INDIA – 36 Countries Added to India’s e-Tourist Visa Program

Posted on August 14, 2015

India has extended its e-Tourist visa program to include nationals of 36 additional countries effective August 15, 2015. E-Tourist visas are issued online and limited up to two per year. The Indian government allows travelers to use e-Tourist visas for… Read more »


KENYA – Registration Required Prior to Work Permit Endorsement

Posted on August 14, 2015

Effective immediately, Kenya’s Department of Immigration Services is requiring foreign workers to register prior to having their work permit endorsed. Once their work permit is issued, foreign nationals must schedule an appointment to register as foreigners. During this in-person appointment,… Read more »


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – EU Nationals Now Eligible for 90-day Visas-On-Arrival

Posted on August 14, 2015

In May of this year, the United Arab Emirates and the European Union signed a visa-free travel agreement that has now made 90-day visas-on-arrival available to EU nationals traveling to UAE. Ireland and the United Kingdom did not sign this… Read more »


CHINA – WWII Commemoration to Postpone Processing Times

Posted on August 7, 2015

Government offices in China will be closed on September 3-5, 2015 in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Work permit and residence permit processing will be suspended during that time. Applicants should expect processing… Read more »


RUSSIA – Extensions of Stay No Longer Granted for Ukrainian Nationals

Posted on August 7, 2015

Ukrainian nationals in Russia are now only eligible to remain in the country for up to 90 days in a given 180-day period without having a work or residency permit. Prior to this policy change, Ukrainian nationals working in Russia… Read more »


SWITZERLAND – Quotas for EU/EFTA L Permits Exhausted for Third Quarter of 2015

Posted on August 7, 2015

The quota for L permits for the third quarter of 2015, for short-term assignees from European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled. Who is Affected? New, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland… Read more »


TURKEY – Online System Error Causing Delay in Residence Permit Applications

Posted on August 7, 2015

The Istanbul Migration Directorate website is currently experiencing a system error where available appointment dates have not been displaying for some days. This system error will probably cause delays for foreign nationals in Istanbul trying to book initial residence permit… Read more »