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Visas to Malaysia

Visas to Malaysia

Entry requirements – For Americans, there is usually no visa requirement for periods of travel within three months’ time for trips devoted to business-related travel and pleasure; however, for other visitors to Malaysia, visa documentation must be clearly visible on their passports
Dual nationality – In Malaysia, visa officials are not legally obligated to recognize dual citizenship as both an American and Malaysian. In fact, dual citizenship runs directly contrary to Malaysian international policy, and consequently, a foreign national which tries to claim dual nationality including Malaysian citizenship may be subject to attempts by immigration officials to strip the individual of one of his or her claims to nationality. 

 Petty crime – Especially in urban areas, visa holders are advised to be on the lookout for evidence of criminalrobberiescredit card frauddrug offenses that some jurisdictions would consider minor are considered especially heinous. Some drug crimes in Malaysia, in fact, could result in a death sentence for the guilty party.

Visas to Pakistan

Visas to Pakistan

Visa types – As the Department of State freely acknowledges, tourist opportunities are limited in Pakistan. Visa applicants are encouraged to stick to metropolitan areas in order to maintain a greater likelihood of staying within established tourist areas.
In applying for visas to Pakistan as part of a purposeful temporary “holiday”, petitioners must indicate on the form submitted to the embassy or consulate the reason for their trip, namely if it is designed to be a visit to family, a mountain exploration trek, or a journey of religious (i.e. pilgrimage) or historical (i.e. visit to a sanctioned historical site) merit. Otherwise, the principal reason most non-governmental travelers will be contemplating acquisition of a visa is to do business
Traveling within Pakistan – While visas are reliable methods of international travel, intrastate commerce is decidedly dangerous in Pakistan.

Visa holders are encouraged to avoid public transportation whenever possible (U.S. government representatives are expressly forbidden to use it, in fact), are advised to stay away from hotels where security is suspect, and are requested to have a family member or friend as a close point of contact to affirm they are sticking to their itinerary and have not been attacked. 

Visas to United Arab Emirates

Visas to United Arab Emirates

Visit visas – The visit visa, perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, is more closely analogous to the American travel visa/visitor visa.
Tourist visas – UAE visas for purposes of tourism, also unlike normal tourism visas, are not as inclusive as those of other countries, such as the United States. In practice, a UAE visa for tourism is only granted by hotels and tour operators in the United Arab Emirates, is only available for residents of China, South Africa, Thailand, and those European citizens who cannot apply for visas at ports of entry, and only lasts for a non-renewable 30 days.
Multiple entry visas – Again, UAE visas in this category are harder to obtain than their namesake generally is worldwide. A multiple entry UAE visa is only available for business persons with a business relationship with a trustworthy corporate entity in the United Arab Emirates. Special benefits may be afforded to visa holders from Germany and the United States; while normally, these UAE visas are valid for just six months, they may be available for up to two years and ten years, respectively.

Visas to India

Visas to India

During the 2004 presidential election in the United States, outsourcing was a topic of much discussion during the campaigns of and debates between presidential hopeful Democrat John Kerry and eventual winner of the race, incumbent president George W. Bush.
The former was notably vocal in his opposition to the phenomenon of American companies subcontracting their labor to separate parties overseas, presumably to cut down on expenses, as well as incorporating itself in regions that are not subject to United States tax laws.
1. The outsourcing of consular visa review – One of the hallmarks of the visa application process traditionally has been the identity of consulates and embassies abroad to serve as points of contact for both prospective travelers and the larger parent offices that oversaw their affairs. In October of 2007, though, processing services were officially outsourced to Travisa Outsourcing, Inc. by the consular offices of India.
Visa applicants must now go through this third party to obtain a travel visa to India. Visa application forms, it should be noted, as well as being outsourced may also be completely digitized as part of the worldwide push for sweeping changes in consular processes.
2. The Overseas Citizens of India program – Knowing when immigration terms are and are not interchangeable is seemingly half the battle when it comes to deciphering the law. For instance, though we might employ the term “climate refugee” for an individual, he or she may not be recognized as a refugee under conventional law. As for the Overseas Citizen of India program, the common assumption is that the policy grants dual nationality to the recipient, but those who earn this distinction are not actual citizens of India.
Visa rights, more along the lines of rights of permanent residency rights as interpreted in the U.S., are all that are conferred upon the bearer. For someone looking for more information on becoming an Overseas Citizen of India, visa application processes and visa renewal procedure, a Foreigner Regional Registration office should be contacted.
3. Missionary visas – In India, visa authorities require any foreign visitor looking to disseminate religious material to submit for a “missionary visa”. Violators of this concept are subject to the criminal statutes of India. Visa application for a religious-based clearance to publicly speak and organize is thus needed to be filled out. Though enforcement of this policy is not uniform across India, visa applicants with this purpose in mind are encouraged to go through with securing documentation. 

