Holiday travel: additional considerations this season

With holiday travel season approaching, many foreign national employees will be hoping to visit family abroad, vacation overseas and perhaps renew their visas at the same time. This year, employers and employees will need to take additional precautions and weigh new considerations before planning holiday travel. Key travel considerations: Travel bans. Multiple travel bans on
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COVID-19: Singapore, Hong Kong delay launch of air travel bubble

IMPACT – HIGH Singapore and Hong Kong have postponed the implementation of an “air travel bubble” that will allow for quarantine-free travel between the two locations. Key Points: The travel bubble was set to be launched Sunday, but has been pushed back at least two weeks. A new date for the first air bubble flights
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COVID-19: Entry, testing rules updated

IMPACT – HIGH The French government has announced new COVID-19 entry restrictions and testing protocols. Key Points: France has changed its list of high-risk countries. The list now includes all countries except EU member states, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Vatican City, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South
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COVID-19: Tourists from all countries to be allowed entry

IMPACT – HIGH South Africa recently lifted COVID-19 entry restrictions for travelers from all countries. Key Points: Travelers from all countries are now permitted to enter the country, whether traveling for tourism, business or other reasons. COVID-19 testing protocols remain in place (see below). Health protocols remain in effect within South Africa, such as the
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Golden Visa program to be expanded

IMPACT – HIGH The United Arab Emirates has announced that it will expand its Golden Visa program. Key Points: The UAE authorities have announced that, effective Dec. 1, the eligibility requirements for the 5-10 year Golden Visa will be expanded to the following individuals: PhD holders Physicians Computer and programming engineers Electrical engineers and biotechnology
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Government aims for major increase in the number of new permanent residents in coming years

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? The government of Canada released its 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, announcing plans for the biggest increase in Canadian history over the next three years. What does the change mean? Canada plans to welcome more than 1.2 million new permanent residents over the next three years, with some 723,500
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