Immigration Blog

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

  • Chile: Border Opening for Non-Resident Foreign Nationals

    On Oct. 1, 2021, qualified non-resident foreign nationals will be permitted to enter Chile

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  • Sweden: Amendment to Entry Ban

    Sweden: Amendment to Entry Ban

    On Sept. 20, 2021 individuals with a vaccination certificate issued from North Macedonia, San Marino, Switzerland, Tukey, Ukraine or the Vatican City are exempt from the travel ban.

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  • Taiwan: Reduced Entry Restrictions for Dependents of Taiwan Nationals

    On Sept. 13, 2021, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that foreign spouses and minor children of Taiwan nationals may apply to enter Taiwan.

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  • In-Person Interview Waivers Expanded for F, J and M Visa Applicants

    In-Person Interview Waivers Expanded for F, J and M Visa Applicants

    The State Department has expanded an existing policy to waive in-person interviews for visa applicants due to COVID-19. The policy now extends to F, M and academic J applicants.

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  • UK: Changes Announced to Immigration Rules

    UK: Changes Announced to Immigration Rules

    On Sept. 10, 2021, the UK government released a statement on changes to its Immigration Rules. The new rules will remain effective through 2021.

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  • Ireland: Final Temporary Extensions Announced for Immigration Permissions

    Ireland: Final Temporary Extensions Announced for Immigration Permissions

    The Ministry for Justice and Ministry for State and Law Reform announced a final extension for immigration and international protection permissions set to expire Jan. 15, 2022.

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  • Indonesia: Government Partially Lifts International Travel Ban for Foreigners

    Indonesia: Government Partially Lifts International Travel Ban for Foreigners

    Starting Sept. 16, 2021, the Indonesian government will partially lift the international travel ban for foreigners that hold certain visas and permits.

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  • China: Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office to Accept Invitation Letter Applications for Dependents

    China: Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office to Accept Invitation Letter Applications for Dependents

    Shanghai Foreign Affairs Office is now accepting invitation letter applications for dependents applying for visas.

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  • October 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department 

    October 2021 Visa Bulletin Issued by State Department 

    The State Department has released the October 2021 Visa Bulletin, which will use the Dates for Filing Chart.

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  • Singapore: COVID-19 Vaccination Channels for Overseas Singaporeans

    Singapore: COVID-19 Vaccination Channels for Overseas Singaporeans

    The Singapore government will launch two dedicated vaccination channels for overseas Singapore citizens to return to Singapore to be vaccinated.

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  • Canada: IRCC Requests Certain Travelers to Submit New Visitor Visa Applications

    Canada: IRCC Requests Certain Travelers to Submit New Visitor Visa Applications

    IRCC has requested that individuals who submitted their visitor visa application before Sept. 7, 2021, submit new applications via the IRCC Portal.

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  • UAE: Vaccinated Holders of Valid Residence Visas Permitted to Return

    UAE: Vaccinated Holders of Valid Residence Visas Permitted to Return

    Fully vaccinated travelers from certain countries who hold valid UAE residence visas may return to the UAE.

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  • Ireland: Re-commencement of Applications for Short-stay Entry Visas

    Ireland: Re-commencement of Applications for Short-stay Entry Visas

    The Irish government will resume short-term visa processing beginning Monday, Sept. 13.

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  • Kazakhstan: Quota Applications end September 30, 2021

    Kazakhstan: Quota Applications end September 30, 2021

    Employers in Kazakhstan must file all quota applications for quota-subject work permits for 2022 by Sept. 30, 2021.

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  • Philippines: IATF Approves Adoption of “Yellow” and “Red” Country Classifications

    Philippines: IATF Approves Adoption of “Yellow” and “Red” Country Classifications

    The government of the Philippines announced on Sept. 6, 2021, that it will lift an entry ban on travelers arriving from certain countries.

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  • Sweden: Application Period for Residence Status Extended for UK Nationals in Sweden

    Sweden: Application Period for Residence Status Extended for UK Nationals in Sweden

    Sweden announced that it would extend the deadline for residence status for UK nationals and their family members from Sept. 30, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021.

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  • Canada: Fully Vaccinated EU Citizens Can Travel to Canada for Tourism

    Canada: Fully Vaccinated EU Citizens Can Travel to Canada for Tourism

    As of Sept. 7, 2021, fully vaccinated foreign nationals can travel to Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel.

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  • Czech Republic: Updates to Residence Permit Procedures

    Czech Republic: Updates to Residence Permit Procedures

    Biometric rules have been updated for specific documents required in the application for residency.

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  • Brazil: Government Extends Expirations for Permanent Residence and Temporary Visas

    Brazil: Government Extends Expirations for Permanent Residence and Temporary Visas

    Foreign nationals, including those with documents that expired after Mar. 16, 2020, have until Mar. 15, 2022, to obtain permanent residence visas or extend temporary visas.

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  • Singapore: Ministry of Health Announces COVID-19 Vaccinated Travel Lane

    Singapore: Ministry of Health Announces COVID-19 Vaccinated Travel Lane

    The Singapore Ministry of Health announced a new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) that will allow fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents to travel to Singapore with fewer restrictions

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