expanded to Singapore nationals

Thursday, July 24, 2014
AUSTRALIA: SmartGate expanded to Singapore nationals

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia is expanding its automatic border processing program to Singaporean nationals. What does the change mean? Singaporean ePassport holders can now receive faster processing at Australian airports. Implementation timeframe: Immediate.... »

Top Tips for Moving to Canada

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Top Tips for Moving to Canada

Canada is an attractive destination for people that want to move abroad, with its cosmopolitan cities, unblemished landscape and multicultural society. Comprising of ten provinces and territories, Canada is the second largest country in... »

AUSTRALIA: Polio vaccination required for certain travelers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Polio vaccination required for certain travelers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In response to a World Health Organization (WHO) alert, Australia is requiring polio vaccination certificates for certain travelers. What does the change mean? Travelers who have spent 28 days... »

UNITED KINGDOM: UK to offer 24-hour visa service to Chinese visitors

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: UK to offer 24-hour visa service to Chinese visitors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The United Kingdom will begin offering 24-hour “super priority” visas to Chinese nationals. What does the change mean? For a payment of £600, Chinese nationals may receive British travel... »

SINGAPORE: More jobs exempt from new advertising requirement

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
SINGAPORE: More jobs exempt from new advertising requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower has added a new category that will be exempt from the new Fair Consideration Framework. What does the change mean? Companies will not have to advertise... »

SINGAPORE: Employers must document job interviews with Singaporean candidates

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
SINGAPORE: Employers must document job interviews with Singaporean candidates

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under the new Fair Consideration Framework, employers who sponsor foreign workers for Employment Passes will be asked several questions about why Singaporeans were not hired for those jobs.... »

KAZAKHSTAN: 2015 Quota Allocation Applications Due by September 1

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
KAZAKHSTAN: 2015 Quota Allocation Applications Due by September 1

Employers are not required to file quota allocation applications but are encouraged to do so because it may give them priority access to additional quota numbers at the end of the year. Quota allocation... »

AUSTRALIA: Offshore Workers Are Again Exempt from Standard Work Authorization Requirements

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Offshore Workers Are Again Exempt from Standard Work Authorization Requirements

Foreign nationals engaging in offshore resource activities are no longer required to hold a visa granting employment authorization, unless engaging in activities involving an Australian resources installation that is fixed to the Australian seabed,... »

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%... »

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