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Kumar & family

 

Foreign travel for me is always exhausting and with complex immigration rules, it’s stressful as well. I’ve had trouble managing my travel documents, particularly passport and visa pages with their expiry dates. During family travel, my mind always used to be preoccupied with such issues, instead of enjoying the trip. I was looking for a simple but effective tool that would help me and my family. That’s when I came across Zoomlee. It’s a cool app. I can scan and store all my travel documents and they are accessible on-the-go anytime. My favorite feature is that I can access my documents even when there is no connectivity and that came in handy once in an airport when I needed them the most.

Downloading and setting it up in my iPhone was a breeze. One feature I like the most is that it allows me to have multiple pages of the same document and due to this document management is so easy. It gives me all the expiry alerts I need for me to take action and stay compliant.

Now, thanks to Zoomlee, I’m spending quality time with my family during travel, instead of worrying about travel documents.

Kumar travels frequently for business and leisure. He is currently leading the Global Shared Services organization at Mindtree, Bangalore and is a Zoomlee user

 

How Zoomlee simplified my life as a Student – Document organization at its best!

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My dream to pursue Master’s in Computer Science in the USA turned into reality on August 2014, as my admission was accepted at Arizona State University.  It is true that the entire application process can be gruesome and involves a lot of documentation work. In such a case, keeping your documents intact and handy is necessary.

The university instructed me to carry all my original documents for their verification purpose. After my arrival, I headed straight to the university and got my documents sorted. Assuming that all my necessary procedures were done, I decided to keep my documents in safe place rather than carrying them around and worrying about them. However, I unexpectedly had to fill in some extra forms, for which I had to keep referring to my documents. For instance, to fill in the CPT form, my passport details, I-94 details, etc. were required, as these details are not easy to remember I had to physically carry my documents everywhere. I was constantly worried about losing my important documents.

To ease out the documentation, I kept soft copies in my Drop Box account. However, I realized that I had to manually segregate them into folders, which was again a time-consuming and frustrating task. I knew I had to do something to make my documents easily available and at the same time not having to carry them physically everywhere.

Then, I came across this app ‘Zoomlee’, which made my life so easy and organized. All I had to do was click a photo of the document, fill in some basic details and the app did it all. The app organized all the documents with minimal effort and managing them has become considerably easy. The biggest highlight is that I can access all my documents even without the internet. That’s a big thumbs-up from me.

With so many aspirants who visit international places for their future endeavors, carrying multiple documents and keeping them safe is quite a task. Zoomlee helps to reduce this stress with its fantastic features and surely makes life much simpler. I strongly recommend every student & traveler download this app to make travel stress-free.

Prashanth Artal is a graduate student in Computer Science from Arizona State University and has shared his personal experience as a Zoomlee user.

Staying One Step Ahead

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Christen Gause_Traveling with your family using Zoomlee

As a previous Manager of Business Immigration and years spent filling out visa applications for expats for countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil, Turkey, Schengen Countries and countless others, I know firsthand the amount of detail needed to complete these forms.  I have helped thousands of expats and business travelers navigate the complex and specific list of requirements that are needed to submit visa applications.  As with most busy c-level travelers, applications need to be done quickly, accurately and submitted successfully the first time.  Rarely is time a luxury.  When the CEO needs to travel to China he usually needs to be there in a few days.

Zoomlee is a fantastic resource for busy travelers.  The app allows the user to upload all of their travel related documents such as passports, visas, global entry ID information, frequent flyer memberships, paystubs, driver’s license, health insurance card, or any other piece of information that is required to apply for a visa.  A copy of the actual document can be uploaded along with all of the details such as number, issue dates, expiration dates, issuing consulate, etc.  Having all of this information available to you on your phone in a secure location makes filling out applications a breeze.  Gone are the days where you must delay filling out the forms and filing your application because you need to go home and get your important documents from the safe, shuffle through your emails to find copies of your paystubs, track down a copy of a utility bill to prove your residence location and ask HR for an updated copy of your health insurance benefits that prove you have coverage when you travel internationally.  You will have all this info stored in the app, organized and easy to access.  Having the ability to safely store document copies and data and leave your important documents at home in the safe until you need them to file the application will ensure you don’t lose them in the process. (I have had people lose their passports in between the seats in their car).Zoomlee Immigration Compliance App

