As a full member of EuRA, Moving ON has once again participated in the annual EuRA International Relocation Conference. Held in the beautiful, historical city of Dubrovnik – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – this reference event for the mobility industry was a huge success, bringing together more than 700 delegates to connect, exchange and expand ideas.
This year was even more special as it marked the 20thanniversary of the conference.
Moving ON’s team actively participated in the conferences, from the opening Immigration Symposium to the exciting and interactive panels moderated by our director, Isabel Cudell, to the spectacular 20thanniversary Gala Dinner. This was also a great chance to meet old friends, make new ones, and exchange ideas and fresh perspectives on global mobility with industry peers.
This year’s theme “Embracing Change, Thriving or Surviving?” was a stimulating one, triggering discussions on a number of key topics for an industry that evolves in a changing landscape. Isabel drove the conversation in a session about Short Term Tenancy Managementand moderated an important discussion on Diversity in Mobility. She also hosted Pauline Six’s stimulating session on the Motivations for Change, focusing on the human factor behind international mobility.
Blessed by good weather and set in an amazing scenery by the Adriatic Sea, this was an inspiring week for everyone!
Moving ON was recently granted the EuRA Global Quality Seal (EGQS) the world’s first accreditation programme for relocation providers, which certifies excellence and the very highest standards in relocation services.
Introduced in 2008, this distinction has become the benchmark for the relocation industry leaders and a synonym to excellence, reliability and transparency.
This pioneering initiative provides an efficient external audit to reflect EuRA members’ excellence in providing relocation services in accordance with high objectives and the implementation of a thorough process management.
Learn more about the EGQS, its positive impact on raising the industry’s standards and the benefits for certification holders here.
As the Greek bailout situation unfolds, global HR and mobility consultants Mercer have undertaken a snapshot survey to identify the impact on local and international businesses. Mercer carried out the flash survey, Greek Pulse Survey: Impact on Your Employees, between 7–9 July, two days after the 5 July referendum in which 61 per cent of the Greek electorate voted against creditors’ proposals. The findings, reported in Mercer’s Mobility Update newsletter, indicate how the Greek crisis is affecting some local employees, business travellers and expats at international organisations operating in Greece.
According to Mercer, overall the results showed a “moderate impact on employees of international companies operating in Greece, with local employees most affected.” Read more
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In the past few years there has been an increased trend to shorter assignments and extended business travel as companies think about efficient ways to manage their projects and international staff, Peregrine Immigration reports.
Immigration compliance can become complex in these cases, and Peregrine has worked together with its partners to present processes in its Immiguru database where some work-related activities are permitted on a Schengen Type C Visa or visa waiver stay.
These are not Work Permits
Note that in most cases the categories have strict parameters in terms of allowable activities, duration and location of contract and payroll and should not be considered as another form of work authorisation. In most cases an existing service agreement or purchase order must be in place between the sending company and the host company, and assignees must remain on foreign payroll and contract.
For nationalities requiring a Schengen C visa for travel into the relevant country it should also be noted that these are processed at the consulate/embassy in the country of residence and so variations in procedure and visa issuance may apply which should always be checked for each case in advance.
Lastly, these processes should also be reviewed carefully in terms of the applicant’s individual schedules. Trips to the Schengen area for business or tourism must be limited to 90 days out of any 180 day period, and this should be taken into account when using this category as previous travels may impact the planned entry and exit dates.
Source: Relocate Global
Mozambican Labour Minister Vitoria Diogo has warned that the government will not tolerate repeated and serious violations of Mozambican labour legislation, particularly in the areas of the recruitment of foreign workers and of safety norms in the workplace.
Diogo gave this warning on Monday, when she opened a seminar on “Portuguese investment and labour questions in Mozambique”, organized by her Ministry in coordination with the Portuguese embassy. The main purpose of the seminar was to make Portuguese businesses operating in Mozambique aware of the legal mechanisms for the hiring of expatriates.
Cited in the independent newssheet “Mediafax”, she said that, in the first three months of this year, 112 foreign workers of various nationalities, including several Portuguese, were suspended because they had been hired illegally. Also in the first quarter, 176 accidents at work had been reported, caused by failure to observe safety regulations.
“We are urging the private sector in general and Portuguese companies in particular to operate with scrupulous respect for the labour legislation, particular with regard to the hiring of foreign labour”, she said.
Diogo recognized that Mozambique faces a shortage of skilled staff in various areas, but said this should not be used by companies as an excuse to hire foreign workers for areas where Mozambicans are available.
The government could not continue to tolerate breaches of the law, she said. So far, its approach had been “educational”, making companies aware of the rules for hiring foreign labour. But in future, it could shift to punitive measures, fining the companies that were breaking the law, and expelling the foreign workers involved.
