SOUTH KOREA – Clarification: For-Profit Activities Not Allowed on Business Visa or Visa Waiver

In its latest Visa Issuance Guidance Manual issued on 20 March 2017 (the “Guidelines”), Korean immigration clarified, and, in effect, narrowed the scope of permissible activities under the visa waiver status and C-3-4 short-term business visa, by classifying “for-profit activities” as permissible only under the C-4 short-term employment visa.

This clarified policy will particularly affect short-term business travellers handling installation, repair, maintenance, quality control and similar work in the shipbuilding, oil and gas, energy, engineering and construction, machinery, manufacturing and other sectors.

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SOUTH KOREA – Clarification: For-Profit Activities Not Allowed on Business Visa or Visa Waiver

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kim, Chang & Lee.

CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau has announced that it will move to the new unified work permit system on 27 March 2017, earlier than the planned nationwide start date of 1 April 2017.

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CHINA – New Work Permit System to Commence Early in Shanghai

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Lehman, Lee & Xu and Asia Pacific Access.

VIETNAM – New 30-Day E-Visa for Nationals of 40 Countries

Effective 1 February 2017, Decree 07/2017/ND-CP introduces guidelines on the implementation of an e-visa pilot program.

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VIETNAM – New 30-Day E-Visa for Nationals of 40 Countries

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

NIGERIA – Visa on Arrival Expanded to Ease Business Travel

Effective immediately, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has expanded the range of activities which are allowed on a business visa.

NIS has also extended eligibility for a Visa on Arrival (VoA) to business travellers who may not be able to obtain a consular business visa because Nigeria does not have a consulate in their home country, or due to the exigencies of urgent business travel.

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NIGERIA – Visa on Arrival Expanded to Ease Business Travel

This alert was drafted using information provided by Famsville Solicitors.

Peregrine at the Business Travel Show, Olympia, London, 22 February 2017

Peregrine’s Managing Director, Sophy King, will be moderating a panel discussion at the Business Travel Show on Wednesday 22 February 2017, from 16:00 to 17:00, at Olympia in London.

Alongside our sister companies, CIBT and Newland Chase, Sophy will lead a panel-led discussion on the topic of business travel compliance and how travel managers and HR can work together to achieve this.

Business travellers, who often need to travel at short notice for business critical reasons, may look to use the fastest means of securing a visa rather than the most compliant. How can we balance the needs of the business, the traveller, HR and travel managers to act in everyone’s best interests? How do we ensure travellers have the right documents for travel but can still be where they need to be when they need to be?

Travelling with the wrong paperwork or visa can be damaging, not only for the traveller who may be detained, deported, or fined but also for the business with the possible irrevocable tarnishing of reputation, significant fines and additional scrutiny of all future visa applications for that organisation.

Where do business travel management and HR/global mobility meet? How to seamlessly manage this without duplicating effort?

We would love to see you there!

KAZAKHSTAN – New Visa Waiver Program Covers 20 More Countries and Longer Stays

Effective 1 January 2017, nationals of 39 countries (up from 19) will be able to enter, leave and transit through Kazakhstan without a visa, and stay for up to 30 days (up from 15 days), for business, tourism or private trips.

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KAZAKHSTAN – New Visa Waiver Program Covers 20 More Countries and Longer Stays

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation.