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

POLAND – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

Effective 1 July 2018, new regulations allow non-EU nationals to apply for work permits for almost two hundred occupations without the requirement to first obtain confirmation from the labour office.

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POLAND – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expatax.

VIETNAM – Some Provinces Now Require Residence Card Cancellation Before Departure

Effective immediately, the immigration authorities in some provinces in Vietnam are requiring foreign nationals who are terminating their assignments and leaving the country to surrender and cancel their Temporary Residence Card (TRC) prior to their departure. In these cases, the foreign national and any dependents will have to apply for an exit visa to be able to leave Vietnam.

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VIETNAM – Some Provinces Now Require Residence Card Cancellation Before Departure

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

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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SLOVENIA – Croatian Worker Restrictions Lifted from 1 July 2018

The Slovenian government has lifted work restrictions for Croatian workers, effective 1 July 2018. Croatian nationals now have the same access to the Slovenian labour market as nationals of other EU Member States. Austria is the only EU Member State still restricting Croatians’ access to its labour market.

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SLOVENIA – Croatian Worker Restrictions Lifted from 1 July 2018

The information in this news alert was provided by ODI Law and Matrix Relocations.

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.