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How to obtain a visa to Hong Kong

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Wishing to travel to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) an autonomous territory and former British colony in South East China, the entire territory was returned to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong’s system of government is separate from that in mainland China. Hong Kong is an English speaking territory. In this article, we will show you how to obtain a visa to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world. The territory ranks 7th on the UN Human Development Index and has the seventh-highest life expectancy in the world. It is home to one of the world’s most well-developed public transportation systems and hundreds of companies. Little wonder it is a sought after destination for business and pleasure.

To travel to Hong Kong, most people must obtain a visa before departure. Having the necessary visa requirements and following the process will ensure you have a smooth application process.

How do I apply for a Hong Kong Visa?

In order to obtain a Hong Kong visa, you should follow the necessary processes. You can apply for a Hong Kong visa from the Chinese embassy or consulate nearest you. Alternatively, you can also submit your visa application to the HKSAR Immigration Department either directly by post or through a local sponsor.

Whatever the reason for your visit, -business, pleasure, tourism, studies, etc, you should locate the Chinese consulate in your area of jurisdiction to apply for a HK visa.

What documents do I need for a Hong Kong Visa?

Firstly, you need to obtain a Hong Kong visa application form and the Declaration form online and print out the hard copy.

Alternatively, get them from the office of the Consulate General Chinese embassy.   Be sure to fill in your details in the form and ensure you append your signature. Complete the Declaration form and attach the following documents.

HK Visa Application Requirements

  1. International passport with at least 6 months validity.
  2. A recently acquired passport-sized photograph. You must properly and truthfully fill out Visa Application Form and attach one passport-size photo.
  3. Photocopy of data page of your passport
  4. Applicants on invitation should present a letter of invitation duly signed by the person inviting you. Include your Hong Kong guarantor (or company name)’s address, telephone number (if none, please fill in form with “No guarantor”).
  5. Copy of the person’s residence permit or national ID card or international passport.

Ensure you pay the necessary visa fees for filing.

  1. In all cases, applicants must present proof of basic travelling allowance sufficient to cover your entire stay in HK
  2. Bank account statement for the last 6 months duly stamped and signed by your bank.
  3. Evidence of flight booking indicating airline, departure and arrivals.
  4. Evidence of hotel reservation.
  5. Copy of other country’s Resident Permit (if any).

If you have previous Hong Kong visas in your passport, ensure to make copies and present them along with your application.

There are additional requirements for those seeking a business visa. These are:

–                 An Original invitation from Hong Kong’s host company

–                 Original letter of introduction from your employer in Nigeria indicating your designation, nature of your employment, passport number and salary, duly stamped by the company.

Note:

Remember you must include an active email address and phone number in the application form. Bear in mind that all documents and application shall be sent to Hong Kong immigration department for processing and approvals. Allow time for processing because the consul can only issue visa according to the response they obtained from HK immigration department.

Do I need a sponsor?

Having a sponsor does help your Hong Kong visa application. The person must be a citizen or legally resident in the territory. He/she must be over 18 years of age. A sponsor could be your potential employer, a relative or a friend. You should include the sponsor’s name in your application. The sponsor can fill the sponsor’s form and go to the immigration department to submit your application form.

What happens after I submit my application?

After submitting your visa application, you may be asked to appear in person at the consulate for the visa interview and other formalities. Note the processing time begins from the day of submitting the completed visa application form.

How long does it take?

From the time of submission of your Hong Kong visa application, it can take 6-8 weeks to process. On the official website, it’s stated that all applications whose visa documents sent to HK immigration will get a response within 4 weeks. If Immigration needs to make further inquiries it may take longer. Be sure to give enough time before your intended date of travel in order to accommodate processing and feedback.

 

How much does it cost?

Hong Kong visa fees for an ordinary visa costs $190. There are service charges for other connected processes.

You can access the visa forms and get more information at https://www.gov.hk/en/nonresidents/visarequire/general/index.htm.

 

Are there any exemptions?

Yes there are. You don’t need a visa or entry permit i for any purpose if you hold any of the following travel documents:

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport, British National (Overseas) Passport, Hong Kong Certificate of Identity, Hong Kong Re-entry permit (for entry from the Mainland of China and the Macao Special Administrative Region only), Hong Kong Seaman’s Identity Book, Hong Kong Document of Identity for Visa Purposes provided that the document is valid or the holder’s limit of stay in Hong Kong has not expired.

Also, if you have travel documents bearing one of the following endorsements:

“Holder’s eligibility for Hong Kong permanent identity card verified.”

“The holder of this travel document has the right to land in Hong Kong. (Section 2AAA, Immigration Ordinance, Cap. 115, Laws of Hong Kong)”

Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card.

Note that nationals of certain countries can gain access into Hong Kong for periods of time ranging from 14-90 days without a visa. Please visit the Hong Kong immigration website for a list of countries that are eligible for entry into the country sans visa.

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Can I change a visitor visa to Student Visa? – Australia

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There are various visas that you can apply for depending on your plans in Australia. To visit Australia, you may apply for a visitor’s visa (Subclass 600). This visa lets you visit Australia- to visit or for business visitor purposes for up to three, six or 12 months. Note that you are not permitted to work in Australia on this visa.

If you intend to study in Australia, you will need to apply for the Student visa (subclass 500).

There is more information for students including genuine temporary entrant requirements, health insurance, English language requirements, financial capacity requirements and changing courses, on the Australian Home Office’s website.

Can I study on a Tourist Visa?

If you plan to study a short course for less than 3 months, then you may do so on a Tourist visa. Tourist visas generally support short-term study.

Can I Change my visitor’s visa to a student visa?

The short answer is no, however there are exceptions. A visa cannot be changed, but anyone can make an application for a student visa, or any other visa. You probably will have to exit Australia and make your fresh application from your home country. Be sure to go through all the relevant requirements for your study visa before applying. This visa must be applied for using the online system at www.homeaffairs.gov.au.

