Visa and Passport Updates

February 22, 2018

CIBT Visa News

Stay Informed and Connected While Abroad with Embassy Registration
Due to the increasing number of tragic events around the world, all business travelers and tourists are urged to stay vigilant and aware of their surroundings while abroad. CIBT encourages anyone traveling to a foreign country to sign up for Embassy Registration. Our Embassy Registration service provides travelers with important information about safety conditions in the country they are visiting and can help them make informed decisions about their travel plans. This service also allows the local U.S. Embassy to contact you should any unexpected event occur during your trip. Embassy Registration allows you to stay informed, connected, and safe. Learn more and register here.

Digital Photo Service – Your Photo Could Influence Your Visa Approval
Consulates have very strict rules when it comes to photo specifications and requirements and will deny a visa application if their guidelines are not met. Specific requirements can range from head angle, expression, background, lighting, accessories, and size and can vary based on destination and jurisdiction. With CIBT’s Digital Photo Service, you just upload your photo to our website and we take care of the rest to ensure your photo meets government and consular requirements. Click here to learn more

Destination Spotlight – Planning a Trip to India?
India's economy is 7th in the world and growing, drawing not only international business, but tourists as well. All U.S. nationals require a visa to enter India. Whether you are conducting business, or visiting the Taj Mahal, CIBT can help you with all of your visa needs. See your visa requirements and start planning your trip today with CIBT. 

Consular Updates

China – Chicago
Processing for all nationals and categories is now down to 4 days with the legalization process being reduced to 3 day processing. See more

Japan – Atlanta
Processing times have increased to 6 business days. Please keep this in mind when you are applying for your visa. Click here to get started

Mozambique – Washington D.C. 
The Consulate of Mozambique in D.C. now requires three blank consecutive visas pages in a the applicants passport. See all of your Mozambique visa requirements

Peru – Los Angeles
The Consulate of Peru in L.A. has updated their application kit. The new kit is available on the CIBT website. Apply today 

Consular Closings

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

February 15, 2018

CIBT Visa News

Holiday Closures - Lunar New Year and President's Day
The Chinese Consulates, along with many other Asian consulates, will be closed Thursday, February 15th and Friday, February 16th in observance of Lunar New year. Additionally, many consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, February 19th for President’s 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.

Six Months Passport Validity Rule
International travelers know a valid passport is required for visiting foreign countries, but did you know that with only six months validity remaining on your passport, it is of limited use? Many popular visa and non-visa destinations require a passport with at least six months validity, without which airlines may not permit boarding and government officials can deny entry upon arrival. CIBT can renew your passport in as little as 1 day. Avoid unexpected travel disruptions and uncertainty, renew your passport today.

Executive Service: The Solution for Personal Appearance
Some consulates mandate applicants to appear in person to submit a visa request, a requirement many travelers find intimidating and overwhelming. Our Executive Service is the solution. With Executive Service, a CIBT Specialist works with you personally to complete the forms and application correctly so you have nothing to worry about. We can even book your appointment time and meet you at the consulate to help with any last minute needs. Travelers who need visas for Peru, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic qualify for our Executive Service, with more destination options coming soon. Take advantage of this unique offering today by calling our Executive Service team at 800-632-3943 or emailing them at executiveservice@cibt.com.

Consular Updates

Malaysia – Washington D.C. 
The Consulate of Malaysia in DC has updated the visa processing time from 6 business days to 5 business days. Apply today

Peru – Los Angeles
The Consulate of Peru in LA has updated their visa form. The new form has been added to the CIBT kits and is available on our website. See more. 

Tanzania – New York
The Consulate of Tanzania now offers expedited processing times of 2 and 3 business days for travelers applying for a business visa. See your Tanzania visa requirements.

Consular Closings

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

February 8, 2018

CIBT Visa News

China Consular Closings for Lunar New Year
The Chinese Consulates, along with many other Asian consulates, will be closed Thursday, February 15th and Friday, February 16th in observance of Lunar New Year. 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.

Digital Photo Service – Your Photo Could Influence Your Visa Approval
Consulates have very strict rules when it comes to photo specifications and requirements and will deny a visa application if their guidelines are not met. Specific requirements can range from head angle, expression, background, lighting, accessories, and size and can vary based on destination and jurisdiction. With CIBT’s Digital Photo Service, you just upload your photo to our website and we take care of the rest to ensure your photo meets government and consular requirements. Click here to learn more.

U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Levels
The U.S. Department of State has issued new Travel Advisory 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

Brazil – Atlanta
The Consulate of Brazil in Atlanta has changed processing times for all visas to 15 business days. Apply today

Israel – Houston
The fee for all foreign nationals applying for a visa to Israel has increased from $23.00 to $26.00. See all of your requirements

Jordan
There is a new application for all USA and Western European nationals. Our kits have been updated with the new forms accordingly. Visit our website to download your visa kit today.

Consular Closings

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

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