GREECE – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] On 8 November 2018, the Greek government published an internal ministerial circular concerning the new Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Permit, enabling for the first time the submission of applications under law No. 4540 and clarifying several aspects of the new ICT process.

On 22 May 2018, the Greek government published a law implementing the European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”.

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GREECE – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented [UPDATED]

This alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Relocations Greece.

BELGIUM – Transposition of EU Directives – State of Play

The latest developments in the implementation of EU immigration directives.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Immigration law Associates.

SPAIN – Immigration Authorities Suspend In-Person and Telephone Consultations

The Spanish immigration authorities have issued an announcement confirming the temporary suspension of in-person and telephone consultations at both the Large Companies Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas – “UGE”) as well as the temporary suspension of in-person consultations at the General Subdirectorate of Immigration.

At the same time, immigration officers are working on clarifying the criteria for approval of applications under the Entrepreneur’s Act.

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

POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

Effective immediately, a new online appointment booking system is in place at the Warsaw immigration office (Mazovian Provincial Office) for initial and renewal applications for type A work permits (local contract and payroll). The applicant can select a preferred date from an available range. However, the date confirmed by the authorities may not be the same as the date requested.

In addition, the Kraków immigration office (Malopolskie Provincial Office) has implemented a new system for booking an appointment for any work and residence permit application by email. In return, the applicant will receive an SMS notification with the appointment time.

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POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expatax.

PORTUGAL – Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified

Regulatory Decree no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018, took effect on 1 October 2018.

As well as implementing the 2017 amendments to the immigration law which transposed certain EU Directives into Portuguese law (see our previous alert here, the decree seeks to simplify visa application and residence permit procedures and to reduce processing times.

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PORTUGAL – Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified

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

SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas for 2019.

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SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

This alert was prepared using information provided by Sgier und Partner.

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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