PORTUGAL – EU Directives Will Take Effect 1 October 2018

Decree Law no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018 and effective 1 October 2018, implements the latest amendments to the immigration law, which in turn were published on 28 August 2017.

As we reported here, the 2017 amendments to the immigration law transposed several European Union directives into Portuguese law:

  • (EU) 2014/66 (intra-corporate transfer);
  • (EU) 2014/36 (seasonal workers);
  • (EU) 2016/801 (students and researchers).

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PORTUGAL – EU Directives Will Take Effect 1 October 2018

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Eres Relocation Services.

SPAIN – Delay in Processing of Applications Under Entrepreneurs’ Act

Currently, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is experiencing delays in the processing of applications for visas under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013) due to staff shortages, as well as ongoing delays in processing of residence authorisations.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados and Visa Management.

SWITZERLAND – New Integration and language requirements for residence permits

The Swiss Federal Council has approved a package of legislative amendments which, effective 1 January 2019, will allow the authorities to demand that foreign nationals applying for residence permits sign a cultural integration agreement and demonstrate a certain level of language skill.

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ESTONIA – Amendments to Immigration Law Exempt Top Specialists from Quota

Effective 15 July 2018, amendments have been made to the Aliens Act aimed at encouraging highly-skilled foreign specialists and combatting the illegal employment of foreign nationals.

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ESTONIA – Amendments to Immigration Law Exempt Top Specialists from Quota

SWITZERLAND – Reminder: Obligation to Advertise Certain Jobs Now Effective

Effective 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals for occupations with an unemployment rate of 8% or above have to test the Swiss labour market by advertising. This threshold will be lowered to 5% from 1 January 2020.

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SPAIN – Stricter salary criteria for highly-qualified workers under the Entrepreneur’s Act

Effective immediately, the Spanish authorities appear to be requiring a higher minimum salary for residence authorisations for highly-qualified workers under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013).

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados.

CANADA – Law change makes drunk driving a serious offence, with potential implications for some foreign national visa applicants

An amendment to the Criminal Code in Canada has doubled the maximum prospective punishment for drunk driving (‘DUI’ – Driving Under the Influence) from five years to ten years.

As this offence is now classed as “serious criminality” in Canada, a foreign national who has a prior DUI (even committed outside Canada) seeking to enter the country, may now be inadmissible as, for example, a business visitor or worker.

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