The Forum for Expatriate Management http://totallyexpat.com Dedicated Exculsively to Global Mobility and International Assignee Management Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:23:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Oct. 30, 2014) Dubai Free Zones abandon electronic visa issuance http://totallyexpat.com/united-arab-emirates-oct-30-2014-dubai-free-zones-abandon-electronic-visa-issuance/ http://totallyexpat.com/united-arab-emirates-oct-30-2014-dubai-free-zones-abandon-electronic-visa-issuance/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:21:58 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16182 Continue reading ]]> IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? All free zones in Dubai have abandoned electronic visa issuance; only physical entry visas are issued.

What does the change mean? Most free zones will courier the entry visas to applicants’ offices in Dubai, except Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Dubai World Central, which do not offer courier service and require someone to pick up the entry visa.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and employment permits.united arab emirates
  • Who is affected: Foreign workers and business visitors applying through the Dubai Free Zones and their dependent family members.
  • Impact on processing times: The change should not affect processing times.
  • Business impact: This will cause a slight change in procedures for obtaining a visa.
  • Next steps: Foreign nationals should work with their BAL attorney to arrange courier service to deliver their visas.

Background: Dubai implemented electronic entry visa issuance, but ran into problems in coordinating the system with the Dubai Airport. Therefore, all of the Free Zones have reverted back to the former process of physically issuing visas.

BAL Analysis: Foreign employees in Dubai should arrange to have their entry visa couriered to their office or in case courier service is not provided, arrange to physically collect the visa from the Free Zone Immigration Offices. If the employee is out of the country, the entry visa must be delivered to the airport of entry prior to arrival.

 

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in the United Arab Emirates. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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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.

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ISRAEL: (Oct. 30, 2014) New rules limit options for foreigners holding 30-day work authorization http://totallyexpat.com/israel-oct-30-2014-rules-limit-options-foreigners-holding-30day-work-authorization/ http://totallyexpat.com/israel-oct-30-2014-rules-limit-options-foreigners-holding-30day-work-authorization/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:14:16 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16179 Continue reading ]]> IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Regulations to be released soon will set new restrictions on 30-day work authorization.

What does the change mean? According to the Ministry of Interior, the new regulations will prohibit foreigners holding a 30-day work authorization (also called SEA status) from applying for a standard one-year work permit (B-1 visa).

  • Implementation timeframe: For new applications, this policy has been implemented. However, the regulations have not been published by the government.uncategorized
  • Visas/permits affected: SEA status (B-2 visitor visa) and B-1 visas.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals on short-term and long term assignments in Israel.
  • Impact on processing times: Under the regulations, foreign nationals must apply for a new work permit for each entry on SEA status, requiring more processing for each visit.
  • Business impact: The new rule will take away the flexibility of the 30-day work authorization and require businesses to better plan their short-term work assignments, especially if the assignment may extend beyond 30 days or there is a foreseeable need for a one-year visa within 12 months.
  • Next steps: The ministry is expected to publicly issue the regulations in the near future, detailing the new rules.

Background: The new regulations are expected to clarify that foreigners holding SEA status must apply for a new permit for each entry into Israel and that the total duration of stay cannot exceed 30 days within a 12-month period. Additionally, under the new rules, a foreigner cannot apply for a B-1 work visa in the 12 months following the last visit with SEA status.

The new rules are in effect for new applications, not for those holding SEA status with a pending B-1 application.

SEA status is a work authorization endorsement to a B-2 visitor visa. The duration of a visitor’s SEA status is registered in the Ministry of Interior’s system before the foreign national enters Israel.

BAL Analysis: The new rules will make it harder to convert from a 30-day SEA to a B-1 work visa without lengthy interruptions. Therefore, foreign assignees may opt to apply for a B-1 visa instead of SEA status if their work is likely to last more than 30 days within a 12-month period.

 

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Israel. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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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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TAIWAN: (Oct. 30, 2014) Entry and Exit Permit procedures tightened for mainland China nationals http://totallyexpat.com/taiwan-oct-30-2014-entry-exit-permit-procedures-tightened-mainland-china-nationals/ http://totallyexpat.com/taiwan-oct-30-2014-entry-exit-permit-procedures-tightened-mainland-china-nationals/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:10:29 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16176 Continue reading ]]> IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Following a company’s misuse of Exit and Entry Permits, Taiwan has tightened its procedures for multiple-entry Exit and Entry Permits for nationals of mainland China.

