As the world ushers in the new year of 2024, the international visa landscape undergoes a series of transformative shifts, impacting individuals, businesses, and expatriates worldwide.
From the discontinuation of coveted ‘Golden Visa’ programs to streamlined processes for digital nomads, countries are adapting their immigration policies to meet evolving needs.
Major Visa Changes Effective January 2024
In this comprehensive overview, we explore Nine noteworthy visa changes set to reshape the global mobility landscape, providing insight into the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for those navigating the intricate web of international travel and residency.
1. Netherlands to Discontinue ‘Golden Visa’ Program
Netherlands’s Immigration and Naturalization Service (NLS) announced that starting from January 1, 2024, the country officially terminated its ‘Golden Visa’ program. This program, which granted residence permits to individuals making significant financial investments in the country, will no longer be available.
2. Greece to Change Digital Nomad Visa Application Process
Greece has implemented modifications to its Digital Nomad Visa application process, effective January 1, 2024. Notably, in-country applications for the visa will no longer be accepted. Instead, all applicants must submit their applications through Greek consular posts in their home country or country of residence.
3. China Eases Visa Process for US Tourists
Starting January 1, 2024, China has introduced a more straightforward visa application process for U.S. tourists. The streamlined procedures are expected to facilitate smoother entry for American visitors by eliminating certain documentation requirements including air ticket bookings, hotel reservations, or invitation letters.
4. Outsourcing of Attestation Services In Canada
The Indian Embassy has announced the outsourcing of attestation services in Canada. Starting from January 01, 2024, all attestation services will be outsourced to BLS International Services Ltd. centres. Apart from this the Indian Embassy also informed the reopening of two new BLS centres in Mississauga and Halifax.
5. Canada PR: Caregiver Program Applications Accepted
Canada has announced the reopening of two significant caregiver pilot programs. The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are set to accept new applications beginning January 1, 2024, at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
6. Canada Wage Requirements for Temporary Foreign Workers
Effective January 1, 2024, Canada has implemented new wage requirements for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. These revamped wage requirements are designed to shape the employment landscape for employers, skilled workers, and immigrants, aligning with Canadian labour standards.
7. Denmark: New Work Permit Rules, Income Requirements
Denmark has introduced new work permit rules and stricter income and employment conditions for foreigners seeking residence and work permits through employment starting from January 01, 2024. These new requirements aim to ensure foreign workers earn wages and possess qualifications aligned with Danish standards.
8. Kenya Announces Visa-Free Entry for All Travellers
In a significant policy shift, Kenya has declared visa-free entry for all visitors starting January 1, 2024. Instead of navigating visa applications, visitors will now access an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) through a dedicated online platform. The ETA will eliminate the need for physical forms, appointments, and potential delays.
9. Kuwait Plans Family Visas for Expats
Kuwait has announced plans to introduce family visas for expatriates in specific fields, offering an opportunity for qualified professionals to bring their families to the country. The “Article 22 visas” will allow certain skilled expatriates, like doctors and university professors, to bring their families to live in the country.
Stay informed! Visa policies are constantly evolving. Bookmark official government websites and subscribe to relevant updates to navigate the ever-changing world of migration smoothly.
With these updates in mind, 2024 promises exciting opportunities for travellers, workers, and dreamers alike. Research, plan, and adapt, and the world awaits!