Global Mobility Immigration News

UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

The UK and Ireland have signed a visa agreement that will allow foreign nationals to travel to both countries with a single visa from either country. Chinese and Indian nationals will be the first to benefit from the program. The UK and Ireland will accept certain short-stay visas issued by either country for business or tourism,... »

AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

The Australian government plans to streamline the subclass 457 visa application process and reduce administrative burdens on sponsoring businesses, in response to an independent review of the program that took place in September. Over the next year, the Australian government plans to make improvements... »

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In a reciprocal agreement, Singapore and Hong Kong will allow eligible travelers to enroll in each other’s automated border clearance systems. What does the change mean? The arrangement will streamline border procedures for eligible travelers. Implementation timeframe: The policy took effect... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

The FBI has resumed processing clearance requests after a new computer system suspended operations last month. The FBI is currently processing requests received Aug. 5, 2014. However, the FBI has stressed that processing remains slow; therefore, applicants should expect the process to take longer than the normal... »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Home Office has released a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules covering nearly all U.K. immigration categories. What does the change mean? Among the changes, there are new rules and criteria for Tier 2 and Tier 1 categories under the points-based... »

COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

Foreign nationals applying for new or renewed work visas must submit an executed employment or services contract with a Colombian entity. Employers of intracompany transferees on home payroll must indicate in the local contract that their salaries will be paid from abroad. Foreign nationals... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

Beginning next year, employers who use E-Verify will no longer have access to records that are more than 10 years old. On Jan. 1, E-Verify records created before Dec. 31, 2004 will be permanently deleted from the database. Employers who want access to these older... »

INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

IMPACT –MEDIUM What is the change? All Persons of Indian Origin cards are now valid for the cardholder’s life. What does the change mean? Holders of current PIO cards effectively have been given a lifetime visa. The change affects both new applicants and current PIO cardholders.... »

AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government has announced four changes to its temporary skilled foreign worker (subclass 457) visa program. What does the change mean? The changes will retain the income threshold for two years, streamline processing for low-risk applicants,... »

CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

China has introduced random residence checks and higher fines to enforce the residence registration requirement for foreign nationals. Foreign nationals must register their residence at a local police station within 24 hours of arrival. Those who have new immigration documents or have traveled internationally... »

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Papua New Guinea’s labor agency has announced holiday shutdown periods in December and January. What does the change mean? Employers should plan to file work permit applications as early as possible in the coming weeks, and no later than Nov.... »

IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? An increasing number of foreign national students are registering at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin’s City Centre. The heightened demand has caused long queues and significant delays in services. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals registering... »

AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government will launch a new Premium Investor Visa to attract higher net-worth investors, and will make other changes to the Significant Investor Visa program in the coming year. What does the change mean? The newPremium... »

NETHERLANDS: Knowledge Migrants Must Be Paid Upon Arrival

NETHERLANDS: Knowledge Migrants Must Be Paid Upon Arrival

Under a new Dutch government policy, employers in the Netherlands must start paying Knowledge Migrants’ salaries upon arrival regardless of the contract start date or work authorization status. Employers must start paying Knowledge Migrants’ salaries upon their arrival to the Netherlands, regardless of the... »

UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND: (Oct. 14, 2014) Joint UK-Irish visa to launch for Chinese, Indian travelers

UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND: (Oct. 14, 2014) Joint UK-Irish visa to launch for Chinese, Indian travelers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The United Kingdom and Ireland have entered into an agreement to ease business and tourist travel in the two countries for Chinese and Indian nationals. What does the change mean? Chinese and Indian nationals will soon be... »