UAE FREEZONE: Online Portal for Immigration Services, Related Process Changes Introduced

Thursday, December 11, 2014
UAE FREEZONE: Online Portal for Immigration Services, Related Process Changes Introduced

TECOM Freezone has launched a new online portal for immigration services, which brings a more streamlined application process and procedural changes to several immigration processes. In-person applications will no longer be accepted, except for submission of original documents, which will … Continue reading → »

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudization Percentages Increased for Key Industries

Thursday, December 11, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudization Percentages Increased for Key Industries

Saudi Arabia has amended the Saudization requirements, increasing the percentages for large IT companies and large financial establishments. New categories have also been added, including agricultural and animal production, Mosque construction companies, centers for people with disabilities, health facilities and … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: The Upcoming H-1B Season: Planning Ahead is Key

Thursday, December 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: The Upcoming H-1B Season: Planning Ahead is Key

It’s not too soon to begin preparing for the FY 2016 H-1B filing season. Demand for H-1B quota numbers is expected to reach new highs next year. Starting early will help ensure that your organization is ready when the filing … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Dec. 10, 2014) New rule for transit visas now in effect

Thursday, December 11, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Dec. 10, 2014) New rule for transit visas now in effect

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The U.K. has changed the rules for nationals requiring airside and landside transit visas. What does the change mean? Nationals requiring a Direct Airside Transit Visa to pass through the U.K. in transit, both airside … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Dec. 10, 2014) Visa officers may ask employers for compliance proof beyond Certificate of Sponsorship

Thursday, December 11, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Dec. 10, 2014) Visa officers may ask employers for compliance proof beyond Certificate of Sponsorship

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under recently implemented immigration rules, U.K. visa officers charged with approving visa applications both inside and outside the U.K. have been granted new powers to seek proof from employers that they have complied with visa and sponsorship criteria. … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: (Dec. 10, 2014) January 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 dates advance significantly for all countries except India

Thursday, December 11, 2014
UNITED STATES: (Dec. 10, 2014) January 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 dates advance significantly for all countries except India

All countries with the exception of India will move forward significantly in the employment-based third preference (EB-3) category for professionals and skilled workers, according to the State Department’s January 2015 Visa Bulletin. Priority dates for EB-3 Worldwide, Mexico and Philippines … Continue reading → »

AUSTRIA: Increased Salary and KIAB Declaration Compliance Measures for Employers Take Effect in 2015

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
AUSTRIA: Increased Salary and KIAB Declaration Compliance Measures for Employers Take Effect in 2015

Employers of foreign nationals assigned to projects in Austria will see new regulatory provisions, including increased documentary requirements to establish minimum salary compliance, a clarification of which foreign nationals may be exempt from KIAB declarations and increased documentary requirements for … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: January 2015 Visa Bulletin: Significant EB-3 Advancement for China and Most Other Countries

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
UNITED STATES: January 2015 Visa Bulletin: Significant EB-3 Advancement for China and Most Other Countries

EB-3 will advance by nine months for China, to March 1, 2011, and seven months for most other countries, to June 1, 2013. EB-3 India will advance by two weeks, to December 15, 2003. EB-2 China will advance one month … Continue reading → »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Dec. 9, 2014) Government offers monetary rewards for turning in visa violators

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Dec. 9, 2014) Government offers monetary rewards for turning in visa violators

What is the change? As part of an ongoing effort to track foreign nationals and deport immigration violators, the government is offering monetary rewards for those who successfully report foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas. What does the change mean? The Bureau of … Continue reading → »

THE PHILIPPINES: (Dec. 9, 2014) New procedures adopted to expedite 9(g) work visa conversions

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
THE PHILIPPINES: (Dec. 9, 2014) New procedures adopted to expedite 9(g) work visa conversions

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Bureau of Immigration has approved new procedures aimed at expediting the process for foreign nationals converting to 9(g) Commercial Visas. What does the change mean? In certain circumstances, a 9(g) visa application will be … Continue reading → »

RUSSIA: (Dec. 8, 2014) Rules for employment of CIS nationals to change significantly

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
RUSSIA: (Dec. 8, 2014) Rules for employment of CIS nationals to change significantly

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Beginning Jan. 1, Russia will overhaul its work permit regime for companies employing nationals of the Commonwealth of Independent States. What does the change mean? Standard work permits will be replaced by “work patents” governing CIS … Continue reading → »

UNITED KINGDOM: (Dec. 8, 2014) Mandatory fingerprinting for Russian visas to require extra travel

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: (Dec. 8, 2014) Mandatory fingerprinting for Russian visas to require extra travel

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Beginning Dec. 10, U.K. residents applying for visas to Russia must appear in person at a visa application center in London or Edinburgh to give their fingerprints. What does the change mean? Because these are … Continue reading → »

