HLG - Weekly Newsletter – 22.07.2019

Jul 22,2019





  1. More Than 2.5K Visas Issued For Algerians To Attend AFCON”, Egypt Today, July 20, 2019
  • Egyptian ambassador in Algeria has spoken about the embassy staff working overtime in order to grant visas for Algerian fans travelling to Egypt for the final of AFCON 2019.
  • More than 2,000 visas have been granted by the Egyptian Consulate to Algerians since the beginning of the African Cup of Nations, according to Egyptian Ambassador Ayman Mosharaf.
  • On Friday, Algerian won the African Cup of Nations against Senegal in Cairo Stadium for the first time since 1990. They had beaten Senegal already in group stages, and did not lose a single match in the competition. Their opponent of Senegal were dealt a huge blow after their star center back Kalidou Koulibaly was suspended for the final.
  • The Algerian government has given the green light to allow two extra military planes to fly fans to Egypt in order to support the Algerian national team in their quest for the title. That brings the overall total of planes to 30 all of which will be transporting Algerian supporters to Cairo.




British Virgin Islands


  1. Kamal Haynes, “Passport Scanning, E-visas, ‘People Tracking’ Part Of Govt’s 2020 Border Management System”, BVI News, July 19, 2019
  • The new border management system announced by the government last month is expected to be fully implemented by June 2020 and will consist of a number of components never seen in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) before.
  • “Though we are unable to give full details to the public, for obvious security reasons, we can see the introduction and reintroduction, in some cases, of passport scanning upon entry at all ports, evisas, and proper people tracking,” Immigration Minister Vincent Wheatley told BVI News on Thursday, July 18.
  • He said the new system will be introduced to the BVI in phases.


United States


  1. Laura D Francis, “Companies Seeking H-1B Visas Asked to Prove Future Work Exists”, Bloomberg Law, July 17, 2019
  • Companies seeking H1B workers are being asked to prove they’ll have definite assignments for the full three-year term of the visa, the latest hurdle from the administration in its crackdown on the specialty occupation visa program.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requests for statements of work, vendor agreements, and a list of projects “have become really standard with thirdparty placement situations and staffing companies,” said Jennifer Minear of Richmond, Va.-based McCandlish Holton.
  • The line of questioning is coming through requests for evidence (RFEs), a tool the USCIS uses to gather additional documentation proving that the job meets the visa criteria.






  1. Liu Caiyu & Leng Shumei, “Visa Relaxed To Attract Foreign Talent”, Global Times, July 17, 2019
  • China will expand preferential immigration and entry policies to attract more foreign talent to more free trade zones across the country starting August 1.
  • The decision was announced at a press conference Wednesday by the Ministry of Public Security in Beijing. It will be implemented to create a better business environment, according to a statement the ministry sent to the Global Times.
  • The policies include 12 clauses which provide convenience to acquire permanent residence permits by foreign talent including those who benefit China's development, their spouses and children, according to the statement.
  • The regulation also expanded the scope of longterm visa and residence permits, for example, foreign researchers, business-people and assistant personnel can apply for two-to -five-year visas or residence permits.




  1.  Anumeha Chatuvedi, “Visa Norms Rejig To Ease Foreign Nationals’ Entry”, The Economic Times, July 18, 2019
  • The home ministry has liberalised India’s visa rules to simplify the entry of foreign nationals and give them greater flexibility in terms of permitted activities.
  • The main visa categories, apart from those issued for longterm visits and to SAARC members and Overseas Citizens of India, have been scaled down to 21 from 26 by clubbing common groupings.
  • These include combining the medical attendant and medical visas, project and employment visas, internship and research with student visas and sports with business visas.


  1. Vangamla Salle KS, “Manipur To Get Its 1st Visa Services Centre On August 5”, East Mojo News, July 19, 2019
  • In what may come as a good news for the people of Manipur and the Northeast, especially those who are globetrotters, chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday announced that the state will have a visa services centre, the first of its kind in the state and the region, on August 5.
  • The announcement was made after a team of Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Global called on CM Singh at his office in Imphal and discussed on the setting up of the centre.
  • The centre will provide visa services for 40 countries all over the world, he added.
  • With the availability of services at the centre next month, people of the state and the region need not go to Delhi to apply for visas; the centre will directly process the visa applications, it said.




