BAL Backgrounder: Updated Contingency planning for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Just weeks away from the United Kingdom’s scheduled withdrawal from the European Union, the British Parliament is no closer to a withdrawal deal, and the status of Brexit remains in flux. In preparation, governments around Europe are working within their legislative frameworks to update their contingency plans and address the rights of U.K. citizens in
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BAL Backgrounder: Planning for a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit

On Tuesday, January 15, the British Parliament rejected the government’s Brexit plan by a vote of 432-202, creating political uncertainty just 10 weeks before the U.K.is set to withdraw from the European Union on March 29. While the Parliament continues to debate next steps and possible options—such as voting on a new withdrawal agreement, revoking
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Backgrounder: BAL’s latest information on the EU’s posted worker directive

Many countries throughout the European Union continue to implement new regulations to move into compliance with a directive aimed at enforcing EU rules on posted workers. The changes have significant impacts on mobility programs and have led to new notification and documentation-retention requirements for companies sending service providers to EU countries. EU member countries have
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Backgrounder: United Kingdom – Migration Advisory Committee’s Call for Evidence on Brexit & EEA Migration

What’s at stake for companies when it comes to Brexit?  The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has been commissioned by the government to advise on the social and economic impact of Brexit. The MAC relies on companies, like yours, to support its research in order to give a full and representative picture of the effect of
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Backgrounder: Canada’s Global Skills Strategy – What Employers Should Know

On June 12, Canada launched its Global Skills Strategy, a three-pronged plan to attract high-skilled foreign talent in certain professional roles by providing a faster and more predictable process for qualifying companies and employees. The program comprises three parts: Short-term work permit exemptions. Two-week work permit processing. Global Talent Stream, Category A and Category B.
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Backgrounder: What the June 8 General U.K. Election means for Brexit and Immigration Policy

The U.K. election shocked the political establishment and left the government without a ruling majority, creating uncertainty as the government begins negotiations to exit the European Union. While the impact on Brexit negotiations will become clearer in coming weeks and months, it appears that Prime Minister Theresa May’s loss of a parliamentary majority means that
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Backgrounder: South Korea: Changes to Business Travel and Short Term Work

In the first quarter of 2017, South Korean immigration authorities made several policy changes that affect business travel and short-term work assignments. The changes clarify appropriate visa usage for short-term business travelers and more clearly define permitted business activities. They affect visa-required nationals as well as visa-waived nationals, creating new considerations for U.S. and Japanese
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Backgrounder: Nigeria: Immigration Regulations 2017

Nigeria has issued Immigration Regulations 2017, the biggest overhaul in 50 years to the country’s immigration rules. The regulations provide a legal framework for implementing the Immigration Act of 2015 and aim to bring Nigeria’s immigration system up to date with current geopolitical issues that range from fostering business and investment to combatting trafficking and
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Backgrounder: South Africa: Significant Immigration Changes on the Horizon

The South African Department of Home Affairs has announced that it will present a White Paper on immigration to the Cabinet this month that proposes to overhaul South Africa’s immigration priorities and usher in significant changes to the country’s immigration system. The White Paper is expected to introduce a points-based system for work permits, new
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