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Mongolia, Switzerland Sign Visa-Free Agreement for Diplomatic Passport Holders

Mongolian holders of diplomatic and official passport will be allowed to enter Switzerland visa-free from now on, after the Mongolian Foreign Minister Damdin Tsogtbaatar and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis signed a deal last week. According to a press issue released by the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the deal was signed during a visit of Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis. During the meeting, both officials exchanged views on a wide range of issues and talked about [...]

Ukraine Launches Electronic Visa System

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has launched an electronic visa service, on April 4, which will be beneficial to 46 countries around the world. Citizens of all eligible countries will be able to obtain a travel authorization online, from anywhere in the world. The application takes just a few minutes to fulfill and the processing might take up to 9 days. There’s a $65 fee, which shall be paid with a bank card. Such travel authorization also [...]

2.7 Million Visas Granted by the UK in 2017

The United Kingdom embassies and consulates around the world issued over 2.7 million visas only in 2017, while its ports, airports and border checks recorded a total of 135.2 million passenger arrivals including returning UK residents. Compared to 2016, the number is around 5.3 million higher, thus marking a record number of arrivals. While the number of non-EEA nationals rose to 2.9 million more, there were 2.4 more arrivals by British or other EEA and Swiss nationals. [...]

Australian Author Denied Entry to US Over Wrong Visa

The Sudanese-born Australian writer and activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, 27, has been denied entry in the United States last week, and deported within just three hours. From the moment she was told she could not enter the US until she returned back to London, where she resides, she had been tweeting about what was going on. "I’m currently at the border and they’ve said I’m being deported. This should be fun. What are my rights?" she tweeted at [...]

US govt fills annual cap of 85,000 H-1B visas in just five days

The popular H-1B visa program, which gives the opportunity to foreigners of areas which require specialized knowledge to come to the United States and fill available jobs, has reached its cap within just 5 days. While application opened on April 2, by Monday the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service announced through a press release published on its official website that the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019 has been reached, and a sufficient [...]

US to Seek Social Media Details From All Visa Applicants

If you are planning to obtain a visa to the United States of America, keep in mind that from now on you will probably have to submit your phone number, email and social media history of the five previous years. That's because the US State Department is planning to start requiring these details from the applicants among other documents and information. According to a notice posted by the Federal Register, the Department is revising the collection to [...]

Britain to Review Visas Issued to 700 Wealthy Russians

Around 700 Russians who are residing in the UK, will have their visas reviewed, as a result of the crackdown following a nerve agent attack on the British soil. The news was firstly announced by the British Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who said that the UK authorities will review the visas of Russian nationals residing in the UK under the Tier 1 visa, which is a visa given to foreigners who prove they will be running a [...]

US eases tourist visa renewal requirements for Israelis

Israeli applicants with a valid visa no longer need to show up at the US embassy in Tel Aviv for a personal interview in order to renew their visa. Lately, the US embassy in Israel announced that Israeli citizens who wish to visit the US are now eligible for the Visa Interview Waiver program. Which means that Israelis can now apply online to renew their visas, and send their passport to the embassy by mail. According to [...]

Student visas for Britons in US hit seven-year low under Donald Trump administration

16 percent less international students have successfully obtained a visa to the United States during 2017, compared to the previous year, an analysis by The Sunday Telegraph has found. The analysis shows that 6 percent less British students have succeeded in getting a visa to the US, with the number dropping from 4,753 in 2016 to 4,470 in 2017. What makes 2017, the year when least Britons were granted with a US visa, since 2010. While during [...]

Letter of invitation for US visa application

A letter of invitation is a letter written by a United States citizen or legal resident, confirming that they are willing to admit into their house an international with whom they have family ties, or friendship, and also that they have enough room for the visitor for the entire period of their stay in the US. The letter of invitation, by no means guarantees the issuance of a visa to the applicant. The applicant has to fulfill [...]

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