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Middle East: Reduced Working Hours during the Month of Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan (27.05. - 25.06.2017) all companies and government offices  (including embassies and consulates) have shorter working hours. Please expect delays in regards to Immigration...

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South Korea: Revised Rules for Frequent Travelers

Effective March 01st, 2017, the Korean government is shuttering the Frequent Traveler visa waiver path. Non-visa-waiver nationals who had traveled to South Korea at least four times in the immeditaley preceding two years, or for...

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USA Immigration: Impact of New decree (effective March, 16th ,2017)

Its our pleasure to keep you updated on the new immigration regulations in the US. What is going to change due to the new decree (effective March, 16th, 2017)? We`re looking forward to your call under phone: +49 69...

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UTS Germany: Happy new year!

UTS Germany wishes you a happy new year. We`re looking Forward to supporting you in 2017. Kind regards, Your UTS Service Team

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Singapore: Minimum Salary raised for Employment Pass

Effective January 1, 2017, to qualify for an Employment Pass (EP) the candidate must earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of SDG 3,600.00 (formerly SGD 3,300.00) and meet other criteria such as qualifications and...

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Brazil: Customs started indefinite strike on 14.07.2016

Due to the indefinite strike of the Brazilian customs workers we expect some delays in clearance process. According to the information published so far, customs clearance will only be done on three days per week. In case of...

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Switzerland: Free Movement for Bulgarian and Romanian Citizens

Beginning June 1, 2016, the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (FMPA) will be fully in force for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU2); this means that these countries will no longer have any transitional restrictions regarding...

Source: Branchen News

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Turkey: Personal Documents Must Now Be Legalized

Effective February 16, 2016 personal documents such as Marriage Certificates, Birth Certificate, and Criminal Record Certificates must be appostilled/legalized by the issuing country and a copy is to be submitted for new and...

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East coast USA: Delayed shipping departures

Due to the expected snow storm there are delays in the shipping departures at the east coast. There might be also delays in the air traffice as many flights have been cancelled. Therefore scheduled air freight shipments...

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Shanghai: Extended Processing time for work permit applications

The Shanghai labour bureau announced that up from 11th  January 2016, the processing time for work permit applications will be prolonged  to 5 working days. Please take this into consideration when planning your...

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Japan: Port and customs authorities closed due to National holiday

Due to national Holiday all port and customs authorities in Japan are closed from 28.12.2015 – 04.01.2016. In case of quesitons please contact your UTS Global Move Team in Frankfurt via phone +49 69 2445049-10.

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Germany: Public holidays of Embassies during December

The following embassies / consulates are closed during December due to public Holiday: 08.12.2015: Usbekistan (Frankfurt) 09.12.2015 - 14.12.2015: Taiwan (Munich) 10.12.2015: Thailand (Frankfurt) 14.12.2015 - 06.01.2016:...

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China: Deregistration Required for All Expired or Inactive Work Permits

On November 13, 2015, the Beijing Labor Bureau announced plans to migrate to a new system in the near future. In anticipation of the new system and to update the labor bureau records, corporations are required to complete...

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Switzerland: Work Permit Quotas Announced for 2016

The Federal Council of Switzerland announced quotas for new work permit applications submitted during the 2016 calendar year. Although a majority of Swiss Cantons and social partners were in favor of increasing the quotas, the...

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Portugal: Pre - Alert of strike at Lisbon port

The port will cease operations from Saturday November 14th to Tuesday November 24th 2015.  The Strike will not affect Port of Leixoes and Sines but delays should be expected in these ports given the...

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Germany: Introduction of Tax Id number for applying Child Benfits

The tax ID number will be a prerequisite for applying cheld benefits up from 01.01.2016. You find all relevant questions and answers on the Website of the German Federal Gerenal Tax Office (BZSt) (only available in...

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United Arab Emirates: Original Documents Required

Effective November 15, 2015, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) announced that all visa applicants must now submit original documents only for scanning at typing centers. Previously photocopies of...

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Shanghai - Short-Term M/L Visas Can No Longer Be Renewed

Effective immediately travelers who enter China holding a short-term (less than thirty (30) days) M or L visa will no longer be able to renew their visa in Shanghai. This regulation will not affect long-term M or L visa holders....

