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

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

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

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

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.

UNITED STATES – Supreme Court Partially Lifts Injunction on President Trump’s March Executive Order on Immigration

On 26 June 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) partially lifted the injunction and agreed to hear arguments on President Trump’s 6 March 2017 executive order (EO) entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.

While the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the full case in October, in the meantime, it issued a limited order (or decision) which will allow the Administration to ban those nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries (Iran Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) and refugees, who cannot show “a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

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UNITED STATES – US Supreme Court Partially Lifts Injunction on President Trump’s March Executive Order on Immigration

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio Kattar and Littler.
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