NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Intra-Corporate Transferees

Effective 1 October 2018, third-country nationals working in the Netherlands with an intra-corporate transfer (ICT) permit can perform self-employed activities alongside the main working activities for which their residence permit in the Netherlands has been initially granted, according to a recent decree.

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PORTUGAL – EU Directives Will Take Effect 1 October 2018

Decree Law no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018 and effective 1 October 2018, implements the latest amendments to the immigration law, which in turn were published on 28 August 2017.

As we reported here, the 2017 amendments to the immigration law transposed several European Union directives into Portuguese law:

  • (EU) 2014/66 (intra-corporate transfer);
  • (EU) 2014/36 (seasonal workers);
  • (EU) 2016/801 (students and researchers).

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PORTUGAL – EU Directives Will Take Effect 1 October 2018

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

NETHERLANDS – Cross border workers no longer limited to 90 out of 180 days

Effective immediately, third country nationals resident in another member state (for example Belgium or Germany) who work in the Netherlands with a work permit but return to their country of residence at least once a week (so-called “cross border workers” or “frontier workers”) are no longer limited to 90 days stay in the Netherlands in any 180-day period.

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has removed the reference to this limit from its website and confirmed to Newland Chase that cross border workers are indeed exempt from the 90/180 days limit.

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NETHERLANDS – Cross border workers no longer limited to 90 out of 180 days

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SLOVAKIA – Long queues for temporary residence permits at foreign police office in Bratislava

The number of non-EU nationals attending the Foreign Police office in Bratislava to submit initial and renewal applications for temporary residence permits (including single permits) has increased significantly in recent weeks, leading to very long queues.

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SLOVAKIA – Long queues for temporary residence permits at foreign police office in Bratislava

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

SPAIN – Delay in Processing of Applications Under Entrepreneurs’ Act

Currently, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is experiencing delays in the processing of applications for visas under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013) due to staff shortages, as well as ongoing delays in processing of residence authorisations.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados and Visa Management.

GERMANY – Closer Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

The German immigration authorities (Ausländerbehörde) will require official evaluation of university diplomas submitted in support of EU Blue Card applications, according to the Frankfurt authorities, who are already implementing this new rule.

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GERMANY – Closer Scrutiny of Academic Qualifications for Blue Card Applications

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Cheryl Koenig Relocation Services Group.

SWITZERLAND – New Integration and language requirements for residence permits

The Swiss Federal Council has approved a package of legislative amendments which, effective 1 January 2019, will allow the authorities to demand that foreign nationals applying for residence permits sign a cultural integration agreement and demonstrate a certain level of language skill.

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