The Portuguese ambassador, Jose Augusto Duarte, said it was in the interest of Portuguese employers “to be exemplary in the application of Mozambican labour laws”, just as it was in Mozambique’s interest “to continue to rely on the invaluable contribution that the Portuguese are making to job creation, professional training and economic development”.
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For those individuals who also wish to reside in Portugal, a special tax regime for non-habitual residents may apply, which may lead to a more beneficial tax burden. Moving-ON can help you at all stages of the process, helping you work through the necessary paperwork. After looking at how to acquire Non-Habitual Resident Status, and taxation, this week the question is in which cases is foreign income obtained by Non-Habitual Residents in Portugal exempt from taxation?
In the case of pensioners and retired people when:
•Income is taxed in the source State, in accordance with the convention to eliminate double taxation, signed by Portugal and that State; or
•Income is not considered to have been obtained through a Portuguese source, according to the criteria provided for in the IRS Code (personal income tax).
In the case of income derived from employment, when:
•Income is taxed in the State of origin, in accordance with the convention to eliminate double taxation, signed by Portugal and that State; or
•That income is taxed in another State with which Portugal has not signed any convention to eliminate double taxation, as long as the income is not considered to have been obtained in Portuguese territory, in accordance with the criteria in article 18 of the IRS Code (personal income tax);
In the case of income from self-employment (through the provision of services of a high added value, of a scientific, artistic or technical nature, or through intellectual or industrial property, investment income, rental income, capital gains income or other increases in equity), when:
•The income may be taxed in the source country, territory or region, in accordance with the convention to eliminate double taxation, or;
•When no convention to eliminate double taxation has been signed, the OECD model convention may be applied (taking into consideration the observations and reservations made by Portugal) and as long as the source country, territory or region does not have a privileged tax regime, and as long as the income is not considered to have been obtained in Portuguese territory, in accordance with the criteria in article 18 of the IRS (personal income tax).
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For those individuals who also wish to reside in Portugal, a special tax regime for non-habitual residents may apply, which may lead to a more beneficial tax burden. Moving-ON can help you at all stages of the process, helping you work through the necessary paperwork. Last week we looked at how to acquire Non-Habitual Resident Status, this week we’re looking at taxation. Once Non-Habitual Resident Status has been obtained, what is the taxation rate and incidence applicable to domestic source income?
In the case of employment or self-employment, the applicable taxation rate is 20% (with an additional 3.5% surcharge in 2015). Taxation applies to income derived from high added value activities of a scientific, artistic or technical nature:
•Architects, engineers and similar
•Fine artists, actors and musicians
•Doctors and dentists, teachers and psychologists
•Liberal professions, technicians and similar
•Investors, directors and managers, when part of companies covered by the contractual regime provided for in the Investment Tax Code.
Registration as a Non-Habitual Resident confers the right to be taxed as such for a period of 10 years as from the year of registering as a tax resident in Portuguese territory. Contact us for more information on this status at firstname.lastname@example.org
This week was a really great week for our country, as we celebrated Portugal and the Community of Portuguese-Speaking countries on the 10th of June, and just last week Portugal was chosen as the second best country in the world at welcoming and integrating immigrants, according to the MIPEX international study. In spite of the crisis, Portugal climbed the ranking to an extraordinary second place.
The evaluation of Portugal in the fourth edition of MIPEX was presented last week at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, in Lisbon, but the final comparative list of the 38 countries will only be known on the 30th in Brussels.
Access to health, education and permanent housing are the less positive indicators in the study, while employment, the fight against discrimination, access to nationality and family reunion score the highest.
Portugal manages a total of 75, rising one point in relation to the last study carried out in 2010, thanks to improvements such as employment programmes and systems of domestic violence victim’s protection.
Portugal is considered in the study as the country in Southern Europe that is most effective in fighting discrimination and promoting equality, but also refers that the low number of complaints (approximately 2,8% of the population) does not mean that everything is done in terms of educating immigrants about their rights and the laws existing to protect them.
In the study, Healthcare is identified as one of the areas in which immigrants in Portugal have more difficulties, because of the economic crisis, that has made them “encounter more administrative obstacles” and “healthcare services with less answers”.
One of the areas in which Portugal scores higher in the MIPEX analysis is the integration of immigrants in the labour market: according to numbers of 2011 and 2012, approximately 28% of Non EU citizens were unemployed, under the 33 % average of countries analysed.
MIPEX points out Portugal as one of the best countries in immigrant access to employment with equal opportunities and rights, but it is noted that it is more frequent having immigrants working below their qualifications and that it is not so easy to access social support such as unemployment subsidies.
In 2013, more than 7.800 new immigrants arrived in Portugal to join family members that were already in the country, a number slightly under previous years but that keeps the country as one of the most favourable to family reunions.
MIPEX evaluates in 167 parameters immigrant integration in all countries of the European Union, Unites States, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
Source: adapted from http://observador.pt/2015/06/12/portugal-segundo-melhor-pais-a-acolher-e-integrar-imigrantes/
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