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