Immigration Insights

COVID-19: Latest Immigration Updates

September 24, 2021

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 daily as new information is released. 

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U.S.: Biden Administration to Relax Travel Proclamations and Allow Entry to Vaccinated Travelers

September 23, 2021

On 20 September 2021, the Biden administration announced it would simultaneously relax travel restrictions for foreign nationals traveling from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, the U.K., Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, and India, and impose new travel requirements for travelers from all other countries.

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UK: Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules

September 17, 2021

The Home Office has issued its latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules. With a number of technical and minor changes being implemented, we outline the key developments most likely to impact Newland Chase’s clients.

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The Schengen Area’s 90/180 Day Rule Made Easy

September 9, 2021

As the whole of Europe continues to adjust to Brexit, many UK nationals are faced with new travel requirements and restrictions. We take an in-depth look at one of those new responsibilities for UK nationals: staying within the Schengen Area’s 90/180 day visa-free stay rule.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Points-Based Immigration System Sponsorship Roadmap

August 27, 2021

The Home Office has released the UK’s Points-Based Immigration System Sponsorship Roadmap, which outlines plans for reforms beginning in 2021 that aim to allow overseas workers to start work faster than in any other G20 country.

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UNITED STATES: COVID-19 Vaccine Added To Requirements For Green Card Processing

August 27, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that, effective 1 October, the COVID-19 vaccine is included in the list of vaccines required for applicants to obtain permanent residence and refugee status.

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U.S.: USCIS Announces an Expanded Collaboration with the Social Security Administration for LPR Applicants

August 24, 2021

On 9 August 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that applicants filing for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status are now able to apply for a Social Security number (SSN) or replacement card as part of their Adjustment of Status application process. 

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UNITED STATES: USCIS Extends Form I-693 Validity Period Due to COVID-19-Related Delays in Adjudication

August 20, 2021

On 12 August 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will extend the validity period of Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, to four years.

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UK: New Innovation Strategy Introduces Key Immigration Reforms to Attract Top Global Talent

August 17, 2021

Last month, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published a report titled ‘UK Innovation Strategy: Leading the future by creating it’. The report identifies four “key pillars” central to the UK government’s vision of a UK that better harnesses innovation to “enhance productivity across the economy, and in turn bring jobs, growth and prosperity to all parts of the UK”.

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Lingering Misconceptions Employers Have 7 Months Post-Brexit

August 12, 2021

We’re continuing our discussion with Ray Rackham, Managing Director UK for CIBTvisas and Newland Chase, surrounding post-Brexit surprises and lingering misconceptions that employers have. This is the second of a two-part interview.

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7 Months Post-Brexit: How to Prepare for the Second Half of 2021

August 5, 2021

We sat down with Ray Rackham, Managing Director UK for CIBTvisas and Newland Chase, to discuss the current status of business travel and immigration seven months after Brexit and the opportunities that it is creating for employers to reimagine their programmes. This is the first of a two-part interview; the second instalment will be shared later this month.

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Resuming Business Travel to China: Challenges & Best Practices | Webinar Q&A Report

July 9, 2021

Following our recent webinar, Resuming Business Travel to China: German Challenges and Best Practices, Newland Chase experts answer the most pressing questions on the challenges and solutions of German business travel to China.

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Work Permit Exemptions: In Between a Business Visa and Work Authorization

July 8, 2021

Newland Chase has in-depth understanding and knowledge of a unique immigration category called work permit exemptions which fall in-between a business visa and work authorization. Work permit exemptions are attractive to companies because they are often less expensive, require fewer documents, and have faster processing times than a full work authorization process.

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COVID-19 Passport Systems – Where Are They Going? A Global Mobility Manager’s Guide to COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Systems

July 2, 2021

As the world starts to emerge from the pandemic and global travel slowly reopens, many countries are considering putting in place a system whereby travelers can prove their vaccination status to facilitate travel across borders. Newland Chase takes a look at some of the systems in place across the world and explores how companies can find their way through the maze of approaches and requirements.

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Graduate Visa Route Open to Applicants

July 1, 2021

The UK’s new graduate route formally opened on 1 July 2021. The purpose of the Graduate Route is to allow international students to remain in the UK to work, or look for work, for two years (three years for doctoral students) after they have completed their studies.

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Global Immigration Updates | Week Ending 25 June 2021

June 25, 2021

Newland Chase brings you the very latest immigration news and updates from around the globe for week ending June 25, including news from Malaysia and the UAE.

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Posted Worker and A1 Certificates Webinar Q&A Report | 2021 Trends

June 24, 2021

Following our recent webinar, Posted Workers and A1 Certificates: 2021 Trends, Newland Chase experts answer the most pressing questions on Posted Workers and business travel and immigration in the EU.

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AUSTRALIA: Twenty-Two New Occupations Added to Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL)

June 22, 2021

The Minister for Immigration announced the addition of twenty-two new occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL), bringing the new list to a total of 41 occupations.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Government Extends Period for Temporary COVID-19 Adjusted Right to Work Checks to 1 September 2021

June 18, 2021

The UK government has announced that the adjusted COVID-19 right to work (RTW) provisions will be extended until 1 September 2021. The provisions were previously due to end on 20 June 2021.

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UNITED KINGDOM: New Guidance on Right to Work Checks on EEA Citizens Following Brexit

June 18, 2021

EEA citizens and their family members arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 no longer benefit from the free movement rights and the ability to work freely in the UK. During a grace period of six months (until 30 June 2021), EEA citizens and their family members resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

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