Global Mobility Immigration News

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 applicants will be required to use the system. Foreign nationals... »

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... »

BRAZIL: Registration Delays Ahead Due to Federal Police Strike, Staff Shortages in São Paulo

BRAZIL: Registration Delays Ahead Due to Federal Police Strike, Staff Shortages in São Paulo

The federal police have announced a nationwide strike, which will cause delays in Federal Police procedures such as mandatory registration and visa extensions. Unavailability of registration appointments until November may mean monetary penalties for foreign nationals who are unable to register within the required... »

AUSTRALIA: Significant Investor Visa Program Expanded, Premium Investor Visa Introduced

AUSTRALIA: Significant Investor Visa Program Expanded, Premium Investor Visa Introduced

The Australian government has announced an expansion of the Significant Investor Visa program and the introduction of the Premium Investor Visa for applicants who make an investment of AU$15 million. The changes will be implemented over the next year. The Australian government plans to... »

IRELAND: (Oct. 22, 2014) New rules set for minors traveling to Ireland

IRELAND: (Oct. 22, 2014) New rules set for minors traveling to Ireland

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland has implemented new visa stamps for children under the age of 18 entering the country. What does the change mean? The visa sticker will indicate whether the foreign child is traveling unaccompanied or accompanied; if accompanied, the child... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 22, 2014) Travelers from 3 countries must enter via Ebola-screening airports

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 22, 2014) Travelers from 3 countries must enter via Ebola-screening airports

Travelers from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be routed through one of five American airports that have enhanced Ebola screening measures in place, the Department of Homeland Security announced this week. The move falls short of the all-out travel... »

MEXICO: Flexibility Introduced for Certain Visa Guidelines

MEXICO: Flexibility Introduced for Certain Visa Guidelines

Mexico has implemented broad amendments to certain visa issuance rules, with the most notable changes affecting foreign nationals scheduling post-work permit approval consular interviews, and foreign nationals who are subject to international agreements related to global mobility. On October 17, 2014, Mexico implemented broad... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 21, 2014) US Consulate in Calgary to limit services in November

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 21, 2014) US Consulate in Calgary to limit services in November

Due to building renovations, the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary will restrict consular services during November. The Calgary consulate will be closed for nonimmigrant visa services for the month of November. In anticipation of the suspension, the consulate has made extra appointments available now... »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 21, 2014) Exiting foreigners must register with the Alien Registration Project

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 21, 2014) Exiting foreigners must register with the Alien Registration Project

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Philippines now requires that foreigners applying for an Emigration Clearance Certificate must first register with the new Alien Registration Project. What does the change mean? Many foreign nationals, including those who downgraded their visas, must register with the... »

COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Over the past month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has grown increasingly strict about enforcing a requirement that applicants for TP-4 Visas have either a local contract or service agreement with a Colombian sponsor. What does the change... »

INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? As part of the employment visa process, India now requires that employers provide their Employees’ Provident Fund Organization identification number. What does the change mean? Employers must enter their EPFO identification number on employment visa applications. Foreign nationals from countries... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

The Labor Department has increased audits of PERM labor certification applications. Companies applying for PERMs should prepare for more audits and longer timelines, given that audits can delay PERM application approval by up to 10 months and sometimes longer. PERM audits have increased across... »

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... »