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Beijing - HR Presence Required for Work Permit De-registration

Effective immediately the Beijing Labor Bureau has announced a new regulation on registration for Alien Employment License (AEL) and de-registration for Work Permit (WP). Both AEL registration and WP de-registration will...

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Germany: Introduction of Lessor certificate up from 01.11.2015

Up from 01.11.2015 all Lessors have to certify the move in and move out of their tenants. The introduction of so called "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung" which was eliminated 10 years ago brings along bureaucratic...

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USA – USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 on April 1, 2016

The filing period for new H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (or H-1B cap) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 will begin on Friday, April 1, 2016. Cap-subject H-1B petitions will have an employment start date of...

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Morocco - New Requirement for Residence Permit Renewal

Recently, police authorities have increased control over documents being submitted for Residence Permit renewal applications. Applicants must now have a lease contract that is valid for at least six (6) months on the day of the...

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China: National holidays in October

There are national Holidays from 01st - 07th October in China  celebrating the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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Europe: serious delays in the frame of household shipments to be expected

Due to the increasing wave of refugees serious delays in clearing or transiting of goods can be expected. At many borders there are delays due to closures, increased inspections or greater traffic. Please contact...

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Germany: Delays at Immigration Offices in Major Cities

Due to the current rise in refugees seeking asylum in Europe foreign employees, in particular Visa Nationals, traveling to Germany can expect delays for processing resident permit applications and obtaining appointments at German...

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Australia: Visa Labels Will No Longer Be Issued

Effective September 1, 2015, Australian Visa labels will no longer be issued in the majority of cases. Previously, while many visas were issued label free, some passport holders were required to have visa evidence in their...

Source: Branchen News

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China: Pre-Information National holidays

Due to the chinese national holidays  from 01st - 07th October 2015 there might be delays in regards to the customs clearance of sea shipments. This refers to shipments with Arrival date from 14th September - 07th...

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Brazil: Delays in sea freight handling due to strikes

Currently there are delays in sea freight handling due to strikes in the ports of Santos and Rio de Janeiro. We keep you updated and are happy to answer any questions you have. Your UTS Service Team in Frankfurt

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Canada: Changes to Visa Requirements for Entry to Canada

Effective August 1, 2015, persons coming from the United States for immigration interviews at a U.S. consulate in Canada will be required to obtain a visa to enter Canada, unless they are otherwise...

Source: Branchen News

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Indonesia: New Regulations for Foreign Workers

Effective June 29, 2015, the Ministry of Manpower has made changes to procedures and requirements for hiring expatriates in Indonesia. In addition, changes have also been made to the allowable activities conducted as a business...

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USA: Postponements due to technical problems

The US consulates in Germany still face technical problems wich have impact on the visa interviews. All applications who scheduled an interview for the 07th or 10th August have to postpone the appoinment. This applies for the...

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Russia: Penalties for Non-Compliance Defined

Effective June 30, 2015, Russian Federal Law N199-FZ has defined non-compliance penalties for foreign nationals who are found to be carrying out productive work and activities that do not match the terms defined by their current...

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Malaysia: New Employment Pass Category (EPIII)

Effective July 15, 2015, the Expatriate Services Division in Malaysia has announced the implementation of a new category of Employment Pass (EP) referred to as "EPIII". This Employment Pass has a lower monthly salary...

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Singapore: Changes to Employment Pass Application Process

Effective October 1, 2015, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced a number of changes to the Employment Pass application process, particularly in regards to the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) to ensure Singaporeans are...

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Vietnam: Visa Free Entry For Certain Nationalities

Beginning on July 1, 2015 Vietnam will offer visa exemptions for single-entry visits of up to fifteen (15) days for visitors from Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain starting July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2016. Previously,...

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Germany: Unlimited access to labour market for croatians up from 01st July 2015

Up from 01st July 2015 croatian employees have unlimited access to the German labour market. In addition to that, croatian companies are allowed to assign their employees to Germany. This has been officially confirmed by the...

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USA: technical issues with visa processing system almost resolved

Today we want to give you an update on the visa application issues of the US consulates. According to the Department of States the technical issues have been almost resolved. The responsible consulates in Germany (Frankfurt,...

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USA: Visa processing system - still technical issues

Due to the continuing technical issues of the visa processing system there are worldwide delays in the visa processing and issuance. Update and recommendation of the german US consulates: Applicants who submitted...

