Global immigration changes in Finland, The Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam

FINLAND | Notification Requirements for Posted Workers In Force September 1
As of September 1, companies posting employees for assignments in Finland will have new notification requirements. Finland has become the latest European Union member nation to revise its national laws and procedures in response to the EU Posted Worker Enforcement Directive (2014/67/EU) (the “Directive”): the follow-up enforcement directive to the 1996 Posted Worker Directive. While Finland already had various protections for posted workers in place, the current amendment to its national Posted Workers Act(447/2016) now adds the notification requirements provided for in the EU Directive.


THE PHILIPPINES | Chinese Nationals Now Eligible for Visa-Upon-Arrival

On August 15, the Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) issued a circular (DOJ No. 41) making certain Chinese citizens eligible for visas-upon-arrival (VUA). These VUAs are issued valid for stays of up to 30-days and renewable in-country for up to six months. Chinese nationals eligible for entry into the Philippines using the VUA include:

  • Investors and business persons endorsed by the Philippines Board of Investment, Philippines Retirement Authority, Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry, foreign chambers of commerce and industry, other Filipino government agencies, and various local business councils;
  • Officials of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other international development partners and their spouses and minor children;
  • Athletes and delegates to sports competitions, conventions, or exhibitions;
  • Delegates, participants, and speakers in international conventions or conferences;
  • Tour groups organized by tour operators accredited by the Philippines Department of Tourism; and
  • Others at the discretion of the Commissioner of the BI.


SAUDI ARABIA | Foreign Engineers Now Required to Have Five-Years of Experience
Saudi Arabia continues the trend of frequent refinements to its employment-based immigration rules to further its goal of the “Saudization” of the local labor market. Last week the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) and the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) announced an agreement to require foreign engineers to have at least five years of professional experience in order to be eligible for work permits. Motivation behind the decision was two-fold: to ensure that engineers working in the Kingdom are properly qualified and to increase the hiring of experienced local Saudi engineers. It is estimated that of the more than 200,000 registered engineers currently working in Saudi Arabia, 85 percent are foreign nationals.


VIETNAM | New 90-Day Visa-Free for Chilean Citizens, and Guidance on New Online Work Permits System
Vietnam continues to make improvements to its business and employment immigration processes. This week, Pro-Link GLOBAL reports on improvements to business travel options and updates on the implementation of the new online work permits application system.

90-Day Visa Free Stays for Chilean Nationals – Effective August 11, Chilean citizens may now enter Vietnam visa-free for stays of up to 90-days for all non-employment purposes, including business. Chile has now joined the list of 23 nations whose citizens enjoy visa-free entry into Vietnam, becoming the first nation in the Americas to do so and the only nation to be given visa-free stays of up to 90-days. In 2014, Chile likewise negotiated to become the first and only nation in the Americas to enter into a bilateral free trade agreement with Vietnam.