PHILIPPINES: Legal Counsel May Now Represent Employers in 9(g) Visa Application Interviews

Thursday, July 17, 2014
PHILIPPINES: Legal Counsel May Now Represent Employers in 9(g) Visa Application Interviews

Companies sponsoring foreign nationals for 9(g) Pre-Arranged Employment Visas may once again use their legal counsel to fulfill in-person filing requirements. Representatives must be authorized through a special power of attorney issued by an authorized executive officer of the company. … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Foreign oil and gas workers’ visas thrown into limbo by Senate vote

Thursday, July 17, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Foreign oil and gas workers’ visas thrown into limbo by Senate vote

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? A vote in the Australian Senate has struck down several temporary visa categories for foreign workers in the oil and gas sector. What does the change mean? The vote blocks a regulation issued … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: Smart-card rollout causing delays to multiple-entry visas

Thursday, July 17, 2014
IRELAND: Smart-card rollout causing delays to multiple-entry visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Applicants for multiple-entry visas (MEVs) have been experiencing processing delays as Ireland transitions to new smart cards. What does the change mean? Applications formerly completed in one day now may require more time. Implementation timeframe: Garda … Continue reading → »

AMERICAS: Working Holiday program announced by four countries

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
AMERICAS: Working Holiday program announced by four countries

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The four countries in the Pacific Alliance – Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – have announced a Working Holiday visa program. What does the change mean? Nationals of the four countries who are aged 18 … Continue reading → »

EUROPEAN UNION: Court rejects Germany’s language proficiency requirement

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
EUROPEAN UNION: Court rejects Germany’s language proficiency requirement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The European Union’s Court of Justice has rejected Germany’s requirement that spouses of Turkish nationals demonstrate language proficiency. What does the change mean? The German language regulation violates the standstill clause of the Ankara Agreement … Continue reading → »

GLOBAL: Eid holiday will close offices, cause delays

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
GLOBAL: Eid holiday will close offices, cause delays

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Eid holiday at the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan will close many government and private offices throughout the world for two to 10 days, depending on local schedules. What does the … Continue reading → »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Paperless labor cards, e-contracts cut processing times to 48 hours

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Paperless labor cards, e-contracts cut processing times to 48 hours

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Labour in Dubai is moving to paperless labor cards and employment contracts for purposes of work permit and residency visa applications. What does the change mean? The change will significantly streamline processing … Continue reading → »

UKRAINE: Visa-free EU regime anticipated

Monday, July 14, 2014
UKRAINE: Visa-free EU regime anticipated

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Council of the European Union has launched the second phase of visa liberalization with Ukraine. What does the change mean? If adopted, the regime will allow visa-free travel between Ukraine and EU states. Implementation … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: USCIS requests for evidence continue to climb

Monday, July 14, 2014
UNITED STATES: USCIS requests for evidence continue to climb

Requests for evidence (RFEs) – including “unduly burdensome” requests – continue to plague high-skilled worker petitions in the H-1B, L-1A and L-1B categories, according to the 2014 annual report of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ombudsman. In the first … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

Friday, July 11, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The U.K. is tightening its rules on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas to crack down on abuse. What does the change mean? Tier 4 (Student) and Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa holders will now be … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Stats show low success rates for H-1B, L-1 and EB-1 administrative appeals

Friday, July 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: Stats show low success rates for H-1B, L-1 and EB-1 administrative appeals

The approval rates for H-1B, L-1, and EB-1 petitioners who file administrative appeals are extremely low, according to recently released statistics by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In fiscal year 2013, the chances of success for all three categories … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Relaxed Requirements for Subclass 457 Visa Holders Seeking Permanent Residence and Other Changes

Thursday, July 10, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Relaxed Requirements for Subclass 457 Visa Holders Seeking Permanent Residence and Other Changes

It is now easier for Subclass 457 visa holders seeking permanent residence under the Employer Nomination or Regional Sponsored Migration programs to demonstrate that they meet prior employment requirements where their employer has undergone a business restructure, takeover or sale. … Continue reading → »

There’s still time to register for the Sydney Totally Expat Show!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
There’s still time to register for the Sydney Totally Expat Show!

