Worldwide Passport & Visa News and Updates

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Doctors and Nurses to be Excluded From Tier 2 Visa Cap

Overseas doctors and nurses wishing to work and live in Britain will be exempt from the cap on Tier 2 visas. It is believed that on Friday Home Office will confirm that the visa cap, introduced by PM May herself when she was Home Secretary, will be removed when it comes to medical staff, doctors and nurses. Until now, only 20,700 skilled workers under the Tier 2 program have been admitted per year, which has sparked criticism [...]

Home Office to Launch ‘Startup Visas’ to Attract Migrants With Fresh Ideas to Come to UK

Amid criticism on immigration policies the UK Home Office has decided to establish a new "startup visa programme" with the sole purpose of attracting foreign entrepreneurs with fresh ideas. The startup visa program, which will be launched in spring 2019, is going to replace a visa route which was exclusively for graduates, thus opening it up for a wider pool of people, who do not necessarily have a degree. Instead, the applicants will only need an endorsement [...]

Sajid Javid plans ‘fairer, more compassionate’ immigration system

Sajid Javid, who succeeded former UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd, has promised to introduce a "fairer, more compassionate" immigration system, which will permit Home Office staff to use their common sense. He made the promise during a two-hour long appearance at the parliament’s joint human right select committee after the Windrush scandal. At least two Windrush victims, legal UK residents for over 50- years, have been affected by the mistakes made by Home Office staff, the committee [...]

Former Afghan Interpreters Who Served With British Troops Win Their Right to Settle in UK

Around 50 Afghan interpreters who served with the British troops on the frontline in Helmand, their wives and children, will be granted with indefinite leave to remain under the new qualifying measures. So far, a few hundred former translators who helped the British troops in Afghanistan have started new lives in Britain, but some interpreters who worked with the troops during some of the worst moments in Helmand before 2012, have been excluded from the opportunity to [...]

U.S cancels visa of Head of Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office

Nazar Kholodnytsky, who is the Head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) in Ukraine was scheduled to attend recent events in the U.S. However, that was not possible as his U.S visa has been annulled. Sources state that Kholodnytsky could not attend events with Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yury Lutsenko since the U.S authorities canceled his visa. The cancellation was issued for 5 years, sources added. Recent events, including the wire that was found in Kholodnytsky’s [...]

Trump Administration May Stop Denying Young Doctor Visas

With the continued implementation of “Buy American, Hire American” executive order from the Trump Administration, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started denying visas for international medical residents. These residents had already been accepted to U.S medical school and were about to start their residencies in the usual dates of July 1st. USCIS argued that because the medical residents must get H-1B visas, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) must prove prevailing wages for them. [...]

Moroccan Athlete Soufiane El Bakkali Denied US Visa for Diamond League

The 3000-meter steeplechase world vice-champion, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali, has been prevented from attending the Eugene Diamond League in the United States at the end of May, after the US authorities refused to issue a visa to him. At first, El Bakkali did not get any reason for having his visa rejected. He even had an official invitation from the organizing committee of the Eugene league to participate in the competition. However, later the US diplomat that [...]

U.S Imposes Visa Restrictions on Nicaragua Officials

In mid-April 2018, anti-government protests erupted in Nicaragua opposing a pension reform bill. The protest was just the beginning of a string of protests demanding that President Daniel Ortega and his government step down. The protests, which have continued until now have amassed a death toll of around 127 people. The manner through which the police and the government are trying to stop the protests has been called a violation of human rights. Ortega is accused of [...]

Home Office rejects more than 2,300 visa applications for doctors

The UK Home Office has rejected more than 2,300 Tier 2 visa applications by doctors of third-world countries within the last months, despite of the job shortages the National Health System in Britain is facing, and the possible crisis it will probably go through if things keep going in the same direction. According to figures obtained by the Eversheds Sutherland law firm through a Freedom of Information request, 2,360 non-EEA doctors out of 3,597 were rejected between [...]

U.S Attorney General calls to stop victims of gang violence and domestic abuse from seeking asylum

U.S Attorney General, Jeff Sessions in a 31-page ruling announced the latest changes in immigration reform. He announced that from now on, victims of domestic violence and gang violence will not qualify for asylum. He argued that these are “private” matters and countries should be able to deal with them on their own. He also called into question the victims’ claims that governments and police were not protecting them in their home countries. “Generally, claims by aliens [...]

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