Immigration news updates for the EMEA region


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Ireland: Ireland’s upcoming employment permit reforms

Ireland is set to launch a fresh employment permit specifically for seasonal workers. Additionally, the country will simplify its labour market testing procedures and adjust the rules related to changing employers.

These changes are part of the recently approved Employment Permits Act 2024, which also introduces new notification requirements and other modifications. Although the practical aspects of this Act have not yet come into effect, once implemented, these reforms are expected to facilitate talent attraction for employers.

However, they may also pose administrative challenges given the Irish government’s heightened emphasis on compliance.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the European Migration Network

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 Director of Immigration) and  Joanna Sogeke (Team Leader, EMEA).

Luxembourg: Implementation of relaxed EU Blue Card regulations

As of July 1, 2024, Luxembourg has implemented a more lenient set of regulations for the EU Blue Card. The primary modifications encompass a variety of areas.

The eligibility criteria based on professional experience have been eased, providing a more flexible pathway for potential applicants. Additionally, the rules regarding changes in employment and sector have been revised, offering greater adaptability for cardholders.

The mandatory duration for employment contracts has been shortened, and the minimum salary thresholds have been lowered, making it more accessible for a wider range of professions. Furthermore, the reforms have introduced new rights for short-term and long-term mobility, enhancing the flexibility for cardholders to move within the EU.

These changes are in line with Luxembourg’s commitment to comply with the stipulations of the 2021 EU Blue Card Directive. This move signifies Luxembourg’s ongoing efforts to attract and retain highly skilled non-EU nationals by providing a more accommodating environment.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Luxembourg Government

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 Director of Immigration).


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