Global Mobility Immigration News

THE NETHERLANDS (Jan. 26, 2015) – Japanese nationals exempt from work permits, court says

THE NETHERLANDS (Jan. 26, 2015) – Japanese nationals exempt from work permits, court says

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Japanese nationals do not need to secure work authorization to work in the Netherlands, the highest Dutch immigration court has ruled. What does the change mean? Japanese nationals have free access to the labor market, and Dutch employers may hire them without having to go through procedures to obtain... »

ISRAEL (Jan. 26, 2015) – 30-day work program reintroduced

ISRAEL (Jan. 26, 2015) – 30-day work program reintroduced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Israel has reintroduced its 30-day Short Employment Authorization (SEA) program after it was temporarily suspended in December. What does the change mean? Qualifying foreign nationals can apply for a 30-day work-authorization, a process which is much faster... »

Israel: Short Employment Authorization Visa Program Reopened; Documentary Requirements Revised

Israel: Short Employment Authorization Visa Program Reopened; Documentary Requirements Revised

Foreign nationals are again eligible to apply for the Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visa program, following its suspension in December 2014, according to an announcement by the work permit unit and the Ministry of the Interior. Temporary trial period regulations have been published and... »

COLOMBIA (Jan. 23, 2015) – Certain educational degrees must be apostilled or legalized

COLOMBIA (Jan. 23, 2015) – Certain educational degrees must be apostilled or legalized

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Colombia’s Ministry of Education now requires that applications for degree validation include apostilled or legalized undergraduate diplomas, transcripts and university curricula for the Colombian program for which they are applying. What does the change mean? The additional... »

ISRAEL (Jan. 23, 2015) – U.S. waives in-person requirement for some visa applicants

ISRAEL (Jan. 23, 2015) – U.S. waives in-person requirement for some visa applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The U.S. Embassy in Israel will allow Israeli nationals who meet certain criteria to renew U.S. visitor visas without an in-person visit. What does the change mean? Qualifying Israeli nationals can renew U.S. visitor visas by having... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 23, 2015) – Immigration opponent to take key immigration leadership role

UNITED STATES (Jan. 23, 2015) – Immigration opponent to take key immigration leadership role

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has been named the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. As BAL has previously reported, Sessions is a major opponent of immigration reform in the Senate. Sessions got the position after being passed... »

United States: USCIS Director Says H-4 EAD Rule is Near Completion

United States: USCIS Director Says H-4 EAD Rule is Near Completion

In a conference call with stakeholders today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez said that his agency is completing work on a regulation that allows certain H-4 nonimmigrants to apply for employment authorization, with implementation “close at hand.” Director Rodriguez offered no... »

MALAYSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Malaysia enforcing ‘transfer of endorsement’ rule for foreigners holding new passports

MALAYSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Malaysia enforcing ‘transfer of endorsement’ rule for foreigners holding new passports

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Malaysia has recently begun enforcing an existing rule that foreigners holding new passports take steps to transfer their employment passes and other passes to their new passports. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who obtain a... »

RUSSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Deadline nears for quarterly income reporting of highly qualified foreign specialists

RUSSIA (Jan. 22, 2015) – Deadline nears for quarterly income reporting of highly qualified foreign specialists

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Employers must report the income of highly qualified foreign specialists on a quarterly basis. What does the change mean? Reporting for the fourth quarter of 2014 is due no later than Jan. 31. Implementation timeframe: Now through... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – Administration moves to re-establish relations with Cuba, ease travel restrictions

UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – Administration moves to re-establish relations with Cuba, ease travel restrictions

The Obama administration has taken steps in recent days to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and to ease travel restrictions for Americans wishing to travel to the island nation. The actions follow the Dec. 17 announcement that the U.S. would work to normalize relations... »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – DHS spending bill clears the House – what’s next?

UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – DHS spending bill clears the House – what’s next?

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Homeland Security spending bill (H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015) that would continue to fund the department while rolling back executive actions that President Barack Obama has taken. This legislation,... »

India: Updated Eligibility Guidelines for Merger of PIO and OCI Cards

India: Updated Eligibility Guidelines for Merger of PIO and OCI Cards

After last week’s merger of the Person of India Origin (PIO) card and the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, the Indian government has released updated guidelines related to the eligibility criteria for the OCI category. Key PIO guidelines have been merged with OCI guidelines.... »

KENYA (Jan. 20, 2015) – Foreign employees cannot enter Kenya until work authorization is approved

KENYA (Jan. 20, 2015) – Foreign employees cannot enter Kenya until work authorization is approved

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Kenya has passed a security law that bars foreign employees from entering the country without an approved work permit. What does the change mean? Foreign employees are now required to apply for a work permit and await... »

CANADA (Jan. 20, 2015) – New investor visa program to be launched this month

CANADA (Jan. 20, 2015) – New investor visa program to be launched this month

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Citizenship and Immigration Canada is planning to launch an Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot program this month in an effort designed to attract a small number of wealthy investors and their families to Canada. What does the... »

BRAZIL (Jan. 20, 2015) – More documents acceptable to prove professional experience for Work Visas

BRAZIL (Jan. 20, 2015) – More documents acceptable to prove professional experience for Work Visas

IMPACT – HIGH  What is the change? The Brazilian Ministry of Labor will accept a broader range of documents as proof of work experience from foreigners applying for Work Visas. The Ministry will now accept any documents that provide proof of work experience. In... »