Worldwide Passport & Visa News and Updates

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Venezuelan Migrants Can Now Get Chilean “Democratic Responsibility Visa” from Anywhere in the World

Venezuelan migrants and refugees fleeing the crisis in Venezuela can now apply for a visa that enables them to reside in Chile, at any Chilean consulate in the world. The Republic of Chile had opened its doors to the fleeing Venezuelans that now surpass four million, through the creation of the Democratic Responsibility Visa on April 16, 2018. So far, Venezuelans wishing to seek refuge in Chile had to apply for such visa, only at the consulates [...]

2019-06-24T15:23:50+00:00 June 24th, 2019|Chile Visa/Passport News|

Trump: Poland Will Join the Visa Waiver Program within Three Months

The US President Donald Trump said during a press conference after a meeting with the Polish President Andrzej Duda that the US authorities are thinking about adding Poland to the Visa Waiver Program within the next 90 days. According to a press release of the White House, President Trump congratulated Poland for its progress on meeting US criteria for entry into the Visa Waiver Program. “Today, our country signed a Preventing and Combatting Serious Crimes Agreement — [...]

2019-06-14T08:37:10+00:00 June 14th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Sajid Javid Wants to Make It Easier for Foreign Students to Work in UK

The potential successor of Theresa May as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, current Home Secretary Sajid Javid wants to create a better environment for foreign students in the UK who wish to stay and work post-graduation. Pakistani-origin minister, who is one of the 10 persons that may succeed May as the leader of the UK Conservative Party, recently said that as a PM he would make a post-study program for foreign students graduating from UK [...]

2019-06-13T08:35:59+00:00 June 13th, 2019|UK Visa/Passport News|

EB-5 Visa Applications from India Tripled in 2018

Amid recent changes to Indianan nationals' favorite US visa program, H-1B visa, Indians have turned to the EB-5 Visa program which is also known as the “Golden visa.” This visa is not affordable for every person wishing to move to the US, as it requires applicants to make an investment of $500,000 and to present a plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for US workers. However, the existing scheme allows foreigners to obtain green [...]

2019-06-11T14:26:11+00:00 June 11th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

H1-B Visa Approvals Drop to 85% in FY 2018

The rate of H-1B visa approvals has dropped from 93% for fiscal year 2017 to 85% in 2018. A total of 335,000 H-1B visas, including first and new applications, were approved, out of 396,300 completed applications for FY 2018. According to numbers released by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a year before, there were 373,400 applications approved out of 403,300 received. Data shows that the approval rate has been dropping since 2015 as follows: [...]

2019-06-11T12:40:51+00:00 June 11th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

Edinburgh Book Festival Organizers Fear Visa Issues Could Stop Authors from Attending the Festival, Again

A dozen of authors from African and Middle East countries, who were scheduled to participate at last year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, had failed to participate after their visa applications were rejected at least once by the UK Home Office.  Organizers of the festival fear that the same may happen this year, thus stopping authors from attending the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Though the artistic director of the festival Nick Barley, says it is too early to [...]

2019-06-11T12:38:45+00:00 June 11th, 2019|UK Visa/Passport News|

Russia to Update and Expand Its E-Visa Program

The Russian authorities are looking forward to updating their e-visa program by adding several more countries, extending validity period and making the e-visas valid for more Russian ports of entry than currently. According to the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism Zarina Doguzova, the Russian electronic visas will be valid for 15 days at first and single entry. “I will lift the veil of secrecy here, it might be even longer is the Russian President [...]

2019-06-10T12:14:13+00:00 June 10th, 2019|Russia Visa/Passport News|

US Visa Applicants Will Now Need to Submit Their Social Media Details

Travelers in need of a US visa will soon have to submit a list of the social media they use, and the name of their account in each, as a part of their US Visa application. In addition, nearly all applicants will have to submit their phone number, email and social media history of the five previous years. The US State Department has approved a proposal of March 2018, which suggested that travelers to the US should [...]

2019-06-03T11:12:11+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Brazil Received a Record High Number of Tourists in 2018 Thanks to Its e-Visa Program

Brazil has reached a record number of tourists in 2018, according to the latest statistics from Brazil Tourism. It is believed that the number has been triggered by the electronic visa program enrolled last year. The number of tourists coming from the US, Canada and Australia increased in particular. While in 2017 there were 475,232 tourists that reached Brazil, in 2018 this number increased for 13.3% to 570,000 visitors. The number of Canadians visiting Brazil increased for [...]

2019-05-22T14:42:21+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|Brazil Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Completes H-1B Visa Cap Selection Process for Fiscal Year 2020

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have completed all H-1B visa cap selection process for fiscal year 2020. According to a press release of the agency, the computer-generated random selection process, including those selected under the U.S. advanced degree exemption has been finalized. “As in previous years, we will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that we did not select and will issue an announcement once we are done notifying petitioners. Due to the volume [...]

2019-05-22T14:29:27+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|