Seasons changes are upon us as the North begins to get out sweaters, blankets, and mugs of tea, and the South begins to feel the beginning rays of spring warmth. Changes are afoot in the world of global immigration as well and, whether you're getting jackets out of storage or brushing the dust off that sunhat, you can catch up on September's top five global immigration updates. Don't worry, we've done all the work for you already - these are this month's "must know" immigration changes from Switzerland, Austria, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India.
Top 5 Global Immigration Updates for September 2017:
1. SWITZERLAND – Third Quarter Quota of L and B Permits for EU/EFTA Nationals Exhausted
With still one month to go, Switzerland exhausted the Third Quarter’s quota of L and B Permits for European Union and European Free Trade Area nationals. A perennial problem since quotas were decreased in 2015, shortages are likely to occur in the fourth quarter (starting October 1) as well. Learn more.
2. AUSTRIA – European Union Intra-Company Transfer Directive Adopted
Slated for implementation October 1, Austria adopted the provisions of the EU Intra-Corporate Transfer (ICT) Directive (2014/66/EU). Austria is the nineteenth European Union member nation to begin offering this EU-standard work permit for non-EU/EFTA managers, specialists, and trainees that not only authorizes work at related companies in Austria but also temporary assignments at locations in other recognizing EU nations. Learn more.
3. CAMBODIA – Work Permits to be Required for Long-Term Business Visa Renewals
Seeking to reduce the amount of business visa abuse, the Cambodian government continues to tighten its employment-based immigration rules and the enforcement of the same. Next up is an increase in the scrutiny of long-term extension applications of business e-visas. Foreign nationals – either traveling to or already in-country – who wish to work long-term in Cambodia are advised to plan on applying for and obtaining proper work permits through the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training. Learn more.
4. VIETNAM – Clarification of Intra-Company Transfer Permit Requirements in Ho Chi Minh City
The Labor Department in Ho Chi Minh City is clarifying its approach to intra-company transfers, introducing a new category that provides for work permits where the applicant is employed by a sister company of the local entity, rather than requiring the employee to be employed by the parent company, as was the case previously. While there has been no official announcement of this policy change, and this is currently only being done in Ho Chi Minh City, we are hopeful that this will spread to other local labor offices. This eliminates those cases where the foreign employee must be placed on local contract because he/she is unable to show the requisite one-year of employment with the “foreign investor entity.” Learn more.
5. INDIA – Form C Registration Placing Greater Burdens on Companies and Foreign Employees
The Form C requirement for landlords and accommodation managers to register their foreign guests within 14-days is getting tighter. Specifically in Chennai, the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) is requiring registration within 24-hours of arrival and upon departure of the accommodation. Increasingly, companies are being held responsible in cases where the landlord/manager fails to comply with the registration requirement. Some FRROs (including Chennai) are demanding that a company representative appear to explain why the landlord/manager did not complete the registration. Learn more.