RUSSIA – New Obligations for Inviting Parties

On 16 January 2019, Federal law of 19.07.2018 #216-FZ came into force, imposing new obligations on companies which invite foreign nationals to Russia from visa-required countries (this includes visits on work and business visas).

The law obliges legal entities and persons who invite foreign nationals to undertake measures to ensure that the invited nationals comply with the declared purpose of entry to and timely exit from Russia.

However, as of 16 January 2019, the government of Russia has not yet established the list of such measures and the rules for undertaking them.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Intermark Relocation and VISTA Foreign Business Support.

RUSSIA – Deregistration of Foreign Nationals Now Available on Demand

Effective immediately, the Russian authorities have introduced deregistration of foreign nationals on demand.

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

THAILAND – Single Window system for work permits and visas implemented early

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) now requires BOI-promoted companies applying for work permits or long-term visas at the Bangkok One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC), or in Chiang Mai or Phuket, to submit applications via its new Single Window online system for streamlined initial and renewal work permit and visa applications.

The implementation date was brought forward from 2 October 2018 to 31 July 2018. In all other provinces, applications must still be made with hardcopy supporting documents and old-style work permit booklets will still be issued.

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RUSSIA – New Address Registration Rules [UPDATED]

A number of local migration offices are refusing to accept applications for registration of foreign nationals, especially in cases where housing is provided by employers on the basis of lease or sublease contracts rather than by landlords directly.

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

THAILAND – Recent Amendments to Foreign Employee Rules

Effective 28 March 2018, the Emergency Decree on Managing the Work of Foreign nationals (No. 2) B.E. 2561 (2018) introduced some important changes to the immigration and employment rules for foreign nationals.

The decree also reduces the severe and complex penalties on non-compliant employers and foreign national employees imposed by Emergency Decree B.E. 2560 (2017).

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THAILAND – Four-Year SMART Visa for Top Talent Now Available

Effective 1 February 2018, the Thai Board of Investment has introduced the previously-announced SMART Visa for highly-skilled foreign workers and investors in certain industries.

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THAILAND – Four-Year SMART Visa for Top Talent Now Available

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the Thailand Board of Investment.

QATAR – Rejected Block Visa Amendment Applications May Not Be Resubmitted Within 20 Days

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labour in Qatar has implemented a new rule, requiring employers whose block visa amendment application has been rejected to wait 20 days before resubmitting the application.

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THAILAND – New Online System Launched for Work Permits and Visas

Effective October 2017, Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI), alongside the Immigration Bureau (IMM) and the Department of Employment (DOE), has launched a new online system for streamlined initial and renewal work permit and visa applications.

The so-called Single Window System will replace the current hardcopy work permit booklet with a new digital work permit, allow applicants to book immigration appointments online, and require fewer supporting documents to be provided in hardcopy.

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THAILAND – New Strategic Talent Centre Supports Companies Hiring Foreign Specialists

Effective 3 July 2017, the Thai Board of Investment (BOI) has established a new Strategic Talent Centre (STC) to help Thai and foreign companies that are seeking to recruit highly skilled Thai and foreign specialists in the fields of science and technology to support their businesses in Thailand.

The STC is available to all private companies, regardless of whether they are registered with the BOI. Moreover, non-BOI companies using the STC are entitled to be exempt from the 4:1 ratio of local Thai employees to foreign employees.

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THAILAND – New Law Includes Tougher Penalties for Illegal Work

Effective 23 June 2017, the Royal Decree on Managing the Work of Foreigners B.E. 2560 (2017) significantly increases the penalties for various offences related to foreign nationals working in Thailand.

However, the enforcement of some of the penalties has been postponed until 1 January 2018, to allow employers and foreign employees to comply with the new rules.

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THAILAND – New Law Includes Tougher Penalties for Illegal Work

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