Global Mobility Immigration News

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Oct. 30, 2014) Dubai Free Zones abandon electronic visa issuance

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Oct. 30, 2014) Dubai Free Zones abandon electronic visa issuance

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? All free zones in Dubai have abandoned electronic visa issuance; only physical entry visas are issued. What does the change mean? Most free zones will courier the entry visas to applicants’ offices in Dubai, except Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Dubai World Central, which... »

ISRAEL: (Oct. 30, 2014) New rules limit options for foreigners holding 30-day work authorization

ISRAEL: (Oct. 30, 2014) New rules limit options for foreigners holding 30-day work authorization

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Regulations to be released soon will set new restrictions on 30-day work authorization. What does the change mean? According to the Ministry of Interior, the new regulations will prohibit foreigners holding a 30-day work authorization (also called... »

TAIWAN: (Oct. 30, 2014) Entry and Exit Permit procedures tightened for mainland China nationals

TAIWAN: (Oct. 30, 2014) Entry and Exit Permit procedures tightened for mainland China nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Following a company’s misuse of Exit and Entry Permits, Taiwan has tightened its procedures for multiple-entry Exit and Entry Permits for nationals of mainland China. What does the change mean? Among the changes is a new requirement... »

MALAYSIA: (Oct. 30, 2014) MDeC no longer issuing ‘consent to work’ to spouses of foreign workers

MALAYSIA: (Oct. 30, 2014) MDeC no longer issuing ‘consent to work’ to spouses of foreign workers

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is no longer issuing work authorization (“consent to work”) to holders of Dependent Passes, i.e. spouses of Employment Pass holders. What does the change mean? Spouses who want to work must cancel... »

SOUTH AFRICA: (Oct. 29, 2014) South Africa issuing consecutive intra-company transfer visas to current holders

SOUTH AFRICA: (Oct. 29, 2014) South Africa issuing consecutive intra-company transfer visas to current holders

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? In a change that solves a major impediment created by recent laws, South Africa has issued a new directive allowing holders of an intra-company transfer visa issued under old regulations to be issued a second ICT visa. What does the change mean? The foreign... »

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends Monday, November 3

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Ends Monday, November 3

Entrants have until Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon EST to submit their online registration forms and accompanying digital photographs at the State Department’s official lottery website. Registration for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery ends on Monday, November 3, 2014 at... »

COLOMBIA: Online Immigration Information System Introduced

COLOMBIA: Online Immigration Information System Introduced

Colombia has introduced a new online system for employers and foreign employees working for Colombian companies to report employees’ immigration-related changes. The system is meant to enforce registration and encourage professional licensing. Foreign employees will still have to register their visas in person at... »

ISRAEL: Short Employment Authorization Visa Restrictions Introduced

ISRAEL: Short Employment Authorization Visa Restrictions Introduced

New regulations restricting re-entry on Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visas and prohibiting future B-1 visa applications for SEA visa holders will be effective starting October 28, 2014, according to a meeting with immigration authorities. New regulations restricting re-entry on Short Employment Authorization (SEA) visas... »

IRELAND: (Oct. 28, 2014) Scanned signatures now accepted on employment permit applications

IRELAND: (Oct. 28, 2014) Scanned signatures now accepted on employment permit applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland’s Employment Permits Section is now accepting scanned signatures with the original form in most cases. What does the change mean? The use of digital signatures will ease preparation of employment permit applications. Implementation timeframe: Immediate. Visas/permits... »

AUSTRALIA: (28 October 2014) Immigration minister announces ban on visas to Ebola-hit countries

AUSTRALIA: (28 October 2014) Immigration minister announces ban on visas to Ebola-hit countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has halted all immigration and visa procedures for nationals of three West African countries. What does the change mean? Citizens of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will not be able to apply for visas or humanitarian... »

MEXICO: (Oct. 27, 2014) New visa rules benefit business visitors, temporary residents

MEXICO: (Oct. 27, 2014) New visa rules benefit business visitors, temporary residents

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Mexico has issued guidelines that provide more flexible criteria for business visitors and temporary resident applicants and new rules for students. What does the change mean? The amounts required to demonstrate economic solvency for business and temporary resident applicants have... »

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: (Oct. 24, 2014) Ebola-related travel restrictions spread across globe

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: (Oct. 24, 2014) Ebola-related travel restrictions spread across globe

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa has prompted countries across the globe to respond with measures ranging from stepped-up health screening at airports to all-out travel bans. Most countries are leaving Ebola-related restrictions in place, at least for now, even after two African... »

BRAZIL: (Oct. 24, 2014) Foreigners facing delays in visa registration at local Federal Police

BRAZIL: (Oct. 24, 2014) Foreigners facing delays in visa registration at local Federal Police

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Foreigners in Brazil are experiencing significant delays in getting appointments to register with local Federal Police offices. What does the change mean? Foreigners who enter Brazil with a work visa are legally required to register with the local Federal Police office... »

PHILIPPINES: New In-Person Registration Program for Foreign Nationals

PHILIPPINES: New In-Person Registration Program for Foreign Nationals

A new Alien Registration Program will eventually require certain foreign nationals working in the Philippines to attend a biometrics appointment and obtain an identity card with a unique security number, according to new guidelines from the Bureau of Immigration. Although the Bureau initially announced... »

IRELAND: Scanned Signatures Allowed on Work Permit Applications

IRELAND: Scanned Signatures Allowed on Work Permit Applications

In most cases, foreign nationals and employers can now enter scanned signatures in their work permit applications. In most cases, foreign nationals and employers can enter scanned signatures in work permit applications, according to an announcement by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.... »