Global immigration news update for Canada and more
Canada: Application for permanent residence
For most Permanent Residence, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will start the shift to digital applicants from September 23, 2022. According to the stated schedule, the implementation will be in stages throughout September and October 2022. Many permanent residence programs now allow candidates to submit their applications online via the Permanent Residence Portal and applicants now have more freedom to submit applications from their devices and get a quick confirmation of their application submission.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Government of Canada.
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Denmark: Short-term visa requirements for Russian nationals
In accordance with a recent decision by the EU Council, the Danish government announced that stricter rules will be imposed for Russian nationals seeking short-term visas.
Russians will no longer be eligible for short-stay visas from September 10 unless they have exceptional circumstances (death or terminal illness of a relative who lives in Denmark). In certified and justified circumstances, Russian nationals can still get short-stay visas for business travel or cultural purposes. Russians who have applied for Danish work permit will not be impacted by the stricter visa requirements.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Schengen Visa info
Qatar: Entry policies
The government of Qatar has eased its entry requirements. Foreign nationals are no longer required to quarantine upon arrival. They must have negative PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken within 24 hours before departure. Self-taken RAT tests will not be recognized as valid entry documentation. Upon arrival, travelers must download and activate the Ehteraz application on their phones. Non-GCC nationals or residents must complete the pre-entry registration process through this website.
No source available at the time of writing.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini (Global Operations Director).
Indonesia: Entry requirements
The Indonesian Government has announced the resumption of the Visa on arrival (VOA) program plus the availability of free visit visas for certain countries in APAC. From September 15, Indonesian authorities have resumed the Visa on Arrival program for nationals of 86 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, India, the U.S. and most of the EU.
Nationals of eligible countries must:
- Have a passport with at least six months of validity.
- Pay the Visa on Arrival fee of 500,000 IDR.
- Have a ticket that indicates the date of departure from Indonesia.
- Have other Covid-19 related documents as set out by the Indonesian Government.
Travelers who are eligible for a visa exemption or the Visa on Arrival program can enter Indonesia for certain reasons other than tourism, including business meetings and transit to another country.
Free Visit Visa for Tourism/Business
- Eligible for passport holders from ASEAN countries, i.e., Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Available upon arrival at certain destination airports only including: Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Surabaya (SUB), Medan (KNO), Makassar (UPG), Manado (MDC), Yogyakarta (YIA), Batam (BTH) and Lombok (LOP).
- Includes a Visit Stay Permit for a maximum of 30 days and non-extendable.
- Valid passport with a minimum validity period of six months.
- Return ticket or onward ticket to another country.
- Eligible for foreigners visiting Indonesia for tourism purposes or for government duties related to international activities of a state or government nature.
- For government duty purposes, provide an invitation letter to attend conferences/conventions/meetings issued by Ministries/Institutions/Agencies of the Republic of Indonesia.
- Foreigners can exit from any Immigration Checkpoints.
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Jane Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager (APAC).
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