Visa and Passport Updates

October 18, 2018
CIBT Visa News

Travel Frequently? You May be Eligible for a Second U.S. Passport 
Having a second passport is beneficial if you travel abroad frequently. CIBT can obtain a second U.S. passport on your behalf. The benefit of having a second passport is that you will be able to keep one passport with you as you travel, while the second remains at your home or office to be processed for your next trip abroad. To obtain a second passport, you must meet certain requirements. Visit our website to learn more.

Business and Tourist Invitations for Russia
For entry into Russia, all travelers must have a visa and an official Letter of Invitation approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, its regional representatives, or by an appropriate Russian Federation Migration Service Branch. Obtaining this official document can be a complex and time-consuming process. Don't worry, CIBT can provide you with a Russian Invitation Letter for your trip. CIBT ensures fast, easy, and secure processing of your Russian Invitation Letter and visa. Learn more


Brazil Visa Processing in as Little as 5 Days
Getting a visa for Brazil has never been faster. In some jurisdictions we can obtain a Brazil visa for business or tourism in as little as 5 days. Click here to see how fast a Brazil visa can be processed in your jurisdiction. 

Consular Updates

India – San Francisco
The additional particulars form must be typed and signed by the applicant. Handwritten forms will not be accepted. Start your India visa application today

Malaysia – Washington, D.C.
All non-U.S. nationals must include a notarized copy of their Green Card with their application. Apply for your visa to Malaysia.

Consular Closings

United States
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October 11, 2018
CIBT Visa News

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill Signed into Law
On Friday, October 5th, 2018, the FAA Reauthorization Bill was signed into law. This bill reauthorizes the budget for the FAA for five years and is considered a big win for business travel. The bill provides stability to the nation’s air traffic control system, enhances PreCheck enrollment capabilities, discourages voice calls on planes and rental car taxation, and includes numerous other customer protection benefits. Click here to read the official bill.

Immunization – International Requirements
Many countries require travelers to show proof of International Certificates of Vaccination for a number of diseases when entering or exiting their country. In some cases, the consulate will require the certificate to be included with the traveler’s visa application. We recommend travelers check the requirements for their destination when planning their international trip. Stay informed, visit our Travel Resources page to learn more.

Embassy Registration - Travel Responsibly
Feel more secure about your international travels by having CIBT register your trip with the U.S. Department of State. Our Embassy Registration service provides travelers with important information about safety conditions in the country they are visiting and allows the U.S. Embassy to contact them should any unexpected event occur during their stay. Be a responsible traveler and stay informed, connected, and safe with Embassy Registration.

Consular Updates

Dominican Republic
Travelers are now visa exempt for up to 30 days as long as they hold a tourist card, which is a government fee that is included in their flight ticket. Certain nationalities must also hold a valid visa for Canada, the U.S., the U.K. or the E.U. to qualify for visa exemption. Click here to see what the requirements are for your nationality.

Consular Closings

United States
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 consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

October 4, 2018
CIBT Visa News

Live Webinar – EU Posted Workers: What Every Business Needs to Know
All companies operating in the European Union need to know their obligations under the Posted Worker Rules as well as changes brought resulting from July’s new EU Directive. Join our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT Company, for a live, interactive webinar on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to get the vital information about Posted Worker and practical strategies for keeping your company compliant. Know your obligations as an employer and learn more about these oft-confusing requirements. Register today.

China’s Strict Photo Requirements - Your Photo Could Influence Your Visa Approval
China is one of the top visa destinations in the world with some of the most strictly enforced photo requirements. Photos are required as part of the visa application and must meet very specific rules including size (exactly 48mm tall and 33mm wide), date taken, and facial position among others. If these rules are not met, your visa application could be denied. You can avoid that risk with CIBT’s Digital Photo Service. Use your own camera and take a photo in the comfort of your home or office, then simply upload it to our website. We will take care of the rest and ensure your photo meets government and consular requirements. See how it works.

Brazil Visa Processing in as Little as 5 Days
Getting a visa for Brazil has never been faster. In some jurisdictions we can obtain a Brazil visa for business or tourism in as little as 5 days. Click here to see how fast a Brazil visa can be processed in your jurisdiction. 

Consular Updates

Columbus Day Closings
Many consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, October 8th, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa application needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the CIBT website to get started on your visa application today.

China
When applying for a visa to China, please pay close attention to the strict photo requirements. If your photo does not meet these requirements exactly, your visa application could be denied causing an expensive delay to your travel plans. Click here to get started on your China visa application

Israel – San Francisco
Photos should be attached to the application with paperclips. Please do not use glue or staples to attach your photo. Click here to start your visa application to Israel

Namibia – Washington, D.C.
Business visa applicants must include a hotel reservation with their application. Click here to see all of your Namibia visa requirements

Philippines – Los Angeles
There is a new visa form for Chinese nationals traveling to the Philippines for tourism or business. Click here to access the visa form that pertains to you.

Consular Closings

United States
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 consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

September 27, 2018
CIBT Visa News

CIBT – Group Travel Solutions 
Arranging international group travel is complicated whether it’s a professional meeting, an incentive program, or even a wedding. CIBT is the industry leader in group travel solutions for inbound travel to the United States or outbound travel anywhere in the world. Let our team handle the complexities of ever changing visa and entry requirements. We have the tools, solutions, and years of experience handling international corporate events, conferences, and groups of all sizes. Relying on our experience with groups means that you can focus on what matters. We offer customized and flexible solutions, dedicated resources, and you’ll benefit from our unparalleled global presence and preferential pricing. Visit our website or contact our Account Managers at acctmgmt@cibt.com today for more information about how we can solve your group travel challenge.

New Trip? You Will Most Likely Need a New Visa Application 
Visa applications and requirements change frequently. India for example, has recently added new questions to their visa applications world wide. It is not advisable to store visa forms or application packs for future use. We can provide you with the latest visa information so you can avoid processing delays. Remember: new trip – new visa application. Visit our website and start your application today. CIBT will take care of the details.

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Levels
The U.S. Department of State has categorized their travel advisories into levels, ranging from “Exercise Normal Precautions” to “Do Not Travel” warnings. CIBT is committed to helping our customers travel the world safely and securely, which is why the best way to stay informed of emergency U.S. State Department Advisories is to enroll in CIBT’s Embassy Registration. Our Embassy Registration service provides travelers with important information about safety conditions in the country they are visiting and allows the local U.S. Embassy to contact them should any unexpected event occur during their stay. Try our Embassy Registration service today.

Consular Updates

Columbus Day Closings
Many consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, October 8th, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa application needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the CIBT website to get started on your visa application today.

India – Houston
The traveler’s entry date on their visa application, letter of invitation, and business cover letter must all match with no variation. Applications will not be accepted if the entry dates do not match. Get started on your India visa application

Qatar – Los Angeles
Business visa applicants traveling to Qatar are required to provide an invitation letter from the inviting company in Qatar with their application. Click here to see all of your Qatar visa requirements. 

Consular Closings

United States
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 consular closings to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

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