Portugal Introduces Blue Card

September 27, 2012: In a new law that was put into effect on September 9, 2012, Portugal has introduced its version of the EU Blue Card. Portuguese Blue Cards are issued for an initial period of one year and are renewed in two-year increments. After the first two years, cardholders are capable of changing employers […]

CBP to Eliminate I-94 Card, to Be Replaced with Automated Arrival System

September 21, 2012: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has accelerated a plan to stop issuing I-94 arrival-departure cards to non-immigrants entering the U.S. and replace it with an automated arrival system. Presently, form I-94 is issued to most nonimmigrant foreign nationals entering the U.S. with a nonimmigrant visa. It governs the individual’s period […]

Prime Properties See Strongest Growth since 2010, Looks to Asia

September 11, 2012: Back in July, Knight Frank had released their Q2 Prime Global Cities Index, indicating that the world’s key urban centers had experienced its greatest growth since 2010, despite cooling measures that inhibited growth at the start of 2012. The Index, which tracks the performance of the top 5% of mainstream housing markets, indicated […]

Are we heading towards a furniture crisis in Relocation?

September 11, 2012 About a week ago I saw the following article in the Globe and Mail and it made me think of a ripple effect on relocation. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/as-canadian-condos-get-smaller-furniture-is-shrinking-to-fit/article4499968/ The article notes that condos in Canada are getting smaller, and that furniture is shrinking in order to fit inside those condos. Furniture retailers are creating […]

Italy Introduces EU Blue Card

September 5, 2012: After Germany had recently started issuing the EU Blue Card, Italy has now released its version of the Blue Card. To be eligible, a non-EU national must have a confirmed job offer or valid work contract with a sponsoring employer in Italy and hold at least a three-year university degree or equivalent work […]