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China: New Visa System Proposed, Public Opinions Being Solicited

(May 20, 2013) On May 3, 2013, China’s State Council published the Regulations on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Aliens (Draft for Comments) (hereinafter Draft Regulations) online, in order to solicit public opinions on the document. Once the Draft Regulations take effect, a new visa system will replace the existing one regulated […]

Norway: Government Plans to Crack Down on Returning Foreign Convicts

(Mar. 11, 2013) The Norwegian government is reforming two aspects of immigration policy related to foreign convicts in the country. As reported on February 22, 2013, the Ministry of Justice and Public Security is formulating changes in the law in order to send returning foreign convicts back out of <?Norway and to enhance punishments against […]

European Union: New Rules Proposed to Improve Border Control and Facilitate Entry of Frequent Travelers

(Mar. 11, 2013) On February 28, 2013, the European Commission put forward two proposals to introduce two major innovations in the European Union’s border control system. The first is the establishment of an Entry/Exit System (EES) to create a centralized, digital method for the registration of entry and exit data of third-country nationals crossing the […]

Denmark: Proposed Law to Give Relief to Alien Victims of Domestic Violence

(Feb. 12, 2013) <?Denmark's Ministry of Justice has recently proposed an amendment to the Danish Aliens Act that would allow foreigners in Denmark who are victims of domestic abuse and who leave the abusive relationship not to be automatically deported. Under the current law, such persons, granted residency on the basis of their relationship with […]

Sweden: Migration Board Proposes Plan to Attract Foreign Students

(Dec. 3, 2012) The Swedish Migration Board has issued a report recommending a new visa plan designed to attract foreign students to universities in the country. It would give students from outside the European Union the possibility of finding work and acquiring a residency permit in <?Sweden once they graduate. Since the imposition of tuition […]

Sri Lanka: Plan in Place to Revise Immigration Law

(Sept. 11, 2012) The Government of Sri Lanka is planning to revise the country’s 2006 immigration law, with the goal of curtailing illegal smuggling of migrants. A draft law has been prepared based on the recommendations of a committee made up of members from the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the office of the Attorney General. […]

Netherlands: Proposal on Making Biometric Data Mandatory for Residency Permit Applications

(Mar. 16, 2012) The Dutch Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, recently submitted a bill on the use of biometrics in the immigration process to the Parliament (Staten-Generaal). The bill would make it mandatory to use biometric technology “to control applications for family migration and residence permits for work or study” in […]

European Court of Human Rights; Italy: Sanctions Result in Review of Immigration Policy

(Mar. 5, 2012) On February 23, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sanctioned Italy for its policy of sending to Libya African migrants who have approached Italy by sea. The ECHR found the migrants to be at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment as a result of being turned away from […]

Canada: Proposed New Immigration Act

(Mar. 1, 2012) On February 16, 2012, Canada's Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney, introduced a new draft law designed to protect the integrity of the country's immigration system and enhance changes to the asylum system made in 2010. (Press Release, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Harper Government Introduces the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act […]

Hong Kong: Dispute over Policy on Influx of Mothers from China Giving Birth in Hong Kong

(Feb. 16, 2012) Leaders in Hong Kong have disagreed recently on how to handle the problem of expectant women from mainland China entering the city in an attempt to have their children born there, in order to qualify for the right of abode. Some lawmakers have suggested that the Basic Law, the constitution-like statute under […]