UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

Friday, October 17, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Oct. 16, 2014) Older E-Verify records to be deleted from system

Beginning next year, employers who use E-Verify will no longer have access to records that are more than 10 years old. On Jan. 1, E-Verify records created before Dec. 31, 2004 will be permanently deleted from the database. Employers who want … Continue reading → »

INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

Friday, October 17, 2014
INDIA: (Oct. 16, 2014) All Indian PIO cards now valid for life

IMPACT –MEDIUM What is the change? All Persons of Indian Origin cards are now valid for the cardholder’s life. What does the change mean? Holders of current PIO cards effectively have been given a lifetime visa. The change affects both new applicants … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

Friday, October 17, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (16 October 2014) 4 changes to skilled foreign worker program announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government has announced four changes to its temporary skilled foreign worker (subclass 457) visa program. What does the change mean? The changes will retain the income threshold for two years, streamline … Continue reading → »

CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

Thursday, October 16, 2014
CHINA: Foreign Nationals Face Stricter Residence Registration Enforcement

China has introduced random residence checks and higher fines to enforce the residence registration requirement for foreign nationals. Foreign nationals must register their residence at a local police station within 24 hours of arrival. Those who have new immigration documents … Continue reading → »

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

Thursday, October 16, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: (Oct. 15, 2014) Early filing encouraged ahead of holiday shutdown

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Papua New Guinea’s labor agency has announced holiday shutdown periods in December and January. What does the change mean? Employers should plan to file work permit applications as early as possible in the coming weeks, … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

Thursday, October 16, 2014
IRELAND: (Oct. 15, 2014) Dublin seeing delays in immigration services

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? An increasing number of foreign national students are registering at the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) in Dublin’s City Centre. The heightened demand has caused long queues and significant delays in services. What does the … Continue reading → »

AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

Thursday, October 16, 2014
AUSTRALIA: (15 October 2014) ‘Premier Investor Visa’ introduced, along with changes to Significant Investor Visas

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Australian Government will launch a new Premium Investor Visa to attract higher net-worth investors, and will make other changes to the Significant Investor Visa program in the coming year. What does the … Continue reading → »

NETHERLANDS: Knowledge Migrants Must Be Paid Upon Arrival

Thursday, October 16, 2014
NETHERLANDS: Knowledge Migrants Must Be Paid Upon Arrival

Under a new Dutch government policy, employers in the Netherlands must start paying Knowledge Migrants’ salaries upon arrival regardless of the contract start date or work authorization status. Employers must start paying Knowledge Migrants’ salaries upon their arrival to the … Continue reading → »

American Express and Deutsche Bank to speak at Global Mobility Summit

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
American Express and Deutsche Bank to speak at Global Mobility Summit

American Express, Deutsche Bank and TNT Express are among the employers that will speak at the EMEA Global Mobility Summit 2014 in London on 7 November. This flagship event, run by the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM), brings together influential … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND: (Oct. 14, 2014) Joint UK-Irish visa to launch for Chinese, Indian travelers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND: (Oct. 14, 2014) Joint UK-Irish visa to launch for Chinese, Indian travelers

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The United Kingdom and Ireland have entered into an agreement to ease business and tourist travel in the two countries for Chinese and Indian nationals. What does the change mean? Chinese and Indian … Continue reading → »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 14, 2014) Visa waivers granted to certain Chinese, Indian nationals

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 14, 2014) Visa waivers granted to certain Chinese, Indian nationals

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Philippines has granted visa-free entry to certain Chinese and Indian nationals. What does the change mean? Chinese and Indian nationals holding a valid and current American, Australian, Canadian, Japanese or Schengen visa … Continue reading → »

CHINA: (Oct. 14, 2014) Work furloughs to close Beijing government offices

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
CHINA: (Oct. 14, 2014) Work furloughs to close Beijing government offices

