AUSTRALIA: SmartGate automatic border processing expanded to all valid ePassports

Monday, September 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA: SmartGate automatic border processing expanded to all valid ePassports

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia now recognises all valid ePassports to be eligible to present to its SmartGate automatic border processing system. What does the change mean? Travellers with valid ePassports may process much more quickly through … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

Monday, September 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia and Spain have entered a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement. What does the change mean? The agreement provides 500 Work and Holiday Visas for each country per year. Implementation timeframe: The countries have signed … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: US Consulates in Australia to temporarily limit appointments

Monday, September 8, 2014
UNITED STATES: US Consulates in Australia to temporarily limit appointments

Sept. 5, 2014 – U.S. Consulates in Australia will begin to temporarily limit visa and consular service appointments from now through November, when Australia is scheduled to host the G20 (Group of Twenty) Leaders’ Summit, a forum for international economic cooperation. … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: Implementation of ‘right to rent’ provisions announced

Friday, September 5, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Implementation of ‘right to rent’ provisions announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? An implementation schedule for “right to rent” checks – the requirement that all private landlords check tenants’ immigration status – has been announced in Parliament. What does the change mean? The “right to rent” checks will … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: Processing delays expected during rollout of employment permit reforms

Friday, September 5, 2014
IRELAND: Processing delays expected during rollout of employment permit reforms

IMPACT – HIGH What is the news? Ireland is on the verge of introducing a new employment permit scheme that will involve a transition period. What does this mean? Employers, employees and assignees applying for employment permits should anticipate delays in processing. Implementation timeframe: Immediate and … Continue reading → »

BRAZIL: New procedures will simplify Temporary Visa requests for Olympic Games Committee

Friday, September 5, 2014
BRAZIL: New procedures will simplify Temporary Visa requests for Olympic Games Committee

IMPACT – HIGH What are the changes? The National Immigration Council has issued Normative Resolution # 112, which modifies Normative Resolution # 98 and simplifies the Temporary Visa applications process for people coming to Brazil to join the Olympic Games Committee … Continue reading → »

FRANCE: Work Authorization Process Eased for Master’s Graduates

Thursday, September 4, 2014
FRANCE: Work Authorization Process Eased for Master’s Graduates

Foreign graduates of French Master’s degree programs have until the date of expiration of their student permit to apply for a change of status to work in France – a more generous application period than was previously permitted. Additionally, labor … Continue reading → »

GHANA: Additional Recruitment and Training Requirements to be Implemented for Oil and Gas Industry

Thursday, September 4, 2014
GHANA: Additional Recruitment and Training Requirements to be Implemented for Oil and Gas Industry

Employers in the oil and gas sector seeking to apply for work permits must now advertise in at least two local publications, notify the Petroleum Commission of vacancies, and identify a Ghanaian replacement for each foreign candidate, among other changes. … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Parliamentary committee approves immigration changes

Thursday, September 4, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Parliamentary committee approves immigration changes

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A committee of South Africa’s Parliament has approved the recent immigration overhaul and urged the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to implement its provisions. What does the change mean? The parliamentary review indicates that the new … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Strict rules for traveling with children start Oct. 1

Thursday, September 4, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Strict rules for traveling with children start Oct. 1

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? South Africa’s strict documentary rules for traveling with children take effect Oct. 1. What does the change mean? Adults traveling with children must carry unabridged birth certificates for all accompanying children, regardless of whether they are … Continue reading → »

PHILIPPINES: Foreigners who downgraded 47(a)(2) visas now exempt from burdensome rule

Thursday, September 4, 2014
PHILIPPINES: Foreigners who downgraded 47(a)(2) visas now exempt from burdensome rule

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) has exempted some foreigners from a rule that requires a police clearance for all foreigners under an order to leave the country. What does the change mean? Foreigners who … Continue reading → »

