Visa and Passport Updates

April 18, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Live Webinar – UK Nationals in the EU: Brexit Strategy Planning
The United Kingdom leaving the European Union (Brexit) is now anticipated sometime on or before October 31, 2019. When that happens, UK nationals and their family members who wish to remain in or move to the EU will be required to apply for a new residence status under rules set by the EU member states. These rules and procedures will bring about new challenges for businesses and their UK national employees living across the EU. Join the immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT Company, for a live, interactive webinar on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 2:00 pm BST/9:00 am ET, as they cover the steps to take now in order to protect the immigration status of your employees. Can’t make the time? Don’t worry; a recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar. Learn more and register today.

Easter Closures 
Many consulates nationwide will be closed Friday, April 19th and/or Monday, April 22, 2019 in observance of the Easter holiday. 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.

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

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 Article 50 Extended Until October 31, 2019
On April 10th, the European Council and the UK government agreed upon a new, flexible extension of the Article 50 period. The new agreement allows Article 50 to last until October 31, 2019 at the latest. This period could be shortened if an acceptable Brexit plan in reached earlier. Click here for more information.

Global Immigration 101: Intra-Company Transfer Permits
Take a closer look at basic but vital aspects of immigration for short and long term international business and work assignments. This week’s entry will cover a high-level overview of intra-company transfer permits. Click here to learn more

Ireland Announces Abolition of Re-Entry Visa System
Visa required nationals that hold a valid Irish Resident Permit (IRP) card or GNIB card will no longer require a re-entry visa to leave and return to Ireland. An IRP or GNIB card and passport will be sufficient to prove the right to travel to Ireland. Learn more about this update and the exceptions here

Consular Updates

China – San Francisco
The travel record provided must now be for 60 months instead of 48 months. Additionally for any applicant under 18 years of age, the only signatures on the application should be from the parents or legal guardians. Click here to start your China visa application

Saudi Arabia – Washington, D.C.
When applying for a visa to Saudi Arabia, the Enjaz Release Form is no longer required. Click here to see all of your requirements for a visa to Saudi Arabia.

Consular Closings

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

April 11, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Travel Frequently? You May be Eligible for a Second U.S. Passport 
Having a second 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 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 passport, you must meet certain requirements. Visit our website to learn more.

CIBT – Group Travel Solutions 
Arranging international group travel is complicated whether it’s 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.
 

Easter Closures 
Many consulates nationwide will be closed Friday, April 19th and/or Monday, April 22, 2019 in observance of the Easter holiday. 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.

Canada – United States: Tech, Talent, and Immigration
Highly skilled immigration to the U.S. is cooling under Trump policies causing immigration and the tech industry to heat-up in Canada. A key to Canada’s success is the pilot of the fast-track Global Talent Stream, which is now becoming a permanent part of Canadian immigration. Learn more about this transition on our blog post

Russia Head Migration Office Stops Issuing Highly Qualified Specialist Work Permits 
Effective April 5, 2019, the Head Migration Office in Moscow ceased accepting initial or renewal applications for work permits and visa invitations for highly qualified specialists and their dependents. Affected employers must now submit these applications to regional migration offices, which may require additional steps and time. Click here to learn more

Delays Expected to Immigration Procedures in Venezuela
Government offices in Venezuela were forced to cease operations for more than 15 business days in March due to nationwide power outages, leading to delays in all immigration processes. Learn more and see our advice to employers here.

Consular Updates

China – San Francisco
Business and tourist visa applicants no longer need to include their original Green Card, a color copy of the front and back of the Green Card will do. Click here to start your visa application to China.

Pakistan – Washington, D.C.
Processing fees have been reduced when applying for a business or tourist visa to Pakistan. Click here to see all of your fees and requirements.

Philippines – New York City
The visa processing times have increased to 5 business days for single entry visas and 10 business days for multiple entry visas. Please take this into account and start your visa application to the Philippines today.

