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WORLDWIDE: Immigration Offices Will Close Across the Middle East, North Africa and Parts of Asia for Eid-al-Fitr

WORLDWIDE: Immigration Offices Will Close Across the Middle East, North Africa and Parts of Asia for Eid-al-Fitr

Government offices in the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia are expected to close for the holiday around July 28, depending on lunar sightings. Government offices throughout the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia will be closed in observance of Eid-al-Fitr. In most of the world, Eid-al-Fitr is expected to... »

AUSTRALIA: SmartGate expanded to Singapore nationals

AUSTRALIA: SmartGate expanded to Singapore nationals

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia is expanding its automatic border processing program to Singaporean nationals. What does the change mean? Singaporean ePassport holders can now receive faster processing at Australian airports. Implementation timeframe: Immediate. Visas/permits affected: All visas. Who is affected: Singaporean citizens aged 16 or... »

AUSTRALIA: Polio vaccination required for certain travelers

AUSTRALIA: Polio vaccination required for certain travelers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In response to a World Health Organization (WHO) alert, Australia is requiring polio vaccination certificates for certain travelers. What does the change mean? Travelers who have spent 28 days or more after 5 May 2014 in one of 10 countries... »

UNITED KINGDOM: UK to offer 24-hour visa service to Chinese visitors

UNITED KINGDOM: UK to offer 24-hour visa service to Chinese visitors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The United Kingdom will begin offering 24-hour “super priority” visas to Chinese nationals. What does the change mean? For a payment of £600, Chinese nationals may receive British travel visas in less than 24 hours. Implementation timeframe: August and ongoing.... »

SINGAPORE: More jobs exempt from new advertising requirement

SINGAPORE: More jobs exempt from new advertising requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower has added a new category that will be exempt from the new Fair Consideration Framework. What does the change mean? Companies will not have to advertise for short-term assignments of less than one month.  Implementation timeframe:... »

SINGAPORE: Employers must document job interviews with Singaporean candidates

SINGAPORE: Employers must document job interviews with Singaporean candidates

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under the new Fair Consideration Framework, employers who sponsor foreign workers for Employment Passes will be asked several questions about why Singaporeans were not hired for those jobs. What does the change mean? Employment Pass (EP) applications will inquire... »

KAZAKHSTAN: 2015 Quota Allocation Applications Due by September 1

KAZAKHSTAN: 2015 Quota Allocation Applications Due by September 1

Employers are not required to file quota allocation applications but are encouraged to do so because it may give them priority access to additional quota numbers at the end of the year. Quota allocation applications are strongly advised for employers that sponsor more than... »

AUSTRALIA: Offshore Workers Are Again Exempt from Standard Work Authorization Requirements

AUSTRALIA: Offshore Workers Are Again Exempt from Standard Work Authorization Requirements

Foreign nationals engaging in offshore resource activities are no longer required to hold a visa granting employment authorization, unless engaging in activities involving an Australian resources installation that is fixed to the Australian seabed, such as a traditional oil rig. Australia no longer requires... »

VIETNAM: Government passes immigration law overhaul

VIETNAM: Government passes immigration law overhaul

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Vietnam’s National Assembly has passed a new immigration law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2015. What does the change mean? The law overhauls visa categories and validity periods, prohibits conversion of one visa type to another, and sets new entry... »

THAILAND: New penalty form must be signed by foreign applicants

THAILAND: New penalty form must be signed by foreign applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Thailand has distributed a form, “Acknowledgment of Penalties for a Visa Overstay,” which visitors must sign when they obtain or extend visas. What does the change mean? Thailand is cracking down on foreigners who overstay their visas. Implementation timeframe: Immediate. The... »

RUSSIA: Salary threshold to drop for specialist IT workers

RUSSIA: Salary threshold to drop for specialist IT workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Russia will be dropping the minimum salary threshold for IT companies hiring workers in the quota-exempt Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permit category. What does the change mean? IT companies must be registered with the Ministry of Communications and... »

INDONESIA: Provisional permits no longer available

INDONESIA: Provisional permits no longer available

INDONESIA – Provisional permits no longer available July 18, 2014 IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has eliminated 30-day provisional temporary stay permits. What does the change mean? Work permit holders can no longer use the provisional permits to cover their stay when their work permits... »

United Kingdom: Draft PAYE Regulations Amend Tax Code Notification Requirements

United Kingdom: Draft PAYE Regulations Amend Tax Code Notification Requirements

The requirements for issuing copies of tax codes to employees and timely notifying them of changes to those codes are being amended, according to the U.K. tax authority. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued draft amendments to the existing Pay As You Earn... »

UNITED STATES: Amid Sustained High RFE and Denial Rates, USCIS Ombudsman Exposes Flaws in Adjudication Procedures

UNITED STATES: Amid Sustained High RFE and Denial Rates, USCIS Ombudsman Exposes Flaws in Adjudication Procedures

The USCIS Ombudsman’s 2014 Annual Report targeted USCIS’s continued close scrutiny of high-skilled visa classifications. During the first half of fiscal year 2014, RFEs were issued in nearly 50% of L-1B petitions, nearly 43% of L-1A petitions, and approximately 30% of H-1B petitions. Yet... »

AUSTRALIA: Legislative maneuver reverses vote on foreign oil worker visas

AUSTRALIA: Legislative maneuver reverses vote on foreign oil worker visas

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? In response to a Senate vote Wednesday night that blocked several visa categories for foreign oil and gas industry workers, Australia’s Immigration Minister issued a Legislative Instrument on Thursday to override the vote. What does the change mean? The Legislative Instrument clarifies the... »