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Sweden: Parliament Adopts Passport Restrictions

(May 20, 2016) On April 15, 2016, new rules for obtaining a Swedish passport took effect. Swedish citizens may now only request three passports in a five-year period.  (Lag om Ändring i Passlagen (1978:302) [Act on Amending the Passport Act (1978:302)] (Svensk författningssamling [SFS] 2016:135), NOTISUM; 7a § Passlagen [Passport Act] (SFS 1978:302), NOTISUM.) Prior […]

Thailand: Blacklist for Foreigners Who Overstay Visas

(Apr. 6, 2016) On March 20, 2016, as part of tightened security measures, new immigration rules entered into force banning the re-entry into Thailand of foreigners who unlawfully overstay their visas by more than 90 days. (Banned: New Rule Comes into Force Prohibiting Visa Overstayers from Re-Entering Thailand, COCONUTS BANGKOK (Feb. 18, 2016).) The rules […]

Indonesia: Student Visa Rules Eased

(Jan. 27, 2016) Under an agreement of January 21, 2016, between Yasonna H. Laoly, the Minister for Law and Human Rights, and Mohamad Nasir, the Minister for Research and Technology and Higher Education, visa procedures for foreigners planning to study in Indonesia will be simplified and can be completed online. The hope is that the […]

Indonesia: Plan to Extend Visa-Free Entry to More Foreigners

(Dec. 22, 2015) On December 21, 2015, Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, Rizal Ramli, stated that the country will waive the visa requirement for visitors from 84 additional countries, beginning within the week. This decision brings the number of countries whose citizens can enter Indonesia without visas up to 174. (Govt to Include 84 More […]

Brazil: No Tourist Visa Required for Entry During 2016 Olympic Games

(Nov. 3, 2015) On October 28, 2015, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a law that waives the requirement for foreigners to have a tourist visa to enter the country during the Olympic Games, which will take place in Brazil in 2016. (Mariana Jungmann, Senado Aprova Dispensa de Visto para Turistas Durante Olimpíada de 2016, AGÊNCIA BRASIL […]

France: Anti-Terrorist Law Prohibiting Citizens from Leaving France Found Constitutional

(Oct. 30, 2015) In November 2014, France adopted a new law to reinforce its fight against terrorism. (Nicolas Boring, France: Six French Citizens Prohibited from Leaving Under New Anti-Terrorism Law, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Feb. 26, 2015) .) The law gives authorities the option to prohibit French citizens suspected of planning to participate in terrorist activities […]

Portugal: Investment Visa Rules Expanded

(Sept. 16, 2015) Portugal recently altered the requirements for the issuance of permanent visas, to attract more foreigners to invest in the country. The change expanded the possibilities for obtaining a “gold visa” that enables foreigners to permanently live in Portugal and freely travel throughout the European Union. According to the new rules introduced by […]

France: National Assembly Adopts Immigration Bill

(Sept. 9, 2015) The French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale, one of the two houses of the French Parliament) approved legislation on immigration on July 23, 2015. (Projet de loi relatif au droit des étrangers en France [Bill on the Rights of Foreigners in France], Senat [Senate] website (last visited Sept. 9, 2015).) The legislation, which […]

Sri Lanka: Biometric Passports Become Standard

(Aug. 12, 2015) Based on a rule effective August 10, 2015, all passports newly issued by Sri Lanka will contain fingerprints as biometric markers. Existing passports will remain usable, however. The goal is to meet international standards and, according to Immigration and Emigration Controller, General Nihal Ranasinghe, the inclusion of fingerprints will increase the efficacy […]