PHILIPPINES – New Requirements and Restrictions for Special Work Permit and Provisional Work Permit

On 29 January 2019, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued Operations Order No. JHM-2019-002, establishing supplemental guidelines for SWP and PWP issuance.

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

 

ROMANIA – Significant Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

The Government has increased to 20,000 the total number of work permits that can be issued in 2019 to non-EU nationals, up significantly from 7000 in 2018.

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ROMANIA – Significant Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2019

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

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Long-Term Visa Applications Accepted from 3 February 2019

The UAE will officially begin accepting applications for long-term residence visas for investors, entrepreneurs and key professionals from 3 February 2019.

In November 2018, the UAE cabinet approved new long-term residence visas, and announced further details of the qualifying requirements. Under the previous rules, residence visas were only valid for up to three years.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Long-Term Visa Applications Accepted from 3 February 2019

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Executive Expatriate Relocations.

BELGIUM – Single Permit Implemented 1 January 2019

The Single Permit Directive (2011/98/EU) has finally been implemented in Belgium, effective 1 January 2019.

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This alert was prepared with information from Praetica and The Map Group.

KENYA – In-Country Work Permits Suspended [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya. Upon the expiry of a permit or pass, the foreign national will be required to leave the country until the permit or pass is renewed and issued.

[UPDATE] As of 14 January 2019, this directive has not yet been implemented. However, increased scrutiny is being given to all applications with more stringent vetting of approvals for permits and passes. Approvals will only be given for positions where it is clearly demonstrated that there is no local skill-set available or that the sponsoring entity has taken genuine steps to train Kenyan understudies.

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INDONESIA – Change to Validity of RPTKA

Effective 10 December 2018, an RPTKA can only be valid for up to two years initially, rather than five as previously.

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INDONESIA – Change to Validity of RPTKA

This news alert was prepared using information provided by PNB Immigration Law Firm.

NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2019

Effective 1 January 2019, the Dutch immigration authorities (IND) have announced new minimum salary levels for knowledge migrant workers (aka Highly Skilled Migrants), graduates and Blue Card applicants coming to the Netherlands.

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NETHERLANDS – New Minimum Salary Levels for 2019

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase and Expat Management Group.