KENYA – In-Country Work Permits Suspended [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya. Upon the expiry of a permit or pass, the foreign national will be required to leave the country until the permit or pass is renewed and issued.

[UPDATE] As of 14 January 2019, this directive has not yet been implemented. However, increased scrutiny is being given to all applications with more stringent vetting of approvals for permits and passes. Approvals will only be given for positions where it is clearly demonstrated that there is no local skill-set available or that the sponsoring entity has taken genuine steps to train Kenyan understudies.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Further Details of Long-Term Visa Scheme

On 24 November 208, the UAE cabinet approved new long-term residence visas, and announced further details of the qualifying requirements for certain key professionals, investors and entrepreneurs. Currently, residence visas are valid for up to three years.

The government announced the new visas on 20 May 2018, and implementation is now expected early in 2019.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Further Details of Long-Term Visa Scheme

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Executive Expatriate Relocations.

GREECE – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] On 8 November 2018, the Greek government published an internal ministerial circular concerning the new Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Permit, enabling for the first time the submission of applications under law No. 4540 and clarifying several aspects of the new ICT process.

On 22 May 2018, the Greek government published a law implementing the European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”.

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GREECE – New Intra-Corporate Transfer Permit Implemented [UPDATED]

This alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Relocations Greece.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Visa Rules Bring Positive Changes

On 21 October 2018, the UAE cabinet approved a number of new visa rules that will prove beneficial to numerous categories of foreign nationals in the UAE, including tourists, retirees and students and the widows, divorcees, and children of foreign nationals.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Visa Rules Bring Positive Changes

This alert has been prepared with information provided by Sesam Business Consultants and Executive Expatriate Relocations.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that its new insurance scheme for foreign workers will be available from 15 October 2018.

The new scheme, announced alongside other changes on 13 June 2018, will be offered as an alternative to the existing bank guarantee system.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Insurance Scheme for Workers to Take Effect

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Sesam Business Consultants.

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.

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.