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IRELAND Changes to
Employment Permit
Legislation Announced and

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and

Innovation (DJEI) has now announced a full
list of all the changes under the Employment
Permit (Amendment) Act 2014, which was
implemented by the Department on 1
October 2014. The changes are very
extensive and cannot easily be summarised
here; however, a list of the key changes
follows. Please contact us for more

Creation of New Categories

to certain specific international

A Sport and Cultural Employment
A new Internship Employment Permit
(a one year maximum permit, issued if
the applicant is studying outside the
state and the relevant Work
Experience in Ireland is a requirement
for the completion of that course of
The Intra Company Transfer Permit
category continues to exist but has
undergone some changes (see below).
A Contract for Services Permit
category, which replaces the Contract
Service Provider class of Work Permit
Employment Permit.

Changes to Eligible and Ineligible

Categories Lists

The new law provides for nine different

purposes for which an employment permit
may be granted, as follows:

The new legislation has greatly expanded and

further defined the occupations on the Highly
Skilled Eligible Occupations list; i.e.
occupations for which applicants may be
granted a Critical Skills Employment Permit.

A new Critical Skills Employment

Permit to replace the existing Green
A new Spouse and Dependent
Employment Permit for spouses and
dependents of Critical Skills
Employment Permit holders;
A new General Employment Permit to
replace the Work Permit;
A new Reactivation Employment
Permit (for situations where a foreign
national who entered the State on a
valid Employment Permit but who fell
out of the system through no fault of
their own or who has been badly
treated or exploited in the workplace,
may work legally again);
A new Exchange Agreement
Employment Permit (issued pursuant

The Ineligible Categories List has also been

considerably expanded and further defined.

Quota/Ratio Rule
The new legislation retains and extends the
50:50 Quota Rule, whereby the Irish entity
may not have more than 50% non-EEA
national employees, to all applications, both
for new and renewal applications, regardless
of applicant (previously if the employee
applied, the 50:50 rule was waived.)
The new act does make some allowance for
the waiver of this requirement, including for
renewal applications for permits which were
originally issued prior to the Act, and for
enterprise start ups


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New Application Forms

2014, was made redundant and the

redundancy occurred within the
previous six months. This waiver only
applies where the Department has
been notified of the redundancy
within four weeks of the date of

The DJEI has released new forms which can no

longer be filled out online. These new
application forms must be handwritten
(similar to old forms pre December 2013) and
require wet original signatures from all
parties involved.

Fee Changes

Labour Market Test

Application fees will remain the same;

however, if the application is rejected the DJEI
will only refund 90% of the fee.

The Act retains and extends the requirement

for a labour market test for all new
applications for General and Contract Service
Provider Employment Permits, regardless of
applicant (employer or employee) (previously
if the employee applied, then the labour
market test could be waived for Work

However, now the fee for an employment

permit must now be paid by electronic
transfer: cheques will not be accepted. The
fee must be paid by the applicant i.e. the
employer/employee/connected person or
contractor, or their authorised agent.

Labour market tests may still be waived in

certain circumstances, as follows:

If an employee is married or in a civil

partnership with an EEA/Irish national there is
now no fee to the DJEI for an employment

Where the job is an occupation

included on the Highly Skilled Eligible
Occupations List
Where the job offer is in respect of an
eligible employment with a minimum
annual remuneration of 60,000EUR.
Where a recommendation from
Enterprise Ireland or IDA Ireland has
been made in relation to the job offer
Where the job offer is for a Carer of a
person with exceptional medical
needs and the non-EEA national has
been providing care to the person
before the application was made and
that person has developed a high
level of dependence on that non-EEA
In the case of a General Employment
Permit application, where the job is
offered to a non-EEA national who
held a General Employment Permit or
a Work Permit Employment Permit
and who, on a date after 1 October

Health Insurance Requirement

The employer must specify on applications for
General Employment Permits, Critical Skills
Employment Permits, ICT & Contract Service
Provider, the amount payable by the
employer for Health Insurance and the name
of the Health Insurance provider. Renewal
applications must be submitted with
documentary evidence from the employee
providing proof of payment.

Passport Expiry Dates

Employees passports must now be valid for
at least twelve months after the date of
application for both first time applications and
renewals (previously, for renewals, passports
only needed three months validity).


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Renewal Applications

Registration Program
Launched, Voluntary for

Renewal applications (where applicable) must

now be submitted within 16 weeks prior to
the expiry date of current permit

Changes to Intra Company Transfer


On 1 October 2014, the Philippines Bureau of

Immigration (BI) initiated an Alien Registration
Program (ARP) to update its database of
foreign nationals, but has already announced
that it will not be mandatory for now, due to
implementation issues and the initial high
volume of applicants.

