Visa and Passport Updates

November 8, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Veterans Day Closings
Many consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veteran’s Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa application needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the CIBT website to get started on your visa application today. 

Digital Photo Service – Your Photo Could Influence Your Visa Approval

Consulates have very strict rules when it comes to photo specifications and requirements, and will deny a visa application if their guidelines are not met. Specific requirements can range from head angle, expression, background, lighting, accessories, and size, and can vary based on destination and jurisdiction. With CIBT’s Digital Photo Service, simply upload your photo to our website and we take care of the rest to ensure your photo meets government and consular requirements. Click here to learn more.  

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Concierge Service
Don’t put your travel plans at risk. A dedicated Concierge Specialist will manage the entire process from start to finish, providing the expertise necessary to ensure your request is approved as quickly as possible. See more details

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

Perth and Gold Coast Added to Regional Areas with Immigration Benefits in Australia
Perth, Western Australia and the Gold Coast, Queensland have been added as “regional” areas for immigration purposes. Click here to see the opportunities for employers of foreign talent

New Address Registration Regulations and Forms in Russia
Effective October 28, 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has approved new regulations and a new form for address registration. Click here to learn more about the new form and regulations

Consular Updates

Mozambique - Washington D.C. and New York City
The Consulates of Mozambique in D.C. and New York City are closed every Friday. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements for Mozambique.

Consular Closings

United States
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 consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

October 31, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Brexit Extension Granted until January 31, 2020
CIBT is your go-to source on the impacts of Brexit to your travel program. On October 28th, 2019, the European Union approved a new extension of the Article 50 period effectively postponing Brexit as late as January 31, 2020. The new “flextension” allows the UK to withdraw from the EU earlier than January 31, 2020, if the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified in time. The government is now set to host a December 12th election in an attempt to regain a Conservative Party majority, which could lead to a new government, with a new Brexit policy. 

While a Halloween Brexit has officially been avoided, there are still several possible outcomes that citizens and businesses need to prepare for including a no-deal Brexit, a ratified Withdrawal Agreement and exit, a further extension, or a revocation of Article 50. CIBT and our immigration experts at Newland Chase are monitoring the situation closely and are here to provide you with essential tools and help you successfully navigate this rapidly changing landscape. Click here to view our Brexit page, which is continuously updated as new information is released. Read our No-Deal Brexit FAQs and watch our on-demand webinar about the Next Steps for Your Business. Whatever the Brexit outcome, CIBT and Newland Chase will continue to provide innovative services and an exceptional visa and immigration experience to our travelers and their businesses.


Travel Frequently? You May be Eligible for a Second U.S. Passport 
Having a second U.S. passport is beneficial if you travel abroad frequently. CIBT can obtain a second U.S. passport on your behalf. The benefit of having a second U.S. passport is that you will be able to keep one passport with you as you travel, while the second remains at your home or office to be processed for your next trip abroad. To obtain a second U.S. passport, you must meet certain requirements. Visit our website to learn more. 

Veterans Day Closings

Many consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veteran’s Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa application needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the CIBT website to get started on your visa application today. 

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

New Employment Contract Policy Retracted in Australia
The recent policy change requiring an end date for employment contracts for Subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa applications has been dropped, and visa processing officers notified that applications should be assessed in line with previous policy advice. Click here to learn more

New Exit Permit Requirements in Chile
Effective October 11, 2019, foreign nationals who do not hold a valid tourist card, visa application receipt and/or residence receipt must request an exit permit by email at least five days in advance of travel in order to exit Chile. Click here for more details

Faster Processing of Certain Pre-Work Permit Approval Applications in Thailand
Companies which are eligible for expedited work permit processing at the One-Stop Service Centre (OSSC) can now also submit pre-work permit approval applications at the OSSC. Click here to read more

Consular Updates

Brazil – Chicago
The processing time for business and tourist visas to Brazil has been reduced from 16 business days to 11 business days. Click here to see if you require a visa to Brazil.

Israel
Due to a labor situation, the Consulate of Israel is temporarily closed and not accepting visa requests.  We have no date certain for re-opening. Please return to our website for updates on when the consulate may re-open.