What is a ‘No further Stay’ condition?

If your visitor visa has a “No Further Stay” condition, then you cannot apply for any other visa whilst in Australia on that visa. You would need to leave Australia and then apply when you are back home. However, if there is no such condition, then you can make an application for a student visa, if you satisfy the required conditions. Note that this is not a change of visa, it is a new and separate application.

You may have to leave Australia first before you will be able to stay on the student visa. This is due to the length of time it takes to issue a student visa. You should contact Australian Immigration as soon as possible to let them know of your intent to study. They will give you further directives as to what options are available to you.

In exceptional cases, certain requirements must be met, depending on which country your passport was issued in. The Australian Government has different levels of assessment for people from different countries, depending on which level of study they want to undertake.

For example, students from certain countries may undertake a maximum period of English study of 60 weeks, while for others it is 40 weeks.  Additionally, you may also have to show evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover both your living costs and your tuition costs. Other factors that may be considered are whether you have previously been in Australia and whether you have held a student visa before.

What do I need for an Australian study visa?

Your nationality (according to your passport) and your chosen Australian university will determine what documents you need to show for your visa application. Please use the document checklist tool at www.homeaffairs.gov.au to cross-check before making your application. You will also need your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), the application fee, your passport number, and evidence you have paid for appropriate Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance.

For more information, visit the Australian Home Office’s website (Australia Department of Home Affairs) https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/student. You may also visit the Australian immigration website at http://www.immi.gov.au/.

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How to get a Tanzania Visa

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Thinking of visiting Tanzania? Tanzania is a country on the east coast of Africa, the largest East African country in fact. Tanzania has three international airports, in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and ZanzibarTanzania has many natural and tourist attractions, – from the snow–capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, to the rolling plains of the Serengeti and the unspoiled beaches of Zanzibar. Little wonder it is a prime tourist destination for a lot of people. We will give you the information you need to obtain a Tanzania visa.

There are daily flights to any number of European destinations. There are no direct flights from the USA to Tanzania; the easiest connections are through Europe or South Africa. There are regular flights from other African countries to Dar es Salaam International Airport, mostly from Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa.

How do I get a visa for Tanzania?

You may obtain a visa from an embassy or high commission of Tanzania near you. You may also obtain a visa on entry into Tanzania at the airport, otherwise known as a visa-on-arrival. You will be charged a fee for this.

For most foreign nationals, you can get a visa on arrival in Tanzania. However, if you are applying for a visa from your home country (or any other country) you will be required to provide the following:

Tourist Application Requirements for a Tanzania Visa include

  • A completed visa application form, signed by the applicant.
  • A valid International Passport (Valid for at least 6 months from the date of application)
  • Two recent passport photographs (on white background)
  • An Invitation letter (If you are being invited over)
  • Hotel Reservations, flight itinerary, ticket or tour operator package receipt.
  • An introduction letter from your office or organization if you are traveling for reasons other than tourism.
  • A prepaid self-addressed envelope to facilitate the return of your passport by the most secure mail. Be sure you are able to track it. FedEx and UPS are accepted.
  • Yellow fever vaccination card.
  • Pay the requisite visa processing fees.

All visa applications should be made in person except for Government Officials, agencies and Religious groups.

How long can I stay for?

In Tanzania, tourist visas may be issued as single or multiple entry permits and are valid for a maximum period of three or six months respectively. Multiple entry visas are valid for six or twelve months from the date of issue. You may extend your visa for three months at a time up to a maximum of six months at the Immigration office in Dar es Salaam.

Note

Zanzibar and other islands are still part of Tanzania but is administered autonomously. You will be required to present your passport and follow their specific immigration procedures on entry and exit.

Who can enter Tanzania without a visa?

Nationals of the following countries may enter Tanzania without a visa. Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Ashmore and Certie Island, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Island, Channel Island, Christmas Island, Cocoas Island, Cook Island, Cyprus, Dominica, Falklands, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Heard Island, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Naue Island, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Ross Dependency, Rwanda, St Kitts and Nevis, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Solomon Island, Seychelles, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

All other foreign nationals must get a visa to enter Tanzania.

For US Nationals

Americans may obtain visas-on-arrival, however the US government encourages its nationals to apply for a visa beforehand by post. Get more information at www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org

 

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Can I change my B1/B2 visa to F1 visa?

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What is a B1/B2 Visa?

A Business Visa is a non-immigrant visa that a foreigner may apply for to the USA. This type of visa grants entry for a temporary period. A business visa is appropriate for different business related activities such as attending a conference, business meetings and several other purposes. It is not however appropriate for conducting business.

A Business visa is one of a category of non-immigrant visas issued by the United States government to foreign citizens. The two types of B visa are the B-1 visa- given to people seeking entry for business purposes; and the B-2 visa- given to people seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes. A B1/B2 visa combination is usually given to the applicant, simply meaning it can be used for business and pleasure.

What is an F1 Visa?

An F1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa for those wishing to study in the U.S. An F1 visa is issued to international students who are attending an academic program or English Language Program at a US college or university. F-1 students must maintain the minimum course load for full-time student status.

Can I change my B1/B2 visa to an F1 visa?

Yes. If you are in the United States as a tourist (on a B-2 visitor visa), it is possible to change your status to F-1 student, by submitting a request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Approval of this change though is completely subject to USCIS’s discretion. You will have to demonstrate to USCIS’s satisfaction that you arrived without a “preconceived intent to study”.

What is A “Preconceived Intent to Study”?

The B-2 visitor visa is intended only for nonimmigrants who wish to travel to the United States on a temporary basis for pleasure, tourism, or medical treatment. While this can include a short course of study that is recreational in nature, it cannot include course work that will count as credit towards a degree. Many foreign nationals who already have a B-2 visa in their passport assume that they can use it to enter the United States, even when their intent is to study. This is actually inappropriate. The common assumption is to simply file a change of status application once they have been accepted into an academic program. This is what is commonly referred to as a preconceived intent to study.

