Immigration Insights

COVID-19: Latest Travel and Immigration Updates

March 3, 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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GERMANY: 2021 Minimum Salary Increases for EU Blue Card

February 25, 2021

The German government has increased the minimum salary requirements for European Union (EU) Blue Cards, effective 1 January 2021.

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AUSTRALIA: Five Key Considerations for a Successful GTI Application

February 12, 2021

The Australian Government has established its intention to attract international talent by tripling the visa quota under the Global Talent Independent Program. We take you through five key points to consider and address for a successful GTI application.

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Global Immigration Updates | Week of 8 February 2021

February 12, 2021

Newland Chase brings you the very latest immigration news and updates from around the globe for week of 8 February 2021.

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Global Immigration Updates | Week of 18 January 2021

January 22, 2021

Discover three new immigration updates for week of 18 Jan 2021, including news from Canada, Indonesia and Israel.

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UNITED STATES: Biden Administration Immigration Initiatives

January 22, 2021

On its first day in office, the Biden administration has acted to reverse several of the previous administration’s immigration policies.

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Top 10 Global Immigration Updates | Week of 11 January 2021

January 15, 2021

Top 10 Global Immigration Updates including news from China, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Russia, Qatar, the U.S., and Vietnam.

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Brexit: Residence Procedures for UK Nationals in EU Member States Under the Withdrawal Agreement [UPDATED 15 January 2021]

January 15, 2021

EU member states may require resident UK nationals to register for a residence document. Our comprehensive guide details the requirements and procedures for each country.

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Brexit: EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) | Impact in the EU

January 13, 2021

After nearly 11 months of negotiations, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) was approved on 24 December 2020 and is currently being applied provisionally until full ratification.

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UNITED KINGDOM: COVID-19 Concession Scheme

January 12, 2021

The Home Office has published guidance on a new Concession scheme for individuals whose leave has expired whilst the applicant was outside the UK and unable to return due to the ongoing pandemic.

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Business Visitors After Brexit Webinar Q&A | Immigration Impacts Explained [UPDATED 8 January 2021]

January 8, 2021

Following our recent webinar, Business Visitors After Brexit: Immigration Impacts Explained, Newland Chase experts answer the most pressing questions on UK and EU immigration post-Brexit.

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MALAYSIA: New Job Advertising Requirement for Employment Permit Applications [UPDATED 5 January 2021]

January 5, 2021

Effective 1 January 2021 (postponed from 1 November 2020), all companies (including those registered both with ESD and with MDEC) intending to apply for new or renewal employment permits for foreign workers are required to place an advertisement for the job vacancy for at least 30 days at the MYFutureJobs portal.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Updates for Those Who Have Applied for a Worker Visa

December 23, 2020

During the current pandemic, the Home Office confirmed that applicants who are waiting for a decision on certain work visas can start work before such leave has been granted. However, the Home Office has now confirmed when this policy will end.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Updates for Visa Holders Affected by COVID-19

December 23, 2020

Following recent pandemic developments, the Home Office has confirmed that visa holders who intend to leave the UK but have not been able to do so and have a visa, or have leave that expires between 1 December 2020 and 31 January 2021, may request additional time to stay, known as ‘exceptional assurance’.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Changes to Sponsorship Guidance on Record Keeping

December 23, 2020

The UK Home Office has recently adjusted the guidance which advises sponsors on the documentation they must keep for their sponsored employees.

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UNITED KINGDOM: Right to Work Checks on EU Nationals Following Brexit

December 23, 2020

On 31 December 2020, the UK departed the European Union. EU nationals arriving in the UK from this date will no longer benefit from the free movement rights and the ability to work freely in the UK.

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UNITED KINGDOM: COVID-19 Right To Work Guidance Changes

December 23, 2020

Since March 2020, the Home Office has adjusted the Right To Work checks required by employers for new employees. Once the COVID-19 Right to Work measures come to an end, retrospective checks will need to follow the traditional Right to Work check requirements. However the Home Office has confirmed some changes regarding how an employer can conduct a check.

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BREXIT: Switzerland and UK Conclude Agreement on Mobility of Service Suppliers

December 11, 2020

Switzerland and the United Kingdom have secured an agreement on services. The Service Mobility Agreement (SMA), which will be signed on 14 December 2020 and enter in to force from 1 January 2021, will be valid initially for two years.

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COVID-19 and Mobility Webinar Q&A Report | China Travel and Immigration Strategies

December 10, 2020

Following our recent webinar, COVID-19 and Mobility: China Travel and Immigration Strategies, Newland Chase experts answer the most pressing questions on China business travel and immigration in the COVID-19 era.

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UNITED STATES: Two New Interim Final Rules Restrict H-1B Work Visas [UPDATED 3 December 2020]

December 3, 2020

The government has issued both the DOL wage rule and the DHS H-1B regulation as interim final rules, citing the COVID-19 public health emergency as rationale. This means they avoid the normal public comment and rulemaking process but are arguably more vulnerable to court challenges.

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