AMERICAS:

United States—New and/or Updated Forms Required Under Public Charge Rule Starting February 24, 2020

EMEA:

Nigeria—Implementation of New Visa Policy and Categories

APAC:

Australia—Enhanced Border Control Measures to Ensure Health and Safety

Philippines—Temporary Travel Ban for Those Coming Directly from China or its Special Administrative Regions Including Hong Kong and Macau. Taiwan is also included in the Ban.


United States— New and/or Updated Forms Required Under Public Charge Rule Starting February 24, 2020

Beginning February 24, 2020 the new public charge rule will be applied in all 50 states.  Applications for adjustment of status and nonimmigrant applications for nonimmigrant changes or extension of stay postmarked February 24, 2020 or later must comply with the new regulation and new USCIS form requirements.  The State Department is expected to soon implement its own public charge rules for visa applicants at U.S. consulates.

Nigeria—Implementation of New Visa Policy and Categories

As part of its initiative to modernize the immigration system, Nigeria has implemented a new visa policy that includes new categories for visa types, visas-on-arrival for all African Union members, biometrics tracking, investor visa options, and a new visa for Nigerian nationals using dual passports.

Australia—Enhanced Border Control Measures to Ensure Health and Safety

As of February 1st, 2020 all travelers from any part of mainland China, regardless of nationality will be subject to enhanced border control measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Australian community.  Australia will deny entry to anyone who has left or transited mainland China from February 1, 2020 with the exception of Australian citizens, permanent residents, immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents including spouses, minor dependents and legal guardians. All other foreign nationals who were in mainland China on or after February 1st, 2020 will not be allowed to enter Australia until 14 days after they have left, or transited through, mainland China.

Philippines—Temporary Travel Ban for Those Coming Directly from China or its Special Administrative Regions Including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.

The Philippine government imposed on any person regardless of nationality coming directly from China or its Special Administrative Regions (SAR), including those who will have layovers therein.  Layovers include short stops even if there is no change of aircraft.  Filipino citizens who use a foreign passport when entering the Philippines will likewise be included in the ban.  Only those who were already issued a permanent resident visa will be allowed to return.  Those whose applications are pending are not covered by the exception.

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