Visa and Passport Updates

September 12, 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

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.

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China Holiday Closures
The Chinese Consulates will be closed September 13, 2019 for the Mid-Autumn Festival as well as September 30 – October 1, 2019 for the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. Please take these holiday closures into consideration when applying for your visa to China. Click here to start 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.

Skilled Occupation List Review in Australia
The Department of Employment has announced the start of their annual review into Australia’s skilled migration occupation lists, with new lists due to be released in March 2020. Click here to learn more

New Out-of-Quota Positions in Russia
Effective September 8, 2019, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development has approved a new list of 80 job positions in which qualified foreign specialists can be employed for up to one year without quota. Click here to see more details

New Police Clearance and Other Requirements in Sri Lanka
Applicants for residence visa recommendation letters must submit a police clearance certificate from their country of residence, authenticated and legalized by the Sri Lankan Consulate in that jurisdiction. Click here to read more

Consular Updates

Afghanistan – Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
The Consulates of Afghanistan in L.A. and D.C. have reduced their processing fees for business visas. Click here to start your visa application to Afghanistan

Angola – Houston
The processing fee for a business visa to Angola has been reduced. Click here to apply for your visa to Angola

India – Atlanta
The processing time for a visa to India in Atlanta has been reduced. See all of your processing options by visiting our website.

Nepal – New York City
The Consulate of Nepal in New York City has increased their processing fees for tourist visas. Click here to see all of your fees and requirements for a visa to Nepal.

Saudi Arabia
The processing fees for U.K. nationals applying for a business visa to Saudi Arabia have been greatly reduced. Start your business visa application to Saudi Arabia

Consular Closings

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

September 5, 2019
CIBT Visa News

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.

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.

Need a Document Legalized?
Legalizing a document can be a complicated and confusing task if you don't know how to do it. We have the right tools to help you. Each country has its own requirements and procedures depending on the document being legalized. Our specialists work with official government agencies and embassies and have the experience needed to ensure your documents are properly legalized. Learn more about our Legalization Services.

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.

Employment Contract Authentication in Saudi Arabia
The Ministry of Labor has introduced a contracts authentication service requiring employers to upload all their employee contracts to a portal and then have the employees verify them. Click here to learn more.

New National Health Insurance Requirement in South Korea
Foreign nationals who have been resident in Korea for more than six months will be automatically subscribed to Korean national health insurance (NHI) without notice. Click here for more details

Recent and Upcoming Immigration Changes in Russia
Effective immediately, the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry has established an official form for notifying the de-registration of foreign nationals. Visit our website for more information.

Consular Updates

Thailand – Houston
The processing speed has been reduced from 10 days to 3 days as of September 3rd. 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.

August 29, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Labor Day Closures 
All CIBT offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, September 2, 2019, in observance of Labor Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa or passport needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the CIBT website to get started on your visa application today. 

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.

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.

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.

Post – Brexit Immigration System Update in the United Kingdom
The Home Office has affirmed its ongoing commitment toward an updated immigration system to be introduced in January 2021. Click here to learn more

Medical Certificates for Work Permit Applicants in Thailand
All work permit applications must be supported by a medical certificate, according to an Employment Department regulation issued on August 16, 2019. Click here to see the details

Brexit: EU Citizens Arriving in the UK After No-Deal
The Home Office has indicated that it is planning changes to the proposed transitional arrangements for EU citizens arriving after a no-deal Brexit. Learn more on our website

Consular Updates

Angola – Washington, D.C.
The processing fees for a visa to Angola have decreased. Click here to see your requirements and fees for a visa to Angola

Russia – Washington, D.C.
The Consulate of Russia in Washington, D.C. has decreased its visa processing speeds from 12 business days to 10 business days. Click here to start your visa application to Russia.

Consular Closings

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

August 22, 2019

CIBT Visa News

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 Business Trip to Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia has the biggest economy in the Arab world, which is based largely on their booming oil business. Visa requirements and rules change frequently, so obtaining a business visa for Saudi Arabia can be tricky. If your company needs to send employees to Saudi Arabia, the experts at CIBT can help. Click here to see your visa requirements and start planning your business trip to Saudi Arabia today

Labor Day Closures 
All CIBT offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, September 2, 2019, in observance of Labor Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa or passport 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 Requirements for MDEC Applications in Malaysia
There are new requirements for MSC/ICT status companies applying for an Employment Pass, Dependent Pass, and/or Lon-Term Social Visit Pass for their employees via MDEC. Click here to learn more

More Flexibility in STEP Visa Process and Summer Delays in Israel
The Israeli Work Permit Unit now allows for the STEP 90-Day Work Visa to be split into more than a single period. Plus, a summer processing slowdown will take place 18-24 August, resulting in some delays. Click here to see the details.

New Immigration Entry Procedure and Blood Tests in Iraq
Effective immediately, the Prime Minister’s office in Baghdad has declared a new immigration entry procedure for obtaining a MEEV (Multi-Entry/Exit Visa) and blood tests. Click here to read more

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

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