Immigration Insights

DENMARK: Changes to Immigration Processes

August 4, 2022

The Danish authorities have recently implemented changes to the eligibility and processing of some Immigration Permits.

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MEXICO: Elimination of Electronic Visa for Brazilian Nationals

August 4, 2022

On August 3, 2022, an official Agreement was published which states that from August 18, 2022, Brazilian nationals who enter Mexico as Visitors without Permit to Perform Remunerated Activities (tourism / business), will no longer be able to process an electronic visa.

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MEXICO: Test Program to Expedite Entry for Foreign Nationals

August 3, 2022

As of August 2, 2022, the National Immigration Institute has implemented a test program at the Guadalajara and Cancun airports to speed up the admission of foreigners into the country.

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Making International Remote Work… Work!

July 29, 2022

More employees want to work remotely in destinations abroad—but just how effective are remote work policies, and how can companies stay compliant while supporting these new employee experiences?

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KENYA: Tightening of Requirements to Class D Permits

July 29, 2022

The Kenya Department of Immigration Services (‘DIS’) has implemented several measures in an attempt to tighten the requirements for a Class D Permit. Class D Permits can be issued to foreign nationals who are locally employed by an employer in Kenya.

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MEXICO: Immigration Updates

July 29, 2022

Updates regarding the reactivation of the CURP and visas issued from the Mexican Embassy in Colombia.

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Japan Reopens to Foreign Travelers, with Conditions

July 27, 2022

As the pandemic gripped the world, Japan shut its doors to outside visitors. The good news for travelers is that Japan is beginning to reopen. But that process comes with conditions.

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Ukraine-Russia and Immigration: What You Need to Know

July 27, 2022

The situation in Ukraine and throughout the region remains unpredictable and is constantly changing. Newland Chase teams throughout the world are closely tracking the crisis and organizing immigration strategies for affected clients, their employees, and their families.

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UNITED STATES: Second Phase of Premium Processing

July 22, 2022

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is carrying out its intention to expand the premium processing program by implementing the second phase of premium processing expansion for certain petitioners that have a pending Form I-140 employment-based immigrant visa petition, under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications.

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UNITED KINGDOM: A New Plan

July 21, 2022

The UK government has published its ‘New Plan for Immigration: Legal Migration and Border Control', “setting out the vision for [the UK’s] border and legal migration system of the future… to a stronger, more secure and prosperous Union”.

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China Entry Requirements: Update

July 19, 2022

Further developments regarding China entry requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TAIWAN: Work Permit Application Online Filing System

July 8, 2022

From 30 July 2022, the online filing system in Taiwan must be mandatorily utilized to file work permit applications.

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FINLAND: Fast Track Service Introduced

July 6, 2022

From 1 June 2022, a Fast Track Service aiming to expedite the residence permit application process for specialists, start-up entrepreneurs, EU Blue Card, ICT residence permit applicants and their family members has been launched in Finland.

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MIDDLE EAST REGION: Immigration Updates

July 4, 2022

Immigration updates from the Middle East region, including the closure of government offices due to the Eid Al Adha holiday, the suspension of visit visas for family and tourists in Kuwait and immigration processing delays in Qatar due to the World Cup.

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SWEDEN: Immigration Rule Changes Announced

June 29, 2022

On 1 June, the Swedish parliament announced a number of changes to the Swedish immigration rules.

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Travel to China: An Evolving Process

June 17, 2022

You may be aware of reports that China is loosening entry restrictions for certain visa holders. At the same time, you may also be reading about continuing COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing and Shanghai.  Needless to say, it’s a confusing time when it comes to entry to China, so let’s walk through the most recent developments and China’s governmental policy changes.

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UNITED STATES: End of COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Inbound Air Travelers

June 16, 2022

As of June 12, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer requires air passengers traveling to the United States from a foreign country to show a negative COVID-19 test.

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GERMANY: Automatic Short-Term Work Authorization Approval for Employees of Russian Branch of Company Group

June 10, 2022

Following the increased number of work permit applications from individuals wanting to relocate from Russia, the Federal Employment Agency in Germany has announced that work authorization (pre-approval with the Labour Office) is not required for visas issued until 30 September 2022.

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PHILIPPINES: DOLE Agents’ Accreditation and Authorized Representative Appointment

June 8, 2022

On 31 January 2022, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued an order requiring third party providers transacting with their office to complete an accreditation process and, thereafter, be appointed by their clients as authorized representatives before they are able to lodge the alien employment permit applications on behalf of their clients.

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Provides Additional Details for Expanded Premium Processing

June 6, 2022

On May 24, USCIS provided additional information related to implementation of its expanded premium processing program.

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