Immigration Newsletter- July 2018
|IMMIGRATION IN FRANCE
1/ Outsourcing of Visa applications in the US
|With the help of VFS Global, French consulates in the US are currently implementing new procedures for booking and management of visa applications for France.|
The current process remains in effect until the opening date of each office. Once they are all open, applicants will be able to apply for their visas at the VFS office which is very convenient.
Service fees will apply and may be paid online at the same time as the booking date. To promote student mobility and further connect with applicants, an at home or at work mobile collecting service for visa applications will be proposed.
|2/ Exchange of Driver’s licences|
|As of 2018, the procedure to exchange your driver’s licences has been substantially extended. Requests are now solely handled by the “Prefecture of Nantes” with the exemption of residents living in Paris, where the Prefecture still handles the exchange requests.
Currently, the lead time is approximately 8 months to obtain a French driving licence. Some Prefectures continue to accept applications, however, the files are then transferred to the “Prefecture of Nantes” for handling.
Please note that the Prefecture may request the original driver’s licence for the application filing. The result is that you will therefore only be able to drive in France (with a copy of your original driver’s licence, translated into French) and not abroad.
Also, people with driver’s licences issued by a country within the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA) are not required to change their driver’s licence. Their current European licence allows them to drive in France. However, in the event of a traffic offence resulting in a restriction, suspension, cancellation of licence or loss of points, the holder of the European driver’s licence will be required to pass the French driver’s licence. In the event of a traffic violation, the original driver’s licence will be withdrawn.
|3/ Draft law n° 714 on immigration and asylum, registered with the Presidency of the National Assembly on February 21, 2018|
|The French government decided to implement this law with immediate effect. Public meetings held by the senators took place in June 2018, as did the Joint Committee.
Amendments have been proposed, in particular for intra-company transfers. To be eligible for immigration to France, the ICT Détaché must have at least twelve months of tenure, compared to three months currently. As for the trainee ICT, the initial proposal of 6 months is maintained (currently it is three months).
|4/ European Directive concerning secondment employees in the European Union|
|On Tuesday, 29 May 2018 the European Parliament approved a reform for seconded work in Strasbourg, France. The focus was to reduce unfair practices and to promote the concept that the same work performed in the same location should be paid in the same manner.
The new rules for this directive are as follows:
Labour Market testing for certain professions with high unemployment rates
Companies wanting to employ foreign nationals in certain professions will need to advertise the position online through the Public Employment Service (PES) for a minimum of 5 days starting on 01 July 2018. In order to check a specific position, please use the following link: https://www.arbeit.swiss/secoalv/en/home/menue/unternehmen/stellenmeldepflicht/tool.html
Within three days of publication, companies will receive a list of potential candidates from the unemployment office.
The hiring process of foreign nationals will therefore take longer.
Exceptions to the rule:
Changes made towards the exemptions of the Employment Pass (EP) job advertising requirements will be implemented starting from 01 July 2018. As of 01 July 2018, a job offer will have to be published in Singapore first for the Employment Pass.
|Before 01 July 2018||After 01 July 2018|
|Size of the company
Small companies with 25 or fewer employees
Small companies with 10 or fewer employees
|Fixed monthly salary|
Jobs that pay a fixed monthly salary of S$12 000 or more
Jobs that pay a fixed monthly salary of S$15 000 or more
|Type of visa|
The holders of an ICT (Intracompany Transfer) visa
|Length of stay
The job is necessary for only short-term contingencies (i.e for a period of less than one month)
Repeal of Work permit
Foreign nationals of foreign companies present in Kazakhstan (with a foreign share of 100% in their charter capital) no longer need a quota for a work permit if they hold the position of chief executive or deputy (of a chief executive).
They may now obtain or renew a two or three-year work permit.
The fees for this visa (two or three years) will be double or three times more than the price for a one-year visa.
Changes for Hi-Tech professions
The Israeli Government has announced that all applicants for Hi-Tech visas (HIT) must submit their visa applications to the Israeli consulate in their home country.