Global immigration changes around the world: The Netherlands, Taiwan & Thailand

THE NETHERLANDS | New Work Permit Waiver for Foreign Workers on Certain Projects
The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (MSAE) has implemented a new program that allows certain foreign nationals to work in Netherlands without first having to obtain a work permit. Effective July 1, the Dutch International Commercial Trade Regulations (ICTR) program came into force, replacing the narrower Knowledge-Based Industry Pilot Program which ran from July 2013 through June 30 and was limited to quality control/inspection and direct training/knowledge transfer. Under this new work permit waiver program, however, eligible companies can bring non-European Union (EU) / European Economic Area (EEA) / Swiss foreign nationals to the Netherlands to work on approved projects that are deemed not to be in competition with the local workforce.


TAIWAN | Taipei Seeks to Strengthen Ties in Latin America with Visa-Free Policy for 11 Nations

Taiwan continues to strategically target new international trade opportunities and implement more open immigration policies accordingly. Pro-Link GLOBAL recently reported on Taipei’s New Southbound Policy aimed at selected nations of southern Asia. For more details, see our Global Brief of May 30. As we discussed earlier, much of Taiwan’s trade policy is largely driven by its tenuous and oftentimes stormy relationship with its estranged mainland cousin, China. While still heavily dependent on China, Taiwan is now pushing to lessen that dependence through increased globalization.


THAILAND | New Employer Notification Requirement and Steep Penalties for Permit Violations
A new labor law in Thailand has immediately brought a new notification requirement for companies employing foreign nationals in the country and will bring significantly increased penalties for immigration infractions starting January 1, 2018. The Emergency Decree on Managing the Work of Foreigners (B.E. 2560 of 23 June 2017) requires companies to now notify authorities within seven days of the end of a foreign worker’s assignment. Failure to comply with the new notification requirement will result in a THB 100,000 (approximately USD 2,970) fine per employee. This notification requirement, which took effect on June 23, is part of the decree’s larger thrust to combat work permit abuse through greatly increased penalties for rule violations by companies and foreign nationals. While the new notification provision is effective immediately, authorities have delayed implementation of the other new penalty provisions to give companies and workers time to rectify situations which could lead to punishment under the new provisions.