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US Tourism Officials Want to Rename Visa Waiver Program to Security Travel Partnership

The top United States tourism officials want the US lawmakers to change the name of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). In a bid to boost tourism and travel, tourism officials have suggested a marketing tactic common in the business world, a rebrand of the VWP. The rebranding is just part of a bigger plan as an attempt to boost tourism in the US, which is swiftly falling in the list of the world's most popular destinations. The [...]

2019-02-28T14:04:46+00:00 February 28th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

DHS Completes Proposed Regulation to Scrap Work Authorization From H-1B Spouses

The US Department of Homeland security has completed a proposed regulation to bring to an end the H-4 EAD program, which gives to the right to work the H-4 visa holders. A notice on the proposal has been published by the Office of Management and Budget, which suggests the removal of certain H-4 visa holders from its regulation as aliens eligible for employment. “On February 25, 2015, DHS published a final rule extending eligibility for employment authorization [...]

2019-02-25T14:31:45+00:00 February 25th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

Russia Grants UAE Nationals with Visa-Free Entry

The Russian Federation has waived nationals of the United Arab Emigrated from the entry visa requirement.  According to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation starting February 17 this year, holders of UAE ordinary passports will be able to fly to Russia without the need of obtaining a visa in advance. "The decision was issued as part of an agreement that was signed in Kazan, Russia, with the attendance of H.H. Sheikh [...]

2019-02-21T15:01:43+00:00 February 21st, 2019|Russia Visa/Passport News, United Arab Emirates Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Makes Premium Processing Available for H-1B Petitions Filed Before December 22, 2018

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have decided to make premium processing available again for H-1B visa petitions that were filed on or before December 21, 2018. On February 15, this year, the USCIS announced that starting on the same day, all those who received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition and those received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition were eligible for premium processing. “If you received a transfer notice [...]

2019-02-19T16:13:13+00:00 February 19th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

Putin:  Russia must adopt short-term visa-free entry to promote tourism

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has suggested that Russia should adopt short-term visa-free entry to Russia in order to promote tourism. However, he has insisted that such a move must not be undertaken at the expense of the security of the country. "We’re not going to achieve anything through bans in tourism or any other areas,” President Putin is quoted to have said during the Business Russia forum held in Moscow this week. Russia [...]

2019-02-07T16:17:50+00:00 February 7th, 2019|Russia Visa/Passport News|

Police Arrests 32 Travel Visa Forgers in Albania

The Albanian police have hit a criminal group of 36 suspected members in a police operation called "the Wrong Path". According to a Joint Statement of the State Police and the Prosecution for Serious Crimes, 32 Albanian citizens have been arrested, a police officer among them. Four other citizens have been declared wanted. Around 250 police forces were involved in the operation, during which four workshops with equipment for forging travel visas have been discovered and seized. [...]

2019-02-07T09:33:01+00:00 February 7th, 2019|Albania Visa/Passport News|

DHS Introduces Electronic Registration Requirement for H-1B Visa Program

The United States Department of Homeland Security has decided to change the way H-1B visa application forms are submitted. According to a press release by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services new amended to the application process, require from H-1B petitioners to first electronically register with the USCIS. The USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna claims that the new changes are simple and smart, and a benefit for employers in the US as well. “The new registration system, [...]

2019-02-01T15:03:05+00:00 February 1st, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have decided to bring back the premium processing for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap petitions. According to an alert published in the official USCIS website, the premium processing will also be available for the advanced degree exemption or else known as the "master's cap". “USCIS will resume premium processing on Monday, Jan. 28, for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree [...]

2019-02-01T11:20:37+00:00 February 1st, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

EP and Council Agree to Increase Schengen Visa Fees

Third country nationals will soon need to pay a higher fee when applying for a Schengen Visa to the EU countries. The European Parliament and Council have voted pro a new EU Visa Code, which among others increases the fee for a Schengen visa application from €60 to €80. According to a press release of the European Parliament, the Parliament and Council negotiators supported the proposed changes, and now the new code will be passed to the [...]

2019-01-31T08:59:17+00:00 January 31st, 2019|Schengen Visa News|

UK Government Sets Out Provisions for EU Citizens in Case of a No-Deal Brexit

The United Kingdom government has set out provisions for EU citizens coming to the UK, upon Brexit, in case of a no-deal. According to an outline published in the UK govt portal, if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the government will seek to end free movement as soon as possible. Nationals of the EEA and Switzerland, as well as their family members will be able to travel to the UK for visits, work and study. [...]

2019-01-30T15:38:00+00:00 January 30th, 2019|UK Visa/Passport News|