UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that its new insurance scheme for foreign workers will be available from 15 October 2018.

The new scheme, announced alongside other changes on 13 June 2018, will be offered as an alternative to the existing bank guarantee system.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

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POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

Effective immediately, a new online appointment booking system is in place at the Warsaw immigration office (Mazovian Provincial Office) for initial and renewal applications for type A work permits (local contract and payroll). The applicant can select a preferred date from an available range. However, the date confirmed by the authorities may not be the same as the date requested.

In addition, the Kraków immigration office (Malopolskie Provincial Office) has implemented a new system for booking an appointment for any work and residence permit application by email. In return, the applicant will receive an SMS notification with the appointment time.

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POLAND – New Appointment Booking Procedures

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NETHERLANDS – Self-Employed Activities Permitted for Intra-Corporate Transferees

Effective 1 October 2018, third-country nationals working in the Netherlands with an intra-corporate transfer (ICT) permit can perform self-employed activities alongside the main working activities for which their residence permit in the Netherlands has been initially granted, according to a recent decree.

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NETHERLANDS – Cross border workers no longer limited to 90 out of 180 days

Effective immediately, third country nationals resident in another member state (for example Belgium or Germany) who work in the Netherlands with a work permit but return to their country of residence at least once a week (so-called “cross border workers” or “frontier workers”) are no longer limited to 90 days stay in the Netherlands in any 180-day period.

The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has removed the reference to this limit from its website and confirmed to Newland Chase that cross border workers are indeed exempt from the 90/180 days limit.

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NETHERLANDS – Cross border workers no longer limited to 90 out of 180 days

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CHINA – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

As we reported in August, the Chinese government has abolished the work permit requirement for residents of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan (“HMT residents”).

Effective 1 September 2018, HMT residents can voluntarily apply for a new mainland residence card.

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CHINA – Optional Mainland Residence Card Introduced for Residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

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THAILAND – Single Window system for work permits and visas implemented early

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) now requires BOI-promoted companies applying for work permits or long-term visas at the Bangkok One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC), or in Chiang Mai or Phuket, to submit applications via its new Single Window online system for streamlined initial and renewal work permit and visa applications.

The implementation date was brought forward from 2 October 2018 to 31 July 2018. In all other provinces, applications must still be made with hardcopy supporting documents and old-style work permit booklets will still be issued.

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