CHINA – New Policies Approved to Attract Specific Foreign Talent to Shanghai

SINGAPORE –  Changes to Work Arrangements for Dependant’s Pass Holders


ROMANIA – Changes to Gross Salary entering into force from 12th March 2021

UK – International Travel Declaration Form while COVID-19 restrictions are in place


CHINA – New Policies to Attract Foreign Talent to Shanghai

From 1 March 2021, Shanghai authorities expanded the definition of high-level talents.

Per the recently approved changes, high-level talent for Shanghai now includes scientific research workers and fresh PhD graduates in the science, engineering and agriculture disciplines.

Benefits Applicable to these Categories: Foreign research workers and fresh PhD graduates from these disciplines will now be able to apply directly for the R- visa and benefit from a streamlined process for their visa application.

Further Benefits for Urgently Needed Disciplines:  Current requirements on age, educational background, and years of work experience for foreign high-level talent in certain scientific and technological sectors will also be relaxed where there is an urgent need for such professionals.

For talents in the technology sector who are specialized in fields where there is an urgent demand and for those holding internationally recognized certificates for their professional skills, the age limit may be relaxed to 70.

SINGAPORE – Changes to Work Arrangements for Dependant’s Pass Holders

Effective 1 May 2021, all Dependant’s Pass holders planning to be employed during their stay in Singapore will need to apply for a work authorisation such as an Employment Pass, S Pass or Work Permit, instead of only obtaining a Letter of Consent to Work (LOC) as currently done.

What is happening to Approved LOC holders? Existing LOC holders may continue to work until the expiry of their LOCs. If the existing LOC holders would like to continue working after the expiry of their LOCs, their employers will need to apply for an applicable work pass for them. In this instance the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) should facilitate their transition to an Employment Pass, S Pass or Work Permit. However, general qualifying criteria such as salary, dependency ratio ceilings, and/or levies for the respective work passes will apply.


ROMANIA – Changes to Gross Salary entering into force from 12th March 2021

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the State Social Insurance Budget Law no. 16/2021 which sets the average gross monthly salary for 2021 as 5.380 RON (approx. 1102 EUR).The law was published in the Official Journal on 09th March 2021 and will come into force from 12th March 2021.

Impact on Non-EU Highly Skilled Employees in Romania: The monthly gross salary of a non-EU citizen, holder of a Highly Skilled Worker Permit, must be at least 2 times bigger than the current average gross salary (10760 RON; 2.204 EUR).

Recommendation: In this context, we highly recommend re-analyze all personnel files making sure the company is taking all the legal measures (Labor Law & Immigration requirements wise) to comply with the new salary range for all Non-EU highly skilled employees.

UK – International Travel Declaration Form while COVID-19 restrictions are in place in England

Similar to restrictions already in place in the EU countries, on 5th March the government announced additional requirements to international travel from England.

Since 8th March 2021 all international travellers from England, with a few exceptions, will need to complete an International Travel Declaration Form before traveling. The purpose of this form is to confirm that the persons outside of their home to travel abroad are traveling for a legally permitted reason. The form with the documentation supporting the reason for traveling may need to be presented at the port of departure before leaving England.

Justification for Traveling: International Travel continues to be limited to the following legal reasons:

  • Work
  • Volunteering
  • Education
  • Medical, or compassionate grounds
  • Weddings, funerals and related events

Who is exempt from the obligation to complete the form? Specific professionals listed in the government guidance from the aeronautical and broadcasting sectors are among those who may not need to complete the form to travel abroad.

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