Visa and Passport Updates

August 15, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Immunisation – International Requirements
Many countries require travellers 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 traveller’s visa application. We recommend travellers check the requirements for their destination when planning their international trip. Stay informed; visit our Travel Resources page to 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.

Traveller Registration – Travel Responsibly
Feel more secure about your international travels by having CIBT register your trip with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development. Our Traveller Registration service provides travellers with important information about safety conditions in the country they are visiting and allows the local Canadian Embassy to contact them should any unexpected event occur during their stay. Be a responsible traveller and stay informed, connected, and safe with Traveller 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 travellers that you support.

Ireland Business Immigration Developments in July 2019
2019 continued to be a busy year for Irish immigration with three further significant developments occurring in July alone. Click here to read about these developments.

D Visa Applications Within Country to be Introduced in Ukraine
Foreign nationals already staying in Ukraine on a visa-free basis will be eligible to apply for a long-term visa (type D) without leaving the country. Click here to learn more.

Consular Updates

Mozambique
The Consulate of Mozambique is closed every Friday. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements for Mozambique.

Consular Closings

Canada
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of Canada closures.

August 8, 2019

CIBT Visa News

CIBT – Group Travel Solutions 
Arranging international group travel is complicated whether it’s for a professional meeting, an incentive program, or even a wedding. CIBT 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 acctmgmt@cibtvisas.ca today for more information about how we can solve your group travel challenge.

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 also gives next steps to apply for your visa. Learn more and download your own customized Travel Visa Widget 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 travellers that you support.

Broader Visa Policies to Attract Foreign Talent in China
The National Immigration Administration in China has implemented new immigration and entry-exit policies that went into effect nationwide August 1, 2019. Click here to learn more.

New Reporting Obligations via Online System in Colombia
Migration Colombia has changed its interpretation of the reporting obligations for sponsoring companies via the online system SIRE in certain cases. Click here to see more details

New Entry Requirements for Venezuelan Nationals in Ecuador
Effective August 25, 2019, a visa will be required for all Venezuelan nationals entering Ecuador. See what’s changed

Consular Updates

Vietnam - Ottawa
The Consulate of Vietnam in Ottawa is closed every Tuesday and Thursday. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements for Vietnam.

Consular Closings

Canada
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of Canada closures.

August 1, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) 2019 - Booth #3417
CIBT will be exhibiting at GBTA’s annual convention in Chicago, IL this year from August 3rd - 7th. Stop by booth #3417 to talk to our experts and learn more about our innovative global visa, passport, and immigration solutions. We are excited to announce that we will be presenting two educational seminars this year. Join us Tuesday, August 6th, at 9:00am for our session on Unites States & Canada Cross-Border Challenges for Business Travelers and at 10:30am for our session on International Immigration and Tax Compliance for Business Travelers. Click here to learn more.

Traveller Registration for the Summer
If you are travelling abroad this summer, it's not too late to sign up for Traveller Registration. Our Traveller Registration service provides travellers with important information about safety conditions in the countries they are visiting and can help them make informed decisions about their travel plans. This service also allows the local Canadian Embassy to contact you should any unexpected event occur during your trip. Traveller Registration allows you to stay informed, connected, and safe. Learn more and register here.

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 travellers that you support.

Increased Labor Checks in Greece
There will be an increased number of employment law compliance checks in the coming months throughout Greece, especially in tourist areas such as the Greek islands. Click here to learn more.

Delays to Residence Permit Processing in Spain
Applicants for Spanish residence permits are experiencing significant delays in the application approval process. Click here for more details.

Consular Updates

Mozambique
The Consulate of Mozambique is closed every Friday. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements for Mozambique.

Consular Closings

Canada
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of Canada closures.

July 25, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) 2019 - Booth #3417
CIBT will be exhibiting at GBTA’s annual convention in Chicago, IL this year from August 3rd - 7th. Stop by booth #3417 to talk to our experts and learn more about our innovative global visa, passport, and immigration solutions. We are excited to announce that we will be presenting two educational seminars this year. Join us Tuesday, August 6th, at 9:00am for our session on Unites States & Canada Cross-Border Challenges for Business Travelers and at 10:30am for our session on International Immigration and Tax Compliance for Business Travelers. Click here to learn more.

Worried About the Complex China Visa Application Procedure? CIBT Can Help
All travellers applying for a visa to China in Canada must provide fingerprints in person via appointment at a Visa Application Service Center in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, or Vancouver. These complex changes and enhanced requirements can be confusing and overwhelming. CIBT is here to help our travellers navigate this new and challenging process with our fast, compliant, and convenient visa processing service. Our team of experts help you complete your application correctly, make your fingerprint appointment, and even meet you at the Visa Application Service Center for any last minute questions and instructions. CIBT is pleased to offer dedicated and personalized service allowing travellers to obtain a visa to China as quickly and conveniently as possible. Don’t put your trip at risk; click here to get started on your China visa application today.

Live Webinar – U.S. Employers of Foreign Talent: Options If You’re Not Selected for an H-1B
The H-1B visa cap of 65,000 visas (and an additional 20,000 visas reserved for advanced U.S. degree holders) for fiscal year 2020 was met in just five days in early April this year. As the primary visa route for companies needing to employ highly skilled foreign workers in the U.S., this leaves many employers with an unfilled demand for foreign talent. With heavy demand and a limited supply of visas, the odds of success next year are just as long if not longer. Join us Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10am ET/3pm BST for a live webinar about your options after an unsuccessful H-1B process. In this webinar we will discuss the latest H-1B process information, alternative visa options, and strategies for utilizing visa options in other countries. 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 travellers that you support.

Registration of Resident Foreign Nationals Announced in Nigeria
All foreign nationals who intend to reside in Nigeria for at least 90 days must present themselves within six months to the Nigeria Immigration Service to be registered. Click here to learn more

I-KAD Issuance Suspended Until Further Notice in Malaysia
The immigration authorities have announced that from July 16, 2019, the issuance of i-KAD identification cards to foreign nationals is suspended. See more details

New Dependent Sponsorship Policy in the UAE
On 14 July 2019, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced that, effective 1 July 2019, both male and female foreign residents working under the sponsorship of entities in any Free Zone or Emirate can sponsor their family members (spouse, children under the age of 18 and unmarried daughters) if they earn a monthly salary of AED 4000, or AED 3000 plus accommodation provided by the employer. Click here to see the updated information.

Consular Updates

Vietnam - Ottawa
The Consulate of Vietnam in Ottawa is closed every Tuesday and Thursday. Please plan accordingly if you have any pressing visa needs. Click here to see your visa requirements for Vietnam.

Venezuelan Nationals and Visa Requirements
Some destinations that traditionally have not required visas for Venezuela nationals are revisiting that position due to the current political crisis. This is a dynamic situation that CIBT is monitoring closely and updating our website accordingly. Due to the fluidity of the situation we recommend that you visit the CIBT website and check with your airline before your departure to confirm that your visa result is still accurate.

Consular Closings

Canada
Visit consular closings to see the complete list of Canada closures.

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