msi Business Travel News Alert – March 12th 2019
Chilean nationals no longer eligible for Mercosur visas to Colombia
Colombia & Venezuela
Colombian consulates in Venezuela closed until further notice
Japanese consular service delays and closures during holidays
Urgent passport renewal advice: file now to avoid post-Brexit stranding
New Form I-539 now available and required starting March 22
Colombia – Chilean nationals no longer eligible for Mercosur visas to Colombia
Chileans currently on Mercosur visas in Colombia can continue to reside and work there; however, Chilean nationals should discuss alternatives with an immigration professional.
Colombia & Venezuela – Colombian consulates in Venezuela closed until further notice
Individuals needing Venezuelan consular services in Colombia should contact their immigration advisor. In addition, Colombia is expected to soon pass a law allowing Venezuelan nationals to use an expired passport for identification purposes, admission, and for visa benefits.
Japan – Japanese consular service delays and closures April 27-May 6
Consular services at Japanese posts abroad may be suspended or delayed during the Golden Week holiday period between April 27 and May 6. Contact specific posts for notice of any closures.
United Kingdom – Urgent passport renewal advice: file now to avoid post-Brexit stranding
If Brexit occurs on March 29th without a deal or extension, new passport rules will apply in the EU and some UK travelers may find themselves immediately ineligible to travel or within the EU. What should you do?
- Immediately check the UK government calculator to determine whether you have enough time left on your passport: https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport
- If your passport does not meet the new rules, apply for a new passport before booking travel to the Schengen area. https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport
- Because passport applications normally take 3 weeks to process, if you need to travel urgently, use the Fast Track service at https://www.gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently
United States – New Form I-539 now available and required starting March 22
As previously reported, a new Form I-539 & biometrics processing is now required for business visitors seeking to extend their stay in the US. The new Form is available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-539 and old versions will not be accepted after March 21.
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.