ISRAEL – Changes to Hi-Tech (HIT) Visa Applications Process

Effective immediately, the Israeli Ministry of Interior (MOI) has implemented amended rules for the new “Hi-Tech” (HIT) Visa. Under the amended rules, all applicants must now apply for their HIT Visas through Israeli overseas consular posts.

Previously, applicants from visa waiver countries were exempt from consular processing prior to arriving in Israel. In a related change, the MOI has also lengthened the validity period for Short Employment Authorization (SEA) Visas for “Hi-Tech” applicants from 45 days to 90 days.

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ISRAEL – Changes to Hi-Tech (HIT) Visa Applications Process

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kan-Tor & Acco.

CHILE – Post-arrival Temporary Residence Visa for Work Purposes to Be Discontinued

The Chilean Ministry of the Interior has announced that, effective 23 April 2018, it will discontinue the post-arrival temporary visa for work purposes, introduced in 2015.

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CHILE – Post-arrival Temporary Residence Visa for Work Purposes to Be Discontinued

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CSM and Contacto Chile.

PANAMA – Entry Rules Relaxed for Schengen Visa/EU Residence Holders and Indian Nationals

Effective 4 April 2018, valid Schengen visas and EU residence permits are again accepted for entry into Panama.

Moreover, effective 1 June 2018 Indian nationals will be able to enter Panama with a stamped visa, rather than an authorized visa.

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PANAMA – Entry Rules Relaxed for Schengen Visa/EU Residence Holders and Indian Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Morgan & Morgan and Lambraño, Bultrón & de la Guardia.

FRANCE – New Requirement and Fee for Prior Detachment Declarations

Effective 1 July 2017, foreign employers transferring employees to France on assignment, under detachment status (i.e. remaining on home payroll), regardless of their nationality, will be required to indicate the country where the employee will be covered for social security.

In addition, a decree (No. 2017-751) of 3 May 2017 has fixed the administrative fee which will have to be paid by the employer on making a detachment declaration, at EUR 40. The fee will be implemented sometime before 1 January 2018.

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FRANCE – New Requirement and Fee for Prior Detachment Declarations

This alert was drafted using information provided by Apro ConsultingExpat Partners and Itama Mobility.

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HONG KONG – Indian Nationals Can No Longer Apply for Hong Kong Visit Visas at Chinese Consulates

Effective immediately, Indian nationals requiring a visit visa for stays of more than 14 days must now apply directly to the immigration department in Hong Kong, rather than to the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular mission.

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HONG KONG – Pre-Arrival Registration Required for Indian Nationals

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Your Man in India.

SOUTH KOREA – Revised Rules for Frequent Visitor Visas

Effective 1 March 2017, foreign nationals qualifying for a five-year multiple-entry visa as frequent visitors to South Korea will have to apply for this visa at a Korean consulate before travelling, rather than receiving it at the port of entry on arrival, as currently.

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

FRANCE – Decree Implements Major Changes to Immigration Regime

Effective 1 November 2016, the French government has published the first decree implementing the new Law on Foreign Workers of 7 March 2016.

The decree establishes that visa applications for two new immigration categories – “Talent Passport” and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Employees on Detachment (a.k.a. secondment) – must be submitted at French consulates. Processing delays are expected until detailed procedures have been announced and fully implemented.

The decree also clarifies the occupations which are now exempt from the work permit requirement for up to 3 months.

Applications submitted before 1 November 2016 will be processed according to the previous regulations.

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FRANCE – Decree Implements Major Changes to Immigration Regime

This alert was drafted using information provided by Apro ConsultingExpat Partners and Itama Mobility.