CHINA: Qingdao requires legalized degrees for some work permits

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
CHINA: Qingdao requires legalized degrees for some work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Qingdao Labor Bureau now requires that educational degrees be legalized in the applicant’s home country. What does the change mean? The change will lengthen processing times for initial employment licenses and work … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Immigration reforms expected to take effect by June 1

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Immigration reforms expected to take effect by June 1

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The proposed major amendments to South African immigration legislation are anticipated to come into force any time between now and June 1. The changes may be implemented at any time with little or … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: Employers Can Apply for 2015 Work Permit Quotas from April 7, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
RUSSIA: Employers Can Apply for 2015 Work Permit Quotas from April 7, 2014

Employers will be able to apply for 2015 work permit quotas beginning April 7, 2014. Quota applications must be lodged by July 1, 2014 and employers are advised to act quickly to ensure applications are filed as soon as possible. … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: CIS work permits delayed by extra approval process

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
RUSSIA: CIS work permits delayed by extra approval process

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Citizens of CIS applying for work permits in Russia must go through an additional pre-approval process. What does the change mean? The extra step is delaying work permit processing for CIS nationals by … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL: Strike ends, consular and visa services resume

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
ISRAEL: Strike ends, consular and visa services resume

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Workers in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs have ended a month-long strike. What does the change mean? Israel is reopening its foreign diplomatic missions abroad, as well as its headquarters in Jerusalem. … Continue reading → »

Expats: have your say in the 2014 Expat Explorer survey

Monday, April 7, 2014
Expats: have your say in the 2014 Expat Explorer survey

HSBC Expat is calling on all expats to share their experiences of living and working abroad in the seventh annual Expat Explorer survey which officially opens today. Expats from all over the world will have the opportunity to participate in … Continue reading → »

SINGAPORE: R&D and Claims for Innovation Credits

Monday, April 7, 2014
SINGAPORE: R&D and Claims for Innovation Credits

April 3:  The Ministry of Finance in Singapore is reviewing the guidelines as to what constitutes design or research and development so as to encourage greater participation in the productivity and innovation credit (PIC) program. The review is being conducted … Continue reading → »

CHINA: Customs Valuation Rules are Updated

Monday, April 7, 2014
CHINA: Customs Valuation Rules are Updated

April 3: Guidance released by China’s General Administration of Customs aims for greater transparency, standardization, and predictability of customs valuations. The guidance (effective in February 2014) relating to the dutiable value of domestic sales concerns: Domestic sales of bonded goods … Continue reading → »

EUROPEAN UNION: European Commission Proposes Simplifying Visa Processes for Schengen Area

Monday, April 7, 2014
EUROPEAN UNION: European Commission Proposes Simplifying Visa Processes for Schengen Area

The European Commission has proposed streamlining visa processing for short-term travelers to the Schengen Area, including the creation of a Touring Visa that would allow stays of up to one year within the Area, with stays in any individual member … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Foreign Nationals with Pending Applications No Longer Permitted to Travel Overseas

Monday, April 7, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Foreign Nationals with Pending Applications No Longer Permitted to Travel Overseas

Foreign nationals who lodge permit applications in South Africa will no longer be able to depart and re-enter South Africa without losing work authorization and being subject to possible fines. These rules may apply to foreign nationals with pending permit … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: H-1B Cap Update: To Address Courier Service Delivery Delays, USCIS Will Accept Refilings in Some Circumstances

Monday, April 7, 2014
UNITED STATES: H-1B Cap Update: To Address Courier Service Delivery Delays, USCIS Will Accept Refilings in Some Circumstances

Due to reports that courier services were unable to confirm delivery of a number of FY 2015 H-1B cap cases, USCIS is temporarily relaxing its prohibition against duplicate H-1B filings. In limited circumstances, the agency will accept a second petition … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL: Consulates Resume Full Operations Today

Monday, April 7, 2014
ISRAEL: Consulates Resume Full Operations Today

Israeli consulates have resumed processing visa applications, but lengthy processing delays are expected due to backlogs that developed during a month-long Ministry of Foreign Affairs labor dispute. Israel’s consulates resumed full operations today, as Ministry of Foreign Affairs workers ended … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: Several Measures in Finance Bill Affecting Globally-Mobile Workforce

Friday, April 4, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Several Measures in Finance Bill Affecting Globally-Mobile Workforce

On 27 March 2014, the U.K.’s 2014 Finance (No. 2) Bill (“FB 2014”) was published embodying measures announced in the Budget which come into force between Budget day and 5 April 2014 (or during the 2014/15 tax year). Publication of … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: IRS Guidance on Sec. 911 for Four Countries

