CHINA: (Oct. 14, 2014) Work furloughs to close Beijing government offices

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
CHINA: (Oct. 14, 2014) Work furloughs to close Beijing government offices

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government and quasi-governmental employees in Beijing will be given a six-day furlough to reduce the number of cars on the road during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. What does the change mean? All … Continue reading → »

APAC EMMAs 2014 Winners Announced

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
APAC EMMAs 2014 Winners Announced

The Forum for Expatriate Management is delighted to announce the winners for the APAC EMMAs. The results were announced at the EMMAs gala dinner at The Orchard Hotel, Singapore.   »

ANGOLA: New Visas Ease Business Travel to Angola

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
ANGOLA: New Visas Ease Business Travel to Angola

Brazilian citizens can now obtain multiple-entry visas for travel to Angola. New short-term and long-term visa options will facilitate business travel between Angola and Cape Verde. Angolan and Cape Verdean citizens will have an easier time traveling to each other’s … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: New Joint British-Irish Visa Scheme Announced

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
IRELAND: New Joint British-Irish Visa Scheme Announced

The joint British-Irish Visa Scheme was formally launched on 6 October 2014, by Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald together with U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May.1 The scheme will facilitate smoother travel between Ireland and the U.K. by … Continue reading → »

KENYA: (Oct. 13, 2014) Work permits delayed by internal wrangling

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
KENYA: (Oct. 13, 2014) Work permits delayed by internal wrangling

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A probe by the new Immigration Department director into suspected corruption in work permit issuance has caused staff on the work permit approval committee to slow down in protest of perceived interference. What … Continue reading → »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 13, 2014) Alien registration program now in place

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 13, 2014) Alien registration program now in place

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) has introduced an Alien Registration Project to register all foreigners, capture their biometric data and issue them a special security registration number. What does the change mean? … Continue reading → »

Alistair Murray named Managing Director at Relocation Support Services

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Alistair Murray named Managing Director at Relocation Support Services

Relocation Support Services is very pleased to announce the appointment of Alistair Murray as the new Managing Director, starting 13th October. The appointment marks a significant milestone in the continued growth and success of RSS as one of the leading … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Stricter oversight of J-1 exchange visitor program coming in January

Monday, October 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: Stricter oversight of J-1 exchange visitor program coming in January

Exchange Visitor Program (J-1) sponsors should be aware of new rules calling for greater oversight that take effect Jan. 5, 2015. The final rule, published Monday in the Federal Register, includes the following provisions concerning the obligations of program sponsors: Independent audits. Private sector … Continue reading → »

INDIA / SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA: Diwali holiday to close government offices

Monday, October 13, 2014
INDIA / SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA: Diwali holiday to close government offices

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Diwali (Deepavali) holiday will be celebrated Oct. 22 – 24 in India and Oct. 22 in Singapore and Malaysia. What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed in observance of the holiday and immigration services will be … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: November 2014 Visa Bulletin: Major Retrogression for EB-2 India, EB-3 Advancement for Most Countries

Monday, October 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: November 2014 Visa Bulletin: Major Retrogression for EB-2 India, EB-3 Advancement for Most Countries

As expected, the priority date cut-off for EB-2 India will retrogress by more than four years, to February 15, 2005. EB-3 will advance to January 1, 2010, for China and to June 1, 2012, for most other countries except India, … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: Employers must report salaries of highly qualified specialists by Oct. 30

Thursday, October 9, 2014
RUSSIA: Employers must report salaries of highly qualified specialists by Oct. 30

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Before the end of the month, companies must report the salaries paid to highly qualified specialists during the third quarter of 2014. What does the change mean? Companies and company officials that fail to comply … Continue reading → »

ANGOLA: Oil companies must sign program contract, submit plans by Oct. 31

Thursday, October 9, 2014
ANGOLA: Oil companies must sign program contract, submit plans by Oct. 31

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? All companies in the oil industry are required to complete and submit an annual program contract and a human resources development plan, each showing steps being taken toward Angolanization of their workforce, by Oct. 31. … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Relief for Individuals with Interests in Canadian Retirement Plans

