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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 Protection (DIBP) will impose a surcharge to credit card payments... »

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... »

RUSSIA: Stricter rules for foreign workers and visitors

RUSSIA: Stricter rules for foreign workers and visitors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Those applying for visa extensions must hold a passport that is valid for six months beyond the requested visa extension end date. What does the change mean? If passports expire in less than six months beyond the... »

BRAZIL: World Cup will delay consular visa processing

BRAZIL: World Cup will delay consular visa processing

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The World Cup, which will take place in Brazil from June 12-July 13, will bring a crush of visa applications to Brazilian consulates worldwide. What does the change mean? Brazilian consulates will be busy processing World Cup-related... »

ECUADOR: New Residence Permit Introduced for Select MERCOSUR Nationalities

ECUADOR: New Residence Permit Introduced for Select MERCOSUR Nationalities

A new two-year residence permit with shorter processing times and fewer document requirements will be available to eight MERCOSUR nationalities later this year. The permit will grant work authorization without requiring company sponsorship. Nationals of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay... »

UNITED STATES: USCIS issues first receipts for H-1B cap cases

UNITED STATES: USCIS issues first receipts for H-1B cap cases

April 11, 2014 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun issuing its first receipts to H-1B petitioners only one day after it announced that it had conducted lotteries to select the cap-subject petitions it will consider. This morning, a limited number of... »

CANADA: New Processing Model for Permanent Residence Program

CANADA: New Processing Model for Permanent Residence Program

Canada will change how it selects and processes permanent residence applications in 2015, under the recently announced Express Entry program. Under Express Entry, foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to Canada will be matched with employers seeking to fill positions based on regional needs. Citizenship... »

ISRAEL: Immigration processing suspended during Passover

ISRAEL: Immigration processing suspended during Passover

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government offices are closed for Passover from April 10 through April 23. What does the change mean? Processing of visa applications and work permits will be suspended. Implementation timeframe: April 10 through April 23. Visas/permits affected: Work... »

UNITED STATES: White House to advance work authorization for H-4 spouses

UNITED STATES: White House to advance work authorization for H-4 spouses

April 10, 2014 – This week, the White House announced that it intends to move forward on a proposed rule that would allow spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to work while present in the U.S. In 2002, Congress amended the Immigration and Nationality... »

UNITED STATES: H-1B petitions hit 172,500; lottery completed

UNITED STATES: H-1B petitions hit 172,500; lottery completed

April 10, 2014 – The number of H-1B petitions filed in the first week of filing hit 172,500, according to an announcement today by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This year’s filings were about 48,000 more than last year, and more than double... »

INDIA: Consulates in San Francisco, Houston now require filing of ‘Additional Particulars Form’

INDIA: Consulates in San Francisco, Houston now require filing of ‘Additional Particulars Form’

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Indian Consulates in San Francisco and Houston now require applicants for visas to complete an Additional Particulars Form before traveling. What does the change mean? The consulates will not process visa applications without the special form.... »

COLOMBIA: Venezuelans may now apply for Mercosur visa

COLOMBIA: Venezuelans may now apply for Mercosur visa

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Venezuelan nationals may now apply for Mercosur visas in Colombia. What does the change mean? Venezuelans may use the visa for stays in Colombia lasting up to two years of work or study. Implementation timeframe: Immediate. Visas/permits... »

VIETNAM: Vietnam tightens local police clearance rules on recent arrivals

VIETNAM: Vietnam tightens local police clearance rules on recent arrivals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A new rule mandates that foreigners who arrive in Vietnam before filing a work permit application must submit a local police clearance certificate, in addition to an overseas police clearance certificate. What does the change mean? The... »

UNITED STATES: May 2014 Visa Bulletin: No Movement in EB-3 Worldwide and China Cut-Off; Modest Advancements for EB-3 India and EB-2 China

UNITED STATES: May 2014 Visa Bulletin: No Movement in EB-3 Worldwide and China Cut-Off; Modest Advancements for EB-3 India and EB-2 China

The cutoff date for EB-3 China and most other countries will remain at October 1, 2012. EB-3 India will advance by two weeks, to October 1, 2003, and EB-3 Philippines will advance by eighteen weeks, to November 1, 2007. EB-2 China will advance by... »