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U.S., China impose visa restrictions on each other in Tibet row
The Tibet action comes under a 2018 law passed by Congress that aims to pressure China over its tight restrictions in the Himalayan region
European banks team up to offer alternative to Visa, Mastercard
(UPDATED) Banks join forces for the European Payments Initiative, 'a new standard means of payment for European consumers and merchants' eyed for rollout by 2022
U.S. restricts visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US would restrict visas for unspecified current and former officials linked of the Chinese Communist Party 'who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms'
Trump visa freeze delivers blow to U.S. tech sector
The US tech industry has long relied on skilled immigrants to fill key positions of engineers, data scientists and other jobs in high demand
Bato dela Rosa joins senators in welcoming shelved VFA termination
'Foreign policies can be flexible at times,' says Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa, whose canceled US visa triggered President Duterte's earlier decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement with the US
U.S. embassy cancels immigrant, non-immigrant visa interviews until June 11
The United States embassy in Manila is unable to provide a specific date when it will resume visa services, but hopes to do so 'as soon as possible'
No fines for expired UAE visas
'All people holding any kind of UAE visas or residency will be exempted from any fines for a renewable period of 3 months,' says a senior immigration official
Your UAE visit or residence visa application can be rejected for these reasons
Absconding and credit card issues top the list
FALSE: U.S. embassy 'suspends' tourist visas due to virus, VFA scrapping
The United States embassy in the Philippines denies issuing such an advisory. The screenshot supposedly from the embassy's website also contains spelling errors.
U.S. embassy in PH denies suspending visa applications
The US embassy in the Philippines refutes misinformation it revoked tourist visas due to the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and Duterte's threats to end the VFA
PH expands visa suspension for travelers from China, Hong Kong, Macau
The Philippines temporarily stops issuing visas to foreigners coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau due to the novel coronavirus outbreak
PH suspends visa issuance for travelers from Hubei over coronavirus scare
The latest directive widens the scope of restrictions taken by the Philippine government to manage the novel coronavirus situation in the country
Panelo to U.S.: State reason for Dela Rosa's canceled visa 'out of courtesy'
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the United States should give an explanation since there should be courtesy 'among allies'
PH suspends visa on arrival for Chinese visitors due to coronavirus scare
There is no policy to bar Chinese visitors in general, so those who have other valid visas can still enter the Philippines, says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente
U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'
The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'
Imee Marcos spreads 'tsismis': U.S. 'revokes' Lorenzana's visa too
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he doesn't know what Senator Imee Marcos is talking about
After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face 'far bigger problems' – HRW
Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of the architects of the government's bloody drug war, 'may still have a date with justice'
PH makes visa upon arrival 30 days only for Chinese tourists
The amendment also prohibits conversion of the VUA to other types, such as work visas
DFA warns Filipinos against using fake Korea visa services
The Department of Foreign Affairs also asks the public not to share social media posts advertising the fake visa schemes
More companies back away from Facebook's Libra coin
Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe each change their minds about being founding members of the Libra Association assembled to promote the digital currency
Russia offers e-visa privilege for PH starting October 2019
Filipinos can visit Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region with a free e-visa for a stay of up to 8 days
LOOK: Qatar gov't opens visa center in Philippines
Processing of Qatar visa applications will be free for overseas Filipino workers. The Qatar Visa Center will also serve as a place for Filipinos to review and sign employment contracts.
Saudi Arabia offers tourist visas for first time
The kingdom also eases its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe that is still mandatory public wear for Saudi women
Visa-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese to be ‘tightened,’ not scrapped
One proposal considered at the August 5 Cabinet meeting is ‘automatic blacklisting’ of Chinese nationals who overstay after benefiting from the VUA scheme
PH 'refining' visa on arrival for Chinese due to overstaying issues
Triggered by statements of concern on the influx of illegal Chinese workers, the Bureau of Immigration is also now considering the possibility of scrapping the scheme altogether
Duterte to study removal of 'visa on arrival' privilege for foreigners
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the suggestion after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr raised security concerns over the surge in the number of Chinese working in the Philippines
[OPINION] The visa nightmare and Filipinos' need for stronger passports
What’s the use of having 4 Miss Universe crowns when Filipinos cannot even freely explore the world we live in?
Taiwan extends visa-free privilege for PH till July 2020
(UPDATED) Filipinos can visit Taiwan visa-free for 14 days until July 31, 2020
Foreigners may soon need working visa, TIN to work in PH
The rise in illegal foreign workers in the Philippines is discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 10
U.S. starts requiring social media details for visas
The United States now requires visa applicants to disclose the social media platforms and usernames they have used in the past 5 years
Qatar to abolish exit visa system by year's end
Qatar introduced a series of labor reforms since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which sets in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers
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U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas
The Philippines says it is open to working with the United States to address the visa concerns
Hong Kong lawyers demand explanation over journalist ban
Hong Kong's powerful bar association says the rights enshrined in Hong Kong's mini-constitution, including freedom of expression, should be respected 'whether one agrees with the information or ideas or not'
Bahrain Flexi Visa to help 3,000 undocumented OFWs
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it is seeking 'pathways for regularization' for overseas Filipino workers
Why 'X Factor UK' contestant Maria Laroco was denied a US Visa
The Filipina teen was unable to perform at the Judge's House in the US because she wasn't able to get a US visa
Philippines denies extension of Sister Fox's missionary visa
Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox is now required to apply for a 59-day temporary visitor's visa, says the Bureau of Immigration
Japan makes it easier for Filipinos to get multiple-entry visa
The relaxed requirements for multiple-entry visas to Japan for citizens of the Philippines take effect August 1
Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until July 2019
The trial period of the visa-free privilege 'will continue until July 31, 2019, and will be reviewed for further extension,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
PH eyes shorter visa on arrival process for Chinese travelers
The Department of Tourism says it is looking at major markets China and India for its plan to facilitate easier entry to the country
British lesbian wins spousal visa case in Hong Kong
'QT,' who entered into a civil partnership in Britain in 2011 and moved to Hong Kong with her partner the same year, is backed by major financial institutions in her fight for visa rights in the economic powerhouse
Visa close to 'normal' after outage blocks transactions across Europe
A spokesman says it is not possible to say how many Visa users across Europe had been affected
Korea visa application in PH only through travel agencies starting July
Here is the list of travel agencies designated by the Korean embassy to accept visa applications
Qatar to scrap controversial exit system for workers – experts
(UPDATED) Critics slam the exit visa system as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant workforce
Australian nun to be deported, Grab on passenger destination, PH apologizes to Kuwait | Midday wRap
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China's Hainan island is now visa-free for Filipinos
(UPDATED) The move is part of China's international tourism push
I was denied a U.S. visa, and it's very personal
The embassy officer told me I could reapply if and when my 'circumstances change.' What circumstance has to change before we beat colonial presumptions and call ourselves worthy to travel this world freely?
DOJ sacks 3 employees over visa racket
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also orders an investigation into the employees, and puts them on the immigration lookout
BDO makes EMV card shift, to disable old magnetic stripe cards by Feb 1
The bank encourages customers who still have the magnetic stripe card to have it replaced at BDO branches on or before January 31
Everything you need to know to apply for a Schengen visa
(UPDATED) If a 21-year-old can do it, so can you. Here are all the details you will need to get that elusive visa!