Spouse work permit

I am one of the unlucky ones, the spouse of a Mauritian who started a job after March 8th and therefore needs a work permit. My employer is happy to apply for this for me and it needs to be obtained by June 28th from what I understand.  However, they say they can't apply yet as I need me to have the residence permit first.  I applied for this last January and was told it would take six months and that I could work in the meantime (this was obviously before the recent changes).  Based on this timetable, my spouse residence is likely to come through in mid July.......after the deadline for the work permit.  Any ideas on how to go round this one?  Any way to speed up the spouse visa?  Can my employer just apply for me like an "expat" rather than a spouse in the meantime and then change it later?  I don't want to lose my job or be sitting at home waiting because of this.  It's worrying me a lot.

I think there are a lot of people caught up in this mess! Keep checking on your residency, they told me at the time I applied for it last year, it would take 4-5 months and not to call them, they would call me. I waited 6 months and hadn't heard anything so I just turned up at Sterling House one day and asked, it was sitting there and in fact had been sitting there for 5 months, the processing had only taken 3 weeks!

That aside you might want to consult with Temple Group who have lawyers who specializes in working with expats on residency and visa issues.

Good luck!


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Good advice thanks.  I hadn't chased it as they said six months.  We followed up and apparently it is ready so we are going to Sterling House tomorrow.  Fingers crossed!!  That's stage 1, then the work permit!!

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