Global Mobility Immigration News

SCHENGEN AREA/US: European countries tightening enforcement on expiring passports

SCHENGEN AREA/US: European countries tightening enforcement on expiring passports

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A number of European nations in the 26-country Schengen Area are growing increasingly strict about a requirement that foreign passports be valid at least 90 days past a traveler’s intended date of departure. What does the change mean? Tourists and business travelers with less than six months remaining on... »

ISRAEL: Holiday closures to delay processing

ISRAEL: Holiday closures to delay processing

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government agencies will be closed during the observances of Rosh Hashana and Sukkot. What does the change mean? No work permits or visa applications will be processed. Implementation timeframe: Rosh Hashana is Sept. 24-25 and Sukkot is... »

UNITED STATES: Fragomen Pitches In to Assist Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

UNITED STATES: Fragomen Pitches In to Assist Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

In response to an unprecedented refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of children fleeing abuse and violence in Central America have shown up alone to seek refuge in the United States, Fragomen is pitching in by dedicating significant pro bono... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai conducting unannounced workplace audits

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai conducting unannounced workplace audits

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Immigration and Labor Ministries have begun making unscheduled on-site visits to companies in Dubai. What does the change mean? Companies located in Dubai mainland and the free zones should prepare for unannounced visits by authorities and make documents... »

ITALY: Joint ventures qualify for intracompany transfer work permits

ITALY: Joint ventures qualify for intracompany transfer work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Italy’s Ministry of Labor has clarified that it will issue intracompany work permits for joint venture arrangements. What does the change mean? Non-EU workers may obtain work permits for joint-venture agreements executed by a foreign company and... »

GLOBAL: Muslim holiday will delay processing in many countries

GLOBAL: Muslim holiday will delay processing in many countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Around the beginning of October, countries with majority or large Muslim populations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia will shut down for periods ranging from two to nine days in observance of Eid al-Adha. What does... »

SOUTH AFRICA: Government postpones strict parental travel provision again

SOUTH AFRICA: Government postpones strict parental travel provision again

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Implementation of a cumbersome provision requiring that parents carry unabridged birth certificates for any children traveling with them has again been postponed, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced at a media briefing today. What does the change... »

MOROCCO: Employment Processing Services Halted, Delays Ahead, Due to Restructuring

MOROCCO: Employment Processing Services Halted, Delays Ahead, Due to Restructuring

In Morocco, the processing of work permit applications and other employment services has been suspended until further notice, due to the restructuring of the Moroccan Ministry of Employment. Effective immediately, employers in Morocco will be temporarily unable to obtain work permits and will face... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Companies urged to file before holiday break

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Companies urged to file before holiday break

IMPACT –MEDIUM What is the change? Government offices will close for five days in early October in observance of Eid al-Adha. What does the change mean? Processing of work permits and other services will be delayed. Implementation timeframe: Approximately Oct. 5-9, dates to be confirmed. Visas/permits affected: All work permits. Who... »

CHINA: National holidays to delay processing

CHINA: National holidays to delay processing

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Chinese government offices will be closed Oct. 1-7 in observance of National Day. What does the change mean? The closures will halt work permit processing for one week. Implementation timeframe: Oct. 1 – 7. Visas/permits affected: Work permits, renewals and related government... »

UNITED STATES: EB-2 India unavailable until Oct. 1; large retrogression predicted

UNITED STATES: EB-2 India unavailable until Oct. 1; large retrogression predicted

Effective immediately, visa numbers in the Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2) category for India are unavailable for the remainder of the current fiscal year which ends Sept. 30, according to the U.S. Department of State. The announcement means that there will be no more visa... »

INDIA: Government forms task force to expedite visas and citizenship for Hindu Pakistani nationals

INDIA: Government forms task force to expedite visas and citizenship for Hindu Pakistani nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has formed a task force to speed up processing of long-term visa and citizenship applications for Pakistani nationals who are Hindu and face religious persecution at home. What does the change mean?... »

UNITED STATES: ‘Administrative processing’ attorney inquiries eliminated

UNITED STATES: ‘Administrative processing’ attorney inquiries eliminated

Sept. 11, 2014 The U.S. Department of State has stopped fielding attorney email inquiries regarding administrative processing on behalf of visa applicants. As a result, visa applicants should be prepared for the possibility of delays in issuance. Many visa applications require further “administrative processing” after the consular officer... »

SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on issuing visas, work permits and business contracts to Dutch nationals and Dutch companies. What does the change mean? Applications by Dutch employers and employees will resume, but delays in consular processing are... »

MOROCCO: Ministry of Employment freezes all processing amid restructuring

MOROCCO: Ministry of Employment freezes all processing amid restructuring

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A restructuring at the Moroccan Ministry of Employment has temporarily halted all processing. What does the change mean? All services, including processing of work authorization applications, are on hold until further notice. Implementation timeframe: Immediate and ongoing. Visas/permits affected: All work... »