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

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 industry. What does the change mean? Cash’s move came a day after a Federal Court invalidated a previous attempt to exempt... »

Thailand: Online 90-Day Report Now Available

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 their report during the period of 15 days before and... »

Luxembourg: Minimum Salary Increased for Local Hires and Intracompany Transferees

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 subject to several changes per year. What This Means for... »

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

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 policies of 10 advanced economies to identify and evaluate the... »

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

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 in China who signed the Chinese invitation letter. The type of ID... »

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

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 immigration reforms needed to protect skilled American workers, the committee... »

UNITED KINGDOM – Immigration health surcharge to take effect April 6

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 stay for more than six months. What does the change... »

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

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 their operations in the U.S. Between 2006 and 2014, the... »

Tanzania: Employers of Foreign Workers Subject to Stricter Regulations

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 1. Succession Plan The succession plan must set out a... »

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

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. Foreign workers will be able to start working immediately after... »

United Kingdom: Details of Health Surcharge Announced

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 £200 per year health surcharge starting April 6, with certain... »

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

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 by the White House as one of its key employment-based... »

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

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 longer be issued, according to a formal notice sent to... »

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

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 Visa Application Centre or Australian Biometrics Collection Centre to have... »

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

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 identification purposes, will no longer be issued automatically in the... »