msi Business Travel News Alert – February 27th 2019
New Form I-539 & Biometrics Required for B-1/B-2 Dependents
Venezuelan Nationals must Present Criminal Clearance Certificate at the Port of Entry
United States – New Form I-539 & Biometrics Required for B-1/B-2 Visitor Extensions
Effective March 11, 2019, a new Form I-539 (Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status) will be required for business visitors and dependents of several other nonimmigrant visa holders. The new form has not been made available to the public yet, but is expected to be published shortly. After March 10, prior versions will no longer be accepted.
Applicants will also now be required to have biometrics (fingerprints, photo and/or digital signature) taken by appearing in person at a USCIS Application Support Center. A fee of $85 will be collected for the biometrics. Business visitors in the United States on B-1 visas should expect that adjudication times will be longer.
Ecuador – Venezuelan Nationals must Present Criminal Clearance Certificate at the Port of Entry
Ecuadoran officials have published a new rule that requires Venezuelan nationals entering the country to present an apostilled Venezuelan criminal clearance certificate at the port of entry. Business visitors should anticipate needing additional time to obtain the certificates and adjust travel plans accordingly. Failure to present these documents will result in denial of entry.
Information for this update has been provided by our global network of immigration partners. Given the nature of and speed at which online communications are developed, we will make every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information provided. However, materials contained in this alert are subject to change at any time without any notice.