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... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 22, 2014) Travelers from 3 countries must enter via Ebola-screening airports

Thursday, October 23, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 22, 2014) Travelers from 3 countries must enter via Ebola-screening airports

Travelers from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be routed through one of five American airports that have enhanced Ebola screening measures in place, the Department of Homeland Security announced... »

MEXICO: Flexibility Introduced for Certain Visa Guidelines

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
MEXICO: Flexibility Introduced for Certain Visa Guidelines

Mexico has implemented broad amendments to certain visa issuance rules, with the most notable changes affecting foreign nationals scheduling post-work permit approval consular interviews, and foreign nationals who are subject to international agreements related... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 21, 2014) US Consulate in Calgary to limit services in November

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 21, 2014) US Consulate in Calgary to limit services in November

Due to building renovations, the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary will restrict consular services during November. The Calgary consulate will be closed for nonimmigrant visa services for the month of November. In anticipation of... »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 21, 2014) Exiting foreigners must register with the Alien Registration Project

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 21, 2014) Exiting foreigners must register with the Alien Registration Project

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Philippines now requires that foreigners applying for an Emigration Clearance Certificate must first register with the new Alien Registration Project. What does the change mean? Many foreign nationals,... »

COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Over the past month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has grown increasingly strict about enforcing a requirement that applicants for TP-4 Visas have either a local contract or... »

INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? As part of the employment visa process, India now requires that employers provide their Employees’ Provident Fund Organization identification number. What does the change mean? Employers must enter their EPFO... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

The Labor Department has increased audits of PERM labor certification applications. Companies applying for PERMs should prepare for more audits and longer timelines, given that audits can delay PERM application approval by up to... »

UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

Monday, October 20, 2014
UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

The UK and Ireland have signed a visa agreement that will allow foreign nationals to travel to both countries with a single visa from either country. Chinese and Indian nationals will be the first... »

AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

Monday, October 20, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

The Australian government plans to streamline the subclass 457 visa application process and reduce administrative burdens on sponsoring businesses, in response to an independent review of the program that took place in September. Over... »

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

Monday, October 20, 2014
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In a reciprocal agreement, Singapore and Hong Kong will allow eligible travelers to enroll in each other’s automated border clearance systems. What does the change mean? The arrangement will... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

Monday, October 20, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

The FBI has resumed processing clearance requests after a new computer system suspended operations last month. The FBI is currently processing requests received Aug. 5, 2014. However, the FBI has stressed that processing remains slow; therefore, applicants... »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

Monday, October 20, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Home Office has released a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules covering nearly all U.K. immigration categories. What does the change mean? Among the changes, there are new rules... »

COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

Friday, October 17, 2014
COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

Foreign nationals applying for new or renewed work visas must submit an executed employment or services contract with a Colombian entity. Employers of intracompany transferees on home payroll must indicate in the local contract... »

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