Visa and Passport Updates

December 13, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Holiday Closures
The CIBT offices will be closing at 5pm CT on December 24th and will remain closed through December 26th as well as closing at 5pm CT on December 31st and remaining closed on January 1st to celebrate the holiday season. Many consulates nationwide will be closed during this time period as well resulting in an increase in processing times. Please keep this in mind and 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. 

Seasonal Increase in Visa Requests
The holiday season is here and Canadian nationals with international travel plans should ensure they have enough time to acquire their travel visas. Many consulates experience an increase in visa requests during the holidays and the start of the new year. This increase along with holiday closures can cause a delay in processing times. CIBT has the expertise and tools to help you navigate the complex visa requirements and quickly complete your application and supporting documents. Avoid unexpected delays, disruptions, and uncertainty; apply for your visa today with CIBT.

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.

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.

Biometrics Now Required for Certain In-Canada Applications
Applicants within Canada for work permit, study permit, and visa extensions, as well as for permanent residence, must now give their biometrics (fingerprints and photo) at a designated Service Canada location. Click here to learn more

Increased Minimum Salary Thresholds for 2020 in Belgium
Effective January 1, 2020, minimum gross annual salary levels for foreign employees will be increased in the three Belgian regions. Click here for more details.

Assignment Letter for Intra-Company Transfer Permits in Spain
The immigration authorities have established new requirements for assignment letters in support of all intra-company transfer permit applications, both those under EU Directive 2014/66 and those under the Spanish Entrepreneur’s Law. Read 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.

December 5, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Traveller Registration for Holiday Travel
The holiday season is here and if you are travelling abroad, 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.

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.
 

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.

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.

Skilled Occupation List Review in Australia
Our immigration experts at Newland Chase recently met with two representatives from the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, regarding the upcoming changes to the skilled occupation lists used by Immigration. Click here to see what they learned.

Work Visit Visa Eliminated in Saudi Arabia
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has privately confirmed that the Work Visit Visa (WVV) is no longer available. The Business Visa now replaces it. Those currently in the Kingdom under a WVV can stay until the expiry date. Click here for more details

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.

November 28, 2019

CIBT Visa News

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.

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

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.

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

Saudi Arabia Tourist E-Visas Now Available 
We are excited to announce that travellers 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

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

November 21, 2019

CIBT Visa News

Saudi Arabia Tourist E-Visas Now Available 
We are excited to announce that travellers 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

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.


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. 

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 travellers 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

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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