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Schengen visa application fee hike to Euro 80 from February 2

A Schengen visa is needed for 26 European countries, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland & Spain. The increase in the visa fee comes as an updated Schengen Visa Code will apply from Feb 2, 2020. Children aged 6 to 12 will have to pay Euro 40 instead of Euro 35, as it is currently.

Indian immigration to US down 7.5%

Since Trump became President in 2017, the US govt has tightened immigration norms through policy changes.

Planning a trip abroad? 12 countries that are going easy on Indian passport holders

Sri Lanka is offering free visa-on-arrival for Indian passport holders. The country extended the scheme where it is offering free visa-on-arrival till April 30 for the citizens of 48 countries. The step was taken in order to revive the tourism of the country which was severely hit by the Easter Sunday bombings.

Nasscom questions legality of  US immigration agency’s visa fee hike plan

The fee hike by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is for the short-term work permits used by IT companies to send highly-skilled workers to the US, and Nasscom has opposed it in a submission to the immigration agency’s parent, Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

UAE introduces multi-entry tourist visas for five years for all nationalities

The new tourist visa will be valid for 5 years and can be used for multiple entries and is open for all nationalities. Travellers from Africa, some South American countries, Arab states outside the Gulf, and European states from outside the European Union and former Soviet Union previously needed visas.

Saudi Arabia eases visa rules for Indian tourists

Any Indian holding a valid US, UK or Schengen and travelling by Saudi national carrier for tourism will be offered visa-on-arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Indian IT’s H-1B visa woes could worsen in 2020

US will bring a new system in April that requires cos to register in advance names of staff who need work permit.

Bhutan’s $250 foreign fee may hit Indians

Bhutan could soon be out of reach for Indian tourists on a budget. The Himalayan kingdom proposes to extend to regional tourists the mandatory “minimum daily package” of $250 . Short-hop tourists, especially large groups visiting Darjeeling or Sikkim, account for the most Indian visitors to Bhutan.

US should not obstruct flow of talent from India: Jaishankar on H-1B visa

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

US Senators say no voting on S-386 Bill as of now

Claiming that they’ve reached a consensus on the Bill, Senators Mike Lee and Dick Durbin say it won’t be put to vote without majority backing. Speaking in the US Senate on Wednesday, Durbin, the Senate Democratic Whip who was previously opposed to the Bill, said the green card backlog was one of the most serious challenges the country faced.

India pitches for H-1B visa holders, says movement of people deepened ties

People to people ties have been one of the defining elements of our friendship, Jaishankar told reporters at a joint news conference here with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo along with the Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Bill to remove country caps for green cards to hit firms: Nasscom

Bill to remove country caps for green cards to hit firms: Nasscom

The provisions — which bar companies employing over 50 people in the United States and have half of their staff working on H-1B visas from sponsoring additional work visas — have been introduced in the S-386 Bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year but has not been able to get past the US Senate where the Republican Party has a majority.

NZ opens doors to spouses from arranged marriages held in India

NZ opens doors to spouses from arranged marriages held in India

Under the new guidelines, if an application is filed within three months of the arranged marriage ceremony, the spouse would be eligible to visit NZ under the Culturally Arranged Marriage visitor visa. If the three-month window has lapsed, the spouse may be granted a general visitor visa.

Nearly 10,000 Indians detained in US in 2018 in removal operations: Report

Nearly 10,000 Indians detained in US in 2018 in removal operations: Report

According to the report titled “Immigration Enforcement: Arrests, Detentions, and Removals, and Issues Related to Selected Populations” by Government Accountability Office, the number of Indians detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the ICE has more than doubled between 2015 and 2018.

USCIS completes final testing of electronic H-1B registration process

USCIS completes final testing of electronic H-1B registration process

Under the new system, only applications selected through the random selection process will be eligible to file the H-1B cap subject petitions. Through this new process, USCIS hopes to dramatically streamline processing by reducing paperwork and data exchange, and will provide an overall cost savings to petitioning employers.

US completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process for 2021 season

US completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process for 2021 season

Under this new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or their authorized representatives, will complete a registration process that requires only basic information about their company and each requested worker.

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