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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 […]

Afghanistan in Crisis: Helping Refugees

President Biden’s decision to extricate the United States from Afghanistan has come with a cost: a humanitarian crisis impacting Afghan allies. The lives and families of interpreters, translators, and others who provided critical help to the U.S. in its two decades of war and nation-building, have been shattered by the Taliban’s takeover. U.N. Secretary General […]

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 […]

ITALY: Travel Opening to Canada, Japan, and U.S. Visitors

Travelers from Canada, Japan, the United States, and list D countries no longer need a specific reason for entering Italy, but they must still meet requirements related to COVID-19 status. Since May 2021, travelers from Canada, Japan, and the United States are no longer required to have a specific reason for entering Italy. This also […]

The Life Sciences Talent Squeeze and Foreign-Born Workers

It’s no secret to MassBio members that the life sciences is on the front end of a significant boom. Fueled by innovation, collaboration, and accelerated funding, the signs of growth are clear. We’re seeing IPOs, overseas expansions, and an influx of venture capital financing into well-known Boston players. “There has…been a massive amount of investment, […]

Canada: Fully Vaccinated Travelers to Enjoy Easing Border Measures

Canada has taken the first steps to reopening its border for non-essential travel. Starting on September 7, 2021, the Canadian government plans to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated traveler. The traveler must have completed a Canadian government approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. As a test of this opening, […]

Residence Permit Validity Extended in Italy

By means of law decree no. 56 of April 30, 2021, the validity of residence permits has been extended to July 31, 2021. Also, quarantine requirements have been updated for nationals of various countries who wish to enter Italy. The law also extends the validity of Nulla Osta (entry clearances for family reasons, work permits) […]

India: Simplifying Overseas Citizenship Cards Renewals

The Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card is popular among foreign nationals who are of Indian origin and spouses of foreign origin of Indian citizens. The card provides for hassle-free entry and unlimited stay in India. According to news reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs has simplified the rules regarding renewals. OCI cardholders are no […]

Outlook for Entrepreneurs Entering Canada

In Canada, the starting point to obtain a work permit as a foreign national is a labor market impact assessment (LMIA). This requires a Canadian company to demonstrate that they advertised the position and that Canadian citizens and permanent residents were given a reasonable opportunity to apply for the position. Until recently, one of the […]

Global Remote Work: An Overview

This blog post provides an overview of remote work issues in Canada, Italy, and Peru. Canada Working Remotely: Is a Work Permit Required? Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, “work,” for which a foreign national must obtain a valid work permit, is defined broadly as “an activity for which wages are paid or commission […]

Top Workforce Trends in the Global Life Sciences Industry in 2021

It has been quite a year for the entire world, but it has been a defining year for life sciences companies. Under incredible pressure and a global microscope, the industry has come out more resilient and stronger than ever, thanks in large part to incredible talent. We see six trends that show how the immense […]

New Digital Platform: Working in Belgium

A digital platform, “Working in Belgium,” intended to facilitate the filing and processing of applications, will be launched soon after a test phase. The Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement has an impact on UK business visitors: some activities are work permit-exempt. Finally, this article summarizes the main changes to the Flanders work/single permit legislation that […]