FRANCE: Medical exam exemptions announced

Thursday, September 4, 2014
FRANCE: Medical exam exemptions announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? France has announced that several work permit categories are now exempt from medical exams on arrival. What does the change mean? Five categories of foreign workers and their family members will not have to attend … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Extensions no longer granted in many work permit categories

Thursday, September 4, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Extensions no longer granted in many work permit categories

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Under the recent immigration changes, foreign nationals in several work permit categories are no longer able to extend their work permits beyond their expiration dates. What does the change mean? Companies and assignees should not … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Some missions requiring visa-waived nationals to obtain Port of Entry visa for 11(2) work authorization

Thursday, September 4, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Some missions requiring visa-waived nationals to obtain Port of Entry visa for 11(2) work authorization

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Individuals from visa-waived countries should be aware of inconsistent implementations of Section 11(2) work authorization procedures by South African missions. What does the change mean? Some South African missions are requiring visa-waived foreign nationals to apply in … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: DAMA offers subclass 457 visa concessions for Northern Territory employers

Thursday, September 4, 2014
AUSTRALIA: DAMA offers subclass 457 visa concessions for Northern Territory employers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? A designated area migration agreement (DAMA) has gone into effect for the Northern Territory. What does the change mean? The agreement offers qualifying employers in the Northern Territory concessions on minimum income thresholds and English language … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Sarah Saldaña to be nominated as ICE director

Thursday, September 4, 2014
UNITED STATES: Sarah Saldaña to be nominated as ICE director

President Barack Obama announced on Aug. 28 his intention to nominate Sarah Saldaña to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Saldaña is currently a prosecutor, serving as a U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and previously worked in … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Global mobility’s role in Guidewire Software’s rapid growth to be revealed at Summit

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
UNITED STATES: Global mobility’s role in Guidewire Software’s rapid growth to be revealed at Summit

Mark Daniels, director of global mobility at the Guidewire Software, will speak at the Americas Global Mobility Summit to explain his company’s phenomenal pace of change, and how it managed expstriates in 12 different countries. The Americas Global Mobility Summit … Continue reading → »

Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: September 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: September 2014

By Ms Sterious Well August has certainly been a busy month! As you will already be well aware the Ebola Virus took hold with a huge number of suspected cases and confirmed deaths. The latest WHO statistics at time of … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Consular fees to change Sept. 12

Monday, September 1, 2014
UNITED STATES: Consular fees to change Sept. 12

Aug. 29, 2014 – The U.S. Department of State will change its processing fees for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas beginning Sept. 12. Most of the fees for nonimmigrant categories will remain the same or decrease. Notable fee increases include fees … Continue reading → »

OMAN: Employers may prevent former employee who leaves job early from obtaining new visa

Monday, September 1, 2014
OMAN: Employers may prevent former employee who leaves job early from obtaining new visa

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Oman is enforcing the non-objection certificate (NOC) system that gives employers the right to prevent a former employee who did not complete an employment contract from obtaining a new visa with a new … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: New U.S. Consular Fees Take Effect September 6

Friday, August 29, 2014
UNITED STATES: New U.S. Consular Fees Take Effect September 6

Fees for some employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services will be lowered beginning next week, but H-1B and L-1 visa fees will remain the same. The fee for renunciation of U.S. citizenship will be increased more than fourfold. Some employment-based … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Department of Labor investigation reminds employers to comply with H-1B wage laws

Friday, August 29, 2014
UNITED STATES: Department of Labor investigation reminds employers to comply with H-1B wage laws

Aug. 28, 2014 – Companies employing H-1B workers are subject to investigation by the Department of Labor for prevailing wage violations, and risk legal action, civil penalties, back wages and taxes, and suspension from the H-1B program for non-compliance. Employers … Continue reading → »

CANADA: New LMIA rules affect timing of work permit application

Friday, August 29, 2014
CANADA: New LMIA rules affect timing of work permit application

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Undernew rules for positions requiring a labor market impact assessment (LMIA), work permit applications cannot be lodged until the LMIA has been approved. What does the change mean? Companiessponsoring foreign workers in LMIA-subject … Continue reading → »

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