The Sydney Totally Expat Show is just around the corner, taking place at Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney on July 25, 2014. Register now and learn from experts, meet with key suppliers and share best practice with peers on managing expatriates. »

UNITED STATES: August 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and EB-2 India To Advance

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
UNITED STATES: August 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and EB-2 India To Advance

The priority date cut-off for EB-3 China will advance by more than two years, to November 1, 2008 in August, with further advancement likely in September. EB-2 India will advance by nearly five months, to January 22, 2009, but could … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL: Labor strike postponed amid tensions

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
ISRAEL: Labor strike postponed amid tensions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A strike planned for Tuesday by Israel’s main public labor union has been called off because of the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinian authority in Gaza. What does the change mean? Border control operations will … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: August 2014 Visa Bulletin: Noteworthy advancement for EB-2 India and EB-3 China and Philippines

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
UNITED STATES: August 2014 Visa Bulletin: Noteworthy advancement for EB-2 India and EB-3 China and Philippines

Priority dates for the employment-based second-preference (EB-2) for India will advance nearly five months to Jan. 22, 2009 (from Sept. 1, 2008). Also, in the EB-2 category, the priority date for China will advance moderately by approximately three month to … Continue reading → »

SINGAPORE: MOM reminds employers to register for Jobs Bank account

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
SINGAPORE: MOM reminds employers to register for Jobs Bank account

What is the change? In anticipation of the new Fair Consideration Framework, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is reminding employers to register for a Jobs Bank account. What does the change mean? Starting Aug. 1, companies will not be able to apply for … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL: Strike shuts down most border control operations

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
ISRAEL: Strike shuts down most border control operations

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Starting Tuesday, Israel’s primary public sector labor union is launching a partial strike. What does the change mean? Operations at all border control posts, with the exception of Ben-Gurion International Airport, will be suspended. Implementation timeframe: Starting July 8 for … Continue reading → »

NIGERIA: New pension plan system is enacted

Friday, July 4, 2014
NIGERIA: New pension plan system is enacted

On 1 July 2014, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed into law the Pension Reform Act, 2014 which repeals the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2004. The new Act would serve as the enabling legislation for the administration of the contributory pension … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: Legislation Enacted with New Levy Impacting Tax Liabilities

Friday, July 4, 2014
AUSTRALIA: Legislation Enacted with New Levy Impacting Tax Liabilities

Australia’s so-called “temporary budget repair levy” of 2 percent, raising the tax burden for certain individuals, has been enacted. On 25 June 2014, the package of 15 Temporary Budget Repair Levy bills received Royal Assent. The additional income tax rate … Continue reading → »

SIRVA Worldwide’s Gulf Nation Mobility Report: Available Now!

Friday, July 4, 2014
SIRVA Worldwide’s Gulf Nation Mobility Report: Available Now!

SIRVA Worldwide is pleased to introduce the Gulf Nations Mobility Report. This report outlines key policy components for assignments into the Gulf Region and will equip you to better understand this dynamic region by providing: valuable mobility policy and practices … Continue reading → »

GLOBAL: Several countries change visa rules for certain visitors

Thursday, July 3, 2014
GLOBAL: Several countries change visa rules for certain visitors

IMPACT – MEDIUM Several countries have relaxed or tightened visa rules for certain visitors recently, including the following: Ireland. Venezuelan nationals are now required to obtain a visa before traveling to Ireland, and if planning to work in Ireland they must … Continue reading → »

PHILIPPINES: Lawyers now allowed to appear at 9(g) interviews

Thursday, July 3, 2014
PHILIPPINES: Lawyers now allowed to appear at 9(g) interviews

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? In an amended order, the Bureau of Immigration now allows legal counsel to appear as a corporate representative at the applicant’s interview for the 9(g) Commercial Visa. What does the change mean? Legal counsel may … Continue reading → »

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