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UNITED STATES: Government Announces New Travel Restrictions on Six Countries and Updated Process for Evaluating Foreign Country Compliance

The US president has signed a proclamation imposing new, tailored visa restrictions on six more countries that have failed to meet a series of security criter  Read More

UNITED STATES: New Public Charge Regulations Expand Inadmissibility Criteria

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) final rule expanding the types of public assistance that could cause foreign nationals to become ineligible for perman  Read More

AUSTRALIA: Changes to Working Holiday Maker Visas for Bushfire Recovery

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has accepted the recommendation of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) to relax and broaden the conditions for hol  Read More

SOUTH KOREA: New Process for Visa Issuance

Effective 24 February 2020, Korean consulates will begin to phase out the stamping of visas into passports.  Read More

NIGERIA: Government Overhauls Visa Policy

On 4 February 2020, the government of Nigeria launched the Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 (NVP 2020).  Read More

PHILIPPINES: Authorised Agents Now Require Special Power of Attorney to Assist with Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa Applications

Effective immediately, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Foreign National Unit (FNU) has begun requiring authorised agents such as consultancy and  Read More

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: New Rules for Work Permit Renewals

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has published a new occupation list of permitted occupations and, relatedly, introduce  Read More

BELGIUM – Further Measures to Mitigate Single Permit Processing Delays

The Belgian authorities have taken further steps to decrease application processing times for the single permit, and to avoid lapses in work authorisation due  Read More

SAUDI ARABIA: Latest Process for Business Visit Visa Applications

Application processing for Business Visit Visas for Saudi Arabia now includes a pre-approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to a Letter of   Read More

UNITED KINGDOM: Government Publishes Policy Statement on Future Immigration System

The UK government has released more details of its proposed new ‘points-based’ system for employment immigration routes, due to take effect from 1 January  Read More

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