Proposed new intra-company work permit for EU countries
The new proposed Directive is expected to be adopted in the coming weeks which will facilitate transfer of employees of multi-national companies within EU member states. It will be first of a kind European work permit allowing employment in multiple member states for up to 90 days within a six month period, for entities of the same multinational company/group in other EU states.
This new permit could lead to certain changes in the procedures for certain member states. Each member state will have the ability to decide how this new permit is integrated within their immigration regulations. The member states will have until the end of 2016 to implement the new Directive, except for Denmark, Ireland and the UK.
The Directive does not specify criteria for qualifying corporate relationships, however there will most likely be a variety of structures and relationships which will be allowed.
Important points to consider:-
- It is important to note that the other EU member states (other than the initial country of authorisation), where an assignee could be working, may require that a government notification is filed prior to the assignee starting to work with the ICT work permit.
- For intra-EU assignments exceeding the 90 day period, EU member states may require a separate ICT application for the specific country.
- The permit will be valid for a maximum of three years for managerial and specialist positions and one year for graduate trainees.
- It will allow the assignees to work on company’s client sites.
- Accompanying family members will be issued with permits that would allow them to work and have access to local labour markets.
If you would like to discuss this further, please contact the Global Mobility specialist you deal with at the firm or call us on 020 3553 7711.