Immigration news in Austria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia and the United Kingdom

AUSTRIA | European Union Intra-Company Transfer Directive Adopted
Slated for implementation October 1, Austria is the latest European Union member nation to adopt the EU’s Intra-Corporate Transfer (ICT) Directive (2014/66/EU). The EU-standard ICT Permit will replace the current “rotational employees” scheme through which ICT assignments have traditionally been processed in Austria. The new ICT Permit will provide work authorization for non-EU/European Economic Area (EEA) nationals remaining on foreign employment contracts for assignments both in Austria and in other EU nations recognizing the EU ICT Permit.


CAMBODIA | Work Permits to be Required for Long-Term Business Visa Renewals
While we continue to await an official announcement, Pro-Link GLOBAL nevertheless is cautioning clients of an ongoing tightening of employment-based immigration rules in Cambodia. As such, foreign nationals – either traveling to or already in-country – who wish to work long-term in Cambodia are advised to plan on applying for and obtaining proper work permits through the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.


COSTA RICA | Changes to Temporary Residence Application Process
The Costa Rican Immigration and Migration Directorate (Dirección de Migración y Extranjeria) continues to refine its residence registration process. Effective August 16, foreign nationals applying for temporary residence must now register with their home country’s consulate in Costa Rica and complete fingerprinting at the Public Security office before submitting their temporary residence application to the Directorate. This presumably also applies to those submitting their applications through the new streamlined email submission process we reported on in our Immigration Dispatch of May 30. Previously, applicants often completed their consular registration and fingerprinting after obtaining their temporary residence approval.


CROATIA | EU Directives on Intra-Company Transfers, Posted Workers, and Seasonal Workers Adopted
On June 30, the Croatian Parliament enacted extensive amendments to its Foreigners Act (Official Gazette Nos. 130/13 and 69/17) that detailed and clarified numerous aspects of the country’s work and residence permit framework. Included in the amendments were the adoption of the European Union (EU) Directives on Intra-Corporate Transfers, Posted Workers, and Seasonal Workers.


INDONESIA | Additional Eleven Nations Now Eligible for Consular Visa Processing
Effective August 25, the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights has revised its “Calling Visa List” of countries whose citizens are ineligible for consular processing of visas to Indonesia, instead being required to process their visas through in-country authorities in Jakarta. The revision removes eleven countries from the list; but adds three countries, whose citizens now require “special request processing” of visa applications through the central government in Jakarta.


IRELAND | “De Facto Partnership” Cohabitation Requirement Returns to Two-Years
Updating our previous report on “De Facto Partnership” rules in Ireland, the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service (INIS) has updated and clarified the guidance on the cohabitation requirement for unmarried partners of Irish residents and citizens to obtain residence authorization. In May, without formal announcement, the INIS revised its online guidance on De Facto Partnership Immigration Permission(DFPIP) to decrease the cohabitation period required from the previous two-years to just one-year. For details, see our Immigration Dispatch of May 22. However, effective September 1, the cohabitation requirement has now been set at two-years once again.


MALAYSIA | New Online Process for “Support Letters” in the Construction Industry
The Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIBD) has introduced a new online submission portal for construction sector companies to submit applications for the CIBD support letters that are required when applying for Employment Passes (EPs) for their foreign employees. Effective immediately, all applications must be submitted through the online portal; manual submission of applications is no longer being accepted. Companies in the construction sectors who anticipate upcoming hiring of foreign workers should proceed now to register and establish accounts in the new system here, in order to avoid delays. Companies needing assistance establishing their accounts are encouraged to reach out to their Pro-Link GLOBAL Immigration Specialists.


UNITED KINGDOM | Tier 2 and 4 Applications in India Now Require Original Supporting Documents
Applicants for Tier 2 and Tier 4 visas lodging their applications at the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Visa Application Centers (VACs) in India are now required to submit originals of their supporting documentation. In addition, VAC authorities will no longer scan and return the original documents at the end of the visa appointment. Rather, original documents will only be returned with the passport following a decision on the application.