European Union – Possible Outcomes for Citizens

Posted on March 25, 2019

On January 15, 2019, and again on March12, 2019, the United Kingdom parliament voted overwhelmingly against the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK government and the EU. The article 50 process means that, as things stand, the UK will leave… Read more »


European Union – Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States

Posted on March 4, 2019

Under the Public Documents Regulation (EU) 2016/1191, effective February 16, 2019, an apostille (authenticity stamp) is no longer required when presenting public documents issued by the authorities of one EU member state to the authorities of another EU member state. In… Read more »


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 »


EUROPEAN UNION & UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Visa-Free Travel Agreement

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 »