ISRAEL – 2018 Minimum Wage Increase for Foreign Experts

Effective immediately, the new minimum monthly prevailing wage for foreign national experts holding B-1 work permits is now 19,604 NIS (up from 19,086 NIS in 2017).

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ISRAEL – 2018 Minimum Wage Increase for Foreign Experts

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kan-Tor & Acco.

ISRAEL – Updated Minimum Salary and Visa Application Fees

The Israeli government has updated the national minimum salary and visa application fees.

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ISRAEL – Updated Minimum Salary and Visa Application Fees

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kan-Tor & Acco.

SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Companies with Five or Fewer Employees Are Exempt from Expanded Expat Fee – UPDATED

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development has announced that Saudi companies employing five people or fewer are exempt from the new monthly expat levy. Companies employing nine people or fewer must pay the levy for the number of employees exceeding five.

UPDATE

For work permits issued prior to 1 January 2018 and still valid during the year 2018, the Ministry of Labour will send the employer an invoice stating the outstanding amount of expatriate fee payable due to the increased fees for 2018. The outstanding amount must be paid within three months of 1 January 2018. Failure to pay on time may result in penalties on the employer and the employee, at the discretion of the authorities.

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IMMIGO UPDATE – Rate Cards

We are happy to advise the introduction of Rate Cards to Immigo!

Rate Cards allow you to create and edit a group of professional fees that can be linked to multiple billing companies, with the additional ability to apply discounts or increases on a per-company basis.

To use Rate Cards, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Fees section and click “Edit Rate Cards”;
  2. Within the Edit Rate Card screen, click “+New Rate Card” in the top right corner;
  3. Give your new Rate Card a name and a description. This is for internal use. (e.g. “Rate Card A, for high volume clients”, or “Standard Rate Card 2017”);
  4. Now go to the Fees section and identify or create the specific fee line items you wish to add to your Rate Card;
  5. Open each Fee item and in the Rate Card drop down menu, select the Rate Card you wish that Fee to be associated with;
  6. Now, go to the Companies section and identify or create the specific billing Companies you wish to be on that Rate Card plan;
  7. Open each Billing Company and, in the Fees tab, select the Rate Card you wish to apply to that Company;
  8. Note that you can also apply a multiplier – either a discount or an increase – per Billing Company.  For example, entering 0.9 in the multiplier field will result in the Rate Card fees for this Company being discounted by 10% (= x0.9);
  9. Fees listed on the Rate Card will now be available to select on Cases billing to that Company.

We hope you find this upgrade useful!  And remember, if you ever need any help, with this or anything else in Immigo, please call or email us – please keep the ideas and feedback coming!

 

BELGIUM – Residence Administration Fee Increased, Extended to Renewals

Effective 1 March 2017, the Belgian federal government has increased the mandatory administrative fee for first-time residence permit and long-term D visa applications.

In addition, a new law allows municipalities to charge an administrative fee also for renewal, extension or replacement residence permit applications.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Praetica.

ITALY – New Residence Permit Fees for 2016

On 10 March 2016 the Ministry of Economy and Finance issued a decree which increased the filing fees for the electronic residence permit in credit card format.

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ITALY – New Residence Permit Fees for 2016

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Mazzeschi.

CANADA – New Employer Portal for International Mobility Program

From 21 November 2015, all employers submitting offers of employment for the International Mobility Program (IMP) must do so via the new Employer Portal. Submissions via the Employer Portal were compulsory from 26 October 2015 for all employers under the IMP other than those exempt from the employer compliance fee.

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CANADA – New Employer Portal for International Mobility Program

This alert was prepared using information provided by Norton Rose Fulbright and Holthe Tilleman Immigration Law.

CANADA – Changes to Strengthen Employer Accountability

Effective 21 February 2015, a foreign national who is exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process will not be able to get an employer-specific work permit if their employer has not submitted the required information and paid a fee before the work permit application is submitted.

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CANADA – Changes to Strengthen Employer Accountability

This alert was prepared using information provided by Norton Rose Fulbright.

BELGIUM – New Mandatory Fee for Residence

The Belgian federal government has introduced a mandatory administrative fee, effective 2 March 2015, for residence authorisation applications.

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BELGIUM – New Mandatory Fee for Residence

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Praetica.