Immigration changes for Singapore, Angola, India, Peru, Thailand

SINGAPORE | Increased Enforcement of Local Hiring Rules and Longer Standard Processing Times
Pro-Link GLOBAL has reported previously on the impact that Singapore’s slowing job growth is having on its immigration processes. For more details, see our Immigration Dispatches of February 20 and December 13, and download our free e-book “Singapore Moves to Protect Its Own Labor Force” here. As part of this ongoing trend, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) continues to take actions aimed at increasing local hiring while maintaining a reasonable level of foreign employment-based immigration.


ANGOLA | New Presidential Decree Hits Foreign Worker Compensation
A new Presidential Decree (No. 43/17) enacted March 6 makes several significant changes to the laws governing foreign workers in Angola, including:

  • Salaries of foreign workers must now be paid in Angolan kwanzas (AOA) rather than the denomination of the worker’s home country or other international denomination;
  • Benefits packages (including cash and in-kind benefits) for foreign workers are now capped at no more than 50 percent of the base salary;
  • The requirement to register employment contracts with foreign nationals now also includes a higher registration fee of five percent of the total salary (rather than the current five percent of base salary) and more detailed job descriptions; and
  • Foreign employment contracts can now be extended up to 36 months.


INDIA | New Delhi and Gurgaon: Geography and Confusion in Residence Registration Rules

The world of global mobility can be ruled by matters as complex as international relations or as seemingly simple as geography. India’s federal system is perhaps one the most decentralized in the modern world, with extensive governmental authority operating at the territorial and local level. Therefore, geographical boundaries result in vast differences in immigration requirements from one locale to another, even where the two appear to be the same urban area. Such is the case in Gurgaon and New Delhi. Located 32 kilometers southwest of the Indian capital of New Delhi, Gurgaon is a rapidly growing financial and industrial hub and the reported home to local offices of 250 Fortune 500 companies and thousands of foreign nationals. However, the close proximity to New Delhi, coupled with the rapid growth, has made the two cities almost indistinguishable – except sometimes in the eyes of immigration authorities – resulting in confusion for foreign nationals attempting to register their residences.


PERU | More Positive Changes: Permissible Business Activities, Certain Indian Nationals
A new Presidential Decree, and the January 7 Legislative Decree on which Pro-Link GLOBAL reported previously, continue to make positive improvements to the corporate immigration scheme in Peru. We have already extensively covered the immigration improvements reorganizing of Peru’s immigration system which became effective March 1. For more details, see our Global Brief of January 25.

Visa-Free Option for Certain Indian Nationals – Effective March 26, Supreme Decree N° 006-2017-RE allows Indian nationals to enter Peru visa-free multiple times each year for business and tourist stays of up to a cumulative 180 days per year. The only qualifier is that the Indian national must hold permanent residence, or a visa for at least six months, for Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, or a Schengen Area nation.


THAILAND | Access to One Stop Service Centers Halted for Some Non-BOI Companies
In Thailand, Board of Investment (BOI) approved companies enjoy the benefits of shorter processing times and stream-lined document requirements for applications for employment-based visas of their foreign employees submitted through the One Stop Service Centers (OSSCs). Non-BOI companies have likewise been able access to the OSSCs where they can show THB 30 million (approximately 850,000 USD) in registered capital or gross assets from audited financial statements. However, an apparent new policy of the BOI will now render some non-BOI companies ineligible for service at the OSSCs.