Britons flying to US without biometric passports could be turned away

British tourists heading to the US have been warned that they risk being turned away from flights to the country unless they hold the latest biometric passports.Anyone flying to the US for business or pleasure must now hold a passport that contains an electronic chip – even if they have been granted an electronic visa.“As of 1 April 2016, all travellers must have an e-passport to use the [visa waiver programme],” states the Department of Homeland Security website. Biometric passports have been i… Read More

David Cameron's EU Reform Deal: How will this affect immigration?

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union (EU) to be held on Thursday 23 June 2016.A referendum is basically a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part. On benefits, anyone coming to the UK from the EU who does not find work within six months can be required to leave and there will be an emergency brake that allows the UK to stop paying in-work benefits to migrants for seven years.The agre… Read More

Visa Box closure for the festive period

Please note that our offices will be closed for the festive period from 16th December 2015 and then only re-open on 4th January 2016. Read More

Changes to health requirements - Australia visa

Message from the Australian High Commission in Pretoria As of 20 November 2015 the health requirements have changed when applying for a Australian visitor visa. They are as follows: If a person will be staying in Australia for 6 months or more, or special significance applies (e.g. entering hospital etc.) – both an x-ray and medical examination will be required. If they are staying less than 6 months – no health exams are required (including no chest x-rays). Please note that over 75’s will onl… Read More