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April 13, 2015

Danish Visa Applications and Travisa

April 7, 2015 was a historic day for Travisa Outsourcing.  On this day we began operating visa application centers complete with biometric screening for the processing of Danish Visas.

The Danish Visa Application Centers, staffed by Travisa Outsourcing, will be located in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco.  April 7 marks the opening of the Washington DC and New York locations.  The Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco Danish Visa Application Centers will open on April 15, 29, and May 13.

We are honored to have our technology, service, and people trusted to undertake this project.


Kim Conway
General Manager
Travisa Passport and Visa Service

UK Immigration Health Surcharge:

Effective April 6, 2015, the UK with be charging an Immigration Health Surcharge to all non EEA members who plan on staying longer that six months.

Those who pay the surcharge will be able to access the National Health Service (NHS) in the same way as a permanent UK resident.
 
The surcharge is set at 200 Pounds ($296.68) per year and 150 Pounds ($222.44) per year for students, with dependents generally paying the same amount as the main applicant, and must be paid in full before the immigration approval process is complete. If your visa is declined you may be entitled to a refund.

It is important to note that the surcharge is not a visa fee. The payment will go directly into the National Health Service (NHS) and will give access to the NHS on the same terms as a permanent UK resident.

Although a Visa is not always required for US travelers heading to the UK, there are instances where one is. Please check before you travel so you don't get caught without all the proper documentation!
For any UK visa questions please contact our New York office or visit us online at Travisa.com

Global Entry vs. TSA PreCheck - With 2015 Updates

"The TSA PreCheck application program has reached a new milestone with more than 1 million travelers enrolled. TSA PreCheck, which opened its first application center at Indianapolis International Airport, now has more than 330 application centers nationwide, including locations at 31 airports."  March 2015 TSA Press Release.


We all want to speed through the long, unpleasant lines at airport security and customs, but what can you do about it?

You might not realize it, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has more than one program designed to expedite your trip though the airport. Trusted Traveler options include: FAST, FLUX, NEXUS, SENTRI, SES, Smart Gate and STEP. The TSA also offers TSA PreCheck.

That's a lot of acronyms! Let's break which ones matter for you and which ones don't. FLUX, SES and Smart Gate all apply to frequent travelers to/from the Netherlands, Korea, and Australia. New Zealand has a similar program that's missing the catchy name. These programs expedite and secure international travel with an automated border passage program. For North America, the State Department also has the NEXUS and SENTRI programs, which apply to border crossings between the U.S. and Canada and Mexico, both by land and sea.

The good news is members of those programs can also participate in Global Entry. Global Entry helps you clear U.S. customs and Border patrol faster regardless of where you are traveling from. The program is designed for low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance upon arriving arrival into the United States. To receive Global Entry, you must submit an application that includes an in-person interview, background check, and fingerprinting. Once you pass, Global Entry members can then skip the lines at Customs and Border Protection and instead use touch-screen kiosks in the arrivals area of airports.

Side Note: It can take months to get an appointment for an interview - but don't get discouraged! It seems that the Global Entry program has gotten so popular that appointments are now being filled up months in advance at many locations. "Last week, CBP announced it enrolled its 2 millionth traveler in Global Entry. Combined, the TSA PreCheck application program, Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI have more than 4.6 million trusted travelers. Together, these four programs provide an improved passenger experience, while enhancing security and increasing system-wide efficiencies for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."  As one frequent traveler blogged:

"After I completed my application earlier this year, I contacted a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) office to see if there was any way to get an earlier appointment, and I was told to keep checking their web sites for cancellations. To my surprise, an appointment opened up the following week and I was in. It appears as if the typical GOES applicant travels frequently on business but often needs to cancel their appointments with little notice. So don't get discouraged - there are plenty of ways to get around the appointment backlog including just walking into an appointment office. After all, someone might miss their flight and their appointment and you can slip in. Another tip, don't confine your search to your home airport, browse the airports at the destinations that you are already scheduled to visit."

