Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Immigration Nerds Talk about Coronavirus Travel and Mobility Impacts in the Middle East and Europe
March 17, 2020

The Immigration Nerds podcast is going to provide regular updates on how the coronavirus is impacting immigration and mobility around the world. In this mini-episode, we look at the Middle East and Europe. If you wish to skip ahead to the country of most interest to ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Immigration Nerds Talk about Coronavirus Travel and Mobility Impacts in High-Risk Areas
March 17, 2020

The Immigration Nerds podcast is going to provide regular updates on how the coronavirus is impacting immigration and mobility around the world. In this mini-episode, we look at the High-Risk areas — the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy. If you wish ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update / March 16, 2020
March 16, 2020

As COVID-19 impacts the United States and countries around the globe, EIG is sending global digests to inform our clients of all the developments impacting global immigration and global travel. Yesterday’s update is available at this link. March 16, 2020 European Union | From Brussels, the European ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
EIG COVID-19 Update | March 15, 2020
March 15, 2020

As COVID-19 impacts the United States and countries around the globe, EIG will now begin sending weekly/bi-weekly digests to inform our clients of all the developments impacting global immigration and global travel. We also encourage you to tune into our podcast – Immigration Nerds – where we ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
COVID-19 Update: Travel Restrictions into the US Expand to all of Europe
March 12, 2020

On Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation and announced new efforts to contain and/or limit the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19. Effective Friday, March 13 at 11:59 PM, for an initial period of 30 days, the United States will suspend entry for ...

EIG Dispatch
Visa Extension for Chinese Nationals with Expiring Visas in the UK
March 4, 2020

The United Kingdom has begun making plans for those affected by travel restrictions due to reasons associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Home Office has taken a sympathetic approach as they understand that circumstances are out of the immigrant's control. Chinese nationals, who have been compliant ...

Coronavirus Response and Guidance
Coronavirus and Its Impact on Global Immigration
February 19, 2020

Singapore | As the Coronavirus epidemic continues to affect people traveling around the world, the Singaporean Ministry of Health (MHO) have passed on their recommendations for all travelers to abandon all travel plans to Hubei province China and also to only travel to mainland China ...

Alerts
ALERT: Britain Leaves the European Union
January 31, 2020

The United Kingdom will exit the European Union on January 31 at 11 PM GMT (6 PM EST), bringing an end to the process that began with the 2016 Brexit Referendum. On January 24, 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed the Withdrawal Agreement, witnessed by ...

Alerts
BREAKING NEWS: Trump Signs Order Restricting Travelers From China
January 31, 2020

President Donald Trump signed an order for the U.S. to deny entry to all foreign nationals who have traveled to China within the past two weeks, aside from the immediate family of U.S. citizens. This order goes into effect on February 2nd at 5 pm. ...

Alerts
Update: Six Countries Added to Travel Ban
January 31, 2020

The Trump Administration has expanded the travel ban to include six additional countries. Citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan will not be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the U.S., and the U.S. gov't will suspend the issuance of visas that can ...

Alerts
Updated Alert: Coronavirus Travel Advisory
January 24, 2020

On January 24, 2020, the US State Department (DOS) issued a Level 4 Alert: Do Not Travel to Hubei Province. On January 23, 2020, DOS ordered all non-emergency US personnel and their family members to leave the province. Emergency services for US citizens are limited in the ...

EIG Dispatch
Singapore Enacts Deterrence Against Workplace Discrimination
January 22, 2020

As of January 2020, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Singapore has raised penalties for workplace discrimination cases. These measures are part of a plan to strengthen the Fair Consideration Framework, especially with the aim to give equal and fair consideration to local workers by ...

Global News
Immigration Nerds Talks About Liberia's Direct Pathway to Citizenship
January 17, 2020

EIG’s Senior Attorney and Liberian native Jowanda Jones joins the podcast to explain the latest in the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act. She explains how one would qualify for the act that now allows a direct pathway to citizenship. In addition, we unravel Liberia's inseparable ...

EIG Dispatch
Germany | New Minimum Salary for Blue Card in 2020
January 8, 2020

Foreign nationals with a recognized university degree are eligible to work in Germany under the European Union (EU) Blue Card system. The minimum salary for EU Blue Cards has increased. Effective January 1, 2020, Blue Card holders in Germany must be paid an annual salary ...

EIG Dispatch
Ireland | Changes to Work Permits in 2020
January 8, 2020

For applications that require a labor market test, the position must now be advertised for 28 days before the application can be submitted. (The previous rule required only 14 days.) The advertising requirement reflects the government’s policy that an employment opportunity should be offered to ...

