The Forum for Expatriate Management http://totallyexpat.com Dedicated Exculsively to Global Mobility and International Assignee Management Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:46:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GRAEBEL ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT TO SELL VAN LINE AND U.S. MOVING CENTERS TO PETERSON HOLDING COMPANY http://totallyexpat.com/graebel-enters-agreement-sell-van-line-moving-centers-peterson-holding-company/ http://totallyexpat.com/graebel-enters-agreement-sell-van-line-moving-centers-peterson-holding-company/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:46:32 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16099 Continue reading ]]> industry news 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 joint announcement that they have entered into a formal agreement regarding the sale and acquisition of Graebel Van Lines, Inc., and the U.S. moving and storage operations of Graebel Movers, Inc. In this landmark announcement, it was also conveyed that the two business units will be acquired under the Petersons’ newly formed holding company Graebel Vanlines, LLC. This comes as the Petersons, founders of All My Sons Moving & Storage, will independently own and separately operate the interstate carrier and coast to coast moving and storage entities from their other holdings. Terms of this agreement will not be disclosed. Interviews will be scheduled with the Graebels and the Petersons after the transaction has closed.

David Graebel sold household goods moving services and with one truck entirely handled each of his customers’ relocations throughout Wisconsin starting in 1950. Today, Graebel Van Lines, Inc., and Graebel Movers, Inc, the largest wholly-owned carrier and moving and storage network in North America, perform household goods and commercial office relocation services for the Fortune 500 and Global 100.

Described as the Right Move for Everyone™ this bold move by Graebel represents the latest in its seven decades of ongoing transformations for the benefit of its customers’ evolving relocation programs. A comprehensive transition plan is in place for the seamless delivery of high-quality moving services for Graebel clients and a textbook changeover for the 1800 employee and contract drivers that will report to the Petersons’ team.

Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide, Inc., Graebel Movers International, Inc., Move Management, Inc. and Graebel Commercial Services, Inc. are excluded in this agreement, and will continue to operate under the umbrella of the Graebel Companies, Inc. led by William Graebel. 

Source: www.graebel.com

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AUSTRALIA: Changes to 457 Visa and Employee Share Scheme Rules Proposed http://totallyexpat.com/australia-457-visa-employee-share-scheme-rules-proposed/ http://totallyexpat.com/australia-457-visa-employee-share-scheme-rules-proposed/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:39:37 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16096 Continue reading ]]> 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 tax arrangements for employee share schemes (ESS), proposed to apply for options provided from 1 July 2015.

Why This Matters

The proposed changes to the Australian 457 visa program will help streamline processing of visas, facilitate the administration for employers around sponsorship requirements, and simplify the qualifying/requisite conditions for eligible employees.

The proposed changes to the Australian tax treatment of ESS will generally align the Australian tax treatment of stock options with international practices and potentially make it easier to move employees to Australia where they hold unvested options (as the taxing point in Australia may be more likely to mirror the taxing point in their home country).australia

Immigration

457 Visa Changes

The joint press release announced that the Australian federal government will introduce the following changes to commence in October 2014 and will roll out the changes in phases during 2014-151:

  • Streamline processing of 457 visas to reward low-risk applicants, while refocusing compliance and monitoring activities on high-risk applicants;
  • Reform sponsorship requirements to reduce the time and cost to businesses;
  • Increase the sponsorship approval period for start-up businesses from 12 months to 18 months;
  • Provide greater flexibility in relation to English-language testing and skill requirements.

No changes will be made to the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold, which is currently set at $53,900 ahead of a review within the next two years. (All dollar figures noted are Australian dollars.) It will also continue to be a requirement that foreign workers receive at least the same market rates and conditions that are paid to an Australian doing the same job in the same work-place.

Separate to the 457 visa program, the federal government has also proposed the creation of a targeted “premium investor visa,” which we describe below.

Investor Visa Changes

The government has expanded the investor visa program with a range of changes, including the creation of a Premium Investor visa (PIV) with Austrade (the Australian government’s trade and investment development agency) as the nominator, and a $15 million threshold. Austrade is also to be given a role in determining complying investment policy and will undertake this responsibility in consultation with stakeholders. Such investments will be in line with the government’s national investment policy.

