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.

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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CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Expert Bureau will suspend all immigration applications between 22 and 25 December 2017, as the national immigration system undergoes an upgrade.

Please note:

  • During this period, the Bureau will not accept any new or extension applications or issue any permits via its headquarters, branches, self-service spots, on-line service or WeChat;
  • For already submitted, pending applications, processing time will be prolonged by 8-12 working days;

Action Items

  • Applicants for work and residence permits and visas, and their employers in China, should allow extra time for applications to be processed.

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CHINA – Shanghai Exit-Entry Bureau – Planned Closure for System Upgrade

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

AUSTRALIA – Citizenship Processing Resumes

Following the Australian Senate’s block to the overhaul of the citizenship eligibility criteria, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have resumed processing applications that were lodged on or after 20 April 2017.

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AUSTRALIA – Citizenship Processing Resumes

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Newland Chase.