Salary Rule
For renewal applications, the employee must
have been earning at least the Irish national
minimum wage (8.65 per hour on a 39 hour
week) while in Ireland on ICT status. Wage
slips will have to be provided as proof of this.
Additionally, a breakdown of salary,
deductions allowances as well as payments
for board and accommodation and health
insurance that the assignee will receive is now
required for the application form.

Who Must Register, and Who Is

Between 1 October 2014 and 30 September
2015, a foreign national extending their stay
in Philippines beyond 59 days is required to
present themselves at the Bureau of
Immigration to register under ARP. Although
the BI has said that currently, registration is
not mandatory, this is likely to change in the
near future.

Signatures on Application Form

The Authorisation of Agent page on the
application form will now need to be signed
by the sending organisation, the Irish
organisation, the employee and the
authorised agent original wet signatures
from each are required. This will add
administrative time to applications.

For 9(a) Tourist Visa holders extending their

stay beyond 59 days, and Special Work Permit
holders, the ARP registration will be done at
the time of application for an Alien Certificate
of Registration Identity card (ACR I-Card).
Previously, a personal appearance was not
required for an ACR I-Card application in these
cases; it now is, since biometrics must be

The new legislation, along with other recent
immigration reforms under the governments
Action Plan for Jobs, is aimed at increasing the
number of skilled graduates available in
Ireland, especially in Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) occupations.


Action Items

Those whose stay has not exceeded and will

not exceed 59 days are exempt. Also, foreign
nationals with a current, valid ACR I-Card
which required a biometrics interview at the
time of application (e.g. 9(g) Employment Visa
holders) are exempt from the requirement

These changes are likely to result in a

temporary slowdown in employment
permit processing times, while the
changes are implemented.


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and will be registered under ARP on renewal
of their ACR I-Card.

Automatic Migration
Service for Resident

Also exempt are holders of certain classes of

visa, including the Special Non-Immigrant
47(a)(2) Visa and the Multiple Entry Special


Migration Colombia has launched the

Automatic Migration Service, allowing
Mercosur (Mercado Comn del Sur) and CAN
(Comunidad Andina) nationals currently
resident in Colombia to enter and exit the
country in an expedited manner.

The foreign national will have to give

biometric data including photographs and
fingerprints, submit an application form,
present valid proof of identity and pay a
processing fee at one of the participating BI
offices in the Philippines. They will be issued
on the day with a Special Security Registration
Number (SSRN), to be used in all further
transactions with the BI. They will also be
issued (later, by post) a new-style ACR I-Card
($50 USD + processing fee).

What Are the Benefits?

Subscribers to this service will be able to enter
and exit Colombia without queuing to have
their passports stamped. Instead, they can
scan an ID card with new machines now being
installed at international airports in Colombia,
thus saving time at the airport and space in
their passport.

Action Items
Note that ARP registration is still likely
to be mandatory, once early teething
troubles have been overcome.
Note that Special Work Permit
holders and those extending a 9(a)
Tourist Visa beyond 59 days must now
attend an interview in person to
obtain an ACR I-Card.
Ensure that any applicants awaiting
processing of a 47(a)(2) or MESV and
who will therefore be in visitor status
for more than 59 days register under
Note that holders of expired ACR I-
Cards will be registered under ARP on
renewal of the ACR I-Card, and that
holders of valid ACR I-Cards may
voluntarily register under ARP and
obtain new card with SSRN for a fee.

Who Can Benefit?

Any nationals of Mercosur and CAN countries
who are resident in Colombia with a valid visa
and who have a computer-readable passport,
may qualify for the service.
Mercosur is made up of Argentina, Brazil,
Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Bolivia is in
the process of joining, and Chile, Colombia,
Peru, and Ecuador are associate members.
The Comunidad Andina, or CAN, is made up of
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

How to Register
Applicants must have their photograph and
fingerprints taken at a registration interview
at Migration Colombia, and pay an annual fee
of $150,000COP.


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Action Items

COLOMBIA Restrictions
for Assignees on Home
Contract Applying for TP-4
Work Visas; Online
Registration; Ebola Survey

Note that the new Automatic

Migration Service may be a good
option for Mercosur and CAN
nationals resident in Colombia who
need to enter and exit the country
several times per year.

Local Contract Now Required

KENYA Work Permit

Issuances Suspended

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia

has announced that it will strictly enforce a
rule requiring TP-4 Visa applicants to hold a
legal employment contract or a duly signed
and valid service contract with the sponsoring
company in Colombia.