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Government and quasi-governmental employees in Beijing will be given a six-day furlough to reduce the number of cars on the road during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. What does the change mean? All … Continue reading → »

APAC EMMAs 2014 Winners Announced

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
APAC EMMAs 2014 Winners Announced

The Forum for Expatriate Management is delighted to announce the winners for the APAC EMMAs. The results were announced at the EMMAs gala dinner at The Orchard Hotel, Singapore.   »

ANGOLA: New Visas Ease Business Travel to Angola

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
ANGOLA: New Visas Ease Business Travel to Angola

Brazilian citizens can now obtain multiple-entry visas for travel to Angola. New short-term and long-term visa options will facilitate business travel between Angola and Cape Verde. Angolan and Cape Verdean citizens will have an easier time traveling to each other’s … Continue reading → »

IRELAND: New Joint British-Irish Visa Scheme Announced

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
IRELAND: New Joint British-Irish Visa Scheme Announced

The joint British-Irish Visa Scheme was formally launched on 6 October 2014, by Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald together with U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May.1 The scheme will facilitate smoother travel between Ireland and the U.K. by … Continue reading → »

KENYA: (Oct. 13, 2014) Work permits delayed by internal wrangling

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
KENYA: (Oct. 13, 2014) Work permits delayed by internal wrangling

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A probe by the new Immigration Department director into suspected corruption in work permit issuance has caused staff on the work permit approval committee to slow down in protest of perceived interference. What … Continue reading → »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 13, 2014) Alien registration program now in place

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Oct. 13, 2014) Alien registration program now in place

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) has introduced an Alien Registration Project to register all foreigners, capture their biometric data and issue them a special security registration number. What does the change mean? … Continue reading → »

Alistair Murray named Managing Director at Relocation Support Services

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Alistair Murray named Managing Director at Relocation Support Services

Relocation Support Services is very pleased to announce the appointment of Alistair Murray as the new Managing Director, starting 13th October. The appointment marks a significant milestone in the continued growth and success of RSS as one of the leading … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Stricter oversight of J-1 exchange visitor program coming in January

Monday, October 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: Stricter oversight of J-1 exchange visitor program coming in January

Exchange Visitor Program (J-1) sponsors should be aware of new rules calling for greater oversight that take effect Jan. 5, 2015. The final rule, published Monday in the Federal Register, includes the following provisions concerning the obligations of program sponsors: Independent audits. Private sector … Continue reading → »

INDIA / SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA: Diwali holiday to close government offices

Monday, October 13, 2014
INDIA / SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA: Diwali holiday to close government offices

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Diwali (Deepavali) holiday will be celebrated Oct. 22 – 24 in India and Oct. 22 in Singapore and Malaysia. What does the change mean? Government offices will be closed in observance of the holiday and immigration services will be … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: November 2014 Visa Bulletin: Major Retrogression for EB-2 India, EB-3 Advancement for Most Countries

Monday, October 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: November 2014 Visa Bulletin: Major Retrogression for EB-2 India, EB-3 Advancement for Most Countries

As expected, the priority date cut-off for EB-2 India will retrogress by more than four years, to February 15, 2005. EB-3 will advance to January 1, 2010, for China and to June 1, 2012, for most other countries except India, … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: Employers must report salaries of highly qualified specialists by Oct. 30

Thursday, October 9, 2014
RUSSIA: Employers must report salaries of highly qualified specialists by Oct. 30

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Before the end of the month, companies must report the salaries paid to highly qualified specialists during the third quarter of 2014. What does the change mean? Companies and company officials that fail to comply … Continue reading → »

ANGOLA: Oil companies must sign program contract, submit plans by Oct. 31

Thursday, October 9, 2014
ANGOLA: Oil companies must sign program contract, submit plans by Oct. 31

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? All companies in the oil industry are required to complete and submit an annual program contract and a human resources development plan, each showing steps being taken toward Angolanization of their workforce, by Oct. 31. … Continue reading → »

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