KPMG Note

Streamlining of 457 visa processes is likely to be welcomed by businesses, however more detail of the proposed changes will need to be seen to determine whether this has any material positive effects. The specific initiatives to provide flexibility on the English language and skills should simplify and speed up areas that had become complicated. Companies should continue to be mindful of their compliance requirements, as the government is emphasizing the message that non-compliant sponsors will face tough penalties.

Employee Share Scheme Changes

Summary of Current Law

Effective 1 July 2009, the tax law changed to introduce a requirement that a ‘real risk of forfeiture’ exist in order to defer the taxing point of shares or options granted under an ESS past the date of grant (amongst other conditions).2 The taxing point for such options under the current law is generally the date the “real risk of forfeiture” no longer exists (in most cases).

This means that for options granted after 1 July 2009, ‘vest’ (not exercise) was the common taxing point for options in Australia (termination of employment and a maximum time limit of seven years from grant being the possible other taxing point ‘triggers’).

Proposed Changes

The federal government proposes the taxing point of options should be further deferred to the date of exercise.3

However a ‘real risk of forfeiture’ must still apply at the time of grant. This is generally in the form of a retention or performance hurdle.

The federal government has also proposed to revise the ‘safe harbor’ methodology available for determining the market value of unlisted rights/options and to provide various concessions to ESS participants of unlisted start-up companies with turnover of less than $50 million.

KPMG Note

There is now a consultation process in place with the changes proposed to take effect from 1 July 2015. It is unclear whether options will need to be granted from this date in order to be subject to the proposed rules.

The proposed change in taxing point for options to the time of exercise is a positive change. It will generally bring the tax treatment of options in Australia back in line with international practices.

With the changes made in 2009, many companies that typically grant options were required to modify the grants made to Australian participants solely due to the adverse tax consequences which could arise. These companies may now be able to reconsider whether Australian participants should again participate in the company-wide employee stock option plan.

The proposed changes will make it easier to move employees to Australia where they hold unvested options, as the taxing point in Australia may be more likely to mirror the taxing point in their home country.

It would be welcome to see the government use the consultation period to address other issues that adversely impact the use of ESS. For instance, removing the taxing point that arises on cessation of employment would promote better corporate governance and again, help align the taxation treatment in Australia to international practices.

 

Footnotes:

1 See the 14 October 2014 government joint media release” Reforming skilled migration to improve Australia’s competitiveness” at: http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/reforming-skilled-migration-improve-australias-competitiveness .

2 For related coverage, see the following issues of Flash International Executive Alert: 2009-199 (26 October 2009), 2009-164 (21 August 2009), 2009-125 (9 July 2009), 2009-106 (10 June 2009).

3 See the 14 October 2014 joint media release “Encouraging employee share ownership and entrepreneurship” at: http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/encouraging-employee-share-ownership-and-entrepreneurship .

Source: KPMG

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ITALY: Expedited Work Permit Process Introduced for Intracompany Transferees http://totallyexpat.com/italy-expedited-work-permit-process-introduced-intracompany-transferees/ http://totallyexpat.com/italy-expedited-work-permit-process-introduced-intracompany-transferees/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:29:23 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16093 Continue reading ]]> 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 program are subject to the same documentary requirements as with the standard process.

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 must still present certain legalized documents upon execution of the Contract of Stay, but the program eliminates the need for pre-approval from the Italian Labor Board, as is required for standard work permits. italy

Registration and Eligibility for the Fast Track Program

Employers must register for the fast track program on the Ministry of Interior’s website. They will receive a password to access the online system and check the status of their applications. Once an application is approved, the foreign worker may apply to an Italian consular post for a work permit.

To be eligible for the fast track program, employers must make all minimum social security payments and execute an agreement with the Ministry, as well as other compliance requirements.

Post-Arrival Documentary Requirements

After the work permit is issued and within eight days of arrival in Italy, the foreign worker must still execute a Contract of Stay at the local immigration office and subsequently file a Permit of Stay application. Under the fast track program, the foreign national must provide certain notarized and legalized official documents.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign workers in Italy eligible for the fast track program will see faster work permit issuance, with processing times of two to three weeks, as opposed to two to five months as under the standard process.

Foreign nationals should have the requisite documents accessible when entering Italy and should execute the Contract of Stay within eight days of entry, as otherwise they may be denied a work permit.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to emea@fragomen.com.

