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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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