Immigration Insights

COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Updates

May 29, 2020

View our comprehensive guide, which gathers together the knowledge and data we have on entry restrictions, immigration restrictions (office closures, visa suspensions, etc.) and immigration concessions, worldwide. Updated twice daily as new information is released. 

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Canada: COVID-19 Travel and Immigration FAQ

May 20, 2020

Newland Chase Canada immigration experts answer frequently asked questions about restrictions on visas and travel to and from Canada.

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European Commission Roadmap to Return to Freedom of Movement in the EU

May 18, 2020

On 13 May 2020 the European Commission published its guidelines and recommendations on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism in 2020 and beyond.

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Global Immigration Update – Monday 18 May 2020

May 18, 2020

The latest immigration news and insights from around the globe in your weekly newsletter from Newland Chase.

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INDIA: COVID-19 Visa Restrictions FAQ

May 12, 2020

Newland Chase India immigration experts answer frequently asked questions about restrictions on visas and travel to and from India.

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SWITZERLAND: COVID-19 Employer FAQ [Updated 11 May]

May 11, 2020

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and mobility for employers of migrant workers in Switzerland.

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SINGAPORE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Employer FAQ

May 4, 2020

Frequently asked questions relevant to employers sponsoring foreign employees on a Singapore work pass, including the common categories of Employment Pass ‘EP’ / S Pass / Dependant Pass.

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UK: COVID-19 Employer FAQ

April 23, 2020

As many businesses across the United Kingdom have been forced to close their doors or limit their services as a result of measures to combat COVID-19, Newland Chase is aware that employers currently employing migrant workers will require clarification on how this impacts their visa holding workforce. We have outlined some frequently asked questions and current immigration policy relevant to UK employers that should prove informative.

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CHINA: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Employer Sponsor FAQ

April 23, 2020

China has taken several measures to limit the spread of COVID-19; since late March 2020 these have focussed on limiting the re-introduction of the virus to the People’s Republic of China via incoming travellers.  The NIA (National Immigration Administration) has imposed a series of measures to limit the entry of foreigners from abroad.

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White Paper | COVID-19 and Mobility – Global Travel and Immigration Impacts

April 16, 2020

Download our COVID-19 white paper which seeks to highlight what has happened so far, emerging trends, and actions and strategies that global mobility professionals can take during these unprecedented times.

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AUSTRALIA: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Employer Sponsor FAQ [Updated 6 April 2020]

April 6, 2020

As many businesses across Australia have been forced to close their doors or limit their services due to COVID-19, we are aware that many employer sponsors will be wondering what this means for their visa holding workforce.

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GERMANY: Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

January 3, 2020

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2020.

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SOUTH KOREA: Stricter Policy for Illegal Stay

December 17, 2019

The Korean National Assembly is debating tougher penalties for the employers of illegal residents.  For those voluntarily reporting illegal residence by 28 February 2020, penalties will be reduced or exempted.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Work Visit Visa Eliminated

November 22, 2019

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has privately confirmed that the Work Visit Visa (WVV) is no longer available.  Newland Chase is being told that the Business Visa now replaces it. Those currently in the Kingdom under a WVV can stay until their visa expiry date.

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SAUDI ARABIA: New Format for Work and Commercial Visit Visas [Updated 19 Nov 2019]

November 19, 2019

With no official announcement or explanation, Saudi consular authorities have recently begun issuing Work Visit and Commercial Visit Visas in a new format, labelled “Business Visa”, and with the note, “not permitted to work” or similar.

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BREXIT: UK Parliament Forces Government to Request Further Extension of Article 50 Period

October 23, 2019

On 19 Oct 2019, the UK Parliament voted to force the UK Government to request another extension of the Article 50 period.

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QATAR: New Temporary Work Visa Introduced

October 16, 2019

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Social and Labor Affairs (MADLSA) have announced some forthcoming new work and residence permit rules.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Post-Brexit Immigration System – Update

August 20, 2019

At a recent event held by senior immigration policy officials, the Home Office affirmed its ongoing commitment toward an updated immigration system, to be introduced in January 2021.

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NIGERIA: New E-Yellow Fever Card Required

July 10, 2019

Effective 1 July 2019, the Nigerian government now requires all foreign nationals entering Nigeria to obtain a new electronic Yellow Fever Card (e-Yellow Card) on arrival, on presentation of their home-country yellow fever vaccination certificate.

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Is it Legal? Digital Nomads and Immigration (Part 2)

April 30, 2019

One of the more interesting developments to come out of the ongoing paradigm shift in the world of work brought by technology has been the rise of the “digital nomad”. The idea is often depicted in mainstream media as the long sought-after “holy grail” of work-life balance – the elusive marriage of the two seemingly incompatible partners of productive work and ultimate freedom. But what happens when the reality of immigration laws meets the hype?

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