UNITED KINGDOM – Registered Traveller Service Expansion

The government has announced an expansion to its Registered Traveller Service, which facilitates faster entry at the UK border.

Effective 5 October 2017, business travellers and frequent visitors from 15 additional countries are eligible to apply for membership of the service.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Registered Traveller Service Expansion

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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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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

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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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UNITED KINGDOM – Original Documents Required for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India

Effective 7 August 2017, all applicants submitting Tier 2 and Tier 4 applications at any Visa Application Centre in India, including dependents, will be required to submit all original documentation, together with their passport, in support of their application.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Original Documents Required for Tier 2 and Tier 4 Applications in India

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