Thursday, April 3, 2014
UNITED STATES: IRS Guidance on Sec. 911 for Four Countries

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an advance copy of Rev. Proc. 2014-25, which concerns individuals who failed to meet the eligibility requirements of either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: Amended Legislation to Prevent Tax Avoidance Using Dual Contracts

Thursday, April 3, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: Amended Legislation to Prevent Tax Avoidance Using Dual Contracts

The U.K. Finance Bill 2014, published today, includes provisions aimed at preventing the avoidance of income tax by a small number of non-U.K. domiciled individuals who work under arrangements commonly known as “dual contracts,” as had been previously announced in … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: FY 2015 H-1B Cap Season Begins

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
UNITED STATES: FY 2015 H-1B Cap Season Begins

Demand for the FY 2015 H-1B cap is expected to be very high and cap numbers are likely to be exhausted quickly. Employers should be prepared for delays as the agency works to process the large number of cases it … Continue reading → »

SOUTH AFRICA: Implementation of Immigration Reforms Delayed

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
SOUTH AFRICA: Implementation of Immigration Reforms Delayed

New labor market testing requirements and restrictions for General Work Permits, corporate permits and permits for accompanying unmarried partners will not take effect on April 1, 2014 as planned. The Department of Home Affairs is delaying the implementation of the … Continue reading → »

ISRAEL: News Update – Jewish Holidays Season and Immigration Matters

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
ISRAEL: News Update – Jewish Holidays Season and Immigration Matters

The Jewish Holiday season, coming up in a couple of weeks, will cause changes in processing times and reception days of government agencies in charge of processing work permits and work visas. The Israeli government issues work permits, B/1 work … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: A Welcome Deadline Extension on Software Compliance for RTI

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: A Welcome Deadline Extension on Software Compliance for RTI

The U.K. tax authority has extended the deadline for employers to update their software and be compliant with the Real Time Information system. When an employee is subject to withholding taxes (“PAYE”) on earnings in the U.K. but is also … Continue reading → »

Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: April 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014
Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: April 2014

Confessions of a Global Mobility Manager: Homesickness By Ms Sterious According to Wikipedia, homesickness is the “distress or impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home. Its cognitive hallmark is preoccupying thoughts of home and attachment objects. Recent … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Visitor Visa Issuance Partially Suspended in Caracas

Thursday, March 27, 2014
UNITED STATES: Visitor Visa Issuance Partially Suspended in Caracas

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has partially suspended visa issuance for first-time visitor visa applicants, including foreign nationals with visas expired for more than one year. Appointments are available only in emergency situations. Already scheduled appointments, however, are still being … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: USCIS to Delay Premium Processing of FY 2015 H-1B Cap Cases Until April 28

Thursday, March 27, 2014
UNITED STATES: USCIS to Delay Premium Processing of FY 2015 H-1B Cap Cases Until April 28

USCIS will not begin to work on H-1B cap cases requesting premium service until April 28, 2014. This means that employers will wait longer for cap filing receipts and may not see agency action on premium cases before May 13. … Continue reading → »

UKRAINE: New Travel Document Requirements for Russian Nationals

Thursday, March 27, 2014
UKRAINE: New Travel Document Requirements for Russian Nationals

Russian nationals traveling to Ukraine are now required to possess a valid international passport, and business travelers are urged to carry an invitation letter from a Ukrainian entity. Russians living in Ukraine should possess a Ukrainian temporary residence permit. Ukraine … Continue reading → »

KENYA: New work passes available for researchers, interns

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
KENYA: New work passes available for researchers, interns

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Pursuant to the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Regulations, the Department of Immigration Services, or DIS, is now issuing passes for foreign national researchers and interns who are performing academic research or participating in … Continue reading → »

KENYA: Businesses should plan for stricter Kenyanization of work force

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
KENYA: Businesses should plan for stricter Kenyanization of work force

IMPACT – HIGH What is the new enforcement measure? The Department of Immigration Service, or DIS, has begun stricter enforcement of a localization process for companies employing foreign workers. What does it mean? Businesses will have to go to greater … Continue reading → »

The Lump Sum Assignment Policy: The way forward or a step in the wrong direction?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Lump Sum Assignment Policy: The way forward or a step in the wrong direction?

Assignment costs still remain under the spotlight in many organisations. With more companies looking to recruit talent globally and the latest generation, ‘Generation Y’, looking to gain international experience, Global Mobility have been asked, yet again, if there are further … Continue reading → »

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