The visa-on-arrival policy that was recently implemented for Japanese tourists, business visitors, conference attendees and medical visitors will now allow multiple visits per calendar year, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Previously, two visits per calendar year were to be allowed.
Due to the introduction and continuation of border controls in the European Union, travelers to Denmark, Belgium and other EU countries will need to present travel documents to enter from another Schengen country.
Starting April 1, 2016, all eligible Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers, including infants and children, must present an e-Passport – a passport that contains an electronic chip and is machine-readable – when entering the United States. The requirement is one of a range of enhanced VWP security measures that were enacted in December 2015.
E-Passports have been required of most VWP travelers for several years, and all VWP member countries issue them. However, travelers whose passports were issued before October 26, 2006 may not meet the new standard and therefore they may need to obtain a new passport to continue using the VWP after March 31, 2016.
Reminder: FY 2017 H-1B Cap Filing Season Opens Soon
On Friday, April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to accept H-1B cap petitions for the FY 2017 quota of 85,000. The demand for new H-1Bs could exceed last year’s record level, meaning that the cap is likely to be exceeded in the critical first five business days of the filing season.
The filing window for FY 2017 cap cases is the week of Friday, April 1 through Thursday, April 7. Cases received by USCIS during this period are treated equally for cap counting purposes. Read more
Vietnam – A new short-term Work Permit exemption category, faster processing times and other documentary changes related to initial and renewal Work Permit applications are expected to be effective April 1, 2016. Details and implementation plans for the new policies remain subject to change.
Due to a relaxation of the deadline to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), from March 15, 2016 until fall 2016, visa-exempt nationals who plan to enter or exit and re-enter Canada by air will be able to board their flight and enter Canada as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport.
Online applications for the eTA and a full list of visa-exempt nationals is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.