Skipping the lines can help at customs, but what about the lines at security when you get to the airport? Here's where TSA's PreCheck program enters the game. Qualified fliers go through an expedited TSA security line, where they don't have to remove their shoes, belts, coats, and laptops. Initially you had to have frequent-flier status or be a member of a Trusted Traveler program (so if you have Global Entry you have PreCheck) to qualify for the program. However, as of September 2014, you can apply online to be eligible for the PreCheck program.

So, should travelers invest in Global Entry or TSA PreCheck and how do these programs compare? Let's break it down:

What the Program Offers -

Global Entry members skip the lines at Customs and Border Protection and instead use touch-screen kiosks in the arrivals area of airports.

Global Entry members are automatically eligible to the TSA PreCheck program at no additional fee.
With TSA PreCheck, qualified fliers go through an expedited TSA security line, where they don't have to remove their shoes, belts, coats, and laptops.

Fees -

Global Entry has a $100 fee that must be paid when you send in your application.

TSA PreCheck has an $85 fee that must be paid online.

Application Process -

Global Entry starts with an online application, which if approved results in an in person interview where a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer asks questions, take a photo and scans fingerprints.

TSA PreCheck requires an online application. Then you are required to verify identity and provide fingerprints at a TSA PreCheck and enrollment center.

How Long Is Membership Active?

Both TSA PreCheck and Global Entry memberships are valid for 5 years.

There are currently 45 airports in the Global Entry program, including outposts in Canada, Guam, and Shannon, Ireland.

TSA PreCheck is currently available in 115 airports across the US for passengers traveling on Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways and Virgin America.

It is important to note Kids must have Global Entry to bypass customs with their parents. Just as all children, regardless of age, must have a passport to travel internationally, all passport holders must have GE in order to skip the standard line when entering the country. For maximum inconvenience, each child needs to have a separate appointment, so it is important to be very calm through this process!And yes, your 10 month old baby will need their own appointment!  However, children do not have to have Global Entry to go through TSA PreCheck with their parents.  

It will also be necessary to re-visit an airport Customs and Border Patrol office when you get a new passport.  So if your passport is expiring in the next few months it is recommended you renew your passport before applying for Global Entry or PreCheck! 

Happy traveling!

Conde Nast Traveler: Why Travelers Should Be Excited About New Flights To Hawaii


Virgin America just announced new routes from San Francisco to both Honolulu and Maui, with tickets from $199 each way. The flights begin in winter 2015, but right now is the best time to buy. Here's what travelers can expect from Virgin America during the five-and-a-half hour flight time from San Francisco to Hawaii.

Virgin America exclusively flies Airbus A319s and A320s and operates the youngest fleet of any U.S. airline. New A320s with fuel-saving "sharklet" wingtips will fly the Hawaii routes. Aside from that unmistakable new plane smell, the low aircraft age plus other sustainable practices means greater fuel efficiency, which helps keep prices low on those long Hawaii routes.

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Consulate and Embassy Closings

Atlanta

  • India - Closed April 14th, May 4th
  • Israel - Closed April 22nd, April 23rd
  • Japan - Closed April 27th
  • Nigeria - Closed May 1st

Boston

  • Brazil - Closed April 20th
  • Japan - Closed April 20th

Chicago

  • Bulgaria - Closed April 13th, May 1st, May 6th
  • China - Closed May 1st
  • Croatia - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed April 14th, May 4th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 1st
  • Serbia - Closed April 13th, May 1st
  • South Africa - Closed May 1st
  • Spain - Closed May 1st
  • Thailand - Closed April 13th, May 5th
  • Venezuela - Closed May 1st

Houston

  • China - Closed May 1st
  • Colombia - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed April 14th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 1st

