UK likely to extend Sharif’s visa for six months


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The British government is expected to extend the visa of former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif for another six months, sources told The Express Tribune on Tuesday.

The sources said that Sharif’s visa expired on November 18 and he engaged a legal firm in the UK for an extension in his visa on medical grounds.

Sharif said in his application that his treatment in the UK could not be completed due to non-availability of doctors owing of Covid-19 outbreak.

Sharif, who was convicted over corruption by the accountability court, had flown to London in November 2019, after the federal government gave him a rare permission to get abroad for medical treatment.

His UK visit visa had expired after completion of six months stay. A further renewal of six months required an exit from the UK before expiry and a re-entry to the UK

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US visitors including those from Myanmar and other developing nations to pay thousands in visa bonds

WASHINGTON/YANGON, Nov 28 (AFP): The United States will temporarily require visitors from Myanmar, Iran and a number of African nations to pay up to US$15,000 in visa bonds in a new hardline immigration measure enacted late in Donald Trump’s presidency.

The rule takes effect this week for a duration of six months, although it remains to be seen if it will be maintained by President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on January 20 and has promised to be more welcoming to the rest of the world.

The pilot program is designed to make up the costs to the US government of deporting foreigners who overstay their visas, according to a notice published in the Federal Register by Carl Risch, the assistant secretary of state for consular affairs.

Visitors on “B” visas, which are issued for short-term business and tourism, will be asked to pay up to US$15,000, which will be

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Pakistan raises issue of visa restrictions with UAE

FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi meeting with with UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimi. 

NIAMEY: Pakistan on Saturday raised the issue of visa restrictions with the UAE which has created difficulties for the citizens.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimi on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers being held in Niamey, Niger.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Qureshi apprised Hashmi of the difficulties being faced by Pakistani citizens due to the recent visa restrictions. He underscored the need to address the issue at the earliest possible.

The FO said the two officials exchanged views on bilateral cooperation, coronavirus, Pakistan’s participation at the UAE Expo and other matters of mutual interest.

The foreign minister stressed Islamabad’s commitment to forge closer

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Partnership visa two-tier system frustrating for couples split by Covid-19 | 1 NEWS

New Zealand citizens and residents say the Government’s solution to reuniting them with their overseas partners has led to unexpected, unfair and dangerous consequences.

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By Gill Bonnett of rnz.co.nz

Some are crying foul over a two-tier system allowing border exemptions to partners from richer visa-waiver countries.

Those left out of the exemptions say they are resorting to flying into Covid-19 danger zones to live, sort visas and return with their partners.

It has been an emotional roller coaster for some couples, who were caught up in the saga of arranged marriages that culminated in a government decision to grant visitor visas to overseas partners.

A change in decision-making rules on partnership visas last year, and comments from then coalition partner New Zealand First led to that decision, and a reassessment of up to 1300 refused visa applications.

Many couples were then given the chance to live

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Travel Troubleshooter: China has a 144-hour visa-free policy, but my airline didn’t get the memo

Q: I was traveling with a friend to a wedding in Asia in 2018 and decided to make a stopover in Beijing after learning about the new 144-hour visa-free policy. I contacted the Chinese consulate in Chicago, and it confirmed the rule and said that we could travel to Beijing with one airline and have the onward ticket with another one as long as it was to a location outside of China.

On the day of our trip, American Airlines did not allow me to board the plane. Nobody at the Minneapolis airport knew of any visa-free policy for Beijing or anywhere in China.

I ended up having to buy one-way tickets to Los Angeles on Delta and then one-way tickets to Beijing on Air China. Air China allowed me to board without any problems. I was able to visit Beijing without any difficulties and no previous visa.

When I

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A visa problem on American Airlines. Who should pay?

Q. I was traveling with a friend to a wedding in Asia in 2018 and decided to make a stopover in Beijing after learning about the new 144-hour visa-free policy. I contacted the Chinese consulate in Chicago, and it confirmed the rule and said that we could travel to Beijing with one airline and have the onward ticket with another one as long as it was to a location outside of China.

On the day of our trip, I showed up at the airport, and American Airlines did not allow me to board the plane. Nobody at the Minneapolis airport knew of any visa-free policy for Beijing or anywhere in China.

I ended up having to buy one-way tickets to Los Angeles on Delta and then one-way tickets to Beijing on Air China. Air China allowed me to board without any problems. I was able to visit Beijing without any

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Nigeria not included in US visa bond pilot

President Buhari and President Trump

By Vera Anyagafu with agency report

According to the US embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS), Nigeria is not included in the six months visa bond pilot.

The PAS office said that, in response to the April 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Combating High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates, the Department of state and US embassies and Consulates overseas  conducted an in-depth analysis to identify and address root causes of overstays in the US.

And among other efforts to address the challenge, it went on, the State Department is considering additional steps to address overstays, including piloting a limited visa bonds program to test.

“This is in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to ensure the operational feasibility of posting, processing, and discharging visa bonds as means to the timely departure from the United States of certain travelers.

Accordingly, the State Department will begin a limited six-month

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Trump wants Africans to pay $15,000 US visa bond



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For nationals of 15 African countries, applying for a US visa is about to become up to 50 times more expensive.

A new rule by the outgoing Trump administration will require applicants for tourist and business visas from some countries to pay a bond of up to $15,000 in addition to visa fees which currently range from $160 to $300.

The US Department of State says the requirement will be implemented on a temporary basis for a period of six months between December and June as a pilot scheme to test run the policy. The visa bond will apply to countries whose nationals had overstay rates of 10% or more as of 2019. In total, 23 countries will be affected.

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The seeming rationale for the visa bonds, which will range from $5,000 to $15,000, is that they will serve as a deterrent to visitors

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Covid-19: Partnership visa two-tier system frustrating for couples split by coronavirus

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

New Zealand citizens and residents say the government’s solution to reuniting them with their overseas partners has led to unexpected, unfair and dangerous consequences.

Some are crying foul over a two-tier system allowing border exemptions to partners from richer visa-waiver countries.

Those left out of the exemptions say they are resorting to flying into Covid-19 danger zones to live, sort visas and return with their partners.

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* Graduate international students locked out of New Zealand plead for exemption
* ‘Unfair’ prioritisation leaves anxious migrants facing long delays
* Coronavirus: Immigration NZ considers resuming partnership visa processing for all countries, set to reopen Beijing office
* Coronavirus: The happy, the sad and the out-of-pocket – how border entry changes impact Kiwis

It has been an emotional rollercoaster for some couples, who were caught up in the saga

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Visa says e-Commerce will Unlock Revenue Growth in Festive Season

Visa Consulting & Analytics, VCA, has said that if small businesses can provide easy access to information, frictionless payments, a simple returns policy, and personalized shopping options, they are likely to have an immediate advantage in the marketplace.

The VCA, indicated this in a report titled, “Accelerating the shift to eCommerce” where 81 per cent of customers indicated they are willing to pay more for a good customer experience.

“Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) that leverage ecommerce solutions; which provide excellent online shopping experience for consumers ;have the opportunity to benefit from high spend periods like Black Friday and the coming festive season compared to businesses who have not mastered the importance of holistic back-end design of the customer journey” says Kemi Okusanya, Vice President, Visa West Africa.

The move to increased online shopping comes on the back of most retailers driving their customers online due to different lockdown restrictions

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