VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stopped accepting petitions for criminal background checks due to internal reorganization. What does the change mean? People living in Venezuela who are trying to obtain visas or work permits for countries... »

POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Poland has now stopped issuing tax ID numbers automatically to EU nationals as well as non-EU nationals. What does the change mean? All foreign workers who require a tax ID number, including EU nationals, must follow separate... »

ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Israel will observe public holidays April 22-25. What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed and immigration processing will be suspended. Implementation time frame: April 22-25. Visas/permits affected: All visas and work permits. Impact on processing times: All work permit processing... »

NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New Zealand has waived labour market testing requirements for companies employing foreign nationals renewing temporary work visas, provided the employees are applying under the Essential Skills policy and have a valid invitation to apply for residence. What does... »

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Portugal’s new law on administrative procedures requires that all documents submitted to government agencies be translated into Portuguese. What does the change mean? Applicants submitting documents... »

Venezuela: Audit May Delay In-Country Legalizations and Apostilles

Venezuela: Audit May Delay In-Country Legalizations and Apostilles

An ongoing audit at the Office of Consular Affairs of the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Venezuelan Government will delay legalization and apostille processes in the country. Depending on the destination country, a foreign national’s vital records, university diploma or company support... »

UNITED KINGDOM (April 15, 2015) – Brazilian Consulate in London suspends services

UNITED KINGDOM (April 15, 2015) – Brazilian Consulate in London suspends services

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Brazilian Consulate in London is closed because of damage to the building. What does the change mean? The closure will suspend regular services, and visa applicants should expect delays. Implementation timeframe:  Visas/permits affected: All visa and consular services. Who... »

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – At H-1B season’s close, employers begin weighing alternatives

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – At H-1B season’s close, employers begin weighing alternatives

Now that H-1B cap season has closed, many employers will be searching for other options for foreign skilled workers who were not selected in the lottery. Alternatives to H-1B visas have become increasingly important to business planning in recent years. This week, a record... »

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – Analysis: USCIS issues binding guidance on location changes, H-1B amended petitions

UNITED STATES (April 15, 2015) – Analysis: USCIS issues binding guidance on location changes, H-1B amended petitions

On April 9, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a binding, precedent decision that requires an employer to file an amended petition with USCIS whenever an H-1B worker moves to a worksite that was not covered by a Labor Condition Application (LCA) submitted with the... »

NEW ZEALAND (14 April 2015) – New Zealand less flexible on permanent residence application processes; processing times improve

NEW ZEALAND (14 April 2015) – New Zealand less flexible on permanent residence application processes; processing times improve

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New Zealand authorities have grown stricter when processing residence applications in the Skilled Migration Category, requiring employers to complete employment verification questionnaires within five business days. What does the change mean? The change has led to faster processing... »

INDIA (April 14, 2015) – Indian embassies requiring PIO-OCI card conversions

INDIA (April 14, 2015) – Indian embassies requiring PIO-OCI card conversions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Embassy of India in the U.S. and U.K. are requiring holders of previously issued Person of Indian Origin cards to obtain an Overseas Citizen of India card. What does the change mean? PIO card holders living... »

United States: USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of H-1B Cap Cases on April 27

United States: USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of H-1B Cap Cases on April 27

USCIS will begin to adjudicate H-1B cap cases filed under premium processing on April 27, it announced today. Despite a record number of H-1B cap submissions, the agency has exceeded its projected start date for premium service by two weeks. Employers whose premium cases were... »

South Africa: New Immigration Center to Expedite Visa and Permit Processing

South Africa: New Immigration Center to Expedite Visa and Permit Processing

The Department of Home Affairs is expected to open an expedited immigration processing center in Pretoria by March 2016, according to an announcement by the Home Affairs Minister. A pilot program is expected to offer expedited visa and permit processing to applicants from India, Kenya... »

IRELAND (April 13, 2015) – Online re-entry visa appointment system launching soon

IRELAND (April 13, 2015) – Online re-entry visa appointment system launching soon

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Ireland is planning to launch an online appointment system for re-entry visa applications soon. What does the change mean? The online visa system will provide a more orderly scheme, especially during peak travel seasons, by relieving employees from having to queue... »