Major Changes to Immigration Rules Around the World in 2016

In 2016 Peregrine published over 140 immigration alerts about over 50 different countries, with the help of our local partners across the globe.

Apart from the regular changes to minimum salary requirements, application fees and quota levels, 2016 saw a continuation of the recent trends of online immigration systems and expanding visa waiver programs.

The EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States raised questions about possible major immigration rule changes on both sides of the Atlantic, but as of December 2016 nothing concrete has been announced.

European Union member states, meanwhile, have been busy transposing recent EU directives on intra-company transfers and posted workers into their national legislation, and debating further changes to the posted worker rules and the Blue Card scheme.

Here we run through some of the major developments in immigration around the world in the last year.

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Major Changes to Immigration Rules Around the World in 2016

FRANCE – Decree Implements Major Changes to Immigration Regime

Effective 1 November 2016, the French government has published the first decree implementing the new Law on Foreign Workers of 7 March 2016.

The decree establishes that visa applications for two new immigration categories – “Talent Passport” and Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Employees on Detachment (a.k.a. secondment) – must be submitted at French consulates. Processing delays are expected until detailed procedures have been announced and fully implemented.

The decree also clarifies the occupations which are now exempt from the work permit requirement for up to 3 months.

Applications submitted before 1 November 2016 will be processed according to the previous regulations.

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FRANCE – Decree Implements Major Changes to Immigration Regime

This alert was drafted using information provided by Apro ConsultingExpat Partners and Itama Mobility.

FRANCE – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

The French government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 20 June 2016.

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FRANCE – Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

This alert was drafted using information provided by Apro ConsultingExpat Partners and Itama Mobility.

FRANCE – 2016 Minimum Salary Increases

The French government has announced an increase in the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC), with effect from 1 January 2016, bringing it up to 1466.62 EUR per month (up from 1457.52 EUR per month in 2015).

The SMIC is the minimum legal salary for all workers in France. A change to the SMIC affects minimum salary thresholds for some types of work permit.

Note that the French bargaining agreement’s specifications on the salary also have to be taken into consideration.

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FRANCE – 2016 Minimum Salary Increases

This alert was drafted using information provided by Apro ConsultingExpat Partners and Itama Mobility.

FRANCE – New Record-keeping Rules for Assignments

Recent changes to French labour law for companies sending their employees to France on assignment, under detachment status (i.e. remaining on home payroll).

These employers must appoint a legal representative in France who has access to documents pertaining to the applicant’s employment and the French assignment, and to send the host company in France certain documents prior to the start of the assignment.

Failure to comply with the new requirements could result in fines for both the employer abroad and the host company in France.

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FRANCE – New Record-keeping Rules for Assignments

This alert was drafted using information provided by Expat Partners in Paris.

FRANCE – 2015 Minimum Salary Increases

he French government has announced an increase in the minimum legal monthly salary requirement (SMIC), with effect from 1 January 2015, bringing it up to 1457.52EUR per month (up by 8%, from 1445.38EUR per month in 2014).

The SMIC is the minimum legal salary for all workers in France. A change to the SMIC affects minimum salary thresholds for some types of work permit.

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FRANCE – 2015 Minimum Salary Increases

 

This alert was drafted using information provided by Anthony Pajot at APRO Consulting in Paris.

FRANCE – New Work Permit Application Forms from 1 January 2015

Effective 1 January 2015, three new work permit application forms will replace the existing seven, in an attempt to streamline and modernise application procedures.

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FRANCE – New Work Permit Application Forms from 1 January 2015

 

This alert was drafted using information provided by Anthony Pajot at APRO Consulting in Paris.

FRANCE – New Peregrine Partner – APRO Consulting

We are delighted to announce Anthony Pajot of APRO Consulting as our latest partner for Immiguru.  Anthony is a French immigration expert and has already started reviewing the French data held in Immiguru.

Anthony joins our existing partners, Annabelle Esbri at ITAMA Mobility and Fiona Mougenot at Expat Partners, who have welcomed him on board.

French immigration is extremely complex and we are all very pleased to have Anthony’s expert eye on the data in Immiguru; we know that his comments and additions will be beneficial for us and for all our clients.

Please feel free to contact Anthony directly to say hello and to ask him about his specific areas of expertise – his contact details are in Immiguru.