Safer Travel with Secure Travel Documents

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When travelling abroad, things that are merely inconvenient at home become disasters in a foreign country. Expired documents, lost wallet, missing paperwork, on a business trip are headaches at the least, or can get you jailed or deported at the worst.

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Our immigration law firm Visawolf manages global travel and work visas for hundreds of corporate travelers every year.  We advise them to make copies of their physical documents for reference if needed during the trip.

Tips for safer overseas corporate travels include:

  • Saving a photo of the front and back of each credit card. Having the card data backed up is important for reporting a lost card and requesting a replacement.  The number of the issuer is on the back of the card, and the front has all the information you need to reference your account.
  • Pics of your driver’s license, visa, and passport is handy as well, in case your paperwork is lost or destroyed on your trip. It will be easier to report your case to the consulate or police with a back up of your identification.
  • Carry an emergency contact list of important numbers in-country, and back home. Too often we hit Speed Dial on our favorite numbers, and cannot recall the specific phone numbers. Also include contact info for your corporate travel booker, local office, hotel, and local friends.

The least secure way to back up your information is to make photocopies and carry paper printouts.  This is old-school, and can be helpful in a pinch, but storing paper copies in your luggage or wallet means they can be lost, stolen, copied, or misplaced.

Slightly more safe is to save the backups as files on your computer or smart phone.  The downside is that the data might not be secure, and the device itself can be lost or compromised.

The most secure and our recommended way to back up travel docs, as well as gain access to many other travel features, is to use the Zoomlee app.  Storing data and docs in Zoomlee’s encrypted service provides access to backups on your device, as well as in the cloud, with secure data protection.  You can access information on your local device, from the cloud, and even share data safely with your family, lawyer, authorities, and co-workers.

In addition to having your global travel docs prepared by immigration professionals, keeping backups of those and other docs will help keep you safe as you travel. Contact Visawolf for your work visa and global travel services, and use Zoomlee app to store your documents.

Jakob Lipman is a partner and attorney at Visawolf, an immigration law firm with years of experience with corporate visas and global travel. The firm uses tech solutions like INSZoom, Zoomlee, and other tools to expertly expedite your case. Let Visawolf help you travel more safely and for your business to prosper.

 

Jakob Lipman is an attorney at the California based immigration law firm Visawolf , www.visawolf.com, where he is one of the founding partners.  He has practiced immigration law for over fifteen years. Jakob and Visawolf specialize in employment-based immigration, and corporate global travel visas. Over the years, he has supported companies of all sizes and from every major industry, from tech start-ups to international conglomerates. Jakob has lectured on immigration-related subjects, authored articles on corporate immigration compliance, as well as the PERM labor certification process. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is an expert in automating immigration case flow with technology

Five Easy Steps: Keep Health Insurance Information Handy

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Did you ever go to your Doctor’s office and find that you do not have your health insurance card when you were about to check in at the front desk? Not to worry – this happens to all of us. Here are five easy steps to store your health insurance card.

Step 1

Open Zoomlee and choose the “+” sign to add a document

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Step 2

Choose Category and Type – Health: Health Insurance Cards. You can also customize the Document Name (for example) John’s Card

 

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Step 3

Enter required data in the data fields. The Add data field in the screen allows you to add additional text or date field you may need to customize your data entry

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Step 4

Next go to the attachments section and Add the health insurance card by using “Take Photo” or if you already have a picture “Choose from Gallery”

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Step 5

After adding the picture use the “Save” button and you are done

 

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I am assuming you already have Zoomlee downloaded on your phone. If not download now and enjoy a hassle free visit next time you need to go to your Doctor or Dentist’s office. Keep smiling.

Here’s why L-1 work permit may mean more visa trouble for India

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Concerned over the restriction of the L-1 work permit and high rejection rate, many Indian IT companies are hoping for discussions at the government level to ease out some of the problems when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Silicon Valley in September.

“L-1 is a category that allows people with managerial, executive or specialised knowledge to be moved to the US offices from their foreign country offices for taking up a position on a temporary basis. For the US, they need to reasonably protect domestic jobs over outsourced staffing and thus there is a grey area that is being challenged as misuse by IT companies,” said Pankaj Joshi, MD, NYSA Capital, a Delhi NCR-based advisory firm that specialises in the investment-immigration programme to the US.

Following a study by the National Foundation for American Policy titled ‘L1 Denial Rates Increase Again for High Skill Foreign Nationals’, which confirmed that Indian nationals face the highest refusal rate in the L-1B visa programme, there has been great concern among Indian IT companies and professionals on the matter. This is despite the fact that actual numbers for L visas issued to Indian applicants went up in 2014 (44,954) compared to 2013 (43,773).

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Expat Startups: Short-Term Jobs, Great Trips, Meeting People, New Apps

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Few people are benefiting more from the boom in new communication technology than expats. Everything from Skype to WhatsApp has made staying in touch infinitely easier, be it singing Happy Birthday to your nephew, or tuning in for an important meeting at your home office — experiences that, in the past, expats had to miss.

Entrepreneurial global nomads have begun catering to a niche of tech-reliant expats, whose lives can be made simpler and more connected through websites and apps.Whether you’re looking for a place to buy Vegemite when you relocate to France, or you need a secure place to digitally store immigration documents, or want to move abroad but don’t have a job nailed down, we’ve rounded up some new companies you may not know about that make the expat life a little more convenient:

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