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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] […]

Saudi Arabia: Authorities Launch New “Nation Without Violators” Campaign Targeting Illegal Foreign Workers

(Feb. 23, 2018) On February 12, 2018, the Public Security Division of the Ministry of Interior announced that it had launched a number of raids against illegal foreign workers violating the Saudi Residency Law of 1952. (Mohammed Rasooldeen, Expats Arrested for Violating Saudi Labor, Residency and Border Security Laws, ARAB NEWS (Feb. 12, 2018); Law […]

China: New Talent Visa Rules Published

(Feb. 9, 2018) On January 9, 2018, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) published the rules on the issuance of the talent visa, a new type of visa designed to attract more foreign talent to the country. The Implementation Measures Regarding the Foreign Talent […]

Israel: Biometric Passport Issuance Becomes Mandatory

(June 13, 2017) Under recently issued regulations on the inclusion of biometric identification (IBI Regulations) in identity cards and passports, Israel’s Ministry of the Interior will no longer issue such documents in non-biometric formats. (Inclusion of Biometric Identification Means and Biometric Identification Data in Identification Documents and in a Databank (IBI) Regulations (Temporary Amendment), KOVETZ […]

Italy: Measures to Fight Against Illegal Immigration Bolstered

(Mar. 29, 2017) On February 18, 2017, new legislation on the fight against illegal immigration entered into effect in Italy. (Decree Law No. 13 of February 17, 2017, Urgent Provisions for the Acceleration of International Protection Procedures and for the Fight Against Illegal Immigration (D.L. No. 13), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) More Efficient Handling of Non-EU […]

Israel: Amendment Authorizing Revocation of Israeli Nationality Passed

(Mar. 23, 2017) On March 6, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Nationality (Amendment No. 13) Law 5777 (Amendment Law). (Ministry of Justice website (scroll down to issue No. 2611 (Mar. 16, 2017) (in Hebrew).) The Amendment Law amends the Nationality Law, 5712-1952 (the Law). (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5712 […]

Israel: Prevention of Entry of Foreign Nationals Promoting Boycott of Israel

(Mar. 17, 2017) On March 6, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Entry into Israel (Amendment No. 28) Law, 5777-2017 (the Amendment Law) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2610, p. 458 (3/14/17), Ministry of Justice website (scroll down to issue No. 2610 (Mar. 14, 2017) (in Hebrew)).  The […]

European Union: Court of Justice Rules Member States Not Required Under EU Law to Issue Humanitarian Visas

(Mar. 14, 2017) On March 7, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that Member States are not obligated under European Union law to issue humanitarian visas to asylum seekers, because such applications fall within the scope of national law. (Case C-638/16, X and X v. État belge (Mar. 7, 2017), CURIA.) Facts of […]

Indonesia: New Task Force to Monitor Foreigners

(Jan. 13, 2017) On January 6, 2017, Indonesia’s government announced a plan to revise its current method of oversight of foreigners in the country. Due to concern that foreigners may enter Indonesia and pursue goals other than those for which they were granted entry, the administration will establish a task force that would track the movements […]

European Union/Georgia: Negotiations on Visa-Free Travel

(Nov. 11, 2016) The European Parliament, in the final stages of the integration process of Georgia into the European Union, called on the Council of the EU to start negotiations on a visa waiver for Georgia “without any further delay.” (Press Release, European Parliament, EP Urges Council to Open Talks on a Visa Waiver for […]