AUSTRALIA – Implementation of Changes to 457 Visa Requirements

Posted on April 24, 2015

After a 457 Visa review committee has made recommendations for changes, Australian authorities have implemented the following changes to the 457 Visa requirements: Applicants who are using 5 years of secondary and/or higher education as proof of their English abilities… Read more »

CHINA – New Procedures for Short-Term Work Permit Under Exit-Entry Law

Posted on April 24, 2015

New procedures are to provide guidelines on how to implement the 90-day work permit rule while under the new exit-entry law and regulations. The procedures are meant to do the following: define the term “short-term work;” specify the requirements for… Read more »

JAPAN – Residence Statuses Reorganized

Posted on April 24, 2015

On 1 April 2015 Japan’s Immigration Bureau introduced some amendments to the Immigration Control Act, partially reorganizing the residence categories available to foreign nationals, with some benefits to highly skilled foreign workers, managers, and entrepreneurs. Business Manager As of 1… Read more »

NEW ZEALAND – Waived Labour Market Testing in Some Instances of Visa Renewal

Posted on April 24, 2015

New Zealand authorities have determined that they will waive labour market testing requirements for companies who are employing foreign nationals that meet the following requirements: The foreign national is renewing his/her temporary work visa under the Essential Skills policy, and… Read more »

MALAYSIA – Updated Document Requirements for Employment and Dependant Pass Applications for MSC Malaysia Status companies at MDeC

Posted on April 16, 2015

Effective April 13 2015, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) has updated its application process and supporting document requirements for Employment and Dependent Pass Applications for Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Status companies. What Has Changed? There are changes to the order… Read more »

NIGERIA – New Visa Policy for Resident Expatriates

Posted on April 16, 2015

Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a new visa policy for resident expatriates that are working in Nigeria. Re-entry visas will no longer be issued to these individuals. Instead, they are expected to hold an endorsed and valid… Read more »

SOUTH AFRICA – BRICS Nationals Receive Long-term Multiple-entry Visas

Posted on April 9, 2015

On February 26, 2015, the Minister of the Department of Home Affairs announced that, effective retroactively on December 23, 2014, business travellers from BRICS countries would be issued long-term, multiple-entry visas. Who Qualifies? This new measure extends to business visitors… Read more »

AUSTRALIA – 457 Sponsors Granted Extended Notification Period

Posted on April 3, 2015

Beginning April 18th, 2015, employers who are sponsoring workers in the Subclass 457 visa category will be given an extended 28 calendar days to report certain status changes to the Australian Government. These changes include the end of the visa… Read more »

INDIA – Mumbai Implements Processes to Prevent Late Applications

Posted on April 3, 2015

Effective immediately, the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Mumbai has determined that new processes shall be imposed in attempts to deter late FRRO registration and visa extension applications. Foreign nationals who do not register within the required 14-day period… Read more »

LUXEMBOURG – Increased Minimum Salary for Local Hires and Intracompany Transferees

Posted on April 3, 2015

The Ministry of Employment in Luxembourg has determined that the new minimum salary level for foreign locally-hired employees and intracompany transferees will be increased to EUR 2,307.56 gross per month. Employers should ensure that they are aware of these changes… Read more »