Global Mobility Immigration News

VIETNAM: Resolution would relax proof of work experience for foreign professionals

VIETNAM: Resolution would relax proof of work experience for foreign professionals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Vietnam has issued a resolution to relax a contentious new law that requires that foreign professionals show proof of work experience and a university degree or diploma to obtain a work permit. What does the change mean? Under the proposed resolution, foreign experts and technicians would instead need to... »

AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under recent changes, Azerbaijan has introduced short-term work permits for foreign workers. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals may now apply for permits with durations of three or six months. Implementation timeframe: The new permits were introduced in May... »

RUSSIA: Controversial rules take effect for Russian nationals with dual citizenship/residency

RUSSIA: Controversial rules take effect for Russian nationals with dual citizenship/residency

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Controversial and burdensome requirements that Russian citizens living abroad notify the government of foreign residency or dual citizenship have taken effect; the notification form and deadlines have been set. What does the change mean? Russian citizens who obtain foreign... »

GHANA: Petroleum sector must follow new job advertising rules

GHANA: Petroleum sector must follow new job advertising rules

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ghana’s Petroleum Commission is scheduled to impose new labor market testing rules for oil and gas sector companies that employ foreign workers. What does the change mean? Beginning Sept. 1, oil and gas sector companies must fulfill advertising requirements in... »

RUSSIA: Notification Requirements for Russian Citizens Abroad: What Individuals Need to Know

RUSSIA: Notification Requirements for Russian Citizens Abroad: What Individuals Need to Know

New notification requirements for Russian citizens obtaining a permanent residence permit or citizenship overseas took effect on August 4. Russian authorities have released standard forms and clarified filing deadlines for the new requirement. On August 4, 2014, new notification requirements took effect for Russian citizens obtaining... »

AUSTRALIA/POLAND: Reciprocal work and holiday visa program launched

AUSTRALIA/POLAND: Reciprocal work and holiday visa program launched

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia and Poland have begun a new reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa program for young people. What does the change mean? Up to 200 individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 in each country may apply for these... »

ISRAEL: Investor visa for Americans clears another hurdle

ISRAEL: Investor visa for Americans clears another hurdle

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Israel has approved a measure to provide investor visas to Americans, completing a reciprocal agreement in which the U.S. will provide similar visas to eligible Israeli investors. What does the change mean? The new visas will allow American and... »

FRANCE: Labor office audits increase amid new reporting rules for posted workers

FRANCE: Labor office audits increase amid new reporting rules for posted workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? French labor offices are increasing audits at the same time they are imposing new reporting requirements on French companies that are hosting workers transferred from EU employers. What does the change mean? Companies thathost transferred workers from EU employers must log... »

AUSTRALIA: Agency cracking down on Working Holiday Visa abusers

AUSTRALIA: Agency cracking down on Working Holiday Visa abusers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Fair Work Ombudsman has begun reviewing industries suspected of exploiting the work provisions of the Working Holiday (subclass 417) Visa. What does the change mean? Underpayment and nonpayment to 417 Visa holders could result in fines. Implementation timeframe: Immediate.... »

AUSTRALIA: Designated area migration program to loosen restrictions on overseas workers

AUSTRALIA: Designated area migration program to loosen restrictions on overseas workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia will launch a pilot foreign-worker program under a designated area migration agreement (DAMA) with the Northern Territory Government. What does the change mean? The agreement provides for relaxed criteria for semi-skilled overseas workers where there are... »

SAUDI ARABIA: Foreign workers may renew dependents’ visit visas electronically

SAUDI ARABIA: Foreign workers may renew dependents’ visit visas electronically

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Saudi Arabia has launched an electronic service that will allow expatriates to renew visit visas for relatives. What does the change mean? Foreign employees may renew visit visas for family members electronically without having to queue in... »

SINGAPORE: Companies face new rules for employment pass transfers

SINGAPORE: Companies face new rules for employment pass transfers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Companies that seek to transfer employment pass holders to a subsidiary company or group of companies must meet new criteria. If they do not meet these criteria, they must apply for a new employment pass under the name of the new... »

SAUDI ARABIA: Private employers must provide health insurance to workers and families

SAUDI ARABIA: Private employers must provide health insurance to workers and families

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Saudi Arabia’s Health Insurance Council has announced that all private businesses must provide medical insurance for their foreign workers and families. What does the change mean? As of Aug. 10, the Jawazat (passport office) will check all foreign workers... »

CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? China has implemented polio inspections for travelers from nine countries. What does the change mean? Travelers entering China from any of the specified countries, regardless of nationality, may be subject to on-the-spot checks for polio. Implementation timeframe: The public announcement took effect Aug.... »

ANGOLA: Repatriation deposit now required

ANGOLA: Repatriation deposit now required

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Angolan immigration authorities are now enforcing an existing law requiring that holders of Temporary Stay Visas pay a repatriation deposit. What does the change mean? The SME (Serviço de Migração e Estrangeiros) is now collecting the fee for foreign assignees’... »