ARGENTINA – Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments

There is currently a low availability of appointments, and delays of up to a month and a half, for non-Mercosur visa applications at the Immigration Office (DNM).

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ARGENTINA – Delays in Booking of Immigration Office Appointments

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CSM.

CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), reached between Canada, Mexico and the United States late on 30 September 2018, leaves intact the immigration provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it will replace if ratified.

Qualifying business persons will continue to be able to travel and work under the same rules as before. The USMCA must still be ratified by lawmakers in all three countries.

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CANADA/MEXICO/UNITED STATES – Revised Trade Deal Leaves Work Visa Provisions Unchanged

This alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.

PORTUGAL – Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified

Regulatory Decree no. 9/2018, published on 11 September 2018, took effect on 1 October 2018.

As well as implementing the 2017 amendments to the immigration law which transposed certain EU Directives into Portuguese law (see our previous alert here, the decree seeks to simplify visa application and residence permit procedures and to reduce processing times.

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PORTUGAL – Visa and Residence Procedures Simplified

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Eres Relocation Services.

FRANCE – Changes to Rules for Posted Workers

On 5 September 2018, Law No. 2018-771 on “freedom to choose one’s professional future” was signed by the French president, codifying several important changes to the rules for workers posted to France.

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FRANCE – Changes to Rules for Posted Workers

This alert was drafted using information provided by Apro Consulting and Home Conseil Relocation.

ARGENTINA – Strike Expected to Affect Public Services

A general strike called by several large trade unions for 24 and 25 September 2018, in protest at the government’s economic policy, is expected to affect services provided by the National Immigration Office (DNM), the National Civil Registry (RENAPER), the Social Security Agency (ANSES), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Registry of Recidivism (RNR) among others.

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ARGENTINA – Strike Expected to Affect Public Services

This news alert was prepared using information provided by CSM.

NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Intra-Corporate Transferees

Effective 1 October 2018, third-country nationals working in the Netherlands with an intra-corporate transfer (ICT) permit can perform self-employed activities alongside the main working activities for which their residence permit in the Netherlands has been initially granted, according to a recent decree.

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PHILIPPINES – No Visa Stickers Available for Temporary Visitors

The Bureau of Immigration has issued a “Note With Recommendation” warning that it has run out of the visa stickers that are usually issued for the extension of temporary visitor or 9(a) visas (“TV Sticker”).

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PHILIPPINES – No Visa Stickers Available for Temporary Visitors

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Follosco, Morallos & Herce.