Baking your favorite holiday desserts, addressing cards to your loved ones, shopping for the perfect presents for your dedicated officemates - these are just a few of our favorite things that make December one of the busiest months of the year. Don't let the holiday hustle wreak havoc on your Global Mobility program. We're bringing you the top 5 global immigration alerts to ensure your Global Mobility program and international assignees stay in compliance while decking the halls and ushering in 2017.
Top 5 Global Immigration Updates for December 2016:
- Canada– Temporary Worker “4-In, 4-Out” Rule Eliminated
Effective December 12, Canadian authorities have eliminated the “4-in, 4-out” stay limitations under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Under this rule, temporary foreign workers were only able to work and reside in Canada for four (4) years, after which they were required to exit Canada for an additional four years before being eligible to return. Note that ICTs and NAFTA work permit holders were already exempt from this rule. Read more.
- Indonesia – Transition to Online System Bringing Numerous Changes
Immigration changes continue in Indonesia in anticipation of newly-announced online immigration processing system. Read more.
- Saudi Arabia – “Balanced Nitiqat” Scheme Postponed
The December 12 implementation of the “Balanced Nitiqat” scheme has been postponed for an unknown period. The “Balanced Nitiqat” system will bring forth additional complexities to the current Nitiqat system. Read more.
- Singapore – Several Changes Impact Work Pass Holders
Several recent changes will impact Employment Pass (EP), S Pass, and Work Permit holders: (1) Letter of Consent now required for EP holders appointed to a Board of Directors, (2) EP holders transferring companies will be required to obtain a new pass instead of simply notifying the Ministry of Manpower of the changes, and (3) written consent from the employee must be obtained before applying for an initial or renewal pass. Read more.
- Vietnam – Guidance on New Decree 11 Finally Available
The Vietnamese authorities have published an official circular that provides clarifications on recently-implemented immigration changes. Read more.
BONUS: France – Process for New ICT Permits and Talent Passports Taking Shape
The new ICT Permits and Talent Passports are being issued by some French consulates, and more details on the applications process and requirements are now available. Read more.