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16-JAN-17 - IMMIGRATION AND SHIPPING


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    January 16, 2017 Global Moving Solutions   


Chinese New Year falls on Jan. 28. Most offices in China, Singapore and other Asian countries will be closed Jan 26 through Feb 2. Please expect delays.

Denmark - Beginning Jan 13, biometrics appointments can be booked online for foreign employees on work permits under the Fast-track Scheme. These appointments must be booked beginning Feb 7; Walk-ins will no longer be allowed at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) in Copenhagen.

Hong Kong - Beginning Jan 23 Indian nationals planning upcoming travel to Hong Kong without a visa (and relying on visa-exempt status) must preregister online before travel. If Indian nationals are enrolled as valid frequent visitors using the e-Channel service, they are exempt.

Ireland - Ireland's increase in minimum wage took effect Jan 1. This increase affects several work permit categories: Atypical Working Scheme visas, or dependents and interns on employment visas, and pay under Intracompany Transfer permits or Contract for Services permits. Employers will have to comply with the National Minimum Wage Act and raise salaries.

Israel - The Israeli government's decision to reciprocal terms with the U.S. on investor visas, clears the way for Israel to offer investor visas to U.S. nationals under terms that are similar to those of the U.S. E-2 treaty investor program. The visa programs should attract investment between the two countries.

Italy - Italy is adopting the European Union directive on intracompany transfers (ICTs) that applies to managers, specialists and trainees transferred within the same corporate group from a non-EU office to an EU country.

Peru - Foreign companies sending employees to Peru on appointed worker visas must ensure that the proposed period of services in the appointment letter does not exceed the duration of the agreement between the foreign company and local Peruvian host company. This applies to appointed worker visas for employees of a foreign company completing assignments or specific tasks in Peru for up to 90 days (renewable for up to one year) and remaining on a foreign payroll.

Russia - Employers in Russia must report the salaries of foreign highly qualified specialists covering the last quarter of 2016 (October through December) prior to Jan 31. The salaries should comply with the wage thresholds set for highly qualified specialists.

Singapore - Foreign nationals should be aware that a phone scam has resurfaced; callers posing as Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or other government officials are asking for money from foreign nationals. These scams are common and foreign nationals should be wary of any calls from individuals claiming to be MOM officers asking for money to settle a work pass issue.

USA - The Department of Homeland Security has released the final version of the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule would grant qualifying foreign entrepreneurs permission to remain temporarily in the U.S. to grow their startups. Applicants must meet minimum capital investment or government grant requirements and demonstrate that their startup will provide a significant public benefit through rapid growth and job creation. The qualifying criteria remain high.

Yemen has been redesignated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS designation for existing recipients has been extended for an additional 18 months through Sept. 3, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to re-register as early as possible.

The Board of Immigration Appeals certified as precedent a new set of standards established by the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office for establishing whether there is a national interest in waiving the labor certification for EB-2 immigrants (members of the professions holding an advanced degree). These new standards should make it easier to waive the certification than the earlier standards, in place since 1998.

Vietnam - The Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs of Ho Chi Minh City has announced a new rule that an assignment letter justifying an intracompany transfer must be issued by an owner or shareholder of the Vietnamese host company.


For further information, please contact Alex Talbot (alex.talbot@interconex.com)
or Cheryl Van Achte (cheryl.vanachte@interconex.com).




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