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Global Immigration Update

IRELAND – Severe Processing Delays and More Security Due to the high volume of applications and processing changes, there are severe processing delays of Employment Permit applications. It is taking approximately 10 weeks to process standard Employment Permit applications filed with the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI). Appeal applications are currently taking 16…

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UK Immigration Update

Immigration Skills Charge  Overview The Home Office announced that the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) will be introduced from 6 April 2017. This is to be paid by Tier 2 Sponsors hiring migrant workers under the Tier 2 visa route. The rationale behind this decision is to ensure that the burden of costs in running the…

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UK Immigration Update

Immigration Skills Charge – imminent commencement The Home Office announced that the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) will be introduced from April 2017. This is to be paid by Tier 2 Sponsors hiring migrant workers under Tier 2 visa route. The justification offered in 2016 by former Immigration Minister – James Brokenshire – when the ISC…

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UK Immigration Update

Brexit Update : Home Office Portal Service for EEA Nationals In order to help streamline its processes and reduce the use of paper forms, the Home Office has now expanded its online services in relation to EEA nationals exercising treaty rights, who are applying for documents confirming residence under EU law. The online portal (www.gov.uk/eea-registration-certificate/overview)…

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UK Immigration Update

On 2 February, the Government published a White Paper establishing its plans for the UK’s departure from the European Union — so-called ‘Brexit’. In it are outlined the 12 guiding principles as announced by Theresa May in her January Lancaster House speech. Underpinning the Government’s vision is the desire for the UK to be politically and economically successful.…

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US & South Africa Immigration Update

South Africa – Important Changes to Visa Conditions The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issued an alert regarding amendments to visa conditions which took effect in January 2017. The three areas affected are, visa transfers, appeals, and rectification of visas. We have outlined below the main changes for these three areas. The most notable amendment…

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US and Global Immigration Update

United States of America: Executive Order President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order affecting immigration from seven countries: Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. We will provide further details of the Executive Order in a separate update. Please note that the details of the Executive Order have changed within the last 48…

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US Immigration Update

Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals On Friday, 27th January, President Trump signed an Executive Order enacting a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Upon completion of…

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Global Country Overview

The Republic of Ireland   Introduction Ireland has been a member of the European Union (EU) since 1973 and in recent years, attracted a large number of international organisations investing into Ireland and to set up Headquarters or hubs in Ireland. In 2015, the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recorded a growth of 7.8% in the…

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UK Immigration Update – Overseas Criminal Record Certificates

The UKVI announced today its intention to require Tier 2 migrants and their adult dependants coming to the UK to work in education, health and social care, to provide criminal record certificates. This would mean that from April 2017, any Tier 2 migrants (and their adult dependants) who are being sponsored by their employers for…

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UK Immigation Update – Brexit

The UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, in her highly anticipated speech today announced a ‘Plan for Britain’ following the UK’s decision in June 2016 to leave the EU. Her speech set out the Government’s intentions and goals, focused on strengthening Britain and building a “truly Global Britain”. A Plan for Britain covers 12 points, including…

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UK Immigration Update

The Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2017 – Summary On 10th January 2017, a draft Order was laid before Parliament which confirmed that the NHS surcharge would apply to Tier 2 ICT migrants and any dependents accompanying them to the UK. This is in line with other visa category that require an NHS surcharge payment.…

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Immigration Update

UK IMMIGRATION UPDATE ‘Fair’ dismissal of employee without evidence of a right to work in the UK The Employment Tribunal in Baker v Abellio London Ltd found that an employer that dismissed an employee who had not produced original evidence of his right to work in the UK upon request had acted fairly. In arriving…

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Global Immigration Update

Christmas and New Year – Closures With the holiday season approaching it is important to take into account that most government bodies will be closed or operate with limited staff during their opening hours. With this in mind, please be aware that this may cause delays on ongoing processes in Europe, America and other countries…

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UK Immigration Update

Tier 2 Changes  Following the Home Office’s recently published Statement of Changes, a number of new rules and policy affecting both Tier 2 Sponsors and the workers they sponsor came into force on 24 November 2016. Those revisions worth noting for companies sponsoring Tier 2 Migrants in the UK are as follows: – Closure of Tier…