What is the change? The newly appointed head of the National Migration Institute has changed some immigration procedures to place greater scrutiny on work visa applications.

What does the change mean? Applicants should anticipate delays and longer processing and application-preparation times.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work visa authorizations, work visa renewals, changes of immigration status.
  • Impact on processing times: Delays of six weeks or longer should be expected.
  • Business impact: Employers should expect delays and plan business schedules and start dates accordingly.

Background: Last month, the National Migration Institute underwent several major staffing changes, including the appointment of a new commissioner to head the agency. Authorities are scrutinizing applications and adding requirements that primarily affect applicants’ legal representatives. These include scrutinizing the representative’s signature or requiring representatives to appear in person with their original ID rather than a notarized copy.

BAL Analysis: Companies should be prepared for additional document requests and should anticipate delays and unpredictability in the coming months.

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