Source: Fragomen

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CANADA: Streamlined Permanent Residency Application System to be Implemented January 1, 2015 http://totallyexpat.com/canada-streamlined-permanent-residency-application-system-implemented-january-1-2015/ http://totallyexpat.com/canada-streamlined-permanent-residency-application-system-implemented-january-1-2015/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:06:35 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16090 Continue reading ]]> 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 they are ranked based on certain factors. Certain permanent residence applicants will be required to use the system. Foreign nationals who apply for permanent residence before December 31, 2014 will be subject to the current system.canada

A faster permanent residence application system will be introduced on January 1, 2015 to process permanent residence applications for certain foreign nationals within six months, as opposed to the current 12-24 months. The Canadian government is expected to issue details about the system at a later time.

Who Will be Required to Register

Foreign nationals in the following categories seeking permanent residence will be required to register under the Express Entry program when it is effectuated:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program;
  • Canadian Experience Class; and
  • a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

Express Entry Application Process

Prospective applicants for the Express Entry program must submit an online Express Entry profile. Candidates will be ranked based on considerations such as skills, language proficiency, education, Canadian work experience and other factors.

The highest ranking candidates – those with valid job offers or provincial/territorial nomination certificates – will be invited to apply for permanent residence, after which they will have 60 days to submit an electronic application for permanent residence.

Other candidates will be ranked against each other based on the above factors, and will have to register with the Job Bank. Employers can use the Job Bank to match a candidate for an open position. These other candidates will be eligible to re-apply for the Express Entry program after twelve months.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

The following foreign nationals who apply before December 31, 2014 will be subject to the current system:

  • foreign nationals who have completed their English or French language testing, and who have accumulated twelve months of work experience in Canada under the Canadian Experience Class;
  • foreign nationals applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program who have received their educational accreditation and language test results; and
  • foreign nationals with provincial/territorial nomination certificates.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to canada@fragomen.com.

Source: Fragomen

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AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL: (23 October 2014) Mutual work and holiday visas announced http://totallyexpat.com/australiaisrael-23-october-2014-mutual-work-holiday-visas-announced/ http://totallyexpat.com/australiaisrael-23-october-2014-mutual-work-holiday-visas-announced/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:25:43 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16087 Continue reading ]]> IMPACT – LOW

What is the change? Australia and Israel have agreed to a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa program.australia

What does the change mean? The memorandum of understanding provides 500 visas in each country for young people to work and travel for up to a year in each other’s countries.

  • Implementation timeframe: The agreement has been signed but an implementation date has not been announced.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visas.
  • Who is affected: Young adults 18 to 30 years old.
  • Business impact: The arrangement benefits employers in each country who may hire young adults for short-term work.

Background: Australia and Israel signed the agreement 22 October and announced that they will work toward implementing immigration procedures in coming months. Work and Holiday visas provide that young adults, generally aged 18 to 30, may travel and work on a short-term basis, usually for up to one year.

BAL Analysis: Australia continues to expand its Work and Holiday program. Israel is the 12th country to be added to the program, joining Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, the U.S. and Uruguay.

 

This alert has been provided by BAL Australia. For additional information, please contact australia@balglobal.com.

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About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from six offices across the U.S. and from offices in Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (23 October 2014) Employers must pay fees up-front for foreign engineers http://totallyexpat.com/papua-guinea-23-october-2014-employers-pay-fees-upfront-foreign-engineers/ http://totallyexpat.com/papua-guinea-23-october-2014-employers-pay-fees-upfront-foreign-engineers/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:22:24 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16084 Continue reading ]]> 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 Engineers Papua New Guinea before applying for a work permit. papua new guinea

What does the change mean? The change will have an impact on the processing of work permit applications for foreign national engineers and their employers.

  • Implementation timeframe:
  • Visas/Permits affected: Work & Entry Permit.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will impact the overall processing timeline as businesses will be required to complete IEPNG registration and ensure all fees are paid in full before applying for the Work & Entry Permit. This may cause delays in the application process if businesses delay payment of the IEPNG fees.
  • Business impact: Businesses should factor the earlier mandatory payment of fees into their timelines.

Background: Under the new rule, employers sponsoring foreign engineers are now required to pay the IEPNG application fee, membership fee and registration fee in full before the work permit letter is issued by the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations. The membership fees must cover the full duration of the work permit. Businesses may seek a refund of the fees in cases where a foreign employee does not commence their employment in Papua New Guinea, or where an employee is terminated, is unable to work, or resigns.

