Immigration Blog

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

  • Switzerland: Updated Testing Requirements 

    Switzerland: Updated Testing Requirements 

    Beginning 22 Jan. 2022, the government of Switzerland is no longer requiring travelers who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to entry.

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  • Norway: Updated Country Classification List

    Norway: Updated Country Classification List

    The government of Norway updated its entry restrictions on 17 Jan. 2022 for countries inside the European Economic Area and Schengen Area as well as the United Kingdom.

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  • Sweden: Amendment to Entry Ban

    Sweden: Amendment to Entry Ban

    The government of Sweden has introduced stricter entrance requirements for all travelers entering the country beginning 21 Jan. 2022.

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  • Australia: Additional Vaccines Recognized for Travelers 

    Australia: Additional Vaccines Recognized for Travelers 

    The government of Australia has recognized more vaccine types for the purpose of travel. This change will allow more travelers to enter Australia with government approved vaccines.

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  • Philippines: Entrance Measures for COVID-19 Positive Filipino Citizens

    Philippines: Entrance Measures for COVID-19 Positive Filipino Citizens

    The government of the Philippines will now allow Filipino citizens who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to test positive to enter the country if certain conditions can be met.

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  • Vietnam: Four Flight Routes Opened with Europe

    Vietnam: Four Flight Routes Opened with Europe

    The government of Vietnam announced that regularly scheduled flights between Vietnam, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and Germany will commence beginning 24 Jan. 2022.

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  • Cayman Islands: Phase Five of Reopening 

    The government of the Cayman Islands launched phase five of the country’s reopening plan on 20 Jan. 2022. This change will allow some travelers to enter the country with shorter quarantine periods.

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  • Canada: New Fast Track Technology Related Immigration Path

    Canada: New Fast Track Technology Related Immigration Path

    The government of Canada launched the Accelerated Tech Pathway for eligible foreign nationals who want to live and work in Alberta, Canada.

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  • Austria: Updated Entry Requirements 

    Austria: Updated Entry Requirements 

    Beginning 24 Jan. 2022, the government of Austria will require all travelers to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country.

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  • Belgium: Reduced Vaccination Certificate Validity Period

    Belgium: Reduced Vaccination Certificate Validity Period

    The government of Belgium will reduce the validity of the accepted COVID-19 vaccination certificates from 270 days to 150 days beginning 1 March 2022.

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  • Portugal: Worker Agreement with Morocco

    Portugal: Worker Agreement with Morocco

    On 12 Jan. 2022, the government of Portugal established a bilateral agreement with Morocco on the Employment and Stay of Moroccan workers in Portugal.

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  • Bermuda: Changes to Permanent Resident Card Eligibility 

    On 1 Dec. 2021, the government of Bermuda approved amendments to the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956. The changes to this Act went into place on 1 Jan. 2022.

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  • Australia: Working Holiday Maker Application Refunds and Graduate Visa Updates 

    Australia: Working Holiday Maker Application Refunds and Graduate Visa Updates 

    As of 19 Jan. 2022, the government of Australia will issue Visa Application Charge (VAC) refunds to Working Holiday Maker (subclass 462 & 417) pass holders who are outside of the country or traveling.

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  • India: Deadline for Expired OCI Cards Extended

    India: Deadline for Expired OCI Cards Extended

    The Embassy of India has extended the timeline for re-issuance of Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards to 31 Dec. 2022.

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  • Hungary: White Card 

    Hungary: White Card 

    The government of Hungary introduced a new residence permit type that will allow foreign nationals to live in Hungary for a one-year period while employed for a company located outside of the country.

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  • UAE: New COVID-19 Travel Rules for Abu Dhabi

    UAE: New COVID-19 Travel Rules for Abu Dhabi

    On 21 Jan. 2022, the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) released a comprehensive guide for travelers entering the country’s capital city, Abu Dhabi.

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  • USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    USCIS Issues New Guidance for O-1 Petitions

    On Jan. 21, 2022, USCIS issued new policy guidance for certain O-1 Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement visas.

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  • DHS Expands STEM Program to Add More Fields of Study

    DHS Expands STEM Program to Add More Fields of Study

    DHS has published a notice in the Federal Register on Jan. 21, 2022 that adds 22 new qualifying fields of study to the STEM program.

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  • Cyprus: Updated Entrance Requirements 

    Cyprus: Updated Entrance Requirements 

    The government of Cyprus approved a new Action Plan that aims to improve international travel health measures and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 beginning 1 March 2022.

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  • France: New Entrance Requirements for UK Travelers 

    France: New Entrance Requirements for UK Travelers 

    On 14 Jan. 2022, the government of France applied new entrance rules for travel between the UK and France. Eligible travelers will be able to enter without presenting a compelling reason for travel.

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