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VENEZUELA/UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – American travelers no longer visa-exempt

VENEZUELA/UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – American travelers no longer vi...

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IMPACT – LOW  What is the change? Venezuela is no longer extending visa-exempt status to American visitors and will reduce the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. What does the change mean? American...

BELGIUM (March 4, 2015) – ‘Foreigners’ tax’ takes effect for residence permits and D visas

BELGIUM (March 4, 2015) – ‘Foreigners’ tax’ takes effect for residence perm...

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IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? New government administrative fees, popularly known as the foreigners tax, have taken effect in Belgium. What does the change mean? Foreigners are now subject to the...

UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Obama signs DHS funding bill

UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Obama signs DHS funding bill

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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through September, ending the possibility of the agencys partial closure for this fiscal year. The...

UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Mandatory E-Verify legislation passes House Judiciary Committee

UNITED STATES (March 4, 2015) – Mandatory E-Verify legislation passes House...

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A bill that would require all U.S. employers to participate in the E-Verify program was approved Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation faces strong opposition from Democrats who argue...

GERMANY (March 3, 2015) – Academic enrollment certificate copies now accepted for internship applications

GERMANY (March 3, 2015) – Academic enrollment certificate copies now accept...

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IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Students applying for internship work placement can now do so with a copy of their college or university enrollment certificate rather than the original. What does the...

CANADA (March 3, 2015) – Soon-to-expire 4-year limit on LMIA-based work per...

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IMPACT – LOW What is the change? A four-year time limit on certain lower-skilled foreign workers will expire on April 1. What does the change mean? The April 1 expiration date does not affect companies...

India: Tourist Visa on Arrival to be Extended to 150 Countries in Phases

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Following the earlier expansion of the Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA), the program will be further extended to a total of 150 countries in phases during current fiscal year, according to an announcement...

Belgium: Additional Fees, Electronic Payment Process Implemented for Residence Permit and Visa D Applications

Belgium: Additional Fees, Electronic Payment Process Implemented for Reside...

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Effective immediately, certain residence permit and visa D applicants are subject to an additional administrative fee ranging from EUR 60 to 215 per application, regardless of whether the application was...

UNITED STATES (March 2, 2015) – House measure funds DHS for another week

UNITED STATES (March 2, 2015) – House measure funds DHS for another week

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A shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security was averted late Friday night when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a compromise measure that will fund the agency until midnight Friday. Congress...

HONG KONG (Feb. 27, 2015) – Immigration improvements planned for coming months

HONG KONG (Feb. 27, 2015) – Immigration improvements planned for coming mon...

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IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? A series of proposed immigration improvements benefiting foreign workers in several categories are planned to take effect in the coming months. What does the change...

UKRAINE (Feb. 27, 2015) – Accreditation card processing suspended for some Russian, foreign nationals

UKRAINE (Feb. 27, 2015) – Accreditation card processing suspended for some...

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IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The Ministry of Economic Development has suspended processing of accreditation cards for Russian nationals who are invited to work in a foreign company’s Ukrainian representative...

UNITED STATES (Feb. 27, 2015) – DHS faces possible shutdown

UNITED STATES (Feb. 27, 2015) – DHS faces possible shutdown

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The Department of Homeland Security faced the likelihood of a partial shutdown Friday, after the House of Representatives voted down a bill to keep the agency running for three weeks. Funding for DHS expires...

United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

United States: Congress Passes Stopgap Measure to Fund DHS through March 6

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A partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been temporarily averted with votes in both the House and Senate to extend funding for the agency for one week, until March 6. Congress...

Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

Bermuda: New Work Permit Policies Bring Faster Processing and New Programs

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Bermuda has adopted new work permit policies that will take effect March 1, 2015. Key changes include a more streamlined and faster work permit application process for long- and short-term work, new short-term...

SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Work Permit levies in all sectors

SINGAPORE (Feb. 26, 2015) – Government to defer increases in S Pass and Wor...

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IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Singaporean government announced in its 2015 budget that it will defer proposed hikes in the monthly levies for Work Permits and S Passes until 2016 for all sectors...

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