Benchmarking Report: Australia – Changes and Reforms to Skilled-Immigration Programmes

In a surprise announcement aimed at “putting Australians first,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared in April of this year that the Australian Government will abolish the Subclass 457 Temporary Skilled Work visa and replace it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa that more tightly controls the migration and hiring of skilled foreign workers. To read
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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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BAL Brexit Bulletin July 3, 2017

The following is a roundup of recent developments concerning Brexit negotiations and the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. News Summary The U.K. government released its proposed offer on EU citizens’ rights last week. Given the lukewarm response by the EU’s Brexit negotiator, the talks have a long way to go to bridge the
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Berry Appleman & Leiden announce CIO Vince Dimascio has won the 2017 Bay Area CIO of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO — Berry Appleman & Leiden, one of the country’s largest corporate immigration law firms, today announced that its Chief Information Officer, Vince DiMascio, has been selected as the 2017 Bay Area CIO of the Year for a private company.  The prestigious award is presented annually by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San
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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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BAL Brexit Bulletin May 19, 2017

The following is a roundup of recent developments concerning Brexit negotiations and the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. News Summary European Union leaders have adopted Brexit negotiating plans and indicate they will focus on the rights of EU citizens, the Irish border and U.K. payments to the EU when formal negotiations begin. Voters
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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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Global Trends Report April 2017

Populist sentiments around the world are driving immigration reforms from Australia to the U.K., from the U.S. to New Zealand, and from Singapore to South Africa. In recent months, several countries have unveiled noteworthy changes to their immigration regulations that will affect mobility programs across many industries. BAL’s quarterly newsletter provides HR leaders and mobility
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