Foster LLP

600 Travis Street Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77002-2911, United States

Contact: Steve Stasny, Manager, Client Relations

BRAZIL - REQUIREMENTS FOR PROOF OF WORK EXPERIENCE SIMPLIFIED

The Brazilian Ministry of Labor and Employment has published new orders simplifying the requirements for proof of minimum work experience. Previously, only a legalized letter directly from the former employer was deemed…more
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EB-2 INDIA AND CHINA CUT-OFF DATES ADVANCE SIGNIFICANTLY IN MARCH

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for March 2015, announcing significant advances in visa availability under the EB-2 preference category for applicants born in India and China…more
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MALAYSIA – NEW DEPENDENT PASS REQUIREMENT AND POTENTIAL DELAYS IN EMPLOYMENT PASS ADJUDICATION

A higher salary threshold has been set for Employment Pass (EP) holders employed by Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) registered companies who wish to sponsor Dependent Passes…more
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COLOMBIA – MERCOSUR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE VISA (TP-15) NOW AVAILABLE TO NON-MERCOSUR DEPENDENTS

Mercosur is a South American customs union and trading block which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela as full members; Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as associate members; and Guyana and…more
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EB-2 INDIA AND EB-3 CHINA CUT-OFF DATES ADVANCE SIGNIFICANTLY IN FEBRUARY – FURTHER ADVANCES LIKELY IN COMING MONTHS

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for February 2015, announcing significant advances in visa availability under the EB-2 preference category for applicants born in India, the EB-3 preference…more
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H-1B SEASON IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING – PLAN NOW FOR FILING NEW H-1B PETITIONS ON APRIL 1, 2015

In less than three months, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new…more
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CHINA - NEW CLARIFICATION REGARDING AUTHORIZED WORK ACTIVITIES DURING SHORT-TERM VISITS

China has implemented new regulations, effective January 1, 2015, which clarify the types of short-term activities that may be performed without obtaining work authorization and a work visa. The new regulations should enable…more
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PHILIPPINES - ANNUAL IN-PERSON REPORTING REQUIREMENT FOR ALL REGISTERED ALIENS

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the Philippines requires that all registered aliens make an in-person reporting appearance to the BI office with jurisdiction over their residence within the first sixty (60)…more
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NETHERLANDS - NEW MINIMUM SALARY REQUIREMENTS FOR 2015

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Dutch immigration authorities will impose new annual minimum salary levels for recent Dutch university graduates, Highly Skilled Migrants, and EU Blue Card applicants…more
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VIETNAM – INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFERS ELIGIBLE FOR WORK PERMIT EXEMPTION

Effective December 22, 2014, intra-company transferees to Vietnam may qualify for an exemption to the normal work permit requirements. This exemption is limited to individuals working for entities in eleven targeted service…more
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CANADA RELEASES EXPRESS ENTRY PERMANENT RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has released an Express Entry Permanent Residence program, which will become effective January 1, 2015. Under the new program, it is anticipated that selected Permanent Residence applications…more
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TURKEY: NEW 60-DAY PASSPORT VALIDITY RULE

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Turkish Ministry of Labor will begin executing provisions from The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Law No. 6458, which sets additional restrictions on in-country visa applications…more
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DOL TO STUDY WAYS TO IMPROVE PERM LABOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Pursuant to President Obama’s executive action announced on November 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that the department will review the department’s PERM labor certification program in order to find…more
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BELGIUM: SALARY THRESHOLDS INCREASING IN 2015 FOR FAST-TRACK WORK PERMIT B AND BLUE CARD APPLICATIONS

The Belgian Ministry of Employment has increased the minimum salary required for both the Fast-track Work Permit B and the European (EU) Blue Card. The EU Blue Card is a work and residence permit for highly skilled non-EU…more
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INDIA – U.S. Citizens Now Eligible for Tourist Visas on Arrival

In response to the recent increase in Indian visa applications and associated backlogs and delays at Indian consulates across the U.S., U.S. citizens are now eligible to obtain visas on arrival for travel to India as tourists…more
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