UNITED STATES (May 13, 2015) – DHS files response to lawsuit challenging H-4 spousal work rule

UNITED STATES (May 13, 2015) – DHS files response to lawsuit challenging H-4 spousal work rule

The Department of Homeland Security asked a federal court Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of American computer workers who have sued to stop the upcoming implementation of a regulation allowing H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders to work. In its... »

IRELAND (May 13, 2015) – New qualification standards set for foreign accountants

IRELAND (May 13, 2015) – New qualification standards set for foreign accountants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation now requires proof of qualifications of foreign professionals applying for employment permits. What does the change mean? Foreign professionals are reminded that they must prove that their certification or degree... »

FRANCE (May 13, 2015) – France enforcing new documentation requirements

FRANCE (May 13, 2015) – France enforcing new documentation requirements

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? France is enforcing new rules that place documentation requirements on foreign employers seconding workers to France. What does the change mean? Affected employers should keep employees’ work permits, medical clearance records and pay slips, among other documents,... »

UNITED KINGDOM (May 13, 2015) – UK to roll out biometric residence permits for overseas visa applicants worldwide by July

UNITED KINGDOM (May 13, 2015) – UK to roll out biometric residence permits for overseas visa applicants worldwide by July

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? By the end of July, the United Kingdom will phase in all countries to its new Biometric Residence Permits procedures for overseas visa applicants. What does the change mean? All overseas visa applicants for stays of longer... »

SAUDI ARABIA/SWEDEN (May 11, 2015) – Ban on Swedish business travelers lifted

SAUDI ARABIA/SWEDEN (May 11, 2015) – Ban on Swedish business travelers lifted

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on Swedish business travelers. What does the change mean? Swedish nationals can once again apply for business and work visas to Saudi Arabia. • Implementation time frame: Immediate. • Visas/permits affected:... »

KUWAIT (May 11, 2015) – KD 250 deposits now required for work permit applications

KUWAIT (May 11, 2015) – KD 250 deposits now required for work permit applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Employers are now required to make a deposit of 250 Kuwaiti dinars (about US$825) before applications for work permits can be filed. What does the change mean? Employers must make the deposit, obtain a letter of guarantee... »

UNITED STATES (May 11, 2015) – June Visa Bulletin: EB-2 China and India continue significant forward movement; EB-3 Philippines to retrogress by two years

UNITED STATES (May 11, 2015) – June Visa Bulletin: EB-2 China and India continue significant forward movement; EB-3 Philippines to retrogress by two years

After advancing significantly last month, priority dates for EB-2 China will continue to jump forward by one year this month from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013, according to the State Department’s June 2015 Visa Bulletin. Indian workers in the EB-2 category will... »

UNITED KINGDOM (May 12, 2015) – Election win gives Conservatives mandate on migration policies

UNITED KINGDOM (May 12, 2015) – Election win gives Conservatives mandate on migration policies

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The election victory by the Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, allows Conservatives wider latitude to pursue stricter migration policies. What does the change mean? The Conservative immigration platform aims to lower net annual immigration... »

Costa Rica: New Application Appointment Requirement to Cause Delays

Costa Rica: New Application Appointment Requirement to Cause Delays

May 8, 2015 Executive Summary Employers applying for immigration petitions will no longer be able to schedule appointments the day before they seek to file their applications. Instead, representatives will be notified of an appointment time through a new electronic appointment system based on... »

SOUTH AFRICA (May 8, 2015) – Strict rules for traveling children to be implemented soon

SOUTH AFRICA (May 8, 2015) – Strict rules for traveling children to be implemented soon

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? South Africa says it plans to implement strict and onerous rules June 1 to require all children traveling to and from South Africa, whether alone or with an adult or parent, to carry unabridged birth certificates and... »

Panama: Engineers No Longer Eligible for Highly Skilled Residence Permit

Panama: Engineers No Longer Eligible for Highly Skilled Residence Permit

May 7, 2015 Executive Summary Engineers are no longer eligible for the Highly Skilled Residence Permit and must instead apply for an employer-sponsored residence and work permit. Engineers with pending Highly Skilled Residence Permit applications may be impacted by this change. Effective immediately, engineers... »

EUROPEAN UNION/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (May 7, 2015) – EU, UAE ink visa-free travel agreement

EUROPEAN UNION/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (May 7, 2015) – EU, UAE ink visa-free travel agreement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The European Union and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement Wednesday that sets the stage for short-stay visa-free travel between most EU countries and the UAE. What does the change mean? The agreement will allow visa-free... »

SINGAPORE (May 7, 2015) – Manual applications no longer accepted for most work pass types

SINGAPORE (May 7, 2015) – Manual applications no longer accepted for most work pass types

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will no longer accept manual applications for most pass types. What does the change mean? Most pass applications for foreign workers and their dependents must be filed through MOM’s online portal beginning... »

AZERBAIJAN (April 30, 2015) – Visa processes simplified for European Games

AZERBAIJAN (April 30, 2015) – Visa processes simplified for European Games

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Azerbaijan will simplify its visa process when it hosts the European Games in June. What does the change mean? Beginning June 2, foreign nationals traveling to Azerbaijan can obtain a single-entry visa by presenting a ticket for... »