PANAMA – Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees

Following the enactment of Law 57 of 24 October 2018, employees of multinational headquarters (“Sedes de Empresas Multinacionales” or SEM) will be able to apply for permanent residence after five years of temporary residence, while continuing to work for the same company in Panama.

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PANAMA – Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees

This alert was prepared with information provided by Morgan & Morgan.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Visa Rules Bring Positive Changes

On 21 October 2018, the UAE cabinet approved a number of new visa rules that will prove beneficial to numerous categories of foreign nationals in the UAE, including tourists, retirees and students and the widows, divorcees, and children of foreign nationals.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Visa Rules Bring Positive Changes

This alert has been prepared with information provided by Sesam Business Consultants and Executive Expatriate Relocations.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that its new insurance scheme for foreign workers will be available from 15 October 2018.

The new scheme, announced alongside other changes on 13 June 2018, will be offered as an alternative to the existing bank guarantee system.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants.

NEW ZEALAND – Work Visa Application Fees to Double

Effective 5 November 2018, application fees for New Zealand visas will increase dramatically.

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POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

Effective immediately, a new online appointment booking system is in place at the Warsaw immigration office (Mazovian Provincial Office) for initial and renewal applications for type A work permits (local contract and payroll). The applicant can select a preferred date from an available range. However, the date confirmed by the authorities may not be the same as the date requested.

In addition, the Kraków immigration office (Malopolskie Provincial Office) has implemented a new system for booking an appointment for any work and residence permit application by email. In return, the applicant will receive an SMS notification with the appointment time.

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POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expatax.

SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas for 2019.

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SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

This alert was prepared using information provided by Sgier und Partner.

SLOVAKIA – Long queues for temporary residence permits at foreign police office in Bratislava

The number of non-EU nationals attending the Foreign Police office in Bratislava to submit initial and renewal applications for temporary residence permits (including single permits) has increased significantly in recent weeks, leading to very long queues.

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SLOVAKIA – Long queues for temporary residence permits at foreign police office in Bratislava

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Pro Relocation.