SOUTH AFRICA: (Oct. 29, 2014) South Africa issuing consecutive intra-company transfer visas to current holders

Thursday, October 30, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: (Oct. 29, 2014) South Africa issuing consecutive intra-company transfer visas to current holders

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? In a change that solves a major impediment created by recent laws, South Africa has issued a new directive allowing holders of an intra-company transfer visa issued under old regulations to be... »

Lloyd’s Register to use global mobility technology

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Lloyd’s Register to use global mobility technology

Lloyd’s Register is to introduce new technology to help manage global mobility. The scheme, which will be launched in December and provided by Polaris Global Mobility, will help the engineering, technical and business services... »

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends Monday, November 3

Thursday, October 30, 2014
UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends Monday, November 3

Entrants have until Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon EST to submit their online registration forms and accompanying digital photographs at the State Department’s official lottery website. Registration for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016... »

COLOMBIA: Online Immigration Information System Introduced

Thursday, October 30, 2014
COLOMBIA: Online Immigration Information System Introduced

Colombia has introduced a new online system for employers and foreign employees working for Colombian companies to report employees’ immigration-related changes. The system is meant to enforce registration and encourage professional licensing. Foreign employees... »

ISRAEL: Short Employment Authorization Visa Restrictions Introduced

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
ISRAEL: Short Employment Authorization Visa Restrictions Introduced

New regulations restricting re-entry on Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visas and prohibiting future B-1 visa applications for SEA visa holders will be effective starting October 28, 2014, according to a meeting with immigration authorities.... »

IRELAND: (Oct. 28, 2014) Scanned signatures now accepted on employment permit applications

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
IRELAND: (Oct. 28, 2014) Scanned signatures now accepted on employment permit applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland’s Employment Permits Section is now accepting scanned signatures with the original form in most cases. What does the change mean? The use of digital signatures will... »

AUSTRALIA: (28 October 2014) Immigration minister announces ban on visas to Ebola-hit countries

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (28 October 2014) Immigration minister announces ban on visas to Ebola-hit countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has halted all immigration and visa procedures for nationals of three West African countries. What does the change mean? Citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone... »

Home HR Rely Too Heavily on Email for Engaging Assignees

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Home HR Rely Too Heavily on Email for Engaging Assignees

The world’s largest study of Global Mobility Programmes from the US, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia identifies that email is the primary method that businesses maintain engagement with their employees... »

MEXICO: (Oct. 27, 2014) New visa rules benefit business visitors, temporary residents

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
MEXICO: (Oct. 27, 2014) New visa rules benefit business visitors, temporary residents

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Mexico has issued guidelines that provide more flexible criteria for business visitors and temporary resident applicants and new rules for students. What does the change mean? The amounts required to... »

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: (Oct. 24, 2014) Ebola-related travel restrictions spread across globe

Monday, October 27, 2014
GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: (Oct. 24, 2014) Ebola-related travel restrictions spread across globe

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted countries across the globe to respond with measures ranging from stepped-up health screening at airports to all-out travel bans. Most countries are leaving Ebola-related restrictions... »

BRAZIL: (Oct. 24, 2014) Foreigners facing delays in visa registration at local Federal Police

Monday, October 27, 2014
BRAZIL: (Oct. 24, 2014) Foreigners facing delays in visa registration at local Federal Police

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Foreigners in Brazil are experiencing significant delays in getting appointments to register with local Federal Police offices. What does the change mean? Foreigners who enter Brazil with a work visa are... »

PHILIPPINES: New In-Person Registration Program for Foreign Nationals

Monday, October 27, 2014
PHILIPPINES: New In-Person Registration Program for Foreign Nationals

A new Alien Registration Program will eventually require certain foreign nationals working in the Philippines to attend a biometrics appointment and obtain an identity card with a unique security number, according to new guidelines... »

IRELAND: Scanned Signatures Allowed on Work Permit Applications

Monday, October 27, 2014
IRELAND: Scanned Signatures Allowed on Work Permit Applications

In most cases, foreign nationals and employers can now enter scanned signatures in their work permit applications. In most cases, foreign nationals and employers can enter scanned signatures in work permit applications, according to... »

GRAEBEL ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT TO SELL VAN LINE AND U.S. MOVING CENTERS TO PETERSON HOLDING COMPANY

Friday, October 24, 2014
GRAEBEL ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT TO SELL VAN LINE AND U.S. MOVING CENTERS TO PETERSON HOLDING COMPANY

Graebel Companies, Inc. chairman of the board David W. Graebel and William H. Graebel SGMS chief executive officer and president of the global relocation firm, together with Robert and Vasilia Peterson have made a... »

AUSTRALIA: Changes to 457 Visa and Employee Share Scheme Rules Proposed

Friday, October 24, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Changes to 457 Visa and Employee Share Scheme Rules Proposed

On 14 October 2014, the Australian federal government released its National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda (“the Agenda”). Although broad-ranging, the Agenda outlined the government’s intention to modify the 457 visa program and improve... »

ITALY: Expedited Work Permit Process Introduced for Intracompany Transferees

Friday, October 24, 2014
ITALY: Expedited Work Permit Process Introduced for Intracompany Transferees

Non-EU intracompany transferees in Italy are now eligible for expedited two to three-week work permit processing, pursuant to a fast track program implemented by the Ministry of Interior. Foreign nationals utilizing the fast track... »

CANADA: Streamlined Permanent Residency Application System to be Implemented January 1, 2015

Friday, October 24, 2014
CANADA: Streamlined Permanent Residency Application System to be Implemented January 1, 2015

A faster Canadian permanent residence application system will replace the current system for certain foreign nationals. The Express Entry program will allow qualifying foreign nationals to be invited to apply for permanent residence after... »

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL: (23 October 2014) Mutual work and holiday visas announced

Friday, October 24, 2014
AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL: (23 October 2014) Mutual work and holiday visas announced

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia and Israel have agreed to a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa program. What does the change mean? The memorandum of understanding provides 500 visas in each country for... »

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (23 October 2014) Employers must pay fees up-front for foreign engineers

Friday, October 24, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (23 October 2014) Employers must pay fees up-front for foreign engineers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? As of 17 September, all employers intending to sponsor a foreign national in an engineering position will be required to pay fees to the Institution of Professional... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 23, 2014) US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Friday, October 24, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 23, 2014) US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Travelers from three West African nations hit by the Ebola outbreak will be required to report their temperatures and other health conditions every day for a three-week period after arriving in the U.S., the... »

BRAZIL: Registration Delays Ahead Due to Federal Police Strike, Staff Shortages in São Paulo

Thursday, October 23, 2014
BRAZIL: Registration Delays Ahead Due to Federal Police Strike, Staff Shortages in São Paulo

The federal police have announced a nationwide strike, which will cause delays in Federal Police procedures such as mandatory registration and visa extensions. Unavailability of registration appointments until November may mean monetary penalties for... »

AUSTRALIA: Significant Investor Visa Program Expanded, Premium Investor Visa Introduced

Thursday, October 23, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Significant Investor Visa Program Expanded, Premium Investor Visa Introduced

The Australian government has announced an expansion of the Significant Investor Visa program and the introduction of the Premium Investor Visa for applicants who make an investment of AU$15 million. The changes will be... »

IRELAND: (Oct. 22, 2014) New rules set for minors traveling to Ireland

Thursday, October 23, 2014
IRELAND: (Oct. 22, 2014) New rules set for minors traveling to Ireland

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland has implemented new visa stamps for children under the age of 18 entering the country. What does the change mean? The visa sticker will indicate whether the foreign... »

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