Immigration weekly update: June 19, 2019


Brazil: Visa/ Residence registration appointment delays

Current appointment delays at the Federal Police in São Paulo are affecting consular visa and residence registrations and therefore the time it takes to receive Foreigner Identity Cards (RNM). The Federal Police system currently only has appointment availability for the month of September. The authorities will analyse registrations on a case-by-case basis for migrants that cannot secure a formal appointment.

Impact 

Employers are currently at risk of non-compliance for the following legal deadlines:

  • 30 days from the date of authorization publication (for in-country residence)
  • 90 days from the date of arrival in Brazil (for consular visa upon arrival)

These delays also impact payroll enrolment as this action requires the RNM.

Looking ahead

At Crown, we will liaise with all HR client contacts and their relocating employees in order to align on arrival dates and advise of any potential delays. In urgent cases we can organize a visit to the Federal Police without an appointment.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Federal Police, Ministry of Justice and Public Security.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini, Global Operations Director, Immigration.


Philippines: Changes to tax registration rules for immigration applications

All applicants must now obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) for any work visa, including Alien Employment Permits (AEP), Provisional Work Permits (PWP) and Special Work Permits (SWP).

Looking ahead

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) requires a form and a copy of the employee’s passport to be presented at the relevant Revenue District Office (RDO). The employer or tax withholding agent must also submit the employment contract or equivalent documents that show:

  • Duration of employment
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Employee’s role/ responsibilities for PWP or AEP applications

Employers of foreign nationals must update their registrations with the BIR when the PWP and SWP holders have been issued with the below:

PWP holderSWP holder
AEP
9(g) visa9(g) visa

If the employment is terminated, the foreign national must update their registration with the BIR.

The Department of Labour and Employment – National Capitol Region (DOLE-NCR) will implement a “no TIN, no AEP card printing” policy. AEP applicants will be required to obtain a TIN within ten days of the employment start date. Applications without a TIN are being accepted, however, AEPs will not be released until TIN details are provided.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Peregrine Immigration Management.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC.


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