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Australia: Bill to Amend Citizenship Requirements Introduced

(June 21, 2017) On June 15, 2017, the Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that will implement the government’s proposals to amend certain legal requirements for obtaining Australian citizenship.  (Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017, PARLIAMENT […]

Denmark: List of Religious Extremists Banned from Denmark Published

(June 21, 2017) On June 15, 2017, Denmark edited its “National Sanction List” of religious preachers who are prohibited from entering Denmark.  The original list, created on May 2, 2017, by the Danish Immigration Service, bans extreme religious advocates from entering Denmark.  The list is instituted by virtue of an amendment to the Aliens Act […]

European Union/Georgia: Negotiations on Visa-Free Travel

(Nov. 11, 2016) The European Parliament, in the final stages of the integration process of Georgia into the European Union, called on the Council of the EU to start negotiations on a visa waiver for Georgia “without any further delay.” (Press Release, European Parliament, EP Urges Council to Open Talks on a Visa Waiver for […]

Mexico: Program to Ensure “Friendly” Return of Migrants Announced

(Feb. 2, 2016) Mexican Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the foreign relations Secretary, announced that Mexico will launch an Open Door Program of assistance to ensure the “friendly” return to and reintegration of Mexican migrants in the country. Ruiz Massieu made the announcement during a speech she delivered at the 27th Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and […]

Denmark: Law to Stem Asylum-Based Immigration

(Feb. 1, 2016) On January 26, 2016, the Danish Parliament, in a vote of 81 to 27 (with 70 absentees), adopted several measures meant to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving in Denmark. (Forslag til lov om ændring af udlændingeloven [Bill of the Law on Amending the Aliens Act] (final text of the proposal […]

Denmark: Calls for Immigration Reform Following Controversial Deportation Order

(Dec. 9, 2013) In November 2013, Denmark decided to deport a woman from Thailand and her seven-year-old daughter. The two had moved to Denmark when the woman married a Danish citizen. Following the 2012 death of the citizen, who had served as a step-father to the young girl, the two were subject to deportation. The […]

Israel: Repeal of Law Authorizing Three-Year Detention of “Infiltrators”

(Sept. 24, 2013) On September 16, 2013, Israel’s High Court, with an extended bench of nine justices, repealed the Law for Prevention of Infiltration (Offenses and Jurisdiction) (Amendment No. 3 and Temporary Order) Law, 5772-2012 (hereinafter LPI 2012). (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, Israel’s official gazette], No. 2332, Jan. 18, 2012; H.C.J. 7146/12 Adam v. […]

Israel: Convicted Felon Denied Immigration Status Under Law of Return

(Sept. 11, 2013) On August 22, 2013, Israel’s High Court of Justice (H.C.J.) rejected a petition against the Ministry of Interior’s decision to deny a Jewish citizen of Ukraine (the petitioner) oleh immigration status based on his criminal record. The petitioner had served a ten-year sentence of imprisonment in Ukraine for perpetrating serious sexual offenses. […]

China: New Visa Rules Passed

(Aug. 26, 2013) On July 12, 2013, the State Council promulgated a set of new rules governing the entry of foreigners into the People’s Republic of China, the Regulations on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Aliens. Upon entering into effect on September 1, 2013, the Regulations will replace the existing Rules for […]