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

This news alert was prepared using information provided by FSG.

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.

RUSSIA – Extra Document Requirements for Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permit Extensions and Corrections in Moscow

The Migration Department of Moscow region (Greenwood Business Centre) has added to the list of documents required in support of applications for correction and extension of Highly Qualified Specialist (HQS) work permits.

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RUSSIA – Extra Document Requirements for Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permit Extensions and Corrections in Moscow

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

RUSSIA – Technical Problems at Moscow Migration Office

The Moscow Migration Department in Sakharovo has recently refused to accept a number of work permit applications for technical reasons.

In addition, occasional rejections have taken place when applying to local migration offices for address registration, for employees who previously obtained work permits at the Moscow Migration Department in Sakharovo.

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RUSSIA – Technical Problems at Moscow Migration Office

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

VENEZUELA – Document Registration Services Temporarily Suspended [UPDATED]

[UPDATE 12 June 2017] Registration and notarisation (authentication) services have been resumed in Venezuela. Nevertheless, delays of five to seven business days are likely in document processing time.

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VENEZUELA – Document Registration Services Temporarily Suspended [UPDATED]

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Staff Relocation Services Venezuela and Godoy Córdoba.

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