What is the change? Companies in need of work permits for foreign workers in job categories subject to quotas in 2017 should file their quota applications no later than Aug. 26.

What does the change mean? Companies should prepare their quota applications as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline.

  • Implementation time frame: Although Sept. 1 is the deadline set by legislation, in practice, authorities may accept applications only until Aug. 26.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits and work visas.
  • Who is affected: Companies seeking work permits for quota-subject foreign workers in 2017.
  • Business impact: Failure to file may prevent a company from being able to hire foreign workers.

Background: Filing a quota application is an annual requirement for companies that rely on foreign workers in job categories where quotas apply. Companies that do not file the applications cannot apply for work permits if quotas expire.

BAL Analysis: In addition to the mandatory quota application, employers are encouraged to file voluntary projections of their foreign labor needs for 2017 with the Department of Labor. This may allow them to receive priority consideration when additional quota numbers become available.

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