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SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

September 15, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on issuing visas, work permits and business contracts to Dutch nationals and Dutch companies. What does the change mean? Applications by Dutch employers and employees will resume, but delays in consular processing are expected. Implementation timeframe: Immediate and ongoing. Visas/permits affected: All visas. Who is...

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Posted in arabia, bal, Business, Companies, dutch, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, saudi, Saudi Arabia, Visas |

SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

September 15, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA: Ban on visas to Dutch nationals lifted

IMPACT – HIGH What is the change? Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on issuing visas, work permits and business contracts to Dutch nationals and Dutch companies. What does the change mean? Applications by Dutch employers and employees will resume, but delays in consular processing are expected. Implementation timeframe: Immediate and ongoing. Visas/permits affected: All visas. Who is...

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Posted in arabia, bal, Business, Companies, dutch, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, saudi, Saudi Arabia, Visas |

AUSTRALIA: SmartGate automatic border processing expanded to all valid ePassports

September 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA: SmartGate automatic border processing expanded to all valid ePassports

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia now recognises all valid ePassports to be eligible to present to its SmartGate automatic border processing system. What does the change mean? Travellers with valid ePassports may process much more quickly through Australia’s international airports. Implementation timeframe: Thechange took effect 1September. Visas/permits affected: All passports considered...

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Posted in appleman, Australia, australia’s, bal, berry, Border, Business, FEM Global Immigration News, Immigration, Valid |

AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

August 22, 2014
AZERBAIJAN: Short-term work permits introduced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Under recent changes, Azerbaijan has introduced short-term work permits for foreign workers. What does the change mean? Foreign nationals may now apply for permits with durations of three or six months. Implementation timeframe: The new permits were introduced in May 2014 although they have not been officially adopted in the...

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Posted in Azerbaijan, bal, Business, FEM Global Immigration News, Foreign, Permits, short, term, Visas, Work |

UNITED KINGDOM: Short-Term Business Visitor Agreement to Be Updated

July 29, 2014

Based on recent discussions between professional bodies and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), it is understood that there are plans for an updated Appendix 4 (short-term business visitor) agreement to be published in the U.K. at the end of August 2014. The update will help clarify the position for employees who spend up to...

Posted in agreement, Business, days, HMRC, Individual, Relief, short, Treaty, United Kingdom |

INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

July 28, 2014
INDONESIA: Government increases fees for visas-on-arrival

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? Indonesia’s Immigration Office has increased the fees on 30-day and seven-day visas-on-arrival (VOAs). What does the change mean? This is a small increase, but an opportunity to remind foreign assignees and business travelers that VOAs do not substitute for work permits or business visas. Implementation timeframe: Immediate and ongoing. Visas/permits affected: 30-day...

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Posted in bal, Business, day, Fees, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, Immigration, Indonesia, Visas, voas |

UNITED KINGDOM: UK to offer 24-hour visa service to Chinese visitors

July 23, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: UK to offer 24-hour visa service to Chinese visitors

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The United Kingdom will begin offering 24-hour “super priority” visas to Chinese nationals. What does the change mean? For a payment of £600, Chinese nationals may receive British travel visas in less than 24 hours. Implementation timeframe: August and ongoing. Visas/permits affected: Business visit and tourist visas. Who is affected: Chinese nationals...

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Posted in bal, british, Business, chinese, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, Nationals, United Kingdom, visa, Visas |

UKRAINE: Visa-free EU regime anticipated

July 14, 2014
UKRAINE: Visa-free EU regime anticipated

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The Council of the European Union has launched the second phase of visa liberalization with Ukraine. What does the change mean? If adopted, the regime will allow visa-free travel between Ukraine and EU states. Implementation timeframe: Adoption is anticipated within the next year. Visas/permits affected: Business and tourist visas. Who is...

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Posted in bal, berry, Business, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, liberalization, Travel, Ukraine, visa |

UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

July 11, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The U.K. is tightening its rules on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas to crack down on abuse. What does the change mean? Tier 4 (Student) and Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa holders will now be restricted from switching in-country into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). Implementation timeframe: July 11. Visas/permits affected: Tier...

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Posted in Apply, bal, Business, entrepreneur, FEM Global Immigration News, genuine, Global, impact, tier, United Kingdom |

UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

July 11, 2014
UNITED KINGDOM: New restrictions placed on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa category

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? The U.K. is tightening its rules on Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visas to crack down on abuse. What does the change mean? Tier 4 (Student) and Tier 1 (Post Study Work) visa holders will now be restricted from switching in-country into Tier 1 (Entrepreneur). Implementation timeframe: July 11. Visas/permits affected: Tier...

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Posted in Apply, bal, Business, entrepreneur, FEM Global Immigration News, genuine, Global, impact, tier, United Kingdom |

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