India - FRRO Biometric & Eye scan Implementation in Pune

27 Mar 2017
With Immediate Effect, Foreign nationals submitting various immigration applications at the Foreigners' Registration Office (FRO) in Pune must complete bio-metric formalities.
Currently this process has been implemented in Pune and the same will be implemented in other FRRO offices in phases.

Fingerprints & Eye Scans will be collected from foreign nationals submitting in-country immigration applications such as registrations and visa extensions, to name a few.
This is in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs' efforts to maintain updated records of foreign nationals and enhance overall security within the Indian immigration environment.
Foreign nationals can expect to spend more time at the FRO due to this new administrative requirement when submitting in-country immigration applications in Pune.
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Israel Short-Term (B-1) Work Permit Applications Rejected for In-Country

The Ministry of Interior announced that short-term (SEA B-1 Work Visas) work visa applications  for B-2 Visitor Visa holders already in Israel will be rejected automatically without refunding government submission fees.  
B-2 visa holders already in Israel who seek to apply for an SEA visa should depart Israel and have their sponsor apply for the visa while they are abroad.
It is always advisable to apply B1 visa while the applicant is outof Israel.
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Canada - Reminder: Visa-Exempt Nationals to Require Electronic Travel Authorization On or After September 29, 2016

August 30, 2016
On or after September 30, 2016, visa-exempt nationals who plan to enter or exit and re-enter Canada by air must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to boarding a flight to Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian Temporary Resident Visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.
Visa-exempt nationals who plan to enter or exit and re-enter Canada by air will be able to board their flight and enter Canada as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport, until September 29, 2016.
Online applications for the eTA and a full list of visa-exempt nationals is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
What This Means for Foreign Nationals Affected foreign nationals should obtain an eTA by the deadline. 
This alert is for informational purposes only.

Switzerland - Third Quarter Quotas Exhausted

August 30, 2016
The third-quarter quotas for L- and B-Permits for European Union nationals on assignment lasting more than four months have been exhausted. Employers who wish to send EU nationals on assignment to Switzerland will need to wait until October 1, 2016, when fourth-quarter quotas become available.
Because some cantons allowed EU nationals to start their assignments prior to the release of the quota numbers for the third quarter of 2016, many L- and B-Permits were claimed prior to the announcement. 
Work permit quotas apply to first-time applicants and those converting an L-Permit into a B-Permit only. Applicants renewing their L- or B-Permits are not subject to quotas. 
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals 
Employers should plan their foreign employees' assignments in advance to avoid rejections due to quota exhaustion. Employers assigning EU nationals to Switzerland should check with the canton where they will file their work permit application to …

Saudi Arabia - Labor Market Testing Now Required for Work Authorization Process

August 30, 2016
Employers in the private sector must complete a labor market test to obtain block visas, effective immediately. The new requirement is expected to complicate and add several weeks to the overall work authorization process. Obtaining a block visa is the first stage of the work authorization process, and is mandatory for all employers seeking to hire foreign nationals in Saudi Arabia.
Labor Market Test Process
Employers must post job opening advertisements for positions to be filled by foreign workers on the Human Resources Development Fund's electronic system, called Taqat, which is linked to the Ministry of Labour and Social Development's online portal. Employers will likely be required to conduct job interviews of minimally qualified candidates who respond to the posting to prove the employer's efforts to find suitable local workers. 
The Ministry of Labour will adjudicate block visa requests if the employer demonstrates that no suitable local candidate was fo…

United States - USCIS Proposes Parole Program for Foreign Entrepreneurs

A new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposal would create a mechanism to allow up to five years of temporary stay, on a case-by-case basis, for qualifying foreign entrepreneurs who establish a U.S. start-up entity that has substantial U.S. investment and the potential for rapid growth and job creation. The proposed regulation is expected to be published in the Federal Register on August 31.

The long-awaited proposed regulation was first announced in November 2014 as part of President Obama's planned executive actions to encourage innovation and support U.S. high-skill businesses and workers . The purpose of the program is to fill a gap in the U.S. immigration system and allow promising foreign entrepreneurs who might not meet the eligibility criteria of existing visa programs to remain in the United States to grow their businesses and make contributions to the U.S. economy.
However, the program would not provide an immigration status to approved applicants. Rather, quali…

Brazil - Visa Processing and Document Legalization to be Delayed Due to Public Worker Strike

August 25, 2016
A strike by Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) workers will result in delayed visa processing and document legalization procedures, both in Brazil and at many consulates worldwide.
In Brazil, local document legalization procedures and the transmission of visa pre-approvals to consular posts will be subject to delays, due to reduced personnel. 
The MFA Union's website lists the following consulates as participating in the strike: Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford, San Francisco, United States;Berne and Geneva, Switzerland;Berlin, GermanyLondon, England;Santiago, Chile;Shanghai, China;Quito, Ecuador.
Overseas, it is within each individual consular post's discretion whether to participate in the strike. Additional posts could join in the strike at any time.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Immigration processing will likely remain fluid until the strike ends.At this time, there is no indication how long the strike will last. It could expand to worker…