Algeria: Foreign Investment Plans to Boost Energy Output

Monday, December 8, 2014
Algeria: Foreign Investment Plans to Boost Energy Output

North African nation Algeria announced over the weekend that it will press ahead with its $90 billion investment plan in the nations oil and gas industry. The country is seemingly undeterred by the current low oil prices. Brent crude ended … Continue reading → »

LAT-AM: Brazil Dominates Top Universities in Latin America

Monday, December 8, 2014
LAT-AM: Brazil Dominates Top Universities in Latin America

Brazil continues its overall representation claiming half of the top 20 universities in Latin America, although the country lost the top spot to ‘Ponticia Universidad Católica de Chile’, based in Santiago, Chile. A total of 18 countries are featured in … Continue reading → »

UAE: Dubai Police Update List of Traffic Offences

Monday, December 8, 2014
UAE: Dubai Police Update List of Traffic Offences

Dubai Police HQ has warned residents and visitors of amendments made to the list of traffic offences. Over 85% of Dubai’s demographical make-up consists of expatriate workers mainly from Asia and what can be categorized as ‘Western’. Stay updated with … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Federal lawsuit challenges Optional Practical Training program for foreign students

Sunday, December 7, 2014
UNITED STATES: Federal lawsuit challenges Optional Practical Training program for foreign students

A union representing U.S. technology workers filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the government’s authority and process for issuing work authorization to F-1 foreign students after they graduate from university. On Nov. 21, a federal court ruled that the … Continue reading → »

FRANCE: New work-permit forms to require additional documentation

Sunday, December 7, 2014
FRANCE: New work-permit forms to require additional documentation

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Starting Jan. 1, France will begin using new work-permit forms that will require additional supporting documentation. What does the change mean? Sending employers, host employers, and employees will be required to submit more documentation for work-permit … Continue reading → »

TURKEY: Foreign workers will be barred entry if passports expire soon

Sunday, December 7, 2014
TURKEY: Foreign workers will be barred entry if passports expire soon

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? As of Jan. 1, Turkey will require that foreign nationals entering the country hold a passport that is valid for more than two months. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals, including those holding a valid work or … Continue reading → »

AFGHANISTAN/UNITED STATES: Afghan Parliament approves Bilateral Security Agreement

Friday, December 5, 2014
AFGHANISTAN/UNITED STATES: Afghan Parliament approves Bilateral Security Agreement

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Afghan Parliament has approved a Bilateral Security Agreement governing U.S. defense contractors in Afghanistan. What does the change mean? Parliamentary approval paves the way for rules to be established on visas, entry and exit … Continue reading → »

Philippines: Super Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby Expected Landfall

Friday, December 5, 2014
Philippines: Super Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby Expected Landfall

Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as ‘Ruby’, is due to make landfall in the Philippines on Saturday, 6 December, the state agency PAGASA warned on Friday 5 December. The country is still recovering from 2013’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan in which at … Continue reading → »

Expats Have It Better: Two-Thirds Experience a Better Quality of Life

Friday, December 5, 2014
Expats Have It Better: Two-Thirds Experience a Better Quality of Life

Up to 70% of expatriates deemed their lives were ‘better’ or ‘very much better’ in their new country. according to a recent online survey carried out by the Now Health International website. The survey was conducted during July 2014 and … Continue reading → »

FINLAND: Finland makes it easier to obtain ID numbers

Friday, December 5, 2014
FINLAND: Finland makes it easier to obtain ID numbers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Foreign nationals applying for a residence permit will now be asked whether they want to apply for registration in the Finnish Population Information System, which allows them to receive a Finnish ID number. The … Continue reading → »

ITALY: Business visitors now face fines for not reporting presence

Friday, December 5, 2014
ITALY: Business visitors now face fines for not reporting presence

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Italy is imposing fines on foreign business visitors who do not report their presence to police within eight days of arrival. What does the change mean? Foreign business visitors, including some visa-exempt nationals, face fines … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Nominee Faces Possible GOP Hurdle

Friday, December 5, 2014
UNITED STATES: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Nominee Faces Possible GOP Hurdle

On Dec. 3, Sarah Saldaña, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next ICE Director, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a narrow 10-8 vote, with all Republicans in opposition. The new hostility from the GOP may portend … Continue reading → »

Ebola Update:
Vaccine Passes First Human Trial

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Ebola Update: <br />Vaccine Passes First Human Trial

Positive progress has been made during clinical trials in efforts to stem the virus that has been ravaging West Africa, though it can be months, at best, to stem the outbreak.  Renowned infectious disease researcher Dr Anthony Fauci of the … Continue reading → »

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