UNITED STATES: (Oct. 23, 2014) US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Friday, October 24, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 23, 2014) US imposes 21-day monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries

Travelers from three West African nations hit by the Ebola outbreak will be required to report their temperatures and other health conditions every day for a three-week period after arriving in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continue reading → »

BRAZIL: Registration Delays Ahead Due to Federal Police Strike, Staff Shortages in São Paulo

Thursday, October 23, 2014
BRAZIL: Registration Delays Ahead Due to Federal Police Strike, Staff Shortages in São Paulo

The federal police have announced a nationwide strike, which will cause delays in Federal Police procedures such as mandatory registration and visa extensions. Unavailability of registration appointments until November may mean monetary penalties for foreign nationals who are unable to … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Significant Investor Visa Program Expanded, Premium Investor Visa Introduced

Thursday, October 23, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Significant Investor Visa Program Expanded, Premium Investor Visa Introduced

The Australian government has announced an expansion of the Significant Investor Visa program and the introduction of the Premium Investor Visa for applicants who make an investment of AU$15 million. The changes will be implemented over the next year. The … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: (Oct. 22, 2014) New rules set for minors traveling to Ireland

Thursday, October 23, 2014
IRELAND: (Oct. 22, 2014) New rules set for minors traveling to Ireland

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Ireland has implemented new visa stamps for children under the age of 18 entering the country. What does the change mean? The visa sticker will indicate whether the foreign child is traveling unaccompanied or accompanied; … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: (Oct. 22, 2014) Travelers from 3 countries must enter via Ebola-screening airports

Thursday, October 23, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 22, 2014) Travelers from 3 countries must enter via Ebola-screening airports

Travelers from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be routed through one of five American airports that have enhanced Ebola screening measures in place, the Department of Homeland Security announced this week. The move falls short … Continue reading → »

MEXICO: Flexibility Introduced for Certain Visa Guidelines

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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, … Continue reading → »

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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, … Continue reading → »

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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. … Continue reading → »

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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. … Continue reading → »

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Monday, October 20, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Improvements to Subclass 457 Program Announced

Monday, October 20, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Monday, October 20, 2014
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. … Continue reading → »

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

Monday, October 20, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Monday, October 20, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

COLOMBIA: Local Contracts Now Required for Work Visas

Friday, October 17, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Friday, October 17, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Friday, October 17, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

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

Friday, October 17, 2014
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 … Continue reading → »

CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

Thursday, October 16, 2014
CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

China has introduced random residence checks and higher fines to enforce the residence registration requirement for foreign nationals. Foreign nationals must register their residence at a local police station within 24 hours of arrival. Those who have new immigration documents … Continue reading → »

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

Thursday, October 16, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Papua New Guinea’s labor agency has announced holiday shutdown periods in December and January. What does the change mean? Employers should plan to file work permit applications as early as possible in the coming weeks, … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

Thursday, October 16, 2014
IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? An increasing number of foreign national students are registering at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin’s City Centre. The heightened demand has caused long queues and significant delays in services. What does the … Continue reading → »

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