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Germany consulates privatizes visa application services

German consulates are contracting out more and more visa application services, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. Critics fear the practice could increase the risk of data leaks – and the temptation to corruption. The German government is increasingly outsourcing its consular visa services to companies that have access to private information, the Foreign Ministry has … Continue reading

U.S. Department of state proposes tougher visa scrutiny

The U.S. Department of State has proposed tougher questioning of visa applicants believed to warrant extra scrutiny, according to a document published Thursday, in a push toward the “extreme vetting” that President Donald Trump has said is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. Questions about social media accounts would be part of the stepped-up criteria, which … Continue reading

Australia to review working holiday visa

THE federal government has launched a review into the working holiday visa with a view to improving their usage in agricultural industries. The review forms part of the consultation over the introduction of the backpacker tax, and could also seek to reduce the tax rate for non-residents. Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie said the review would … Continue reading

Turkish visa rules reduces influx of migrants and genuine travelers alike

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—A series of new visa rules introduced by Turkey last year have affected genuine travelers, Asylum seekers and travel agencies alike while tourism officials in the Kurdistan Region think this may boost tourism at home. Rekan Rostam, a travel agent in Erbil once had a steady flow of customers most of whom have … Continue reading

EU Referendum : Man takes to newspaper, speaks against talks about immigration ahead of EU referendum

The man behind the ad, Laurence Taylor, has rapidly won himself a large number of supporters A man has taken out a full page advert in the Metro newspaper, paying for it out of his own pocket, in response to what he calls “the rubbish being talked about immigration” ahead of the EU referendum. Laurence … Continue reading

Taiwan to waive visa requirements for South-East Asian tourists

TAIPEI • Taiwan plans to offer visa exemptions to tourists from South-east Asia as part of its “pivot south”, said the Central News Agency (CNA). This is the first step in Taiwan’s mission to expand the scope and diversity of its external economy – a move intended to make it less dependent on China. Mr … Continue reading

Nigeria to grant visa-free access to 8 African countries

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, says plans have been concluded to sign visa-free pacts with a bloc of eight African countries to promote economic partnership on the continent. Onyeama announced this in Abuja on Tuesday at a news confernce to mark one year of President Mohammadu Buhari’s Administration. The minister, who did … Continue reading

Registered numbers of refugees in Germany drastically dropped in 2016

200,000 refugees have been registered in Germany so far in 2016, marking a considerable downturn. The news comes on the heels of the first Refugees Welcome Index which China and Germany topped in terms of acceptance. The influx of refugees into Germany dropped significantly in 2016 compared to the height of the refugee crisis in … Continue reading

Most refugees in Germany are young, males and lack qualifications – German immigration service

Three-quarters of refugees who entered Germany in 2015 are males, two thirds younger than 33 years old, with low working experience, a new study by the German national immigration service says. Germany’s Federal Service for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has released a new study on nearly 1.1 million refugees who entered the country last year, … Continue reading

Asylum seeker forcibly returned from Australia, says his claim for refugee status was ignored

One of the asylum seekers forcibly returned to Sri Lanka by Australia has said his claim for refugee status was ignored by officials. Colombo human rights lawyer Lakshan Dias, who is acting on behalf of the man, Kumara, his wife and two children, said the asylum seeker group was put through an abbreviated and unfair … Continue reading