BAL Analysis: To avoid delays, sponsoring employers will have to start the process earlier by completing their application and registration process with the IEPNG and paying all fees in full before applying for a foreign engineer’s work permit.

 

This alert has been provided by BAL Australia. For additional information, please contact australia@balglobal.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @BAL_Immigration

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from six offices across the U.S. and from offices in Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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UNITED STATES: (Oct. 23, 2014) US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries http://totallyexpat.com/united-states-oct-23-2014-imposes-21day-monitoring-travelers-ebolaaffected-countries/ http://totallyexpat.com/united-states-oct-23-2014-imposes-21day-monitoring-travelers-ebolaaffected-countries/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:20:12 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16081 Continue reading ]]> 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The CDC program is designed to identify people with symptoms of Ebola to reduce chances that the virus will spread.united states

The CDC’s move follows an announcement earlier this week that the Department of Homeland Security will require all travelers flying from any of the three countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – to enter the U.S. only via one of five airports set up for enhanced health screening.

The CDC monitoring will cover everyone whose travels originate from the three West African countries, regardless of nationality. 

The program will be launched Oct. 27 in six states that the CDC says receive 70 percent of the travelers in question – Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It will be rolled out soon in other states where travelers from the three countries are residing, the CDC said.

Travelers entering the U.S. from the three countries will be required to:

  • Provide telephone numbers, addresses, email addresses and other contact information so that officials can keep tabs on their whereabouts.
  • Report daily to state or local authorities on their temperature as well as the presence or absence of possible Ebola symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, vomiting and diarrhea, among others.
  • Self-monitor using a CARE (Check And Report Ebola) kit they will be given to help them identify and log possible symptoms.

If travelers do not report their conditions as required, state or local officials will attempt to locate them to resume daily monitoring.

The monitoring will continue for 21 days following a traveler’s arrival from one of the Ebola-affected countries. Twenty-one days is the longest it can take for a person infected with Ebola to begin showing symptoms.

“The bottom line here is that we have to keep up our guard against Ebola,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a teleconference with reporters.

BAL Analysis: Travelers of all nationalities flying to the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone should prepare for daily post-travel monitoring upon arrival.

 

– Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

Follow us on Twitter: @BAL_Immigration

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from six offices across the U.S. and from offices in Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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BRAZIL: Registration Delays Ahead Due to Federal Police Strike, Staff Shortages in São Paulo http://totallyexpat.com/brazil-registration-delays-due-federal-police-strike-staff-shortages-paulo/ http://totallyexpat.com/brazil-registration-delays-due-federal-police-strike-staff-shortages-paulo/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:32 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16075 Continue reading ]]> 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 foreign nationals who are unable to register within the required time frame.

A nationwide Federal Police strike expected to begin this week and with indefinite duration will cause delays with immigration services over the next few days. The lack of mandatory registration appointments until November 20, 2014 will result in penalties for foreign nationals who cannot register their work visa within 30 days of arrival.brazil

Delays Due to Federal Police Strike

A strike by the Federal Police expected to begin this week may cause a personnel shortage within Federal Police branches throughout Brazil. Although processing should not be suspended at most branches, reduced staff may result in longer wait times for new work visa holders registering within 30 days of entry and for business visitors and tourists seeking to extend their stays.

Brazil’s Federal Police Department consists of more than 140 branch offices. Branches in the cities of Macaé and Recife are already on strike, with no agents available to handle work visa registrations and tourist and business visa extensions.

Additionally, Federal Police staffing has been reduced at Brazil’s ports and airports, causing delays to entry and exit processes. Services for Brazilian nationals, such as the issuance of Brazilian passports, have ceased throughout the country.

Mandatory Registration-related Penalties

A backlog due to staff shortages and the recent influx of refugees into Brazil has pushed back the first available Federal Police registration appointment for work visa holders in São Paolo to November 20, 2014. Foreign nationals who are not able to register within 30 days of arrival under their work visa may be subject to daily fines of R$ 8.28 (approximately USD 3.37) per unregistered day, even though it is through no fault of their own.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals in need of immigration services in Brazil should account for delays as a result of the strike. After the strike ends, processing delays are expected to remain for foreign nationals in Brazil due to the registration and extension backlogs that will develop during the strike.

