AUSTRIA – New Police Clearance Requirement for Residence Applications in Vienna

Since the beginning of 2018, applicants for residence permits in Vienna must now submit a police clearance certificate from each country in which they have resided for more than six months, at any time in their lives.

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AUSTRIA – New Police Clearance Requirement for Residence Applications in Vienna

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Relocation Services Strohmayer and Recom Relocation.

IRELAND – Delays in Booking Irish Residence Permit Appointments

As of 4 January 2018, non-EEA nationals are experiencing extensive delays in securing an appointment for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration in the Burgh Quay registration office in Dublin (formerly known as the Garda National Immigration Bureau/GNIB) via the online booking system.

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IRELAND – Delays in Booking Irish Residence Permit Appointments

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Eugene F Collins and Corporate Care.

CHINA – Relaxed Visa Rules for Top Talent

Effective 1 January 2018, new regulations for the “R Visa” for high-level talent allow multiple stays in China of up to 180 days at a time, with a validity of up to ten years, a streamlined online application system and reduced processing times.

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CHINA – Relaxed Visa Rules for Top Talent

CZECH REPUBLIC – New Consular Appointment-Booking System

From 1 December 2017, a new appointment booking system has been introduced at Czech consulates. Applicants must now request a long-term visa or residence permit appointment by email.

However, requests for appointments sent during December show that the process and timing vary significantly between consulates (from several weeks to several months).

Consulates at which it was challenging to obtain appointments in 2017 continue to grant appointments for up to several months after the appointment request.

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CZECH REPUBLIC – New Consular Appointment-Booking System

This news alert was prepared using information provided by International Business Support.

SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Companies with Five or Fewer Employees Are Exempt from Expanded Expat Fee

The Ministry of Labour and Social Development has announced that Saudi companies employing five people or fewer are exempt from the new monthly expat levy. Companies employing nine people or fewer must pay the levy for the number of employees exceeding five.

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PANAMA – Work Permit Applicants Must Attend Ministry of Labour in Person

On 26 December 2017, the Ministry of Labour issued a decree requiring all work permit applicants to visit the Ministry in person for biometric registration before submitting any initial or renewal work permit application.

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PANAMA – Work Permit Applicants Must Attend Ministry of Labour in Person

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Morgan & Morgan Abogados.

UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 General Oversubscribed

The monthly allocation of the Tier 2 (General) restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) was exceeded in December 2017, for only the second time since the introduction of the migration cap in 2011.

As a result, the minimum required score was increased for applications in December 2017, a significant number of RCoS requests were rejected, and 91 RCoS were “borrowed” from January 2018’s allocation.

Affected employers may be able to reapply for January 2018 (the deadline for requests is 5 January). However with the allocation for January reduced by 91, there is the possibility that applications for lower-paid jobs will again be rejected.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Tier 2 General Oversubscribed

The information in this alert was provided by Newland Chase.