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ICT Karte Europa

ICT Karte Europa / Intra-Corporate Transferee Directive

Die Direktive 2014/66/EU wurde in 2014 eingeführt um den Personalaustausch EU-weit einfacher zu gestalten. Die Direktive gilt für ganz Europa (außer Großbritannien, Irland, Dänemark) und erlaubt Nicht-EU Staatsangehörigen bis zu 90 Tage in einer rollenden 180 Tage Periode, in jedem beliebigen Schengen-Staat zu arbeiten. Die Direktive sollte ursprünglich bis zum 29. November 2016 umgesetzt werden.

Die EU hat generelle Vorschriften erstellt, jedoch den Ländern einen gewissen Spielraum überlassen. Wir unterscheiden zwischen der ICT-Karte und der mobilen ICT-Karte.

Was ist ein Intra-Corporate-Transfer?

Die ICT-Karte muss beantragt werden, wenn:

  • Die Entsendung über 90 Tage und bis zu 3 Jahre beträgt
  • Der Drittstaatsangehörige (Manager/Spezialist) außerhalb der EU wohnhaft ist
  • Der Mitarbeiter von einer Gesellschaft außerhalb der EU ist
  • Oder zu einer in der EU gegründeten Gesellschaft der gleichen Firmengruppe entsandt wird
  • Der Mitarbeiter seinen Vertrag mit der ausländischen Gesellschaft beibehält
  • Der Mitarbeiter seit mindestens 6 Monaten bei der ausländischen Gesellschaft beschäftigt ist


  • Einmalige Antragstellung – ausgestellt vor Einreise in die EU
  • Vereinfachter Prozess durch anerkannten Sponsor

USCIS Employer Site Visits

The USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) has extended the proofs on visa categories and will now not only check H-1B visas or L-1A visas, but also other employment visas. To be prepared in the event of site visit any employer that employs any worker in the US should have the following on file.

Legislation Released on Reducing Legal Immigration in the US

On August 2, President Trump held an event at the White House to announce the release of a revised version of the “Reforming American immigration for a Strong Economy Act.”  Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Purdue (R-GA) accompanied the President at the event.  The two Senators authored the bill, known as the RAISE Act, which they first introduced in the Senate as S. 354 on February 13 of this year.

How will this impact mobility?

Australia - Subclass 457 Temporary Work Visa to be abolished

The Federal Government announced to abolish the category 457 visa used by foreign employees to get more Australian nationals into the workforce. The 457 will be replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage to be called the (TSS) visa in March 2018.

There has also been announcements on the tightening of the criteria for those applying for Australian permanent residence and this change has not been widely reported today in Australia’s media but it could have far reaching consequences for some current 457 visa holders so we are detailing the proposed changes in this newsletter.

For those people currently on a 457 visa, there will be grandfathering arrangements and they will continue under the conditions of that visa.

Immigration Update China

Effective Date: April 1st 2017.

Important notice on changes to the Work Permit Application for foreigners in China. The Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (Shanghai Foreign Experts Bureau) has implemented a New Work Permit Application Policy from 1st April 2017 effectively.

Affected parties:

  • Non-Chinese passport holders applying for a work permit in China
  • HR departments of employing companies based in China

The New Work Permit Policy in China has been implemented nationwide beginning April 2017. Now the old “Alien Employment License” and old “Foreign Expert Employment Permit” are integrated into the “Foreigner's Work Permit” in China. This new policy is being implemented by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) in China.

Effective 1st April 2017 onwards, the Shanghai Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (Shanghai Foreign Experts Bureau) will officially implement the Work Permit application under the new immigration policy and all foreign workers will be split into three categories, according to a new point-based evaluation system: A, B, C.

These changes also cover:

  • The elimination of the former Z-visa invitation letter
  • New online pre-application for by local HR

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