Your change of status application will most likely be denied, if the USCIS has a reason to believe that you had a preconceived intent to study when you used your B-2 visa for U.S. entry.

If you did not have a preconceived intent to study, you will need to demonstrate and document the situation that led to your decision to pursue an academic program after you gained access into the United States.

 Important

A preconceived intent is more difficult to refute if you had made contact with your academic institution soon after your arrival.

What are my Options?: Obtaining a B-2 Prospective Student Visa

You can apply for a B2 Prospective Student visa instead. The B-2 prospective student visa eliminates USCIS’s concern about preconceived intent and actually increases your chances of a successful change of status application. The issue of preconceived intent can be worked out before entering the U.S if you are honest about your intentions when you apply for the B-2 visa. If you truly are traveling to the United States as a tourist with the intent to study, you can request a B-2 prospective student visa. This visa can be issued if you are;

  • undecided about where you want to study
  • have good reasons for entering the United States more than 30 days before your academic program starts, or
  • you are scheduled for an admission interview or entrance exam.

Requirements for a Change of Status from B1/B2 to F1.

  • Submit Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status to USCIS, by mail. The I-539 application must include supporting documents that show that you are eligible for F-1 status. This documentation should include, but is not limited to the following:
  • Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status) issued by the academic institution you are going to attend.
  • Proof of liquid assets to cover your estimated education and living expenses; and
  • Proof that you have significant ties to your home country and will return when you complete your academic program.
  • Pay your I-901 SEVIS fee
  • Pay the USCIS filing fee for I-539
  • Finally, Prepare for your change of status interview.

When you prepare the I-539 application, you will have to consider the fact that you are required maintain your B-2 visitor status at the time of application. It is important to include any evidence that you have to counter any preconceived intent to study when you filed for B1/B2 status, in your application.

Lastly on Timing

USCIS will only approve your Form I-539 change of status request if you are maintaining your B1 status up to 30 days before your program’s initial start date. If your status will expire more than 30 days before your F1 program’s initial start date, you must file a second Form I-539 requesting to extend your B1 status. If you are concerned that you will not be able to file a successful change of status application, or if your change of status application gets denied, you can leave the United States and apply for your F-1 visa in your home country. The processing time for this is generally shorter than going through a change of status with USCIS.

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Business Visa USA

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What is a business visa for USA?

A Business Visa is a non-immigrant visa that a foreigner may apply for to the USA. This type of visa grants entry for a temporary period. A business visa is appropriate for different business related activities such as attending a conference, business meetings and several other purposes. It is not however appropriate for conducting business.

A Business visa is one of a category of non-immigrant visas issued by the United States government to foreign citizens. The two types of B visa are the B-1 visa- given to people seeking entry for business purposes; and the B-2 visa- given to people seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes.

A B1/B2 visa combination is usually given to the applicant, simply meaning it can be used for business and pleasure.  In practice, the two visa categories are usually combined together and issued as a B-1/B-2 visa valid for a temporary visit for either business or pleasure, or a combination of the two.

Foreigners from certain countries do not need to obtain a visa for business purposes.

For an up-to-date breakdown of eligible countries, you can visit the official website for United States Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) at https://www.uscis.gov/ or contact the embassy or consulate closest to you.

What Can I Do on a B1 visa?

You can consult with business associates, attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference, negotiate contracts or settle an estate.

What Can’t I Do?

You cannot do the following on a B1 Visa: Become a full or part time student, perform and get paid for it, work in press or journalism, engage in any form of employment, enter as a crewmember on an aircraft or ship, seek permanent residence in the U.S.

Do I need to Apply for a B1 Visa?

If you are a citizen of one of the countries in the Visa Waiver Program, you will not need to apply for the visa. You can apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) instead. With the ESTA program you will not be required to go to the U.S Embassy in person and can get the visa much faster.

What Documents Do I need for Business Visa?

You should have the following documents for your visa interview.

  • Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.
  • Pay the visa application fee. And print the visa application fee receipt.
  • Go along with all old passports. A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person desiring a visa must submit a separate application.
  • Schedule your appointment. You must schedule a visa interview appointment. (The U.S. Embassy or Consulate does not schedule an appointment for you.) Be sure to visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will be interviewed for country-specific instructions.
  • Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your visa interview.

Each applicant irrespective of their age, must possess an individual passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond the intended period of stay.

Important: Each applicant irrespective of their age must have an individual passport with at least 6 months validity beyond the period of the intended stay

Since the main reason for a business visa interview is to demonstrate that the trip’s purpose is business related, the applicant should show evidence of the business event or transaction that he/she will be participating in as well as demonstrate strong ties back to your home country through proof of occupation and/or residency. He should be able to convince the consular officer that he has a valid Business reason to travel to USA.

 

You basically need to demonstrate that the purpose of visiting the USA is linked to business;

that your stay in the USA will be for a specific, limited period; You need to show proof of funds to cover expenses in the United States and provide evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad; and provide proof of having a residence outside the US as well as other binding ties which will ensure your return to home at the end of the visit (such as proof of occupation).

 

You can visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas for more information.

What other Documents Do I need?                        

Some business visa documents that are recommended to strengthen your case are;

  • A letter from employer requesting the Visa for the applicant addressed to consulate, indicating the purpose and length of the trip as well as the company’s/ firm’s intent to bear the costs of the entire trip, including lodging, food, medical and other expenses. (If you are employed and applying for the business visa sponsored by your employer/company)
  • If you are business owner, you should show proof of funds (Bank statements, copy of passbook, Tax returns) that demonstrate your ability to support your trip.
  • A business card (if you have one)
  • Documents relating to company’s market and financial position with financial records, sources of funds, Tax papers and any newspaper/press coverage or Advertisement brochures about the company.
  • If you are attending a business/educational/ commercial or professional seminar or conference you must have proof of the event registration, letter of invitation, brochure of event , any printed/media/website print-out having reference to this event.

