Immigration Blog

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

  • Australia: Increased Filling Fees

    Australia: Increased Filling Fees

    The government of Australia increased visa application fees by an average of three percent on 1 July 2022. The increase is in line with market rates and the country's Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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  • Russia: Amendments for to the Federal Law for Foreign Nationals

    Russia: Amendments for to the Federal Law for Foreign Nationals

    On 28 June 2022, the government of Russia introduced an amendment to the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation.

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  • Denmark: Updated Positive List for Higher Education and Skilled Work

    Denmark: Updated Positive List for Higher Education and Skilled Work

    On 1 July 2022, the Danish government updated the Positive List for Higher Education and Skilled Work. The new list will remain in effect until 31 December 2022.

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  • Taiwan: Online Process for Issuance of Alien Resident Certificates for Select Foreign Nationals

    Taiwan: Online Process for Issuance of Alien Resident Certificates for Select Foreign Nationals

    Taiwan launched a pilot program for the issuance of employment permits for foreign professionals and their family members. The online application will open 1 July 2022.

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  • New Zealand: Immigration Fees Increased for Most Visa Categories

    New Zealand: Immigration Fees Increased for Most Visa Categories

    The government of New Zealand will increase immigration fees and levies for most visa applications on 31 July 2022. The average increase will be around 43 percent (NZD 81).

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  • EU: Commission Approves Visa-Free Travel Agreement with Kuwait and Qatar

    EU: Commission Approves Visa-Free Travel Agreement with Kuwait and Qatar

    The European Council and European Commission have approved a proposal to provide short-term visa-free travel for the citizens of Kuwait and Qatar.

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  • Qatar: Registering Travel for Entry World Cup

    Travelers entering Qatar for the World Cup in the Fall of 2022 will need to apply for an identification card that will serve as an entry visa and allow the holder to travel around Qatar.

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  • Thailand: Updated COVID-19 Measures

    Thailand: Updated COVID-19 Measures

    Thailand will reduce COVID-19 measures beginning 1 July 2022. Travelers entering the country should also ensure that they hold the appropriate immigration authorization prior to arrival.

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  • Denmark: Changes for Recent Graduates and Positive Skills List Employees

    Denmark: Changes for Recent Graduates and Positive Skills List Employees

    Denmark expanded the right for recent graduates to work in the country while their work and residence permit is processed, and granted more flexibility to employers when calculating AUB requirements.

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  • Guyana: Minimum Wage Increase

    The government of Guyana will increase the minimum wage for private-sector workers by 36 percent beginning 1 July 2022. As a result, the minimum wage will rise from GYD 44,200 to GYD 60,147.

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  • China: Updated Salary Requirements for Select Cities  

    China: Updated Salary Requirements for Select Cities  

    The city government in Shenzhen will increase the monthly minimum salary requirement for Category A and B work permit holders effective 1 July 2022 .

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  • The Philippines: Accreditation for Third-Party Providers 

    The Philippines: Accreditation for Third-Party Providers 

    The government of the Philippines announced changes for third-party providers who apply for alien employment permits (AEP) that will go into effect on 18 July 2022.

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  • Kuwait: Suspension of Select Visa Categories

    Kuwait: Suspension of Select Visa Categories

    The government of Kuwait temporarily suspended the issuance of select visit visa categories on 26 June 2022. The suspension will apply to entry visit visas and family member or tourist visas.

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  • Japan: Registration Requirements for Sponsors of Foreign National Employees 

    Japan: Registration Requirements for Sponsors of Foreign National Employees 

    The government of Japan introduced a new entrance measure that must be completed by the sponsor of foreign national employees seeking to enter the country.

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  • UAE: Citizens Granted Visa-Free Travel to the UK in 2023

    UAE: Citizens Granted Visa-Free Travel to the UK in 2023

    The United Arab Emirates announced that its citizens will be permitted access to visa-free travel to the United Kingdom (UK) through the UK’s Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) system.

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  • Sweden: Residence Permit for Highly Qualified Persons

    Sweden: Residence Permit for Highly Qualified Persons

    The government of Sweden released information for a residence permit for highly qualified persons who seek to work or establish a business in Sweden.

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  • South Korea: Visa-Free Travel Resumed for Residents of Hong Kong

    South Korea: Visa-Free Travel Resumed for Residents of Hong Kong

    Residents of Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will be permitted to apply for Korean electronic travel authorization (K-ETA) to benefit from visa-free travel to South Korea.

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  • Russia: Extension of Registration of Stay Agreement with Uzbekistan

    Russia: Extension of Registration of Stay Agreement with Uzbekistan

    The government of Russia and the government of Uzbekistan reached an agreement that extends the time granted to citizens for registering residence addresses with immigration authorities.

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  • Norway: National Identification Cards Valid for Entry into Turkey until End of 2022

    Norway: National Identification Cards Valid for Entry into Turkey until End of 2022

    The governments of Turkey and Norway have established a temporary arrangement that will allow Norwegian national ID card holders to enter Turkey without providing passport information.

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  • What Is Adjustment of Status?

    What Is Adjustment of Status?

    Adjustment of Status (AOS) is the final step of the green card process for foreign nationals based in the U.S.

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