VENEZUELA – Embassy in Argentina Can Now Apostille Venezuelan Criminal Records Certificates

Effective immediately, the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina is now authorised to stamp an apostille seal on Venezuelan criminal records certificates.

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VENEZUELA – Embassy in Argentina Can Now Apostille Venezuelan Criminal Records Certificates

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KENYA – In-Country Work Permits Suspended [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya. Upon the expiry of a permit or pass, the foreign national will be required to leave the country until the permit or pass is renewed and issued.

[UPDATE] As of 14 January 2019, this directive has not yet been implemented. However, increased scrutiny is being given to all applications with more stringent vetting of approvals for permits and passes. Approvals will only be given for positions where it is clearly demonstrated that there is no local skill-set available or that the sponsoring entity has taken genuine steps to train Kenyan understudies.

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CZECH REPUBLIC – New Consular Appointment-Booking System

From 1 December 2017, a new appointment booking system has been introduced at Czech consulates. Applicants must now request a long-term visa or residence permit appointment by email.

However, requests for appointments sent during December show that the process and timing vary significantly between consulates (from several weeks to several months).

Consulates at which it was challenging to obtain appointments in 2017 continue to grant appointments for up to several months after the appointment request.

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CZECH REPUBLIC – New Consular Appointment-Booking System

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TURKEY – Update on Entry for US Nationals; and Security Alert

There are some updates to the situation for US nationals wishing to obtain visas for Turkey, and a security alert for those already in Turkey and other middle-eastern countries.

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UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing in Russia

The United States Department of State has announced that, effective 11 December 2017, the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok will begin to offer limited interviews for non-immigrant visas.

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UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing in Russia

TURKEY + UNITED STATES – Update on Entry to Turkey for US Nationals

On 21 November 2017, the United States Department of State issued an update on the situation for US nationals entering Turkey. The main points are as follows:

  • US citizens (with no other nationality) will be issued sticker visas upon entry into Turkey only if they can show legal residency (residence permits) in another country other than the US. (Note: this is in clear contrast with airport policy the past month where US nationals were consistently being issued sticker visas at Turkish airports as long as their flight originated outside the US).
  • Turkish consulates outside the US are consistently issuing visas to US nationals physically present at that consular post, with no problems. Note that whether a particular consulate retains a local residence requirement is case-by-case.
  • Turkish consular posts in the US are still offering visa appointments to US nationals in some cases, based on certain criteria such as medical needs, urgent family issues, international conferences or sport events, etc.
  • Current valid Turkish visas (including sticker visas) continue to be acceptable for entry into Turkey.

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TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing

Panorama os Istanbul and Bosporus at night

On 6 November 2017, the United States mission to Turkey announced that it is resuming limited visa services in Turkey, based on assurances from the government of Turkey about the security of local US diplomatic staff. A reduced number of visa appointments is available at the US Embassy in Ankara or the Consulate General in Istanbul.

Turkey reciprocated by announcing a resumption of limited processing of visa applications for US nationals in the United States.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by US Embassy & Consulates in Turkey and the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC.