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February 2013

US Embassy Beijing: New US Visa System

Filed February 26, 2013 in Temporary Visas, under US Consulate and US Embassy , tagged

Temple in winter garden 147086176The US Embassy Beijing and all US Consulates in China that issue visas are implementing a new US visa appointment, fee payment and document delivery system starting March 16, 2013. This new US visa system, already in use in several countries, will make it easier for US visa applicants to schedule visa interview appointments, pay visa processing fees, and check on the status of their issued visas. more »

First Ever LGBT Travel Advisory Issued

Frankfurt Airport Germany 149719864The edited text of the US Department of State’s first ever LGBT Travel Advisory is below.

Some countries provide legal protections to LGBT individuals. But, others do not, and a significant number even criminalize consensual same-sex sexual relations. Individuals convicted in these countries could be sentenced to prison, and/or be punished by fines, deportation, flogging, or even sentenced to death. Before choosing an international destination, LGBT travelers should carefully consider the laws and biases of their international destination and decide how open one can be regarding one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Personal judgment and knowledge of local laws and customs before one goes will help ensure your safety. more »

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