Immigration changes from around the world

European Union: Document requirements to be eased for citizens of EU member stateseu flag

The European Parliament recently passed a new regulation that will eventually ease time-consuming and expensive document formalities for citizens of EU countries moving within the EU borders. Currently, vital documents such as birth, marriage, police clearance certificates must be authenticated via Apostille or legalization. The new regulations, passed on 9 June, will eliminate the following document formalities:

  • Vital public documents issued by an EU member state will no longer require an Apostille or legalization to be considered authentic by the receiving EU country;

Italy: Law passes recognizing same-sex marriages officiated abroad italy-new-residence-permit-fees-for-2016_8576_t12

As of 5 June, an Italian law came into force recognizing same-sex civil unions officiated within Italy, as well as same-sex marriages and civil unions officiated outside of Italy. While the law has been published officially, various decrees within Italy have yet to be issued specifying exactly what rights same-sex couples will be granted; same-sex couples will not be given full marriage rights.

Nigeria: New corporate documents required for Temporary Work Permit applications filed by oil and gas industry


Effective 6 June, per a directive from Mohammed Babandede, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), oil and gas sector companies must submit additional corporate registration forms for temporary work permit (TWP) applications. Thus, all affected companies must now show proof of registration with both the Nigerian Content and Development Management Board (NCDMB) and, for those companies working on engineering projects, the Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).



Panama: Return of employee ID cards now required for final departuredavid-sapsted-2016-calls-for-tax-haven-clampdown-after-panama-law-firm-leak_8209_t12

Upon finalization of a foreign national’s assignment in Panama, employers must now return the employee’s Identification Card to the National Migration Service at least 10 days prior to the work assignment ending. This allows the authorities to cancel both the ID card and the employee’s visa. Failure to cancel these documents will result in additional mandatory applications for the company, possible monetary fines, and increased difficulty for the foreign employee to re-enter Panama in the future.