IRELAND – Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

Effective 6 March 2019, the spouses and de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can access the Irish labour market without first obtaining an Employment Permit.

In addition, on 1 April 2019 a new pre-clearance policy will be introduced for the non-EEA de facto partners of CSEP holders.

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IRELAND – Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

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IRELAND – Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

Effective immediately, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) is now requesting that Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders apply for their Stamp 4 permission four months in advance of the expiry date of their CSEP, (i.e., once they have completed 20 months on their employment permit).

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IRELAND – Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

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KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Entry and Visa Rules

Several laws have taken effect recently which amend the regulations for obtaining visas and visa invitations, as well as the rules of entry to Kazakhstan for foreign nationals who arrive on a visa.

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KAZAKHSTAN – Recent Changes to Entry and Visa Rules

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KAZAKHSTAN – Deadline for Quota Applications is 1 August 2018

The deadline for submitting quota applications for employing foreign nationals in 2019 is 1 August 2018.

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KAZAKHSTAN – Deadline for Quota Applications is 1 August 2018

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RUSSIA – New Notification Forms

Effective 20 April 2018, new forms will be introduced for notifying the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the labour activity of foreign nationals.

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COLOMBIA – New Deadline for Special Stay Permits for Venezuelan Nationals

A new deadline has been established for Venezuelan nationals to obtain a Special Stay Permit (PEP) allowing them to stay and work in Colombia for up to two years.

Venezuelan nationals who entered Colombia before 2 February 2018 can now apply for a PEP within four months of 5 February 2018. Previously, only Venezuelan nationals in Colombia by 28 July 2017 could apply for a PEP by 31 October 2017.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Update on Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Applications

On 31 January 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) extended to 15 February 2018 the closing date for payments and submission of supporting documents and biometrics for applications for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), at one of the ten designated Visa Application Centres.

This deadline had previously been extended to 31 January 2018. The extended deadline is not for new applications, which had to be submitted by 30 November 2017.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Update on Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Applications

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CÔTE D’IVOIRE – 1 February 2018 Deadline for Converting to New Biometric Residence Cards

Nationals of non-ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) countries holding temporary residence permit cards in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) have until 1 February 2018 to exchange their old cards for a new biometric residence card (“Carte de Résident”).

All unconverted temporary residence permits will become invalid on 1 February 2018 – previously this deadline was set at 31 December 2017. After this date, any non-ECOWAS national resident in Côte d’Ivoire without a biometric resident card will be subject to a penalty.

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CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

The State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs (SAFEA) has announced that, effective 28 February 2018, all work permit renewal applications nationwide will have to be submitted at least 30 working days before the expiry date.

Those who fail to comply with this new deadline will be denied renewal, and will have to apply for a new work permit.  Currently, there is no national rule establishing a deadline for work permit renewal application submissions.

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CHINA – Upcoming Change to Work Permit Renewal Deadline

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