Immigration Updates – 17th of June

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    General Updates

    Iceland

    Effective 20 June 2022, the Directorate of Immigration will stop sending residence permit cards by mail.

    Holders must instead collect the cards at the Directorate of Immigration at Dalvegur 18 in Kópavogur or ask for cards to be sent to the offices of district commissioners outside the capital area. Notification will be sent via text message to the card holder when a card is ready.

    The new procedure is due to the Data Protection Authority’s decision on the security of personal information when issuing and sending passports by ordinary mail. It is clear that the same considerations apply to the sending of residence permit cards and passports.

    Ireland

    Effective 14 June 2022, re-entry visa requirements for children under 16 have been suspended until further notice.

    Children under 16 who wish to re-enter the State must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who has a legal permission to reside in the State. The adult accompanying the child must also provide appropriate documentation to prove they are the legal parent or guardian of the child in question.

    Suitable documents to prove the relationship between the parent or guardian and the child are:

    • A birth or adoption certificate, or guardianship papers showing your relationship with the child
    • A marriage/divorce certificate if you are the child’s parent but have a different surname
    • A death certificate in the case of a deceased parent

    Current applications for re-entry visas for children under 16 will be returned to customers along with passports.

    Portugal

    The Portuguese government has approved amendments to the legislation for the entry and stay of foreign nationals.

    Among the proposed changes are the following:

    • Creation of a new jobseeker visa with an initial duration of 120 days (extendable for another 60 days).
    • Creation of a digital nomad visa.
    • Creation of a work visa for university graduates.
    • Elimination of the quota system for residence visas for subordinate work.
    • Simplification of visa issuance.
    • Increase of validity for some documents.
    • Facilitated visa issuance for citizens of member states of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPCP).

    Sweden

    Government application fees have increased from SEK 2000 to SEK 2200 for initial and extension work permits and for residence permits for highly qualified persons to look for work or start a business.

    The fee for an EU Blue Card, ICT permit or seasonal work permit remains SEK 2000.

    Work permit application fees are listed here.

    COVID-19 Updates

    Estonia

    • Effective 16 June 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions are lifted.
      • All third-country nationals arriving from outside the EU, the EEA, Switzerland the UK and the microstates are now permitted to enter Estonia without presenting proof of COVID status.

    Germany

    • Effective 11 June 2022, all COVID-19 entry restrictions are provisionally lifted.
      • Entry is permitted for al purposes, including tourism. However, persons residing in the People’s Republic of China still need an important reason to enter Germany (due to reciprocity) – this does not apply to German citizens residing in the People’s Republic of China.
      • Proof of vaccination, recovery or testing is no longer required.
      • Travellers that have stayed in an area of variant of concern (currently no states are designated as virus variant areas) within ten days prior to their entry to Germany must observe special regulations. A travel ban applies for these areas. Transport companies may not transport any persons from these countries to Germany unless exceptions apply. Travellers are required to register before entry, provide a negative PCR-test result and quarantine for 14 days.
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