AUSTRALIA (30 March 2015) – Government moves to restore work rights for offshore oil and gas workers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
AUSTRALIA (30 March 2015) – Government moves to restore work rights for offshore oil and gas workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash issued a determination Friday to restore work rights to hundreds of non-Australian citizens working in the country’s offshore oil and gas... »

Thailand: Online 90-Day Report Now Available

Monday, March 30, 2015
Thailand: Online 90-Day Report Now Available

Starting April 1, 2015, foreign nationals required to report their presence in Thailand after 90 consecutive days of stay (the “90-day report”) can do so online or through the online portal. Foreign nationals can file... »

Luxembourg: Minimum Salary Increased for Local Hires and Intracompany Transferees

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Luxembourg: Minimum Salary Increased for Local Hires and Intracompany Transferees

The minimum salary level for foreign locally-hired employees and intracompany transferees has been increased to EUR 2,307.56 gross per month, according to an update from the Ministry of Employment in Luxembourg. This amount is... »

UNITED STATES (March 27, 2015) – Report Finds US Falling Behind in Skilled Immigration

Saturday, March 28, 2015
UNITED STATES (March 27, 2015) – Report Finds US Falling Behind in Skilled Immigration

The United States ranks near the bottom among major economies in terms of policies to allow hiring of highly skilled immigrant workers, according to a recent study by Business Roundtable (BRT). BRT examined the immigration... »

CHINA/UNITED KINGDOM (March 27, 2015) – China adds new proof requirement for business visa applications filed in UK

Saturday, March 28, 2015
CHINA/UNITED KINGDOM (March 27, 2015) – China adds new proof requirement for business visa applications filed in UK

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? China has suddenly added a new application requirement for Chinese business visas filed in the U.K. What does the change mean? All business visa applications must include copies of identification of the host... »

UNITED STATES – Senate committee airs differences over high-skilled immigration

Friday, March 27, 2015
UNITED STATES – Senate committee airs differences over high-skilled immigration

A hearing earlier this week on high-skilled immigration was more entrenchment than detente as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee dug in on their existing positions on high-skilled immigration. Billed as a hearing on... »

UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration health surcharge to take effect April 6

Friday, March 27, 2015
UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration health surcharge to take effect April 6

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Home Office will introduce a mandatory health surcharge to most non-EEA work and study visa applicants and their family members entering the U.K. or extending their... »

UNITED STATES (March 26, 2015) – Analysis of L-1B policy guidance

Friday, March 27, 2015
UNITED STATES (March 26, 2015) – Analysis of L-1B policy guidance

On Tuesday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued long-awaited guidance regarding eligibility for L-1B status. The L-1B visa category permits multinational companies to transfer employees who possess “specialized knowledge” from their foreign operations to... »

ECA International launches new Mobility in Asia report to assist companies with their global mobility management in the region

Thursday, March 26, 2015
ECA International launches new Mobility in Asia report to assist companies with their global mobility management in the region

ECA International, the world’s leading provider of knowledge, information and technology for the management and assignment of employees around the world, has published a new, free white paper highlighting mobility issues for companies managing... »

Tanzania: Employers of Foreign Workers Subject to Stricter Regulations

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Tanzania: Employers of Foreign Workers Subject to Stricter Regulations

A new law has codified requirements and penalties for employers hiring foreign nationals, including a new requirement to submit a succession plan to the Labour Commissioner. The law is expected to be implemented July... »

Denmark: Fast Track Work Permit Program to Replace Corporate Work Permit Scheme

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Denmark: Fast Track Work Permit Program to Replace Corporate Work Permit Scheme

Starting April 1, the Corporate Work Permit Scheme is expected to be replaced with a Fast Track Work Permit program that should streamline the sponsorship process for large companies hiring certain non-EU/EEA foreign workers.... »

United Kingdom: Details of Health Surcharge Announced

Thursday, March 26, 2015
United Kingdom: Details of Health Surcharge Announced

As anticipated, foreign nationals and their dependents entering the UK for over six months and those applying for extensions that will result in a stay over six months will be subject to a non-refundable... »

United States: USCIS Issues Long-Awaited L-1B Specialized Knowledge Guidance

Thursday, March 26, 2015
United States: USCIS Issues Long-Awaited L-1B Specialized Knowledge Guidance

USCIS has issued a draft of its highly anticipated memorandum on eligibility for the L-1B specialized knowledge visa category. The guidance is the product of several years of intensive effort within USCIS and was identified... »

International AutoSource Released a Study on Expat Statistics in the United States

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
International AutoSource Released a Study on Expat Statistics in the United States

The average Expat makes an income 60-percent higher than the average American, according to a new study conducted by International AutoSource. WOODBURY, NY, March 25, 2015: International AutoSource (IAS) released The 2014 Expat Review,... »

Dominican Republic: Temporary Residence Permit Applicants to Receive New Proof of Status Document

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Dominican Republic: Temporary Residence Permit Applicants to Receive New Proof of Status Document

Foreign nationals approved for new employer-sponsored Temporary Residence Permits will receive a Temporary Residence Card at the time of approval, which will serve as proof of immigration status. Local identification cards (cédulas) will no... »

AUSTRALIA (24 March 2015) – Sponsored Family Visitor Visas added to biometrics programme

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
AUSTRALIA (24 March 2015) – Sponsored Family Visitor Visas added to biometrics programme

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia will add Sponsored Family Visitor Visas to its biometrics programme on 6 May. What does the change mean? Affected applicants will have to visit an Australian... »

POLAND (March 24, 2015) – ID number no longer issued automatically to non-EU workers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
POLAND (March 24, 2015) – ID number no longer issued automatically to non-EU workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Poland has changed its procedures for non-EU employees to receive a tax identification number. What does the change mean? The PESEL number, an 11-digit number used for... »

UNITED STATES (March 24, 2015) – L-1B guidance released today

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
UNITED STATES (March 24, 2015) – L-1B guidance released today

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released long-awaited draft policy guidance on the adjudication of L-1B visas. The draft policy memorandum will be used by USCIS officers in making L-1B visa determinations and states... »

Peru: Some Resident Worker Visa Applicants Subject to Stricter Eligibility Requirements

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Peru: Some Resident Worker Visa Applicants Subject to Stricter Eligibility Requirements

The Ministry of Labor may require some foreign nationals under the Resident Worker Visa – which requires a local employment contract and local payroll – to demonstrate that they have at least three years... »

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