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UNITED STATES: (Nov. 26, 2014) International students, exchange visitors up 9 percent

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 26, 2014) International students, exchange visitors up 9 percent

Federal data shows that the number of international students and exchange visitors rose by 9 percent in the last year. The U.S. now has 1.1 million active international students holding either F-1 or M-1 visas and 200,782 active exchange visitors holding J-1 visas. The jump is largely due to big increases in students from... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Nov. 26, 2014) UAE offices to close for National Day

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Nov. 26, 2014) UAE offices to close for National Day

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government offices will close for five days in early December in observance of the country’s National Day. What does the change mean? Processing of visas, work permits and other immigration-related services will be delayed. Implementation timeframe:Most government offices will... »

ROMANIA: (Nov. 26, 2014) New work permit process includes additional labor market testing measure

ROMANIA: (Nov. 26, 2014) New work permit process includes additional labor market testing measure

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A new work permit adjudication system called the “Approval Scheme” will go into effect Nov. 28. What does the change mean? The new scheme imposes an additional labor market testing requirement on employers applying for work permits... »

IRELAND: (Nov. 26, 2014) Dublin processing delays worsened by backlog

IRELAND: (Nov. 26, 2014) Dublin processing delays worsened by backlog

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A backlog in Dublin is exacerbating delays in visa application processing. What does the change mean? Employers and employees should apply as early as possible for visa services and expect lengthier waits. The visa office in Dublin... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 26, 2014) BAL travel tips for the holidays

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 26, 2014) BAL travel tips for the holidays

Traveling abroad for the holidays? Check your passport. Check your visa. Be prepared for longer-than-usual processing times. And plan ahead. International travelers can save time and money (and reduce stress) by acquainting themselves with a few simple rules. The following tips are designed to... »

AUSTRALIA: (25 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

AUSTRALIA: (25 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 to nearly 200 countries. What does the change mean? Online visa applications are significantly faster and easier than paper applications.... »

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: Work and Holiday Visa Finalized With China; Free Trade Agreement Proposes Streamlined Entry

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: Work and Holiday Visa Finalized With China; Free Trade Agreement Proposes Streamlined Entry

Australia has completed negotiations for a Work and Holiday Visa program that will allow Chinese nationals to visit Australia for up to twelve months and work for up to six months during that time. A free trade agreement between the two countries has also... »

COSTA RICA: (Nov. 24, 2014) Costa Rica simplifies temporary residence process

COSTA RICA: (Nov. 24, 2014) Costa Rica simplifies temporary residence process

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Certain foreign nationals seeking Temporary Residence Permits may now submit an employer’s offer letter in support of their applications instead of appearing in person in Costa Rica. What does the change mean? The option of submitting an offer letter... »

AUSTRALIA: (24 November 2014) English testing requirements amended for certain permanent residency applicants

AUSTRALIA: (24 November 2014) English testing requirements amended for certain permanent residency applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The regulations concerning acceptable tests for the evidencing of English language ability have been amended for some visa subclasses. What does the change mean? Applicants who are required to demonstrate English-language ability and do not qualify for a relevant... »

SINGAPORE: (Nov. 21, 2014) Changes in work authorization impact some foreign spouses

SINGAPORE: (Nov. 21, 2014) Changes in work authorization impact some foreign spouses

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Beginning next year, foreign spouses of Singapore citizens and permanent residents on Long Term Visit Passes may obtain Letters of Consent from the Ministry of Manpower allowing them to work. What does the change mean? Companies that... »

INDIA: (Nov. 21, 2014) Indian Prime Minister promises visas on arrival for Australian nationals soon

INDIA: (Nov. 21, 2014) Indian Prime Minister promises visas on arrival for Australian nationals soon

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Speaking in Australia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a visa-on-arrival facility for Australian tourists. He also said the merger of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status would be complete within... »

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... »

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.... »