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Sweden: Parliament Adopts Passport Restrictions

(May 20, 2016) On April 15, 2016, new rules for obtaining a Swedish passport took effect. Swedish citizens may now only request three passports in a five-year period.  (Lag om Ändring i Passlagen (1978:302) [Act on Amending the Passport Act (1978:302)] (Svensk författningssamling [SFS] 2016:135), NOTISUM; 7a § Passlagen [Passport Act] (SFS 1978:302), NOTISUM.) Prior […]

Brazil: Registration of Babies Born from In Vitro Fertilization or Surrogacy

(Apr. 28, 2016) On March 14, 2016, Brazil’s National Internal Affairs Office (Corregedoria Nacional de Justica, CNJ) published Act No. 52,  regulating the issuance of a birth certificate for children whose parents opted for reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization and “pregnancy by substitution” (barriga de aluguel), which is better known as “surrogacy.” (Provimento No. […]

Netherlands: Automatic Exchange of Tax Rulings

(Apr. 12, 2016) The State Secretary for Finance of the Netherlands, Eric Wiebes, issued Letter No. AFP 16/319 M on April 1, 2016, containing answers to questions raised by Members of the Dutch House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) about the automatic exchange of information on tax rulings with European Union Member States. The matter was […]

Indonesia: Plan to Issue ID Cards to Children

(Mar. 3, 2016) In February 2016, Indonesia’s Home Minister, Tjahjo Kumolo, announced that under Home Ministerial Regulation No. 2 of 2016 the government will begin issuing identity cards to children in March. The cards, to be called Kartu Identitas Anak [Child Identity Cards] (KIAs), will have unique numbers that will be issued to all Indonesians […]

Taiwan: Rules Relaxed for Rendering of Foreign Names in Chinese for Official Purposes

(Dec. 24, 2015) Under a recent amendment to the Detailed Rules of Enforcement of the Name Act, foreigners will now be permitted to use a phonetic translation of their names in applying for Republic of China (ROC) citizenship or in registering their marriage to a Taiwan national. (Jake Chung, Foreign Name Rules Relaxed for IDs, […]

Sri Lanka: Biometric Passports Become Standard

(Aug. 12, 2015) Based on a rule effective August 10, 2015, all passports newly issued by Sri Lanka will contain fingerprints as biometric markers. Existing passports will remain usable, however. The goal is to meet international standards and, according to Immigration and Emigration Controller, General Nihal Ranasinghe, the inclusion of fingerprints will increase the efficacy […]

China; Taiwan: New Rules Facilitate Taiwan Residents Traveling to the Mainland

(July 22, 2015) On June 14, 2015, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China amended an administrative regulation governing the travel of residents of China’s mainland to Taiwan and of Taiwan residents to the mainland, the Measures for the Control of Chinese Citizens Traveling to and from the Region of Taiwan (Measures). Effective […]

Germany: New Anti-Terrorism Legislation Entered Into Force

(July 10, 2015) On June 20 and on June 30, 2015, new anti-terrorism legislation entered into force in Germany. The new law makes it a crime to travel outside the country with the intent to receive terrorist training, adds a new section on terrorism financing to the Criminal Code, and creates national identity card and […]

South Africa: Regulations Aimed at Stemming Parental Kidnapping Take Effect

(June 8, 2015) On June 1, 2015, South African immigration regulations imposing certain rules on parents and others traveling to or from South Africa that are intended to curb parental kidnapping of small children took effect. (Statement by Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, at the Media Briefing on New Requirements for Travelling with Children Coming […]