SAUDI ARABIA – New Medical Insurance Requirements Implemented for Many Visitor Visa Applicants
Effective June 20, many applicants filing for Saudi Arabian visas (business, work, and family) will be required to purchase medical insurance covering their stay in the country. Added to the online Enjaz registration portion of Saudi visa application, affected applicants must now select from four medical insurance plans ranging in price from USD $100-$400 depending on the level of coverage and applicant details, as well as answer additional medical and biographical questions.
Foreign nationals must purchase medical insurance coverage regardless of whether they have current foreign medical insurance and/or foreign medical insurance that will also cover their stay in Saudi Arabia. Note that applicants filing for Haj or Umrah pilgrimage visas, diplomats, and medical treatment visa applicants are exempt from this new requirement.
ITALY – Delays, Increased Difficulty in Obtaining Housing Feasibility Certificates
Traditionally, within eight (8) days of arriving in Italy, foreign nationals must provide proof of temporary residence (either a hotel or rental agreement) to the local authorities via a “Housing Stability Certificate.” However, depending on the Italian municipality in question, recent procedural complications and delays have resulted in processing times for these certificates to be extended upwards of 30 days. Especially affected by these delays are the municipalities of Rome and Latina.
As landlords are given a 30-day window to register a new lease (a step required to issue a Housing Stability Certificate), a strategic option for foreign nationals to obtain this certificate more quickly is to utilize a temporary hotel stay during the requisite post-arrival immigration registrations.
SLOVAKIA – New Corporate Requirements for EU Secondment Assignments
Effective June 18, 2016, Slovakian authorities will implement several changes to their immigration regulations pertaining to foreign employees seconded from another EU Member State. Per Act No. 351-215 Coll., employers must adhere to new notification and documentation requirements, as well as be aware of additional penalties for immigration non-compliance.
The new regulations include:
- The foreign, sending employer (from another EU Member State) will be required to notify the Slovakian National Labour Inspectorate (NLI) of the foreign employee’s secondment by no later than the start date of his/her assignment in Slovakia. The secondment of both EU and non-EU nationals will require this notification. Kindly note that notification may be made either via a new online registration portal or through a registration form filed via email or post.
- Both the sending and host companies will be required to maintain the following documents in their records for secondment assignments: the employment contract (or other document confirming the employment relationship with the foreign employee), evidence of the seconded employee’s working time, and documentation of wages paid to the employee.