PHILIPPINES – New Employment Permit Rules

Effective 1 December 2017, the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has issued revised rules for the issuance of employment permits to foreign nationals.

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PHILIPPINES – New Employment Permit Rules

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Follosco, Morallos & Herce.

VIETNAM – Operating Offices Now Eligible to Apply for Work Permit Exemption for Intra-Company Transferees

Effective 1 February 2017, Circular 35 provides guidance on the implementation of Decree 11 of 2016, and details rules for intra-company transfers to Vietnam that operate in one of the 11 Service Sectors specified in Vietnam’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) commitments.

The only rule change is that Operating Offices (“Văn phòng điều hành”) operating in one of the 11 specified sectors are now eligible to apply for a work permit exemption (WPE) instead of a work permit for intra-company transferees.

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VIETNAM – Clarification on Assignment Letters

The Vietnamese authorities have provided further clarification on work permit procedures, after issuing Circular 40 last month, which provided guidelines on the implementation of Decree 11.

Among the key points is a new rule that an assignment letter supporting an intra-company transfer must be issued by a shareholder or an owner of the Vietnamese host company.

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VIETNAM – Clarification on Assignment Letters

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

KAZAKHSTAN – Upcoming Changes to the Work Permit Regime

Effective 1 January 2017, new rules for the issuance of work permits for Kazakhstan include the removal of the current labour market test for locally-hired applicants and the introduction of a state fee, among other changes.

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KAZAKHSTAN – Upcoming Changes to the Work Permit Regime

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Central Asia Business Consultants.

VIETNAM – Guidance Circular Clarifies Quarterly Reporting Requirement

The Vietnamese authorities have issued circular 40/2016/TT-BLDTBXH, which provides guidelines on the implementation of decree 11/ND-CP/2016, and which comes into effect on 12 December 2016.

The circular clarifies a requirement for employers to report foreign labour usage every quarter.

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CANADA: Government Announces Global Skills Strategy

Immigration Minister John McCallum has confirmed that the Canadian government will introduce its Global Skills Strategy in 2017, including new work permit programs aimed at supporting high growth companies in attracting highly skilled talent from around the world.

The Global Skills Strategy has three components:

  1. A two-week processing standard for visas and work permits for low risk, high skilled talent;
  2. Creation of a dedicated service channel for companies that make large investments in Canada;
  3. Create a work permit exemption for work that is 30 days or less in areas that are low risk. This would include academic projects as well.

The Immigration Minister did not provide further details of the new regulations as of 30 November 2016, but promised to introduce the new programs sometime in 2017.

 

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

AZERBAIJAN – New Work Permit Exemptions and Upcoming Online Visa System

Effective 4 June 2016, newly published amendments to the Migration Code of Azerbaijan exempt certain company directors and specialists from requiring a work permit.

Additionally, a recent presidential decree announces an upcoming new unified online visa application and issuance system, called ASAN Visa.

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AZERBAIJAN – New Work Permit Exemptions and Upcoming Online Visa System

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CABC Global.