ITALY – 2018 Quota Decree Published

The Italian government has announced a cap of 30,850 on the number of workers from outside the EEA allowed in Italy for 2018. The total number of quotas is the same as for 2017, and the number per category of workers is only slightly different.

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ITALY – 2018 Quota Decree Published

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ROMANIA – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

Romania’s work permit quotas for 2018 have been published in the Official Gazette (Part I, no. 1040 of 29 December 2017) according to Government Decision no.946/28.12.2017.

The Government has increased to 7000 (up from 5500 in 2017) the total number of work permits that can be issued in 2018 to non-EU nationals.

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ROMANIA – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

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SWITZERLAND – 2017 Quotas Exhausted for EU/EFTA L and B Permits for Assignees

The 2017 quota for short-term L permits and long-term B permits for assignees from European Union (EU) / European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled.

For new, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland but remain on their foreign employment contracts, new permit quotas will only be available from 1 January 2018.

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SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas for 2018.

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SWITZERLAND – Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

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SAUDI ARABIA – Employers Can Pay to Attain Required Saudization Category

Following the implementation on 3 September 2017 of stricter Saudization requirements for businesses, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) have introduced the “Parallel Nitaqat” system, to allow employers to buy into the required saudization category instead of hiring Saudi nationals.

“Parallel Nitaqat” aims to help employers who are struggling to hire enough Saudi nationals with the required skills or experience to reach their preferred Nitaqat category. Employers can pay a monthly fee (or six months in advance) for each Saudi employee they would otherwise have to hire to reach their preferred Nitaqat category.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Employers Can Pay to Attain Required Saudization Category

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SWITZERLAND – Quotas for EU/EFTA L and B Permits Exhausted for Third Quarter of 2017

The quota for L and B permits for the third quarter of 2017, for short-term assignees from European Union (EU) / European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Foreign Engineers Now Required to Have Five Years of Experience

The Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) and the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) have announced an agreement to require foreign engineers to demonstrate at least five years of professional engineering experience to be eligible for work permits.

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SAUDI ARABIA – Foreign Engineers Now Required to Have Five Years of Experience

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