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EIG US and Global Update | January 22, 2021
January 22, 2021

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President Biden signs "Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel"
January 22, 2021

On Thursday, January 21, President Joseph R. Biden signed “Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.” The executive order outlines measures to prevent the ongoing spread of COVID-19, particularly as it relates to travel within the United States and to the United ...

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EIG US and Global Update | January 8, 2021
January 8, 2021

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Canada Requires Negative COVID Tests for Nearly All Air Travelers
January 4, 2021

On New Year's Eve, the Canadian government announced that as of January 7, 2021, all air travelers to Canada aged 5 years or older (regardless of citizenship or place of residence) would be required to provide evidence of a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours ...

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Canada to Require Negative COVID-19 Test Results for all Travelers
December 31, 2020

On Wednesday, December 30, Canada's government announced that all passengers entering the country must provide negative COVID-19 test results from within the previous 3 days. The new policy will go into effect within the next few days, according to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc. This new requirement ...

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Singapore SGWorkPass Requirements for EP and S Pass Holders
December 29, 2020

As part of the ongoing effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) now requires all EP and S Pass holders to use the SGWorkPass app to check their AccessCode status every time before they leave for work. Foreign employees can only leave their residence ...

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Singapore Introduces a Portal to Monitor the Health of Foreign Workers
December 23, 2020

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has developed a portal called FWMOMCare to monitor the health of foreign workers and gather the updated details for contact tracing purposes. All S Pass holders are now required to download the app and register their details ...

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The Thailand Revenue Department launches a new service to directly share tax information with the Immigration Bureau
December 16, 2020

On November 18, 2020, the Revenue Department launched a new service to directly share the tax information listed below with the Immigration Bureau. The objective is to reduce paperwork and shorten the processing time for visa holders and companies to obtain officially certified copies of ...

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EIG US and Global Update | December 7, 2020
December 8, 2020

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EIG US and Global Update | December 4, 2020
December 4, 2020

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Trump Administration Issues Policy to Limit Visa Length for Chinese Travelers
December 3, 2020

On Thursday, the Trump Administration issued new rules to restrict travel to the US from China for members of China’s Communist Party and families. The policy would significantly reduce the length of the B-1 and B-2 non-immigrant business and tourist visas from 10 years to ...

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Following Six Weeks of Closures, Ireland Immigration Offices Reopen
December 2, 2020

After being closed for 6 weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Registration Office in Burgh Quay has reopened today, December 2, 2020, for appointment holders only.  Priority will be given initially to those who had their appointments for first-time registrations canceled when the office closed ...

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EIG US and Global Update | November 30, 2020
November 30, 2020

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France President Emmanuel Macron Announced a Phased Easing from Lockdown
November 25, 2020

President Emmanuel Macron announced the start of France’s lockdown easing in three-parts: Phase One, From November 28: Lockdown remains in place, but people will be able to go outside for three hours a day and within a 20 km radius of their homes. (Current conditions ...

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November 2020 Visa Bulletin Released
October 29, 2020

November 2020 Visa Bulletin Released   USCIS has indicated that it will adopt Chart B – Date of Filing Chart for the Month of November. For more information, please visit the USCIS website. The Final Action Dates for employment-based categories see slight movement and the Dates of Filing for employment-based visa application remain unchanged in ...

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EIG Alert | New UK Immigration Rules Released
October 23, 2020

Summary: The Home Office released the new Immigration rules that will apply to all EU and non-EU citizens being sponsored to start working in the United Kingdom from January 1, 2021. These changes will not apply to EU citizens residing in the UK by 11 pm ...

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin Released
September 28, 2020

In the eve of fiscal year 2021, which begins October 1, 2020, all categories of the October visa bulletin – both Final Action and Date of Filing Charts - have advanced at a rapid pace. Please note, that USCIS has indicated that it will adopt Chart ...

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EIG Summary | Australia Prioritizes Specific Skilled Occupations as Exempt from the Travel Ban
September 2, 2020

Summary: Australia has announced a new "Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List," of 17 occupations which may be exempt from the travel ban into the country. Australia has now introduced an additional Labor Market Testing requirement that nominated positions must be advertised on the Government's Jobactive website, for overseas skilled ...

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National Interest Exceptions To Recent Presidential Proclamations
August 13, 2020

On August 12, 2020, the Department of State issued updated guidance regarding national interest exceptions noted in President Trump's proclamations suspending entry of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. As previously noted, those individuals in H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J-1, J-2, L-1, and L-2 status who were in ...

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The UK Home Office Releases Additional Information about the Post-Brexit Immigration System
July 16, 2020

On July 13, the UK the Home Office published a statement containing further details on the proposed new immigration system to begin on January 1, 2021, after the Brexit transition period. The new immigration system will apply to both EU citizens and non-EU citizens. The visa ...

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Trump Administration Rescinds Rule on Foreign National Students and Online Courses
July 15, 2020

On Tuesday, the Trump administration stepped back from a policy position introduced on July 6 that would have put foreign national students studying in the US at risk of losing their visas if their coursework was online only. The outcome of such a policy would have forced ...

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Alert: ICE Modifies SEVP Temporary Exemptions to Restrict Foreign Students from Online Courses amid COVID
July 7, 2020

The United States — The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced modifications to the temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to publish the procedures and ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
The EU Formalizes list of "Safe" Countries as Borders Reopen
June 30, 2020

On Tuesday, a day before the July 1 reopen date, the European Union officially announced the list of countries deemed "safe" for non-essential travel into the EU bloc. As of July 1, the list of permitted countries for business and leisure travel includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, ...

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EU Adds US to Travel Ban Due to the Coronavirus
June 26, 2020

BRUSSELS — In an effort to safely and freely reopen the borders between the 27 EU member states after more than three months of restrictions, the EU has determined which countries and travelers are safe to enter the EU. Early reports indicate that travelers from Algeria, Australia, ...

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EIG COVID-19 Update | April 28, 2020
April 29, 2020

With our mission to uncomplicate the complicated, we’ve always thought of our work in immigration as people-first. Our goal is for these emails to make sense of the changes happening across the world. Please share these updates with your colleagues who may find this information helpful, ...

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EIG COVID-19 Update | April 27, 2020
April 29, 2020

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Breaking News | President Trump Releases New Immigration Executive Order
April 23, 2020

As we anticipated, the President released today at 7:00 PM EST, a proclamation titled: "Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak". Summary: No impact to both immigrant and nonimmigrant employment-based immigration processes for individuals ...

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EIG COVID-19 Update | April 6, 2020
April 6, 2020

Erickson Immigration Group continues to provide country by country updates with the various COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Past updates are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from this information. We're all in this together. International Updates China | ...

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EIG COVID-19 Update | April 3, 2020
April 3, 2020

Erickson Immigration Group continues to provide country by country updates with the various COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Past updates are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from this information. We're all in this together.   International Updates Argentina | ...

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EIG COVID-19 Update | April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020

Erickson Immigration Group continues to provide country by country updates with the various COVID-19 developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Past updates are available here. Please consider sharing this email with colleagues and peers who would benefit from this information. We're all in this together. From Politico: At ...