POLAND – Changes to Work Permit Regulations from 1 January 2018

Various changes to work permit regulations for non-EEA nationals came into effect on 1 January 2018.

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POLAND – Changes to Work Permit Regulations from 1 January 2018

This alert was drafted using information provided by LEGE ARTIS.

SOUTH AFRICA – Update on Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Applications

On 31 January 2018, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) extended to 15 February 2018 the closing date for payments and submission of supporting documents and biometrics for applications for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), at one of the ten designated Visa Application Centres.

This deadline had previously been extended to 31 January 2018. The extended deadline is not for new applications, which had to be submitted by 30 November 2017.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Update on Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) Applications

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

SWITZERLAND – Upcoming Job Advertising Requirement for Occupations with High Unemployment

From 1 July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals in Switzerland, for jobs which have a high unemployment rate, will be required to test the Swiss labour market by advertising the position online for five days, through the Public Employment Service (PES).

Initially, the requirement will only be applied for occupations with an unemployment rate of 8% or above. This threshold will be lowered to 5% from 1 January 2020.

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NEW ZEALAND – Updated Salary Thresholds for Essential Skills Visa

Effective 15 January 2018, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has increased the remuneration thresholds which affect how long Essential Skills visa applicants can stay and whether their families can stay too.

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

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Upcoming Police Clearance Certificate Requirement; Recent Changes to Immigration Processes

Effective 4 February 2018, new employment applications must be supported by a police clearance certificate.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Ministry of Interior (MOI), and free zone authorities have all made some important changes that affect how applications are processed.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Upcoming Police Clearance Certificate Requirement; Recent Changes to Immigration Processes

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

CZECH REPUBLIC – New Consular Appointment-Booking System

From 1 December 2017, a new appointment booking system has been introduced at Czech consulates. Applicants must now request a long-term visa or residence permit appointment by email.

However, requests for appointments sent during December show that the process and timing vary significantly between consulates (from several weeks to several months).

Consulates at which it was challenging to obtain appointments in 2017 continue to grant appointments for up to several months after the appointment request.

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CZECH REPUBLIC – New Consular Appointment-Booking System

This news alert was prepared using information provided by International Business Support.

MOZAMBIQUE – Residency Document No Longer Required for Foreign Nationals Entering for Work

Effective immediately, foreign nationals entering Mozambique with a work visa will no longer be required to obtain an Identification and Residency Document for Foreigners (DIRE).

Instead, their work visa will be extended, for up to one year at a time, for the period of their employment contract.

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MOZAMBIQUE – Residency Document No Longer Required for Foreign Nationals Entering for Work

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Henriques, Rocha & Associados.