Costa Rica – Travel Restrictions Eased

Posted on October 22, 2020

Effective November 1st, Costa Rica will open its borders, however, the following requirements must be met upon entering: Travel insurance, offered by the Costa Rican National Insurance Institute, that must cover the following, as well as medical expenses generated by… Read more »

United Kingdom – Immigration Health Surcharge

Posted on October 22, 2020

The increase in the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) from £400 to £624, will take effect on October 27, 2020. UK immigration applications submitted before October 27 will therefore be significantly cheaper. A reduced rate of £470 (previously £300) will apply to students, their… Read more »


Posted on October 1, 2020

As of September 23, 2020, the Foreign Ministry and National Immigration Administration of China has revised their travel entry ban to allow foreign nationals who hold residence permits for work, personal matters, or reunion, to enter China without having to… Read more »

Canada – New Policy to allow for Visitors to apply for Work Permit

Posted on September 23, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has made a temporary change to one of their policies of converting a visitor visa to a work permit.  Typically this is not allowed, however, as Canada recovers from the pandemic, visitors may now… Read more »

United Kingdom – New Student Visa Replaces Tier 4

Posted on September 23, 2020

Effective October 5, 2020, the current Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) routes will close and be replaced with the new Student Route and Child Student route.  These routes will apply to both EEA and non-EEA students traveling to… Read more »

Finland – Appointment Shortage

Posted on August 25, 2020

The Finnish Immigration Service is currently experiencing a shortage of appointments times at its Service Points.  Due to the global pandemic, it is no longer possible to queue in line at the Service Point.  Additional appointments are being added to… Read more »

Argentina – Latest Immigration Update

Posted on August 25, 2020

Argentina’s border closure has been further extended until August 30th.  Airlines have requested ANAC (National Civil Aviation Administration) to increase routes to Argentina for September and October.  These flights would be limited to foreign nationals with special visa permits as… Read more »

Canada – Border Closure Extended for Discretionary Travel

Posted on August 5, 2020

Discretionary travel, for tourism and recreations purpose, has been extended for countries other than the United States until August 31, 2020.  The current discretionary travel ban from the United States has been recently extended to August 21, 2020. There are… Read more »

New Zealand – No More ANZSCO for Essential Skills Work Visa Skill Level Assessment

Posted on July 30, 2020

Effective July 27, 2020, the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) will no longer be used to assess the skill level of jobs for essential skills work visas. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will instead use a simple… Read more »

Costa Rica – Extension of Closure of Migration Office

Posted on July 20, 2020

The closure of the Migration Offices has been extended until September 18, 2020. The DIMEX of foreign nationals with permanent residence will be automatically extended until September 30, 2020.  The DIMEX of foreign nationals with temporary residence and special categories… Read more »