EIG Dispatch
Swiss and UK Citizens Will Retain Their Rights Post-Brexit
December 17, 2019

On December 6, 2019, the Switzerland Federal Council adopted the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (FZA). This agreement allows Swiss Nationals residing in the United Kingdom and British nationals in Switzerland to retain their current rights once Brexit is finalized. This agreement has now been submitted to ...

EIG Dispatch
South Korea Relaxes Visa Rules for Foreign Workers in Parts, Materials, and Equipment Industries
December 4, 2019

South Korea has revised its E-7 visa policy regarding foreign nationals in the parts, materials, and equipment industries. Applicants will be able to apply online rather than having to apply at an overseas consulate. This will cut down visa processing times from an estimated one ...

EIG Dispatch
Ireland | Court of Appeal Overturns High Court Findings
November 20, 2019

As previously reported, on July 17, 2019, the Irish High Court ruled that a person applying to become a naturalized Irish citizen must have one year of “unbroken” residence in Ireland immediately before filing the naturalization application. The High Court interpreted the “continuous residence” requirement of the Irish Nationality and ...

EIG Dispatch
Poland | Now Included in US Visa Waiver Program
November 20, 2019

Starting November 11, 2019, Poland was officially included in the Visa Waiver Program. It is a comprehensive program designed to encourage and strengthen tourism and business exchanges between the United States and designated countries while increasing security. Polish citizens can now travel to the United States ...

EIG Dispatch
Brexit Update: EU Agrees to Extension until January 31, 2020
November 6, 2019

The EU Council in Brussels, consisting of 27 EU ambassadors, has agreed to the UK Government’s request to remain in the EU until January 31, 2020. This is the third extension the EU has granted the UK. Under the agreement, EU nationals will continue to have free ...

Alerts
Brexit Update: An Extension to 2020
October 28, 2019

As of today, the EU Council has come to an agreement with the UK government to postpone Brexit until January 31, 2020. An earlier withdrawal is still possible, and it is likely to trigger new elections in the coming months. No additional information has been provided ...

EIG Dispatch
UK | Brexit Latest Update
October 23, 2019

On October 17, 2019, the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) reached a Brexit deal. The Withdrawal Agreement was officially published on October 21, 2019.  The UK Parliament began to debate the Withdrawal Agreement today (October 22nd) and has already voted against the Prime Minister's rapid ...

EIG Dispatch
New Zealand | Significant Changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
October 9, 2019

On October 7, 2019, New Zealand implemented significant changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa Program. For all new applications received after this date, the minimum salary needed for the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa will increase from NZD $55,000 to NZD $79,560 per year, reflecting ...

EIG Dispatch
UK | Government Unveils a New Post-Study Work Visa
September 25, 2019

The UK government has opened up a new type of Post-Study Work Visa to international students in hopes of recruiting and retaining successful global talent into the country. International students who have a valid immigration status and have completed a course of study at an undergraduate level ...

EIG Dispatch
Australia | Annual Review of Skilled Migration Occupation Lists Underway
September 11, 2019

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (“The Department”) has begun its annual review of the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists. The Department will meet with interested stakeholders, industries, and groups in Australia to learn about local labor markets and skill shortages. The ‘Traffic Light Bulletin’ ...

Global News
A Parliament on Pause? A Brexit Update
September 3, 2019

Last week, new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson advised Her Majesty the Queen to prorogue the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This has brought to an end the longest parliamentary session (sitting of the same Parliament) since the English Civil War. Parliament ...

EIG Dispatch
Ireland | De Facto Partners of Irish Nationals Must Apply for Preclearance Before Traveling to Ireland
August 28, 2019

Beginning on November 1, 2019, non-resident foreign nationals wishing to join their Irish partners in Ireland for a period longer than 3 months, must apply for immigration preclearance before traveling to Ireland. Officials have emphasized that in-country applications will not be accepted. Officials have also announced ...

EIG Dispatch
United Kingdom | The Home Office Publishes a Fact Sheet to Dispel Recent Media Reporting on Brexit
August 28, 2019

On August 19, 2019, the UK Home Office published a fact sheet to dispel some media reports related to the rights of EU citizens residing in the UK after Brexit. The Home Office confirmed that EU citizen residents will not be left in “legal limbo” as ...

Global News
Immigrations Nerds Talk About Mass Migration from Venezuela
August 27, 2019

In this bonus episode, we continue our conversation with Dany Bahar of the Brookings Institution, and this time focus on Venezuela. In a time of civil unrest and economic distress, between 4-6 million Venezuelans — nearly 20% of the population — have fled the country. ...

EIG Dispatch
China | New Immigration Policies Encourage Highly-Skilled Foreign Nationals
August 14, 2019

On August 1, 2019, The Ministry of Public Security implemented new immigration policies aimed to attract highly-skilled foreign talent and outstanding youth to study and work in China.  These new policies will facilitate the process for foreigners to apply for permanent residency, long-term visas, and residence permits ...