INDIA – Ongoing Difficulties at Indian Visa Application Centers in the U.S.IND

Posted on June 30, 2014

As Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Limited has recently transitioned to being the new Indian visa processing vendor in the United States, applicants face ongoing difficulties. Difficulties include processing delays, issues with Cox & Kings’ online application tracking, and… Read more »


CHINA – Subsidiary to Process Visa Applications for High-Tech Companies

Posted on June 30, 2014

In order to expedite the processing of work permits and residence permits, the Public Security Bureau in Xi’an has established a subsidiary that will focus on processing visa applications for any companies in the high-tech industry. Also, as previously announced,… Read more »


RUSSIA – Citizens Must Notify Government if Living Abroad

Posted on June 23, 2014

A new requirement mandates that all Russian citizens – those living both within and outside of Russia – who have obtained foreign residence permits or citizenship abroad must notify the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) that they have obtained these… Read more »


GREECE – New Immigration Law to Mean Major Changes

Posted on June 23, 2014

The new immigration law that went into effect for Greece on June 1st means significant changes for residence permits, Van Der Elst visas, and short-term residence permits. The main purpose of the law is to simplify and streamline immigration procedures. Additionally,… Read more »


CHINA – Xi’an to Require Interview for Work Permit Applications

Posted on June 23, 2014

Effective immediately, all work permit applicants in Xi’an must undergo an interview with the Xi’an Labor Authority. Upon entrance into Xi’an, applicants will undergo two interviews: one for their work permit application and another for their resident permit application. As… Read more »


CANADA – Reforms Made to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Posted on June 23, 2014

Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander have recently announced significant changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). These reforms have been implemented to ensure that the program is used only as it is intended: as a… Read more »


GERMANY – Delays at Munich Foreign Office

Posted on June 16, 2014

The Foreign Office in Munich is experiencing personnel issues therefore delays are to be expected as there is a significant decrease in the availability of appointments. Positive nationals – those who are seeking to convert their status from within Germany… Read more »


BRAZIL – FIFA World Cup to Close Government Offices

Posted on June 16, 2014

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup is held in Brazil this year, the government has issued a decree which declares certain days as holidays during the event. On any days that the Brazilian national team is scheduled to play, government… Read more »


SOUTH AFRICA – DHA Releases Details for New Critical Skills Work Visa

Posted on June 9, 2014

As recent immigration legislation changes have led to the creation of the Critical Skills Work Visa, which may be issued for up to five years, the South African Department of Home Affairs has recently published the list of employment categories… Read more »


PHILIPPINES – Company Representative Now Required to Attend 9(g) Commercial Visa Application Interview

Posted on June 9, 2014

Effective May 28, 2014, a company representative is now required to attend 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment Visa (Commercial) application interviews, along with the applicant. Previously only the applicant was required to attend this interview. Who Can Represent the Sponsoring Company? If… Read more »