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UNITED STATES: New USCIS director sets agenda to digitize records, reduce delays

UNITED STATES: New USCIS director sets agenda to digitize records, reduce delays

July 31, 2014 – Digital immigration records and greater efficiency are key priorities set out by the new USCIS director Leon Rodriguez in his first remarks to Congress. “One of my top challenges and top priorities is tackling our agency’s information systems,” Rodriguez said to the House Judiciary Committee on July 29, testifying on a range... »

VIETNAM: New Immigration Law to be Implemented January 1, 2015

VIETNAM: New Immigration Law to be Implemented January 1, 2015

The new law will restructure Vietnam’s visa classification system, introduce new entry and exit restrictions and eliminate in-country change of status options. A new Vietnamese immigration law will take effect in Vietnam on January 1, 2015 to expand the number of immigration categories, introduce... »

RUSSIA: Visa-waived nationals can obtain work permits

RUSSIA: Visa-waived nationals can obtain work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Russia has implemented a law that provides visa-waived nationals more flexibility in obtaining work permits. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who are visa-waived may obtain a work permit after entry if they indicate that the purpose of... »

UNITED STATES: Visa delays continue as State Department works to correct glitch

UNITED STATES: Visa delays continue as State Department works to correct glitch

July 29, 2014 – Travelers worldwide continue to experience delays in obtaining U.S. visas due to a computer crash in the State Department’s database that records and prints visas. The Bureau of Consular Affairs has said that it is making progress in restoring its nonimmigrant... »

UNITED STATES: State Department Consular System Back Online, But Visa Issuance Delays Persist

UNITED STATES: State Department Consular System Back Online, But Visa Issuance Delays Persist

The State Department’s consular database has resumed limited operations after technical problems reported late last week. Foreign nationals awaiting nonimmigrant visa issuance are experiencing delays as the agency works through backlogs. The State Department’s consular database has resumed operations with limited capacity after last... »

INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Indonesia’s Immigration Office has increased the fees on 30-day and seven-day visas-on-arrival (VOAs). What does the change mean? This is a small increase, but an opportunity to remind foreign assignees and business travelers that VOAs do not substitute for work... »

UNITED KINGDOM: New biometrics rule set for young children

UNITED KINGDOM: New biometrics rule set for young children

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The U.K. is rolling out a new biometrics requirement for visa applicants under 5 years old. What does the change mean? Children under 5 must attend a biometrics appointment to have digital photos taken as part of the entry clearance... »

UNITED STATES: State Department glitch delays visas globally

UNITED STATES: State Department glitch delays visas globally

An outage in the U.S. Department of State’s database that processes visas and other immigration documents is causing delays for travelers seeking U.S. visas around the world. The glitch in the Consular Consolidated Database began on Saturday and has stalled the processing of visas for foreign nationals... »

NORWAY: Minimum Salary Increases for Non-EU Workers

NORWAY: Minimum Salary Increases for Non-EU Workers

The minimum salary threshold for new and renewal Residence and Work Permit applicants with bachelor’s degrees has increased to NOK 380,300 per year, provided no industry-specific collective bargaining agreement applies, effective July 1, 2014. The annual salary threshold for those holding a master’s degree... »

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... »

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... »