UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – Administration moves to re-establish relations with Cuba, ease travel restrictions

Friday, January 23, 2015
UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – Administration moves to re-establish relations with Cuba, ease travel restrictions

The Obama administration has taken steps in recent days to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and to ease travel restrictions for Americans wishing to travel to the island nation. The actions follow the Dec. 17 announcement that the U.S. would … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – DHS spending bill clears the House – what’s next?

Friday, January 23, 2015
UNITED STATES (Jan. 22, 2015) – DHS spending bill clears the House – what’s next?

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Homeland Security spending bill (H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015) that would continue to fund the department while rolling back executive actions that President Barack Obama … Continue reading → »

India: Updated Eligibility Guidelines for Merger of PIO and OCI Cards

Thursday, January 22, 2015
India: Updated Eligibility Guidelines for Merger of PIO and OCI Cards

After last week’s merger of the Person of India Origin (PIO) card and the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, the Indian government has released updated guidelines related to the eligibility criteria for the OCI category. Key PIO guidelines have been … Continue reading → »

KENYA (Jan. 20, 2015) – Foreign employees cannot enter Kenya until work authorization is approved

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
KENYA (Jan. 20, 2015) – Foreign employees cannot enter Kenya until work authorization is approved

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Kenya has passed a security law that bars foreign employees from entering the country without an approved work permit. What does the change mean? Foreign employees are now required to apply for a … Continue reading → »

CANADA (Jan. 20, 2015) – New investor visa program to be launched this month

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
CANADA (Jan. 20, 2015) – New investor visa program to be launched this month

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Citizenship and Immigration Canada is planning to launch an Immigrant Investor Venture Capital pilot program this month in an effort designed to attract a small number of wealthy investors and their families to … Continue reading → »

BRAZIL (Jan. 20, 2015) – More documents acceptable to prove professional experience for Work Visas

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
BRAZIL (Jan. 20, 2015) – More documents acceptable to prove professional experience for Work Visas

IMPACT – HIGH  What is the change? The Brazilian Ministry of Labor will accept a broader range of documents as proof of work experience from foreigners applying for Work Visas. The Ministry will now accept any documents that provide proof … Continue reading → »

Thailand: Certified Corporate Documents Required for One Stop Service Center Applications

Monday, January 19, 2015
Thailand: Certified Corporate Documents Required for One Stop Service Center Applications

Starting January 19, 2015, foreign nationals submitting work permit, Long Stay Visa and/or extension applications at the One Stop Service Center (OSSC) must submit corporate documents that are certified by specific government agencies, according to a verbal announcement by the … Continue reading → »

Future Perspectives 2028:
Taking the Long View

Monday, January 19, 2015

Key drivers identified by attendees participating at the Forum of Expatriate Management (FEM) event held at Grant Thornton on 2 December 2014. What are the challenges presented by multiculturalism and changing lifestyles? Nationalities represented within the FEM discussion group included individuals … Continue reading → »

United States: What the New Cuba Rules Mean for Travelers and Businesses

Monday, January 19, 2015
United States: What the New Cuba Rules Mean for Travelers and Businesses

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published new rules authorizing certain transactions with Cuba and Cuban nationals. Though the rules broaden the types of transactions … Continue reading → »

THAILAND (Jan. 16, 2015) – New document certification requirements add significant burden to work permit processing

Monday, January 19, 2015
THAILAND (Jan. 16, 2015) – New document certification requirements add significant burden to work permit processing

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? As a fraud-prevention measure, Thailand has imposed stricter certification rules for numerous documents that are required in work permit applications at the One-Stop Service Center. What does the change mean? Applicants must obtain … Continue reading → »

AFGHANISTAN (Jan. 16, 2015) – New visa rules implemented for defense contractors and employees

Monday, January 19, 2015
AFGHANISTAN (Jan. 16, 2015) – New visa rules implemented for defense contractors and employees

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Afghanistan has implemented new requirements and procedures for defense contractors and their employees under the U.S.-Afghanistan bilateral security agreement and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement. What does the change mean? During a … Continue reading → »

Malaysia: Some New Passport Holders Subject to Transfer Process Prior to Exit

Monday, January 19, 2015
Malaysia: Some New Passport Holders Subject to Transfer Process Prior to Exit

Foreign work or dependent’s pass holders traveling out of Malaysia with a new passport must apply to transfer their endorsed work or dependent’s pass to the new passport prior to leaving Malaysia. The transfer process may take up to three … Continue reading → »

