SPAIN – New Procedures for Fast-Track Residence Cards at Central Police Station in Madrid

Effective 20 October 2017, fast-track applicants for residence cards and número de extranjero (NIE) certificates, at the central police station located at San Felipe in Madrid, are no longer able to make appointments in advance.

Instead, officers will provide application numbers to the first 30 applicants to attend each day. Foreign nationals who do not receive a number cannot submit an application that day.

In addition, applicants must now appear in person at the police station, and third-party representatives can no longer appear on the applicant’s behalf.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados and NPS Asociados.

PORTUGAL – New Immigration Law Introduces EU Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit

Law no. 102/2017 of 28 August 2017 transposes into Portuguese law European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer” by introducing a new residence permit category for intra-corporate transfer (ICT).

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PORTUGAL – New Immigration Law Introduces EU Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit

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COLOMBIA – New Degree Validation Rules Imminent

On 24 October 2017, new rules for foreign nationals who are required to validate their university degrees will come into effect. Until 24 October, while the authorities implement the new rules, foreign nationals cannot access the online system to validate their university degrees.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Tannus & Asociados and Brigard and Urrutia.

PANAMA – Chinese Nationals No Longer Require Authorized Visas

Effective 17 October 2017, Chinese nationals can enter Panama with a consular Stamped Visa, and no longer require an Authorized Visa.

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PANAMA – Chinese Nationals No Longer Require Authorized Visas

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TAIWAN – Philippine Nationals Visa-Exempt from 1 November 2017

Effective 1 November 2017, qualifying Philippine nationals can travel to Taiwan visa-free for stays of up to 14 days, for tourism, business, visiting relatives, or attending functions or events. The visa waiver scheme will run for an initial nine-month trial period, until 31 July 2018.

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TAIWAN – Philippine Nationals Visa-Exempt from 1 November 2017

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GUATEMALA – Legalisation of Documents Waived Under Apostille Convention

Effective 18 September 2017, the Hague Apostille Convention has entered into force in Guatemala. Guatemalan documents for use in other signatory countries, and documents from other signatory countries for use in Guatemala, will no longer require consular or embassy legalization, if they have been affixed with an apostille.

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GUATEMALA – Legalisation of Documents Waived Under Apostille Convention

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AZERBAIJAN – No More Post-Arrival Change of Status for Foreign Workers or Business Travellers

Effective immediately, foreign nationals travelling to Azerbaijan for work or business must obtain the appropriate work or business visa before travelling.

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