IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Due to staffing shortages at the Migration Bureau, work permit filing appointments are backlogged until February, delaying approvals of work permits by four weeks.
What does the change mean? The delays affect applications for new work permits, which are taking approximately 70 days. Renewal applications do not appear to be affected.
BAL Analysis: Employers should note the current time frames for booking a filing appointment and plan for 70-day processing for new applicants. Applicants seeking to renew their permits are not affected by the delays and are currently able to obtain appointments within five to 10 days and receive their residence card approximately two weeks thereafter.
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