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Brazil: Brazilian President Signs Decree Authorizing Use of Armed Forces in Amazon Region

(Sept. 19, 2019) On August 23, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed Decree No. 9,985 (Decreto No. 9,985, de 24 de Agosto de 2019) authorizing the use of the armed forces to assist in fighting fires in the Amazon forest. Article 1 of Decree No. 9,985 authorizes the use of the armed forces to guarantee […]

Saudi Arabia: Law on Passports Amended to Allow Women to Travel Abroad Without a Male Guardian

(Aug. 23, 2019) On July 30, 2019, the king of Saudi Arabia issued Royal Decree M/134, amending Royal Decree M/24 of August 28, 2000, on Passports to allow Saudi women to travel abroad without a male guardian. The amendment also grants permission to Saudi women to obtain a passport without the approval of a male […]

Turkey: Istanbul Governorate to Enforce Movement Restrictions on Syrians Under Temporary Protection

(Aug. 14, 2019) On July 22, 2019, the Governorate of Istanbul issued a press release titled “Combating Irregular Migration” in Turkish and Arabic. The press release was directed at Syrians under temporary protection currently residing in Istanbul but who were assigned to provinces other than Istanbul when they were granted temporary protection status. The press […]

Egypt: Parliament Approves Draft Law Allowing Foreign Investors to Acquire Egyptian Citizenship

(July 31, 2019) On June 10, 2019, the National Defense and Security Committee of the Egyptian Parliament approved a draft law amending the Citizenship Law—Law No. 26 of 1975. The new amendment aims at attracting foreign investors to reside in Egypt. The bill will now be debated among members of Parliament and put to a […]

Saudi Arabia: Parliament Approves New Type of Residency Permit to Promote Foreign Investments

(July 16, 2019) On May 15, 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Consultative Council approved a law establishing a new residency system to enable investors to reside in the country. Following parliamentary approval, the new law was referred on the same day to the Saudi cabinet—the Council of Ministers—which approved the law after reviewing the Consultative Council’s decision […]

Mexico, United States: Agreement on Migration Concluded

(June 17, 2019) On June 7, 2019, the governments of the United States and Mexico announced they had reached an agreement to take measures to address the “dramatic increase in migrants moving from Central America through Mexico to the United States” in recent months. (Press Release, US Department of State, U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration (June 7, […]

Germany: Government Proposes Loss of German Citizenship for Foreign Fighters with Dual Citizenship

(May 20, 2019) On May 3, 2019, the press services of the German Bundestag (parliament) reported that the German government had submitted a draft act to amend the rules on German citizenship so that foreign fighters with dual citizenship would automatically lose their German citizenship. (Press Release, German Bundestag, Loss of German Citizenship (May 3, 2019), […]

Poland: Government Proposes National ID Card for Poles Living Abroad

(May 6, 2019) On April 15, 2019, the Bill Amending the Act on the Polish Card was adopted by the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish legislature) and submitted to the Senate (upper chamber of the Polish legislature) for consideration. (Ustawa z dnia 12 kwietnia 2019 r. o zmianie ustawy o Karcie Polaka [Bill on […]

Switzerland: Rules on Accelerated Asylum Procedures Enter into Force

(Apr. 19, 2019) On March 1, 2019, new rules on accelerated asylum procedures entered into force in Switzerland. (Press Release, Bundesrat [Federal Council], Starting on March 1, 2019: New, Accelerated Asylum Procedures (Feb. 28, 2019), Federal Council website (in German); Asylum Act, June 26, 1998, SYSTEMATIC COLLECTION OF LAWS 142.31, art. 24, arts. 26b–26d, Federal Council website (in German).) The […]

Brazil: Decree Eliminates Need for Visiting Visas for Nationals of Australia, Canada, United States and Japan

(Mar. 26, 2019) On March 16, 2019, Brazil enacted Decree No. 9,731 (Decreto No. 9.731, de 16 de Março de 2019), which unilaterally determines that nationals of the Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, the United States of America, and Japan who are holders of valid passports no longer need visiting visas. The Decree applies to those […]