Visa and Passport Updates

November 27, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Happy Thanksgiving from CIBT
All CIBT offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving. 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.

CIBT Webinar - To & From China: Immigration and Travel Visa Trends and Best Practices
We’re hosting a special webinar focused on the latest China inbound and outbound visas and immigration landscape – offering an overview of successful business travel and immigration program best practices. For convenience, we’ve scheduled two sessions, one specifically for APAC and again for Americas/EMEA.

Two live sessions to accommodate attendees across all time zones:

      •  Wednesday, December 11 at 10 am China Standard Time/Tuesday, December 10 at 9 pm ET
      •  Wednesday, December 11 at 9 am ET / 2 pm GMT / 10 pm China Standard Time

Learn more and register today.


Live Webinar – Essentials for Success in India: Employment and Business Visas
While down from its all-time high of 11 percent, India’s GDP continues to grow at 5+ percent annually – making it one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. To support the business growth and attract foreign investment and talent, Indian immigration policy has undergone significant improvements over the recent years. Greater use of e-visas, longer validity periods, and liberalization of permissible activities benefit international businesses operating in India. Join our immigration experts at Newland Chase on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 1:00am ET/11:30am IST as we take a deep dive into business immigration to India. In this webinar we will cover the essentials of residence and work authorization for foreign nationals, as well as the latest developments in business travel and visas for foreign business people. Can’t make the time? Don’t worry; a recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar. Learn more and register today.

Holiday Travel and Seasonal Passport Rush
The holidays are here which is a busy season for passport applications and renewals. 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. If you plan on traveling for the holidays or have a trip booked within the next 6 months, ensure that your passport has more than 6 months of validity remaining. The end of year passport rush can cause backlogs and delays, but CIBT is here to help. We can renew your passport in as little as a day. Avoid unexpected travel disruptions and uncertainty, learn more and renew your passport today.

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

New Regional Visas Now Available in Australia
The new Subclass 494 Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa opened for applications on 16 November 2019 for employers with roles in regional Australia. Click here to learn more

Various Changes to Immigration Fees in the United States
Effective 2 December 2019, the fee to request the premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions will increase to USD 1440 from the current fee of USD 1410. Click here for more details.

Malaysia Expatriate Services Division Foreign Knowledge Worker Projection for 2020
Beginning November 20, 2019, companies registered with the Expatriate Services Division can start to apply for their 2020 Foreign Knowledge Worker projection for Employment Passes and Professional Visit Passes. Click here to read more.

Consular Updates

China – Houston
All non-U.S. citizens on a student visa in the U.S. must provide a copy of the I-20 form and a copy of their U.S. visa when applying for a visa to China. Click here to start your visa application to China.

Mozambique – Washington, D.C.
Work permits to Mozambique are now valid for 3 months instead of 2 months. Click here to apply for your visa to Mozambique.

Consular Closings

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

November 21, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Thanksgiving Closings
All CIBT offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving. 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.

CIBT Webinar - To & From China: Immigration and Travel Visa Trends and Best Practices
We’re hosting a special webinar focused on the latest China inbound and outbound visas and immigration landscape – offering an overview of successful business travel and immigration program best practices. For convenience, we’ve scheduled two sessions, one specifically for APAC and again for Americas/EMEA.

Two live sessions to accommodate attendees across all time zones:

      •  Wednesday, December 11 at 10 am China Standard Time/Tuesday, December 10 at 9 pm ET
      •  Wednesday, December 11 at 9 am ET / 2 pm GMT / 10 pm China Standard Time

Learn more and register today.


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

Live Webinar – Essentials for Success in India: Employment and Business Visas
While down from its all-time high of 11 percent, India’s GDP continues to grow at 5+ percent annually – making it one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. To support the business growth and attract foreign investment and talent, Indian immigration policy has undergone significant improvements over the recent years. Greater use of e-visas, longer validity periods, and liberalization of permissible activities benefit international businesses operating in India. Join our immigration experts at Newland Chase on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 1:00am ET/11:30am IST as we take a deep dive into business immigration to India. In this webinar we will cover the essentials of residence and work authorization for foreign nationals, as well as the latest developments in business travel and visas for foreign business people. Can’t make the time? Don’t worry; a recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar. Learn more and register today.

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

Higher Minimum Salary for S Pass Applicants in Singapore
Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum qualifying salary for the S Pass will be increased from SGD 2,300 to SGD 2,400. Click here to learn more.

