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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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.

CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Bulgarians and Romanians

Effective 1 December 2017, nationals of Bulgarian and Romania no longer need a visa to travel to Canada for short stays (normally for up to six months) for visiting, business and tourism.

However, similar to other visa-exempt travellers, they will need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to fly to or transit through a Canadian airport.

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New Data in Immiguru: Intra-Company Transfer Permit (EU Directive 2014/66) for Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve added the new Intra-Company Transfer Permit (EU Directive 2014/66) processes for Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania to Immiguru.

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Despite a November 2016 deadline to transpose the ICT Directive into national law, by September 2017 several EU Member States had not yet fully implemented the directive.  Austria is expected to implement the Directive by 1 October 2017.

Many thanks to all our partners who have helped us with this!

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SWITZERLAND – Government Invokes “Safeguard Clause” to Impose Quota on Residence Permits for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

  • From 1 June 2017, nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2) will be subject to a new annual quota of 996 long-term B permits, released quarterly.
  • The Swiss Federal Council announced on 10 May 2017 that it would impose the quota, invoking the “safeguard clause” provided for in its bilateral treaty with the EU.

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CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

Effective 1 May 2017, qualifying nationals of Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania will be able to enter Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) rather than a visa.

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CANADA – Government Lifts Visa Requirement for Brazilians, Bulgarians and Romanians

This alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase Canada and Kranc Associates.

BULGARIA – New Notification and Document Storage Requirements for Posted Workers

Effective 30 December 2016, Bulgaria has implemented EU Directive 2014/67 (concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services). All employers currently seconding employees to Bulgaria must comply with new notification and document retention requirements by 10 February 2017.

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BULGARIA – New Notification and Document Storage Requirements for Posted Workers

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

BULGARIA – New Peregrine Partner – Pavlov and Partners

We are delighted to announce Pavlov and Partners, a Bulgarian law firm, as our latest partner for Immiguru.

Pavlov and Partners Law Firm, in cooperation with CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, is one of the Bulgarian branches of CMS, a leading European legal and tax services organisation.

Maria and Maya have already begun reviewing the data we have in Immiguru on immigration and work authorisation processes to Bulgaria, and we are very pleased to welcome them to our partner network! 

BULGARIA – New Labour Act Establishes Simplified EU Blue Card for Highly-Qualified IT Specialists, and Sets New Rules for Intra-corporate Transfers

On 21 May 2016, the Labour Migration and Labour Mobility Act entered into force.

The new Act consolidates existing rules and supersedes previous legislation, and brings Bulgarian laws in this field in line with existing European Union (EU) law.

The Act establishes a simplified procedure and further benefits for highly-skilled non-EU national IT specialists applying for an EU Blue Card, and new rules for intra-corporate transfers.

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BULGARIA – New Labour Act Establishes Simplified EU Blue Card for Highly-Qualified IT Specialists, and Sets New Rules for Intra-corporate Transfers

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

New Country Data in Immiguru: Bulgaria

The following six work authorisation processes into Bulgaria (a new country in the database) were added to Immiguru this week:

  • Work Permit (Local Hire)
  • Work Permit (Intra-Company Transfer)
  • Blue Card
  • Work Permit Exemption
  • EU/EFTA Registration
  • Temporary Work Authorisation (Under 90 Days)

Thanks to our Bulgaria partner, Silvia Baramova at Matrix Relocations (part of the Inter Relocation group) for her help with this!

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