New Data in Immiguru: NETHERLANDS – Work Permit Exemption (International Commercial Trade Regulations program)

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve added the Work Permit Exemption (International Commercial Trade Regulations program) process for the Netherlands to Immiguru.

The Dutch International Commercial Trade Regulations (ICTR) program has recently come into force, replacing the narrower Knowledge-Based Industry Pilot Program which ran as a test from July 2013 to June 2017. Under this new work permit waiver program, Dutch companies can bring non-EU/EEA/Swiss foreign nationals to the Netherlands to perform activities as part of a pre-approved project related to the delivery of goods and services for a period of up to three years. Work permits are not required but a notification should be made to the Dutch Labour Authorities and a residence permit applied for stays of over 90 days.

Many thanks to our partner in the Netherlands, Expat Management Group for their help with this!

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New Data in Immiguru: AUSTRIA – Intra Company Transfer Permit (EU Directive 2014/66)

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve added the Intra Company Transfer Permit (EU Directive 2014/66) process for Austria to Immiguru.

This process is the newly-implemented temporary residence authorisation for Intra Company Transfers (ICT), according to Directive 2014/66/EU. It is only applicable to assignees falling into management/specialist or trainee categories sent to Austria for over 90 days from outside the EU and has a maximum total duration of stay of three years for managers/specialists and one year for trainees.

Many thanks to our partner in Austria, Relocation Services Strohmayer, for their help with this!

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SWEDEN – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Announced for March 2018

The Swedish Migration Agency has announced that it plans to implement European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer” from 1 March 2018, including an online application procedure.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Process Changes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

The Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) free zone has removed the Internal Visa Transfer option for foreign employees transferring to a new employer within the DCCA. Employees in this situation now need to use the “Government Transfer” option, which requires a medical test (unlike the Internal Visa Transfer option).

Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi, the original Emirates ID of the sponsor is now required in support of visa applications for dependent family members. The immigration authorities scan the original Emirates ID to check whether the sponsor is currently out of the country, and reject the application if the sponsor is not in the UAE at the time of application submission.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Process Changes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

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CZECH REPUBLIC – Visapoint Appointment-Booking System Closed

Effective 1 November 2017, the Visapoint system has closed and is no longer available for booking appointments for visa or residence permit applications.

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CZECH REPUBLIC – Visapoint Appointment-Booking System Closed

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND – Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

On 31 October 2017, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement (a “Memorandum of Understanding”) on the short-stay visa waiver for holders of ordinary passports.

As nationals of each country could already travel visa-free to the other, there are likely to be few if any noticeable changes as a result of the agreement.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND – Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Indian Nationals Under 14-Day Visa on Arrival May Not Change Status

Effective immediately, Indian nationals holding a 14-day visa on arrival, issued on the basis of a valid US visa or Green Card, cannot change status to another visa type, such as a tourist, business or employment visa, while in the UAE.

Indian nationals in this situation who wish to change status need to exit and re-enter UAE with a tourist, employment or business visa.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Indian Nationals Under 14-Day Visa on Arrival May Not Change Status

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Move One.