Assistance for Jamaicans Stuck in the U.S. With An Expired Visa…

first_imgAdditionally, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks says the embassy is working to assist“out-of-status” Jamaicans stuck in the U.S.“We’re actually asking persons who are in that situation to contact us at the embassy and we’re responding by e-mail to explain what they can do if you are potentially out of status”, Marks said at a recent digital town hall.“The USCIS and the embassy in Jamaica, they have assured us that they are prepared to work with persons because clearly they know that you’re not able to travel at this time.”Marks did, however, warn that Jamaicans must be able to prove that they made plans to leave the United States before the travel restriction to avoid cancellation of their visa.“It’s important that you show that you had made arrangements to leave by a certain time if your visa would have been up during this period, and if you’re in other situations where you need to apply for extension you’re encouraged to go ahead and still apply online. So we have a whole set of information to share for persons so that they know what they can do for their particular situation, whether they’re visitors or students or workers,” said Marks.According to the USCIS’ website, discretion is applied in the event of “natural catastrophes and other extreme situations”, which sometimes affect the processing of USCIS application, petition, or immigration request.It said when applying for an extension or change of status due to a special situation that prevented a planned and timely departure, “we may take into consideration how the special situation prevented your departure. If you do not apply for the extension or change of status before your authorised period of admission expires, we may excuse the delay if it was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond your control”.Marks said that it is critical that Jamaicans, who are out of status, or will soon be out of status, “send a note to the embassy so we can respond to you”.The ministry of foreign affairs has advised for all persons with queries to contact the Embassy or Consulate if you need help.WHERE TO APPLY FOr VISA EXTENSIONS:United States – https://www.uscis.gov/visit-united-states/extend-your-stayCanada – https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/extend-stay/apply.htmlUnited Kingdom – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residentsEuropean Union – https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/news/coronavirus-what-to-do-if-you-get-stuck-in-the-eu/ KINGSTON, Jamaica – If you are a Jamaica that is currently stuck in the United States with an expired or almost expired visa due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, it is possible to get a visa extension.Hundreds of Jamaicans were left stranded in the United States and other countries after Jamaica closed its borders to incoming passenger flights on March 24. While Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the country is considering to possibility of re-entry, there is no timeline yet as to when widescale re-entry will be allowed in the island. This means that scores of Jamaicans will be unable to go home anytime soon.Jamaica’s minister of foreign affairs, Kamina Johnson-Smith has urged all Jamaicans in the US, Canada, UK or Europe whose visa might expire to apply for an extension as there is no blanket waiver.last_img read more

Betsson’s Dutch entity Corona Ltd issued €300,000 fine

first_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit The Netherlands Gaming Authority, De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has issued a €300,000 fine, to Corona Ltd for offering gaming to customers in the country without the required local licence.Corona, a subsidiary in the Betsson group and operator of the Oranje and Kroon online casino brands, has detailed that it is currently locked in internal deliberations and assessments, as the group judges whether to appeal the decision.This follows moves made by the lower house of the Dutch parliament two years ago, which saw the approval of the Remote Gaming Bill, that has thus far not had the approval of the country’s Senate.In June of this year, government officials stated that the coalition government in the Netherlands had an intention to resume the legislative process, and has pencilled in an initial aim of seeing the new regulation introduced by 2020.In its media release, Betsson detailed that further entities that fall under its banner were also the subject of KSA investigations, however, the regulator established that there were no violations with regard to them and no fines were imposed. Betsson AB acquired its Corona entity four years ago, “in anticipation of the re-regulation of the Dutch online gaming market,” which the groups details that was due, and it expected, to occur in 2015 “according to public information”.Pontus Lindwall, CEO of Betsson AB, commented: “Betsson shares KSA’s ambition to achieve a high channelisation of customers into any future locally regulated environment in the Netherlands, and supports the Dutch Government’s ambition in moving forward with the legislative process.”Last month Lindwall stated that “confidence is back in the business” when reporting the groups interim 2018 results, following his regaining of the leadership in September 2017 from Ulrik Bengtsson.Set to implement a back on track plan the program has focus on the three strategic areas of optimising operational efficiencies, improving product output and enhancing growth within core markets. Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more