Global Mobility Immigration News

MEXICO: Flexibility Introduced for Certain Visa Guidelines

MEXICO: Flexibility Introduced for Certain Visa Guidelines

Mexico has implemented broad amendments to certain visa issuance rules, with the most notable changes affecting foreign nationals scheduling post-work permit approval consular interviews, and foreign nationals who are subject to international agreements related to global mobility. On October 17, 2014, Mexico implemented broad changes to its visa issuance rules. Our analysis of the... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 21, 2014) US Consulate in Calgary to limit services in November

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 21, 2014) US Consulate in Calgary to limit services in November

Due to building renovations, the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary will restrict consular services during November. The Calgary consulate will be closed for nonimmigrant visa services for the month of November. In anticipation of the suspension, the consulate has made extra appointments available now... »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 21, 2014) Exiting foreigners must register with the Alien Registration Project

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 21, 2014) Exiting foreigners must register with the Alien Registration Project

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Philippines now requires that foreigners applying for an Emigration Clearance Certificate must first register with the new Alien Registration Project. What does the change mean? Many foreign nationals, including those who downgraded their visas, must register with the... »

COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

COLOMBIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Colombia tightening enforcement of local contract requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Over the past month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has grown increasingly strict about enforcing a requirement that applicants for TP-4 Visas have either a local contract or service agreement with a Colombian sponsor. What does the change... »

INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

INDIA: (Oct. 20, 2014) Employers must provide Provident Fund ID number on employment visa applications

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? As part of the employment visa process, India now requires that employers provide their Employees’ Provident Fund Organization identification number. What does the change mean? Employers must enter their EPFO identification number on employment visa applications. Foreign nationals from countries... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 20, 2014) Labor Department escalates PERM audits

The Labor Department has increased audits of PERM labor certification applications. Companies applying for PERMs should prepare for more audits and longer timelines, given that audits can delay PERM application approval by up to 10 months and sometimes longer. PERM audits have increased across... »

UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

UK/IRELAND: British – Irish Visa Scheme Introduced for Chinese and Indian Nationals

The UK and Ireland have signed a visa agreement that will allow foreign nationals to travel to both countries with a single visa from either country. Chinese and Indian nationals will be the first to benefit from the program. The UK and Ireland will accept... »

AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

The Australian government plans to streamline the subclass 457 visa application process and reduce administrative burdens on sponsoring businesses, in response to an independent review of the program that took place in September. Over the next year, the Australian government plans to make improvements... »

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG: (Oct. 17, 2014) Reciprocal deal gives business travelers faster border clearance

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? In a reciprocal agreement, Singapore and Hong Kong will allow eligible travelers to enroll in each other’s automated border clearance systems. What does the change mean? The arrangement will streamline border procedures for eligible travelers. Implementation timeframe: The policy took effect... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 17, 2014) FBI resumes processing at a slow pace

The FBI has resumed processing clearance requests after a new computer system suspended operations last month. The FBI is currently processing requests received Aug. 5, 2014. However, the FBI has stressed that processing remains slow; therefore, applicants should expect the process to take longer than the normal... »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

UNITED KINGDOM: (Oct. 17, 2014) Sweeping changes to immigration rules announced

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? The Home Office has released a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules covering nearly all U.K. immigration categories. What does the change mean? Among the changes, there are new rules and criteria for Tier 2 and Tier 1 categories under the points-based... »

COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

Foreign nationals applying for new or renewed work visas must submit an executed employment or services contract with a Colombian entity. Employers of intracompany transferees on home payroll must indicate in the local contract that their salaries will be paid from abroad. Foreign nationals... »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

Beginning next year, employers who use E-Verify will no longer have access to records that are more than 10 years old. On Jan. 1, E-Verify records created before Dec. 31, 2004 will be permanently deleted from the database. Employers who want access to these older... »

INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

IMPACT –MEDIUM What is the change? All Persons of Indian Origin cards are now valid for the cardholder’s life. What does the change mean? Holders of current PIO cards effectively have been given a lifetime visa. The change affects both new applicants and current PIO cardholders.... »

AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government has announced four changes to its temporary skilled foreign worker (subclass 457) visa program. What does the change mean? The changes will retain the income threshold for two years, streamline processing for low-risk applicants,... »