SAUDI ARABIA: Private employers must provide health insurance to workers and families

Thursday, August 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA: Private employers must provide health insurance to workers and families

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Saudi Arabia’s Health Insurance Council has announced that all private businesses must provide medical insurance for their foreign workers and families. What does the change mean? As of Aug. 10, the Jawazat (passport office) will … Continue reading → »

CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

Thursday, August 14, 2014
CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? China has implemented polio inspections for travelers from nine countries. What does the change mean? Travelers entering China from any of the specified countries, regardless of nationality, may be subject to on-the-spot checks for polio. Implementation timeframe: The … Continue reading → »

ANGOLA: Repatriation deposit now required

Thursday, August 14, 2014
ANGOLA: Repatriation deposit now required

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Angolan immigration authorities are now enforcing an existing law requiring that holders of Temporary Stay Visas pay a repatriation deposit. What does the change mean? The SME (Serviço de Migração e Estrangeiros) is now collecting the … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Third-quarter statistics for H-1B and PERM applications released

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: Third-quarter statistics for H-1B and PERM applications released

The Department of Labor has released quarterly statistics on H-1B and PERM applications for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 (April 1 to June 30, 2014). The total H-1B determinations in the third quarter (110,562) dropped to about half … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

In September, the priority date cut-off for EB-2 India will advance by more than three months, to May 1, 2009, but could be retrogressed as early as November 2014. EB-3 Philippines will advance by ten months, to April 1, 2011. … Continue reading → »

FRANCE: Stricter Requirements for Posting Workers; Increased Penalties for Noncompliance

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
FRANCE: Stricter Requirements for Posting Workers; Increased Penalties for Noncompliance

EU companies posting workers to France must comply with stricter reporting requirements, while the French companies that receive the posted workers must comply with tougher verification requirements. Potential penalties for noncompliance have increased for both the sending and receiving companies. … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: New Law Aims to Attract Workers with Technology Skills

Monday, August 11, 2014
IRELAND: New Law Aims to Attract Workers with Technology Skills

The President of Ireland signed into law the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 on 27 July 2014, which now becomes the Employment Permits (Amendment) Act 2014. The Act contains and authorizes new rules intended to bring about reform and modernization … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Report recommends major changes to improve 457 visa system

Monday, August 11, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Report recommends major changes to improve 457 visa system

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A report recommending numerous changes to the subclass 457 visa system will be released shortly, according to an announcement by Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash. What does the change mean? The … Continue reading → »

JAPAN: Foreign residents traveling outside Japan must fill out revised ED card

Friday, August 8, 2014
JAPAN: Foreign residents traveling outside Japan must fill out revised ED card

Impact – MEDIUM What is the change? Japan has revised the Embarkation/Disembarkation Card (ED Card) for foreign residents who leave Japan with plans to reenter. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals departing from Japan must indicate if they have reentry permission … Continue reading → »

KAZAKHSTAN: Employers’ quota allocation application deadline approaches

Friday, August 8, 2014
KAZAKHSTAN: Employers’ quota allocation application deadline approaches

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Applications for hiring foreign nationals in job categories covered by the Kazakh quota system next year are due by Aug. 28. What does the change mean? Employers who are seeking to hire foreign employees in those … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: Trusted Partner Scheme pilots this year

Thursday, August 7, 2014
IRELAND: Trusted Partner Scheme pilots this year

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland will begin piloting a Trusted Partner Scheme, an accreditation program for certain companies in Ireland. What does the change mean? Participants in the scheme will have a far more streamlined application process. Implementation timeframe: Late … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: New employment permit regime signed into law

Thursday, August 7, 2014
IRELAND: New employment permit regime signed into law

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Ireland’s president has signed into law the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 – a legislative reform of work permit categories and criteria. What does the change mean? The law creates nine new Employment Permit categories … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Electronic applications for visitor visas extended to 66 more countries

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Electronic applications for visitor visas extended to 66 more countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia has expanded its electronic application system for the Subclass 600 (visitor) Visa to 66 more countries. What does the change mean? Nationals of those countries may now apply online for visitor visas. Implementation timeframe: 1 … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: State Department clears most of backlog from database outage

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
UNITED STATES: State Department clears most of backlog from database outage

Aug. 5, 2014 – Most of the backlog of visa applications that piled up during periodic database outages since July 20 has been cleared, according to the U.S. State Department. “We have made significant progress and issued most of the worldwide backlog … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: New USCIS director sets agenda to digitize records, reduce delays

Friday, August 1, 2014
UNITED STATES: New USCIS director sets agenda to digitize records, reduce delays

July 31, 2014 – Digital immigration records and greater efficiency are key priorities set out by the new USCIS director Leon Rodriguez in his first remarks to Congress. “One of my top challenges and top priorities is tackling our agency’s information … Continue reading → »

Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014
Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: August 2014

By Ms Sterious Does your company provide it’s assignees with shipping? Mine does. It allows for every single assignee or couple to be provided with a 20 foot container while every family is provided with a 40 foot container. It’s … Continue reading → »

The Americas Global Mobility Summit seminar program announced!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Over 25 inspiring sessions from top international employers announced including Mcdonalds, The Coca-Cola Company, Air Energi and more… »

VIETNAM: New Immigration Law to be Implemented January 1, 2015

Thursday, July 31, 2014
VIETNAM: New Immigration Law to be Implemented January 1, 2015

The new law will restructure Vietnam’s visa classification system, introduce new entry and exit restrictions and eliminate in-country change of status options. A new Vietnamese immigration law will take effect in Vietnam on January 1, 2015 to expand the number … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: Visa-waived nationals can obtain work permits

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
RUSSIA: Visa-waived nationals can obtain work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Russia has implemented a law that provides visa-waived nationals more flexibility in obtaining work permits. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who are visa-waived may obtain a work permit after entry if they indicate … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Visa delays continue as State Department works to correct glitch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
UNITED STATES: Visa delays continue as State Department works to correct glitch

July 29, 2014 – Travelers worldwide continue to experience delays in obtaining U.S. visas due to a computer crash in the State Department’s database that records and prints visas. The Bureau of Consular Affairs has said that it is making progress … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: State Department Consular System Back Online, But Visa Issuance Delays Persist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
UNITED STATES: State Department Consular System Back Online, But Visa Issuance Delays Persist

The State Department’s consular database has resumed limited operations after technical problems reported late last week. Foreign nationals awaiting nonimmigrant visa issuance are experiencing delays as the agency works through backlogs. The State Department’s consular database has resumed operations with … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: Short-Term Business Visitor Agreement to Be Updated

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Short-Term Business Visitor Agreement to Be Updated

Based on recent discussions between professional bodies and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), it is understood that there are plans for an updated Appendix 4 (short-term business visitor) agreement to be published in the U.K. at the end of August … Continue reading → »

INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

Monday, July 28, 2014
INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Indonesia’s Immigration Office has increased the fees on 30-day and seven-day visas-on-arrival (VOAs). What does the change mean? This is a small increase, but an opportunity to remind foreign assignees and business travelers that VOAs do … Continue reading → »

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