SAUDI ARABIA – New Residence Scheme Approved

The Saudi government has approved a new special residence scheme, similar to the green card systems used elsewhere, which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals, and which will be implemented within the next five years.

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SAUDI ARABIA – New Residence Scheme Approved

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SAUDI ARABIA – Recent Changes for Foreign Workers

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently made several significant changes to its rules for issuing block visas and work visas, to the “Nitaqat” Saudization system and to the expat levy.

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COLOMBIA – New Labour Ministry Registration Required for all Foreign Workers [UPDATED]

On 9 October 2018, the Ministry of Labour issued Resolution 4388, creating and implementing the Single Registry of Foreign Workers in Colombia (“RUTEC”). The Ministry aims to use the registry to collect and control information about foreign workers, allowing it to monitor their current status and avoid abusive and illegal contracting practices.

[UPDATE] The Ministry has confirmed that the 120 days, within which companies must register their foreign national employees hired by 9 October 2018, should be counted from the date Resolution 4388 was published in the official journal (8 November 2018).

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SAUDI ARABIA – Labour Market Testing Requirement Suspended

Effective immediately, the Saudi Ministry of Labor has suspended the requirement for companies intending to hire foreign nationals to first advertise jobs on the Taqat jobs portal before applying for block visas (expatriate quota).

At the same time, the Ministry has announced a fast track visa service for companies who have a high Saudization rate to be able to obtain visas immediately, and has allowed companies in the medium green saudization category to apply for block visas provided that it does not lower the company’s Saudization category. This was previously restricted to the high green and platinum categories only.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Labour Market Testing Requirement Suspended

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published [UPDATED]

On 25 July 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorisation for foreign professionals, effective immediately.

UPDATE] The Ministry of Labour has published further clarification of the procedures for renewal of work and residence authorisation for those holding permits issued under the previous law.

According to the Ministry, holders of a work permit issued before 21 November 2017 who wish to extend their stay must first obtain a new residence permit under the latest Normative Resolutions. After holding this for two years, they will be able to apply to convert this to indefinite residence.

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published [UPDATED]

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

On 25 July 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorisation for foreign professionals, effective immediately.

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

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ITALY – Family Residence Permit Applicants Can Start Work Upon Application Submission

On 7 May 2015, with immediate effect, the Italian Ministry of Labour clarified that applicants for residence permits for family reasons can start work as soon as they have submitted the application.

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ITALY – Family Residence Permit Applicants Can Start Work Upon Application Submission

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