(Note: Carry all Originals for interview. Except the visa fee, most of the other documents will be given back after the interview.)

Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a B visa consists of the application fee, which all applicants must pay. This is currently 160 USD, and the issuance fee, which varies from country to country based on reciprocity, and is only paid if the visa is approved. Consult your local US consulate or embassy for more information.

Foreign nationals from the following countries have to pay the issuance fee:

Angola, Australia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, French nationals in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Myanmar, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Turkmenistan, Yemen.

Again, verify from your local US consulate or embassy for more information.

How long does it take?

You should apply for the visa as soon as possible but at least within 60 days before the travel date. Don’t book your travel tickets unless you get the visa. There are no annual quotas for B1. Generally it is given as a B1/B2 visa.

 

 

 

 

 

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Schengen Visa for Canadian Permanent residents

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Are you a Canadian Permanent Resident? Planning to travel to Europe soon but don’t have a Canadian passport? Here, we will tell you what you need to know about getting a Schengen visa as a Canadian Permanent resident.

What is a Schengen visa?

A Schengen visa is a short stay visa that allows its holder to move around in the Schengen area, that is, in Europe. The Schengen area covers 26 countries (“Schengen States”) without border controls between them.

All non-Canadian citizens who do need a visa to enter the Schengen Area, must have a valid permanent resident card or valid multiple entry visa for Canada with at least three months validity after returning from the Schengen area. If your Canadian visa has expired, you should have it renewed before applying.

Schengen visas can be issued by any country within the Schengen area. Travelers must apply to the embassy or consulate of the country which they intend to visit.

If you wish to visit multiple countries in the Schengen area, you should apply to their main destination’s embassy or consulate. If the main destination cannot be determined, the traveler should apply for the visa at the embassy of the Schengen country of first entry. Often, external service providers are contracted by certain diplomatic missions to process, collect and return visa applications.

Schengen visa applications may not be submitted more than three months prior to the proposed date of entry into the Schengen area. In other words, you can send in your application up to 90 days before your trip. All countries’ embassies may require applicants to provide biometric identifiers (ten fingerprints and a digital photograph) as part of the visa application process to be stored on the Visa Information System (VIS). This doesn’t apply to children under the age of 12. You must apply in person and are subject to an interview by the consular officers.

How long does it take?

Providing that the visa application is admissible and there are no issues with the application, a decision must be given within 15 calendar days of the date on which the application was made.

What countries can I visit in the Schengen area?

Like we said before, the Schengen area covers 26 countries. That is, 22 EU member states and four non-EU countries who are members of EFTA (European Free Trade Association). The countries in the Schengen area are: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden. The other four countries are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. All of these are covered by the Schengen visa. As a permanent resident you can have access to them all with the visa.

You will generally need the following documentation for a Schengen visa:

  • Entry visa application form which you can access at the official embassy’s website of the country you intend to visit.
  • A recent passport-size photograph;
  • A valid travel document: original of your valid permanent resident card or valid multiple entry visa for Canada.
  • A return ticket (or booking) or evidence that the applicant has their own means of transport;
  • proof of sufficient means to support yourself. If applying to Germany for instance, you need a recent statement of Canadian bank account for the last three months that shows funds of at least 70CAD that are equivalent to 45€ per person per day, or traveler’s cheques.
  • health insurance covering a minimum of €30,000 for emergency hospitalization and repatriation expenses, valid throughout the Schengen area;
  • you must book an appointment to submit your application in person. You may apply three months before the start of your planned trip at the earliest.

The visa office may also request other documentation depending on your case. For instance, the German embassy requires you attach a cover letter explaining the purpose of your visit to Germany. If you are going on a business trip, you will be required to present an Invitation letter from the business partner confirming the business trip and schedule of your visit, including the name and full address of the contact person in the intended country of visit. You should contact the visa office authorized for your area for more specific information.

How much does it cost?

Different countries have different processing fees for their visas, ranging anywhere from €60 – €100.  Confirm with the embassy or consul office of your intended country.

Take note

Some European countries have restrictions for Permanent Residence Card holders who were refugees before. If you had refugee status on gaining entry into Canada, you should note that your movement to some EU member countries may be limited.

However if you have a Canadian travel Document for non-Canadians (also called CRTD Convention refugee travel document) you don’t need a visa to enter Europe.

 

Also, individuals of any nationality who are family members of EU/Schengen nationals and are in possession of a residence permit indicating their status are exempt from having to get a visa when entering the European Union or Schengen Area when they are accompanying their EU/Schengen family member or are seeking to join them.

Lastly

Embassies advise to beware of working with brokers or agencies. The German embassy specifically states “These individuals and organizations are NOT able to secure appointments with us. The only cost involved is the visa fee charged by the Embassy, Consulate General or Consulate. Applications, checklists and appointments are provided free of charge.”

Try to verify information on your intending country’s official embassy website, or contact them via email. For example, for all visa processes for Germany, go to https://canada.diplo.de/ca-en/consular-services/visa

 

 

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Italy visa for us green card holders (US permanent residents)

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Are you a permanent resident in the US and want to travel to Italy soon? You are in the right place. Here, you will find all the information you need for an Italian visa for U.S green card holders.

Italy is a beautiful country that attracts a large number of tourists as well as people looking to find employment and live out there long term. It is in the top five most visited countries in the world. But depending on which country you are a citizen of and what your purpose and duration of travel is, you may or may not need to apply for a visa to enter, live and work.

Do I need a visa?                

As a US green card holder, yes you need a visa to gain entry into Italy. U.S citizens with U.S passports do not need a visa to get into Italy. Canadian citizens also do not need a visa to enter Italy for up to 90 days if the purpose of their trip is tourism- or business-related. However, if you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you will need a Schengen Visa, which grants you access to all EU member states.

As a permanent resident (green card holder), you have been officially granted immigration benefits, including permission to reside and take employment in the United States, as a National of another country. This however does not guarantee you the freedom to travel outside the U.S uninhibited without getting the necessary visas.