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Indonesia: Visa-free entry for German citizens

The Representation of the republic of Indonesia in Berlin announced that up from now German tourists and Business travellers do not Need a visa for a stay up to 30 days (with no possibility to prolong the length of...

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United Kingdom: NON EU migrant visa changes planned

Prospects for businesses that use skilled migrant workers took a double hit last week, as Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to limit immigration and the UK hit its ceiling for skilled non-EU working visas for the first...

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United Kingdom: Tier 2 General Visa Quota Exceeded

This June, for the first time since its introduction, the monthly quota for non-EEA nationals sponsored under the Tier 2 General Visa Category has been exceeded.  Restricted Tier 2 General Visa applicants are...

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Australia: Visa application charges to increase up from 01st July 2015

Following the 2015-2016 Federal Budget, there will be an increase in certain visa application charges (VACs) which will come into effect on July 1, 2015. VACs will increase ranging from 2.3% to 50% depending on the visa category.

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Germany: New law for Protection against excessive rents

A new law has been passed which regulates protection against excessive rents in Germany. Together with another new Regulation in regards to the realtors fee, the law comes effective up from today, 01st June 2015.

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Agreement between Germany and the Philippines

After several years of collaboration between the German and Philippine governments on a joint social security agreement, the upper and lower houses of the German parliament have now approved the scheme. The agreement on mutual...

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Egypt: changes to entry requirements starting mid-May

Since May 15, 2015, consular visas have been required when applying for business or tourist visas to enter Egypt. All travelers must be in possession of a visa from the appropriate Egyptian embassy or consulate before starting...

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Malaysia: New MYXpats Centre to open in June 2015

The Immigration Department of Malaysia has set up a new processing centre referred to as the “Malaysia Expatriate Talent Service Centre” or MYXpats Centre to provide Employment Pass (EP) application services. The centre is...

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Bremerhaven: Time delays in shipping traffic due to accident

A serious work accident occured in the Container terminal in the port of Bremerhaven. Therefore there a delays in the shipping traffic. Some ships are rerouted to the new deep sea port of Wilhelmshaven. Please contact us...

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South Africa: New Rule for Minors Traveling to and from South Africa

Effective June 1, 2015, Unabridged Birth Certificates (long-form) will be required for all children under the age of eighteen (18) traveling in and out of South Africa, including South African Nationals. Contact us for...

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Singapore: Online Application Submission Required

Beginning June 1, 2015, applications for most work pass types must be submitted online to the Ministry of Manpower via the Work Permit Online (WPOL)/ Employment Pass Online (EPOL). Prior to the forthcoming change, applications...

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Switzerland: Second-quarter L-Permit quotas for EU nationals exhausted

Switzerland has exhausted second-quarter L permit quotas for EU nationals. Employees looking to hire EU nationals on a shortterm basis should follow procedures established in their canton on what to do next. ...

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Australia: More Subclass 457 Visa Requirements Eased

Foreign nationals applying for subclass 457 visas are now subject to a lower minimum salary level to be eligible for a market salary rate exemption and a more flexible English language proficiency requirement, according to...

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Malaysia: Change of Submission process online applications: checklists available

As announced earlier, the submission process for employment pass application has changed up from 13th April 2015. The checklists with all additional application documents are now available. Please contact us - we are happy to...

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UK introduces Health Surcharge

From 6 April 2015, all nationals from outside of Europe, including South Korean nationals, coming to live in the UK for longer than six months will be required to pay a ‘health surcharge’ in order to gain access to the UK’s...

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Indonesia: Planned Replacement of Online Portal Causes Visa Application Delays

The upcoming replacement of the old online visa pre-approval application system with a new system may result in start date delays, as companies that have not yet received a new login identification number under the new system...

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China: New Z visa does not invalidate existing 10-year business, tourist, study visas

What is the change? The issuance of a new Z visa or residence visa does not automatically void a previously issued valid 10-year business (M), tourist (L) or study (F) visa. What does the change mean? Foreign...

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Russia: Employers must file HQS salary notifications by April 30th 2015

Employers must report the first quarter salaries of highly qualified specialists no later than April 30th 2015. Background: April 30 is the deadline for companies to report salaries paid to foreign highly qualified specialists...

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Malaysia: Revised Document List and Submission Process for Employment Pass Applications

Employment Pass applicants sponsored by MSC Malaysia status companies will be required to submit additional application documents online, according to an announcement by the Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd...

