COSTA RICA (May 4, 2015) – Costa Rica to require appointment for immigration filings

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
COSTA RICA (May 4, 2015) – Costa Rica to require appointment for immigration filings

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Costa Rica’s Department of Immigration will soon require registered companies to request an appointment before filing immigration-related applications. What does the change mean? Registered companies will have to make an appointment for the … Continue reading → »

AFGHANISTAN (May 4, 2015) – AISA accepting contractor applications for 3-year business licenses

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
AFGHANISTAN (May 4, 2015) – AISA accepting contractor applications for 3-year business licenses

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency has begun accepting applications for new, three-year business licenses for U.S. and NATO defense contractors. What does the change mean? Contractors will be required to have business licenses … Continue reading → »

SWITZERLAND (May 4, 2015) – Second-quarter L-Permit quotas for EU nationals exhausted

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
SWITZERLAND (May 4, 2015) – Second-quarter L-Permit quotas for EU nationals exhausted

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Switzerland has exhausted second-quarter L permit quotas for EU nationals. What does the change mean? Employees looking to hire EU nationals on an L Permit should follow procedures established in their canton on … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (May 4, 2015) – Diversity lottery winners to be announced Tuesday

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
UNITED STATES (May 4, 2015) – Diversity lottery winners to be announced Tuesday

Diversity lottery winners for fiscal year 2016 will be announced Tuesday. The diversity lottery provides 50,000 immigrant visas per year to individuals from countries with historically low immigration to the U.S. Beginning at noon EDT on Tuesday, diversity lottery entrants … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (May 4, 2015) – USCIS completes data entry, will begin returning unselected H-1B petitions

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
UNITED STATES (May 4, 2015) – USCIS completes data entry, will begin returning unselected H-1B petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has completed data entry for all H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in this year’s computer-generated lottery, the agency announced today. USCIS received nearly 233,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions during this year’s filing period, which began April 1. … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA (April 30, 2015) – 2016 quota application period begins

Friday, May 1, 2015
RUSSIA (April 30, 2015) – 2016 quota application period begins

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Russia has begun accepting 2016 quota applications from companies aiming to secure foreign labor What does the change mean? If they have not already done so, employers should begin preparing applications to fill foreign-labor allocations … Continue reading → »

GLOBAL (April 30, 2015) – Australia, Canada, Singapore report scams targeting immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015
GLOBAL (April 30, 2015) – Australia, Canada, Singapore report scams targeting immigrants

IMPACT – MEDIUM Authorities in Australia, Canada and Singapore have all warned in recent weeks of scams targeting immigrants in their countries The recent warnings highlight a global trend of attempts to trick immigrants out of their money or provide … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA 2015 Annual Immigration Survey

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
AUSTRALIA 2015 Annual Immigration Survey

Demand for high-skilled workers in Australia has increased significantly in the past few years. Meanwhile, Australian immigration laws have been evolving in line with the policy objectives of the ruling Liberal Party. Many immigration reviews have been implemented over the … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES – Bill would allow E-2 treaty investors to become permanent residents

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
UNITED STATES – Bill would allow E-2 treaty investors to become permanent residents

A bill introduced in the House last week would allow foreign business owners in the U.S. on E-2 treaty investor visas to apply for permanent residency after 10 years. E-2 visas allow foreign citizens of countries that have a treaty … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Lawsuit seeks to block H-4 spousal work rule

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
UNITED STATES: Lawsuit seeks to block H-4 spousal work rule

A lawsuit has been filed that seeks to stop the Department of Homeland Security from implementing the new regulation that allows H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B employees to apply for work authorization. The complaint, filed April 23, alleges that DHS … Continue reading → »

Russia: Standard Work Permit Quota Application Deadlines Announced

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Russia: Standard Work Permit Quota Application Deadlines Announced

The deadline for filing standard work permit quota applications for 2016 is July 1, 2015. The deadline for filing standard work permit quota corrections for 2015 is September 1, 2015. Employers will also face new requirements for standard work permit … Continue reading → »

BRUNEI (April 28, 2015) – Business licenses now required as part of business visa applications

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
BRUNEI (April 28, 2015) – Business licenses now required as part of business visa applications

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Brunei’s Department of Immigration and National Registration is requiring applicants for Business Visit Visas to submit copies of their business license during the application process. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals applying … Continue reading → »

CANADA (April 28, 2015) – Additional provisions implemented for LMIA-based work permits

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
CANADA (April 28, 2015) – Additional provisions implemented for LMIA-based work permits

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? A few new provisions related to the new high-wage and low-wage streams for workers in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will take effect April 30. What does the change mean? The changes are … Continue reading → »

Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Foreign nationals applying for subclass 457 visas are now subject to a lower minimum salary level to be eligible for a market salary rate exemption and a more flexible English language proficiency requirement, according to recently registered Legislative Instruments. Additionally, … Continue reading → »

VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
VENEZUELA (April 20, 2015) – Venezuela halts acceptance of criminal background check petitions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stopped accepting petitions for criminal background checks due to internal reorganization. What does the change mean? People living in Venezuela who are trying to obtain visas or … Continue reading → »

POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
POLAND (April 20, 2015) – New procedures to obtain tax ID number now cover all foreign nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Poland has now stopped issuing tax ID numbers automatically to EU nationals as well as non-EU nationals. What does the change mean? All foreign workers who require a tax ID number, including EU … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
ISRAEL (April 20, 2015) – Immigration processing suspended during holidays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Israel will observe public holidays April 22-25. What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed and immigration processing will be suspended. Implementation time frame: April 22-25. Visas/permits affected: All visas and work permits. Impact on processing … Continue reading → »

NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

Sunday, April 19, 2015
NEW ZEALAND (17 April 2015) – New Zealand waives labour market testing in some visa renewal cases

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New Zealand has waived labour market testing requirements for companies employing foreign nationals renewing temporary work visas, provided the employees are applying under the Essential Skills policy and have a valid invitation to apply … Continue reading → »

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

Sunday, April 19, 2015
PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents

PORTUGAL (April 17, 2015) – New law requires translations of all supporting documents IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Portugal’s new law on administrative procedures requires that all documents submitted to government agencies be translated into Portuguese. What does the … Continue reading → »

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