Visas to Japan

Visas to Japan

During World War II, Japanese forces allied with the Axis Powers headed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazis, were directly responsible for the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. It was the first air-attack on American soil and a date in American history that will forever be remembered as the day that will live in infamy. Years later, at the end of World War II, the Americans’ work on the atomic bomb would come to fruition with the devastation of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, whose total destruction forced the unconditional surrender of Japan.
Thankfully, the relationship between the United States of America and the empire of Japan has come a long way since then. Not only is there a close relationship between the United States of America and Japan, in both the political and economic senses, but the doors have since been opened increasingly wider and wider for the travel of all kinds of foreign nationals to and from Japan.
1. In terms of following the rules and regulations of travel to Japan, visa documentation is not needed for periods as long as 90 days, as long as the purpose of tourism or business.
2. Special restrictions on transit visas – As stated, for American residents temporarily relocating to Japan, travel visa certification, so to speak, is not necessary for pleasurable visits for three months (90 days) or less. Still, a visa may come into play if you are planning to get to China through Japan. Visa review officials will frequently detain the traveler looking to secure entry to China without a Chinese visa.
3. Working holiday programs – While the working holiday program may be more immediately synonymous with countries like Canada and Australia, this option is, in addition, open to certain visitors to Japan. Travel visas for study and work in Japan are available to the denizens of a number of countries, including  France, Germany and Hong Kong. 

Visas to Brazil

Visas to Brazil

Contrary to some assertions made by people whose only window into the workings of Brazilian society may be seeing it represented on television or in the movies, concerned Brazilian respondents would be keen to point out, Brazil is a developed nation that has much to offer the world, especially in the arena of tourism.
Millions of people each year flock to Brazil. Visa application numbers, in accord with this notion, are bound to be fairly lofty as well. For the American seeking to follow in other travelers’ footsteps and vacation in Brazil, visa documentation is something about which to be concerned. In getting to Brazil, visa application considerations to be aware of include:
1. Limits of visa validity – Going back to representations of Brazil in popular media, the condensed series of events during travel sequences may make it seem as if it is an easy thing to process through a port of entry of Brazil. Visa applicants, meanwhile, would be apt to suggest the opposite. For entry by an American citizen into Brazil, visa application forms must be filled out for all forms of travel.
What may be yet more significant, though, is the narrow time frame allotted for travel into Brazil. Visa policy states that all visas awarded for travel to Brazil must be used within 90 days of their issuance. Granted, this gives the holder three months, but in cases of reentry, these dates can elude the traveler. Be sure to address any problems with the terms of your visa prior to crossing the border into Brazil; visa application is not an option at a port of entry.
2. Limits on visa eligibility for dual citizens – In Brazil, visa documentation from the country is not available if you are considered a national of both Brazil and the United States. Thus, you must fill an out an application for a Brazilian passport instead.
3. Ground travel difficulties – As regards Brazil, visa application may not be directly affected by public transportation. Nonetheless, it is important to understand the inherent danger of intrastate travel in Brazil. Visa holders are advised to take care when trying to navigate roadways in Brazil, as the conditions are often poor due to lack of maintenance, bus hijackings, and lack of emergency assistance, among other concerns. Always take caution when traveling.

The Schengen Visa

The Schengen Visa

1. First of all, it should be discussed to where the Schengen visa does not apply, or where an international visa might be needed in addition to a check of a passport and other documentation. As indicated elsewhere, the United Kingdom, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Ireland all have disagreed with Schengen regulations in some form or another so that visas for transport into these countries may be required for residents of select countries. 
2. Residents of some countries, notably the United States of America, do not need visas for unrestricted travel through the Schengen area. The total list of countries that do not require a international visa to travel between Schengen countries numbers more than 30, and the onus is on the individual to verify whether he or she is on the list of exempt countries.
3. Visas for travel inside the Schengen area, therefore, apply to those countries who are not passport holders of the group to which countries like the United States belong. The Schengen international visa lasts for up to ninety days of use, and  can only be used for ninety days within a 180-day period. Though it likely goes without saying, visas for the Schengen area are to be used only for travel, not to establish permanent residency.

Visas to Mexico

Visas to Mexico

In the minds of most Americans, the association between the words “Mexico” and “immigration” is likely to conjure up images of illegal immigrationimmigration lawborderWhile America should by no means unconditionally exonerate its neighbor to the south of its role to help guard against population flux between the two nations and improve its (Mexico’s) financial status, it can help to carry the load and honor those who have entered the country on legal terms via an international visa.
Though illegal immigration is the primary concern of many, Mexicans and Canadians alike do immigrate to the United States by legal means, often as a stipulation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. As for relocation of American nationals onto Mexican soil, essentially the reverse of the previous situation, this much does frequently occur.
In the way a visa is often needed by someone coming to America from Mexico, visa documentation is also a requirement for those American nationals temporarily staying in Mexico. Visa services and fees may be rendered for a number of different travel purposes across our southern border. Important details in the quest to obtain an international visa to Mexico include:
1. Tourist cards – If you stay within the Border Zone, a stretch of some 10 miles extending into Mexico, and/or spend no more than a day or weekend in Mexico, visa services will not have to be rendered. As is the case with travel between the United States and other countries, sometimes an international visa is not necessary, and a valid passport will be sufficient. If the terms of distance or time spent are to exceed the prescribed terms of the Mexican government, on the other hand, a Tourist Card or Tourist Migration Form will need to be filled out and paid for. This will ensure you six more months of travel to and from the United States and functions as a multiple-entry international visa.
2. Special requirements for residence/work visa
3. Special requirements for a student visa

