Visa and Passport Updates

October 17, 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

Business and Tourist Invitations for Russia
To secure a visa to Russia, all travellers 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, 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.  

Destination Spotlight – Planning a Trip to China?
Not only is China a manufacturing and exporting powerhouse making a huge impact on the world stage, but it is also the world's number one tourist destination receiving roughly 56 million tourists a year. All Canadian nationals need a visa to enter China. Click here to see your visa requirements and start planning your trip to China today with CIBT

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.

ERC Global Workforce Symposium
The largest annual gathering of relocation, global mobility, and HR professionals — this year’s GWS will take place on October 16-18 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Click here to learn more

Costa Rica: Sharp Increase in Guarantee Deposit Rate Affects Current Cases
Effective immediately, the General Directorate of Immigration has significantly increased the amounts of guarantee deposit payable by applicants for immigration status in Costa Rica. Click here to read more

Consular Updates

Saudi Arabia
The Consulate of Saudi Arabia has reduced their fees for working visit, family visit, and business visas. Click here to start your visa application to Saudi Arabia.

Consular Closings

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

October 3, 2019

CIBT Visa News

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.

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

Thanksgiving Day Closures
All CIBT offices and consulates nationwide will be closed Monday, October 14th, 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.

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.

Changes to Accredited Employer Framework in New Zealand
The New Zealand government has announced significant changes to the Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa effective October 7, 2019. Click here to learn more

New Regulation on Job Titles for Foreign Workers in Indonesia
The Ministry of Manpower has issued a regulation specifying more than 2200 permitted job titles in 18 sectors for foreign workers in Indonesia. Click here for more details

Alien Employment Permit Applications Required in The Philippines
On October 1, 2019, The Department of Labor and Employment in the National Capital Region began requiring foreign national applicants to personally submit AEP applications. Click here to read more.

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.

September 26, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Visa Replacement Service
CIBTvisas understands the importance of keeping your passport and visas secure. If your passport is lost or stolen, the cost and hassle of replacing your travel documents can be overwhelming. Our Visa Replacement Service enables you to replace your unexpired visas free of charge and helps you obtain a new passport, even if you are abroad. Click here to learn more about our Visa Replacement Service

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.

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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 


China Holiday Closures
The Chinese Consulates will be closed September 30 – October 1, 2019 for the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. Please take these holiday closures into consideration when applying for your visa to China. Click here to start 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 travellers that you support.

Invitation Letters in Electronic Format Only for Russia
Effective October 1, 2019, the Internal Affairs Ministry’s Moscow Office will issue all invitation letters in electronic format only. Click here for more details.

Work Permit attestation for Egyptian nationals Suspended in Kuwait
The Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait is currently refusing to attest work permit approvals for Egyptian nationals issued by the Kuwaiti labor authorities. Click here to learn more

Update of Residential Address During Pass Issuance in Singapore
The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has reminded employers of foreign national work pass holders of the address registration requirements. Click here to read more

Consular Updates

Saudi Arabia
The Consulate of Saudi Arabia has reduced their fees for working visit, family visit, and business visas. Click here to start your visa application to Saudi Arabia.

Consular Closings

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

September 19, 2019

CIBT Visa News

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.

Weather Extremes and Traveller Registration 
Natural disasters can strike anywhere, in any season, and without warning. Our Traveller Registration service provides travellers 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 Canadian Embassy to contact you should any unexpected event occur during your trip. Traveller Registration allows you to stay informed, connected and safe. Don’t let extreme weather take you by surprise; register today

China Holiday Closures
The Chinese Consulates will be closed September 30 – October 1, 2019 for the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. Please take these holiday closures into consideration when applying for your visa to China. Click here to start 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 travellers that you support.

Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules in the UK
The Home Office has published the latest Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, which includes changes to Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system. Click here to learn more.

Supporting Documents for Alien Employment Permit in the Philippines
The Department of Labor and Employment in the National Capital Region now requires specific supporting documents for Alien Employment Permit (AEP) applications. Visit our website for more details
 
Changes to Qualification Evaluation in South Africa
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) will no longer allow third parties (such as immigration agencies, attorneys, or family members) to follow up on evaluation applications. Click here to see 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.

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