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India Lifts e-Visa Restrictions for 156 Countries
April 14, 2021

India Ministry of Home Affairs: "Vide Office Memorandum 25022/28/2020-F.I dated 30.03.2021, e-Visa under the following categories viz. e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa, e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa has been restored with immediate effect." On Wednesday, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs lifted the restrictions in place for ...

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Ireland Updates Mandatory Hotel Quarantine Requirements
April 12, 2021

In late March, the government announced that travel to Ireland from specified countries and regions would require a mandatory hotel quarantine. As of April 15 at 4 AM, 16 new countries will be added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list. The additional countries to be added to the ...

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France Opens an Online Service for Work Authorization Requests
April 2, 2021

As of April 6, applications for work permits for foreign nationals will be submitted online on a dedicated platform. In a press release dated March 30, 2021, the Ministry of the Interior announced the establishment on April 6, 2021, of an online service for work authorization ...

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Thailand Updates Quarantine Requirements for Travelers
March 29, 2021

The Thailand Ministry of Public Health announced a new quarantine requirement based on countries with the COVID-19 variants. Travelers arriving from the following countries will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine: South Africa Zimbabwe Mozambique Botswana Zambia Kenya Rwanda Cameroon Congo Ghana Tanzania Effective April ...

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Spain Updates and Extends Travel Restrictions
March 29, 2021

The Spanish government has extended the public health order first put in effect on July 17, 2020, amending the criteria for the temporary non-essential travel restrictions from third countries to EU and Schengen associated countries and terminating the Order INT/1236/2020 (December 22), which established the ...

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Germany Declares a "Quiet Period" and Updates Risk Areas
March 28, 2021

On Friday, March 26, Chancellor Angela Merkel and heads of government agreed to extend the current contact restrictions until April 18. Private gatherings are limited to a maximum of five people from two households; In shops and public transport surgical masks or masks corresponding to ...

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Ireland Announces Further Temporary Extension for Immigration Permissions
March 26, 2021

On Friday, March 26, Ireland's government announced a further temporary extension of immigration permissions for the following: Permissions due to expire between April 21, 2021, and September 20, 2021 Individuals with permission extended under previous notices Permissions registered by the Immigration Service and An Garda ...

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India Updates COVID Restrictions
March 26, 2021

As India continues to battle a second COVID-19 wave, international commercial passenger services remain closed. However, international scheduled flights are permitted on select routes on a case-by-case basis. India has established an “air transport bubble” with certain countries, such as the U.S., France, Canada amongst ...

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Ireland Updates Quarantine Requirements for International Travelers
March 24, 2021

On Tuesday, March 23, Ireland's government announced that from 4 AM on Friday, March 26, hotel quarantines will be required for passengers whose journeys originated in the following 33 countries: Angola, Austria, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Cape Verde, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, ...

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UAE Adopts a New Remote Work Visa
March 24, 2021

On Sunday, March 21, the UAE cabinet adopted a new remote work visa that will allow employees from around the world to work and live in the UAE for one year. The cabinet also approved multiple-entry tourist visas for all nationalities. These new visas aim ...

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Brazil Extends the Migratory Regulation Deadline
March 23, 2021

The Brazilian government has extended immigration status deadlines. From March 15, all documents that would have expired after March 16, 2020, including RNM cards and other documents from the Federal Police, will remain valid until September 16, 2021, for entry, change of status from temporary to ...

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France Updates Travel Guidance and Green List
March 19, 2021

As of March 18, the French government has updated its travel guidance and public health measures for foreign national arrivals. Travelers comings from the "European space" — EU Member States, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, and Switzerland — may enter France ...

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UK Immigration Alert: Documents to be Held on File After Sponsorship
March 17, 2021

The UK Home Office issued a change in guidance yesterday regarding documents that should be kept on file following the sponsorship of a Skilled Worker or a Temporary Worker. For some Tier 2 (General) applications filed before December 1, 2020, it was necessary to advertise the role for 28 days as ...

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Singapore | Change in Entry Approval Request Process
March 12, 2021

From March 15, 2021, at 9 am, all applications for entry for the following pass holders (including those on In-Principle Approval or Letter of Consent) must be submitted through the Safe Travel Office's (STO) SafeTravel portal: Employment Pass holders and their dependents S Pass holders and ...

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UK Home Office Updates Immigration Rules for Graduate Students
March 8, 2021

The UK Home Office has released details of the key points of the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules: HC 1248. The following summarizes the changes and what impact this new visa type may have on companies' hiring strategies for new graduates. Key points for the Post ...

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Singapore: Changes in Work Authorization for Dependent's Pass Holders
March 3, 2021

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has revised the work pass framework even further by removing the option of a Letter of Consent (LOC) for the employment of dependents in Singapore. This will take effect on May 1, 2021. Letter Of Consent Presently, dependents of Employment Pass and Personalised Employment ...

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2021 - 2022 EU Blue Card Quota Updates
March 2, 2021

Erickson Immigration Group will continue to update this list as new data and updates are provided. Greece | The government has announced its EU Blue Card quota for 2021-2022, with an increase of 100 spots compared to previous quotas. In total, 380 spots are available in ...

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China Updates Entry Procedures Related to COVID-19
February 23, 2021

As of February 6, from the date of issue, valid China residence permit holders (type: work, private affairs, and reunion) who want to fly to China must email their application materials to the Chinese Consulate for review and approval in advance.  Only with the approval ...

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India Issues New Guidelines for International Arrivals
February 19, 2021

India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued new guidelines for international arrivals. The Standard Operating Procedure will take effect from February 22, 2021 (23:59hours IST). The entry Airports for flight services would be decided by the Ministry of Civil Aviation based on the ...

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New Restrictions in Place for Travel to Canada
February 18, 2021

To control the coronavirus's spread, new public health measures for air and land travelers to Canada will go into effect as of February 22, 2021. Recent Updates: As of January 7, 2021, all air travelers to Canada 5 years or older (regardless of citizenship or place ...

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Bolivia Reinstates Visa Requirements for US and Israeli Citizens
February 6, 2021

Bolivia's new president Luis Arce is undoing a decree from the previous administration which allowed US and Israeli citizens to enter Bolivia without a visa. Since 2019, US and Israeli citizens and nationals have been visa exempted, in an attempt to boost tourism. As of February ...

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Visa Changes in Ireland due to COVID-19
February 1, 2021

On Wednesday, January 27, the government imposed new visa requirements on passport holders from a number of South American countries and South Africa. Following these requirements, INIS has announced a decision to stop accepting new visa/preclearance applications as of January 29, 2021. It is currently against the ...

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New Public Health Measures for International Travel to Canada
February 1, 2021

The Federal Government announced on Friday that it is increasing measures to protect against the spread of COVID-19 from international travel to Canada.  Specifically: As of January 31, 2021, Canada is suspending flights to Mexico and the Caribbean until April 30. Arrangements are being made to bring home ...

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UK Citizens Returning from 30 Countries to Have Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
January 27, 2021

On Wednesday, parliament announced new public health measures in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent any other mutations from entering the country. For those wanting to travel from the UK: Travelers without a valid reason for traveling will be denied and may be fined. ...

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

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

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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

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

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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 ...