 

Once the visa has been obtained the app continues to offer value to the user.  The new visa information is inputted into the app and the app will alert you when the visa is about to expire.  Travelers to the US can fill out and print the declaration form prior to travel.  This will save them from having to find a pen once seated in the comfy and roomy airline seat! After landing in the destination country travelers are able to use the “Be Safe” feature.  Actually, anybody can use this feature, even if at home!  The feature allows the user to click on “Police”, “Hospital” and/or “Consulate”.  If the traveler has GPS or Location enabled on their phone, the “Be Safe” feature will quickly show them were the nearest police, hospital and consulate facilities are.  Having traveled to China and India myself, I am very grateful for this feature.  You never know what local terminology is for police, hospital, and consulate and being unable to speak the local language makes it hard to ask for help.  This app will quickly show you where the nearest facilities are.  I walked around Shanghai for 14 days and only when I was downtown did I find a police station.  A city with 23 million people, the largest city in the world and I found only one police station!  I am married to a law enforcement officer and I was a 911 operator and police/fire dispatcher for 7 ½ years.  If I am traveling alone it is vital that I have the ability to find emergency help quickly to satisfy my husbands and my desire to ensure my safety. The “Be Safe” feature does just this.

 

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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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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Securely Store Any Travel Document in Zoomlee

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Upload, TAG, and set alerts for documents in Excel, PDFs, Word, PowerPoint, Rich Text and more!

It wasn’t long ago that people had no other option than to scan their travel documents, send sensitive travel information to their email accounts, and finally store their passports, visas, trip itineraries, identification certificates, etc., in Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, OneDrive and other cloud storage alternatives.

There are endless problems with this system, but to address the most important one, none of them are securely built to protect your highly sensitive and private documents you need to travel internationally. Zoomlee was engineered to keep your personal identity safe while you travel. Passports, visas and other travel documents can be uploaded to Zoomlee as a PDF, Word Document, Excel, PowerPoint… almost any file format including:

  • Excel (.xls)
  • Keynote (.key.zip)
  • Numbers (.numbers.zip)
  • Pages (.pages.zip)
  • PDF (.pdf)
  • PowerPoint (.ppt)
  • Word (.doc)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Rich Text Format Directory (.rtfd.zip)

Zoomlee Travel Document StorageZoomlee was created as a travel and compliance app that stores and protects your documents; however, there are so many unique features built into this single app specifically designed to make international travel, study, and living easy and safe. One of the newer features is the ability to access every document you have stored even when you are in an exotic location with no network connection.

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Customize Data Fields to Create Expiration Alerts

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Every document you upload to Zoomlee can be customized to include multiple fields specific to that document. Passports can have tracking numbers, issue dates, expiration dates. Visas can have control numbers and expiration dates. Pending documents can have hyperlinked fields for case numbers so you can check the status of work permits or green cards – you can link each case directly to the USCIS official site so you can quickly track the status of your application.

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Any document that has an expiration date should be utilizing the Data Field feature. Zoomlee is set to remind you 1 month prior to the expiration date of critical documents like passports, driver’s licenses, visas, work permits, and travel insurance. Once you receive the first reminder that a document requires updates, you can then customize the alerts to come in 1 year, 6 months, 3 month, 1 week, or never before action is required.

Data Fields is one of the most unique features Zoomlee offers. No other travel app will track the expiration and case number of so many imperative documents. It is simple to input the information into the Data Fields, and in the long run, it saves you time and money when you aren’t running around at the last minute to renew your passport or paying a rush fee to get it ready before a trip.