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August Global Immigration Update

This month’s Global Immigration Update includes more immigrant-friendly developments from Singapore, Australia, Canada, and more! Spotlight on Singapore: Details of New COMPASS Framework for Employment Passes Goes Live September 1st Overview The new Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) for Employment Pass applications will go live in Singapore on September 1, 2023 for new applications (and September […]

July Global Immigration Update

This month’s Global Immigration Update includes more immigrant-friendly developments from Canada, the European Union, Germany, and more! Canada: Expanded Work Permits, Digital Nomad Visas, and Fast-Tracked Applications As discussed in the June Global Immigration Update, Canada announced it is creating a new category of open work permit for US H-1B visa holders. However, despite the […]

2022 Immigration Outlook: Countries Compete for Talent—Will the U.S. Be Left Behind?

Changes in the U.S. government and around the world due to the effects of politics, natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting business needs, worker mobility, and an increasingly digital world rapidly accelerated by the pandemic, have had a major impact on immigration. These changes may be temporary in some cases and more permanent in others. […]

U.S. Embassies & Consulates: September Update on Closures & Re-Openings

Impacting foreign workers, immigrants, and international students, the suspension of consular services has been one of the most disruptive features of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This report provides an update on the re-opening and continued closures of high-traffic U.S. embassies and consulates in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Brazil While routine nonimmigrant […]

UNITED KINGDOM: Coronavirus Restrictions for Travelers to England, and Right-to-Work Checks

Coronavirus Restrictions Travelers to England from amber and red list countries must self-isolate on arrival for 10 days. Where the criteria are met, senior executives (board directors or equivalent) arriving in England from an amber list country can be temporarily exempt from the self-isolation requirements where they are carrying out activities of significant economic benefit […]

United Kingdom: Issues for EU Citizens to Consider in Light of Brexit

This blog post provides an update on issues for European Union citizens to consider in light of Brexit. European Union (EU) (and European Economic Area and Swiss) citizens who have already been resident in the United Kingdom (UK) are expecting no major issues after the Brexit transition period ended on December 31, 2020. So long […]

UK Immigration: 2021 Outlook

It’s official: Brexit has now taken effect as of 11pm on 31 December 2020. It is no secret that this will have a major impact on almost every area of life in the UK. Perhaps one of the most significant changes will be the UK’s immigration system – the shift from free movement to applying […]

UK Post-Brexit Immigration Updates

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has published the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules which set out the legal framework for the new immigration system. Important Dates 12/1/2020: skilled worker route opens 12/31/2020: free movement rights end for EU citizens moving to UK and British citizens moving to EU. EU citizens resident in the UK before […]

UNITED KINGDOM: Update on post-Brexit immigration system

Summary: The Home Office has published further details on the new post-Brexit immigration system. Also, there was an update on international travelers arriving in the United Kingdom (UK). Overview: The Home Office recently published further details on the proposed new immigration system. The new system will start on January 1, 2021, immediately after the end […]

UNITED KINGDOM: Indefinite Leave to Remain Changes

There have been changes in the Immigration Health Surcharge fee and in the minimum Tier 2 salary for Indefinite Leave to Remain applications. Immigration Health Surcharge fee increase: The latest budget includes an increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for overseas nationals to use the National Health Service. It was only 2 years ago […]

Brexit & What It Means for European Employees in the UK

Background: While Brexit occurred on January 31, 2020, there will be no practical changes to immigration until January 1, 2021. Still, there are important steps EU citizens need to take in order to secure their immigration status. Next Steps: European employees and their family members will need to register with the government’s EU settlement scheme […]


It’s happened: The United Kingdom (UK) officially left the European Union (EU) on January 31, 2020. Now what? What does this mean for people moving to and from the UK? Nothing for now. We are in a transition period until at least December 31, 2020. During the transition period, EU law continues to apply to […]