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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MEXICO – Immigration Offices Closed

Due to the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck Mexico City, the State of Mexico, Morelos and Puebla on Tuesday 19 September 2017, the offices of the National Immigration Institute (INM) are closed and have suspended activities. INM offices are expected to reopen on Monday 25 September.

The INM has also extended application deadlines which applicants could not otherwise meet due to the closures.

Action Items

  • Employers should plan for delays in the processing of residence applications at the INM, and disruptions to their employees’ travel plans to and within Mexico.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Arellano Abogados.

RUSSIA – Extra Document Requirements for Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permit Extensions and Corrections in Moscow

The Migration Department of Moscow region (Greenwood Business Centre) has added to the list of documents required in support of applications for correction and extension of Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permits.

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RUSSIA – Extra Document Requirements for Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permit Extensions and Corrections in Moscow

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

QATAR – Electronic Travel Authorisation for Holders of Certain Visas and Resident Permits

Effective 27 September 2017, Qatar will introduce a single-entry electronic travel authorisation, valid for 30 days and renewable once, for holders of valid visas or residence permits from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Schengen countries or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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MALAYSIA – Projection of Expatriates for 2018 Opens on 1 October 2017

Companies who are registered with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD) can start to apply for their 2018 projection for Employment Passes and Professional Visit Passes from 1 October 2017.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by the Corporate Lab.

 

NIGERIA – Residence Permit Renewals Will Require National Identification Number

1 January 2018 is the deadline for foreign nationals legally residing in Nigeria to obtain a National Identity Number (NIN) issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Without a NIN, a foreign national will not be able to obtain or renew a long-term work and residence permit.

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AZERBAIJAN – Urgent E-visa Now Available

Effective 30 August 2017, an urgent e-visa option is now available for Azerbaijan, with a processing time of three hours.

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