The issuance of work permits has been

suspended, as the new Director of
Immigration, Major General Gordon
Kihalangwa, has disbanded the committee
which sits to deliberate over work permit

This requirement ensures compliance with

Article 7 in Decree 834, 2013.

What Does This Mean for Employers

and Assignees?

Therefore, although the immigration

department is still accepting work permit
applications, no new work permits will be
issued until a new committee is constituted.

In order to meet all TP-4 Visa sponsorship

requirements, all sponsoring entities in
Colombia must sign a fixed, indefinite-term
employment contract or a service contract
with the assignee. The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs will reject any application which does
not demonstrate that a suitable local contract
is in place.

When a new committee is eventually

reinstated it is likely that there will be
significant delays due to the backlog of
Those applicants who urgently need work
authorisation may apply for Special Passes,
which have not been affected. A Special Pass
enables business or short term work activities
in Kenya for a period of up to 90 days.

Therefore a home contract is no longer

accepted in support of a TP-4 visa application.
Note that this does not mean that an
applicant cannot retain their home company
contract; however, he or she must also hold
an employment contract or a contract for
services with the Colombian entity.

Action Points
Any applicant who urgently needs
work authorisation should apply for a
Special Pass.
Delays in work permit processing
should be expected even after the
new committee is formed.

Online Visa Registration

Migration Colombia has announced that it will
be possible for a foreign national to register a
visa online, at the Migration Colombia
website, within fifteen calendar days of entry
to Colombia or of visa issuance.


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However, registration in person may still be
required, as the online system is still being

Accompanied Minors
Minors (under the age of 18) in possession of
a visa issued on or after 13 October, which
indicates they are to be accompanied, must
be accompanied by the named person or
persons when they arrive at a port of entry in
Ireland or be denied entry

Ebola Virus Travel Checks

Effective 22 August 2014, all visa applicants to
Colombia must complete a questionnaire
which asks detailed questions about recent
travel in Ebola affected countries, including

Note that if applications for the

accompanying childrens visas are submitted
to the Irish embassy at the same time as an
employment visa application for an
employment permit holder the childs visa
will automatically be endorsed with the
passport number for the principal parent (i.e.
the employment permit holder).

Action Items
Ensure that any assignee intending to
work in Colombia while on home
company contract also has a signed
employment contract or services
contract with the sponsoring
company in Colombia.
Note that a home company contract is
no longer accepted in support of the
TP-4 visa application.
Note that anyone who has recently
travelled in an Ebola affected country
may be refused a Colombian visa.

Where a child is travelling in the company of

one named adult, the name and passport
number of that person will be shown on the
visa. Where they are travelling with two
named adults, only the passport numbers of
both adults will be entered.
If one of the adults named on the childs visa
travels ahead to Ireland (to organise
accommodation, for example), that adult will
have to return to the country of origin and re-
enter Ireland accompanied by the child.

IRELAND New Conditions

for Minors with Irish Visas

In this case, and if the named adult is a visa-

requiring national, they will need to complete
GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau)
registration and obtain a re-entry or multiple
entry visa before they travel out of Ireland.

Effective 13 October 2014, visas for children

travelling to Ireland now include an
endorsement stating whether the child is
travelling accompanied or unaccompanied by
one or more parent, legal guardian or other

Should the holder of a visa endorsed with

"accompanied" or "unaccompanied" as above
reach the age of 18 years, the visa will be
treated as if it does not carry the

What are the Consequences?

These conditions apply to visas issued to
minors on or after 13 October, regardless of
whether the visa application was submitted to
the Irish embassy before 13 October 2014 and
may impact family travel plans.

Unaccompanied Minors
Minors in possession of a visa issued on or
after 13 October which indicates that they are
unaccompanied are permitted to travel


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unaccompanied, but are also permitted to be
accompanied by an adult.

Changes to the Immigration
Rules from November 2014

Action Items
Ensure that any accompanying adult,
named in the remarks section of a
minors Irish visa, travels with that
child into Ireland, even if that adult
has already travelled to Ireland to
make living arrangements.

On 16 October 2014, the UK Home Office

released a Statement of Changes to the
Immigration Rules, in which amendments are
made across several categories of the UK
immigration system.

Main Changes to Tier 2 of the

Points-Based System

Recruitment Agencies May
Not Hire Foreign Nationals
on Behalf of Third Parties

An assessment of whether a genuine vacancy

exists is being added to the Tier 2 (Intra-
Company Transfer) and Tier 2 (General)
This change empowers Entry Clearance
Officers and caseworkers to refuse
applications where there are reasonable
grounds to believe that the job described by
the sponsor does not genuinely exist, has
been exaggerated to meet the Tier 2 skills
threshold, or has been tailored to exclude
resident workers from being recruited, or
where there are reasonable grounds to
believe that the applicant is not qualified to
do the job.