Where can I get information

http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it is the official website for the Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies. Official information about your immigration issues can be accessed there.

To verify if you do need a visa, you will be asked to fill a short questionnaire about your nationality, your country of residence, the length of your stay and the reason for your stay. That combination of answers will determine whether or not you require a visa or if there is one even available for your purpose.

You will need the following documentation for an Italian Schengen visa:

Entry visa application form (which you can access at the site above). A recent passport-size photograph;

  • valid travel document (passport) whose expiry date is three months longer than that of the visa requested ;
  • return ticket (or booking) or evidence that the applicant has their own means of transport;
  • proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence as required by the Directive of the Ministry of the Interior dated 1st March 2000;
  • supporting documentation in relation to the applicant’s social and professional status (for instance letter of no objection from employer ;
  • health insurance covering a minimum of €30,000 for emergency hospitalization and repatriation expenses, valid throughout the Schengen area;
  • a Declaration of hospitality (this is a proof of sponsorship and/or private accommodation. A 3-page form you can download and fill from the website).

The visa office may also request other documentation depending on your case. You should contact the visa office authorized for your area for more specific information.

Italy has a large presence in the U.S. It has an Embassy in Washington D.C, as well as consulate offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. If you are in the United States and wish to travel to Italy, you may require a visa issued by the Consular office of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC or another Italian Consular Office in the U.S.

How much does it cost?

The visa processing fee is €60. Fees charged are for the administrative costs of processing the visa application.

What happens next?

Once you fill out the Schengen application form, print it out. The printed form contains the 2D Barcode with the data you entered. You can then take the form, with all other documents attached to the embassy or an Italian consulate office, and submit. Your application will be processed and you will be notified about your status subsequently.

How long does it take??

Allow for up to 2 weeks to get your visa. The embassy/consulate may notify you for pick-up before then. You are free to apply up to 90 days before your travel date but it is advised you apply at least 3 weeks before your planned trip, to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Again in summary, you will generally need the following for a visa application:

Correct application form duly filled out, a valid passport, a passport-sized photograph, travel insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000, round-trip flight reservations or a complete travel itinerary, hotel reservation or proof of accommodation, letter of no objection from employer (if applicable), and proof of sufficient funds.

Take note

Please remember that

1) Submitting the required documentation does not automatically guarantee visa issuance, and

2) Even if you have a visa on entering Italy and the Schengen Area, border authorities can once again check the documents required for issuance of the visa, and have the authority to deny you entry.

Also if you are a spouse, child, or parent of an Italian citizen or other European Union Member State, you should contact the competent Italian Embassy/Consulate for further information. Individuals of any nationality who are family members of EU/Schengen nationals and are in possession of a residence permit indicating their status are exempt from having to get a visa when entering the European Union or Schengen Area when they are accompanying their EU/Schengen family member or are seeking to join them.

 

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H1 Visa Process – How to get the H1 and other Visas

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For non-immigrant professionals looking to work in the United States, and US based companies looking to hire non-immigrant professionals, the H1 visa process is no strange concept. The H1 visa is an umbrella of visas that consists of the H-1B, H-1B1, H-1B2, H-1B3 and the H-1C each of which depends on the type of worker it applies to. Ultimately, this category of visas allows US based organizations to employ non-immigrants who have certain skills and proficiencies. Quite simply, it is an all access-pass to the American dream for non-immigrants.

Given its perks, this visa classification is easily one of the most sought after worldwide. However, between its numerous terms, conditions and limitations, the H1 visa process can get quite murky. Here is a detailed run-down of the H1 visa process –

Are You Eligible For a H1 Visa?

In order to fully understand eligibility conditions of the H1 visa, it is important to first note that different H1 visas apply to different people and situations. As such, you cannot simply request any H1 visa without sufficient information. Here are the H1 visa types and the types of workers eligible for them.

  1. H-1B Visa:

Certified professionals, specialists, and Bachelor/higher degree holders employed by US based organizations in a role relevant to their qualifications.

  1. H-1B1 Visa:

Workers from Singapore and Chile who are qualified by the Free Trade agreement and have a specialty occupation; specialty occupations are roles that validate the need for foreign employees.

  1. H-1B2 Visa:

For foreign professionals who are relevant to development schemes, the department of defense and production projects; especially those in specialty occupations.

  1. H-1B3 Visa:

Distinguished fashion models of known merit.

 

  1. H-1B Visa

The H-1B is a temporal, employment based visa which allows US companies employ foreign-born professionals

Eligibility requirement for the H-1B Visa Employee & Job–

The immigration laws of the US consider the prospective employers your visa ‘sponsor’. Thus, in order to be granted a H-1B visa, you may need to be invited by your employer or employers as the case may be.

Surprisingly, it is not enough to be merely invited by just any establishment. The visa screening process will require that you meet the requirements for the role you will be occupying. It will also require that the role validates the need for non-immigrant/citizen employment.

In that light, here are the eligibility requirements for the each of the H-1B visa types

Eligibility Requirements of a H-1B Visa Job

 

  • The job must have a minimum entry requirement of a Bachelor’s degree or higher (or an equivalent)
  • The employer must be capable of justifying the need for a foreign staff – suggesting that alternative employees may either be unqualified or unavailable for the role.
  • The role is unique and somewhat complex that its performance is dependent on someone with the qualification required. That is, the employer must not require any qualification(s) that is not relevant to the role.

 

Eligibility Requirements of a H-1B Visa Applicant/Employee

 

  • Must have the relevant qualifications required to fill the position
  • Should hold a license or certification that allows him to practice in the state of employment.
  • Must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelors degree or higher (relevant to the position)
  • Should have relevant experience in the field or a recognition of expertise that guarantees his ability to perform in the role

 

The H-1B Visa Process

The H-1B visa process often begins with the popularly known H1B season. The ‘season’ typically begins when USCIS begins accepting applications to meet their new fiscal year quota.

