Immigration changes around the world – UAE, Austria, Ireland and Romania

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | New Requirements for Police Clearance Certificates, E-Channels, Emirates IDs, Arabic Translations, and TECOM Companies
In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), authorities have recently made numerous significant changes to the requirements and processes of employing foreign nationals. The Ministry of Labour (MOL), the Ministry of Interior (MOI), and some free zone authorities have all made changes that affect how employment applications and work authorizations are processed in the UAE.

Police Clearance Certificates

Effective February 4, all new employment applications for jobs in the UAE must be supported by a “good conduct certificate” (otherwise known as a police clearance certificate), written in Arabic and attested by the UAE embassy. Details of this new policy include the following:Employees born and resident in the UAE do not need a good conduct certificate unless they have spent some time in another country.

  • If the employee has been resident in any other countries for more than 5 years, a certificate must be issued from and attested in each of these countries, followed by attestation in the UAE.
  • If the employee has been inside the UAE for five or more years, the good conduct certificate will be issued from the UAE, and bear a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) attestation.
  • If the employee has been resident in the UAE for less than five years, this will be issued from the employee’s home country and attested by the UAE embassy there, followed by attestation in the UAE.
  • Students, tourists, holders of medical or mission visas and dependent family members of foreign workers do not require a certificate of good conduct.


AUSTRIA | New Police Clearance Requirement for Residence Permits in Vienna
New for 2018, applicants for residence permits in Vienna are required to submit police clearance certificates from every country in which they have resided for more than six months at any time in their lives. So far, only Vienna has adopted this new guideline. All police clearance certificates must have been issued less than six months before the date of application submission, and may have to be legalized or apostilled, depending on the country of issuance. All other regions – for the moment – are still requiring police clearance documents covering only the last two years.


IRELAND | Major Delays in Booking Irish Residence Permit Appointments in Dublin

As of January 4, non-EEA nationals are experiencing extensive delays in securing appointments for Irish Residence Permit (IRP) registrations in the Burgh Quay registration office in Dublin (formerly the Garda National Immigration Bureau) via the online booking system. Currently, appointments are being released for dates at least nine weeks out.  These appointments are issued daily at 10.00am.

Cancelled appointment slots are being automatically released as they become available. Other appointments for closer dates are being released periodically as the office has extra capacity. These appointments are typically being released online from 2.30pm-5.00pm.


ROMANIA | Work Permit Quotas Increase for 2018
Romania’s work permit quotas for 2018 have now been set by Government Decision No. 946/28.12.2017and published in the Official Gazette (Part I, No. 1040 of 29 December 2017). The new quotas represent an overall increase to 7000 total permits that can be issued to non-EU nationals permits in 2018, up from 5500 in 2017.) The total quota breaks-down to allotments for the following categories:

  • Local hires – 4000 (up from 3000 in 2017);
  • Assignees – 1200 (up from 700);
  • Intra-company transferees – 700 (no change);
  • Highly skilled workers (EU Blue Card) – 500 (no change);
  • Seasonal workers – 400 (no change);
  • Trainees – 100 (no change);
  • Cross border workers – 100 (no change).