Global Mobility Immigration News

BELGIUM: (Dec. 16, 2014) Parliament weighs new fee on foreign workers

BELGIUM: (Dec. 16, 2014) Parliament weighs new fee on foreign workers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Belgian government has proposed imposing a new fee on foreign workers applying for residence permits. What does the change mean? Under the current proposal, foreign nationals would have to pay a fixed sum as a “mandatory contribution to administrative costs” when applying for residency. Implementation timeframe:... »

AUSTRALIA: (16 December 2014) Visa application fees for spouses and partners to increase 50 per cent

AUSTRALIA: (16 December 2014) Visa application fees for spouses and partners to increase 50 per cent

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government will sharply raise application fees for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas in the new year. What does the change mean? Applicants can avoid the increased government application fees if they lodge their applications before... »

RUSSIA: (Dec. 16, 2014) New requirements set for labor agreements, medical insurance for foreign workers

RUSSIA: (Dec. 16, 2014) New requirements set for labor agreements, medical insurance for foreign workers

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Amendments to the Russian Labor Code that change employers’ duties toward foreign employees took effect Dec. 12. What does the change mean? Employers must sign labor agreements of an unlimited, not fixed, term with foreign employees and... »

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA: (15 December 2014) Australia, South Korea launch trade agreement

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA: (15 December 2014) Australia, South Korea launch trade agreement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement took effect 12 December. What does the change mean? Business visitors, intra-company transferees, contractual service suppliers and executives who are nationals of Australia or South Korea will have greater access to each other’s countries.... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 15, 2014) Transition to TECOM online portal causing delays

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 15, 2014) Transition to TECOM online portal causing delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A new online portal for companies operating in the Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone is experiencing an extremely high volume of applications. What does the change mean? The transition to the new portal – which is now... »

CHINA: (Dec. 15, 2014) Authorities to clarify regulations on new short-term work visas

CHINA: (Dec. 15, 2014) Authorities to clarify regulations on new short-term work visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Chinese authorities will clarify regulations regarding activities permitted by foreign nationals in China on M and F visas for fewer than 90 days. What does the change mean? Foreigners entering China to stay for no longer than 90 days... »

UNITED STATES: (Dec. 12, 2014) US immigrant visas dropped in 2014

UNITED STATES: (Dec. 12, 2014) US immigrant visas dropped in 2014

The U.S. issued 467,370 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2014 – a decrease of more than 5,700 compared with 2013 and nearly 15,000 fewer than the number of immigrant visas issued in 2012, according to statistics released by the State Department. The number of immigrant... »

UNITED KINGDOM/GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) UK, Canada close embassies in Egypt, suspending services

UNITED KINGDOM/GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) UK, Canada close embassies in Egypt, suspending services

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Canadian and British embassies in Egypt have halted public services due to unspecified security concerns. What does the change mean? Until further notice, both Canada and the United Kingdom have suspended all activities, including visa applications and document... »

GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) Holiday period to delay processing

GLOBAL: (Dec. 12, 2014) Holiday period to delay processing

IMPACT – MEDIUM What are the changes? Many government offices close for a number of holidays across the world at the end of the year and in early 2015. Christmas and New Year’s Day will close most government agencies for one or more days on... »

RUSSIA: (Dec. 12, 2014) Notification rules for employers of foreign workers to change Jan. 1

RUSSIA: (Dec. 12, 2014) Notification rules for employers of foreign workers to change Jan. 1

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Russia’s Federal Migration Service will change the notification rules for employers of foreign workers. What does the change mean? Employers must report the hiring or termination of a foreign employee within three business days or face fines up to... »

BELGIUM: New Minimum Salary Levels Announced

BELGIUM: New Minimum Salary Levels Announced

Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum base salary for highly skilled foreign workers applying for Type “B” work permits will increase to €39,422 annually, for senior management and foreign nationals in executive-level positions to €66.405 annually, and for Blue Card holders to €51.466. Effective... »

CHINA: Short-Term Work Authorization Requirements Implemented

CHINA: Short-Term Work Authorization Requirements Implemented

Starting January 1, 2015, foreign nationals working in China for up to 90 days in certain activities will require work authorization and must apply for a “Z” visa to enter China. Foreign nationals who fail to obtain work authorization may be subject to fines... »

TURKEY: 60-Day Passport Validity Rule Effective January 1, 2015

TURKEY: 60-Day Passport Validity Rule Effective January 1, 2015

Foreign nationals must have a passport valid for at least 60 days past their allowable visa or work/residence permit duration to enter Turkey, starting January 1, 2015. Travelers who do not meet this requirement may not be allowed to enter Turkey. Foreign nationals must... »

RUSSIA: New Work Permit System for CIS Nationals, Russian Culture Test to be Introduced

RUSSIA: New Work Permit System for CIS Nationals, Russian Culture Test to be Introduced

A new law effective January 1, 2015 will replace the work permit system for CIS nationals with a ‘work patents’ system that will require the applicant to find a job within 60 days of issuance and pay taxes upfront for their entire employment period.... »

UAE FREEZONE: Online Portal for Immigration Services, Related Process Changes Introduced

UAE FREEZONE: Online Portal for Immigration Services, Related Process Changes Introduced

TECOM Freezone has launched a new online portal for immigration services, which brings a more streamlined application process and procedural changes to several immigration processes. In-person applications will no longer be accepted, except for submission of original documents, which will be handled by TECOM’s... »