Delays and Limits on Stays Rise in Turkey

Delays and limits on stays rise in Turkey over the past months, the waiting period to get an appointment to request a residence permit has encountered significant delays, while at the same time new limits have been put into place regarding the length of time foreign residents can be out of the country. Specifically, the online system that assigns appointments to request a residence permit has been having severe delays, providing dates of up to 90 days after registering online, which could put the immigration status of the employee in the country at risk. The delays are not affecting renewals, but rather only affect requests being made for the first time. The request for an appointment can be made via the online system before arriving in Turkey, but the applicant must go in person on the assigned day, which means planning the arrival to coincide with the assigned date. Renovations do not require the in-person appearance of the applicant, so it is not necessary to request the appointment online. It is important to take these delays into account should the person get the process rolling with a tourist visa in order to request the appointment, as the permit may expire while the applicant awaits the assigned day. Additionally, Law No. 6458 (on international protection and foreigners) of May 1, 2014, which regulates the amount of time foreigners with residence permits may spend outside of Turkey, has recently been established. This Law had not been put into practice up until last month, when short stay residence permits that had encroached on these regulations began to be denied. The law establishes...

Peru introduces a new Law on Foreign Nationals

In Lima, through Legislative Decree 1236, Peru introduces a new Law on Foreign Nationals which will facilitate the arrival and residence in the country, adapting and controlling the increase in migration to Peru that is currently occuring. Also, in accordance with the law, to remain or reside in Peru foreigners ¨have the obligation to keep their condition as a migrant regularized, as well as to be up-to-date on the tax obligations related to their immigration status.¨ According to Peru´s legal norms, with this new immigration law foreigners will enjoy and exercise basic rights such as access to health care, education, and employment, all under the same conditions as nationals. Should a change in immigration status or the situation become necessary, the foreigner will need to verify Peruvian regulations, especially if they need information on family reunification. Undoubtedly, this will help the deficit existing in Peru when it comes to foreign investment and also provide an increase in human talent for the country´s growth and development. We should also pay attention to the specific sanctions that will be established for foreigners who violate public order and harm national heritage. These offenders may be punished with expulsion from the country, as well as find themselves in difficulties if they wish to return....

Immigration System for Foreign Employees in Saudi Arabia

If your desire is to go to Saudi Arabia with a foreign or Saudi company, it is important that the company as well as the employee understand very clearly the requirements necessary to be able to request and obtain work and residence visas. The immigration system for foreign employees in Saudi Arabia have a strict analysis of requirements and applicable procedures needed. The requirements to apply for visas vary depending on the consulates. To decide which type of visa is needed, you must know: What activity is going to be carried out? Period of stay? With a registered company? With or without family? In addition, it is important to know that a quota program exist that forces Saudi companies to fulfill ´Saudization´ to be able to hire expatriates who want to join the work environment of that company, for which these posts must be justified to the Ministry of the Interior to prove the reason for this need from behalf of the employer. Restrictions and requirements vary depending on the position, sex and qualifications of the employee. For example, for highly-qualified employees, the university degree and the employee´s experience must coincide with the job being offered and should be indicated on the work authorization, and these people will have greater ease and benefits than employees without professional degrees, who will not be able to bring their families. Women, additionally, have more difficulties and requirements they must fulfill, beyond just the cultural ones. For example, women over the age of 45 who travel to Saudi Arabia must be accompanied by a Mahram, who must be a male family member such...

Residence for Investors and Entrepreneurs in Spain

This past July 29, Law 25/2015 of July 28 was published in the BOE (Official State Bulletin) regarding the second chance mechanism, reduction of financial burden and other social measures, which were regulated in final provision eleven of Law 14/2013 in support of Entrepreneurs and their Internationalization. By virtue of this modification, an even more favorable framework has been established to ease the obtention of a permit of residence for Investors and Entrepreneurs in Spain for citizens of countries that are not members of the European Economic Area or Switzerland who make investments under this law, or who are going to undertake a project in the country. Among the most important changes are the following:   Investors The condition that required the investor to obtain a visa at the Spanish Consulate corresponding to their country of origin prior to making the request for residency has been eliminated. In this way, a person making any of the investments specified in the law and who is legally in Spain may solicit authorization for residency without having to leave the country. Now, initial residence permits for investors can be renewed for successive periods of five years, instead of the two years established in the repealed regulation. The investor or entrepreneur who has a residence permit, or with the right to same, may now include their ancestors or dependent children of majority age as their beneficiaries, as well as any person with whom they have a relationship similar to matrimony, which means life partners are recognized. As such, the situation which arose when the investment was made by a married couple under community...

The EU Strengthens Border Controls

Owing to the latest terrorist attacks this past November in France the EU strengthens border controls along with other countries around the world, the ministers from the Interior and Justice departments of the European Union have met to evaluate changes in the Schengen Area to strengthen external borders. Greater internal control is also expected, as well as improved anti-terrorist and intelligence coordination, registration of airlines passengers and stronger weapons controls in the 22 EU countries and its four associates. European citizens will also be systematically monitored when they enter or depart the Schengen Area and borders within the area will also be strengthened, with access to data bases for police that will allow them to see information on suspects, people with search and arrest warrants, and those wanted for other crimes. Control of internal borders is a subject that is still to be reviewed, but could put into question the integration and reasoning behind the Schengen agreement. Previous monitoring of all passengers on every flight within and outside of the EU to evaluate risks is also being evaluated. Control of the flow of refugees is also being assessed, so that every person arriving to Europe through Turkey, mainly, will be registered via fingerprints and identification documents with strict security checks. To do this, the EU is considering sending European agents to countries that may encounter difficulties with the high flow of refugees and who do not have sufficient resources to carry out systematic controls. Finally, the EU is considering putting political pressure on the Balkan countries so that they reinforce the fight against arms...

Italy Issues Biometric Residence Permits

As of November 10, 2015, Italy issues biometric residence permits that contain a chip to store all the person´s biometric data. These new cards meet the regulations of European Council (EC) 380/2008. In an official communication from the Immigration Police department in Florence, explains in detail the changes in the application process for these permits, which they will begin to apply throughout Italy. Among the main changes in the process are: Applicants will receive an individual electronic card, regardless of age. Minors will be connected to their legal representative´s permit through their own card. Fingerprints will be required of all minors as of the age of six. Minors will be required to be present on the day of the application, as well as at the appointment to pick up the card. It should be noted that all applications for residence permits filed before November 10 will continue to be processed in the regular way, without the electronic format. After this date, applicants will receive their biometric residence permits. Already existing permits will continue to be valid and will only change format when they are renewed. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE in Spanish) is also promoting the Biometric Registry in Italy. The registry has a closing date of November 30, and will be completed by all those who have or reach the age of majority by February 21, 2016. The only requirement will be to present their identity card or passport....