Changes to Degree Validation Process in Colombia
The Ministry of National Education has issued a Resolution establishing or modifying the requirements and processing times of degree validation processes. Click here to read more.

Foreign Nationals Now Require Health Insurance in Zambia
Foreign nationals who enter Zambia without valid health insurance must obtain local health insurance through the National Health Insurance Management Authority (NHIMA), on arrival at the port of entry. Click here for more details

Consular Updates

Saudi Arabia Tourist E-Visas Now Available 
We are excited to announce that travelers can now apply for a tourist e-visa to Saudi Arabia. Citizens from 49 countries are eligible for the e-visa which covers leisure, family visits, events, and Umrah and is valid for one year. Click here to apply for your visa to Saudi Arabia.

Consular Closings

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

November 15, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Saudi Arabia Tourist E-Visas Now Available 
We are excited to announce that travelers can now apply for a tourist e-visa to Saudi Arabia. Citizens from 49 countries are eligible for the e-visa which covers leisure, family visits, events, and Umrah and is valid for one year. Click here to apply for your visa to Saudi Arabia

U.S. ESTA for Polish Nationals
Effective November 11, 2019, The Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State welcomed Poland into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Polish nationals can now apply to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa. Travelers will still need to apply for an approved travel authorization through the Department of Homeland Security Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before their trip. Applications should be made at least 72 hours in advance and CIBT is able to assist with this process. 

Live Webinar – Essentials for Success in India: Employment and Business Visas
While down from its all-time high of 11 percent, India’s GDP continues to grow at 5+ percent annually – making it one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. To support the business growth and attract foreign investment and talent, Indian immigration policy has undergone significant improvements over the recent years. Greater use of e-visas, longer validity periods, and liberalization of permissible activities benefit international businesses operating in India. Join our immigration experts at Newland Chase on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 1:00am ET/11:30am IST as we take a deep dive into business immigration to India. In this webinar we will cover the essentials of residence and work authorization for foreign nationals, as well as the latest developments in business travel and visas for foreign business people. Can’t make the time? Don’t worry; a recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar. Learn more and register today.

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

New Zealand Government Announces ANZSCO Review
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has announced a targeted review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) job classification system, which has moved some lower-skilled occupations over to the medium-skilled occupation group. Click here to learn more.

Proposed Updated Shortage Occupation List in France
The government of France has proposed changes to the immigration rules, including a more accurate analysis of skills shortages, leading to sectoral immigration targets and shortage occupations lists, debated and defined annually. Click here for more details.

New Credit Card Format for Residence Permits in Switzerland
Effective immediately, residence permits issued to EU and European Free Trade Area citizens (L, B and C permits) will have a new credit card-like format, including a biometric photograph and signature (no fingerprints), replacing the old paper permits. Read more about the new format

Consular Updates

Thanksgiving Closings
All CIBT offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving. 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. 

Consular Closings

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

November 8, 2019
CIBT Visa News

Veterans Day Closings
Many consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veteran’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. 

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, simply 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.  

Travel Visa Widget
Want a free, easy-to-use tool that allows your website visitors to search for visa requirements for an upcoming international trip? Our Visa Widget provides instant results letting you know if a visa is required for your next trip abroad. It includes a complete list of necessary documentation and gives next steps to apply for your visa. Learn more and download your own customized Travel Visa Widget today.

Concierge Service
Don’t put your travel plans at risk. A dedicated Concierge Specialist will manage the entire process from start to finish, providing the expertise necessary to ensure your request is approved as quickly as possible. See more details

Immigration News

In the interest of serving the totality of our clients we are including the following information from our immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT company. We are pleased to provide the most up to date immigration news that may affect you or the travelers that you support.

Perth and Gold Coast Added to Regional Areas with Immigration Benefits in Australia
Perth, Western Australia and the Gold Coast, Queensland have been added as “regional” areas for immigration purposes. Click here to see the opportunities for employers of foreign talent

New Address Registration Regulations and Forms in Russia
Effective October 28, 2019, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has approved new regulations and a new form for address registration. Click here to learn more about the new form and regulations

Consular Updates

Mozambique - Washington D.C. and New York City
The Consulates of Mozambique in D.C. and New York City are closed every Friday. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements for Mozambique.

Consular Closings

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

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