IRELAND – Major Delays for Irish Residence Permit Appointments and Employment Permit Applications [UPDATED]

There continue to be significant delays in obtaining appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration for non-EEA nationals in Dublin. The delays are expected to persist for at least the rest of this year, and the IRP Office in Dublin has stated that it can no longer offer emergency appointments for any reason..

[UPDATE] Furthermore, processing of Employment Permit applications is also taking a lot longer than previously. Applications submitted under the Trusted Partner Scheme are currently being processed in 6-7 weeks (previously 2-4 weeks). Meanwhile, standard non-Trusted Partner applications are taking up to 13 weeks (previously 6-8 weeks) to be processed.

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IRELAND – Major Delays for Irish Residence Permit Appointments and Employment Permit Applications [UPDATED]

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

SLOVAKIA – Shortage Occupations Lists are Published; and Processing of Single Permits is Delayed

The Slovak authorities have published lists of occupations with labour shortages during the past calendar year, for districts where the average unemployment rate was lower than 5%. These occupations are now exempt from labour market testing.

Meanwhile, there are significant delays in single permit processing due to understaffing at the Bratislava Labour Office.

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SLOVAKIA – Shortage Occupations Lists are Published; and Processing of Single Permits is Delayed

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Pro Relocation.

IRELAND – Major Delays Continue for Irish Residence Permit Appointments in Dublin

There continue to be significant delays in obtaining appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registration for non-EEA nationals in Dublin. The delays are expected to persist for at least the rest of this year.

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IRELAND – Major Delays Continue for Irish Residence Permit Appointments in Dublin

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Care.

NIGERIA – Ministry of Interior Online Services May Cause Delays

On 7 May 2018, the Federal Ministry of Interior (FMI) is expected to launch its new online service, covering all aspects of the operations and workflow of its Citizenship and Business (C&B) department.

The new online application process is expected to slow down the issuance of the grant and renewal of expatriate quota applications. Companies will be required to generate application file numbers and verification codes for the online application process.

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UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

Effective 12 March 2018, the United States embassy in Paris, France, has closed its “Golden Arrow” program for expedited E visas for critical employees of registered large multinational corporations. Delays should be anticipated as a result.

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UNITED STATES – End of Golden Arrow Program for Expedited E Visas at US Embassy in Paris

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio Kattar.

IRELAND – Authorities Clarify 90-Day Validity of Letter of Approval for Atypical Work Scheme

Effective immediately, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) has clarified an existing rule that, for the Atypical Worker Scheme, letters of approval issued for entry clearance must be used within 90 days of issuance, after which they will become invalid.

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IRELAND – Authorities Clarify 90-Day Validity of Letter of Approval for Atypical Work Scheme

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Care.

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.