CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

Effective 1 November 2018, the Shanghai authorities have launched a new online application service for foreign nationals eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption, arriving at one of Shanghai’s airports.

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CHINA – New Online Application Service for Shanghai 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase China.

CHINA – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

As we reported in August, the Chinese government has abolished the work permit requirement for residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan (“HMT residents”).

Effective 1 September 2018, HMT residents can voluntarily apply for a new mainland residence card.

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CHINA – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

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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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CHINA – Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Workers Will No Longer Require a Work Permit for Mainland China

The Chinese government has announced that it will abolish the work permit requirement for employees from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

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CHINA – Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Workers Will No Longer Require a Work Permit for Mainland China

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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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POLAND – Changes to Work Permit Regulations from 1 January 2018

Various changes to work permit regulations for non-EEA nationals came into effect on 1 January 2018.

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POLAND – Changes to Work Permit Regulations from 1 January 2018

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NETHERLANDS – New Work Permit Waiver to Promote International Trade

Effective 1 July 2017, a regulation aimed at promoting international trade contacts entered into force. Under this regulation, Dutch companies can temporarily employ foreign national workers without a work permit, to perform activities as part of a project related to the delivery of goods and services.

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NETHERLANDS – New Work Permit Waiver to Promote International Trade

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expat Management Group.