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China: new proof requirement for business visa applications filed in UK

China has suddenly added a new application requirement for Chinese business visas filed in the U.K. All business visa applications must include copies of identification of the host in China who...

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Romania: Mandatory Criminal Record Certificate for Companies Filing Work Permit Applications

As part of a recent government ordinance adopted by the Romanian Government, companies filing for work permits must prove they have a clear criminal record before applying for work authorization for Non-EU Nationals. Companies...

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USA: Increasing visa fees

The visa fees for US Nonimmigrant visa have been increased for the second time this year. This is because of the recent Euro-Dollar-Exchange rate. With a rate of 1,0592 the Euro has the lowest value since january 2003. This...

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Russia: New law changes salary rules for foreign highly qualified specialists

What is the change? Under a new law that just passed the State Duma, foreign highly qualified specialists must be paid minimum salaries that conform to a monthly schedule, rather than a yearly cumulative total. What...

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Germany: rules for realtor fee changes

From 1 June 2015 the law on regulating housing will be applied.

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Thailand: Business Visitors’ Permissible Activities Expanded

The Employment Department of Thailand has expanded the list of permissible business activities to include attending business meetings, conferences, seminars or board meetings, among other activities that previously required work...

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UK: Significant Changes to several visa Categories

Significant Changes to Skilled Worker and Tier 1 Entrepreneur and Investor Categories The Home Office has announced several changes to the UK’s Immigration Rules which will take effect April 6, 2015, including a higher minimum...

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USA: H-1B Visa: New Application Round Starts on April 1st 2015

As of the 1st of April, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be accepting H-1B applications. All U.S. employers that intend to employ foreign workers with an H-1B visa should prepare the necessary H-1B petitions...

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USA: H-4 visa work permit for spouses of H-1B visa holders

Since 2013 it was discussed if spouses of H-1B visa holders get an own (General) work permit ; the so called Employment Authorization Document, EAD). Until now it was not possible for spouses with a H-4 Status to...

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United Kingdom: Biometric Residence Permits Introduced for Non-EU/EEA/Swiss Applicants Abroad

In March 2015, the UK Home Office will start issuing Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) to non-EEA/Swiss nationals who apply from abroad for a UK visa with validity of more than 6 months. This new procedure will be implemented in...

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Cost of Living Index 2015 published

Numbeo, an online crowd-sourced global database, published the Cost of Living Index 2015. The information is based on a comparison of the prices of daily essentials such as groceries, housing and transportation. The list of 119...

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Ukraine: work permit application process simplified

Work permit applicants in the Ukraine, including eligible applicants in some technology sectors and certain graduates from top schools, will see several amendments to the application process, according to a regulation that is...

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EU Blue Card

Results of an annual study and adjustment options

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Switzerland: First Quarter Quota for EU Nationals Exhausted

The quota for EU nationals on assignment in Switzerland has been exhausted for the first quarter of 2015. Work permit applications filed after February 1, 2015 may be rejected in some cantons, while other cantons may process...

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Romania: Minimum Salary Levels Increased from January 1st

As of January 1, 2015, the minimum salary level for foreign workers has increased to 2,415 RON per month. Highly skilled workers’ minimum salary has increased to 9,600 RON per month. 

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Germany: Recognition of removal expenses up from march 1st

The German Federal Ministry of Finance published the latest figures for the tax recognition of moving expenses. Changes in a relevant contributions for work related education expenses and other relocation expenses...

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China: Changes for business visa up from 2015

The Chinese Consulate changes the regulations for business visa as follows:  up from now a so called "z" visa (working visa) has to be applied for any short term stays if the purpose of work is technical...

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Vietnam: REQUIREMENT CHANGES

VIETNAM -> FRANKFURT The Vietnamese Consulate in Frankfurt has announced that from now on the visa requirements for business visa to be changed to the effect that the so-called. "Approval Code" can no...

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Business travel or secondment

Many HR employees think that a secondment is the case when employees go abroad for a longer time, mostly two or four years. However, it still could be a business travel. Both terms - business travel and secondment - are...

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Sambia and Simbabwe offer combined visa

Since December 1, 2014 a combined visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe, the so-called "Kaza-Uni-visa" (KAZA stands for "Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area"), is issued upon arrival. It is valid...

