Immigration weekly update: April 19, 2023

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Cameroon: New online visa application platform

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the implementation of a new online system for visa applications, with effect from April 30, 2023. The visas will be issued within 72 hours or within 24 hours in case of express visa applications.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the The Guardian Post

France: Simplified process for posted-worker employers

The French government has simplified the process for employers of posted workers, which is completed through the online portal SIPSI. As a result, employers no longer need to provide the following details: the information about the date of the signed contract, work hours or reimbursement information. The notifications from the employers can be received through SIPSI as well. Furthermore, it is possible to save and store the documents online instead of having the physical documents.

No source available at the time of writing.

South Africa: Relaxation of the document requirementsSouth Africa

The Department of Home Affairs has released a new Immigration Directive with the aim of simplifying the application process for temporary and permanent residence permit applicants. As of April 11, 2023, there is no requirement to include either a radiological report or a police clearance certificate. The police clearance certificate will only be required from the countries where the applicant has resided for 12 months or longer in the last five years, before the date of the visa application.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Department of Home Affairs


Global: Eid al-Fitr government office closures

Government offices in Muslim countries will be closed due to the Eid al-Fitr holidays, affecting the processing of immigration applications. The closure of these offices differs from country-to-country, as follows:

  • Bahrain: April 21 – April 23, 2023
  • Bangladesh: April 19 – April 23, 2023
  • Indonesia: April 19 – April 25, 2023
  • Kuwait: April 21 – April 25, 2023
  • Malaysia: April 22 – April 24, 2023
  • Oman: April 20 – April 24, 2023
  • Qatar: April 19 – April 27, 2023
  • Saudi Arabia: April 21 – April 26, 2023
  • United Arab Emirates: April 20 – April 23, 2023

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the various government sources.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini (Global Operations Director, Immigration) or Sabrina Crespo (EMEA Team Lead).

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