Consular Closings

United States
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 consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

October 24, 2019
CIBT Visa News

New Trip? You Will Most Likely Need a New Visa Application 
Visa applications and requirements change frequently. It is not advisable to store visa forms or application packs for future use. We can provide you with the latest visa information so you can avoid processing delays. Remember: new trip – new visa application. Visit our website and start your application today. CIBT will take care of the details.

Embassy Registration - Travel Responsibly
Feel more secure about your international travels by having CIBT register your trip with the U.S. Department of State. Our Embassy Registration service provides travelers with important information about safety conditions in the country they are visiting and allows the U.S. Embassy to contact them should any unexpected event occur during their stay. Be a responsible traveler and stay informed, connected, and safe with Embassy Registration

CIBT – Group Travel Solutions 
Arranging international group travel is complicated whether it’s for a professional meeting, an incentive program, or even a wedding. CIBT is the industry leader in group travel solutions for travel anywhere in the world. Let our team handle the complexities of ever-changing visa and entry requirements. We have the tools, solutions, and years of experience handling international corporate events, conferences, and groups of all sizes. Relying on our experience with groups means that you can focus on what matters. We offer customized and flexible solutions, dedicated resources, and you’ll benefit from our unparalleled global presence and preferential pricing. Visit our website or contact our Account Managers at acctmgmt@cibt.com today for more information about how we can solve your group travel challenge. 

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

Brexit: Further Extension of Article 50 Period Requested
On October 17, 2019, the UK and the EU Council agreed on a modified Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration. However, on October 19th, 2019, the UK Parliament voted to force the UK Government to request another extension of the Article 50 period. Click here to learn more

New Temporary Work Visa Introduced in Qatar
The Ministry of Interior (Mol) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Social and Labor Affairs (MADLSA) have announced some forthcoming new work and residence permit rules. Click here for more details

Visa Appointments at German Missions in India
The German authorities have published current waiting times for visa appointments at the various German missions around India. Waiting times vary drastically depending on mission and visa type. Click here to read more

Consular Updates

Saudi Arabia
The Embassy of Saudi Arabia has reduced the price of its two year multiple entry business visa fee. Click here to start your business visa application to Saudi Arabia

Thailand – Washington, D.C.
Visa processing times have increased to 6 business days. Click here to see all of your requirements and processing options for a visa to Thailand.

Consular Closings

United States
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 consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

October 17, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Immunization – International Requirements
Many countries require travelers to show proof of International Certificates of Vaccination for a number of diseases when entering or exiting their country. In some cases, the consulate will require the certificate to be included with the traveler’s visa application. We recommend travelers check the requirements for their destination when planning their international trip. Stay informed; visit our Travel Resources page to learn more.

Business and Tourist Invitations for Russia
To secure a visa to Russia, all travelers must have an official Letter of Invitation approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its regional representatives, or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service Branch. Obtaining this official document can be a complex and time-consuming process. Don't worry, CIBT can provide you with a Russian Invitation Letter for your trip. CIBT ensures fast, easy, and secure processing of your Russian Invitation Letter and visa. Learn more.  

Destination Spotlight – Planning a Trip to China?

Not only is China a manufacturing and exporting powerhouse making a huge impact on the world stage, but it is also the world's number one tourist destination receiving roughly 56 million tourists a year. All U.S. nationals need a visa to enter China. Click here to see your visa requirements and start planning your trip to China today with CIBT.

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

ERC Global Workforce Symposium
The largest annual gathering of relocation, global mobility, and HR professionals — this year’s GWS will take place on October 16-18 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Click here to learn more

Costa Rica: Sharp Increase in Guarantee Deposit Rate Affects Current Cases
Effective immediately, the General Directorate of Immigration has significantly increased the amounts of guarantee deposit payable by applicants for immigration status in Costa Rica. Click here to read more

Consular Updates

China - Houston
China in Houston has a new visa application form. Click here to get your new application form.  

Papua New Guinea- DC
Business applicants do not have to show their Annual Financial Report anymore. Click here to get your Papua New Guinea visa.  

India - Atlanta
Business and tourist visa processing for most nationalities is now 18 days, reduced from 21 days. Click here to start your India visa today.  

Thailand – Los Angeles
Proof of funds requirement has increased from a $500 minimum to a $700 minimum. Click here to start your visa application to Thailand

Consular Closings

United States
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 consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

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