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China: long-term visa for US-Citizens planned

As mentioned on our Facebook-Site, the bilateral agreement between the United States and China, which means that a US citizen may apply for a long-term visa for China which is up to 10 years may be valid in near...

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Holidays of embassies in December

The following embassies and / or consulates in the month of December have holidays or are closed (unless otherwise stated, always nationwide) for other reasons: 04.12. + 05.12.2014: Kasachstan (Münich)05.12.2014:...

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Philippines: personal appearance and biometrical registration

Authorities in the Philippines recently announced an Alien Registration Program (ARP) designed to capture the biometrics of certain foreigners in the Philippines when completing an application for their Alien Certificate of...

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United Kingdom - several immigration changes announced

In mid-October, the UK Home Office issued an official statement announcing immigration changes to several of the country's work and business visa categories. These changes, set to be implemented in stages through the end of 2014,...

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South Africa - ICT Permit Holders Now Permitted to Apply for New ICT Permits

On 27 October 2014, the South African Department of Home Affairs issued a new directive allowing holders of intra-company transfer (ICT) work visas contemplated under section 19(5) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of...

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Kenia: extended processing times

In the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya due to internal structural problems visa application will take more time before visas can be issued. Currently the application period is approximately 10-days. 

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Senegal: visa validity

Please note: the airport in Senegal issues visa only for a max. validity of 3 months, whereas previously issued visas will be issued for 6 or 12 months.

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Holidays at embassies in November

The following embassies or consulates are closed for holidays or other reasons in november (unless otherwise specified, always nationwide): 03.11.2014 Japan (München)03.11.2014 Iran (Berlin)03.11.2014...

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MAURITANIA: issuing visas again possible in Germany

While all the visas for the Republic of Mauritania should be issued only on arrival the consulate in Berlin notified that from now on visas are issued again. The rules and the prices have remained same but there...

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Air travel: No processing fee in case of cancellation

An airline may not require a processing fee for the cancellation of flights. This has resulted in a recent court ruling. Background: customers of an airline should pay for a contractual clause 25 Euro processing...

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Flying with baby - how the little lift well

The first trip together as a family is a special experience for all new parents but especially for the traveling baby to be prepared for the needs of the young. How to prepare the first flight with baby...

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China: no business Visa from 1.to 7. October 2014

We would like to point out that China has official holidays from 01.10 to 07.10.2014. During this period the authorities exhibit no invitations. Please consider this when planning your trip. 

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Business mission oder foreighn assignment - watch the costs!

What happens if a foreign assignment is not reported in time to the competent authorities and how important is ist to know the difference between a mission and a foreign assignment? 2013 almost 800,000 German companies...

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India: change in visa specifications

From now om the hamburg general consulate of India requests a copy of the certificate of registration of the Indian company in applying for business visas.

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Expat partners are more exposed to the specifics of their host country

Latest figures show: Fewer employees of international companies are willing to go for the job with the entire family abroad. As may be thought of Mobility Manager or HR manager might ask how this can be - the future...

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USA: changes in application fees

As the diplomatic missions of the United States announced, the application fee of US consulates are for Nonimmigrant Visa (Nonimmigrant Visa) from Friday, adapted to the September 12, 2014. As of 09.12.2014 is the new...

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Saudi Arabia: Changes in the application process

The Consularprovider for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia VFS Tasheel announced that from now on the application for the visa will include the scanned fingerprints. Moreover, it should not be more than a week between the...

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Gabun: express processing possible from now on

The Embassy of Gabon announced that visa applicants can also select a track processing in the future. This costs a surcharge of 30 EUR and the embassy will issue the visa then from within one working day.

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India/Berlin: changes for employment visa

The Consulate General of India in Berlin announced that from now on employment visas with company letters must be recorded in english. Business letters in German are no longer accepted. *UPDATE 26.08.*: Now, the...

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Canadian immigration launches new entrepreneur visa stream

The new Canadian immigration minister Chris Alexander has announced a new stream of the Start-Up visa program. A Start-Up visa allows an entrepreneur to apply for a Canadian permanent resident visa if he can raise backing for his...

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UK announces simplified visa process for Chinese applicants

A senior minister in the UK government has announced measures to 'simplify' the procedure of applying for a UK visa for people from China. George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, was speaking during a trade mission to...

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