Global Immigration Weekly Roundup – 16 March 2020

March 16, 2020

The latest vital global immigration news and insights in your weekly update from Newland Chase.

COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Disruption 

Get the latest entry and exit bans and immigration information via our dedicated page – updated daily. Our specialists are on standby to advise and support clients affected by this developing situation.

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UNITED STATES: Entry Ban Extended to Schengen States

The US has extended its entry ban to travelers of any nationality who have been in the Schengen area in the previous 14 days. There are some exemptions, including US citizens or green card holders or their family members.

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SINGAPORE: recent immigration developments

Singapore has announced measures to strengthen fair hiring practices. Find out how they impact your business. Learn More ›


The S-Pass Sub-Dependency ratio ceiling will have lower quotas for certain sectors in 2021. What are those sectors? Learn More ›

Webinars: An invitation to share your thoughts

We are committed to continuous improvement and would like to tailor our webinar program to our audience. Your input matters to us – take a moment to tell us what’s on your mind in our short five-question survey.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Immigration Health Surcharge to Increase

The Immigration Health Surcharge will cost more from October this year. Find out how much more visa applicants and their dependents will have to pay.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Additional Step for Business Visit Visa Applications

Applications for a Business Visit Visa for Saudi Arabia must now be supported by a pre-approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to a Letter of Invitation from the sponsoring Saudi-registered entity.

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NEW ZEALAND: Changes to Residence Processing Priority Rules

Effective 24 February 2020, applications under the Residence for Work (RFW) programme will no longer be prioritized over those under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).

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