Foreign nationals arriving within 30 days of November 20, 2014 should be prepared to pay penalties associated with the backlog. Such foreign nationals are advised to appear at their local Federal Police branch (if the strike is over by that time) on their 29th day in Brazil to request a walk-in registration appointment. This may prevent the foreign national from incurring penalties as a result of the backlog.

Fragomen will monitor the strike and disseminate further alerts as the situation develops.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to brazil@fragomen.com.

Source: Fragomen

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AUSTRALIA: Significant Investor Visa Program Expanded, Premium Investor Visa Introduced http://totallyexpat.com/australia-significant-investor-visa-program-expanded-premium-investor-visa-introduced/ http://totallyexpat.com/australia-significant-investor-visa-program-expanded-premium-investor-visa-introduced/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:23:22 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16072 Continue reading ]]> 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 implemented over the next year.

The Australian government plans to expand and streamline the Significant Investor Visa program over the coming year. It will also introduce the Premium Investor Visa in July 2015, following the recommendations of an independent review published in the Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. australia

Changes to the Significant Investor Program

The Significant Investor Program offers permanent residence to foreign investors who make qualifying investments in Australia of AU$5 million for at least four years, and meet certain residence requirements.

The proposed changes to the program would include:

  • Streamlined visa processing;
  • Introduction of Austrade, Australian Trade Commission, as a nominator and reviewer for the program. The nomination criteria are expected to be introduced in July 2015;
  • Increase of residency requirement for permanent residence to 180-days per year for secondary applicants such as dependents; and
  • Allowing a secondary visa applicant, such as a dependent, who better meets the residence requirement for a permanent visa to act as the primary visa applicant at the permanent visa stage.

Additional resources have already been added to streamline visa processing, and the rest of the changes are expected to be phased in over one year.

Premium Investor Visa Program

The Premium Investor Visa will allow foreign nationals who make a qualifying investment of at least AU$ 15 million and maintain that investment for 12 months to apply for permanent residence in Australia. Applicants will not be required to reside in Australia in order to qualify for permanent residence.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Australia is broadening opportunities for high-level foreign investors. It would be easier for foreign investors to qualify for the Significant Investor Program since secondary applicants would be eligible to act as the primary visa applicant.

Foreign investors would benefit from the continued streamlining of the Significant Investor Visa.

This alert is for information purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to fragomenclientcorrespondence@fragomen.com.

Source: Fragomen

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IRELAND: (Oct. 22, 2014) New rules set for minors traveling to Ireland http://totallyexpat.com/ireland-oct-22-2014-rules-set-minors-traveling-ireland/ http://totallyexpat.com/ireland-oct-22-2014-rules-set-minors-traveling-ireland/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:40:16 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16069 Continue reading ]]> 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 child is traveling unaccompanied or accompanied; if accompanied, the child must travel with the named adult.

  • Implementation timeframe: The procedures took effect Oct. 13.ireland
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas.
  • Who is affected: Minor children (under 18 years old).
  • Impact on processing times: The rule shouldnot have a direct impact on processing times.
  • Business impact: The requirementmay impact travel planning for family members of foreign workers.
  • Next steps: Parents planning travel or work assignments to Ireland should be aware of the new visa rules for minor children as they will impact which parent must travel with the child.

Background: Under a new policy, all children under 18 years of age applying for a visa will obtain a visa sticker that also states whether they will be traveling “accompanied” or “unaccompanied.”

The “accompanied” designation will also state either (a) the name and passport number of one adult or (b) the passport numbers of two adults. The visa is only valid if the child is accompanied by the adults on the visa sticker.

Children whose visas indicate they are traveling “unaccompanied” may travel alone or with an adult. If a child obtains a designated visa sticker but then reaches age 18, the visa will be treated as an adult visa with no designation.

The policy applies to all visas issued after Oct. 12.

BAL Analysis: Foreign workers intending to bring minor children to Ireland should work with their BAL attorney to plan how to apply for their children’s visa endorsement as this will impact the logistics of travel plans should one or both parents be designated on the children’s visas. Irish ports of entry will be screening travelers to make sure children are traveling with the designated person on the visa sticker.

 

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact uk@balglobal.com.

Follow us on Twitter: @BAL_Immigration

About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from six offices across the U.S. and from offices in Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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