Consular Closings

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

April 4, 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

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. 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.

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 Visa Categories Announced for Australia
The Australian Government has announced 2 new provisional visa categories and a new permanent visa, effective November 2019. Click here to see the new visa categories

Updates to the Malaysian LTSVP Applications for Dependent Children
There is a new upper age limit for Long-Term Social visit Pass (LTSVP) applications for dependent children. Click here for more details.  

Consular Updates

Thailand – Los Angeles
The processing time for Indian nationals traveling to Thailand for business or tourism has been reduced significantly from 20 business days to 3 business days. 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.

March 28, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Brazil Announces Visa Exemptions for USA, Australia, Canada, and Japan Nationals
Last week the government of Brazil announced that beginning June 17, 2019 nationals of the United States, Australia, Canada, and Japan will no longer require a visa to enter Brazil for tourism, business, artistic, and sporting activities, as well as activities deemed in the national interest for up to 90 days. 

Since the announcement CIBT has been in direct contact with the local consulates and the Brazilian government to understand the implications of this policy change. As your trusted advisor, CIBT has verified that all travel to Brazil for nationals of USA, Australia, Canada, and Japan before June 17, 2019 will still require a visa. CIBT continues to offer our entire selection of visa services to Brazil, including temporary work visas which will still be required for the nationalities listed above. 

A note of caution for business travelers: visa exempt travel only applies to those attending simple business meetings, conferences, visiting clients, potential buyers, or customers. It is unlawful to provide professional training, technical assistance, engage in the transfer of technology, installation, maintenance and/or repairs of equipment or any professional activities resulting in remuneration without a temporary work visa. Transgressors are subject to heavy financial penalty, detainment, and deportation.

If you have any questions about this visa exemption or whether your business activities may require a temporary work visa we are here to help. Visit our website or contact your Account Manager for more information.

Brexit and Immigration: What You Need to Know
Developments around Brexit are changing by the day. Regardless of your location, Brexit has global repercussions that will likely impact your business. 

Since the Brexit referendum in 2016, CIBT has been at the forefront informing and preparing companies for the potential of a UK withdrawal from the European Union. Through direct guidance, presentations to clients and industry organizations, online webinars, white papers, and weekly alerts – our visa and immigration experts have provided the latest information and actionable intelligence.

Newland Chase, a CIBT company, has launched a new online educational resource – Brexit and Immigration: What You Need to Know. On this site, you will find essential tools such as whitepapers, webinars, and timetables that you need to successfully navigate this rapidly changing landscape.

China’s Strict Photo Requirements - Your Photo Could Influence Your Visa Approval
China is one of the top visa destinations in the world with some of the most strictly enforced photo requirements. Photos are required as part of the visa application and must meet very specific rules including size (exactly 48mm tall and 33mm wide), date taken, and facial position among others. If these rules are not met, your visa application could be denied. You can avoid that risk with CIBT’s Digital Photo Service. Use your own camera and take a photo in the comfort of your home or office, then simply upload it to our website. We will take care of the rest and ensure your photo meets government and consular requirements. See how it works.

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 Article 50 Extended – What’s Next for EU and UK Citizens
On 21 March, 2019, the EU Council granted the UK an extension to the Article 50 period to allow necessary withdrawal legislation to pass. Click here to see the possible outcomes for EU and UK citizens both with and without a ratified withdrawal agreement

Foreign Worker Quota Rules to be Tightened in Singapore
The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced upcoming changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers. Click here to learn more

United States H-1B Cap and Premium Processing for 2020
On 19 March, 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a two-phased approach to premium processing for 2020 fiscal year H-1B cap petitions. The 2020 fiscal year filing period begins on 1 April, 2019. Click here to see the details

Consular Updates

China – San Francisco
The regular processing time for a visa to China in San Francisco has decreased from 5 business days to 4 business days. Click here to start your visa application to China

Consular Closings

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

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