Entries for 2012
PORTUGAL - Directives Bring Modifications to Visas, Residence Permits
August 28, 2012 - The following EU directives will be implemented in Portugal on Sept. 8, 2012, with the implementation of Law 29/2012:
PORTUGAL - Implementation of EU Blue Card Directive Announced
August 28, 2012 - Portuguese authorities have taken preliminary steps to implement EU Directive 2009/50/CE, establishing the Blue Card permit for highly skilled foreign nationals. Law 29/2012 is slated to come into force on Sept. 8, 2012. The la...
BRAZIL - Temporary Work Visas Eligible for Permanent Status After Two Years
August 28, 2012 - Foreign nationals may now apply for permanent status under a Vitem V Work Contract Visa (NR 80) after two years. Prior law required foreign nationals to live and work in Brazil for four years under this temporary work visa before th...
United States - Office of Special Counsel Provides Guidance on Pre-Employment Inquiries
August 27, 2012 - Last week, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a letter cautioning against asking job applicants to specify citizenship and immigration status at the application stage. The ...
AUSTRALIA - New Bill Proposes Tougher Penalties for Illegal Employment of Foreign Nationals
August 23, 2012 - A new bill is expected to be introduced into Parliament by the end of 2012, bringing with it significant penalties for employing foreign nationals without proper work permission. The Department of Immigration & Citizenship relea...
FRANCE - Centralized Processing Extended to Additional Regions
August 21, 2012 - Aiming to provide a four- to six-week turnaround, the OFII (Office Français de l'Immigration et de l'Intégration) now offers centralized processing in certain regions for the European Blue Card, the “Skills and Talents” permit and t...
FRANCE - Legalized Documents Required for French Medical Cards
August 21, 2012 - Birth certificates and marriage certificates (when applicable) must be legalized or apostilled when submitted with an application for a French medical card (Carte Vitale). If the documents are not in a multilingual format with Frenc...
FRANCE - Minimum Salary Increases Announced
August 21, 2012 - Foreign nationals seeking to work under the Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit must now be paid a gross monthly salary is €2,137.91. Additionally, regardless of their work permit category, foreign nationals must earn a gross monthly...
UNITED STATES - CBP No Longer Stamping I-20 at Ports of Entry
August 17, 2012 - NAFSA: According to the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer stamp Form I-20 at ports of entry. Students may feel the impact of this move since some agencies, in...
UNITED STATES - US Customs and Border Protection to Automate Nonimmigrant Arrival Records and Eliminate Form I-94
August 14, 2012 - Citing the need to streamline operations, reduce errors and lower associated costs, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced plans to eliminate Form I-94, the Arrival-Departure Record, and transition to an aut...