Worldwide Passport & Visa News and Updates

//Worldwide Passport & Visa News and Updates

FY 2020 H-1B Visa Regular Cap Reached in Five Days

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced that the H1-B Visa regular cap for the fiscal year 2020 has been reached. According to a press release of the USCIS, the agency has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for the fiscal year 2020. “USCIS will next determine if we have received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B [...]

2019-04-09T08:18:57+00:00 April 9th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

Tourism in Belarus Nearly Doubles a Year After Introduction of Visa-Free Travel

Belarus authorities estimate that the number of foreigners visiting the country has increased by 43% in the last year. Such an increase has surely been driven by the new Belarus visa-free regime introduced last year by the country. At the end of December 2017, the Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka signed a decree, which established visa free-regime for nationals of several countries. The decree permitted those traveling to the country for tourism purposes to enter and stay for [...]

2019-04-01T15:46:42+00:00 April 1st, 2019|Belarus Visa/Passport News|

US Ambassador: Poles Will Travel to USA Visa-Free by 2020

US Ambassador in Warsaw, Georgette Mosbacher has once again reiterated that Poland will move under the US Visa Waiver program before the end of her mandate. Ambassador Mosbacher, who was officially credentialed by President Andrzej Duda in a ceremony at the Belweder Palace in September 2018, said during an interview that if not this year, by 2020 Poles would be able to travel to the United States visa-free. She encouraged Polish citizens to take advantage of the [...]

2019-03-25T15:51:00+00:00 March 25th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

New Zealand Reconfirms Introduction of Travel Authorization for 60 Countries

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack that left 50 people dead in Christchurch, New Zealand has reconfirmed that it will introduce the long-planned measures to tighten pre-entry screening. As previously announced, travelers from 60 countries under the New Zealand visa-free entry program, will need to apply for an eTA before traveling to the country as of summer this year. The eTA stands for the Electronic Travel Authority security and facilitation measure. Its main purpose is to [...]

2019-03-25T14:57:37+00:00 March 25th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Brazil Lifts Visa Regime for Visitors From US, Canada, Japan and Australia

Starting from June 17, 2019, nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan will be able to travel to Brazil for tourism and visiting friends or family members, without the need of a visa. The Brazilian government has announced that visitors from these countries will no longer need to apply or pay to visit Brazil. However, visitors will be limited to a maximum period of stay of 90 days within six months. The measure has been [...]

2019-03-23T11:12:54+00:00 March 23rd, 2019|Brazil Visa/Passport News|

Five Arrested for Helping Chinese Students Cheat in English Exams to Get US Visas

Five people have been arrested in the US last week, under suspicions of having links with an English Proficiency Exam cheating scheme that enabled Chinese nationals to get US student visas. According to a press release of the Department of Justice at the US Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California, the defendants are suspected of being involved in a scheme that aided Chinese students to pass their exams for a US F-1 Student Visa. The [...]

2019-03-21T09:09:11+00:00 March 21st, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

US to Revoke and Deny Visas to International Criminal Court Investigators

The United States of America will not let in any of the members of the International Criminal Court from now on. The country has decided to bar the investigators of this court by revoking their current US visas and rejecting any future visa application by them. The measure comes after the ICC previously announced that they would investigate the alleged war crimes committed by the US forces in Afghanistan.  A chief prosecutor of the Hague-based court had first [...]

2019-03-19T14:58:21+00:00 March 19th, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Iraq – Iran Facilitate Visa Restrictions in a Bid to Reduce Effects of US Sanctions

The two neighboring Western Asian countries, Iraq and Iran, have recently eased visa restriction in an attempt to mitigate the effect of the restrictions that the US has imposed for years now to both. The duo aims to boost tourism and investment through such measures. Last week, the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani made his first-ever official visit in Iraq. He was accompanied by a high-ranking political and economic delegation. During the week, both countries announced the signing [...]

2019-03-19T14:52:43+00:00 March 19th, 2019|Iran Visa/Passport News, Iraq Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

All H-1B visa applicants can now apply for visa petition premium processing. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have decided to bring back premium processing for all categories of H-1B visa applicants on March 12, 2019.  “USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a request for evidence (RFE) for a pending petition, you should include the RFE response with the premium processing request,” a notice posted on [...]

2019-03-15T08:28:18+00:00 March 15th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|

10 Years Analysis for the H-1B Visa Program and Applications

The United States of America is a very popular working destination, in particular among youngsters. A high number of workers from all across the globe travel to the US under a work visa. The number of foreign workers employed on a full-time basis in the US as of December 2017 is 125.44 million. Thus, foreign workers make 17.1 percent of the 27.4 million workers in the US, as of the same date. The H-1B visa also referred [...]

2019-03-14T15:47:22+00:00 March 14th, 2019|H1B Visa News Portal|