Welcome to the August Edition of our newsletter. While Uniglo has been keeping you up to date about our Africa Payroll and Immigration matters, we are delighted to inform you that we are currently expanding our European division.
We wanted to diversify our service range as many of our clients require services in both continents. Uniglo always had a European division, however our key focus was Africa and we put Europe on the back burner. We have now revised Europe and have put all process and necessary staff in place to offer a multitude of services to the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The latest trend in Europe and the most frequently asked question we are receiving is how to hire an employee without having any establishments nor a registered company in Europe.
Some clients do not have the patience for all the bureaucratic procedures, some simply do not have the time for all the wait and need an immediate solution. At times, international clients wish to “test” the European market first, analyse the business and sales for a year or two.
Uniglo Financial are completely au fait with the above- mentioned countries tax rules and regulations and can provide up to date information. At present, we can only offer work permit assistance in the UK and Sweden, however has 95% of contractors working in Europe are from the continent, there should not be any challenges with the freedom of movement amongst the EU countries. Free movement of workers is a fundamental principle of the Treaty enshrined in Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and developed by EU secondary legislation and the Case law of the Court of Justice. EU citizens are entitled to:
§ look for a job in another EU country
§ work there without needing a work permit
§ reside there for that purpose
§ stay there even after employment has finished
§ enjoy equal treatment with nationals in access to employment, working conditions and all other social and tax advantages
EU nationals may also have certain types of health & social security coverage transferred to the country in which they go to seek work.
STOP PRESS- NIGERIA
Expeditious Nigeria- Nigeria moves to a sleeker, speedier online visa system.
Nigeria has had a total re-haul of their visa processing times and promises to make travelling to Nigeria an easy option.
While this has been long coming and it was announced a few months back, the process has finally been cemented.
Nigeria now have a working speedy visa service implemented which seeks to make the visa process for expats as seamless as possible.
A task force council was encumbered with responsibility of improving the business habitat for foreign investment, has decreed 3 executive orders which will implement speedier visa services with greater transparency (Other African countries please take note!!).
This has been implemented with immediate effect by the presidential Enabling Business Environment which is led by the country’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.
Mohammed Babandede, comptroller general of the NIS (Nigerian Immigration Service), said the facility was in line with the government's "policy on creation of a conducive environment to attract foreign high net worth investors and professionals into the economy".
The move to ease visa rules follows complaints from foreign executives that obstructive embassy officials made it difficult to enter the country. Overseas investors have mainly stayed away from Africa's largest economy after being put off by a gap of around 30 percent between the official rate of the naira currency, controlled by the central bank, and rates on the parallel market.
What does this mean for the expat?
Under new orders, business, tourist, STR (subject to regularisation) and TWP (Temporary Work Permit) visas must be processed by Nigerian Embassies within 48 hours!
(Please note that STR and TWP applicants still need to receive authorisation from Nigeria before they can apply for the respective visas). The Immigration Service has also promised a 48-hour turnaround time for issuing the authorisations, which is excellent news as previously it could take up to 6 weeks.
All government agencies must publish a list of criteria and processing times for visas or permits they issue. If the 48 -hour time- period is not met, the visa or permit will be considered as approved. I wold imagine that the person will be able to travel with a receipt if their visa is not issued within the stipulated time.
They have created an online system for business visas, Holiday visas, STR and TWP’s whereby the applicant needs to register with the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and provide details including passport information, personal information and any distinguishing marks!
This seems to be a trend as a few other African Countries have also implemented online visa systems for tourism and business travel, but have yet to implement it for work permits/visas, with the exception on Uganda. It would be interesting to see which other African countries follow suit, as the visa and immigration process is usually an arduous and fickle journey.
Should you require any additional information on this visa process or for payroll, management and other Immigration services for Nigeria or other African countries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.