Immigration Insights

UNITED STATES: Additional Upcoming Changes to COVID-19 Entry Restrictions

October 14, 2021

As part of the United States’ upcoming new air travel system, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that “non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation” will be allowed to enter the country via land and ferry ports of entry (POEs).

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ISRAEL: Expanded B-1 Short Employment Authorization (SEA) Visa Validity Confirmed

October 13, 2021

The Israeli Ministry of Interior (MOI) has increased the standard validity of the B-1 Short Employment Authorization (SEA) Visa from 45 to 90 days. Available to visa-waiver foreign experts only, the B-1 SEA Visa allows eligible foreign nationals to undertake urgent work requiring specialty expertise in Israel. The visa can be sponsored by both Israeli and foreign employers and is commonly used for machinery installation or repairs.

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NEW ZEALAND: New One-Off 2021 Resident Visa Announced

October 12, 2021

The New Zealand authorities recently introduced a new one-off Resident Visa scheme for eligible temporary and long-term work visa holders. Focusing on current resident foreign nationals whose primary purpose in the country is for work, the 2021 Resident Visa will allow holders to continue working and residing in New Zealand on a permanent basis.

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COVID-19: Weekly Immigration Updates

October 11, 2021

Our weekly COVID-19 Immigration Guide focuses on enhanced immigration-related information and processes. Our guide provides clients with information on both immigration-related restrictions and concessions being announced due to COVID-19, and it helps our clients understand the overall impact the pandemic has on the immigration processes and permit holders in specific countries.

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Advisory Update: U.S. Processing Delays

October 7, 2021

The announcement regarding relaxation of the ban on travel to the U.S. from early November will bring relief to many travelers. We do not yet have a specific date on which any changes will take effect, nor do we have details regarding how the relaxations will work. We do know, however, that vaccination and testing will be critical requirements for travel.

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UK: Improvements to Sopra Steria Services

October 6, 2021

Sopra Steria, which partners with the UK government to deliver services for people applying for a work or study visa, settlement or citizenship from within the UK, has announced it will be making several improvements to its UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) in the coming weeks.

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UK: Changes to Common Travel Area (CTA) Arrangements

October 6, 2021

From 1 October 2021, EEA and Swiss nationals are subject to new identity documentation requirements when travelling to Great Britain from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) under Common Travel Area arrangements.

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UK: Government Announces Temporary Visas for HGV Drivers and Poultry Workers

October 2, 2021

In response to the ongoing crisis of a shortage of haulage drivers to move fuel and other supplies across the UK, the government has announced that Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers and poultry workers will be eligible for temporary visas from October 2021.

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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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