ARGENTINA | Foreign Nationals Required to Have New Digital DNI for International MERCOSUR Travel
Effective immediately, foreign nationals residing in Argentina will need the new digital Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI) card for passport-free travel to MERCOSUR member and associate countries. Older, non-digital versions of the DNI, such as the red and green books or the old non-digital blue card, are no longer valid for international travel to these countries, but will be accepted for domestic travel or other identification purposes within Argentina through April 1, 2017.
The DNI is the primary identification card used by citizens and foreign national residents of Argentina for virtually all identification purposes in Argentina. Holders of the digital DNI are also able to travel to the MERCOSUR treaty countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela without a passport.
BRAZIL | New Rule Makes It Easier to Bring Foreign Tech Talent to Brazil
On October 6, the Brazilian Ministry of Labor issued a new Service Order which now allows Brazilian companies to act as intermediaries in applying for visas for foreign technical workers providing services to multiple Brazilian companies. The new Service Order (no. 01/2016) revises Normative Resolution No. 61/2004, and governs work authorization and visas for foreign nationals under technology transfer agreements and agreements for provision of technical assistance. It now provides a second exception to the general rule that only the company receiving the foreign worker’s services may act as sponsor.
Under the new rule, Brazilian companies may act as a sponsor of a foreign employee if that Brazilian company has a contract with the employee’s foreign employer that gives the Brazilian company the exclusive rights to provide the foreign company’s technical services in Brazil. The Brazilian sponsoring company may then contract with other Brazilian companies for the foreign worker to provide the services locally. The companies receiving the services are not required to be part of the same corporate group as the sponsoring company. This enables more Brazilian companies to benefit from high-demand foreign talent where the cost for any one company employing and bringing the foreign professional to Brazil would be impractical.
HUNGARY | New Intra-Company Transfer Rules In Effect
On September 30, Hungary became the third European Union nation to officially implement into its laws the provisions of the EU Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Directive (2014/66/EU), following close on the heels of Romania’s similar move earlier this year. See our Immigration Dispatch of October 3 for more details. While under the Directive, EU members are to have drafted their ICT legislation by November 29, there has been a long period of inactivity on the Directive since the first EU member to adopt the measures – Spain – did so in September of last year. The goal of the ICT Directive is to increase mobility and provide greater flexibility for foreign employees from outside the EU to transfer between company affiliates in the member states through a uniform and convenient system. For more details on this permit and the EU ICT Directive, download our free white paper “EU ICT Permit: Potential Game Changer for EU Mobility?”.
The new law creates two new work and residence permit categories in Hungary – the “Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit” and the “Long-Term Mobility Permit.” Eligible applicants must be non-European Union (EU)/non-European Economic Area (EEA)/non-Swiss nationals who are transferred to a Hungarian company as a senior employee or expert, or as a trainee-worker, by their foreign employer company in the same enterprise group.
ITALY | Liberalized Document Requirements Should Speed Work Permit Issuance
The Italian Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Ministry of the Interior (MOI) have issued a joint circular which will simplify document submission requirements in support of work permit applications. Effective immediately, certificates of foreign social security coverage will no longer need to be translated and legalized when the foreign national’s country of citizenship has a bilateral social security agreement in place with Italy. This change should save eligible foreign nationals significant time in the document finalization stage and reduce overall processing times in Italy, as the translation and legalization was often a lengthy process.
Pro-Link GLOBAL’s KGNM office in Italy, however, indicates that the finer details and application of this latest joint MOL-MOI circular are still somewhat unclear. Further provisions may also be provided by the Italian authorities which, when implemented, may further alleviate translation and legalization requirements for other submitted documents as well. Our immigration advisors in Italy will continue to clarify the information with the MOL and MOI so that we may streamline the application process for our clients wherever possible.