Category Articles: Visa

Minimum investment for EB 5 visa likely to be more than doubled: former US Congressman Aaron Schock in Gujarat

October 24, 2018
Minimum investment for EB 5 visa likely to be more than doubled: former US Congressman Aaron Schock in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Former US Congressman and leader of the ruling Republican party, Aaron Schock, who was among the American leaders who had visited Gujarat and met the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as part of campaign to improve trade ties, today said that the minimum investment for obtaining EB-5 visa which gives green card and conditional resident status of his country to immigrant investors would likely be more than doubled from existing $500000 to anywhere from $1.2million to $1.5 million from next...Read More

Apply early for U.S. Visas this summer: The U.S. Embassy in India

April 17, 2018
Apply early for U.S. Visas this summer: The U.S. Embassy in India

New Delhi: The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi recommends travelers across India apply early for U.S. visas due to heavy demand. At this time, applicants across India may wait 30 days or more for a visa interview appointment to become available and the Embassy expects this wait time to continue for at least the next few months. Mission India’s nonimmigrant visa workload is one of the largest in the world, processing over a million visas a year. In the last five years, the demand for visas to trav...Read More

More and more countries need to do more to welcome immigrants:Canadian PM in Gujarat

February 19, 2018
More and more countries need to do more to welcome immigrants:Canadian PM in Gujarat

Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar: Canadian PM Justin P Trudeau today said that more and more countries should show much liberal and welcoming attitude towards the refugees coming in hope of a better life. Trudeau during his address and interactive session in IIMA here today said "More countries need to do more to welcome immigrants not because that is the right thing to do, but because refugees who flee the persecution in their country for a better life in another, are extremely grate...Read More

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

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