The process often takes off the beginning of April every year. USCIS stops accepting the applications when they are reached their cap for the year, so it is critical that a few parts of your H1B process are completed before the deadline.

Pre-Visa Filing

If you have established your eligibility for the H1B visa, the first step to take to acquire one is to find a H1B sponsor and apply for a job at the company if they meet your criteria and can sponsor your work visa.

A good place to start would be a H1B sponsor’s database which can help you find potential employers by their name, location, and the job roles available in their company.

If you decide to search outside a known database, it is important that you verify the companies’ accreditation from LCA – this will determine whether or not they are capable to invite you to the US.

Documents Required for the H1 Visa Process

Depending on whether or not you are a foreign applicant or already in the US, here are the documents required for the H1 visa process;

  • Letter of sponsorship (job offer) from the US employer
  • A copy of your current resume, passport and passport photographs
  • Degree certificate and transcripts
  • Reference letters from previous employers
  • Professional license or practice permit
  • Other professional certificates

These may not be required but may be requested if you are already resident in the US

  • Copy of prior H1B approval notice (if available)
  • EAD card
  • Copy of the I-94 card (front and back)
  • Social security number (if available)
  • A letter verifying your current employment (if you are trying to revalidate your H1B visa)

 

Visa Filing Procedure

The H1B visa filing process is typically done by the US employers themselves. It is important to note that a visa is only valid for the employer that was instrumental to obtaining it. If you have to work with multiple employers, they must each file for a H1B on your account – and in the event that your employer changes you can transfer your H1B visa to a new employer or job.

H1B can be processed by two methods
  • The H1B regular processing .
  • H1B premium processing.

The major difference between these two processes is that the premium processing services requires a fee of approximately $2300 and will entitle the employer to a 15-day processing service. With the H1B premium processing, said employer is only required to fill and submit the form I-907 and I-129 to get the process started.

The regular H1B processing can take between 1-6 months to be completed, but is significantly more cost effective. Here is an outlined step –

  • Accept H1B employment and the company files the relevant petition on your behalf. Remember that the USCIS requires the employment letter which must contain information concerning the job, employers and beneficiary.
  • As standard practice, your H1B employer is required to pay you remuneration tagged a ‘prevailing wage’. The amount is determined and verified by the State employment Security Agency.
  • Send your relevant documents to the attorney your employer is working with (no need for originals)
  • File for LCA (Labor Certification Application): This should be done through your attorney – actually, everything subsequent to sending your documents is done by the attorney.
  • After the LCA is approved, your sponsoring company will receive a certified copy from the Department of Labor.
  • The sponsor will provide notices of their filing to the bargaining representative of their current employee.
  • The petition including forms, fees, and related documentation is filed with the USCIS office
  • Wait for Processing
  • As verification that the petition is being processed, the employers will receive a receipt from USCIS
  • Petition approval – after which the employee can apply for personal and family visas. But once the beneficiary’s passport is returned with a H1B stamp, he may enter the US.

 

  1. H-1B1 Visa

 

The H-1B1 visa is basically a variant of the H-1B.  These two visas are differentiated by their eligibility criteria. While the H-1B is open to all foreign employees, the H-1B1 is open for nationals of Singapore and Chile.

Besides these variants the process and documentation requirements remain relatively similar.

 

How to Get an H1B1 Visa

There are two ways to get a H1B1 Visa

 

  • If you are already in the US, you can ask your employer to request a H1B1 from the USCIS. Sadly, you cannot begin working until the visa has been granted which is typically 4-6 months from the application date.
  • You may choose to make an appointment and meet with a representative of the U.S. embassy outside USA. Here, you may request that the consular show you the correct documents

 

Relevant Documents for the H1B1

 

  • Letter of sponsorship (job offer) from the US employer
  • A copy of your current resume, passport and passport photographs
  • Degree certificate and transcripts
  • Reference letters from previous employers
  • Professional license or practice permit
  • Other professional certificates
  • Labor condition certification (provided by your employer)
  • Non-immigrant visa (DS-160)

 

Applying for the H1B1

Unlike the H1B, the H1B1 doesn’t necessarily have a ‘season’ because the quota of Chileans and Singaporeans that apply rarely reaches the yearly allowed quota. That said, a H1B1 application can be done at any time of the year – here’s how its done:

 

  • Employer applies for the Labor Condition Certification (LCA)
  • After receiving the LCA, apply for your non immigrant visa (the DS-160)
  • Prepare the relevant documents/ and prep for the consulate interview
  • Go for the interview
  • You’ll be notified of your visa approval right away.

 

Take note that unlike the H1B1, the validity of this visa is often limited to one year.

 

  1. H-1B2 Visa

In a world where most work visas have the lifespan of a banana, the H-1B2 changes the narrative. Not only does this visa have a 10 year validity period, it can also be revalidated for up to 5 years if need be.

The H-1B2 visa is a special variant of the H1 which is given to individuals working on a project and under the supervision of Department of Defense. Much like the H-1B, a beneficiary of the H-1B2 must have sufficient experience/qualification to justify the employment of a foreign staff.

Once again, you must understand that it is not enough to be merely invited by just any establishment. The visa screening process will require that the role being provided is from a reputable organization and justifiably cannot be filled internally:

Eligibility Criteria for the H-1B2 Visa (Position/Job)

  • The project/group or company must be managed by the US department of defense.
  • The position must require a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • The position is a specialty occupation – one that requires a unique qualification or extensive experience to perform in
  • The employer must be capable of justifying the need for a foreign staff – suggesting that alternative employees may either be unqualified or unavailable for the role.