  1.  “Indonesia, Australia To Open Registration For Working Holiday Visas”, The Jakarta Post, July 16, 2019
  • The government will be continuing its bilateral partnership on immigration with Australia by issuing working holiday visas (WHV). The Immigration Directorate General revealed on Monday that both governments were preparing to open registration for the program, which was first commenced in 2009, this year.
  • To be eligible for the WHV, applicants must be Australian and Indonesian citizens aged between 18 and 30 years old. The visa would allow them to stay in the other country for up to 12 months for various purposes, such as education and parttime employment.
  • Indonesians who are interested in applying must first obtain an Issuance of Indonesian Government Recommendation Letters (SRPI), a document issued by the Immigration Directorate General.
  • The office has yet to announce the dates of the registration.




  1.  “Visa To Myanmar Is Becoming Even Easier”, Myanmore, July 21, 2019
  • Applying for visa is often a nightmare with queues in embassies and rude officials. Myanmar stands out. Since 2012, a number of positive changes have been implemented and as people often say, “this is the mostfriendly immigration I have ever met!”
  • The basic rule is that any foreign national who wishes to enter Myanmar must obtain a visa unless they are a citizen of one of the eligible visa exempt countries. The government has worked hard on Improvements to make both entry and exit convenient. A large number of countries have for several years been allowed to apply for Business Visa On Arrival by just presenting an invitation letter from a local company together with the business license. Making it very smooth for business people to fly in with short notice.
  • To boost tourism, all ASEAN (except Malaysia) including Japan, South Korea, Macao, Hong Kong no longer require visa (visa exception). Tourist from India and China are eligible for Tourist visaon-arrival and starting from 01 October 2019, it will also apply to tourists from Italy, Spain, Australia, Switzerland, Germany and Russia!






  1.  “Brest Oblast Sees More Tourists Thanks To Visa-Free Entry Program”, Belarus News, July 19, 2019
  • The tourist and recreation zone “Brest” welcomed 14,500 visafree visitors in H1 2019, BelTA learned from Denis Nikityuk, the head of the tourism desk at the sport and tourism department of the Brest regional administration.
  • Thanks to the visafree program Brest Oblast has seen an increase in the tourist flow from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
  • “In high season, we see an increased demand for active tourism: rafting, cycling, walking tours. Typically, such travelers stay in agroestates (there are around 180 of them in the zone covered by the free-visa program). Events tourism is also popular. For example, foreign guests have showed an interest in Brest's millennium; Events to celebrate this date will last until the end of the year,” Denis Nikityuk said.




  1.  “France To Issue Schengen Visas In Liberia By The End Of September”, Schengen Visa Info, July 17, 2019
  • Liberians will no longer need to travel to Cote d’Ivore only to get a France shortstay visa. Terrance Wills, French Ambassador in Liberia announced the news during the celebration of France’s 230th Bastille Anniversary in Monrovia, on July 14.
  • “Bilaterally, we have good news on Schengen Visas.  By the end of September, applicants for a Schengen visa to France will not need any more to travel to Abidjan; they will just apply at the VFS office at the Royal Hotel and the passport will be sent back directly to their home,” Ambassador Wills said.
  • Starting from September, France will be the second Schengen country that collects Schengen visa applications in Liberia. So far, only the Swedish embassy accepted shortstay visa applications for the Schengen.




  1.  “Portugal Says Iranian Visas Suspended For Consulate Upgrade”, Arab News, July 16, 2019
  • The Portugal stopped issuing entry visas for Iranian nationals while it upgrades security at its consulate in Tehran, not because of political issues or any security threats, the Portuguese foreign ministry said.
  • The suspension is temporary and alternatives will be put in place to issue travel documents to those who need them, the ministry said in a statement released late on Tuesday.
  • The move “does not result from an assessment of the general security conditions in Iran or any other institutional or political aspect,” the ministry said.
  • The Iran embassy in Lisbon said a spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry would issue a statement soon.




  1.  “Karasin: Russia May Abolish Visas For Georgians”, Kavkaza, July 18, 2019
  • Moscow continues to explore the possibility of abolishing visas for Georgian citizens, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.
  • According to him, Moscow is interested in mending relations with Tbilisi and is ready for toplevel negotiations, should Georgia express such a desire.
  • "The issue of abolishing visas with Georgia has been the focus of the Russian political leadership’s attention. I believe Tbilisi’s specific steps aimed at normalizing relations with our country could bring it back to the bilateral agenda," the senior diplomat told Izvestia.


