SOUTH AFRICA – Requirements for Travelling with Children Eased

Effective 1 December 2018, the “First Amendment of the Immigration Regulations, 2014” eases the requirements for parents and legal guardians travelling with children through South African ports of entry, which were first introduced in 2015.

Changes have also been made to the rules on spouses, work visas and residence, while many more proposed changes to the visa rules are expected to be introduced in the coming months, but were not included in this amendment.

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SOUTH AFRICA – Requirements for Travelling with Children Eased

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COLOMBIA – New Requirement for Minors Travelling by Air [UPDATED]

The government of Colombia has postponed until August the recently-announced requirement that anyone travelling by air within or out of Colombia accompanied by a minor child of seven years or under provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

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COLOMBIA – New Requirement for Minors Travelling by Air

Effective 26 April 2018, anyone travelling by air within or out of Colombia accompanied by a minor child of seven years or under must provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

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UNITED STATES – Supreme Court Reinstates Travel Ban

On 5 December 2017, the US Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration’s latest travel ban to take full effect while the case is pending litigation on the merits to determine whether all or part of the ban is unconstitutional and should be permanently enjoined.

 

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UNITED STATES – Supreme Court Reinstates Travel Ban

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UNITED STATES – US Department of State Announces New Travel Restrictions

On 24 September 2017, just as the previous travel ban was due to expire, the US President issued a Proclamation indefinitely imposing various new restrictions on immigrant and non-immigrant entry for certain nationals of five of the countries affected by the previous travel ban (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen) and three additional non-Muslim majority countries (Chad, North Korea and Venezuela).

See also the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security.

Note that travel restrictions have been removed from Sudanese nationals. The latest travel restrictions do not affect refugees.

The new order took effect immediately for nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who cannot show “a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States”.

For nationals of those five countries who do have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity on the United States, and for nationals of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, the new restrictions will take effect on 18 October 2017.

 

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UNITED STATES – US Department of State Announces New Travel Restrictions

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UNITED STATES – Trump Administration Dismantles DACA

On 5 September 2017, the US Attorney General announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by Executive Action in June 2012 will be terminated in six months.

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UNITED STATES – Trump Administration Dismantles DACA

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Tightens Rules for Green Card Applicants

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, effective 1 October 2017, it will eliminate the practice of waiving employment-based adjustment of status interviews, which has been standard practice for approximately two decades.

In another departure from previous standard practice, USCIS has now started to deny Advance Parole applications when the applicant departs the United States, even if the applicant holds H-1B, H-4 or L status.

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UNITED STATES – USCIS Tightens Rules for Green Card Applicants

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