Global Mobility Immigration News

THE NETHERLANDS: (Dec. 18, 2014) Salary requirements to increase for highly-skilled migrants

THE NETHERLANDS: (Dec. 18, 2014) Salary requirements to increase for highly-skilled migrants

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Netherlands’ monthly salary requirements for highly-skilled migrant workers will increase by 3.48 percent Jan. 1. What does the change mean? Companies will have to pay slightly higher salaries to highly-skilled workers applying for work and residence permits, including those applying for EU Blue Cards or completing the Knowledge Migrant... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 18, 2014) Mandatory employer-covered health insurance to take effect soon

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 18, 2014) Mandatory employer-covered health insurance to take effect soon

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? On Jan. 1, two Dubai free zones will implement a law that requires companies to cover all employees with basic health insurance, and it is expected that all immigration offices in Dubai mainland and all free zones will also adopt the rule in... »

WORLDWIDE: Immigration Processing During the Holiday Season

WORLDWIDE: Immigration Processing During the Holiday Season

During the holiday season, many government offices worldwide will close or have reduced staff and hours of operation, likely resulting in processing delays for work permits, residence permits and visas over the coming weeks and into the new year. During the holiday season, many... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Expedited Entry Program Implemented at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

UNITED KINGDOM: Expedited Entry Program Implemented at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

Foreign nationals with biometric passports from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the United States can apply for the Registered Traveller program to expedite their entry into the UK at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Applicants for the program must hold a promotional code from... »

ST KITTS AND NEVIS: Security Measures Require Reissuance of Some Passports

ST KITTS AND NEVIS: Security Measures Require Reissuance of Some Passports

St. Kitts and Nevis will no longer recognize a foreign passport issued between January 2012 and July 2014 if it does not list a birthplace or does not reflect the holder’s current name. Foreign nationals whose passports do not meet these requirements must obtain... »

MOZAMBIQUE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Stricter quota enforcement sought on hiring of foreign workers

MOZAMBIQUE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Stricter quota enforcement sought on hiring of foreign workers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Mozambique is ramping up its efforts to stop companies from using third-party recruiting agencies to sidestep government quotas on foreign workers. What does the change mean? Employers must submit their own work permit applications and can no... »

UNITED KINGDOM/EGYPT: (Dec. 17, 2014) British Embassy in Egypt reopens

UNITED KINGDOM/EGYPT: (Dec. 17, 2014) British Embassy in Egypt reopens

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The British Embassy in Egypt has reopened after closing last week due to unspecified security concerns. What does the change mean? Immigration, travel and other consular services have resumed. Implementation timeframe: The embassy reopened Dec. 16. Visas/permits... »

SINGAPORE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Employment Pass to be required of foreign employees before starting work

SINGAPORE: (Dec. 17, 2014) Employment Pass to be required of foreign employees before starting work

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower will require that foreign employees obtain their Employment Pass before they can start work. What does the change mean? Foreign employees will no longer be able to start work immediately upon arrival. Implementation... »

BELGIUM: (Dec. 16, 2014) Parliament weighs new fee on foreign workers

BELGIUM: (Dec. 16, 2014) Parliament weighs new fee on foreign workers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Belgian government has proposed imposing a new fee on foreign workers applying for residence permits. What does the change mean? Under the current proposal, foreign nationals would have to pay a fixed sum as a “mandatory... »

AUSTRALIA: (16 December 2014) Visa application fees for spouses and partners to increase 50 per cent

AUSTRALIA: (16 December 2014) Visa application fees for spouses and partners to increase 50 per cent

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government will sharply raise application fees for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas in the new year. What does the change mean? Applicants can avoid the increased government application fees if they lodge their applications before... »

RUSSIA: (Dec. 16, 2014) New requirements set for labor agreements, medical insurance for foreign workers

RUSSIA: (Dec. 16, 2014) New requirements set for labor agreements, medical insurance for foreign workers

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Amendments to the Russian Labor Code that change employers’ duties toward foreign employees took effect Dec. 12. What does the change mean? Employers must sign labor agreements of an unlimited, not fixed, term with foreign employees and... »

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA: (15 December 2014) Australia, South Korea launch trade agreement

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH KOREA: (15 December 2014) Australia, South Korea launch trade agreement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement took effect 12 December. What does the change mean? Business visitors, intra-company transferees, contractual service suppliers and executives who are nationals of Australia or South Korea will have greater access to each other’s countries.... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 15, 2014) Transition to TECOM online portal causing delays

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: (Dec. 15, 2014) Transition to TECOM online portal causing delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A new online portal for companies operating in the Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone is experiencing an extremely high volume of applications. What does the change mean? The transition to the new portal – which is now... »

CHINA: (Dec. 15, 2014) Authorities to clarify regulations on new short-term work visas

CHINA: (Dec. 15, 2014) Authorities to clarify regulations on new short-term work visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Chinese authorities will clarify regulations regarding activities permitted by foreign nationals in China on M and F visas for fewer than 90 days. What does the change mean? Foreigners entering China to stay for no longer than 90 days... »

UNITED STATES: (Dec. 12, 2014) US immigrant visas dropped in 2014

UNITED STATES: (Dec. 12, 2014) US immigrant visas dropped in 2014

The U.S. issued 467,370 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2014 – a decrease of more than 5,700 compared with 2013 and nearly 15,000 fewer than the number of immigrant visas issued in 2012, according to statistics released by the State Department. The number of immigrant... »