SPAIN – Immigration Authorities Suspend In-Person and Telephone Consultations

The Spanish immigration authorities have issued an announcement confirming the temporary suspension of in-person and telephone consultations at both the Large Companies Unit (Unidad de Grandes Empresas – “UGE”) as well as the temporary suspension of in-person consultations at the General Subdirectorate of Immigration.

At the same time, immigration officers are working on clarifying the criteria for approval of applications under the Entrepreneur’s Act.

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

SLOVAKIA – Long queues for temporary residence permits at foreign police office in Bratislava

The number of non-EU nationals attending the Foreign Police office in Bratislava to submit initial and renewal applications for temporary residence permits (including single permits) has increased significantly in recent weeks, leading to very long queues.

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SLOVAKIA – Long queues for temporary residence permits at foreign police office in Bratislava

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

SPAIN – Delay in Processing of Applications Under Entrepreneurs’ Act

Currently, Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is experiencing delays in the processing of applications for visas under the Entrepreneur’s Act (14/2013) due to staff shortages, as well as ongoing delays in processing of residence authorisations.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sagardoy Abogados and Visa Management.

IRELAND – Immigration authorities announce closure of appointment system for re-entry visas

Effective 3 September 2018, the online appointment booking service for visa-required nationals seeking re-entry visas from the Re-entry Division of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) will cease to operate. All applications must be submitted by post.

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IRELAND – Immigration authorities announce closure of appointment system for re-entry visas

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NIGERIA – Ministry of Interior migrates business permit/expatriate quota records to new online platform

Between 23 July and 31 August 2018, the Ministry of Interior will migrate its business permit and expatriate quota records to a new online portal called eCitBiz.

All affected companies should update their records and migrate to the new platform by 31 August 2018.

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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.