According to a notice issued on 17 September

2014 by the Immigration Labour Directorate,
Provincial Labour Directorates in Mozambique
have been instructed not to accept work
permit applications for foreign nationals
submitted by private recruitment agencies for
the purpose of transfer to third party
employers in Mozambique. This regulation
has been in place since 2001 but has not been
strictly enforced to this point.
Recruitment agencies can now only hire
foreign nationals to cover their own staffing
needs in Mozambique and not on behalf of
their clients.

Depending on how it is interpreted by the

Immigration Service, this change may mark a
move away from a purely objective points-
based system.

Note that as Mozambique has just held

national elections further amendments may
be forthcoming.

Main Changes to Tier 1 (Investor)

This route is being reformed following
recommendations from the Migration
Advisory Committee (MAC), and will see an
increase in the minimum investment
threshold from 1million to 2million, as well
as several other rule changes, effective 6
November 2014.

Action Points
Ensure that foreign national workers
are hired directly by the host entity
and not by recruitment agencies.


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The 5 million and 10 million routes still exist
for Tier 1 (Investor) applicants wishing to
benefit from accelerated settlement.


Der Elst: Work Permit
Exemptions Within the EU

Business Visitors
The Business Visitor route is being expanded
to include new eligible activities as follows:

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday 9 December

2014 at 1.30PM BST (UK time). The webinar
topic is Van der Elst: Work Permit
Exemptions Within the EU and is free to
attend for Peregrines Immiguru clients and
partners. Places are limited and will be
allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so
please contact us at to
book your spot now.

allowing scientists and researchers to

share knowledge, expertise and
advice on an international project
which is being led by the UK;
creating a provision for overseas
lawyers, who are employees of
international law firms which have
offices in the UK, to provide direct
advice to clients in the UK on litigation
or international transactions provided
they remain paid and employed
allowing graduates of an overseas
nursing school to be admitted as a
Business Visitor in order to the sit the
Objective Structured Clinical
Examination (OSCE).

Webinar Summary
Van der Elst is an immigration route
whereby non-EU nationals who are legally
employed in one EU member state may be
sent for short term work or services to
another EU state without the need to obtain
an additional work permit.
However, Van der Elst is the result of a
Tribunal of Justice ruling and has never been
properly regulated in the form of an EU
Directive. It is therefore applied very
differently in different EU member states

Other Changes
There are also some changes to the other Tier
1 routes (General, Entrepreneur and
Exceptional talent) as well as to the appeals
system for students under Tier 4. There are
also several other minor changes; please see
the full Statement of Changes for more details
or contact us if you have questions.

Join us to learn more about this unusual and

confusing immigration route, and how you
might be able to use it to save time and cost
when moving workers between EU member

Action Items

The webinar will be presented live, and there

will be an opportunity for attendees to ask
the speakers questions directly.

Note that the Statement of Changes

gives greater discretion to Entry
Clearance Officers to use their
judgment to assess the genuine need
for a Tier 2 applicant.

Presenters and Speakers

The webinar will be hosted by Sophy King,
Managing Director of Peregrine Immigration
Management Ltd.

For a more detailed assessment of the

Statement of Changes, please contact us or
one of our partners directly.


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Sophy will be joined by the following
immigration attorneys and specialists from
the region, who will briefly present an
overview of Van der Elst and how (or if!) it can
be used in their countries:

allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so

please contact us at to
book your spot now.
If you already have questions about Van der
Elst for our panel, please also feel free to
submit these in advance.

Belgium: Bernard Caris from Praetica

France: Fiona Mougenot from Expat
Ireland: Claire Jacobs and Aislinn
Stanton from Corporate Care
Italy: Marco Mazzeschi from
Spain: Ana Garicano Sol from
Sagardoy Abogados
Switzerland: Friederike Ruch from

There will be a small administration charge of

25GBP per person for attendance, which will
be waived for Peregrines existing Immiguru
clients and partners.

Some Feedback from Our Last

Our last webinar was on 7 October and dealt
with immigration into Africa. Here are some
of the comments we received afterwards. If
you missed this one, let us know and we will
gladly share the contact details of our
speakers and the webinar notes!

Who Should Attend?

HR and mobility managers interested in
mobility of non-EU national employees within
the EU. Professional service providers are also
welcome to attend.

Thank you! The webinar was really

good and useful.
The notes and questions follow up are
very much appreciated, and I certainly
enjoy the format. Thanks for the seat,
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you very much - great
Thank you Maude and Peregrine for
organizing such an interesting

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time) on 09 December 2014 and is scheduled
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