Global Mobility Immigration News

MALAYSIA – Mandatory e-filing of PVPs leaves companies in limbo

MALAYSIA – Mandatory e-filing of PVPs leaves companies in limbo

What is the change? Effective immediately, Malaysia has imposed mandatory e-filing for Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications. What does the change mean? The Immigration Department has stopped accepting manual filings. Beginning Oct. 1, employers must submit PVP applications electronically through the Expatriate Services Division’s (ESD) online portal, but the Immigration Department has not yet provided guidance on... »

CANADA: Employment minister: Temporary Foreign Worker Program applications down 75 percent

CANADA: Employment minister: Temporary Foreign Worker Program applications down 75 percent

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Applications for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are down 75 percent in the past two months in Canada following the implementation of reforms aimed at forcing companies to hire more Canadian citizens or permanent resident workers, a top government official says. Implementation timeframe: Ongoing. Visas/permits affected: Work permits... »

UNITED STATES: Diversity Lottery to begin accepting applicants

UNITED STATES: Diversity Lottery to begin accepting applicants

Online registration will begin Oct. 1 for the fiscal year 2016 Diversity Lottery, which provides 50,000 immigrant visas to individuals from countries with historically low immigration to the U.S. Registration begins Wednesday, Oct. 1 at noon EDT (GMT -4) and ends Monday, Nov. 3 at noon EST (GMT... »

IRELAND: Processing Delays Loom with Upcoming Implementation of Employment Permits (Amendment) Act of 2014

IRELAND: Processing Delays Loom with Upcoming Implementation of Employment Permits (Amendment) Act of 2014

Foreign nationals seeking work authorization in Ireland may face delayed start dates, as the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act of 2014, which will significantly change the current Irish employment permit scheme, is implemented October 1, 2014. Foreign nationals in Ireland will no longer be able... »

AUSTRALIA: Changes to 457 visa program unlikely this year

AUSTRALIA: Changes to 457 visa program unlikely this year

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? In response to the recent independent review panel report recommending wholesale changes to the 457 visa program, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has indicated in meetings that changes are not likely to go into effect... »

IRELAND: Employment Permits (Amendment) Act: Are you ready?

IRELAND: Employment Permits (Amendment) Act: Are you ready?

(Ireland’s Employment Permits Amendment Act is set to take effect Oct. 1. In a series of alerts, BAL will highlight the major changes to help prepare employers for this overhaul of Ireland’s employment permit regime.) Remuneration rules change for ICTs and CFSs Sept. 23,... »

AUSTRALIA: Government to review skilled migration and temporary work visa programs

AUSTRALIA: Government to review skilled migration and temporary work visa programs

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia isundertaking a review of its skilled migration and temporary work visa programs that seeks to make far-reaching changes and establish a new framework for skilled foreign labour. What does the change mean? The Department of Immigration... »

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 1

UNITED STATES: FY 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens October 1

Entrants have from Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at noon EDT to Monday, November 3, 2014 at noon EST to register online at the State Department’s official lottery website. Lottery applications must conform to the State Department’s strict requirements. The State Department will begin accepting... »

UNITED STATES: Designated entry ports to handle first-time Canadian TN and L-1 applicants

UNITED STATES: Designated entry ports to handle first-time Canadian TN and L-1 applicants

Starting in mid-September, Canadians applying for TN and L-1 status for the first time may receive faster processing at designated ports of entry set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Fourteen ports of entry, including four pre-clearance stations along the Canadian border,... »

CANADA: Work permit extensions may be filed during pendent LMIA

CANADA: Work permit extensions may be filed during pendent LMIA

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Citizenship and Immigration Canada will now accept work permit extension applications while a labor market impact assessment (LMIA) application is pending. What does the change mean? Companies do not need to wait until their LMIA is approved before filing... »

SCHENGEN AREA/US: European countries tightening enforcement on expiring passports

SCHENGEN AREA/US: European countries tightening enforcement on expiring passports

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A number of European nations in the 26-country Schengen Area are growing increasingly strict about a requirement that foreign passports be valid at least 90 days past a traveler’s intended date of departure. What does the change mean? Tourists... »

ISRAEL: Holiday closures to delay processing

ISRAEL: Holiday closures to delay processing

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government agencies will be closed during the observances of Rosh Hashana and Sukkot. What does the change mean? No work permits or visa applications will be processed. Implementation timeframe: Rosh Hashana is Sept. 24-25 and Sukkot is... »

UNITED STATES: Fragomen Pitches In to Assist Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

UNITED STATES: Fragomen Pitches In to Assist Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

In response to an unprecedented refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, where tens of thousands of children fleeing abuse and violence in Central America have shown up alone to seek refuge in the United States, Fragomen is pitching in by dedicating significant pro bono... »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai conducting unannounced workplace audits

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Dubai conducting unannounced workplace audits

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Immigration and Labor Ministries have begun making unscheduled on-site visits to companies in Dubai. What does the change mean? Companies located in Dubai mainland and the free zones should prepare for unannounced visits by authorities and make documents... »

ITALY: Joint ventures qualify for intracompany transfer work permits

ITALY: Joint ventures qualify for intracompany transfer work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Italy’s Ministry of Labor has clarified that it will issue intracompany work permits for joint venture arrangements. What does the change mean? Non-EU workers may obtain work permits for joint-venture agreements executed by a foreign company and... »