 

Eligibility Criteria for the H-1B2 Visa (Employee)

  • Your credentials have been evaluated and you have the license or certification to practice in the state
  • Must have the relevant qualifications required to fill the position
  • Should hold a license or certification that allows him to practice in the state of employment.
  • Must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelors degree or higher (relevant to the position)
  • Should have relevant experience in the field or a recognition of expertise that guarantees his ability to perform in the role

 

H-1B2 Visa Application Process

Like other variants of the H1 visa, the H1B2 visa application process is similar to that of the H1B application. It often takes 6 months to process, and employers have the option of paying for premium processing to receive results in 15 days or less.

Unlike a few others, this visa type does not require an LCA (Labor Condition Application) and once the I-129 petition is approved two things may be done –

  • If you are already in the U.S. your status will change automatically when you start working as a H-1B2 non-immigrant.
  • If you are outside the U.S. you will be required to interview with the consular before you are granted approval status.

 

Relevant Documents for the H1B2

 

  • Letter of sponsorship (job offer) from the US employer
  • A copy of your current resume, passport and passport photographs
  • Degree certificate and transcripts
  • Reference letters from previous employers
  • Professional license or practice permit
  • Other professional certificates
  • Description of position and proof of its specialty requirement
  • Evidence that the position is concurrent with its requirements.

Not that a Labor condition certification is not necessary.

Applying for the H1B2

 

This application often requires a few less documents than related visas do.  – here’s how its done:

 

  • Obtain your approved I-129 petition
  • Petition for your Prepare the relevant documents/ and prep for the consulate interview
  • Go for the interview
  • You’ll be notified of your visa approval.

 

  1. H-1B3 Visa

The popular saying is that brains and beauty make a great pair, and the latter is better than the former – but the H-1B3 suggests otherwise. This category of H1 visas caters to internationally (or nationally) recognized fashion models. Case in point, it might be easier to get a visa if you’re pretty rather than tech savvy.

 

Eligibility requirements for an H-1B3 Visa:

 

To start with, you must be fashion model coming to the U.S to perform services related to this specialty.

In order to be an eligible organization capable of sponsoring an internationally renowned figure, the employee must be equally reputable and capable of proving to the U.S.C.I.S that the role being played by the model in question cannot be played by anyone else.

 

For a fashion model seeking the visa, you must be recognized by critics and experts alike. You must command a high salary and have a track record of performance for high-profile employers. Your recognition must also be evidenced by critical reviews, news stories and articles

 

Applying for an H-1B3 Visa:

This process is simple and similar to the H-1B3 process. The steps are as follows:

  • Your U.S employer submits an LCA to the Department of Labor and has it approved
  • When it is approved, they file the form I-129 to USCIS – this is along with the LCA certified by DOA.

Take note that this visa type is valid for only three years.

 

 

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Sample compensatory agreement between employer and employee for R1 Visa application

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We have covered in previous articles the steps involved in applying for an R1 American visa. The basic requirements include specific documentation from the sponsoring religious body (church or other organization otherwise known as the Petitioner) where the applicant will be employed for the duration of his stay.

On his own end, the applicant himself must provide certain requirements as well. These include filling out a Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form; having a valid travel passport; paying the necessary visa application fees and visa issuance fees where applicable.

The petitioner must provide certain documentation including-

  • A valid determination letter from the IRS establishing that they are a bona fide non-profit religious organization recognized as tax-exempt under a group tax exemption.
  • Where a petitioning organization is not classified under “religious organizations” by the Internal Revenue Service, they may establish that they are affiliated with a religious denomination by completing the Religious Denomination Certification in the revised Form I-129. The religious denomination certification should be signed by an organization other than the petitioning organization, and attest that the petitioning organization is part of the same religious denomination as the attesting organization. For instance, a branch of the Lutheran church must certify that another branch is actually part of the greater body- e.g the Lutheran World Federation. They must also present:

–                 A currently valid determination letter from the IRS establishing that the organization is tax-exempt;

–                 Documents establishing the religious nature and purpose of the organization;

–                 Organizational literature describing the religious purpose and nature of the activities of the organization;

–                 A religious denomination certification stating that the petitioning organization is affiliated with the religious denomination.

  • Proof of compensation. Religious workers generally must be compensated. Compensation may include either salaried or non-salaried compensation.

 

The Compensatory Agreement

An agreement is a negotiated and typically legally binding arrangement between parties as to a course of action. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to drafting agreements. Generally though, all agreements should be appropriately dated, preferably at the top of the page, and anywhere else a date is needed. The names of the parties involved should be clearly stated. Other ancillary descriptions needed to identify the parties in addition to their names, should be included.

It is important to use plain language. In a court of law, a judge will judge the case based on how the contract would be interpreted by the average person. Use concise language. Your language should explain the terms of the agreement clearly and what is expected of each party.

Other things to be included are dispute resolution clauses- how conflicts will be resolved if/when they arise. And termination clauses- how the agreement will come to an end.

A sample compensatory agreement between the Petitioner and Beneficiary (religious worker) could look something like this-

Sample Agreement

This Compensation Agreement, between Lutheran Episcopal Bible Centre (“hereafter referred to as the Petitioner”) and John Doe (“hereafter referred to as the Beneficiary”), is made this 30th day of May, 2018.

WHEREAS, the Petitioner has requested the Beneficiary to serve as the Assistant Minister of the Lutheran Episcopal Bible Centre, Oak Parish;

WHEREAS, the Petitioner’s Board of Directors have approved that, for services, as an Assistant Minister they shall pay to the Beneficiary:

  • $35,000 per annum (salary basic), in addition to the provision of accommodation located on the Centre’s premises (for full details of accommodation, see Annex. II),
  • OR an allowance of $5,000 per annum in lieu of accommodation.

WHEREAS payments shall be made in cash, in equal parts in installments, at the end of every month until the expiration of the Beneficiary’s tenure.

WHEREAS, the Petitioner has accepted the appointment as Assistant Minister and agreed to serve in that capacity for 1 calendar year (12 months) starting from the 1st of January, 2018 to the 31st of December, 2018.

