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Switzerland: First Quarter Quota for EU Nationals Exhausted

Switzerland: First Quarter Quota for EU Nationals Exhausted

The quota for EU nationals on assignment in Switzerland has been exhausted for the first quarter of 2015. Work permit applications filed after February 1, 2015 may be rejected in some cantons, while other cantons may process applications on a first come, first served basis once the second quarter quotas are released on April... »

Hong Kong: Longer Stays and Relaxed Criteria for Foreign Nationals in Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Longer Stays and Relaxed Criteria for Foreign Nationals in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has announced plans to increase the allowable duration of stay for General Employment Policy (GEP), Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP) and Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) visa holders, including a six-year extension for some in the top tier. Additional... »

Serbia: Intracompany Transferees, Other Foreign Workers Subject to New Work Permit Categories

Serbia: Intracompany Transferees, Other Foreign Workers Subject to New Work Permit Categories

Serbia has introduced a new work permit system that creates three new work permit categories. Most foreign nationals, including certain intracompany transferees, must obtain work and residency permits after arrival in Serbia. The former law only required work permits for foreign nationals under Serbian... »

Turkey: Technical Visa May Allow Multiple-Entry 90-day Cumulative Stays

Turkey: Technical Visa May Allow Multiple-Entry 90-day Cumulative Stays

Foreign nationals with Assembly, Maintenance and Service (AMS) visas may now be eligible for multiple-entries and stays up to three months cumulatively over a year, due to an amendment to the regulations. Previously, most consulates issued single-entry AMS visas for stays up to 90... »

CZECH REPUBLIC (Jan. 29, 2015) – Job-training visas now available

CZECH REPUBLIC (Jan. 29, 2015) – Job-training visas now available

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Czech Republic has started offering job-training visas. What does the change mean? The new visas provide a simpler and faster process than traditional work permits for foreign employees to attend job training for up to six... »

Ecuador: New Visa-Stamping Deadline for In-Country Visa Applications

Ecuador: New Visa-Stamping Deadline for In-Country Visa Applications

Foreign nationals applying for work visas in Ecuador have 72 hours from the date indicated in the filing receipt to submit their passport for visa stamping. Those who do not meet this deadline will have to resubmit their visa application and all required documents.... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 28, 2015) – US consulates in Canada to limit visa appointments

UNITED STATES (Jan. 28, 2015) – US consulates in Canada to limit visa appointments

Due to a planned system upgrade starting in mid-February and an anticipated service interruption, the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Canada will begin taking fewer visa appointments from applicants applying for nonimmigrant visas to enter the U.S. Applicants are encouraged to schedule appointments as... »

NIGERIA (Jan. 28, 2015) – Business visas-on-arrival gain traction

NIGERIA (Jan. 28, 2015) – Business visas-on-arrival gain traction

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Nigeria has issued guidance that clarifies procedures for obtaining business visas-on-arrival for business travelers and investors. What does the change mean? Business visas-on-arrival are available for limited business activities, and travelers must get a pre-approval letter from... »

AUSTRALIA (28 January 2015) – Australia cracking down on 457 sponsorship violations

AUSTRALIA (28 January 2015) – Australia cracking down on 457 sponsorship violations

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A popular restaurant in Melbourne has lost its right to recruit foreign workers for five years after being cited for a number of Subclass 457 sponsorship violations. The incident is one in a string of cases where... »

Canada: Application Guidelines Announced for Immigration Investor Venture Capital Program

Canada: Application Guidelines Announced for Immigration Investor Venture Capital Program

Implementation guidelines for the Immigration Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) program have been published, following the announcement of the IIVC pilot program. Five hundred applications will be accepted for the IIVC program between January 28 and February 11, 2015, out of which 60 will be... »

CANADA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Parent and grandparent program closes after reaching cap

CANADA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Parent and grandparent program closes after reaching cap

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? For the second year in a row, applications for parent and grandparent sponsorship have reached the 5,000 annual cap in less than one month. What does the change mean? Canada is unlikely to accept further applications under the program until... »

INDIA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Merger of PIO and OCI cards benefits Indian diaspora and family members

INDIA (Jan. 27, 2015) – Merger of PIO and OCI cards benefits Indian diaspora and family members

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? India has merged its Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards with its Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards. What does the change mean? The merger eliminates red tape for members of the Indian diaspora who return to... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 27, 2015) – Storm halts USCIS services across parts of Northeast

UNITED STATES (Jan. 27, 2015) – Storm halts USCIS services across parts of Northeast

A powerful storm has closed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices across parts of the Northeast. As of Tuesday afternoon, Winter Storm Juno had dumped 11 inches of snow on New York City and more than 30 inches in parts of Massachusetts, according to... »

THE NETHERLANDS (Jan. 26, 2015) – Japanese nationals exempt from work permits, court says

THE NETHERLANDS (Jan. 26, 2015) – Japanese nationals exempt from work permits, court says

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Japanese nationals do not need to secure work authorization to work in the Netherlands, the highest Dutch immigration court has ruled. What does the change mean? Japanese nationals have free access to the labor market, and Dutch employers may... »

ISRAEL (Jan. 26, 2015) – 30-day work program reintroduced

ISRAEL (Jan. 26, 2015) – 30-day work program reintroduced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Israel has reintroduced its 30-day Short Employment Authorization (SEA) program after it was temporarily suspended in December. What does the change mean? Qualifying foreign nationals can apply for a 30-day work-authorization, a process which is much faster... »