IRELAND – Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

Effective 6 March 2019, the spouses and de facto partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders can access the Irish labour market without first obtaining an Employment Permit.

In addition, on 1 April 2019 a new pre-clearance policy will be introduced for the non-EEA de facto partners of CSEP holders.

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IRELAND – Spouse or Partner of Critical Skills Employment Permit Holder Can Work Without Employment Permit

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase.

IRELAND – Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

Effective immediately, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) is now requesting that Critical Skills Employment Permit (CSEP) holders apply for their Stamp 4 permission four months in advance of the expiry date of their CSEP, (i.e., once they have completed 20 months on their employment permit).

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IRELAND – Stamp 4 Processing Delays and New Deadlines

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

INDIA – Increased Penalties for Late Registration and Late Visa Extension

Effective immediately, the Bureau of Immigration (BOI) has revised its penalty fees for late registration of foreign nationals, and for submission of visa extensions after visa expiry.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by LawQuest.

MOROCCO – Fewer Intra-Company Transfers Qualify for Exemption from Labour Market Testing

In the last few weeks, the Ministry of Labour in Morocco has tightened the qualifying criteria for the intra-company transfer work permit process. The ICT process exempts employers from obtaining approval from the Agence Nationale de Promotion de l’Emploi et des Competences (ANAPEC) certifying that no local Moroccan candidate suits the position.

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MOROCCO – Fewer Intra-Company Transfers Qualify for Exemption from Labour Market Testing

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maroc Integration.

SOUTH AFRICA – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honour or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports

Effective January 2017, the Department of Home Affairs (DHS) of South Africa will no longer honour Temporary Residence Visas (TRVs) issued with a validity period exceeding the foreign national’s passport expiry date, beyond the expiry date of the passport.

In all instances, where the DHA or a South African Mission abroad has issued any TRV with a validity date which exceeds the validity date of the passport, regardless of the period, the DHA will deem the visa to have expired upon the expiry date of the passport. The DHA will also not transfer a valid visa from an expired passport into a new passport.

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SOUTH AFRICA – The Department of Home Affairs Will No Longer Honour or Transfer Valid Temporary Residence Visas Endorsed in Expired Passports

This alert was drafted using information provided by J Fetting Inc. and IBN.