Global immigration changes

ITALY | Posted Worker Definition Often Unclear… Ministry of Labour Issues Helpful Guidance
Under the European Union’s 1996 Posted Worker Directive (96/71/EC) and 2014 Posted Worker Enforcement Directive (2014/67/EU) (collectively the Directives), EU member states are to have adopted into their national laws various provisions designed to protect foreign workers posted for work assignments by their foreign employers at locations in their country. To date, EU member nations remain at differing states of implementation of the Directives, with some members having adopted both Directives and some having adopting only the 1996 Directive.


CHINA | New Work Permit System Debuted Nationwide April 1
Upon publication of this writing, the April 1 target for full implementation of China’s new nation-wide electronic work permits system will have passed. While the new system has been in use through a pilot program in seven provinces since November 2016, all provinces should now be using the new system for processing the new single Chinese State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) work authorization – the Foreigner’s Work Permit. This permit is designed to replace the former SAFEA Foreign Expert Permit and the Ministry of Human Resources’ Foreign Work Permits and Employment Licenses. Under the new system, authority for processing applications and issuing foreign work authorizations in China will lie with the provincial SAFEA Foreign Experts Bureaus (FEBs).


INDIA | New Biometrics Requirement at FRROs
India continues to improve and systematize its immigration system as the country moves to embrace the globalizing world of trade and commerce. While immigration remains primarily under the governance of territorial and local authorities in India’s mostly decentralized form of federal government, more processes are becoming standardized throughout the country. Pro-Link GLOBAL has reported recently on numerous refinements designed to modernize India’s corporate immigration processes, including expanded business and intern visas.


LITHUANIA | New Immigration Law Brings Numerous Positive Changes
Effective January 1, a new Act of Parliament dated September 14, 2016 is now fully implemented in Lithuania, making significant changes to the Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners. The amendments present several positive improvements for companies and foreign nationals operating in this Baltic republic.

EU Blue Cards – With the recent amendments, many foreign nationals who previously did not qualify for the European Union (EU) Blue Card will now be eligible under revised criteria. In addition to those applicants with formal higher education degrees, applicants without degrees but with at least five years of relevant work experience will now be eligible. The amendments also reduce the minimum annual salary level from twice the average local salary to 1.5 times the local average. Both changes bring the Lithuanian rules more in line with the general EU-wide standards for Blue Cards. In the case of certain foreign nationals with occupations in high demand, the labor market test through the Labour Exchange will be waived. This exemption is expected to speed processing times by at least two months.