What does the change mean? Among the changes is a new requirement that applicants notarize and authenticate the employment certificate for nationals of mainland China applying for multiple-entry Exit and Entry Permits.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.taiwan
  • Visas/permits affected: Multiple-entry Exit and Entry Permits.
  • Who is affected: Nationals of the People’s Republic of China applying for multiple-entry Exit and Entry Permits to Taiwan.
  • Impact on processing times: The changes will significantly increase processing times.
  • Business impact: Companies and affected nationals should start the process earlier and allow for more time when applying for Exit and Entry Permits.

Background: The stricter rules were triggered after a company filed for several Exit and Entry Permits misstating that the mainland Chinese nationals were traveling to Taiwan for short business trips when in fact they were tourists.

Under the new rules for multiple-entry Exit and Entry Permits, the employment certificate must be notarized in China by the public notary of the appropriate jurisdiction, which must forward a copy to the city’s notary association which will then send it to Taiwan. The original must be authenticated and submitted with the application for the Exit and Entry Permit. This process takes approximately four weeks.

BAL Analysis: Employers and PRC nationals should add several weeks into their timelines to accommodate the more complicated and time-consuming notarization and authentication procedures for multiple-entry Exit and Entry Permits.

 

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Taiwan. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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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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MALAYSIA: (Oct. 30, 2014) MDeC no longer issuing ‘consent to work’ to spouses of foreign workers http://totallyexpat.com/malaysia-oct-30-2014-mdec-longer-issuing-consent-work-spouses-foreign-workers/ http://totallyexpat.com/malaysia-oct-30-2014-mdec-longer-issuing-consent-work-spouses-foreign-workers/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:57:17 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16173 Continue reading ]]> IMPACT – HIGH

What is the change? Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is no longer issuing work authorization (“consent to work”) to holders of Dependent Passes, i.e. spouses of Employment Pass holders.

What does the change mean? Spouses who want to work must cancel their Dependent Passes and apply for an Employment Pass.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.malaysia
  • Visas/permits affected: Dependent Pass, Consent to Work, Employment Pass.
  • Who is affected: Spouses holding Dependent Passes.
  • Impact on processing times: This will add a number of steps for companies who hire foreign nationals currently holding Dependent Passes.
  • Next steps: Employers and foreign nationals affected by the change should work with their BAL attorney to cancel their Dependent Passes and apply for Employment Passes.

Background: While there has not been an official announcement, the MDeC confirmed via telephone that as of September it has stopped accepting applications for work authorization, known as Consent to Work, for Dependent Pass holders. Consent to Work is an additional endorsement on a Dependent Pass that allows the spouse of an Employment Pass holder to work.

Spouses on Dependent Passes who wish to work must now cancel their Dependent Pass and apply for an Employment Pass. This only affects those applying through MDeC, which covers MSC Malaysia-status companies and information and communication technology (ICT) status companies.

BAL Analysis: This change may have advantages and disadvantages for employers. While it requires companies hiring Dependent Pass holders to take additional steps to cancel a Dependent Pass and apply for an Employment Pass, it also give employers more control because employees who were considered dependent family members are no longer tied to the employment status of the Employment Pass holder.

 

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Malaysia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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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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SOUTH AFRICA: (Oct. 29, 2014) South Africa issuing consecutive intra-company transfer visas to current holders http://totallyexpat.com/south-africa-oct-29-2014-south-africa-issuing-consecutive-intracompany-transfer-visas-current-holders/ http://totallyexpat.com/south-africa-oct-29-2014-south-africa-issuing-consecutive-intracompany-transfer-visas-current-holders/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:25:49 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16170 Continue reading ]]> 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 issued a second ICT visa.

What does the change mean? The foreign national must meet all the requirements and return to their home country to apply through the appropriate South African mission. The new ICT visa will be valid for up to four years.

