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

Published on: Jan 21, 2021, Last Edited: 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…

Extension of Trump Administration's Visa Ban

Published on: Jan 08, 2021, Last Edited: 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…

December 2020 U.S. Visa and Immigration Updates

Published on: Dec 27, 2020, Last Edited: 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…

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

Published on: Dec 21, 2020, Last Edited: 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…

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

Published on: Nov 30, 2020, Last Edited: 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

Published on: Nov 17, 2020, Last Edited: Nov 17, 2020 | 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…

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

Published on: Nov 03, 2020, Last Edited: 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…

What can I take onboard aircraft to the United States?

Published on: Oct 23, 2020, Last Edited: Oct 23, 2020 | 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,…

Croatia is Set To Join U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Published on: Oct 05, 2020, Last Edited: Oct 05, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Requirements

With a significant number of Croatian nationals living abroad, joining the visa waiver program is high on Croatian citizens' wish list. The situation is quite complicated because Bosnia and Herzegovina, a completely different country, can also issue Croatian passports. Discussions about joining the Visa Waiver Program have been ongoing for 20 years,…

Top landmarks to visit in the United States

Published on: Sep 21, 2020, Last Edited: Sep 21, 2020 | Tags: ESTA for Tourism, ESTA for Business

The United States has many renowned landmarks that offer visitors insight into the history and culture of the country. Here are the 10 landmarks travelers should consider when visiting the United States. As always, international travelers are advised to regularly check travel restrictions on their local U.S. embassy website for the latest information. The…

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