European Union – UK Parliament Rejects Withdrawal Agreement

Posted on January 22, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly (by 432 votes to 202) against the withdrawal deal negotiated between the government and the EU. On January 16, the UK prime minister faces a no confidence vote. The government… Read more »

European Union – Expected Changes for Travelers of Schengen Countries

Posted on October 16, 2018

Exit Entry System The EU Commission proposed to implement a system that will automatically calculate the authorized stay of the applicant and alert the authorities of overstays when entering and exiting the Schengen area.  Currently the passport is manually stamped…. Read more »

European Union – Revised Posted Workers Directive Enters into Force

Posted on September 24, 2018

On July 9, 2018, the Official Journal of the European Union (EU) published Directive (EU) 2018/957 of June 28, 2018, amending Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services. The revised Posting of Workers Directive… Read more »

European Union – Visa Waiver Program Threatened

Posted on July 15, 2016

A July 12 deadline was set among the United States and Canada to decide upon its visa waiver program with the European Union.  The EU has lifted visa requirements for the United States and Canada, however, the two countries have… Read more »

European Union – Proposal to Revamp the Blue Card Scheme

Posted on June 24, 2016

On June 7, 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal to revamp the European Union (EU) Blue Card scheme, aiming to improve the EU’s ability to attract and retain highly skilled workers, following a public consultation on the existing scheme… Read more »


Posted on December 21, 2015

The European Union and the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement that allows EU nationals to travel to the UAE without a visa and for UAE nationals to also travel without a visa to most EU countries for up… Read more »

EUROPEAN UNION – EU Council Recommends Stringent Border Security Measures to be Implemented

Posted on December 4, 2015

The Council of the European Union, which represents the Ministers of Justice/Internal Affairs of the EU member states, has approved a recommendation regarding aggressive security measures at external borders. The measures are in direct response to last month’s terrorist attacks… Read more »

EUROPEAN UNION – Biometric Requirement for Schengen Visa Underway in Additional Countries

Posted on November 9, 2015

As of November 2, 2015, the Visa Information System (VIS) is now in operation at the embassies and consulates of Schengen States in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Visa applicants will be subject to provide… Read more »

EUROPEAN UNION – Border Controls and Volume of Asylum Applications Hinder Travel Throughout EU and Schengen Area

Posted on September 18, 2015

Due to the high number of asylum applications and recently implemented border controls, travelling to, from and within the European Union and the Schengen Area has become rather difficult. Immigration services and overall travel may be affected by processing delays… Read more »

EUROPEAN UNION – Schengen Visa Waiver Agreements Signed with Eight More Countries

Posted on July 10, 2015

The European Union (EU) has recently signed short-stay visa waiver agreements with St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Vanuatu, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago and Timor Leste. Agreements On May 26th 2015, the EU signed a short-stay visa… Read more »