Category: Europe

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

Switzerland Eases Air and Sea Travel Regulations with Bulgaria and Romania

The Federal Council of Switzerland has recently declared a significant policy shift, announcing the discontinuation of passport checks at its airports for passengers arriving from Bulgaria and Romania, effective March 31, 2024. This move follows the EU’s decision to lift border controls by air and sea for Bulgaria and Romania however controls will remain in…
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France Court Rejects Visa Deal For British Second Home Owners

British owners of second homes in France have been handed a setback after a state official revoked their exemption from stringent limits on their time in France. The measure, which would allow British citizens who own property in France to stay in the country for more than 90 days without a visa after Brexit, was…
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EU Settlement Scheme: Late Applications Accepted for EU Citizens under Revised Scheme

In recent guidance, the Home Office has confirmed that EU citizens who were residing in the United Kingdom (UK) before Brexit, possess permanent residence cards, and were unaware of the EU settled scheme have the opportunity for late applications under the EU settled scheme. The Home Office previously stated that it would not allow people…
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German Parliament Approves Easing Citizenship Rules

German lawmakers have approved new legislation easing the rules on naturalisation and ending restrictions on holding dual citizenship.  The German government says the bill should help make Germany more appealing to international skilled workers and help to alleviate labour shortages. Parliament voted 382-234 for the plan with 23 lawmakers abstaining. The opposition fiercely opposed the…
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Austria Upholds Schengen Land Border Veto for Bulgaria and Romania

Austria continues to maintain its veto on the inclusion of Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen area with land borders, as declared by Interior Minister Gerhard Karner, as reported by Krónika. Although the “Air Schengen” proposal has granted Bulgaria and Romania partial accession to the Schengen Zone from March this year, land border accession may…
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