  • Implementation timeframe:The directive was issued Oct. 27 and takes immediate effect.south africa
  • Visas/permits affected:Intra-company transfer visas.
  • Who is affected:Foreign nationals holding an ICT visa issued under former legislation.
  • Impact on processing times:The foreign national must leave South Africa and process through a consular post.
  • Business impact:This is a very positive development for expatriate intra-company transfers who have not been able to renew their existing ICT
  • Next steps:Foreign nationals who hold the two-year ICTs can plan to return to their home country and apply for a new four-year ICT.

Background: South Africa overhauled its immigration laws earlier this year. One of the provisions prohibits ICTs from being extended or renewed.

BAL Analysis: The directive from the Department of Home Affairs is a welcome adjustment to the restriction on ICTs under the new law.

 

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in South Africa. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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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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Lloyd’s Register to use global mobility technology http://totallyexpat.com/lloyds-register-global-mobility-technology/ http://totallyexpat.com/lloyds-register-global-mobility-technology/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:05:13 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16157 Continue reading ]]> global mobility 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 organisation remove the administrative burdens associated with global mobility

It will also help free up time for the organisation to focus on tax and strategic functions within HR and global mobility in order to remain compliant.

Kerry Higgins, global mobility specialist at Lloyd’s Register, will discuss how the organisation pursued a global mobility technology solution and how to build a business case to win internal approval at the Forum for Expatriate Management’s EMEA Global Mobility Summit 2014 on 7 November.

Higgins said: “We are living on spreadsheets and it is hard to find out how much something costs or how long someone has been out in a country at the simple click of a button.

“The technology will help take the attention away from spending so much time on administration. It is based on workflow and will let us keep all documentation in one area.

“It also helps generate information that we can quickly send out.”

Lloyd’s Register use to operate as a decentralised function with more than 60 people around the world working on global mobility, but it now has three centres of excellence.

The organisation faced a number of challenges when building a business case and the session will help delegates to identify the necessary requirements to build a business case and prove return on investment.

Higgins added: “Global mobility specialists need to look at doing this. They need to look at their operating model and ask if it is efficient and keeping their organisation compliant.

“It is a challenge and budgets are very tight in HR and global mobility, so they have to be persistent. When we were talking to stakeholders it was a big no.

“It is about building a strong relationship with the provider and knowing what you want from the technology. It has taken a year for us to get to this stage.”

Higgins will speak alongside Dimitri Vigushin, global head of business development at Polaris Global Mobility.

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UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends Monday, November 3 http://totallyexpat.com/united-states-fy-2016-diversity-visa-lottery-registration-ends-monday-november-3/ http://totallyexpat.com/united-states-fy-2016-diversity-visa-lottery-registration-ends-monday-november-3/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:36:26 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16151 Continue reading ]]> 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 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery ends on Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon EST. Foreign nationals who wish to register for the FY 2016 DV lottery must submit their online registration forms and accompanying digital photographs by that time. Applicants must carefully follow the State Department’s official lottery instructions to avoid having their registrations disqualified. united states

Each fiscal year, the U.S. Department of State makes 50,000 immigrant visas available through the DV lottery. Foreign nationals selected in this year’s lottery will be eligible to submit a green card application during the 2016 fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2015.

The DV lottery is open to natives of certain countries that have historically low rates of immigration to the United States. Entrants must also have a high school education (or equivalent) or at least two years of qualifying work experience.

Individuals from countries with high rates of U.S. immigration are not eligible to register. For the FY 2016 lottery, natives of the following countries are ineligible: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam. People born in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can participate.

People who cannot register because of their country of birth may be able to qualify through a spouse who was born in an eligible country or, in certain circumstances, through a parent’s country of birth.

The State Department chooses lottery winners by random computer selection. Results will be available starting May 15, 2015 on the official DV lottery entry status website. The State Department does not notify entrants by letter, e-mail, fax or telephone. The official website is the only legitimate source of information about lottery results.

If you have any questions about the DV lottery, please contact your designated Fragomen professional.

Source: Fragomen

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COLOMBIA: Online Immigration Information System Introduced http://totallyexpat.com/colombia-online-immigration-information-system-introduced/ http://totallyexpat.com/colombia-online-immigration-information-system-introduced/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:59:56 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16148 Continue reading ]]> 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 will still have to register their visas in person at the Colombia Migration headquarters.colombia

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 documentation and encourage professional licensing.

