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Ukraine Citizens Can Now Apply for Certain US Visas

Ukraine citizens will now be able to apply for certain US visas, announced the US Embassy in Ukraine. The visas that will be available are non-immigrant US student visas (F and M category), O visas for “aliens with extraordinary ability”, I Visas for members of the media, P Visas for athletes and entertainers, as well as immigrant visas for the Ukrainian family members of US citizens. “As of August 12, the United States Embassy in Ukraine will [...]

By |2020-08-12T13:40:23+02:00August 12th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

WHO: Travel Restrictions Must Be Lifted Gradually

After months of severe travel restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many countries are now opening up their borders and resuming international travel. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a document outlining the key factors health authorities must consider when restarting international travel. According to the WHO, countries must lift travel restrictions gradually, based on a risk-assessment strategy, which evaluates the country’s local epidemiology, transmission patterns, the healthcare capacities, as well as the [...]

USCIS To Increase Operational Fees Starting From October

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that starting from October, they will increase their operational fees by an average of 20 per cent in an effort to recover its costs of services. The Department of Homeland Security released a Final Rule last week, which details the new fee adjustments. In a press release of July 31, the USCIS claimed that if they continue with the current fees, they would be underfunded by up to $1 [...]

By |2020-08-05T12:24:03+02:00August 5th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

UK Announces Details of the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa

The Government of the United Kingdom has revealed more details regarding the new Hong Kong BN(O) visa. Through the BN(O) visa, British Nationals overseas, which ordinarily are residents in Hong Kong and their immediate family members, will be eligible to move to the United Kingdom to live, work or study. The visa “gives them a path to full British citizenship,” VisaGuide.World reports. Overseas British nationals can apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa for two periods of [...]

By |2020-07-27T10:19:45+02:00July 27th, 2020|UK Visa/Passport News|

US Is Facing Shortage of International Doctors Due to Strict Visa Rules

President Donald Trump's decision to ban work visas is leading to a shortage of medical staff across hospitals all over the United States of America while the Coronavirus outbreak continues to be spread. Trump's decision to stop the issuance of work visas, on June 22,  has stopped a large share of international doctors from helping US patients get out of the Coronavirus crisis, VisaGuide.World reports. The changes applied to immigration rules included H1-B visas for highly-skilled workers [...]

By |2020-07-21T16:42:15+02:00July 21st, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

INZ: Essential Skills Visas Will Change From 27 July

Immigration New Zealand has decided to apply some new changes to the Essential Skills visas, from July 27, including the use of a median wage threshold to see how long can Essential Skills visa holders stay in NZ and their options to support family. According to the INZ agency, from now on the median-wage threshold will be applied as an indicator of skill. The current system uses the New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations ANZSCO skill level [...]

By |2020-07-21T14:16:27+02:00July 21st, 2020|New Zealand Visa/Passport News|

Students, Academics & Businesspersons from Schengen Area, Ireland & UK Allowed to Travel to US

The United States has decided to allow certain travellers from the 26 Schengen Area countries, Ireland and the United Kingdom to enter its territory, after they all were banned from entering back in March, amid the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe. The Department of State has announced that business travellers, investors, treaty traders, academics, and students may now qualify to enter the US under the National Interest Exceptions, which allows travel for these categories asserting it will assist with [...]

By |2020-07-19T19:43:42+02:00July 19th, 2020|Schengen Area, US Visa/Passport News|

Trump Drops Plans to Deport International Students Taking Online-Only Classes

President Donald Trump's administration has decided to abandon its plan to bar international students from living in the United States while taking fall classes online, on Tuesday. The decision came soon after the attorneys general of 17 states, and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for not allowing international students to take online-only courses this fall semester. Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology also filed [...]

By |2020-07-17T12:19:29+02:00July 17th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

UK to Issue Visas for Healthcare Professionals Starting This Summer

Starting from this summer, international healthcare professionals will be able to apply for a new facilitated visa which will allow them to work in the UK. The UK’s new Health and Care Visa is intended to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for healthcare workers to come to the country, and ensure that the UK’s health and care sector have “access to the best global talent”. Those eligible for the Health and Care Visa will pay [...]

By |2020-07-17T11:05:29+02:00July 17th, 2020|UK Visa/Passport News|

17 States and DC Sue President Trump Over Visa Rules for College Students

The United States President Donald Trump is facing a field lawsuit by the attorneys general of 17 states and the District of Columbia for not permitting international students to take online-only courses this fall semester. The lawsuit has been filed on Monday by the attorneys and the District of Columbia, in the US Court in Massachusetts against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They also attempt to stop the policy from going into [...]

By |2020-07-16T12:25:28+02:00July 16th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|