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.

NEW ZEALAND – New Rules for Interim Visas

Effective immediately, interim visas are valid for 21 days after a temporary entry visa application is declined or withdrawn.

Applicants for temporary entry visas, therefore, no longer become unlawful the day after their application is declined, and have 21 days to challenge the visa decision, plan their departure from New Zealand and/ or continue working (if they have been granted work rights).

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Cavell Leitch.

SWITZERLAND – New Integration and language requirements for residence permits

The Swiss Federal Council has approved a package of legislative amendments which, effective 1 January 2019, will allow the authorities to demand that foreign nationals applying for residence permits sign a cultural integration agreement and demonstrate a certain level of language skill.

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ESTONIA – Amendments to Immigration Law Exempt Top Specialists from Quota

Effective 15 July 2018, amendments have been made to the Aliens Act aimed at encouraging highly-skilled foreign specialists and combatting the illegal employment of foreign nationals.

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ESTONIA – Amendments to Immigration Law Exempt Top Specialists from Quota

POLAND – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

Effective 1 July 2018, new regulations allow non-EU nationals to apply for work permits for almost two hundred occupations without the requirement to first obtain confirmation from the labour office.

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POLAND – Almost 200 Occupations Now Exempt from Labour Market Testing

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Expatax.

VIETNAM – Some Provinces Now Require Residence Card Cancellation Before Departure

Effective immediately, the immigration authorities in some provinces in Vietnam are requiring foreign nationals who are terminating their assignments and leaving the country to surrender and cancel their Temporary Residence Card (TRC) prior to their departure. In these cases, the foreign national and any dependents will have to apply for an exit visa to be able to leave Vietnam.

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VIETNAM – Some Provinces Now Require Residence Card Cancellation Before Departure

This alert was prepared using information provided by Resident Vietnam.

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.