WHEREAS, upon mutual Agreement of the Petitioner and the Beneficiary, the Petitioner agreed to pay, and the Beneficiary agreed to accept, the payments set forth in this Compensation Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE,

  1. This Agreement shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York without regard to principles of conflict of laws.
  2. This Agreement may not be extended, renewed, amended or modified other than by a written agreement executed by the Petitioner and the Beneficiary, and assented to by the Petitioner’s Board.
  3. This Agreement will terminate at the expiration of the Beneficiary’s tenure as stipulated above. Otherwise, either party may terminate this Agreement on thirty (30) calendar days written notice, or if prior to such action, the other party materially breaches any of its representations, warranties or obligations under this Agreement. The defaulting party shall be responsible to reimburse the non-defaulting party for all costs incurred directly as a result of the breach of this Agreement.
  4. In the event of any disputes arising from this agreement, parties should exhaust all amicable means of conflict resolution, including mediation and arbitration, to be facilitated by a qualified arbitrator. If such proceedings fail, parties may resort to a court of competent jurisdiction.
  5. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and all of which together shall constitute one and the same original instrument.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement.

John Stu
Church Secretary

John Doe
Beneficiary

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Sample Petition cover letter for R1 visa application

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We have covered in previous articles the steps involved in applying for an R1 American visa. The basic requirements include specific documentation from the sponsoring religious body (church or other institution) where the applicant will be employed for the duration of his stay.

These include determination letters from the IRS establishing that they are a bona fide non-profit religious organization recognized as tax-exempt; documents showing the religious worker will be compensated for work done in cash or kind; and other ancillary documents where applicable such as tax returns, etc.

We also stated that the applicant himself must provide certain requirements as well on his own end. These include filling out a Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form; having a valid travel passport; paying the necessary visa application fees and visa issuance fees where applicable.

Who can File a Petition?

Generally, A U.S. employer (which in this case is a religious organization) may file this form and applicable supplements to classify an alien in any nonimmigrant classification listed (See Part 1. or Part 2 of the Instructions for Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, USCIS Form I-129  https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-129instr.pdf)

Why a Cover Letter?

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce yourself to an organization. In this case, it is used to introduce the petitioner to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and provide a breakdown of all relevant documents accompanying the letter and petition (Form I-129).

Note: Form I-129 is a separate form from the cover letter, which should be FILLED IN by the petitioner with the necessary information. This form is used by an employer to petition U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for an alien beneficiary to come temporarily to the United States as a nonimmigrant to perform services or labor, or to receive training. Form I-129 consists of the: 1. Basic petition; 2. Individual supplements relating to specific classifications; and 3. H-1B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement (required for H-1B and H-1B1 classifications only)

What Should the Cover Letter Include?

  • The cover letter should be dated.
  • If written by a representing attorney, the letter should be written on the appropriate letterhead.
  • It should be addressed to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and attention the I-129 Division.
  • It should be properly headed RE: PETITION FOR _____
  • The petitioner’s name and Beneficiary’s name (i.e the religious worker) should also be clearly identified.
  • A list of the necessary enclosed documents should be listed: The Form I-129. Evidence of the institution’s tax-exempt status. If the religious worker i.e the Beneficiary, will be working as a minister, a copy of the religious worker’s certificate of ordination or similar documents must be provided. Also needed are documents showing acceptance of the religious worker’s qualification as a minister in the religious denomination, as well as evidence that he or she completed any course of prescribed theological education at an accredited theological institution normally required or recognized by that religious denomination. If the denomination doesn’t require academic qualifications, they must provide their requirements to be ordained as a minister and show a list of duties performed by same. Evidence of payment of necessary fees.

 

An example of a cover letter is as follows:

John Doe, Esq.

John Doe & Co.,

123 Sycamoure Avenue, Townsville, FL.

(555) 3678198; FAX: (555) 0910910

www.johndoe@zmail.com

May 30, 2018

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services California Service Center,

Attention: I-129 Unit,

P.O. Box 123, PA 12345-1234.

RE: PETITION for R-1 NONIMIGRANT RELIGIOUS WORKER

Petitioner: Rev. James Smith, Rev-in-Charge, Latterhouse Ecumenical Bible Centre.

Beneficiary: Mr. Abel Bean.

Dear Sir,

The above subject matter refers. I am the attorney for the petitioner and beneficiary in the above matter. Please find Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney, attached and enter my appearance in this matter.

The following applications and documentation have been enclosed:

  1. Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129), with R Classification Supplement, and a check in the amount of $320.00;
  2. Petitioner’s Letter in support of R-1 visa petition describing Beneficiary’s religious affiliation, qualifications, duties, and remuneration;
  3. Letter from the State of Colorado Franchise Tax Board recognizing tax exempt status of Latterhouse Ecumenical Bible Centre;
  4. Supporting letter from Reverend George Doe of the Lutheran Episcopal Church of Nigeria, confirming Beneficiary’s ordination as a full-time Minister of the Lutheran Church, and also outlining his duties and remuneration, and relation of the Latterhouse Ecumenical Centre to the Lutheran Episcopal Church of Nigeria.
  5. Supporting letter from Reverend George Doe of the Lutheran Episcopal Church of Nigeria, confirming Beneficiary’s position as Secretary as well prior position of Assistant Secretary of the Lutheran Episcopal Church of Nigeria, Abuja Diocese,
  6. Ordination Certificate of the Beneficiary as a full-time minister of the Lutheran Episcopal Church of Nigeria.
  7. Copy of Beneficiary’s Certificate from Theological College of Northern Nigeria;
  8. A copy of the Beneficiary’s birth certificate;
  9. Copy of Beneficiary’s Passport Identification page.

We urgently entreat your speedy processing of this petition so as to enable the Beneficiary’s arrival in the United States at the soonest possible time to resume his duties as his presence is urgently needed for the smooth running of the official activities of the Petitioning body’s calendar year, which have already started.

Please contact me immediately if there are omissions or other required information not already included in this conveyance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.

Yours faithfully,

John Doe, Esq.

 

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