INDIA/SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA – Diwali Government Office Closures

Posted on October 16, 2014

In observance of the Diwali (Deepavali) holiday, government offices (including all immigration services) will be closed during the following days: In India: October 22nd – 24th In Singapore: October 22nd In Malaysia: October 22nd Employers and foreign workers should be… Read more »


THE PHILIPPINES – Visa-Free Entry for Some Chinese and Indian Nationals

Posted on October 16, 2014

Effective immediately, Chinese and Indian nationals who are holders of a valid and current American, Australian, Canadian, Japanese, or Schengen visa are permitted to enter the Philippines without a visa for seven days for purposes of tourism or business travel…. Read more »


UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND – Joint UK-Irish Visa for Chinese and Indian Travelers

Posted on October 16, 2014

Beginning shortly, Chinese and Indian nationals will be permitted to visit the U.K. and Ireland on one trip with only one visa. Holders of the following U.K. visas are eligible to benefit from this change: General Visitor, Business Visitor, Child… Read more »


PHILIPPINES – Alien Registration Program (ARP) Effective Immediately

Posted on October 9, 2014

As a result of the Alien Registration Program (ARP), an initiative recently passed by the Philippine’s Bureau of Immigration (BI), all non-registered aliens must apply for registration with the BI. The BI has put this system in place in order… Read more »


CANADA – Updates to Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Applications

Posted on October 9, 2014

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has recently updated the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application forms, which includes a new formula to distinguish between the “high-wage” and “low-wage” application streams. The formula will rely on wages-paid rather than prevailing… Read more »


MALAYSIA – Electronic Filing of PVPs Now Required

Posted on October 2, 2014

This week, the Malaysian Immigration Department has stopped accepting in-person filings for Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications on behalf of foreign employees. The Immigration Department has decided that going forward, all employers are to submit PVP applications electronically through the… Read more »


IRELAND – New Employment Permit Applications and Eligible Occupations Released

Posted on October 2, 2014

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation (DJEI) has recently released the new employment permit application forms and the list of eligible occupations to be considered as a highly-skilled worker. Effective immediately, companies are expected to use the new forms… Read more »


INDIA – Visa and Immigration Services to be Taken Over by FRROs

Posted on October 2, 2014

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently decided to delegate more tasks to the Foreign Regional Registration Offices (FRROs), which will enable the Ministry to focus their energy on policy-making. The FRROs will have autonomy over most visa and… Read more »


INDIA – Merging of PIO and OCI Cards; Visas on Arrival for U.S. Nationals

Posted on October 2, 2014

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has announced that the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards and the Overseas Citizen of Indian (OCI) cards will be merged. As a result of this change, processing will be streamlined and holders of PIO… Read more »


FRANCE – Proposed Changes to Immigration Categories

Posted on October 2, 2014

France has recently published significant changes to the immigration rules though an implementation date has not been determined. The proposed draft-law includes the introduction of multi-year permits, the creation of new categories and elimination of short-term work permits for assignments… Read more »