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The Civil Registry and Migration Department has announced the implementation of a modern and simplified process of third country nationals who are already employed or wish to be employed at international companies, i.e. companies where the majority of shares of which are held by third country nationals. The new procedure shall apply as of 25 August 2014 and comes about as a result of an amendment to the Aliens and Immigration Law (Cap.105) as well as article 4 of the Aliens and Immigration (Amending) (No.2) Law.

The new residence permit scheme is expected to ease restrictions that had applied in the past and also substantially reduce the documentation required to be submitted and the time of examination of applications. In addition, the new residence permit documents will be fitted with biometric features, such as fingerprints. The announcement of the Civil Registry and Migration Department can be accessed here.

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