Category: USA

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

Japan to Introduce Electronic Travel Authorisation for Visa-Free Visitors

The Japanese government has announced plans to implement an online system for travel authorization for visa-exempt travellers. This new system was adopted during a meeting of Cabinet ministers at the Prime Minister’s Office. Under the new system, foreign visitors who do not require short-stay visas will need to provide their information online, including the purpose…
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US Passport Online Renewal Is Available Again

The US State Department has reopened its online passport renewal portal, reintroducing a convenient service that has been on hold for over a year.  There are a limited number of slots for US passport holders to renew online each day. The window for US passport renewal applications opens each day at 1 p.m. ET and…
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US Visa Waiver Program: Romania Near Admission

Romania is close to joining the US Visa Waiver Program, according to Dan-Andrei Muraru, the Romanian ambassador to the United States. “We’re in the final stages,” Muraru said, “and by the end of the American fiscal year on October 1, we’re confident we’ll meet the requirement of having a visa rejection rate below 3% for…
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Simplified EU Single Permit Rules Begin on May 20

On 12 April 2024, the European Council formally adopted the revision of the European Union’s Single Permit Directive, marking a significant step forward in simplifying the migration process for non-EU nationals. The updated directive, which revises the original 2011 version, sets out streamlined administrative procedures for obtaining a single permit that grants both the right…
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Diversity Visa 2025: Green Card Lottery Results Announced

The US Department of State has unveiled the lucky winners of the Fiscal Year 2025 Diversity Visa (DV)/Green Card Lottery. The winners of this lottery will be granted a visa that will allow them to reside and work within the United States. The State Department oversees the lottery administration, determines the random winners and issues…
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