SWITZERLAND – Federal Council Confirms Initial List of Occupations Requiring Labour Market Test

On 23 May 2018, the Swiss Federal Council confirmed the initial list of occupations for which, from 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals will have to test the Swiss labour market by advertising.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Universal Jobmatch to be Replaced by ‘Find a Job’

It has been officially announced that Universal Jobmatch – a government website used by UK recruiters and Tier 2 licensed sponsors to advertise jobs – is being replaced by the ‘Find a Job’ service.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Universal Jobmatch to be Replaced by ‘Find a Job’

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SWITZERLAND – Government Extends “Safeguard Clause” Limiting Residence Permits for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to extend, for the year from 1 June 2018, the quota on Romanian and Bulgarian nationals (EU-2) of 996 long-term B permits, released quarterly.

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MOROCCO – Fewer Intra-Company Transfers Qualify for Exemption from Labour Market Testing

In the last few weeks, the Ministry of Labour in Morocco has tightened the qualifying criteria for the intra-company transfer work permit process. The ICT process exempts employers from obtaining approval from the Agence Nationale de Promotion de l’Emploi et des Competences (ANAPEC) certifying that no local Moroccan candidate suits the position.

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MOROCCO – Fewer Intra-Company Transfers Qualify for Exemption from Labour Market Testing

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BULGARIA – Amendments to the Labour Mobility Law

Effective 23 May 2017, Bulgaria has passed amendments to the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act which relax the requirements for issuance of EU Blue Cards for non-EU nationals, increase the allowed ratio of foreign national to Bulgarian national employees and transpose into Bulgarian law EU Directive 2016/801 “on the entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing”.

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BULGARIA – Amendments to the Labour Mobility Law

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz.

SINGAPORE – Changes to Foreign Workforce Policy Announced

The Ministry of Manpower has announced upcoming changes to its foreign workforce policy, including an expansion of the Fair Consideration Framework job advertising requirement for Employment Pass (EP) applications to include more companies and more positions, and an increase in the minimum salary requirement for S Pass holders.

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SINGAPORE – Changes to Foreign Workforce Policy Announced

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POLAND – Changes to Work Permit Regulations from 1 January 2018

Various changes to work permit regulations for non-EEA nationals came into effect on 1 January 2018.

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POLAND – Changes to Work Permit Regulations from 1 January 2018

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