Global Mobility Immigration News

UNITED STATES: Consular fees to change Sept. 12

UNITED STATES: Consular fees to change Sept. 12

Aug. 29, 2014 – The U.S. Department of State will change its processing fees for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas beginning Sept. 12. Most of the fees for nonimmigrant categories will remain the same or decrease. Notable fee increases include fees for family-sponsored immigrant visas, domestic review of an Affidavit of Support, and K visas... »

OMAN: Employers may prevent former employee who leaves job early from obtaining new visa

OMAN: Employers may prevent former employee who leaves job early from obtaining new visa

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Oman is enforcing the non-objection certificate (NOC) system that gives employers the right to prevent a former employee who did not complete an employment contract from obtaining a new visa with a new employer. What does the... »

UNITED STATES: New U.S. Consular Fees Take Effect September 6

UNITED STATES: New U.S. Consular Fees Take Effect September 6

Fees for some employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services will be lowered beginning next week, but H-1B and L-1 visa fees will remain the same. The fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship will be increased more than fourfold. Some employment-based fees will be decreased... »

UNITED STATES: Department of Labor investigation reminds employers to comply with H-1B wage laws

UNITED STATES: Department of Labor investigation reminds employers to comply with H-1B wage laws

Aug. 28, 2014 – Companies employing H-1B workers are subject to investigation by the Department of Labor for prevailing wage violations, and risk legal action, civil penalties, back wages and taxes, and suspension from the H-1B program for non-compliance. Employers are also subject to... »

CANADA: New LMIA rules affect timing of work permit application

CANADA: New LMIA rules affect timing of work permit application

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Undernew rules for positions requiring a labor market impact assessment (LMIA), work permit applications cannot be lodged until the LMIA has been approved. What does the change mean? Companiessponsoring foreign workers in LMIA-subject jobs must complete the... »

UAE: Immigration Reform Law Restructures Short-Term Visa Categories, Increases Fees and Compliance Obligations

UAE: Immigration Reform Law Restructures Short-Term Visa Categories, Increases Fees and Compliance Obligations

Restructured entry visa options should facilitate travel and provide more options to companies sending foreign employees to the UAE for short-term engagements. The reforms also increase processing fees, and may expand in-country change of status options and introduce payroll compliance monitoring in UAE free... »

UNITED STATES/CANADA: Border delays expected during Labor Day weekend

UNITED STATES/CANADA: Border delays expected during Labor Day weekend

U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) is warning travelers about heavy traffic and longer lines at border crossings during the Labor Day weekend from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, observed in both Canada and the United States. Frequent travelers are encouraged to enroll in a... »

AUSTRALIA: Investment criteria relaxed for Significant Investor Visa

AUSTRALIA: Investment criteria relaxed for Significant Investor Visa

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced a change that significantly eases investment restrictions of Significant Investor Visa (SIV) nominees. What does the change mean? New applicants will no longer have to meet minimum holdings in... »

UNITED STATES: Requests for evidence spike for O-1 petitions

UNITED STATES: Requests for evidence spike for O-1 petitions

Aug. 26, 2014 – Over the past several months, BAL has seen a sudden and steep increase in requests for evidence (RFEs) issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in O-1 visa petitions (for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business... »

GLOBAL/US: FATCA reporting requirements now in effect for U.S. nationals living abroad

GLOBAL/US: FATCA reporting requirements now in effect for U.S. nationals living abroad

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The U.S. has implemented the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), mandating new reporting requirements for Americans living abroad. What does the change mean? U.S. nationals living abroad must disclose foreign accounts that meet certain thresholds to the Internal... »

BRAZIL: Procedures simplified for Permanent Visa requests based on kinship and for Mercosur members

BRAZIL: Procedures simplified for Permanent Visa requests based on kinship and for Mercosur members

IMPACT – HIGH What are the changes? The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has issued an order that simplifies Permanent Visa applications based on kinship (marriage, Brazilian child, “stable union”), as well as for citizens of Mercosur member countries applying for Permanent Residence. What does the... »

VIETNAM: Resolution would relax proof of work experience for foreign professionals

VIETNAM: Resolution would relax proof of work experience for foreign professionals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Vietnam has issued a resolution to relax a contentious new law that requires that foreign professionals show proof of work experience and a university degree or diploma to obtain a work permit. What does the change mean? Under the... »

AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under recent changes, Azerbaijan has introduced short-term work permits for foreign workers. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals may now apply for permits with durations of three or six months. Implementation timeframe: The new permits were introduced in May... »

RUSSIA: Controversial rules take effect for Russian nationals with dual citizenship/residency

RUSSIA: Controversial rules take effect for Russian nationals with dual citizenship/residency

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Controversial and burdensome requirements that Russian citizens living abroad notify the government of foreign residency or dual citizenship have taken effect; the notification form and deadlines have been set. What does the change mean? Russian citizens who obtain foreign... »

GHANA: Petroleum sector must follow new job advertising rules

GHANA: Petroleum sector must follow new job advertising rules

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ghana’s Petroleum Commission is scheduled to impose new labor market testing rules for oil and gas sector companies that employ foreign workers. What does the change mean? Beginning Sept. 1, oil and gas sector companies must fulfill advertising requirements in... »