Pro-Link GLOBAL Immigration Dispatch: Hungary, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Sweden

Key changes to immigration regulations in Hungary, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Sweden.

Budapest, Hungary
25 April  – 1 May, 2016

Hungary: Incorrect biometric information uploaded to some Work and Residence Permits

The Hungarian Immigration Office in Budapest recently discovered a technical mistake made in some residence and work permits issued late last year: the biometric information contained in some of these permits was inadvertently uploaded to the wrong data chip in some instances. The extent of these errors is yet unknown, but foreign nationals who went through the application process for a work and residence permit in October or November of 2015 might be impacted by this technical error.Registered letters from the Hungarian authorities will be sent to permit holders who have the incorrect information uploaded to their permit(s). When a letter is received, the foreign national must make an appointment at a local branch of the Immigration Office to submit their biometric data (photo and fingerprints) again.This process will take about a half day, there will be no charge for the amended permit(s), and the corrected permit(s) will be issued in approximately two (2) weeks.

Indonesia: Visa-free travel for business travel extended to more countries

The Indonesian government has approved visa-free travel for foreign nationals from 79 additional countries for stays of up to 30 days to engage in business and tourism activities. It is important to note that foreign nationals travelling for business under the visa-free program must adhere to certain unique limitations including, but not limited to, not attending business meetings in company office buildings.Historically, only nationals from the ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) could attend business meetings without a visa in Indonesia. However, the recent expansion of this program is aimed at improving their political and diplomatic relationships around the world, and now provides visa-free travel to citizens of 169 countries in total.Travellers utilizing this new visa-free program must limit their activities in Indonesia to permissible business activities and/or tourism. If a foreign national does perform work activities without proper work authorization they can face fines, deportation, and a possible ban from re-entering Indonesia for a certain period of time.A complete list of the countries that are now eligible for visa-free business and tourism travel to Indonesia can be found here.

Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Arabian Embassy in London announces new document requirements

The Consulate for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – United Kingdom has announced new document formalities for Commercial, Work, and Business Visit Visa applications filed in London. The Ministry will now require that all company support letters filed for these visa categories be submitted on company letterhead and attested by the UK or Arab British Chamber of Commerce.Companies that are not yet registered with the Chamber must do so before requesting any of the mentioned visas.When an employer registers with the Chamber of Commerce, a list of employees designated to sign the company letterhead documents must be provided along with each employee’s signature. The registration and attestation can be done in the same day, but it is recommended that companies allow for additional time in the application process for these updated requirements.

Singapore: BioScreen system being implemented to enhance border security

Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has initiated a new security system, BioScreen, to protect its borders and to better confirm visitors’ identification. First implemented as a pilot program within the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in 2015, BioScreen will now be rolled out for all foreign nationals entering and exiting Singapore via land and sea checkpoints. Next to be included over the upcoming months will be airports and then any other checkpoints in-country.BioScreen will be mandated for all travellers 6-years-old and above at participating checkpoints and will require that the traveller’s thumbprint be scanned and checked against the ICA’s database every time they enter and exit Singapore. As the process is still quite new, it is advised to plan for delays in entering and leaving Singapore for the near future.Travellers registered with the Immigration Automated Clearance System (eIACS) program are exempt from the new BioScreen procedures, thus eliminating the possibility for lengthy checkpoint delays. eIACS status is available to eligible citizens from Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Sweden: Additional documentation required for Work Permits causing minor delays

Per a 2015 court decision, the Swedish Migration Agency has begun requesting additional documentation for salary and insurance information for work permit renewal and permanent residency applications. Although proof of previous employment periods has long been required for these applications, the Migration Agency now specifies that applicants will need to provide the following in order to confirm that the applicant has received the correct salary and insurance benefits:•          Payslips / Paystubs•          Proof of Insurance – issued by the insurer•          Income Statement Receipts – issued by the Swedish Tax AgencyThe documentation must cover the relevant employment period based on the application type: general work permit renewals will require documentation for the most recent employment period, and permanent residence applications will require documentation for all employment time in-country.This decision also affects non-EU nationals who previously worked in Sweden and will apply for a new work permit to ensure they were appropriately compensated and provided insurance coverage during their former tenure.Due to the additional required documents, it is recommended that applicants add at least one more week to the new/renewal work permit process.

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