  1. E-Visas For Foreigners Visiting St. Petersburg Soon”, Khaleej Times, July 21, 2019
  • Travellers to St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region in Russia would soon be able to get an evisa by registering themselves online. The visa will be free of cost.
  • This is after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree extending the electronic visa regime to these regions on Friday, July 19.
  • "To establish that from October 1, 2019 entrance to the Russian Federation and departure from the Russian Federation for foreign citizens via the checkpoints of the state border of the Russian Federation located in the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region can be made on the basis of regular singleentry business, tourist and humanitarian visas in the form of electronic documents," the decree read.
  • The evisa would allow the foreign citizens arriving in the Russian Federation via checkpoints to freely move within the territories of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. The period of authorized stay in Russia for e-visa holders will be up to eight days.




  1.  “Turkey In Touch With British Authorities On New Ankara Agreement Visa Rules”, Ahval, July 19, 2019
  • Ambassador Ümit Yalçın, Turkey’s envoy to London, said authorities had been in talks with British counterparts over new rules imposed on Turkish citizens’ Ankara Agreement visas as a part of Britain’s new migration strategy after it leaves the European Union, Dünya newspaper reported on Friday.
  • The Ankara Agreement allows for a specific type of visa for Turks who want to establish businesses or become selfemployed in the Britain. The 1963 Ankara Agreement, also known as the ECAA agreement, permits Turkish nationals to work or set up business and attain residency rights in the United Kingdom.


United Kingdom


  1.  “Foreign Ministry To Host Temporary UK Visa Application Centre”, Maldives Independent, July 21, 2019
  • The Maldives foreign ministry’s office in Malé will host a temporary centre next month for visa applications to travel to the United Kingdom.
  • Organised by the British embassy, the centre will be open from 9am to 5pm on August 5 and 6, the foreign ministry announced on Sunday.
  • “The Temporary UK Visa application service is provided annually to assist Maldivians especially students travelling to the United Kingdom for further studies, to easily and conveniently apply for their Visas,” the foreign ministry said.
  • Appointments can be booked online.




Saudi Arabia


  1.  “Saudi Temporary Visa Regulation ‘Being Finalized’, Says Official”, Saudi Gazette, July 19, 2019
  • Saudi ministry of labor said the temporary visas regulation is at its final stages, Saudi Press Agency has reported, citing Rashid AlOtaibi, manager of seasonal and temporary visas and Haj.
  • “The temporary visa provides a sixmonth stay to beneficiaries including government entities, factories, agricultural institutions, or any other seasonal labor market,” Al-Otaibi said.
  • A government decree was issued earlier stating that in case the required visas, whether individual or commercial, would exceed ten, visas should include different nationalities, he added.


United Arab Emirates


  1. Anwar Ahmad, “Applications For 6-Month UAE Visit Visa Accepted From Abroad”, Gulf News, July 18, 2019
  • People from outside the UAE can get a sixmonth multiple-entry visit visa, renewable for another six months by submitting an application through the e-channels system of the Ministry of Interior, an official spokesperson from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) told Gulf News.
  • The authority clarified that the sixmonth multiple-entry visit visa is meant for all categories of investors, entrepreneur, talented professionals and outstanding students interested in long-term residency visas.
  • The sixmonth multiple entry visas allows them to explore the local UAE markets and initiate their documentation works for the long-term visas.


  1. Lamis Small, “UAE Starts Giving Free Visas To Tourists Under The Age Of 18”, Scoop Empire, July 15, 2019
  • The UAE is now offering free visas to tourists under the age 18 every year between July 15th and September 15th.
  • Children under the age 18 won’t pay any visa fees on the condition that their parents are travelling with them.


  1.  “Biggest visa center of Asia to become operational in Karachi from Sept 2019”, Dunya News, July 20, 2019
  • Ambassador of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hamad Obaid Alzaabi has informed that UAE Embassy will be opening a visa center in Karachi which will become operational in the first week of September 2019 while another visa center will also become functional in Islamabad in the first week of October 2019 which would provide all facilities here in Pakistan.
  • “Everything will be here including the medical insurance, checkups and the contracts etc. to facilitate visa issuance from the visa center in Karachi which will be the biggest visa center of Asia while the entire team for this Visa Center at Khayaban-e-Shamsheer in Karachi will come from UAE”, he added while exchanging views at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) on Friday.






  1. Schengen Visa To Be Available Locally From September”, FBC News, July 19, 2019
  • Fijians will be able to apply for the European Schengen visa in Suva from September.
  • This comes more than two years since the French Embassy closed its visa section.Fiji nationals wishing to travel to Europe have had to incur the additional cost of travel to either Vanuatu, Australia or New Zealand to apply for their visa since 2017.
  • French Ambassador Sujuro Seam says this will all change in less than three months with the embassy outsourcing its visa service.




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