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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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SWITZERLAND - Work Permit Quota Numbers to be Reduced in 2015

Beginning January 1, 2015, and pursuant to a recent amendment to the Swiss Ordinance on Admission, Stay, and Employment (OASA), the number of Swiss work and residence permits available to foreign nationals will be reduced in…more
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RUSSIA – Fingerprint Submission Now Required for Certain Visa Applicants

Beginning December 10, 2014, all visa applicants at Russian consular posts in the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Myanmar, and Namibia will be required to have their fingerprints taken as part of the visa application process. The…more
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MOZAMBIQUE – Some Embassies Now Requiring Pre-Approval of Visa Applications

Certain Mozambique embassies and consulates now require pre-approval of visa applications by the Mozambique Immigration Services in Maputo, Mozambique before issuing an entry visa. Embassies taking part in the program estimate…more
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SOUTH AFRICA UPDATE: Quota Work Permit Holders May Now Submit Required Annual Reports Electronically

The South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has changed the procedure for the submission of annual reporting for Quota Work Permit holders. Effective immediately, all Quota Work Permit holders that are required to submit…more
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AUSTRALIA VISA UPDATE: New 6-Month Validity Period for Subclass 400 Temporary Work Visas

The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has issued new regulations effective November 23, 2014, extending the maximum period of stay for the Subclass 400 Temporary Work (Short-Stay Activity) visa to six…more
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PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO BENEFIT EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRANTS & ENTREPRENEURS

In conjunction with the exercise of President Obama’s executive authority to improve the way our immigration system functions while waiting for a more comprehensive immigration reform bill from Congress, the President has…more
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MILLIONS OF UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS AND FAMILIES TO BENEFIT FROM EXERCISE OF PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he will exercise his executive authority to remove the threat of deportation of those undocumented immigrants who have been in the United States for at least five…more
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TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) FOR LIBERIA, GUINEA, AND SIERRA LEONE

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Citizens and nationals of these countries who…more
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PRESIDENT OBAMA SET TO ANNOUNCE EXERCISE OF EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, President Obama released a video confirming that he will announce his plan to exercise his executive authority to implement immigration solutions within his executive authority. Many expect him…more
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U.S. BUSINESS, TOURIST AND STUDENT VISAS INCREASE TO 10-YEAR VALIDITY FOR CHINESE CITIZENS

Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of State has implemented new visa reciprocity schedule changes allowing for the issuance of 10-year business, tourist, and student visas to Chinese citizens. The affected visa…more
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ESTA ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM FOR VISA WAIVER PROGRAM ADDS NEW DATA FIELDS

In an effort to improve and expand the information available to evaluate the security risk of potential Visa Waiver Program travelers, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced the addition of new, required data fields…more
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