According to officials at the US State Department, 2016 and 2017 will be extremely busy for the Passport Office. The number of passport renewals is expected to exceed 2015's numbers by more than 1.5 million requests. Why such a drastic increase you wonder? The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is much of the reason for the increased demand. This Department of Homeland Security initiative, enacted in January 2007 began requiring that US travelers to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Bermuda, obtain and show a valid passport to gain entry to these countries. This influx of new passports issued in 2006 and 2007 will be approaching expiration after the standard 10 year passport term in the coming year.
What does this mean for you?
Whether you are preparing to enter the immense green jungle of Manaus or the concrete jungle of São Paulo, if you are traveling to Brazil for business, you’ll need a visa for Brazil and you'll want to read these expert tips for US citizens.
Which Type of Brazilian Business Visa Will I Need?
Brazil offers two distinct types of business visas.
The VITEM-II is exclusively for business trips to attend meetings or as an exhibitor in a trade fair where the traveler will not provide any services.
The VITEM-V is required for working in Brazil including any provision of services.
Working in Brazil is a privilege, not a right and all US citizens applying for a VITEM-V must be sponsored by a Brazilian employer. It is the employer who will submit for a work permit from the Brazilian Ministry of Labor on the US citizen’s behalf. On average, it takes 30-90 days to obtain a work permit approval after which the US Citizen can apply for a VITEM-V work visa.
The red tape surrounding visa applications makes them one of the most infuriating, time consuming and often expensive parts of travelling overseas, and they’re essential even before you get on the plane! You can save yourself a huge amount of worry, time and money by making use of our visa expediting services. Here are the top five things that a visa expediting service can do to make the process easier for you.
Understanding the process
Every country has a slightly different visa application process. Descriptions on embassy or consulate websites are often poorly worded, and even those who travel frequently get confused. When you use our visa expediting services, you gain the benefit of our years of experience and insider knowledge. We know exactly what information you need to give, which supporting documents you have to submit, and how long the whole process will take. We can clearly explain everything to you in advance, and are there to answer your questions at any time.
If you plan on travelling to Saudi Arabia to conduct business, you will need to obtain a Saudi Arabia business visa. There are two types of visas available to you- a single entry or a multiple entry visa. The visa will usually take around 3-7 days to process and it will allow foreign nationals to conduct limited business with their sponsors or clients in Saudi Arabia.
China is the USA’s largest trading partner, and with an economy worth $17.6 trillon, there is good reason that many of us are looking to the country to do business. China may be part of your long-term corporate strategy, and indeed you may have visited clients there before, but sometimes opportunities arise out of the blue, be it an invitation to a trade show, or an important meeting with a new supplier. When these things happen, you need to seize them with both hands by jumping on a plane to Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong. Speed is of the essence and you will need to submit an expedited Chinese visa application if you are going to get there on time.
This is a USA Today article published on May 14, 2013 that we thought you may find interesting...
Paul Schaus may have plenty of tasks to take care of before an overseas business trip, but renewing his passport isn't one of them. He pays a fee and lets an agency do all the work.
"It is a godsend," says Schaus, who lives in Phoenix and owns a bank consulting firm. "I have traveled to dozens of countries and have used a third-party service every time.''
Renewing a passport or getting a visa to visit a foreign country means paperwork, and often long lines and weeks of waiting by the mailbox.
Immigration is a critical subject currently, as the white house pursues to reach a deal that satisfies all sides. One of the issues that has risen within the debate are high-tech visas. It appears it is now rising many concerns, as even senators make their responses to the visa topic.
Fox News reported yesterday that senators are debating over whether to increase visa accessibility to high-tech workers. Also, the dispute is over how to discipline companies that train these workers in the US, then send them back overseas to continue working. Senator Dick Durbin is one of the main senators involved. Senator Durbin has taken the lead on issues, such as firms that outsource overseas and wage increases for higher-skilled foreign workers with H-1B Visas. High-tech officials feel Senator Durbin's fight risks punishing companies that have nothing to do with the foreign worker abuse he is pursuing to end.
TSA has made great strides in advancement of security measures since 9/11 to keep travelers safe. However, some of those measures have caused some travelers to feel violated. One past example is the use of graphic airport body scanners. Now, a recent wounded military personnel's encounter with TSA screening has sparked more change in the right direction.
The TSA will begin to expand its' program for expedited screening through airports for inactive-duty and inactive "wounded warriors" reported CNN late last week. The expanding of the expedited screening military program comes as a result of a disabled Marine being requested to remove both of his prosthetic legs. Although he had the prosthetic legs, he had limited mobility. He could not stand of walk on his own merit. The TSA screener, however, asked the Marine to stand or walk, so they could perform examination on the wheelchair. After putting the prosthetic legs back on, he was put through the same screening process at another point while pursuing to travel. The TSA screener denies the allegations.