INDONESIA – Domicile Letter Now Required for ITAS Applications in South Jakarta

Dutch colonial architecture in Kota, Jakarta, IndonesiaEffective 6 November 2017, foreign nationals applying for a limited stay permit (ITAS) at the South Jakarta immigration office must submit a domicile letter, as proof of residency, in support of their application.

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CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

The Shanghai Foreign Expert Bureau is now accepting work permit applications from applicants classified as either Category A or B, and holding an M (business) or L (tourist) entry visa, rather than a Z (work) visa.

Risks and benefits

Note that Category B applicants risk their M or L entry visa expiring while their work permit application is being processed, and they may not be able to extend their entry visa without leaving China.

This simplified process avoids the six to eight weeks usually required to obtain a Notification Letter of Work Permit and a Z (work) visa before travelling to China (compared to about one week for an M or L visa), and may allow the applicant to start work more quickly.

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CHINA – Expedited Work Permit Process in Shanghai May Benefit Some Foreign Workers

shanghai in sunsetThis news alert was prepared using information provided by Shanghai Foreign Service (Group), Pro-Link Global China and Asia Pacific Access.

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.