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AUSTRALIA – Subclass 457 Visa to be Abolished

On 18 April 2017, the Australian government announced that the Subclass 457 visa program will be abolished and replaced with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. 41 more words

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North Korea: Building Trust Through China

Past negotiations between the United States and North Korea on the issue of de-nuclearization have all ended in failure.  While some progress has been made and agreements initially honored, eventually they have all broken down due the inability of both sides to honor their commitments. 2,461 more words


INDIA – Biometrics Scanning Now Required at Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore Foreigner Regional Registration Offices

With immediate effect, Indian authorities have introduced a biometric requirement for foreign nationals applying for visa extensions and registration at the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) in Pune and at the Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRRO) in Mumbai and Bangalore. 29 more words


MALAYSIA – Expatriate Services Division Announces Reclassification of Employment Pass Categories and Annual Company Registration Updates

The Expatriate Services Division (ESD) now requires companies to update their information in the ESD online system annually, and also whenever there are any changes to the company’s information. 92 more words


INDIA – Changes to Visa and E-Visa Framework

The Indian government has expanded its e-Visa scheme, extended five-year tourist and business visas to more nationals and introduced two new visa categories, among other changes aimed at promoting tourism, business and investment. 22 more words


A visitor, a critique session and life’s compartments

Last weekend we had a very special visitor. Spencer Wynn, a Canadian documentary photographer, came to Vancouver as one of the stops on his coast-to-coast journey celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. 491 more words


HONG KONG – Indian Nationals Can No Longer Apply for Hong Kong Visit Visas at Chinese Consulates

Effective immediately, Indian nationals requiring a visit visa for stays of more than 14 days must now apply directly to the immigration department in Hong Kong, rather than to the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular mission. 24 more words