Amendment of the Aliens and Immigration Law to transpose the EU intra-corporate transfer directive

The Law on Aliens and Immigration (Amendment) (No. 2) Law of 2017 (Law 9(I)/2017) amends the Aliens and Immigration Law (Cap 105) to harmonise its provisions with Directive 2014/66/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer. It was published in the government gazette on 17 February and took effect on that date.

The new law provides for a combined application procedure for work and residence permits for third country nationals in the framework of an intra-company transfer (“ICT”) or secondment. The holder of an ICT permit will be entitled to work in other EU countries (apart from Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, which have opted out) for companies of the same group without needing to obtain a new visa.