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Posted on: July 2nd, 2019
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ABIL Global: France

The French government has issued a decree to implement Ordinance No. 2019-76 of 6 February 2019, which specifies the conditions for issuing residence permits to British nationals to continue their stay in France after the Brexit date, in the event of no exit agreement being reached between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union.

Decree no. 2019-264 of 2 April 2019 was published in the Journal Officiel on 3 April 2019. The following are the principal conditions of issuance of the residence permits to British nationals and their family members.

Transition period of 12 months. UK nationals and family members continuing their stay and professional activities beyond the Brexit date may do so for a maximum period of 12 months after the Brexit date. During this transition period, they do not need to possess a residence permit.

Residence permit application to be requested within 6 months following the Brexit.UK nationals who wish to remain in France beyond this transition period will have 6 months after the Brexit date to apply for one of the appropriate residence permits.

How to apply for a residence permit. The decree details the documents that UK nationals and their family members will provide in support of their application according to the appropriate residence permit for which they are eligible.

Tax amount. The amount of the tax due for the issuance of a residence permit is reduced to 100 euros for British nationals and their family members instead of 269 euros applicable to thirdcountry nationals.

Details: Client alert, https://www.karlwaheed.fr/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/OrdonnanceBREXIT-n°-2019-76-of-6-February-2019-Client-Alert-13-02-2019.pdf

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OFLC’s New Online ‘FLAG’ Portal to Replace iCERT

The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has announced a new cloud-based online portal, the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG). The newly modernized portal is intended to “help U.S. employers find qualified workers while ensuring protections for U.S. and foreign workers.”

The new portal is replacing OFLC’s current iCERT system. It will serve as the new application filing and case management portal for all foreign labor certification programs. OFLC said the enhancements include personalized user accounts, form preparation, automated case alerts, and improved access to OFLC decisions.

FLAG will be used for filing prevailing wage requests (Form ETA-9141) for PERM applications (i.e., the first stage of the employment-based green card process) starting June 10, 2019; and for submitting H-2B applications starting July 3, 2019.

Details: OFLC FLAG System/notice, https://flag.dol.gov/

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This newsletter was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (www.abil.com), of which Lynn Susser is an active member.

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