UNITED KINGDOM – Government Doubles Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visas

The UK Home Office has announced that the number of visas available annually through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route is increasing from 1000 to 2000.

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UNITED KINGDOM – Government Doubles Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visas

This news alert was prepared using information provided by UK Visas and Immigration and Newland Chase.

JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that several measures to relax the visa requirements for nationals of India and Ukraine will take effect on 1 January 2018.

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JAPAN – Relaxation of Visa Requirements for Indian and Ukrainian Nationals

The information in this alert was provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

QATAR – Rejected Block Visa Amendment Applications May Not Be Resubmitted Within 20 Days

Effective immediately, the Ministry of Labour in Qatar has implemented a new rule, requiring employers whose block visa amendment application has been rejected to wait 20 days before resubmitting the application.

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TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Reciprocal Suspension of Visa Services

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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.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Visapoint Appointment-Booking System Closed

Effective 1 November 2017, the Visapoint system has closed and is no longer available for booking appointments for visa or residence permit applications.

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CZECH REPUBLIC – Visapoint Appointment-Booking System Closed

This news alert was prepared using information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

COLOMBIA – New Degree Validation Rules Imminent

On 24 October 2017, new rules for foreign nationals who are required to validate their university degrees will come into effect. Until 24 October, while the authorities implement the new rules, foreign nationals cannot access the online system to validate their university degrees.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Tannus & Asociados and Brigard and Urrutia.

TURKEY AND UNITED STATES – Reciprocal Suspension of Visa Services

Panorama os Istanbul and Bosporus at nightOn 8 October 2017, the United States announced the immediate suspension of all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey.

Hours later, Turkey retaliated by suspending all visa services for US citizens at its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, and at Turkey’s borders, and blocked US nationals from using its e-Visa service.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by the US Embassy in Turkey.