Travelers encouraged to plan now for holiday season
  • Travelers planning international trips to or from the U.S. in the coming months can reduce delays and last-minute headaches by planning now for the peak holiday travel season and observingRelocation Today Travel the following tips:

    Check your passport.

    • Most countries require that travelers hold a passport that will be valid for six months beyond their intended date of departure. Travelers should check their passport expiration date; if they need to apply for a new passport, they should allow several weeks for normal processing.
    • U.S. citizens are being asked to apply early for new or renewal passports due to the anticipated higher than usual influx of requests for the holidays. New passport issuance generally takes four to five weeks, and expedited service takes two to three weeks. Travelers leaving in less than two weeks can utilize a passport agency for more immediate issuance.

    Check your visa.

    • Travelers requiring a visa to enter a country should apply as soon as possible, keeping in mind that visa appointments are often backlogged at popular locations and take longer during the holidays. Chinese nationals holding a 10-year visitor visa are reminded that they must enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System before traveling to the U.S.
    • U.S. citizens can check the State Department's website for information about whether they must obtain a visa for their destination and whether visa on arrival is an option.
    • Non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. on work visas must confirm that they can re-enter the U.S. on their existing visa. They should make sure they have enough time remaining on their visa and at least one valid entry remaining, as well as a valid underlying petition where applicable. Some foreign nationals, particularly those who have pending applications to adjust to lawful permanent resident status, may want to consider filing for advance parole, which takes a few months to process. For recent green card applicants, pending advance parole applications will be denied if they depart the U.S. prior to approval.
    • Foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program must have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, before boarding a carrier.

    Take advantage of trusted traveler programs.

    Frequent travelers to the U.S. may wish to apply for membership in a trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST. The programs allow members to use automated airport clearance and streamlined customs for faster entry into the U.S.
    Allow extra time.

    Travelers should leave early for their departures and expect longer-than-normal lines at airport security checkpoints.
    In addition to the tips above, the U.S. government also provides useful guidance for hassle-free holiday travel. The State Department website includes tips for preparing for emergencies, driving overseas, bringing copies of travel documents, handling money, learning about local laws, vaccinations, health insurance and packing prescription medicine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection suggests that travelers crossing U.S. land borders use less-popular routes, keep travel documents handy, be prepared to declare all items upon returning to the U.S., and download the Border Wait Times app for current information on ports of entry at the borders with Canada and Mexico. Travelers are also reminded of the potential travel ban for certain nationalities and the infrequent use of extreme vetting in some visa interviews.

    To stay abreast of further updates to Australian immigration policies, please subscribe to our newsletter.
    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact: Kristi Paulsen - Relocation Today or Jennifer Fisher - BAL

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seventeen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.
    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

    Copyright © 2018 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@balglobal.com

    About Relocation Today: Relocation Today, Inc. has been joyfully developing and serving corporate clients global relocation needs, supporting recruiting efforts & managing summer intern housing programs since 1994. For more information on services or relocation benefits policy review please contact: Richard Rudeen, Business Development Manager richardr@relocation-today.com 952.278.0530

Travelers encouraged to plan now for holiday season
  • Travelers planning international trips to or from the U.S. in the coming months can reduce delays and last-minute headaches by planning now for the peak holiday travel season and observingRelocation Today Travel the following tips:

    Check your passport.

    • Most countries require that travelers hold a passport that will be valid for six months beyond their intended date of departure. Travelers should check their passport expiration date; if they need to apply for a new passport, they should allow several weeks for normal processing.
    • U.S. citizens are being asked to apply early for new or renewal passports due to the anticipated higher than usual influx of requests for the holidays. New passport issuance generally takes four to five weeks, and expedited service takes two to three weeks. Travelers leaving in less than two weeks can utilize a passport agency for more immediate issuance.

    Check your visa.

    • Travelers requiring a visa to enter a country should apply as soon as possible, keeping in mind that visa appointments are often backlogged at popular locations and take longer during the holidays. Chinese nationals holding a 10-year visitor visa are reminded that they must enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System before traveling to the U.S.
    • U.S. citizens can check the State Department's website for information about whether they must obtain a visa for their destination and whether visa on arrival is an option.
    • Non-U.S. citizens living in the U.S. on work visas must confirm that they can re-enter the U.S. on their existing visa. They should make sure they have enough time remaining on their visa and at least one valid entry remaining, as well as a valid underlying petition where applicable. Some foreign nationals, particularly those who have pending applications to adjust to lawful permanent resident status, may want to consider filing for advance parole, which takes a few months to process. For recent green card applicants, pending advance parole applications will be denied if they depart the U.S. prior to approval.
    • Foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program must have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, before boarding a carrier.

    Take advantage of trusted traveler programs.

    Frequent travelers to the U.S. may wish to apply for membership in a trusted traveler program, such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST. The programs allow members to use automated airport clearance and streamlined customs for faster entry into the U.S.
    Allow extra time.

    Travelers should leave early for their departures and expect longer-than-normal lines at airport security checkpoints.
    In addition to the tips above, the U.S. government also provides useful guidance for hassle-free holiday travel. The State Department website includes tips for preparing for emergencies, driving overseas, bringing copies of travel documents, handling money, learning about local laws, vaccinations, health insurance and packing prescription medicine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection suggests that travelers crossing U.S. land borders use less-popular routes, keep travel documents handy, be prepared to declare all items upon returning to the U.S., and download the Border Wait Times app for current information on ports of entry at the borders with Canada and Mexico. Travelers are also reminded of the potential travel ban for certain nationalities and the infrequent use of extreme vetting in some visa interviews.

    To stay abreast of further updates to Australian immigration policies, please subscribe to our newsletter.
    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact: Kristi Paulsen - Relocation Today or Jennifer Fisher - BAL

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seventeen offices across the U.S. and Globe. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.
    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

    Copyright © 2018 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@balglobal.com

    About Relocation Today: Relocation Today, Inc. has been joyfully developing and serving corporate clients global relocation needs, supporting recruiting efforts & managing summer intern housing programs since 1994. For more information on services or relocation benefits policy review please contact: Richard Rudeen, Business Development Manager richardr@relocation-today.com 952.278.0530