Global Mobility Immigration News

UNITED KINGDOM: Tier 1 (General) Category to be Eliminated April 6, 2015

UNITED KINGDOM: Tier 1 (General) Category to be Eliminated April 6, 2015

Foreign nationals who are in the UK under Tier 1 (General) status will no longer be allowed to apply for extensions of stay after April 5, 2015. Applications for indefinite leave to remain under Tier 1 (General) will be accepted only up to April 6, 2018. The Home Office has announced it is eliminating... »

European Union: EU States Expected to Harmonize Immigration Rules for Intracompany Transferees by 2016

European Union: EU States Expected to Harmonize Immigration Rules for Intracompany Transferees by 2016

European lawmakers are expected to adopt a new directive that will require EU member states to offer a combined work and residence permit for intracompany transferees. The permit would be exempt from labor market testing and enable permit holders to work, with limitations, throughout... »

INDIA: Retirement funds requesting names of foreign workers

INDIA: Retirement funds requesting names of foreign workers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Indian agency that handles employee retirement funds, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), is asking the Foreign Regional Registration Offices (FRRO) for complete lists of foreign nationals working in India. What does the change mean? Companies... »

CHINA: Foreign registrations getting tight scrutiny in Shanghai

CHINA: Foreign registrations getting tight scrutiny in Shanghai

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Police in Shanghai have begun strictly enforcing foreign registration. What does the change mean? Police are conducting random checks at residential compounds to determine whether foreign nationals living in Shanghai have registered their street addresses with local... »

MALAYSIA: All companies must use online portal for Employment Passes processed through Putrajaya

MALAYSIA: All companies must use online portal for Employment Passes processed through Putrajaya

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? With little notice, the Putrajaya headquarters of the Immigration Department of Malaysia has mandated that all companies use the new online portal to apply for employment passes. What does the change mean? Manual applications are no longer... »

CANADA: Canada Experience Class filling quickly, could reach quota soon

CANADA: Canada Experience Class filling quickly, could reach quota soon

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Canada Experience Class (CEC) has received over 6,000 applications since the annual filing began in November 2013, and its quota of 12,000 could be reached before the end of the fiscal year. What does the change... »

UKRAINE: Entry restrictions imposed for Russian men

UKRAINE: Entry restrictions imposed for Russian men

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The hotline of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has confirmed that Ukraine has imposed dramatic new restrictions barring entry to most Russian men. What does the change mean? Male Russian nationals between the ages of... »

UNITED KINGDOM: Minimum Salary Levels Increased for Tier 2 Workers

UNITED KINGDOM: Minimum Salary Levels Increased for Tier 2 Workers

Minimum salary requirements for Tier 2 foreign nationals working in the UK increased by approximately one to three percent on April 6, 2014. The United Kingdom has increased the minimum salary requirements for foreign workers under Tier 2 – the UK’s primary temporary employment... »

GHANA: Authorities performing more immigration checks

GHANA: Authorities performing more immigration checks

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ghana’s immigration authorities are ramping up office inspections in which they check papers of foreign workers. What does the change mean? Employers and foreign workers should be prepared for surprise visits and have documents available for inspection.... »

SINGAPORE: Improved registration extended to all Employment Pass holders and dependents

SINGAPORE: Improved registration extended to all Employment Pass holders and dependents

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will extend several improved registration services to Employment Pass, or EP, holders and their family members. What does the change mean? The new services will make it easier for foreign employees to... »

EUROPEAN UNION: Parliament agrees to common rules for non-EU intracompany transferees

EUROPEAN UNION: Parliament agrees to common rules for non-EU intracompany transferees

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The European Parliament has voted to adopt standardized rules governing non-EU intracompany transferees, or ICTs, posted to a European Union member state. What does the change mean? The legislation will simplify entry procedures and provide one set... »

UNITED STATES: H-1B cap premium processing begins April 28

UNITED STATES: H-1B cap premium processing begins April 28

April 17, 2014 – Premium processing of H-1B cap-subject petitions will begin on April 28, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced. This will include petitions seeking an exemption from the cap for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. Last month, USCIS... »

AUSTRALIA: New Surcharge for All Immigration Fees Paid by Credit Card

AUSTRALIA: New Surcharge for All Immigration Fees Paid by Credit Card

Effective April 19, 2014, credit card payments for any Visa Application Charge or other immigration-related fee will incur a surcharge. The surcharge will range between 1.08% and 2.91% depending on the credit card used to pay the fees. The Department of Immigration and Border... »

NIGERIA: April 30 Deadline for Residence Card Applications

NIGERIA: April 30 Deadline for Residence Card Applications

Long-term foreign workers who have not already done so must apply for the Nigerian residence card by April 30 or face possible deportation. Nationals of ECOWAS member countries and short-term workers of three months or less do not need to apply for the residence... »

CANADA: Four-Year Limits on Stay for Temporary Foreign Workers Become Effective in April 2015

CANADA: Four-Year Limits on Stay for Temporary Foreign Workers Become Effective in April 2015

From April 1, 2015, temporary foreign workers who have worked in Canada for four years and who do not fall within certain exempt categories will be required to depart Canada and may not be able to re-apply for a work permit for up to... »