SINGAPORE – Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Employment Pass Application Form

Effective immediately, and without any official announcement, the Ministry of Manpower has added several questions to the Employment Pass (EP) online application form, requiring sponsoring employers to give additional, detailed information about their recruitment practices.

The changes may cause delays with applications which have not yet been submitted, as additional information on the recruitment process will need to be gathered.

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SINGAPORE – Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Employment Pass Application Form

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

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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This news alert was prepared using information provided by NIM.MERSION.

SINGAPORE – New Electronic System for Permanent Residence Applications

Effective 18 December 2017, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority will introduce an electronic-Permanent Residence (e-PR) application system, which will be mandatory for all Permanent Residence (PR) applications from that date.

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SINGAPORE – New Electronic System for Permanent Residence Applications

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

MALAYSIA – MDEC Announces Changes to Employment Pass Application Process

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced that, on 15 November 2017, it will introduce reduced and more consistent processing times for employment passes, a new online application portal and new service fees, paid online in advance of application submission.

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

TAIWAN – Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and Macau Can Now Obtain Multiple-Entry Permit Online

Effective 2 October 2017, permanent residents of Hong Kong and Macau, who live in one of 27 designated locations can apply for one-year or three-year multiple-entry permits for Taiwan online, rather than in person at the Taipei Representative Office.

Previously, only a single-entry permit to Taiwan was available through the online platform. Obtaining a visa upon arrival in Taiwan remains an option.

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TAIWAN – Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and Macau Can Now Obtain Multiple-Entry Permit Online

This news alert was prepared using information provided by People First Relocation.

VIETNAM – Update on the Transition to an Online Work Permit Application System

With an implementation date of 2 October 2017, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has issued a new instructional circular (Circular 23/2017/TT-BLDTBXH) providing the details for online submission and management of applications in the new online process.

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VIETNAM – Update on the Transition to an Online Work Permit Application System

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

NIGERIA – Temporary Work Permit Pre-Approval Application by Email Now Available

Effective immediately, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has implemented the option to apply by email for pre-approval for a Temporary Work Permit (TWP), with a target for approvals of two working days from receipt of application.

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NIGERIA – Temporary Work Permit Pre-Approval Application by Email Now Available

This alert was drafted using information provided by Famsville Solicitors and Bloomfield Law Practice.

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