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Malawi: Parliament Passes Law Allowing Dual Citizenship

(Dec. 27, 2018) On December 12, 2018, Malawi’s 193-member unicameral National Assembly reportedly passed the Malawi Citizenship Amendment Bill to amend the 1966 Citizenship Act (hereinafter “the Principal Act”). If enacted, the new law would permit Malawians who have acquired the citizenship of other countries to retain their Malawi citizenship. (Malawi Parliament Passes Bill Allowing […]

Sweden: Migration High Court Rules That Applying High School Act Does Not Violate Schengen

(Dec. 13, 2018) On September 25, 2018, the Swedish Migration Court of Appeals found that the newly enacted “High School Act,” which allows undocumented minors whose asylum application has been rejected to stay in the country to pursue a high school education, does not violate the Schengen rules requiring proof of identity. (Migrationsöverdomstolen [Migration Appeals […]

Hong Kong: Government Revises Immigration Policy to Grant Same-Sex Partners Dependent Visa

(Nov. 26, 2018) On September 18, 2018, the government of Hong Kong announced that its immigration policy on applications of nonlocal dependents to enter Hong Kong has been revised. As of September 19, 2018, “a person who has entered into a same-sex civil partnership, same-sex civil union, ‘same-sex marriage’, opposite-sex civil partnership or opposite-sex civil […]

Qatar: New Law to Create Permanent Residency System Adopted

(Nov. 19, 2018) On September 4, 2018, the amir of Qatar signed Law No. 10 of 2018, creating a new residency system for foreign nationals who are interested in residing permanently in the state of Qatar. (Details of the New Permanent Residency Law, AL-SHARQ (Sept. 4, 2018) (in Arabic).) Law No. 10 of 2018, known […]

Qatar: Amir Ratifies Country’s First Asylum Law

(Nov. 8, 2018) On September 4, 2018, the amir of Qatar ratified Law No. 11 of 2018 Regulating Political Asylum. (His Highness Issues Law Regulating Political Asylum, AL-SHARQ (Sept. 4, 2018); Law No. 11 of 2018 Regulating Political Asylum, AL-JARIDAH AL-RASMIYAH [OFFICIAL GAZETTE], vol. 15, 12 Oct. 2018, pp. 9–16, Ministry of Justice’s Al-Meezan legal […]

India: Tripura State Hopes to Follow Assam in Establishing National Register of Citizens

(Nov. 5, 2018) The working president of the Congress Party in the Indian state of Tripura, Pradyot Debbarman, filed a petition before India’s Supreme Court on October 24, 2018, requesting that a National Register of Citizens be compiled for his state. Debbarman’s petition is the second one filed on this issue with the Supreme Court, […]

Egypt: President Ratifies Law Amending Residency and Citizenship Laws

(Aug. 27, 2018) On August 14, 2018, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ratified Law No. 173 of 2018, which allows foreign nationals who deposit at least 7 million Egyptian pounds (EGP) (about US$391,000) in local Egyptian banks to be granted a five-year residency and the opportunity to apply for Egyptian citizenship. (Law No. 173 Amending […]

Hong Kong: Court of Final Appeal Grants Same-Sex Partner Right to Dependent Visa

(July 30, 2018) On July 4, 2018, Hong Kong’s highest court, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, issued a judgment that paves the way for the granting of dependent visas to same-sex partners. (Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, Press Summary: QT v. Director of Immigration, Hong Kong Judiciary Legal Reference website (last visited […]

Afghanistan: Distribution of Controversial Electronic Identity Cards Launched

(July 19, 2018) The distribution of controversial Electronic National Identity Cards (known as the e-Tazkira) throughout Afghanistan was launched on May 3, 2018, by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, with Ghani becoming the first person in the country to receive the card. The president cited security concerns as the factor that made him start the process, […]

China: New Visa-Free Policy for Hainan Island

(Apr. 30, 2018) On April 18, 2018, China’s newly created State Immigration Administration (SIA) issued a circular announcing a new visa-free policy that will allow visitors from 59 countries, including the United States, to enter Hainan Province and stay for 30 days without obtaining a visa. (Guojia Yimin Guanli Ju Gonggao [State Immigration Administration Circular] […]