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

Monday, April 14, 2014
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, … Continue reading → »

CANADA: New Processing Model for Permanent Residence Program

Monday, April 14, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL: Immigration processing suspended during Passover

Friday, April 11, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Friday, April 11, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Friday, April 11, 2014
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, … Continue reading → »

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

COLOMBIA: Venezuelans may now apply for Mercosur visa

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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. … Continue reading → »

VIETNAM: Vietnam tightens local police clearance rules on recent arrivals

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: Consultation Published on Taxing Nonresidents’ Gains on Property

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Consultation Published on Taxing Nonresidents’ Gains on Property

The U.K. government has published its plans to make gains made by nonresidents on U.K. residential property subject to capital gains taxation from April 2015 in a comparable way to U.K. residents. Following up on a commitment made in the … Continue reading → »

SWITZERLAND: Court Makes Landmark Decision on Inter-cantonal Taxation of Employment Income

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SWITZERLAND: Court Makes Landmark Decision on Inter-cantonal Taxation of Employment Income

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court ruled on 29 January 2014, that the current system of inter-cantonal allocation of income taxes of Swiss resident taxpayers who are subject to wage withholding taxes is in violation of the provisions of the free … Continue reading → »

TURKEY: New Law to Place Restrictions on Business Visitors, Cause Gradual Changes to Residence Permit Rules

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
TURKEY: New Law to Place Restrictions on Business Visitors, Cause Gradual Changes to Residence Permit Rules

The new immigration law — to be implemented in stages beginning on April 12 — will create significant changes to residence permit requirements and filing procedures and will place new restrictions on business and tourist visa applicants. A new immigration law will … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Changes Proposed to Work Authorization Requirements for Offshore Resource Workers

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Changes Proposed to Work Authorization Requirements for Offshore Resource Workers

The Australian Parliament is now considering a bill to repeal legislation that would require all foreign offshore workers to hold a visa granting employment authorization if they will work in any capacity on an offshore resource project, effective June 30, … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: Important Changes to Form 42 Filing, Upcoming Deadlines

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Important Changes to Form 42 Filing, Upcoming Deadlines

Companies have until 6 July 2014 to submit Form 42, the U.K. tax return for unapproved employment-related share incentives, in respect of any reportable events for the tax year ended 5 April 2014. Additionally the U.K. is ending paper reporting … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: H-1B cap closes April 7; lottery announced

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
UNITED STATES: H-1B cap closes April 7; lottery announced

April 7, 2014 – H-1B petitions filed in the first week have exceeded the annual limits of 65,000 for undergraduate degree applicants and 20,000 for applicants holding a U.S. master’s degree or higher, according to an announcement today by U.S. … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: New VFS visa centers to accept mandatory in-person applications on June 1

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: New VFS visa centers to accept mandatory in-person applications on June 1

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Department of Home Affairs, or DHA, has contracted with VFS Global to open visa facilitation centers across the country to handle applications within South Africa under upcoming amendments to South African immigration … Continue reading → »

CHINA: Qingdao requires legalized degrees for some work permits

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
CHINA: Qingdao requires legalized degrees for some work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Qingdao Labor Bureau now requires that educational degrees be legalized in the applicant’s home country. What does the change mean? The change will lengthen processing times for initial employment licenses and work … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Immigration reforms expected to take effect by June 1

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Immigration reforms expected to take effect by June 1

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The proposed major amendments to South African immigration legislation are anticipated to come into force any time between now and June 1. The changes may be implemented at any time with little or … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: Employers Can Apply for 2015 Work Permit Quotas from April 7, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
RUSSIA: Employers Can Apply for 2015 Work Permit Quotas from April 7, 2014

Employers will be able to apply for 2015 work permit quotas beginning April 7, 2014. Quota applications must be lodged by July 1, 2014 and employers are advised to act quickly to ensure applications are filed as soon as possible. … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: CIS work permits delayed by extra approval process

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
RUSSIA: CIS work permits delayed by extra approval process

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Citizens of CIS applying for work permits in Russia must go through an additional pre-approval process. What does the change mean? The extra step is delaying work permit processing for CIS nationals by … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL: Strike ends, consular and visa services resume

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
ISRAEL: Strike ends, consular and visa services resume

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Workers in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs have ended a month-long strike. What does the change mean? Israel is reopening its foreign diplomatic missions abroad, as well as its headquarters in Jerusalem. … Continue reading → »

Expats: have your say in the 2014 Expat Explorer survey

Monday, April 7, 2014
Expats: have your say in the 2014 Expat Explorer survey

HSBC Expat is calling on all expats to share their experiences of living and working abroad in the seventh annual Expat Explorer survey which officially opens today. Expats from all over the world will have the opportunity to participate in … Continue reading → »

SINGAPORE: R&D and Claims for Innovation Credits

Monday, April 7, 2014
SINGAPORE: R&D and Claims for Innovation Credits

April 3:  The Ministry of Finance in Singapore is reviewing the guidelines as to what constitutes design or research and development so as to encourage greater participation in the productivity and innovation credit (PIC) program. The review is being conducted … Continue reading → »

CHINA: Customs Valuation Rules are Updated

Monday, April 7, 2014
CHINA: Customs Valuation Rules are Updated

April 3: Guidance released by China’s General Administration of Customs aims for greater transparency, standardization, and predictability of customs valuations. The guidance (effective in February 2014) relating to the dutiable value of domestic sales concerns: Domestic sales of bonded goods … Continue reading → »

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