NEW ZEALAND (14 April 2015) – New Zealand less flexible on permanent residence application processes; processing times improve

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
NEW ZEALAND (14 April 2015) – New Zealand less flexible on permanent residence application processes; processing times improve

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New Zealand authorities have grown stricter when processing residence applications in the Skilled Migration Category, requiring employers to complete employment verification questionnaires within five business days. What does the change mean? The change has … Continue reading → »

INDIA (April 14, 2015) – Indian embassies requiring PIO-OCI card conversions

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
INDIA (April 14, 2015) – Indian embassies requiring PIO-OCI card conversions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Embassy of India in the U.S. and U.K. are requiring holders of previously issued Person of Indian Origin cards to obtain an Overseas Citizen of India card. What does the change mean? … Continue reading → »

United States: USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of H-1B Cap Cases on April 27

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
United States: USCIS to Begin Premium Processing of H-1B Cap Cases on April 27

USCIS will begin to adjudicate H-1B cap cases filed under premium processing on April 27, it announced today. Despite a record number of H-1B cap submissions, the agency has exceeded its projected start date for premium service by two weeks. Employers … Continue reading → »

South Africa: New Immigration Center to Expedite Visa and Permit Processing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
South Africa: New Immigration Center to Expedite Visa and Permit Processing

The Department of Home Affairs is expected to open an expedited immigration processing center in Pretoria by March 2016, according to an announcement by the Home Affairs Minister. A pilot program is expected to offer expedited visa and permit processing to … Continue reading → »

IRELAND (April 13, 2015) – Online re-entry visa appointment system launching soon

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
IRELAND (April 13, 2015) – Online re-entry visa appointment system launching soon

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Ireland is planning to launch an online appointment system for re-entry visa applications soon. What does the change mean? The online visa system will provide a more orderly scheme, especially during peak travel seasons, by relieving employees … Continue reading → »

CHINA (April 13, 2015) – New Z visa does not invalidate existing 10-year business, tourist, study visas

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
CHINA (April 13, 2015) – New Z visa does not invalidate existing 10-year business, tourist, study visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The issuance of a new Z visa or residence visa does not automatically void a previously issued valid 10-year business (M), tourist (L) or study (F) visa. What does the change mean? Foreign travelers can continue to … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (April 13, 2015) – USCIS: H-1B petitions approached 233,000, lottery completed

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 13, 2015) – USCIS: H-1B petitions approached 233,000, lottery completed

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received nearly 233,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions during this year’s filing period, the agency said in a statement Monday. USCIS also confirmed that it has completed the lottery selection. Petitions that were not selected will be returned with … Continue reading → »

United States: May 2015 Visa Bulletin: Cut-Off Date Imposed for EB-5 China; EB-2 China and India Advance, While EB-3 Philippines Retrogresses Significantly

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
United States: May 2015 Visa Bulletin: Cut-Off Date Imposed for EB-5 China; EB-2 China and India Advance, While EB-3 Philippines Retrogresses Significantly

According to the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, the EB-5 subcategory for China will be subject to a cut-off date of May 1, 2013 and is likely to remain backlogged indefinitely. Next month will mark the first time that the … Continue reading → »

United States: USCIS Receives 233,000 FY 2016 H-1B Cap Cases, Runs Selection Lotteries

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
United States: USCIS Receives 233,000 FY 2016 H-1B Cap Cases, Runs Selection Lotteries

USCIS today announced that it received approximately 233,000 FY 2016 H-1B cap petitions between April 1 and April 7, 2015 – approximately 35 percent more petitions than were received during the FY 2015 filing period. The agency has run two lotteries … Continue reading → »

Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: April 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015
Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: April 2015

Surveying assignees We survey our assignees a lot! They receive the Global Mobility (GM) survey once they have relocated, they receive the company engagement survey once a year, they receive the tax vendor survey after the home country tax return … Continue reading → »

United States: The FY 2016 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached

Monday, April 13, 2015
United States: The FY 2016 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached

USCIS has announced that the annual limit for Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B employment has been met. Since April 1, employers have submitted more than enough petitions to meet the quota of 65,000 standard H-1B cap numbers and the cap exemption of … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM – Biometrics required for children under 5 applying for UK visas in US

Monday, April 13, 2015
UNITED KINGDOM – Biometrics required for children under 5 applying for UK visas in US

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Children under the age of 5 who are applying for U.K. visas in the U.S. are now required to attend a biometric appointment to have their photographs taken. Fingerprints are not required. What does … Continue reading → »

CANADA (April 6, 2015) – Minimum points in Express Entry draws continue to fall

Monday, April 13, 2015
CANADA (April 6, 2015) – Minimum points in Express Entry draws continue to fall

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Canada conducted its sixth draw in the points-based Express Entry program March 27, and the minimum points required for candidates to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency has dropped further from the minimum … Continue reading → »

EGYPT (April 6, 2015) – Egypt postpones decision to end visas on arrival

Monday, April 13, 2015
EGYPT (April 6, 2015) – Egypt postpones decision to end visas on arrival

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has postponed implementation of a decision that would have ended visas on arrival beginning May 15. What does the change mean? Travelers from qualifying countries may continue to use visas on … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA (April 7, 2015) – Employers must file HQS salary notifications by April 30

Thursday, April 9, 2015
RUSSIA (April 7, 2015) – Employers must file HQS salary notifications by April 30

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Employers must report the first quarter salaries of highly qualified specialists no later than April 30. What does the change mean? While this is a regular quarterly requirement, employers should remember that under … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (April 7, 2015) – Congressional action uncertain as another H-1B cap filing period closes

Thursday, April 9, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 7, 2015) – Congressional action uncertain as another H-1B cap filing period closes

The H-1B cap filing period this year went exactly as expected: The government was hit with a deluge of petitions, congressionally mandated caps were reached within days, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would hold a lottery … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (April 7, 2015) – H-1B cap filing period closes; lottery announced

Thursday, April 9, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 7, 2015) – H-1B cap filing period closes; lottery announced

The H-1B cap filing period has closed, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced April 7. The number of H-1B petitions filed during the first week of the application period exceeded the caps of 65,000 visas for foreign nationals with an … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (April 1, 2015) – H-1B cap filing opens: What happens next

Thursday, April 2, 2015
UNITED STATES (April 1, 2015) – H-1B cap filing opens: What happens next

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B cap-subject petitions today. For companies that are filing for the first time this season or need a refresher on the process, here is what you can expect: USCIS has already predicted that … Continue reading → »

Egypt: Visa on Arrival Program to be Indefinitely Suspended

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Egypt: Visa on Arrival Program to be Indefinitely Suspended

Starting May 15, foreign nationals previously eligible for a visa on arrival must obtain a visa for business or tourism prior to entry due to the upcoming indefinite suspension of the visa on arrival program. According to the Ministry of … Continue reading → »

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