Residence permit

Netherlands: Minimum Salary and Government Filing Fees to Increase

On or after January 1, 2017, non-European Economic Area nationals applying for work and/or residence authorization will be subject to higher minimum salary levels.

Knowledge Migrant Salary Threshold

Highly-skilled Knowledge Migrants will be subject to new minimum gross monthly salary requirements as follows (excluding holiday pay):

  • Applicants over 30: EUR 4,324 (approximately USD 4,515), up from EUR 4,240;

  • Applicants under 30: EUR 3,170 (approximately USD 3,310), up from EUR 3,108; and

  • Applicants who already possess or fulfill the requirements of an Orientation Year permit: EUR 2,272 (approximately USD 2,373), up from EUR 2,228.

Hungary: Intra-company transferee rules implemented

Two new immigration categories have been introduced to streamline the immigration process for intracompany transferees in Hungary.

The Intra-Corporate Transferee Permit is a permit issued in another EU Member State that allows third-country nationals to work and reside in Hungary at a company in the same corporate group as in the other EU Member State for up to 90 days. The Long-Term Mobility Permit is a residence permit that allows Intra-Corporate Transferee Permit holders whose assignments are over 90 days to reside in Hungary.

Turkey: Residence permit validities increased

The new work permit law will create longer validity periods for certain residence permit categories and has eliminated strict residence permit-related rules.

The extended validity periods will not be issued until related regulations are implemented, which is expected to happen soon. The relaxed rules regarding stays abroad are effective immediately.

Netherlands: Elimination date of work permit exemption for Japanese nationals extended

e elimination of the work permit exemption for Japanese nationals has been extended until January 1, 2017, instead of the original date of October 1, 2016.
Japanese nationals who already hold a residence permit that allows them to work without a work permit will be able to maintain their work permit exemption for the duration of their current residence permit. When they apply for an extension on or after January 1, they will again require work authorization

Norway: Minimum salary increased for non-EU workers

Effective immediately, new and renewal Residence and Work Permit applicants must earn a minimum annual salary of NOK 382,900 before taxes (approximately USD 45,754) if they hold a bachelor’s degree (up from NOK 381,000) or NOK 412, 600 before taxes (approximately USD 49,288) if they hold a master’s degree (up from NOK 410,500)

Dominican Republic: Expedited residence permit processing option to be introduced

On May 1, 2016, the Dominican Republic introduced an expedited processing option for the Residence Permit application, which will reduce the current processing time of four to six months to 40 business days.

The fee for the expedited service will be 5,000 Dominican pesos (approximately USD 108).

Guatemala: Residence and work permit approvals delayed

Residence permit applicants should expect delayed approvals due to the following issues at the Foreigners’ Office of Immigration, which issues residence permits:

  • The Assistant Director of the Foreigners’ Office of Immigration is on temporary leave until May 10, 2016;
  • Recent staffing changes; and
  • An ongoing internal audit.

Work permit applicants should expect delayed approvals due to changes to the internal operations system at the Ministry of Labor, which issues work permits. 

Turkey: Short-term residence permit applicants with extended stays abroad subject to application denial

The Migration Directorate has recently started denying the short-term residence permit applications of applicants who have been outside of Turkey for more than 120 cumulative days under their most recent residence permit. Migration Directorate officers have recently started enforcing the 120-day rule, which is part of the recently-adopted rules. 

Netherlands: Rules amended for recognised sponsors

New rules implemented by the State Secretary of Security and Justice subject recognized sponsors – those that can sponsor highly-skilled migrants – to sponsorship withdrawal if they do not employ foreign workers, and create a new exemption from the standard points-based analysis for prospective recognized sponsors established for less than 1.5 years, among other changes.

UAE: Medical examination regulations for residents amended

The Council of Ministers has restricted some medical examination regulations for foreign nationals seeking residency in the UAE, and has relaxed other rules. Notably, pulmonary tuberculosis testing is now mandatory during the residency permit renewal process.

Turkey: Residence Permit regulations implemented

New regulations consolidate many of the Migration Directorate’s rules implemented over the past ten months.  The regulations are effective immediately, but may not apply in practice since Interior Ministry officers may not be aware of the changes for some time.

India: Random police verifications implemented in Bangalore

In line with the Ministry of Home Affairs’ efforts to maintain updated records for foreign nationals and curb potential overstays in India, the Bangalore City Police department is conducting random immigration status verifications. The goal of the checks is to enhance the security of foreign nationals in Bangalore.

Netherlands: Foreign graduates to be eligible for new work permit program

On or after March 1, 2016, two visa programs for recent foreign graduates, the Orientation Year program and the Orientation Year Highly-Educated program, will be combined into one visa scheme, called the Orientation Year Permit. The new program will allow eligible foreign graduates to apply for a work and residence permit up to three years following graduation. Scientific researchers are also going to be eligible for the permit.

The program will allow participants to work and reside in the Netherlands for one unextendable year.

Turkey: Shutdown of online system delays residence permit processing

The online residency permit system has been down since last week for technical upgrades, preventing applicants from scheduling appointments or submitting initial or renewal residency permit applications. 

There is no indication of when the system will be functioning.

China: Relaxed immigration rules and procedures forthcoming for foreign nationals in Beijing

New immigration policies that will be piloted starting March 1, 2016 should make it easier for four main categories of foreign nationals to obtain Permanent Residence status and should simplify various application procedures, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Public Security. There are also plans to extend the visa-free policy from 72 hours to 144 hours.