Global Mobility Immigration News

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends Monday, November 3

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends Monday, November 3

Entrants have until Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon EST to submit their online registration forms and accompanying digital photographs at the State Department’s official lottery website. Registration for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery ends on Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon EST. Foreign nationals who wish to register for the... »

COLOMBIA: Online Immigration Information System Introduced

COLOMBIA: Online Immigration Information System Introduced

Colombia has introduced a new online system for employers and foreign employees working for Colombian companies to report employees’ immigration-related changes. The system is meant to enforce registration and encourage professional licensing. Foreign employees will still have to register their visas in person at... »

ISRAEL: Short Employment Authorization Visa Restrictions Introduced

ISRAEL: Short Employment Authorization Visa Restrictions Introduced

New regulations restricting re-entry on Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visas and prohibiting future B-1 visa applications for SEA visa holders will be effective starting October 28, 2014, according to a meeting with immigration authorities. New regulations restricting re-entry on Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visas... »

IRELAND: (Oct. 28, 2014) Scanned signatures now accepted on employment permit applications

IRELAND: (Oct. 28, 2014) Scanned signatures now accepted on employment permit applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland’s Employment Permits Section is now accepting scanned signatures with the original form in most cases. What does the change mean? The use of digital signatures will ease preparation of employment permit applications. Implementation timeframe: Immediate. Visas/permits... »

AUSTRALIA: (28 October 2014) Immigration minister announces ban on visas to Ebola-hit countries

AUSTRALIA: (28 October 2014) Immigration minister announces ban on visas to Ebola-hit countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has halted all immigration and visa procedures for nationals of three West African countries. What does the change mean? Citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will not be able to apply for visas or humanitarian... »

MEXICO: (Oct. 27, 2014) New visa rules benefit business visitors, temporary residents

MEXICO: (Oct. 27, 2014) New visa rules benefit business visitors, temporary residents

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Mexico has issued guidelines that provide more flexible criteria for business visitors and temporary resident applicants and new rules for students. What does the change mean? The amounts required to demonstrate economic solvency for business and temporary resident applicants have... »

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: (Oct. 24, 2014) Ebola-related travel restrictions spread across globe

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: (Oct. 24, 2014) Ebola-related travel restrictions spread across globe

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted countries across the globe to respond with measures ranging from stepped-up health screening at airports to all-out travel bans. Most countries are leaving Ebola-related restrictions in place, at least for now, even after two African... »

BRAZIL: (Oct. 24, 2014) Foreigners facing delays in visa registration at local Federal Police

BRAZIL: (Oct. 24, 2014) Foreigners facing delays in visa registration at local Federal Police

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Foreigners in Brazil are experiencing significant delays in getting appointments to register with local Federal Police offices. What does the change mean? Foreigners who enter Brazil with a work visa are legally required to register with the local Federal Police office... »

PHILIPPINES: New In-Person Registration Program for Foreign Nationals

PHILIPPINES: New In-Person Registration Program for Foreign Nationals

A new Alien Registration Program will eventually require certain foreign nationals working in the Philippines to attend a biometrics appointment and obtain an identity card with a unique security number, according to new guidelines from the Bureau of Immigration. Although the Bureau initially announced... »

IRELAND: Scanned Signatures Allowed on Work Permit Applications

IRELAND: Scanned Signatures Allowed on Work Permit Applications

In most cases, foreign nationals and employers can now enter scanned signatures in their work permit applications. In most cases, foreign nationals and employers can enter scanned signatures in work permit applications, according to an announcement by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.... »

ITALY: Expedited Work Permit Process Introduced for Intracompany Transferees

ITALY: Expedited Work Permit Process Introduced for Intracompany Transferees

Non-EU intracompany transferees in Italy are now eligible for expedited two to three-week work permit processing, pursuant to a fast track program implemented by the Ministry of Interior. Foreign nationals utilizing the fast track program are subject to the same documentary requirements as with... »

CANADA: Streamlined Permanent Residency Application System to be Implemented January 1, 2015

CANADA: Streamlined Permanent Residency Application System to be Implemented January 1, 2015

A faster Canadian permanent residence application system will replace the current system for certain foreign nationals. The Express Entry program will allow qualifying foreign nationals to be invited to apply for permanent residence after they are ranked based on certain factors. Certain permanent residence... »

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL: (23 October 2014) Mutual work and holiday visas announced

AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL: (23 October 2014) Mutual work and holiday visas announced

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia and Israel have agreed to a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa program. What does the change mean? The memorandum of understanding provides 500 visas in each country for young people to work and travel for up to a... »

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (23 October 2014) Employers must pay fees up-front for foreign engineers

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (23 October 2014) Employers must pay fees up-front for foreign engineers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? As of 17 September, all employers intending to sponsor a foreign national in an engineering position will be required to pay fees to the Institution of Professional Engineers Papua New Guinea before applying for a work permit. ... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 23, 2014) US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 23, 2014) US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Travelers from three West African nations hit by the Ebola outbreak will be required to report their temperatures and other health conditions every day for a three-week period after arriving in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The CDC program... »