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How has Covid changed immigration globally?

Since the pandemic hit in 2020, the world as we know it has changed. With travel being restricted, countries in and out of lockdowns and remote working being the new normal, global immigration has also been affected. 

Changes to immigration routes around the world

As a result of the pandemic, countries around the world have had to make changes to their immigration rules. 

Changes to immigration rules around the world:

  • In Singapore as of May 2021, dependent pass holders require an employment pass in their own right to be able to work in Singapore.
  • The UK has made amendments to the Global Talent route which now includes situations where a person has been awarded a prestigious prize listed in Appendix Global Talent. When someone has received a prestigious prize, they do not require an endorsement to apply for this visa as they are considered to have demonstrated exceptional talent through achieving the particular award.
  • China has extended its rule on high level talent visas to now include global talent related to science and engineering. 

Introduction of new visas

Many countries are using immigration as a strategy to boost their economies after the pandemic has hit many hard. Around the world, new visa routes have been discussed or introduced in order to encourage and attract global talent. 

Which new visas have been introduced?

  • UAE have introduced two new visas, a remote work visa and a 5-year multiple entry visitor visa to encourage travel. The remote work visa is open to those who want to reside in the UAE whilst working for an employer in another country or owning a business. 
  • The Indonesian government has introduced a “job creation law” which reduces restrictions on foreign and domestic employment and investment.
  • A “second home” visa has also been introduced for those who own a second home in Indonesia.
  • UK Graduate route- Those international students in the UK who wish to work following successful completion of an eligible course either at UK bachelor’s degree level or higher can apply for this working visa.

Live where you want 

In another post we discussed the idea of global citizenship. It is predicted that after COVID-19, there will be a surge in travel and people looking at the options of living elsewhere. People are not constrained to their own country as much with the rise in remote working. Many countries are subsequently offering digital nomad visas whereby people travelling and working remotely can do so for extended periods providing they can evidence income and working independence. 

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