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UNITED STATES: President Announces Plans for Business Immigration, Removal Relief

UNITED STATES: President Announces Plans for Business Immigration, Removal Relief

The President has offered a collection of initiatives that, among other things, should permit earlier filing of employment-based adjustment of status applications, broaden employment authorization opportunities for STEM-degree graduates of U.S. institutions, and expand employment authorization for certain spouses of skilled nonimmigrants in line for a green card. Actions will also include an expansion... »

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) China to be added to Work and Holiday visa program

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) China to be added to Work and Holiday visa program

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia and China have agreed to a Work and Holiday visa arrangement. What does the change mean? Australia will grant up to 5000 Work and Holiday visas to Chinese nationals annually. Implementation timeframe: An implementation date has... »

INDONESIA: (Nov. 20, 2014) Foreign nationals ending employment must leave country sooner

INDONESIA: (Nov. 20, 2014) Foreign nationals ending employment must leave country sooner

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has changed the rules on exit permits for foreign nationals who have completed their work assignments. What does the change mean? Exit permits are now valid for seven days, requiring foreign nationals to leave sooner than in the... »

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has expanded the list of foreign nationals eligible to submit online applications for Temporary Work visas. What does the change mean? Online visa applications are significantly faster and easier than paper applications. Implementation timeframe: 23 November.... »

AUSTRALIA: Maximum Stay Period for Subclass 400 Visa Increased, But Longer Stays Must Have Strong Business Justification

AUSTRALIA: Maximum Stay Period for Subclass 400 Visa Increased, But Longer Stays Must Have Strong Business Justification

Holders of Subclass 400 (Temporary Work) visas will be able to request to stay in Australia for a maximum stay of up to six months, effective November 23, 2014. Employers and foreign nationals will be required to demonstrate a strong business justification in order... »

INDONESIA: (Nov. 19, 2014) Indonesia tightens document requirements for work permits

INDONESIA: (Nov. 19, 2014) Indonesia tightens document requirements for work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has introduced more stringent endorsement and signature requirements for foreign nationals applying for work permits. What does the change mean? Applicants will be required to provide additional stamps or endorsements when submitting curriculum vitae, education certificates... »

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: (19 November 2014) Free Trade Agreement announced

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: (19 November 2014) Free Trade Agreement announced

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia and China have completed negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. What does the change mean? Although the “CHAFTA” will take some time to undergo domestic debate and legal approval, the trade agreement will provide greater access for... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 19, 2014) Technical problems plaguing US Embassies worldwide

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 19, 2014) Technical problems plaguing US Embassies worldwide

U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are experiencing technical problems in sending and receiving communications, resulting in possible delays in visa processing. The problem has been confirmed by U.S. Embassies globally. U.S. Embassies in Australia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia... »

INDIA: (Nov. 18, 2014) India simplifies immigration procedures for Japanese nationals

INDIA: (Nov. 18, 2014) India simplifies immigration procedures for Japanese nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under a new rule, residence permits for Japanese nationals in India are now automatically valid for the length of their visas. In a separate development, India has done away with a requirement that Japanese nationals appear in person... »

IRELAND: (Nov. 18, 2014) New payment system causing delays, backlog likely during holiday season

IRELAND: (Nov. 18, 2014) New payment system causing delays, backlog likely during holiday season

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A new payment system under the new employment permits legislation is slowing down processing. What does the change mean? Under the new system, payments must be received in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation bank account to queue the application form... »

PORTUGAL: (Nov. 17, 2014) ‘Golden Visa’ corruption probe causing processing delays

PORTUGAL: (Nov. 17, 2014) ‘Golden Visa’ corruption probe causing processing delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Portuguese police are investigating corruption in the Golden Visa program and have detained for questioning several officials, including the director of SEF, Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras. What does the change mean? Applicants should expect delays in all immigration... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 17, 2014) H-1B, PERM, Wage determinations up from last year

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 17, 2014) H-1B, PERM, Wage determinations up from last year

H-1B, PERM and Prevailing Wage determinations all increased significantly in fiscal year 2014, according to year-end data recently released by the U.S. Labor Department. H-1B determinations reached 519,503 compared with 442,254 for fiscal 2013. Of total determinations in fiscal 2014, 471,959 (91 percent) were certified and 11,938... »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Nov. 14, 2014) UK to expand 24-hour visa service to several more countries

UNITED KINGDOM: (Nov. 14, 2014) UK to expand 24-hour visa service to several more countries

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The United Kingdom will expand its 24-hour “super priority” visa service to Turkey, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and the Philippines, as well as to the visa decision-making centers in New York and Paris. The program... »

COSTA RICA: Visa Overstays Now Subject to New Fines

COSTA RICA: Visa Overstays Now Subject to New Fines

Foreign nationals in Costa Rica who are out of status may be subject to overstay fines. As such, Costa Rican employers must ensure that their foreign employees remain in status during their employment, and that employees comply with registration and cancellation rules. Foreign nationals... »

UNITED STATES: Holiday Travel Planning for Foreign Nationals

UNITED STATES: Holiday Travel Planning for Foreign Nationals

If you will be traveling internationally during the upcoming holiday season, make sure that you have all the necessary documents, including a passport with sufficient remaining validity, a valid visa in the appropriate classification, and advance permission to travel where necessary. If you will... »