SWITZERLAND – End of Work Permit Quotas for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

Effective 1 June 2019, the safeguard clause imposing quotas on residence permits for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU2) will no longer apply.

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EUROPEAN UNION – Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States

Under the Public Documents Regulation (EU) 2016/1191, effective 16 February 2019, an apostille (authenticity stamp) is no longer required when presenting public documents issued by the authorities of one EU member state to the authorities of another EU member state.

In addition, EU citizens are also no longer required to provide an official translation of their public documents in many cases – instead they can request a multilingual standard form, available in all EU languages, to present as translation aid attached to their public documents.

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EUROPEAN UNION – Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States

This alert was prepared with information provided by Mazzeschi and Sagardoy Abogados.

CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.

Qualifying business persons will continue to be able to travel and work under the same rules as before. The USMCA must still be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.

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CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

This alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.

EUROPEAN UNION – Posted Worker Reform Adopted by European Council and Parliament

On 29 May 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of adopting amendments to the Posting of Workers Directive (1996/71/EC), and the European Council adopted the revised Directive on 21 June 2018.

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EUROPEAN UNION – Posted Worker Reform Adopted by European Council and Parliament

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EUROPEAN UNION – European Court of Justice Rules that EU Countries Must Recognise Residence Rights of Same-Sex Spouses

On 5 June 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that all European Union Member States must recognise the residence rights of non-EU national same-sex spouses of EU citizens who were married in another Member State.

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EUROPEAN UNION – European Court of Justice Rules that EU Countries Must Recognise Residence Rights of Same-Sex Spouses

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Immigration Law Associates.

EUROPEAN UNION – Posted Worker Reform Adopted by European Parliament

On 29 May 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of adopting amendments to the Posting of Workers Directive (1996/71/EC). The amendments were agreed with the Council and the Commission at the beginning of March 2018.

Member states will have two years to transpose the rules into their national laws and must put them into effect by the end of this period.

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EUROPEAN UNION – Posted Worker Reform Adopted by European Parliament

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EUROPEAN UNION – New Consular Protection Rules Take Effect

Effective 1 May 2018, EU citizens who need assistance or advice while travelling or residing outside the EU, where there is no embassy or consulate from their own country (i.e., they are “unrepresented”), are entitled to seek help from the embassy or consulate of any other EU Member State.

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EUROPEAN UNION – New Consular Protection Rules Take Effect

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the European Commission.