US Visa/Passport News

TikTok’s Tech Workers Facing Unusual US Visa Approval Delays

Aspiring TikTok employees who are not US citizens have been stranded in a difficult situation, after the US government is holding up approvals of work visas, which they need, in order to start their jobs. This problem appeared soon after President Trump’s administration threatened to shutter the operations of the company, which are located in the US. TikTok’s CEO also quitted its job after three months of working, VisaGuide.World reports. International engineers play an essential role in [...]

By |2020-09-17T16:51:46+02:00September 17th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

China Introduces New Visa Restrictions on US Media Workers

China will apply new visa restrictions for international journalists who work for US media organizations in China, the local authorities in China have revealed. US journalists in China seeking to renew their press credentials that usually are valid for a year have received a letter stressing that their applications are being processed, instead of receiving a new press card, VisaGuide.World reports. International journalists in China have also been urged to carry the letter together with their expired [...]

By |2020-09-11T15:27:27+02:00September 11th, 2020|China Visa/Passport News, US Visa/Passport News|

Trump Cancels Visas for Over 1,000 Chinese Nationals to Prevent Visa Abuse & Research Theft

Under a presidential proclamation announced on late May by Donald Trump, the United States has decided to cancel visas for over 1,000 Chinese nationals, specifically students and researchers, citing that they are considered harmful for the country’s national safety due to a possible connection to the Chinese military. According to the State Department, this decision has been taken“to stop them from stealing United States technology, intellectual property and information to develop advanced military capabilities.” Regarding this issue, [...]

By |2020-09-11T14:54:17+02:00September 11th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

US Stops Health Screening Internationals of Certain Countries Arriving Through 15 Airports

The United States Government will no longer require international travellers to go through the screening process upon their arrival to 15 airports, after an evaluation that these screenings did not contribute to halting the spread of the virus. However, passengers will be advised regarding public health measures, in order to reduce the risk from the Coronavirus pandemic, VisaGuide.World reports. “Beginning September 14, 2020, the US government will remove requirements for directing all flights carrying airline passengers arriving [...]

By |2020-09-11T14:54:59+02:00September 11th, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, US Visa/Passport News|

H-1B Visa Program Amendments Under White House Review

The proposed amendment to the H-1B visa program by President Trump's administration, which would define what exactly "special occupation" would include, is close to publication, as the United States Department for Homeland and Security has already sent the proposed rule to the White House's Office of Management and Budget, VisaGuide.World reports. After the White House regulatory office reviews the regulation, it will be released by the federal agency and ready to be published for the public's comments. [...]

By |2020-09-08T15:16:58+02:00September 8th, 2020|H1B Visa News Portal|

Judge Urges Trump Administration to Grant Visas to Green Card Lottery Winners

President Donald Trump’s administration has been ordered by a federal judge in Washington to resume issuing immigrant diversity visas to persons who won them through the Green Card lottery 2020, after the latter procedures were frozen amid the COVID-19 ban on temporary US work visas, VisaGuide.World reports. More than 55,000 visas are issued annually by the United States to persons coming from other countries, a large share of them from the continent of Africa. Diversity visas’ winners [...]

By |2020-09-08T12:23:04+02:00September 8th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

WTTC: US About to Lose $155 Billion Due to Drop in Tourism Arrivals Amidst Coronavirus

The US is at risk of losing $155 billion due to a decrease in the number of visitors during 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Recent research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows that the lack of tourists could lead to a drop on international spending by 79 per cent in the economy of the US, which is equal to $425 million a day, or nearly $3 billion per week. At [...]

US to Increase Fees for Certain Visas by 50 per Cent

The fee for the United States' O and P visas will increase by more than 50 per cent, starting from October 2, the United States Department of Homeland and Security has announced. Moreover, internationals who want to apply for these visas will face a longer processing time, VisaGuide.World reports. Applying for  O visa petitions, which is created for individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement will mount from $460 to $705, which marks a 53 per cent increase. [...]

By |2020-09-04T08:56:41+02:00September 4th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|

US Resumes Processing K Visas, as a Priority

The United States government has announced that the processing of K visa applications will be resumed with high priority, according to the United States Department of State announcement. K visas are created for international citizens who plan to marry a citizen of the United States. Still, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, their processing has been temporarily suspended, since mid-March, VisaGuide.World reports. However, the new statement from the US Department of State has revealed that since August 28, [...]

By |2020-09-01T14:28:06+02:00September 1st, 2020|Coronavirus News and Updates, US Visa/Passport News|

USCIS Cancels Its Plan to Furlough More Than 13,000 employees

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has canceled its plan to furlough more than 70 percent of its staff, while also stressing that some applications could be prolonged due to the financial hardship that the agency is facing. In a press release announcing the move, the agency stressed that more than 13,000 employees could be furlough, more than 750 of them in Virginia, VisaGuide.World reports. According to USCIS Deputy Director for [...]

By |2020-08-28T15:07:06+02:00August 28th, 2020|US Visa/Passport News|