Worldwide Passport & Visa News and Updates

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Brazil and Argentina to introduce new joint visa for China

Brazil and Argentina are examining the possibility of a new visa joint for China, which would allow Chinese nationals to visit both countries with only one tourist visa. Speaking at the 8th Global Tourism Economy Forum held in Macao this week, Argentina’s Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos, said that the visa could be extended to include other South American countries as well. Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, Brazil’s Minister of Tourism also spoke at the forum, saying that they [...]

Over 50 US Business School Deans and CEOs Call For H-1B Visa Reforms

More than 50 US business school deans and company CEOs have signed an open letter calling on President Donald Trump and Congress leaders to reform the current H-1B visa cap. They worry that their current immigration policies are hurting the economic growth of the country. More specifically, they believe the 85,000 cap on annually-issued H1-B visas is too low, and will not produce the necessary talent that the US economy needs to strive. “We are needlessly capping [...]

By | 2019-10-17T13:31:14+00:00 October 17th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

UK’s new Innovator Visa gets only four applications in three months

The UK’s new Innovator Visa has been called too limiting after only two applicants (out of a total of four applications) received the visa in the first three months of its launch. In contrast, the Start-up visa, which was introduced at the same time, received 32 applications in its first three months, out of which 23 were successful. The Innovator Visa is part of the changes which the UK government has made to its immigration rules in [...]

By | 2019-10-16T17:11:55+00:00 October 16th, 2019|UK Visa/Passport News|

Saudi Arabia extends tourist visas to US and Schengen visa holders

Holders of Schengen and US visas are now eligible for the new Saudi Arabia Tourist Visa. Last month, Saudi Arabia launched a new Tourist e-Visa which is available to a select few nations, including the US, EU, United Kingdom, and several Asian countries. Now, the Kingdom has extended the possibility of a tourist visa to those who already have a visa for the US or Schengen. Ahmad Al-Khateeb, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National [...]

By | 2019-10-14T17:00:38+00:00 October 14th, 2019|Saudi Arabia Visa/Passport News|

Canada’s Liberal Party Supports Granting Visa-free Travel to Ukrainian citizens

Canada’s ruling party, the Liberal Party, seemingly supports the possible introduction of visa-free travel to Ukrainian citizens, reports Ukrainian media outlet, Ukrinform. This is stated on the official response of the Liberal Party directed to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, which reads: “During the visit of President Zelensky to Canada in July, our government discussed facilitating the requirements that Ukrainian citizens need to meet for traveling to Canada. Our party is convinced of the need to continue these [...]

By | 2019-10-14T16:53:32+00:00 October 14th, 2019|Canada Visa/Passport News|

China to restrict visas for US citizens with “anti-China” links

The Chinese government intends to ban US nationals who have so-called “anti-China” links from entering the country. China’s Ministry of Public Security has been planning to restrict the travel of anyone who is linked to U.S. Intelligence Services and human rights groups for months now. However, the decision at this time is likely a result of rising concern in Beijing that the US and other governments are using these organizations to encourage the anti-government protests in mainland [...]

By | 2019-10-11T12:24:17+00:00 October 11th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Two Million Applied for Status Under UK’s EU Settlement Scheme

Two million non-UK EU nationals have applied to stay in the United Kingdom post-Brexit, under the EU Settlement Scheme. According to the Home Secretary Priti Patel, internal figures show that Home Office has admitted two million applications so far, despite that the EU Settlement Scheme statistics released on October 9 show that 1,860,200 applications have been received until the end of September 2019. While 231,500 applications were received during the testing phase, the rest of applications were [...]

By | 2019-10-10T09:35:09+00:00 October 10th, 2019|UK Visa/Passport News|

US to Reject Immigration Visas for Applicants Without Health-Care Coverage

Applications of aliens applying for Immigration visas to the United States will be rejected if the lack health-care coverage or the means to obtain health coverage once in the US. A proclamation issued on Friday evening by the White House announces that the US President Donald Trump has instructed the authorities to stop granting visas to immigrants who would become a “financial burden” to the US healthcare system. According to the proclamation, Us hospitals and other providers [...]

By | 2019-10-07T14:55:29+00:00 October 7th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Trump Nominates Poland for Entry into the Visa Waiver Program

Two weeks after the United States President Donald Trump promised to the President of Poland Andrzej Duda on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly that Polish people would soon travel to the US visa-free, the US Department of State has formally nominated Poland for entry to the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP). According to a statement from the press secretary regarding the nomination of Poland for entry into the Visa Waiver Program issued on October [...]

By | 2019-10-07T10:59:27+00:00 October 7th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Nationals of 60 Countries Now Need Travel Authorization for New Zealand

As of Tuesday this week, October 1, nationals of 60 world countries that up until now have been permitted to enter New Zealand for tourism purposes with only a passport will need to apply for and receive a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) for entry. The scheme, which the government decided to establish in a bid to improve security by reducing immigration risks, addressing smuggling and biosecurity risks, is very similar to the US Electronic System [...]

By | 2019-10-04T10:34:31+00:00 October 4th, 2019|New Zealand Visa/Passport News|