India: Merger of PIO Cards and OCI Cards

Friday, January 16, 2015
India: Merger of PIO Cards and OCI Cards

The Person of India Origin (PIO) card has been merged with the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card and the PIO category has been withdrawn with immediate effect, according to an announcement by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All … Continue reading → »

ANGOLA (Jan. 15, 2015) – Express visa services introduced for UK applicants

Friday, January 16, 2015
ANGOLA (Jan. 15, 2015) – Express visa services introduced for UK applicants

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Angola has introduced express services for Ordinary and Short-Term Visa applicants in the United Kingdom. What does the change mean? U.K. applicants have more options for expedited visa services. Implementation timeframe:  Visas/permits affected: Ordinary and Short-Term … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM (Jan. 15, 2015) – Some employers must manually renew Certificate of Sponsorship allocations

Friday, January 16, 2015
UNITED KINGDOM (Jan. 15, 2015) – Some employers must manually renew Certificate of Sponsorship allocations

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? In August, the U.K. Home Office introduced automatic renewal of Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocations for the top 200 largest employers. However, smaller employers must continue to apply annually for a renewal of their … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES/GERMANY (Jan. 15, 2015) – US and German citizens eligible for streamlined travel programs

Friday, January 16, 2015
UNITED STATES/GERMANY (Jan. 15, 2015) – US and German citizens eligible for streamlined travel programs

The U.S. and Germany have implemented mutual trusted-traveler programs, streamlining airport clearance for citizens of the two countries, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced. German citizens are eligible for the Global Entry program, which is available at 42 U.S. … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (Jan. 15, 2015) – DHS plans program for trusted employers, beginning with US-Canada business travelers

Friday, January 16, 2015
UNITED STATES (Jan. 15, 2015) – DHS plans program for trusted employers, beginning with US-Canada business travelers

The Department of Homeland Security recently announced it is considering a Known Employer pilot program to streamline employment-based immigration applications filed by eligible U.S. employers. The program is intended to make adjudications more efficient and less costly by reducing paperwork … Continue reading → »

Hong Kong: Capital Investment Scheme Suspended Until Further Notice

Friday, January 16, 2015
Hong Kong: Capital Investment Scheme Suspended Until Further Notice

The Capital Investment Entrant Scheme was suspended on January 15, 2015 until further notice, according to an announcement by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong. The suspension will not affect applications submitted or postmarked before January 15 or already-approved applications as … Continue reading → »

United States: Challenges to the Executive Action on Immigration Advance

Thursday, January 15, 2015
United States: Challenges to the Executive Action on Immigration Advance

The House of Representatives has passed a Homeland Security spending bill that contains provisions to de-fund executive action on immigration, while a federal district court hears a challenge to executive action filed by 25 U.S. states. Despite these challenges, the … Continue reading → »

MALAYSIA (Jan. 14, 2015) – Employers must use online system to file foreign-worker projections

Thursday, January 15, 2015
MALAYSIA (Jan. 14, 2015) – Employers must use online system to file foreign-worker projections

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Employers filing their annual projections of how many foreign workers they plan to hire (FKH projections) are now required to use Malaysia’s Expatriate Services Division online portal. What does the change mean? Employers … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL (Jan. 14, 2015) – Prevailing wage increases for foreign experts

Thursday, January 15, 2015
ISRAEL (Jan. 14, 2015) – Prevailing wage increases for foreign experts

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Israel has increased its prevailing wage for expert foreign employees from NIS 18,000 to NIS 18,246 (about US$4,680) per month. What does the change mean? Companies employing foreign experts must meet the new … Continue reading → »

Israel: Strike Causes Delays at Ben Gurion Airport

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Israel: Strike Causes Delays at Ben Gurion Airport

Israel’s border control employees have partially suspended operations due to a strike of the Ministry of Interior’s employees that took place January 13, 2015. During the suspension, travelers should expect long lines at entry and departure points at Ben Gurion … Continue reading → »

Australia: Review of Visa Program Contemplates Intracompany Transferee Category

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Australia: Review of Visa Program Contemplates Intracompany Transferee Category

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is conducting a wide-ranging review of skilled migration and temporary entry visa programs. In line with the review, the Department has released proposals – as suggested by key Australian businesses – which focus … Continue reading → »

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