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Ecuador: National Assembly Approves Amendment to Law on Human Mobility

(Mar. 26, 2021) On February 5, 2021, Ecuador’s National Assembly approved reforms to the Organic Law of Human Mobility. Among other measures, the changes provide new grounds for the inadmissibility and deportation of foreign citizens. The amendments allow deportation of aliens through administrative procedure. Ecuador’s new rules prohibit admission of foreign nationals who use false […]

China: Digital Vaccination Certificate for Citizens Traveling Overseas Launched

(Mar. 18, 2021) On March 8, 2021, China launched a digital vaccination certificate for its citizens, named the International Travel Health Certificate, to “facilitate safe and orderly cross-border travel,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the same day. The certificate shows details about the holder’s current COVID-19 vaccination […]

Mexico: Migration Law Amendment Requires Placing Undocumented Children in Shelters, Not Detention Centers

(Feb. 26, 2021) On January 11, 2021, Mexico enacted an amendment to its Migration Law requiring that undocumented migrant minors be placed in shelters instead of immigration detention centers (as was the previous practice) while their legal status is determined by Mexican immigration authorities. Accordingly, Mexico’s Migration Law now provides that immigration authorities must refer […]

Denmark: Parliament Votes to Initiate Impeachment Proceedings against Former Immigration Minister

(Feb. 19, 2021) On February 2, 2021, the Danish Parliament voted to initiate impeachment court proceedings against former Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Støjberg for issuing a directive in 2016 requiring the automatic separation of asylum-seeking spouses when either spouse was under the age of 18. The directive was in force during February […]

International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

United Kingdom: Compensation Extended to Generation of Immigrants Discriminated against in “Windrush Scandal”

(Feb. 11, 2021) In December 2020, the rules of the Windrush Compensation Scheme were amended to increase the amount of compensation available to individuals and their immediate family members who were affected by the “Windrush scandal”—those who suffered losses due to being unable to demonstrate their lawful immigration status and thus show that they had […]

Norway: Government Restricts Entrance to Country to Norwegian Citizens and Residents, Requires Testing and Quarantine for Travelers

(Feb. 1, 2021) On January 27, 2021, the Norwegian government announced that, as of January 29, 2021, only Norwegian citizens and residents would be allowed to enter Norway from abroad. The rules apply until further notice, although the Norwegian government has promised to review them by February 10, 2021. Specifically, the new rules prevent the […]

Italy: New Law Contains Measures on Visas, Territorial Waters, Virtual Proceedings in Drug Trials, and Refugee Centers

(Jan. 22, 2021) On December 20, 2020, Italy’s government issued Law No. 173 of December 18, 2020, which contains new measures concerning visas, vessels in territorial waters, virtual proceedings in drug trafficking prosecutions, and refugee center security and detainee welfare. New Provisions on Student Visas, Resident Visas for Refugees The new legislation allows foreign students who […]

New Zealand: Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing Introduced for Certain Travelers

(Jan. 22, 2021) On January 3, 2021, New Zealand’s COVID-19 response minister, Chris Hipkins, announced that “[t]ravellers from the United Kingdom or the United States bound for New Zealand will be required to get a negative test result for COVID-19 before departing, and work is underway to extend the requirement to other long haul flights […]

Qatar: New Cabinet Resolution Regulating Real Estate Ownership by Foreign Nationals

(Jan. 5, 2021) On October 6, 2020, Qatar’s Ministry of Justice announced the establishment of the Office for Non-Qatari Real Estate Ownership. The main objective of this office is to provide foreign nationals who want to reside or invest in the state of Qatar with all the necessary requirements for the purchase and sale of […]