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GLOBAL: Muslim holiday will delay processing in many countries

September 17, 2014
GLOBAL: Muslim holiday will delay processing in many countries

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Around the beginning of October, countries with majority or large Muslim populations across the Middle East, Africa and Asia will shut down for periods ranging from two to nine days in observance of Eid al-Adha. What does the change mean? Companies and foreign nationals seeking government services...

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Posted in bal, Countries, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, Holiday, Immigration, oct, offices, Permits |

UNITED STATES: October Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Worldwide to advance; EB-2 India remains unchanged

September 10, 2014
UNITED STATES: October Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Worldwide to advance; EB-2 India remains unchanged

The U.S. State Department has released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin. The priority dates for nationals of China in the EB-3 (employment-based third preference) category will advance moderately by five months to April 1, 2009. EB-3 priority dates will also advance by five months for workers from Mexico and the Philippines to Oct. 1,...

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Posted in 2009, 2011, Countries, Dates, eb, FEM Global Immigration News, nov, oct, Priority, United Kingdom |

UNITED STATES: October Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Worldwide to advance; EB-2 India remains unchanged

September 10, 2014
UNITED STATES: October Visa Bulletin: EB-3 China and Worldwide to advance; EB-2 India remains unchanged

The U.S. State Department has released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin. The priority dates for nationals of China in the EB-3 (employment-based third preference) category will advance moderately by five months to April 1, 2009. EB-3 priority dates will also advance by five months for workers from Mexico and the Philippines to Oct. 1,...

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Posted in 2009, 2011, Countries, Dates, eb, FEM Global Immigration News, nov, oct, Priority, United Kingdom |

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: Ebola virus triggers travel and immigration restrictions

September 10, 2014
GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: Ebola virus triggers travel and immigration restrictions

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has prompted numerous national responses affecting travel and immigration rules and procedures around the world. The disease has infected an estimated 3,685 people and claimed 1,841 lives as of Aug. 31, according to the most recent World Health Organization figures. The U.S. Department of...

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Posted in bal, Countries, ebola, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, leone, medical, sierra, Suspended, Travel |

GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: Ebola virus triggers travel and immigration restrictions

September 10, 2014
GLOBAL/UNITED STATES: Ebola virus triggers travel and immigration restrictions

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has prompted numerous national responses affecting travel and immigration rules and procedures around the world. The disease has infected an estimated 3,685 people and claimed 1,841 lives as of Aug. 31, according to the most recent World Health Organization figures. The U.S. Department of...

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Posted in bal, Countries, ebola, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, leone, medical, sierra, Suspended, Travel |

AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

September 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia and Spain have entered a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement. What does the change mean? The agreement provides 500 Work and Holiday Visas for each country per year. Implementation timeframe: The countries have signed an agreement, but an implementation date has not been set. Visas/permits affected: Work and Holiday...

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Posted in Australia, bal, Countries, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, Holiday, Spain, Visas, Work, year |

AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

September 8, 2014
AUSTRALIA/SPAIN: Reciprocal work and holiday visas announced

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Australia and Spain have entered a reciprocal Work and Holiday Visa arrangement. What does the change mean? The agreement provides 500 Work and Holiday Visas for each country per year. Implementation timeframe: The countries have signed an agreement, but an implementation date has not been set. Visas/permits affected: Work and Holiday...

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Posted in Australia, bal, Countries, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, Holiday, Spain, Visas, Work, year |

CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

August 14, 2014
CHINA: New polio inspections now required for certain travelers

IMPACT – LOW What is the change? China has implemented polio inspections for travelers from nine countries. What does the change mean? Travelers entering China from any of the specified countries, regardless of nationality, may be subject to on-the-spot checks for polio. Implementation timeframe: The public announcement took effect Aug. 1 and the policy will remain in effect for one...

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Posted in appleman, bal, berry, China, Countries, FEM Global Immigration News, Global, polio, travelers |

UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

August 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

In September, the priority date cut-off for EB-2 India will advance by more than three months, to May 1, 2009, but could be retrogressed as early as November 2014. EB-3 Philippines will advance by ten months, to April 1, 2011. No other backlogged employment-based immigrant visa categories will advance in September. According to the...

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Posted in 2011, 2014, Advance, April, Countries, eb, FEM Global Immigration News, India, september, United States |

UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

August 13, 2014
UNITED STATES: September 2014 Visa Bulletin: Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

In September, the priority date cut-off for EB-2 India will advance by more than three months, to May 1, 2009, but could be retrogressed as early as November 2014. EB-3 Philippines will advance by ten months, to April 1, 2011. No other backlogged employment-based immigrant visa categories will advance in September. According to the...

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Posted in 2011, 2014, Advance, April, Countries, eb, FEM Global Immigration News, India, september, United States |

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