Category Articles: Visa

U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Celebrates Student Visa Day

June 08, 2017
U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Celebrates Student Visa Day

Mumbai: In tandem with U.S. consulates across the country, the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai heralded opportunities for higher education in the United States by declaring June 8 to be “Student Visa Day.” Consular officers spent the day adjudicating visas only for students who had been accepted into U.S. institutions, speaking with more than 1,300 students in one day. In addition, the consulate hosted a roundtable discussion featuring alumni, current students, and parents of current stud...Read More

British Deputy High Commissioner opens new VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad

March 22, 2017
British Deputy High Commissioner opens new VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: British Deputy High Commissioner Geoff Wain on Tuesday inaugurated bigger, better visa application center of VFS Global in Ahmedabad. The new visa application center has 11 counters for visa applicants including disabled access. Geoff Wain on twitter said: the new bigger better visa application centre in Ahmedabad further demonstrates importance of Gujarat to UK. The new visa application centre continues to be co-located with the Schengen Visa Application Centre. British Deputy Hig...Read More

Hong Kong to withdraw visa free entry facility for Indians

December 20, 2016
Hong Kong to withdraw visa free entry facility for Indians

From K J M Varma Beijing:In a setback to Indian travellers, the Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, has withdrawn the visa-free facility for Indians and they will now have to complete a pre-arrival registration from January. "The Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals will be implemented on January 23, 2017. The online service for 'Pre-arrival Registration for Indian Nationals' is now opened," the Hong Kong immigration department said in an announcement on its off...Read More

Will not allow Americans to be replaced by foreign workers: Trump creates panic among H-1B visa holders

December 10, 2016
Will not allow Americans to be replaced by foreign workers: Trump creates panic among H-1B visa holders

From Lalit K Jha Washington: President-elect Donald Trump has said he would not allow Americans to be replaced by foreign workers, in an apparent reference to cases like that of Disney World and other American companies wherein people hired on H-1B visas, including Indians, displaced US workers. "We will fight to protect every last American life," Trump told thousands of his supporters in Iowa on Thursday as he referred to the cases of Disney world and other US companies. "During the camp...Read More

Indian Embassy in US to hold open house on visa-related issues

December 05, 2016
Indian Embassy in US to hold open house on visa-related issues

Washington:The Indian Embassy here and its five consulates in the US will hold an open house every fortnight starting from January to address the grievances of people on issues related to visa, passport and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card. "I would like to announce an initiative today. We would institute from the first week of January next year an open house in the Indian Embassy," Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, said yesterday at a reception held in his honour by top Indi...Read More

New UK visa rules for non-EU nationals come in force tomorrow

November 23, 2016
New UK visa rules for non-EU nationals come in force tomorrow

From Aditi Khanna London: The UK government's changes to its visa policy for non-EU nationals aimed at curbing its soaring immigration figures will come into force from tomorrow, which will affect a large number of Indians especially IT professionals. Under the new visa rules announced by the UK Home Office earlier this month, applications made on or after November 24 under the Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category would be required to meet a higher salary threshold requirement of 3...Read More

Will withdraw from TPP, investigate work visa “abuses”: Trump

November 22, 2016
Will withdraw from TPP, investigate work visa “abuses”: Trump

Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump today vowed to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the world's largest trade deal, on his first day in office and investigate "abuses" of work visa programmes that undercut American workers as he outlined his policy plans for the first 100 days in the White House. Trump, in his first video-message after being elected as the President of the US to succeed Barack Obama, described the TPP as a "potential disaster" for America and said he w...Read More

Modi seeks relaxation in visa norms for students headed to UK

November 07, 2016
Modi seeks relaxation in visa norms for students headed to UK

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked Britain to relax student visa rules saying greater mobility of young people must be encouraged, even as Prime Minister Theresa May has said her country has a "good system" for applications. Addressing India-UK Tech Summit with May in attendance, Modi said education is vital for Indian students and will define the country's engagement in a shared future. "We must therefore encourage greater mobility and participation of young people i...Read More

Britain changes its visa policy for non-EU nationals; will affect large number of Indians

November 04, 2016
Britain changes its visa policy for non-EU nationals; will affect large number of Indians

From Aditi Khanna London:In a crackdown to curb its soaring immigration figures, the UK government has announced changes to its visa policy for non-EU nationals, which will affect a large number of Indians especially IT professionals. Under the new visa rules announced last evening by the UK Home Office, anyone applying after November 24 under the Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category would be required to meet a higher salary threshold requirement of 30,000 pounds from the earlier 2...Read More

India likely to raise post-study stay issue during UK PM visit

November 03, 2016
India likely to raise post-study stay issue during UK PM visit

New Delhi: India is likely to raise its concerns over problems being faced by Indian students in the UK due to visa curbs during British Prime Minister Teresa May's three-day visit here beginning November 6 -- her first trip outside Europe after assuming office in July. In their talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and May are expected to deliberate on impact of Brexit on the bilateral ties and ways to boost trade and investment, besides expanding cooperation in some other key areas. "We ...Read More