European Union- Important policy changes to the EU Settlement Scheme

Posted on August 8, 2023

Legislation passed in Parliament on July 17th has confirmed that starting in September 2023, individuals who have pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will have their status extended for an additional two years before expiration unless they obtain… Read more »

European Union – Travel Restriction Update

Posted on July 1, 2020

Effective June 30, 2020, the Council of the European Union has recommended to lift the non-essential travel ban into the EU for the following 15 countries: Algeria Australia Canada Georgia Japan Montenegro Morocco New Zealand Rwanda Serbia South Korea Thailand… Read more »

European Union – Easing of Travel Restrictions

Posted on June 19, 2020

The European Commission has proposed the following for travel restrictions to be lifted for non-EU countries as of July 1, 2020 for all Member States so that it maintains a coordinated and uniform approach: Objective criteria: Restrictions should be lifted… Read more »

European Union – EU Council Adopts Schengen Visa Code Amendments

Posted on June 28, 2019

On June 6, 2019, the Council of the European Union adopted amendments to the visa code regulation, aimed at improving conditions for legitimate travelers entering Europe for short stays, and enhancing border security. Once officially published, the adopted text will… Read more »

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 »