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New visa curbs to affect Non-EU nations from April 6

Cost of application for Tier 2 visas will increase because of measure intended to reduce Britain’s perceived dependence on non-EU workers. A series of new visa restrictions that will affect Indian and other non-EU countries come into effect from April 6, including an ‘immigration skills charge’ of £1000 per year, higher salary thresholds and a … Continue reading

Spouses of H-1B visa holders could lose their jobs under Trump

Thousands of people – mostly women – working legally in the United States under Obama-era rules could be forced to stop working under Trump. Currently, if someone has an H-1B visa, which allows skilled workers to come to the US temporarily, and has applied for lawful permanent residence, their spouse can apply to work under … Continue reading

Pakistan suspends visa on arrival for foreigners

Pakistan has suspended issuance of visas on arrival to foreigners in a bid to streamline the visa regime and avoid any irregularities in the database. Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, during a high-level meeting on Monday, asked officials to revise and update visa rules besides introduction of online visa regime to bring in transparency … Continue reading

Indians to get visa on arrival in UAE

The UAE Cabinet has approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival. The decision comes within the framework of the long-term strategic partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of India, the promotion of political, economic and trade interests … Continue reading

Donald Trump to sign new executive order on immigration

President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new refugee and immigration executive order on Wednesday, one day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress. That’s according to a senior administration official. Trump initially planned to sign the new order last week, but spokesman Sean Spicer said the president was holding off “to … Continue reading

U.S changes visa rules for Chinese

BEIJING: The United States has shortened the expiration period of old visa from within 48 months to within 12 months for Chinese citizens to apply for a new visa without interview. A note published on the website of the U.S. embassy in China said that if Chinese citizens previously received a U.S. visa that expired … Continue reading

UK ends Dubs amendment that helps resettle migrants children

A key route into the UK for children caught up in Europe’s migrant crisis is to close after a total of 350 arrivals. In a written ministerial statement, the Home Office said it would stop receiving children via the so-called Dubs amendment at the end of March. The law, designed by peer and former refugee … Continue reading

NZ immigration consultant labels new South African visa law as ‘inconvenient’

An immigration consultant admits a lengthy and expensive process to get a visa to visit South Africa will be “inconvenient”. Changes effected on January 16 mean all New Zealanders now need three-month holiday visas when visiting South Africa and these must be obtained in person at the South African High Commission in Wellington. The new … Continue reading

Thailand introduces Visa incentives to lure visitors

The cabinet on Tuesday extended by six months to August free visas at Thai consulates and embassies and discounts on visas on arrival for visitors from 21 countries. The Tourism and Sports Ministry proposed the extension to attract foreign tourists as the measure earlier set for three months from early December to Feb 28 raised … Continue reading

Russia establishes control on border with Belarus

MOSCOW — Russia’s main domestic security agency has established controls on the border with Belarus in response to that country’s decision to abolish visas for short-term travelers. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, has established a full-fledged border protection regime between the two ex-Soviet neighbors, according to documents released by the government Wednesday. Russia and … Continue reading