Visa and Passport Updates

May 23, 2019

 Travisa Visa News

Memorial Day Closures 
All Travisa offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa or passport needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the Travisa website to get started on your visa application today.

Travel Frequently? You May be Eligible for a Second U.S. Passport
Having a second U.S. passport is beneficial if you travel abroad frequently. Travisa can obtain a second U.S. passport on your behalf. The benefit of having a second U.S. 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 U.S. passport, you must meet certain requirements. Visit our website to learn more.

Need a Document Legalized?
Legalizing a document can be a complicated and confusing task if you don't know how to do it. We have the right tools to help you. Each country has its own requirements and procedures depending on the document being legalized. Our specialists work with official government agencies and embassies and have the experience needed to ensure your documents are properly legalized. Learn more about our Legalization Services.

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 Residence Offering Approved in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi government has approved a new special residence offering which aims to attract affluent and highly-skilled foreign nationals. The new option will be implemented within the next five years. Click here to learn more

Updates to the Skill Shortage Lists in New Zealand
Effective on May 27, 2019, Immigration New Zealand will make minor changes to the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL). Click here to see more information about these changes.

Consular Updates
Ghana – Houston
The consulate of Ghana in Houston now requires that travelers supply just one photo with their visa applications instead of two. Start your Ghana visa application today. 

Russia – New York City
The visa processing speed has increased from 10 business days to 12 business days. Click here to start your visa application to Russia
Consular Closings

United States
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Consular Closings page to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

May 16, 2019

 Travisa Visa News

Live Webinar – Doing Business in Ireland: Immigration and Tax Issues for Foreign Business Travelers and Corporate Assignees
Ireland is currently one of Europe’s most attractive destinations for international business and immigration. While the opportunities in Ireland are numerous, immigration and tax challenges can catch non-EEA business persons and company employees unaware. Join the immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT Company, for a live interactive webinar on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm BST/9:00 am ET, as they cover the dos and don’ts for business travelers, immigration and tax considerations, and other helpful tips for immigration and business in Ireland. Can’t make the time? Don’t worry; a recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar. Learn more and register 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 Travisa’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.

Memorial Day Closures 
All Travisa offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa or passport needs. Click here to see all of the consular closings, and visit the Travisa website to get started on your visa application 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.

Brexit: UK and Ireland Guarantee Common Travel Area Rights
The governments of Ireland and the UK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming the status, rights, and privileges already enjoyed by British and Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area (CTA). Click here to learn more about the new memorandum

Rule Changes to Work Permits in the Philippines
The Departments of Labor, Department of Justice, and Bureau of Immigration have released joint immigration guidelines making some changes to the rules for the Special Work Permit (SWP) and Provisional Work Permit (PWP). Learn more about the changes

Investor Visas Now Available for Israel and the United States
Some Israeli consulates in the US are now accepting applications for the new B-5 investor visa for US citizens, while the US Embassy in Tel Aviv has implemented the E-2 investor visa for Israeli nationals. Click here to see more details about these investor visas

Consular Updates
Brazil – Washington, D.C.
The processing speed for business and tourist visas to Brazil have increased from 3 business days to 5 business days. Click here to start your visa application to Brazil

Japan – New York City
When applying for a business visa to Japan, travelers are required to submit an original business cover letter with the actual signature of the signer. Click here to see all of your requirements for a visa to Japan

Russia – Washington, D.C.
The Consulate of Russia in Washington, D.C. has increased the visa processing speed from 12 days to 15 days. Start your Russia visa application today
Consular Closings

United States
Visit our
Consular Closings page to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

May 9, 2019

 Travisa Visa News

Live Webinar – Doing Business in Ireland: Immigration and Tax Issues for Foreign Business Travelers and Corporate Assignees
Ireland is currently one of Europe’s most attractive destinations for international business and immigration. While the opportunities in Ireland are numerous, immigration and tax challenges can catch non-EEA business persons and company employees unaware. Join the immigration experts at Newland Chase, a CIBT Company, for a live, interactive webinar on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm BST/9:00 am ET, as they cover the do’s and don’ts for business travellers, immigration and tax considerations, and other helpful tips for immigration and business in Ireland. Can’t make the time? Don’t worry; a recording will be sent to all registrants after the webinar. Learn more and register today.

Travisa – Group Travel Solutions 
Arranging international group travel is complicated whether it’s a professional meeting, an incentive program, or even a wedding. Travisa is the industry leader in group travel solutions for 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 accountmanagers@travisa.com today for more information about how we can solve your group travel challenge.

Embassy Registration - Travel Responsibly
Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa 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.

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 Policy for L-1 Readmissions at the Canadian Border
US Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP) is refusing to process petitions presented by Canadian nationals for readmission in L-1 status under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Click here to learn more

Digital Nomads and Immigration: Is It Legal? – Part 2
As technology continues to transform the way we work, laws and company policies struggle to keep up. Read the conclusion to our analysis of the “digital nomad” in part 2 of this blog series

Recent Immigration Changes in Chile
The immigration authorities in Chile have recently implemented several measures across a range of immigration categories. Click here to see the immigration changes

Consular Updates
Thailand – Los Angeles
The processing speed for Chinese nationals traveling to Thailand for business or tourism has been reduced from 20 business days to 3 business days. Click here to start your application to Thailand.

Nigeria – New York City
The Consulate of Nigeria in New York City is experiencing a temporary processing delay that is extending processing times. We are in touch with travelers who may be impacted by this delay. If you have any concerns about your visa application, check your order status here, or contact us for an update. We are here to help.
Consular Closings

United States
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Consular Closings page to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

May 2, 2019

 Travisa Visa News

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.

Business and Tourist Invitations for Russia
To secure a visa to Russia, all travelers must have 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, Travisa can provide you with a Russian Invitation Letter for your trip. Travisa ensures fast, easy, and secure processing of your Russian Invitation Letter and visa. Learn more 

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.

Processing Delays and New Wage Thresholds in Canada
Employment and Social Development Canada is warning that processing times for Labour Market Impact Assessment applications have increased and there are new provincial and territorial median hourly wages. Click here to learn more

Brexit Strategy Planning for UK Nationals in the EU
The European Council and the UK have agreed to a new, flexible extension of Article 50, leaving several possible Brexit outcomes. Read our in-depth analysis and what the outcomes might mean for employers. 

Company Registration Deadline Extension Requests for Argentina
The National Registry of Sponsoring Entities has announced it will no longer accept deadline extension requests from companies incorporated as Limited Liability Companies branch offices or foundations. Click here for more details.

Consular Updates
Russia – Washington, DC
The Consulate of Russia in Washington, DC is no longer offering rush processing for non-US nationals. The only available option is 12 day standard processing. Click here to start your visa application to Russia.
Consular Closings

United States
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Consular Closings page to see the complete list of U.S. closures.

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