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President Biden increases the visa rights of migrant workers

Updated: Feb 11, 2021 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, USA Immigration

New immigration legislation introduced by President Joe Biden looks set to boost the numbers of foreign workers in the United States and allow them to gain a Green Card at a later date. It could also eventually allow the estimated ten to twelve immigrants living in the States without documents to become citizens. Biden's proposals will also accelerate the process of granting Green Cards to the "Dreamers"…

Traveling with Pets or Service Animals to the United States

Updated: Jan 21, 2024 | Tags: Airline Safety, Service Animals

Traveling to the United States with pets or service animals requires careful planning and adherence to specific regulations. Whether you're moving, vacationing, or visiting for business, ensuring the comfort and safety of your animal companion during the journey is paramount. This comprehensive guide provides essential information on preparing for travel, understanding regulations, and navigating the…

President Joe Biden to reverse travel orders set by former Trump Administration

Updated: Jan 21, 2021 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, USA Visa Restrictions, COVID-19

In his last days in office, outgoing President Donald Trump lifted some of the COVID-19 related restrictions on incoming travel from the European Schengen area, the UK, Brazil, and Ireland, to come into effect on January 26th. Incoming President Biden has promised to reverse this decision. Easing travel restrictions on Schengen, UK, Irish and Brazilian travelers Trump issued an executive order on…

Extension of Trump Administration's Visa Ban

Updated: Jan 08, 2021 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, Travel Restrictions

In the last days of his presidency, Donald Trump has extended the visa ban, suspending legal entry into the USA. How will this move affect visa applicants, American businesses, academic institutions, and hospitals? Previous visa bans The previous presidential proclamation 10014 called a halt to most immigrant visa applications (the visa categories that eventually lead to Green Card/ lawful permanent…

December 2020 U.S. Visa and Immigration Updates

Updated: Dec 27, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, USA Visa Restrictions, USA Immigration

Will the US suspend flights from the UK? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create havoc worldwide, the United States government is considering whether to ban entry to travelers from the United Kingdom, where a new mutation of the virus is spreading rapidly. A large number of countries have suspended travel from the United Kingdom while scientists investigate the significance of the SARs-COVID…

In-Flight Safety Guide for U.S. Air Travel

Updated: Dec 21, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, Airport Security, Airline Safety

With roughly 40 million flights per year in the sky, air travel is one of the most popular forms of transport across the world. Throughout the past century, air travel has increased in popularity. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a reminder on the importance of all health and safety precautions that keep travelers safe. Here are some of in-flight safety guidelines for your flight to the…

How would President-elect Joe Biden reform US immigration law?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020 | Tags: USA Immigration, Travel Restrictions

Immigration reform was a central plank of Donald Trump's first presidential campaign, and he made significant changes to US immigration policy from the start of his presidency. From the travel ban on Muslim majority countries to lowering caps on refugee numbers, successive reforms have made entering the United States more difficult or more expensive for many. Will things get easier with a new president? Biden…

How to be hygienic when traveling by air to the United States

Updated: Jan 21, 2024 | Tags: COVID-19, ESTA Experience, Airline Safety

When you travel by air to the United States from another country, either alone, with friends or family, you are sharing a confined space with hundreds of travelers for what could be six hours or more. There are known side effects of flying that everyone should be aware of, such as deep vein thrombosis, hypertension, earache, and dehydration. These are caused by limited mobility, changes in cabin pressure,…

Visa Restrictions on Chinese Journalists and Nigeria Exclusion from Green Card Lottery

Updated: Nov 03, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Restrictions, Green Card

China vows to protect the rights of Chinese journalists based on the United States At a time of heightening tensions between the United States and the People's Republic of China, the United States has delayed renewing Chinese reporters' visas. Now, the Chinese government has vowed to protect the interests and rights of Chinese journalists. At a news conference, Wang Wenbin, the Chinese Foreign Ministry…

What can I take onboard aircraft to the United States?

Updated: Jan 21, 2024 | Tags: Airport Security, Airline Safety

Whilst most international airlines follow the same basic rules, there are differences in the details of permitted items you can take on an airplane. You should always check with your airline before you start packing because if something is detected that looks like it might be prohibited, your luggage will be opened up and searched, even if you put a lock on it. The list below is not exhaustive, but…