Visas to Egypt

Visas to Egypt

As a result of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, tensions quickly grew between America, a nation founded on a bedrock of Christian piety, and the worldwide Muslim community, whose reputation was severely tarnished by virtue of the identities of a few terrorist hijackers who operated under extremist Islamic views and espoused radical anti-U.S. sentiments.
Suffice to say, much mutual understanding occurred between the two parties, and in truth, hostility between Christian and Muslim groups still persists at a high level today, which is easy to understand when placed alongside continuing American engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.
As unfortunate as this is for Muslims living in the United States who must suffer under misconceptions about their religion and abuse from xenophobes, it is unfortunate as well for American travelers who seek peaceful entry into Muslim countries and yet are rewarded with the threat of bodily harm or death. Egypt is just one of the countries in Africa and the Middle East that permits tourism and other forms of travel by foreign peoples, but one which United States consular officials are keen to point out is a risky destination, regardless of political affiliation.
To earn a single or multiple entry visa into Egypt, visa officers must approve of your standing in the country. Besides the standards requirements that need be satisfied for entry into Egypt, visa holders should also be mindful of other current conditions facing the nation and, consequently, anyone who seeks to temporarily reside within state lines. Some considerations for prospective visitors to Egypt:
1. Entry visa – For tourists, normally, only a tourist visa is required of those who are traveling for pleasure in and around Egypt. Visa services should be available to most tourists even at a port of entry, though it is suggested you secure your visa prior to your flight.
It is also suggested that you acquire a multiple entry visa; both a single entry visa and multiple entry visa are valid for travel into Egypt, but if you are planning to take a tour of adjoining territories, it would behoove you to make sure you have a multiple entry visa for the purpose of travel as an additional safeguard. For non-tourists, however, an actual visa will be necessary for entry; if you are intending to work or study in Egypt, visa documentation must indicate your purpose as both a tourist/temporary resident and a laborer or student.
2. Non-American travelers – As stated, for Americans and individuals from numerous other countries, both tourist visas and entry visas may be secured at airports or other ports of entry. Nevertheless, a potential traveler, may be arriving from a country other than the United States in Egypt. Visa recognition, as a result, may be needed for you to secure before you get to Egypt. Any African resident is subject to the need for additional clearance.
3. Considerations of threats of safety – As alluded to above, while Egypt is not considered a hostile nation, there are factions and areas within Egypt that are ripe for conflict or otherwise could prove dangerous to foreign nationals such as Americans. Terrorist attacks on the nation in the mid-2000’s, unruly public demonstrations and whole “frontier areas” that border countries like Libya and Sudan contribute to the fact that special clearance is sometimes required for the civilian traveler to enter a particular area of jurisdiction.
Moreover, Egyptian visa applicants should be advised that medical exams may include tests for bird and swine flu, as Egypt and surrounding nations have proven exceptionally susceptible to these strains. If you hail from a region that has also been subject to outbreaks, you may be tested, and at worst case, quarantined by authorities.  

American Travel to the European Union

American Travel to the European Union

 

When traveling within some countries, a completed entry visa must be shown to immigration officials upon arrival at a port of entry for their approval. As hinted at before, travel from the United States to the EU requires no entry visa for the purpose of travel between the 27 countries that are official participating member states of this bloc. Even though a visa is not needed for pleasurable or business-related conferences, an American is not totally unrestricted when it comes to traveling in and out of the region. For one, a valid passport should be on the individual's person at all times, especially when transitioning across external border lines.

In addition, even though visa documents may not be required, the idea of the visa is still preserved in terms of your legal ability to stay in the European Union. This is to say that there is still a time limit when it comes to the terms of the visit, namely 90 days. Furthermore, additional visa documents and applications may be needed to be fulfilled if the nature of the stay changes. If you, say, seek to accept an offer from an employer while in the EU, you will need a work visa. Other documentation – 

In terms of "visa documents," while actual visa documentation may not be needed by American travelers or any other temporary foreign-born residents, immigration officials in EU individual countries may request to see further proof of identity that is germane to visa applications, including onward and return tickets, evidence of lodging, and/or an invitation from a resident of the European Union. Before traveling to a particular country, you may want to contact the local consulate or embassy for more specific information.