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New Members of the Hague Convention

Posted by Courtney Leonard on Aug 16, 2016 9:25:15 AM

 

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Topics: document authentication, document legalization

What is Document Legalization?

Posted by Courtney Leonard on May 25, 2016 12:17:49 PM

 

 
 
Documents need to be legalized for a variety of reasons. Some firms need a certificate of good standing when opening an international office.  Certain Federal documents such as IRS transcripts and FBI background checks need to be authenticated by the US Department of State.  Others may need marriage certificates or power of attorney documents legalized.
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Why You Should Renew Your Passport Now

Posted by Courtney Leonard on Feb 11, 2016 1:20:37 PM

 

 

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?

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Topics: passport processing, renewing passport

Insider's Guide to Brazil Business Visa Processing

Posted by Courtney Leonard on Jul 10, 2015 11:32:00 AM

 

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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.

 

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Topics: visa services, Visa processing, expedited visa, Visa, News, Business Visa

5 Reasons to Use Visa Expediting Services That Save Time & Money

Posted by Courtney Leonard on Apr 14, 2015 10:07:00 AM

 

The red tape surrounding visa applications makes them one of the most infuriating, time consuming and often expensive parts of travelling overseas, and theyre 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.

 

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Topics: visa services, Visa processing, expedited visa, Visa, News, Business Visa

A Guide to Getting a Saudi Arabia Business Visa for US Citizens

Posted by Courtney Leonard on Apr 3, 2015 10:28:00 AM

 

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.

 

 

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Topics: Insider, visa services, Visa processing, visa requirements, expedited visa, Business Visa

Expert Tips for Obtaining an Expedited Chinese Visa Application

Posted by Courtney Leonard on Apr 2, 2015 11:17:00 AM

 

 

China is the USAs 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.

 

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Topics: expedited visa, Business Visa, China, chinese visa

Why Read This?

You're busy, so why take the time to read our blog, you ask? Well, if you're in a profession that requires you to travel frequently, arrange assistance for others that travel internationally or have a need for documents to be legalized and authenticated for use in other countries then you know the requirements are confusing, constantly changing and requires you to be out of the office for long periods of time to process your documents. Subscribe to our blog so you're instantly updated on the below.

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