GLOBAL (April 30, 2015) – Australia, Canada, Singapore report scams targeting immigrants

GLOBAL (April 30, 2015) – Australia, Canada, Singapore report scams targeting immigrants

IMPACT – MEDIUM Authorities in Australia, Canada and Singapore have all warned in recent weeks of scams targeting immigrants in their countries The recent warnings highlight a global trend of attempts to trick immigrants out of their money or provide them with fraudulent services.... »

AUSTRALIA 2015 Annual Immigration Survey

AUSTRALIA 2015 Annual Immigration Survey

Demand for high-skilled workers in Australia has increased significantly in the past few years. Meanwhile, Australian immigration laws have been evolving in line with the policy objectives of the ruling Liberal Party. Many immigration reviews have been implemented over the past two years, and... »

UNITED STATES – Bill would allow E-2 treaty investors to become permanent residents

UNITED STATES – Bill would allow E-2 treaty investors to become permanent residents

A bill introduced in the House last week would allow foreign business owners in the U.S. on E-2 treaty investor visas to apply for permanent residency after 10 years. E-2 visas allow foreign citizens of countries that have a treaty with the U.S. to... »

UNITED STATES: Lawsuit seeks to block H-4 spousal work rule

UNITED STATES: Lawsuit seeks to block H-4 spousal work rule

A lawsuit has been filed that seeks to stop the Department of Homeland Security from implementing the new regulation that allows H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B employees to apply for work authorization. The complaint, filed April 23, alleges that DHS exceeded its authority in... »

Russia: Standard Work Permit Quota Application Deadlines Announced

Russia: Standard Work Permit Quota Application Deadlines Announced

The deadline for filing standard work permit quota applications for 2016 is July 1, 2015. The deadline for filing standard work permit quota corrections for 2015 is September 1, 2015. Employers will also face new requirements for standard work permit quota applications filed in... »

BRUNEI (April 28, 2015) – Business licenses now required as part of business visa applications

BRUNEI (April 28, 2015) – Business licenses now required as part of business visa applications

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Brunei’s Department of Immigration and National Registration is requiring applicants for Business Visit Visas to submit copies of their business license during the application process. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals applying for BVVs should be... »

CANADA (April 28, 2015) – Additional provisions implemented for LMIA-based work permits

CANADA (April 28, 2015) – Additional provisions implemented for LMIA-based work permits

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? A few new provisions related to the new high-wage and low-wage streams for workers in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will take effect April 30. What does the change mean? The changes are not expected to have... »

Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Foreign nationals applying for subclass 457 visas are now subject to a lower minimum salary level to be eligible for a market salary rate exemption and a more flexible English language proficiency requirement, according to recently registered Legislative Instruments. Additionally, start up businesses are... »

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... »