Information System Registration and Documentation Requirements

Foreign employees must register for the system on the Colombian immigration website within 15 days of starting work. They will receive a password to access the system.

Upon registration, foreign employees must upload their company’s Certificate of Existence and Legal Representation and the legal representation certificate. They will also have to upload a company letter signed by the employer’s legal representative, as was required under the former system. Employees holding visas that require the sending employer to sign letters (such as MERCOSUR nationals and holders of Resident (RE) and TP-10 visas) must also register through the system and upload such letters.

Professional Licensure Check

When foreign nationals log in to the system, they will be required to enter their profession. If they require a professional license to work in Colombia (e.g. attorneys, business people, engineers, scientists), the online system will verify whether the foreign national’s license is current. If the foreign national does not upload a copy of his or her license, the registration can still be completed. It is not yet known if professional councils — which enforce the licensing requirement— will be able to use the system to verify compliance with this requirement.

In-person Registration and Government Notification Still Required

Foreign employees still have to provide a copy of their visa, passport and certain immigration forms within 15 days of arrival in Colombia or visa approval (for in-country applications) at the Colombia Migration headquarters. They must also request a local identification card (cédula de extranjería).

Employers are also still required to notify government officials in the event of cancelation, departure, deregistration, end of assignment, early departure, or termination within 15 calendar days.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

The online system will allow for faster updates to foreign employees’ information. Foreign nationals who are required to be licensed in Colombia should ensure their licenses are current since the system may be used to verify compliance with licensing in the future.

Fragomen worked closely with Godoy Cordoba Abogados (Bogotá) to prepare this alert. It 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 tolar@fragomen.com.

Source: Fragomen

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ISRAEL: Short Employment Authorization Visa Restrictions Introduced http://totallyexpat.com/israel-short-employment-authorization-visa-restrictions-introduced/ http://totallyexpat.com/israel-short-employment-authorization-visa-restrictions-introduced/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:45:04 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16144 Continue reading ]]> 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.

New regulations restricting re-entry on Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visas and prohibiting future B-1 visa applications for SEA visa holders will apply to applications submitted as of October 28, 2014, according to a meeting held October 28, 2014 with immigration authorities.
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Restrictions on Re-Entry on SEA Visa

Foreign nationals must apply for a new SEA visa each time they seek to enter Israel to engage in short-term employment. The total stay on all SEA visas cannot exceed 30 days within a twelve-month period, as opposed to the previous rule, which allowed 30-day stays each calendar year.

Restrictions for Future B-1 Visa Applicants

Foreign nationals can no longer apply for a standard work visa (B-1) in the twelve months following their last visit in SEA status.

The SEA visa was originally designated for short, urgent stays and repair work. Following a one-year trial for the visa, regulations to restrict it are expected to be published in the future.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals should consider options other than a SEA visa, such as the B-1 work permit, if they expect to work in Israel for longer than 30 days in the next twelve months.

Fragomen worked closely with Kan-Tor & Acco Law Firm (Israel) to prepare this alert. It is provided 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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IRELAND: (Oct. 28, 2014) Scanned signatures now accepted on employment permit applications http://totallyexpat.com/ireland-oct-28-2014-scanned-signatures-accepted-employment-permit-applications/ http://totallyexpat.com/ireland-oct-28-2014-scanned-signatures-accepted-employment-permit-applications/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:39:27 +0000 http://totallyexpat.com/?p=16140 Continue reading ]]> 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 ease preparation of employment permit applications.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.ireland
  • Visas/permits affected: Employment permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals and sponsoring employers.
  • Impact on processing times: No direct impact on processing, but the change will allow applicants to avoid having to sign in-person and submit original signatures.
  • Business impact: Digital signatures will streamline the process and reduce the overall time involved.

Background: The Employment Permits Section of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announced the change Oct. 23 to take effect immediately. It noted that the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation reserves the right to request original signatures in certain situations.

BAL Analysis: Companies and foreign employees will have more flexibility by being able to scan and sign employment applications remotely.

 

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

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