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  • The Ukraine Crisis: Information and Relocation Updates for Employers0:00

    The Ukraine Crisis: Information and Relocation Updates for Employers

    In response to the crisis in Ukraine, Envoy Global is hosting a webinar for employers seeking guidance and resources for employees and their families.

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  • Relocation Options for Employees in Ukraine

    Relocation Options for Employees in Ukraine

    This article highlights a selection of immigration options for Ukrainian nationals. Additional information will be available as soon as possible.

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  • Global Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Omicron Variant

    Global Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Omicron Variant

    On 26 Nov. 2021, the WHO named the new B.1.1.529 variant Omicron. In response to this new variant, a number of countries have reintroduced travel restrictions and entry requirements.

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  • Malaysia: Digital Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) Application Option  

    Malaysia: Digital Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) Application Option  

    Malaysia has introduced a digital option for foreign nationals to apply for a Multiple Entry Visa (MEV) for business, tourism and medical purposes.

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  • United Arab Emirates: Re-Entry Permit Service for Residents with Canceled Residency

    United Arab Emirates: Re-Entry Permit Service for Residents with Canceled Residency

    The UAE has launched a new service for residents with cancelled residency who left the country for study, work, or medical reasons for over 6 months.

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  • China: Reopening of U.S. Visa Application Offices  

    China: Reopening of U.S. Visa Application Offices  

    China has reopened select visa offices in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Chicago, San Francisco and New York).

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  • Israel: Digital B-1 Work Permit Issuance  

    Israel: Digital B-1 Work Permit Issuance  

    The government of Israel introduced new regulations that will allow the government to issue digital B-1 work visa types.

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  • Ireland: Extension to the U.S. Ireland Working Holiday Scheme  

    Ireland: Extension to the U.S. Ireland Working Holiday Scheme  

    Ireland extended the U.S.-Ireland Working Holiday program, allowing students or recent graduates from both countries to live and work in either country.

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  • Canada: Extension of Permanent Resident Program for Certain Construction Workers

    Canada: Extension of Permanent Resident Program for Certain Construction Workers

    Canada extended and expanded a permanent resident program for construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area.

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  • Colombia: New Temporary Protection Permit for Venezuelan Nationals

    Colombia: New Temporary Protection Permit for Venezuelan Nationals

    Colombia introduced a new Temporary Protection Permit (PPT) certificate for select nationals of Venezuela, who have previously submitted and received a notice of an approved PPT form.

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  • Qatar: Mandatory Health Insurance Requirements for Visitor Visas

    Qatar: Mandatory Health Insurance Requirements for Visitor Visas

    Qatar will implement the mandatory Health Insurance Scheme on Feb 1, 2023, which will require all visitors to obtain insurance from a Qatari-registered company.

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  • Vietnam: Reduced Permanent Residence Fees for Applications Submitted Online

    Vietnam: Reduced Permanent Residence Fees for Applications Submitted Online

    Vietnam will reduce fees for permanent residency registration by 50% on Feb 5, 2023, for applications through the online public service portal.

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  • India: U.S. Missions Launch Additional Interview Days for Certain Visitor Visa Applications

    India: U.S. Missions Launch Additional Interview Days for Certain Visitor Visa Applications

    The U.S. Missions in India launched special Saturday visa interviews to reduce wait times for first-time applicants, with some U.S. embassies expanding consular operations.

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  • Russia: Mutual Visa Recognition Agreement with Belarus

    Russia: Mutual Visa Recognition Agreement with Belarus

    Russia and Belarus have signed a mutual visa recognition agreement that will enter into force on 1 February 2023.

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  • Germany: Immigration Law Updates for 2023

    Germany: Immigration Law Updates for 2023

    Germany relaxed immigration laws by lowering language requirements for spouses of third-country workers and simplifying residence permit application process.

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  • United Arab Emirates: Deadline Extended for Fixed-Term Contract Conversion

    United Arab Emirates: Deadline Extended for Fixed-Term Contract Conversion

    The UAE government has extended the deadline for employers to switch foreign national worker contracts from indefinite to fixed-term until December 2023.

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  • Italy: Italian Work Permit Quotas for 2023

    Italy: Italian Work Permit Quotas for 2023

    The work permit quota in Italy for unskilled workers and startup visa applicants increased to 82,705 for 2023.

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  • Pakistan:  Apostille Convention Signed into Force

    Pakistani citizens will no longer be required to legalize documents when applying for certain immigration permissions in Hague member states who have joined the Apostille Convention.

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  • Canada: Passport Processing Returned to Pre-Pandemic Timeline

    Canada: Passport Processing Returned to Pre-Pandemic Timeline

    The government of Canada announced that the processing of passport applications has returned to the pre-pandemic timeline.

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  • Hong Kong: Launch of the Top Talent Pass Scheme

    Hong Kong: Launch of the Top Talent Pass Scheme

    The authorities of Hong Kong officially launched the Top Talent Pass Scheme on 28 December 2022.

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