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

This news alert was prepared with information provided by Innovation SA and Proven.

SAUDI ARABIA – Foreign nationals require a registered rental agreement for work permit renewal

Effective September 2018, foreign national residents looking to renew their work permits must have a rental contract authenticated and registered with the new Ejar online rental platform, according to an announcement by the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) and the Ministry of Housing.

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TAIWAN – New Foreign Recruitment Law Takes Effect

The Act Governing Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals (see our previous alert here) came into effect on 8 February 2018.

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TAIWAN – New Foreign Recruitment Law Takes Effect

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Taiwan Immigration & Relocation.

TAIWAN – Upcoming New Foreign Recruitment Law Relaxed Rules, Adds Benefits

The Act Governing Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals will come into effect on 8 February 2018, introducing various benefits for foreign nationals working in Taiwan, and for their employers.

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TAIWAN – Upcoming New Foreign Recruitment Law Relaxed Rules, Adds Benefits

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

PERU – Annual Tax Payment for Foreign Residents No Longer Required

Effective immediately, the National Superintendency of Migration of Peru has repealed the previous requirement for foreign nationals resident in Peru to pay the “annual aliens rate” (TAE – Tasa Anual de Extranjeria) in the first quarter of each year.

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PERU – Annual Tax Payment for Foreign Residents No Longer Required

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

SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Companies with Five or Fewer Employees Are Exempt from Expanded Expat Fee – UPDATED

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development has announced that Saudi companies employing five people or fewer are exempt from the new monthly expat levy. Companies employing nine people or fewer must pay the levy for the number of employees exceeding five.

UPDATE

For work permits issued prior to 1 January 2018 and still valid during the year 2018, the Ministry of Labour will send the employer an invoice stating the outstanding amount of expatriate fee payable due to the increased fees for 2018. The outstanding amount must be paid within three months of 1 January 2018. Failure to pay on time may result in penalties on the employer and the employee, at the discretion of the authorities.

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GHANA – Enforcement of Company Obligations

Effective Monday 1st August 2016 the Ghanaian Registrar of Companies will enforce financial penalties for any local entity that has not filed Annual Returns or renewed their company partner registration. These penalties will apply until 31 December 2016 when any companies that are not up to date will be removed from the Registry.

Companies registered with the Registrar General’s Department before October 2011 are also now required to re-register with the Registry by the end of this year (31 December 2016) or risk being deleted from the records thereafter.

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GHANA – Enforcement of Company Obligations

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Globetrotters Legal Services.

AUSTRALIA – Upcoming Data Matching Programme

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announced on 4 August 2015 that, beginning in September 2015, it will request immigration data from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) as part of a data-matching programme intended to ensure that certain taxpayers are correctly meeting their taxation obligations.

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AUSTRALIA – Upcoming Data Matching Programme

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Visa Executive.