London

  • Angola - Closed May 1st
  • Argentina - Closed May 1st
  • Australia - Closed April 27th
  • Bangladesh - Closed April 14th, May 1st
  • Cyprus - Closed April 13th, May 1st
  • Denmark - Closed May 4th
  • Egypt - Closed April 13th
  • Germany - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Japan - Closed May 4th
  • Latvia - Closed May 1st
  • Myanmar - Closed April 13th, April 21st, May 1st
  • Russia - Closed May 1st
  • Serbia - Closed May 1st
  • South Africa - Closed April 27th, May 1st
  • Sri Lanka - Closed April 14th
  • Sweden - Closed May 4th
  • Thailand - Closed April 13th, May 5th
  • Vietnam - Closed April 28th, May 1st

Los Angeles

  • Azerbaijan - Closed May 11th
  • Bulgaria - Closed April 13th, May 1st, May 6th
  • Croatia - Closed May 1st
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 1st, May 8th
  • Finland - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed April 14th
  • Israel - Closed April 23rd
  • Kazakhstan - Closed May 1st, May 7th, May 11th
  • Philippines - Closed May 1st
  • Poland - Closed May 1st
  • Russia - Closed May 1st, May 4th, May 11th
  • Thailand - Closed April 13th, May 5th

Miami

  • Colombia - Closed May 1st

New York

  • Argentina - Closed May 1st
  • Bangladesh - Closed April 14th
  • Bulgaria - Closed April 13th, May 1st, May 6th
  • China - Closed May 1st
  • Colombia - Closed May 1st
  • Croatia - Closed May 1st
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 1st, May 8th
  • Egypt - Closed April 13th
  • Estonia - Closed May 1st
  • Finland - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Israel - Closed April 23rd
  • Lithuania - Closed May 1st
  • Myanmar - Closed April 13th, April 14th, April 15th, April 16th, April 17th
  • Poland - Closed May 1st
  • Serbia - Closed May 1st
  • South Africa - Closed May 1st
  • Spain - Closed May 1st
  • Thailand - Closed April 13th, May 5th
  • United Kingdom - Closed April 24th, April 27th

Ottawa

  • Angola - Closed May 1st
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 1st, May 8th
  • Estonia - Closed May 1st
  • France - Closed May 1st, May 8th
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 1st
  • Japan - Closed May 4th
  • Lithuania - Closed May 1st
  • Philippines - Closed May 1st
  • Thailand - Closed April 13th, May 5th

San Francisco

  • China - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Vietnam - Closed April 29th, April 30th

Toronto

  • Cyprus - Closed April 13th, May 1st
  • France - Closed May 1st, May 8th
  • Guyana - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 1st
  • Japan - Closed May 4th
  • Sri Lanka - Closed April 14th, May 1st, May 4th
  • Thailand - Closed April 13th, May 4th

Washington

  • Angola - Closed May 1st
  • Argentina - Closed May 1st
  • Austria - Closed May 1st
  • Bangladesh - Closed April 14th
  • Bulgaria - Closed April 13th, May 1st, May 6th
  • Cambodia - Closed April 13th
  • China - Closed May 1st
  • Croatia - Closed May 1st
  • Czech Republic - Closed May 1st, May 8th
  • Estonia - Closed May 1st
  • Finland - Closed May 1st
  • India - Closed May 4th
  • Indonesia - Closed May 1st
  • Iraq - Closed May 1st
  • Latvia - Closed May 1st, May 4th
  • Lesotho - Closed May 1st
  • Mozambique - Closed May 1st
  • Myanmar - Closed April 13th, April 14th, April 15th, April 16th, April 17th
  • Namibia - Closed May 1st, May 4th
  • Norway - Closed May 1st
  • Romania - Closed April 13th, May 1st
  • Tanzania - Closed May 1st
  • Thailand - Closed April 13th, May 5th
  • Uganda - Closed May 1st
  • Venezuela - Closed May 1st
  • Vietnam - Closed April 28th, April 30th, May 1st

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