Global Mobility Immigration News

COSTA RICA: (Nov. 24, 2014) Costa Rica simplifies temporary residence process

COSTA RICA: (Nov. 24, 2014) Costa Rica simplifies temporary residence process

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Certain foreign nationals seeking Temporary Residence Permits may now submit an employer’s offer letter in support of their applications instead of appearing in person in Costa Rica. What does the change mean? The option of submitting an offer letter simplifies the process of obtaining temporary residence for foreign nationals... »

AUSTRALIA: (24 November 2014) English testing requirements amended for certain permanent residency applicants

AUSTRALIA: (24 November 2014) English testing requirements amended for certain permanent residency applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The regulations concerning acceptable tests for the evidencing of English language ability have been amended for some visa subclasses. What does the change mean? Applicants who are required to demonstrate English-language ability and do not qualify for a relevant... »

SINGAPORE: (Nov. 21, 2014) Changes in work authorization impact some foreign spouses

SINGAPORE: (Nov. 21, 2014) Changes in work authorization impact some foreign spouses

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Beginning next year, foreign spouses of Singapore citizens and permanent residents on Long Term Visit Passes may obtain Letters of Consent from the Ministry of Manpower allowing them to work. What does the change mean? Companies that... »

INDIA: (Nov. 21, 2014) Indian Prime Minister promises visas on arrival for Australian nationals soon

INDIA: (Nov. 21, 2014) Indian Prime Minister promises visas on arrival for Australian nationals soon

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Speaking in Australia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised a visa-on-arrival facility for Australian tourists. He also said the merger of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status would be complete within... »

UNITED STATES: President Announces Plans for Business Immigration, Removal Relief

UNITED STATES: President Announces Plans for Business Immigration, Removal Relief

The President has offered a collection of initiatives that, among other things, should permit earlier filing of employment-based adjustment of status applications, broaden employment authorization opportunities for STEM-degree graduates of U.S. institutions, and expand employment authorization for certain spouses of skilled nonimmigrants in line... »

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) China to be added to Work and Holiday visa program

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) China to be added to Work and Holiday visa program

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia and China have agreed to a Work and Holiday visa arrangement. What does the change mean? Australia will grant up to 5000 Work and Holiday visas to Chinese nationals annually. Implementation timeframe: An implementation date has... »

INDONESIA: (Nov. 20, 2014) Foreign nationals ending employment must leave country sooner

INDONESIA: (Nov. 20, 2014) Foreign nationals ending employment must leave country sooner

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has changed the rules on exit permits for foreign nationals who have completed their work assignments. What does the change mean? Exit permits are now valid for seven days, requiring foreign nationals to leave sooner than in the... »

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

AUSTRALIA: (20 November 2014) More applicants eligible to apply online for Temporary Work visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has expanded the list of foreign nationals eligible to submit online applications for Temporary Work visas. What does the change mean? Online visa applications are significantly faster and easier than paper applications. Implementation timeframe: 23 November.... »

AUSTRALIA: Maximum Stay Period for Subclass 400 Visa Increased, But Longer Stays Must Have Strong Business Justification

AUSTRALIA: Maximum Stay Period for Subclass 400 Visa Increased, But Longer Stays Must Have Strong Business Justification

Holders of Subclass 400 (Temporary Work) visas will be able to request to stay in Australia for a maximum stay of up to six months, effective November 23, 2014. Employers and foreign nationals will be required to demonstrate a strong business justification in order... »

INDONESIA: (Nov. 19, 2014) Indonesia tightens document requirements for work permits

INDONESIA: (Nov. 19, 2014) Indonesia tightens document requirements for work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Indonesia has introduced more stringent endorsement and signature requirements for foreign nationals applying for work permits. What does the change mean? Applicants will be required to provide additional stamps or endorsements when submitting curriculum vitae, education certificates... »

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: (19 November 2014) Free Trade Agreement announced

AUSTRALIA/CHINA: (19 November 2014) Free Trade Agreement announced

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Australia and China have completed negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. What does the change mean? Although the “CHAFTA” will take some time to undergo domestic debate and legal approval, the trade agreement will provide greater access for... »

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 19, 2014) Technical problems plaguing US Embassies worldwide

UNITED STATES: (Nov. 19, 2014) Technical problems plaguing US Embassies worldwide

U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are experiencing technical problems in sending and receiving communications, resulting in possible delays in visa processing. The problem has been confirmed by U.S. Embassies globally. U.S. Embassies in Australia, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia... »

INDIA: (Nov. 18, 2014) India simplifies immigration procedures for Japanese nationals

INDIA: (Nov. 18, 2014) India simplifies immigration procedures for Japanese nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under a new rule, residence permits for Japanese nationals in India are now automatically valid for the length of their visas. In a separate development, India has done away with a requirement that Japanese nationals appear in person... »

IRELAND: (Nov. 18, 2014) New payment system causing delays, backlog likely during holiday season

IRELAND: (Nov. 18, 2014) New payment system causing delays, backlog likely during holiday season

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A new payment system under the new employment permits legislation is slowing down processing. What does the change mean? Under the new system, payments must be received in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation bank account to queue the application form... »

PORTUGAL: (Nov. 17, 2014) ‘Golden Visa’ corruption probe causing processing delays

PORTUGAL: (Nov. 17, 2014) ‘Golden Visa’ corruption probe causing processing delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Portuguese police are investigating corruption in the Golden Visa program and have detained for questioning several officials, including the director of SEF, Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras. What does the change mean? Applicants should expect delays in all immigration... »