UNITED STATES (Feb. 17, 2015) – Judge halts key part of Obama immigration plan

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 17, 2015) – Judge halts key part of Obama immigration plan

A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling late Monday, temporarily blocking implementation of a key part of the Obama administration’s program to protect roughly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen … Continue reading → »

United States: DHS Suspends Deferred Action Expansion After District Court Ruling

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
United States: DHS Suspends Deferred Action Expansion After District Court Ruling

The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the opening of the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a federal district judge temporarily blocked both it and DAPA, a related program for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful … Continue reading → »

Canada: Submission Process Announced for LMIA Exempt Work Permit Applications

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Canada: Submission Process Announced for LMIA Exempt Work Permit Applications

The process for employers hiring foreign nationals who are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment was announced at recent briefings held by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), which Fragomen attended. The new requirements, which include a new form and … Continue reading → »

Texas Bound Oil Tanker Solves International Dispute

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Texas Bound Oil Tanker Solves International Dispute

Mass exodus of expatriate workers stationed in Iraq and Kurdistan Up to 80% of expatriate workers left Iraq in 2014 International dispute involving Kurdistan’s right to sell crude to US resolved Iraq has experienced a mass exodus of skilled foreign … Continue reading → »

ROMANIA (Feb. 16, 2015) – Annual work permit quotas remain constant

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
ROMANIA (Feb. 16, 2015) – Annual work permit quotas remain constant

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The number of available work permits in Romania for non-EU/EEA and non-Swiss nationals will remain set at 5,500 this year, the same as 2014. What does the change mean? Neither the overall cap … Continue reading → »

THE PHILIPPINES (Feb. 16, 2015) – Rule change simplifies job promotion of foreign staff

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
THE PHILIPPINES (Feb. 16, 2015) – Rule change simplifies job promotion of foreign staff

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Foreign employees holding Commercial visas who are promoted within the same company will not have to downgrade to Tourist visas or apply for new Commercial visas. What does the change mean? The exemption somewhat simplifies procedures for … Continue reading → »

UNITED STATES (Feb. 16, 2015) – State Department provides EB-3 and EB-2 priority-date outlook for coming months

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
UNITED STATES (Feb. 16, 2015) – State Department provides EB-3 and EB-2 priority-date outlook for coming months

Among the noteworthy predictions for employment-based preference categories, the priority cut-off dates for the EB-3 category for China and Rest of World will advance rapidly in the coming months, which will likely cause high demand and a hold or retrogression. … Continue reading → »

Global Mobility in China

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Global Mobility in China

Since China legalised business merger and acquisition activities with foreign companies, the world’s second largest nation has managed to attract foreign investment and with that expatriate workers. Although, while the nation spearheads financial growth in Asia it has still proven … Continue reading → »

United States: March 2015 Visa Bulletin: Significant Advancements for EB-2 India and China

Sunday, February 15, 2015
United States: March 2015 Visa Bulletin: Significant Advancements for EB-2 India and China

According to the State Department’s March Visa Bulletin, EB-2 India will advance by sixteen months, to January 1, 2007, and EB-2 China will advance by more than five months, to September 1, 2010. The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled … Continue reading → »

Canada: Additional Requirements and Fees Coming Soon for LMIA Exempt Work Permit Applications

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Canada: Additional Requirements and Fees Coming Soon for LMIA Exempt Work Permit Applications

Beginning February 21, 2015, employers applying for work permits for foreign nationals who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process will be required to submit additional information about their business. LMIA-exempt work permit applications will also be … Continue reading → »

INDIA (Feb. 13, 2015) – Registration no longer required for foreign children

Saturday, February 14, 2015
INDIA (Feb. 13, 2015) – Registration no longer required for foreign children

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? India is no longer requiring foreigners to register their children under age 16 with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office. What does the change mean? In addition to the registration exemption for children, either parent may … Continue reading → »

SERBIA (Feb. 13, 2015) – Under new law, more foreigners required to obtain work permits

Saturday, February 14, 2015
SERBIA (Feb. 13, 2015) – Under new law, more foreigners required to obtain work permits

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A new law has created new work permit categories and broadened the list of foreign nationals who must obtain authorization to work in Serbia. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals working in Serbia are … Continue reading → »

Romania: Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015
Romania: Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2015

The Romanian work permit quota will be 5,500 for 2015, the government has announced. The new quota numbers became available on January 1, though the overall figures were just announced. As in previous years, the overall 2015 quota will be … Continue reading → »

MALAYSIA (Feb. 12, 2015) – New restrictions set for certain foreign workers, family members

Friday, February 13, 2015
MALAYSIA (Feb. 12, 2015) – New restrictions set for certain foreign workers, family members

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Malaysia will limit the duration of certain Employment Passes based on the foreign employee’s minimum salary. What does the change mean? Employees working for companies under MSC status and earning less than 5000 Malaysian ringgits (about … Continue reading → »

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Feb. 12, 2015) – New ‘zero overstay policy’ includes fines on sponsors

Friday, February 13, 2015
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Feb. 12, 2015) – New ‘zero overstay policy’ includes fines on sponsors

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The United Arab Emirates is implementing a new “zero overstay policy” in an effort to crack down on visitors who overstay their visas. What does the change mean? The new regulations call for fines on … Continue reading → »

TURKEY (Feb. 12, 2015) – Consulates instructed to issue multiple-entry Assembly, Maintenance and Service Visas

Friday, February 13, 2015
TURKEY (Feb. 12, 2015) – Consulates instructed to issue multiple-entry Assembly, Maintenance and Service Visas

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Turkey has instructed consular posts to issue Assembly, Maintenance and Service Visas valid for multiple entries. What does the change mean? The new visas will allow foreign nationals to make multiple trips to Turkey for qualifying work, as … Continue reading → »

UKRAINE (Feb. 12, 2015) – Major changes take effect, improving work permit procedures

Friday, February 13, 2015
UKRAINE (Feb. 12, 2015) – Major changes take effect, improving work permit procedures

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Effective immediately, Ukraine has made several changes to work permit procedures that shorten processing times and improve the overall process for applicants. What does the change mean? Employers will benefit from seven-day processing of work permits, … Continue reading → »

Germany: Work Permit Extensions Subject to Stricter Review; Increase in On-Site Compliance Audits

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Germany: Work Permit Extensions Subject to Stricter Review; Increase in On-Site Compliance Audits

In recent weeks, German immigration officials have increased their scrutiny of work permit extension applications that include salary information that is inconsistent or incongruent with employers’ initial applications. Employers have also been subject to increased on-site audits to verify foreign … Continue reading → »

BAHRAIN (Feb. 11, 2015) – Health care costs now included in visa fees

Thursday, February 12, 2015
BAHRAIN (Feb. 11, 2015) – Health care costs now included in visa fees

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The government fees for Bahrain work and investor visas have risen in order to pay for health care for foreign nationals working in the country. What does the change mean? The health care fees are … Continue reading → »

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