Immigration Blog

Our immigration blog brings you the latest trends, policy, and news in immigration.

  • State Department Issues February 2022 Visa Bulletin

    State Department Issues February 2022 Visa Bulletin

    The State Department has released the February 2022 Visa Bulletin, which will use either the Final Action Dates or the Dates for Filing chart based on USCIS's decision.

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  • Latvia: State of Emergency Extended until 28 Feb. 2022 

    Latvia: State of Emergency Extended until 28 Feb. 2022 

    The government of Latvia will extend a state of emergency until 28 Feb. 2022, maintaining existing COVID-19 safety measures.

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  • Italy: Work Permit Quota 2022 

    Italy: Work Permit Quota 2022 

    The government of Italy updated the work permit quota for 2022 for workers from countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).

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  • Singapore: Vaccinated Travel Lane Updates

    Singapore: Vaccinated Travel Lane Updates

    The government of Singapore announced it will not authorize new airline ticket sales on designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights from all VTL approved countries until 20 Jan. 2022.

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  • Germany: Annual Gross Salary Requirements for EU Blue Card Holders 

    Germany: Annual Gross Salary Requirements for EU Blue Card Holders 

    The government of Germany announced the minimum annual gross salary requirements for an EU Blue Card holder in Germany for the year 2022.

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  • UK: Youth Mobility Scheme for South Korean Nationals 

    UK: Youth Mobility Scheme for South Korean Nationals 

    The government of the United Kingdom (UK) will provide a total of 1,000 places for South Korean nationals applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) for 2022.

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  • Switzerland: Updates to COVID-19 Measures 

    Switzerland: Updates to COVID-19 Measures 

    The government of Switzerland will maintain internal COVID-19 measures, reduce the quarantine period for international travelers and shorten the validity of COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

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  • Cyprus: Pre-Departure Testing Options 

    Cyprus: Pre-Departure Testing Options 

    The government of Cyprus will allow travelers over the age of 12 the option to undergo either RT-PCR testing or antigen rapid testing for their pre-arrival required test beginning 14 Jan. 2022.

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  • Cayman Islands: New Quarantine Requirements 

    The government of the Cayman Islands introduced new quarantine requirements for residents and visitors entering the country.

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  • Malaysia: Updated Quarantine Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

    Malaysia: Updated Quarantine Requirements for Fully Vaccinated Travelers

    Effective 13 Jan. 2022, the government of Malaysia updated the entrance arrival requirements for travelers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have recovered from COVID-19.

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  • India: VFS Global Updates for Indian Travelers to Ukraine

    India: VFS Global Updates for Indian Travelers to Ukraine

    VFS Global will provide locations throughout India for travelers to submit biometric data for a business or work visa application for Ukraine.

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  • Iceland: Border Measures Remain Unchanged Until February 2022 

    Iceland: Border Measures Remain Unchanged Until February 2022 

    The government of Iceland announced that the country’s current border measures will remain in place until 20 Feb. 2022.

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  • Lithuania: Updated Entrance List 

    Lithuania: Updated Entrance List 

    On 10 Jan. 2022, the government of Lithuania updated its list of COVID-19 affected countries so that all countries and regions will be classified as either red or gray.

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  • Taiwan: Entrance Restrictions Lifted for Thai Work Visa Holders 

    Taiwan: Entrance Restrictions Lifted for Thai Work Visa Holders 

    The authorities of Taiwan have lifted entry restrictions for Thai foreign nationals holding worker visas and extended the validity of expired worker visas for these individuals.

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  • Taiwan: Minimum Wage Changes for 2022

    Taiwan: Minimum Wage Changes for 2022

    The authorities of Taiwan raised the monthly basic wage from NT $24,000 to NT $25,250. The authorities also raised the hourly basic wage from NT $160 to NT $168.

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  • India: Updated Quarantine Requirements

    India: Updated Quarantine Requirements

    The government of India will update its quarantine requirements for all international travelers beginning 11 Jan. 2022, including requiring all travelers to undergo a seven day quarantine period.

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  • UK: Pre-Departure Testing Removed for Vaccinated Travelers

    UK: Pre-Departure Testing Removed for Vaccinated Travelers

    On 7 Jan. 2022, the government of the United Kingdom updated its testing and border measures for fully vaccinated travelers.

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  • Estonia: Shortened Self-Isolation Period for Travelers

    Estonia: Shortened Self-Isolation Period for Travelers

    The government of Estonia will shorten the self-isolation period from 10 days to seven days for unvaccinated travelers arriving in the country beginning 10 Jan. 2022.

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  • Taiwan: Automatic 30-Day Stay Extension for Eligible Foreign Nationals 

    Taiwan: Automatic 30-Day Stay Extension for Eligible Foreign Nationals 

    The authorities of Taiwan applied an automatic 30-day extension to eligible foreign nationals currently residing in Taiwan. This will be the 19th 30-day extension granted since March 2020.

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  • Thailand: Additional Quarantine Locations Opened

    Thailand: Additional Quarantine Locations Opened

    The government of Thailand will provide additional quarantine locations for all international travelers beginning 11 Jan. 2022.

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