NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2018

Effective 1 January 2018, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2018

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase and Expat Management Group.

THAILAND – New Strategic Talent Centre Supports Companies Hiring Foreign Specialists

Effective 3 July 2017, the Thai Board of Investment (BOI) has established a new Strategic Talent Centre (STC) to help Thai and foreign companies that are seeking to recruit highly skilled Thai and foreign specialists in the fields of science and technology to support their businesses in Thailand.

The STC is available to all private companies, regardless of whether they are registered with the BOI. Moreover, non-BOI companies using the STC are entitled to be exempt from the 4:1 ratio of local Thai employees to foreign employees.

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CANADA – Government Implements Global Skills Strategy

On 12 June 2017, the Canadian government implemented its Global Skills Strategy (GSS), and provided further details of the two-year pilot program.

Two-week work permit processing is available for certain highly skilled occupations under the Global Talent Stream (GTS) or the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The Global Skills Strategy also encompasses two new work permit exemptions for short-term work.

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CANADA – Government Implements Global Skills Strategy

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DENMARK – Stricter Permanent Residence Requirements and New Salary Rules for Pay Limit Scheme

The Danish Parliament has recently passed two pieces of legislation affecting immigration: one act imposing stricter eligibility criteria for permanent residence, and another act defining salary requirements for work permits under the Pay-Limit Scheme, which also affects the Fast-track Scheme.

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DENMARK – Stricter Permanent Residence Requirements and New Salary Rules for Pay Limit Scheme

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Copenhagen Relocations.

NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Highly Skilled Migrants, Students and Scientific Researchers

Effective 1 April 2017, highly skilled migrants, EU Blue Card holders, foreign students studying in the Netherlands and scientific researchers who are in possession of a valid residence permit can perform self-employed activities alongside the main working activities for which their residence permit in the Netherlands has been initially granted.

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DENMARK – Biometrics Registration in Copenhagen Will Require an Appointment; and the Minimum Salary Threshold for the Pay Limit Scheme has Increased

From 7 February 2017, foreign nationals applying for work and residence permits under the Fast-Track Scheme must book an appointment for registering their biometric data at the Danish Agency of Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) in Copenhagen.

Appointments can be scheduled online from 13 January 2017, and advance booking will become mandatory from 7 February 2017.

In addition, the minimum gross annual pay to qualify for the Pay Limit Scheme increased to DKK 408,000 (up from DKK 400,000) from 1 January 2017.

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DENMARK – Biometrics Registration in Copenhagen Will Require an Appointment; and the Minimum Salary Threshold for the Pay Limit Scheme has Increased

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Copenhagen Relocations.

NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2017

Effective 1 January 2017, the Dutch immigration authorities have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants) and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2016

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expat Management Group and V&A Group.

BELGIUM – 2017 Minimum Salary Increases for Work Permits

The Belgian government has announced a slight increase in the minimum salary requirements for Type B work permits and Blue Cards from 1 January 2017.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Praetica.

NETHERLANDS – New Permit to Implement EU Intra-Corporate Transfer Directive

The Dutch government has published regulations for the introduction of a new EU (European Union) ICT (intra-corporate transfer) Permit, effective 29 November 2016.

The new EU ICT permit implements Directive 2014/66/EC of 15 May 2014 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”, and replaces the established Highly-Skilled Migrant Scheme for intra-corporate transferees who remain on home contract.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expat Management Group.

CANADA – Changes Made to Express Entry Points System

Effective 19 November 2016, the Government of Canada is making changes to the Express Entry immigration program to level the playing field between various types of work permit holders who apply for permanent residence.

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CANADA – Changes made to Express Entry Points System

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