c t o b e r 2 0 2 0 O s s u e C W 4 2 I LONGER REQUIRED UPON NO ENTRY FOR PARENTS ALSO GRANDPARENTS AND FREE SERVICE OF: A GLOBAL MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CONVINUS 70, 8001 ZÜRICH, SCHWEIZ TALSTRASSE / INFO@CONVINUS.COM WWW.CONVINUS.COM News from the world of global mobility On October 5, 2020, the Brazilian authorities extended the entry restrictions for foreign visitors for another 30 days (and thus until November 4, 2020). Under the new regulations, it is no longer necessary for incoming visitors to prove sufficient health insurance coverage; this was previously required. Visitors who already have a valid visa for Brazil are currently allowed to enter and leave Brazil. Travelers without a valid visa face restrictions on potential flights to Brazil, as they are not allowed to enter Brazil anyway. BRAZIL: OF HEALTH INSURANCE ROOF Since the entry requirements are currently being adapted and changed on a regular basis, travelers should inform themselves about the current regulations immediately before departure to Brazil. On June 30, 2020, the German Minimum Wage Commission decided on a gradual increase of the statutory minimum wage. Currently set at EUR 9.35 gross per hour, the rise will be implemented in four stages to EUR 10.45 gross by mid-2022. The first adjustment to EUR 9.50 will be valid as of January 1, 2021. The second and third stage, to EUR 9.60 and EUR 9.82 respectively, will be implemented on July 1, 2021, and January 1, 2022. The final value of EUR 10.45 will come into effect on July 1, 2022. With these adjustments, the Minimum Wage Commission takes into account the recent collective bargaining agreements, economic forecasts as well as the current employment and competitive situation. Prior to the decision, there had been political discussions whether the minimum wage should be frozen or increased due to the Corona crisis. In addition to the chairperson, the commission's board includes three GERMANY: ADJUSTMENT OF THE GRADUAL representatives each from the unions and the employers as well as two advisory scientists. As a basic principle, decisions should be independent from any political STATUTORY MINIMUM WAGE influence. As of October 13, 2020, the Canadian government allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents to bring their parents and grandparents to Canada for permanent residence (PGP program). All applicants must observe the following: Online forms can be submitted from October 13 to November 3, 2020. Beyond the above-mentioned time window, selected applicants will be invited to complete an application until the annual limit of 10'000 applications is reached. The applications will be treated on a “first come first served” basis. Those selected applicants have 60 calendar days to submit a complete application for family reunification. Applicants may not earn less than the Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) figures + 30% which is based on the family size. CANADA: REUNION FAMILY The processing of applications for family reunification of spouses and children has priority. Due to COVID19, the PGP program will take place with the greatest delay. In 2019, the government accepted 20'000 applications under the program. This year, the number will be halved. SWITZERLAND: OF ENTRY AND ISSUANCE OF VISAS ACCORDING REFUSAL TO THE COVID-19 REGULATION 3 In general, foreigners from regions with increased risk of Covid-19 infections are currently not allowed to enter Switzerland. Additionally, Schengen visas are generally not issued for permit-free stays without gainful employment of up to 3 months. The Swiss authorities define the risk areas in the Covid-19 Ordinance 3 as "countries or regions in which the authorities have taken exceptional measures to prevent and combat the COVID-19-epidemic”. This includes most countries outside the Schengen area such as the USA or Great Britain. Foreign individuals who fall under the EU or EFTA agreement or who can claim a "situation of special necessity" are exempt from entry restrictions. However, the quarantine obligation exists independently of this. The legal basis for this can be found, inter alia, in Article 4 paragraphs 1 and 2, Article 10 and Annex 1 of the Ordinance of the Swiss Federal Council of 19 June 2020 on measures to combat coronavirus; Covid-19 Ordinance 3.