SINGAPORE – Upcoming Tightening of Foreign Worker Quota Rules

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced planned changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers.

SINGAPORE – Upcoming Tightening of Foreign Worker Quota Rules

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

VIETNAM – New Notification Requirement for Early Termination of Work Permits

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has issued a circular which re-introduces the requirement to notify provincial Departments of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (DeLISA) of early termination of work permits, and introduces new work permit application forms. Implementation is ongoing and depends on the province.

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VIETNAM – New Notification Requirement for Early Termination of Work Permits

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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 – New Long-Term Visas [Updated 13/03/2019]

[UPDATE] On 11 March 2019, the UAE cabinet approved the regulatory framework for the issuance of five and ten-year visas. Previously, residence visas were only valid for up to a maximum of three years.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Long-Term Visas [Updated 13/03/2019]

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Executive Expatriate Relocations and Sesam Business Consultants.

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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