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US Develops New Unit to Examine Optional Practical Training Work Permits for International Students

A new unit to examine the use of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) for students and employers has been developed by the United States Department of Homeland and Security. The Optional Practical Training program permits international students to work in the US up to three years, under the authorization granted from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), VisaGuide.World reports. The US Department of Homeland and Security announced that the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit introduced [...]

By |2021-01-18T16:29:04+02:00January 18th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

UK Closes All Travel Corridors, Obliges Arrivals to Self Isolate for 10 Days

All persons arriving in the UK must undergo a period of ten days in quarantine, as the country has closed all its travel corridors until February 15, the UK government has announced. The decision has also been announced by Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who stressed that the recent decision comes in an effort to protect the country against new contagious variants of the Coronavirus pandemic, VisaGuide.World reports. Persons arriving in the United Kingdom's territory by train, [...]

By |2021-01-18T11:47:20+02:00January 18th, 2021|Coronavirus News and Updates, UK Visa/Passport News|

England Imposes Mandatory COVID-19 Pre-Departure Tests, Due to New Virus Strain

Travellers from all international destinations must present proof of negative results of a COVID-19 test before departing for England. The requirement has been imposed in a bid of the authorities to stop the further spread of the new strains of the virus. The decision has been confirmed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who pointed out that from today, January 15, all persons arriving by plane, train, or boat will be required to take a test up to [...]

By |2021-01-15T11:53:27+02:00January 15th, 2021|UK Visa/Passport News|

DHS Announces Countries Eligible to Participate in H-2A & H-2B Visa Programs

The Philippines has been added to the list of countries eligible to participate in the United States H-2B visa program, this year, while Mongolia will no longer have the right to be part this program, the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) has announced. According to the USCIS’s statement, the Independent State of Samoa and Tonga will also be removed from the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs, as [...]

By |2021-01-15T10:10:45+02:00January 15th, 2021|US Visa/Passport News|

Canada Makes Negative COVID-19 Test Results Obligatory for All Arrivals

Since January 7, 2021, the Canadian authorities have obliged international travellers aged five or older to present a negative COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter the country, VisaGuide.World reports. According to a press release issued by the Canadian government, the test used must be a PCR test completed within 72 hours before departure to Canada, as other tests as antigen tests are not accepted. Regarding the 72-hour requirement, the new rule includes some exceptions as for [...]

By |2021-01-14T11:00:17+02:00January 14th, 2021|Canada Visa/Passport News, Coronavirus News and Updates|

UK Introduces Global Health Insurance Card

The United Kingdom residents will be eligible to apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which would help them receive free or reduced-rate medical treatment when travelling to the European Union countries. The decision has been announced by the United Kingdom’s government, which clarifies that healthcare service will continue when travelling in the European Union countries, following the recent agreement reached by the United Kingdom and the European Union, VisaGuide.World reports. The European Health Insurance [...]

By |2021-01-12T17:43:26+02:00January 12th, 2021|UK Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Amends H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

The Trump administration has once again changed H-1B visa norms by amending regulations to prioritize higher wages and skills for selecting deserving candidates. According to an announcement published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the amendments on the H-1B cap selection process will push employers to offer higher salaries and “establish a more certain path for businesses”, VisaGuide.World reports. The USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow has stressed that the H-1B temporary visa program [...]

By |2021-01-12T15:25:25+02:00January 12th, 2021|H1B Visa News Portal|

UK Removes Uruguay, Namibia & US Virgin Islands From Its Travel Corridor List

Authorities in the United Kingdom have removed from their travel corridor list Uruguay, Namibia, and the United States Virgin Islands, after evaluating the current pandemic situation in these territories, the UK's government has announced. The new decision obliges all citizens of countries mentioned above who wish to enter Britain to undergo a period of ten days of mandatory quarantine, VisaGuide.World reports. According to the United Kingdom's authorities' statement, the decision took effect after estimating that there has [...]

By |2020-12-24T15:19:05+02:00December 24th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, UK Visa/Passport News|

Worldwide Travel Bans This December Amid COVID-19

The second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has profoundly affected a large number of countries worldwide, has pushed world countries to tighten their preventive measures and impose travel bans so their citizens can feel safe and protected. Following, find who can enter in some of the world countries, including in those which are considered to have a high infection rate, like the majority of the EU Member States, the United Kingdom and the United States, as [...]

By |2020-12-16T14:12:13+02:00December 16th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates|

UK Adds Botswana & Saudi Arabia to Its Travel Corridor List of Exemptions

The United Kingdom has added Botswana and Saudi Arabia to its travel corridor list, after evaluating that the epidemiological situation requires for such a decision to be taken, the country’s government has announced. According to the announcement, starting from December 12, all citizens arriving in Britain from countries mentioned above will no longer need to follow quarantine rules, VisaGuide.World reports. At the same time, the United Kingdom has announced that the Canary Islands will be excluded from [...]

By |2020-12-11T16:49:11+02:00December 11th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, UK Visa/Passport News|