Permits Foundation News Update – Enabling dual careers in the global workplace

Topics recently explored at roundtables included the importance of pre-move conversations between employers and the family unit, how to help non-married relocating couples, and the changing expectations of the new generation of international dual-career partners.


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The US continues to be one of the top countries where employers tell the Foundation that they would welcome further legislative change to enable partner work access. In October, Permits Foundation held an inperson roundtable in Houston, Texas, co-hosted by Fragomen and Shell. Among the various topics raised at the roundtable were the need for more efficient processes, work authorisation in more employment categories and for other family members, including for nonmarried partners. The Foundation continues to invite feedback that will help inform its forthcoming US Position Paper.


Eyes are on Ireland in the coming months as the Foundation continues to push for legislative  changes that would further improve work access for accompanying partners. Permits Foundation has been interacting with the Departments of Justice and Enterprise, Trade and Employment in Ireland  following a sustained period of advocacy in support of work authorisation for spouses and partners of intra-company transferees. The Foundation will continue to advocate for change through 2024. For those looking for more information, Ireland is the first country that the Foundation is featuring in their new country in the spotlight feature.

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From 1 September 2023, recognised dependants of third-country nationals – including EU Blue Card holders and intra-corporate transferee – can directly access employment (including self-employment) via their residence permit for the purpose of family reunification. Reflecting on the legislation, Permits Foundation Director, Helen Frew, said, “While we have been awaiting change in Luxembourg for some time, Permits Foundation is delighted that not only is Luxembourg now green on our world map of partner work authorisation, it also ticks most of our best practice categories for inclusive immigration, though we note that non-married partners are unfortunately not eligible. We know from our network of global employers, as well as from accompanying partners, that lack of direct work access for dependants of international employees had been causing frustration.”

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