Thursday, October 9, 2014
UNITED STATES: Relief for Individuals with Interests in Canadian Retirement Plans

Eligible U.S. citizens and residents with interests in certain Canadian retirement plans will be treated as automatically making an election, under a provision of the United States-Canada income tax treaty, to defer U.S. income tax on income accruing in their … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: New J-1 Regulation Requires Annual Audits, Reports to Department of State

Thursday, October 9, 2014
UNITED STATES: New J-1 Regulation Requires Annual Audits, Reports to Department of State

A new State Department regulation requires exchange program sponsors to undergo annual audits of their operating procedures and to report on the audits to the Department of State, among other new obligations. The rule takes effect January 5, 2015, though … Continue reading → »

Ray Pascuzzi, partner at KPMG discusses the compliance risks of business travellers.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ray Pascuzzi, partner at KPMG discusses the compliance risks of business travellers.

In an interview with Brian Friedman, the founder of the Forum for Expatriate management, Ray Pascuzzi, partner at KPMG discusses the compliance risks for companies with business travellers. In the video interview Pascuzzi discusses: The three major risks: immigration, corporate … Continue reading → »

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: FBI clearance requests experiencing long delays

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: FBI clearance requests experiencing long delays

Due to a new computer system, the FBI is processing clearance requests at a very slow pace and has suspended processing of all nongovernmental fingerprint requests until further notice. Applicants should plan for lengthy delays and an ensuing backlog in … Continue reading → »

INDIA: Immigration Formalities Eased for Persons of Indian Origin

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
INDIA: Immigration Formalities Eased for Persons of Indian Origin

Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards now have lifetime validity, which eliminates the need for PIO card holders to renew their cards and exempts PIO card holders from in-country immigration requirements, easing their ability to travel to and work in … Continue reading → »

Tim Stockwell, managing director of GS3, warns that corporates do not take compliance seriously

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Tim Stockwell, managing director of GS3, warns that corporates do not take compliance seriously

In an interview with Brian Friedman, founder of the Forum for Expatriate management, Tim Stockwell, managing director of GS3 warns that US corporates do not take global mobility compliance seriously. He said: “From a US perspective corporates do not take … Continue reading → »

Businesses introducing more flexible solutions for managing global talent ECA’s Managing Variety in International Mobility survey reveals

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Businesses introducing more flexible solutions for managing global talent  ECA’s Managing Variety in International Mobility survey reveals

Evolving business needs and new market challenges putting pressure on companies to adapt their approach to expatriate pay and policies  Increasingly diverse global business scenarios and workforce demographics are driving the need for more flexible, business-enabling mobility policies and practices. … Continue reading → »

KENYA: Delays in Final Adjudication of Pending Work Permit Applications

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
KENYA: Delays in Final Adjudication of Pending Work Permit Applications

A slowdown in work permit processing at the Department of Immigration Services means that foreign nationals with pending applications are likely to see delays of two weeks or more. Applicants who need to work urgently may need to seek short-term … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Labor Department to reconsider PERM denials in light of BALCA ruling

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
UNITED STATES: Labor Department to reconsider PERM denials in light of BALCA ruling

The Department of Labor will reconsider cases that were denied on grounds that have since been overturned by a recent en banc ruling by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals. That decision held that job advertisements conducted as “additional recruitment steps” … Continue reading → »

MOVE MANAGEMENT AT GRAEBEL PROMOTES STEVE SMITH TO VP OPERATIONS

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
MOVE MANAGEMENT AT GRAEBEL PROMOTES STEVE SMITH TO VP OPERATIONS

Myrla Lance GMS, senior vice president of the move management, and global mobility divisions at Graebel Companies, Inc. has announced that Steve Smith, 35-plus year relocation industry veteran, has been promoted to vice president of operations of Move Management, Inc. … Continue reading → »

CANADA: New wage formula set for labor market applications

Monday, October 6, 2014
CANADA: New wage formula set for labor market applications

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Canada has updated its Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application form, and is using a new wage formula to determine whether an application falls under the high-wage or low-wage stream. What does the change … Continue reading → »

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