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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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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UNITED KINGDOM – Registered Traveller Service Expansion

The government has announced an expansion to its Registered Traveller Service, which facilitates faster entry at the UK border.

Effective 5 October 2017, business travellers and frequent visitors from 15 additional countries are eligible to apply for membership of the service.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Registered Traveller Service Expansion

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THAILAND – New Online System Launched for Work Permits and Visas

Effective October 2017, Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI), alongside the Immigration Bureau (IMM) and the Department of Employment (DOE), has launched a new online system for streamlined initial and renewal work permit and visa applications.

The so-called Single Window System will replace the current hardcopy work permit booklet with a new digital work permit, allow applicants to book immigration appointments online, and require fewer supporting documents to be provided in hardcopy.

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KENYA – Police Clearance Certificates Required for All Work Permit and Pass Applications

Effective 2 October 2017, original police clearance certificates (PCC) must be submitted in support of initial and renewal applications for all work permit and pass types.

This includes short-term Special Passes, long-term Class D work permits, Dependent Passes and Student Passes.

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SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas for 2018.

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SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

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