Dubai Visa – Everything You Need To Know!

Dubai! Oh Dubai! Dubai has been a popular destination for travelers since some time due to various reasons, be it largest indoor ice skiing slope or tallest of towers with beautiful hotels and resorts, it has something to offer to everyone. But, what most people forget is, all these is available to you when you reach Dubai; however, there is this tedious process called Visa application (flights and planning) that one needs to follow before putting their feet in the land of gold. Here in this blog, we have simplified the pre-arrival process for you so that your trip starts from your home!

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How To Apply For Malaysia Visa?

Malaysia, the country that truly captures the mood and flavors of Asia is placed on 9th position in the world for tourist arrivals. With an amazing diversity of cultures, festivals, traditions and customs, Malaysia does offer a great experience to travelers visiting this country. It is but obvious to have easy visa policies in place to handle such huge inflow of people. Of course, travelers do talk about troubles faced due to discrepancies in visa, but those are small hiccups, and our blog for today is not focused on it. Today we are going to talk about Malaysia visa and how to apply for it.

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Non Immigrant Visas – Decoded

There are two major categories of visas, we spoke about them in brief in the article dated on September 20, 2017, you can read it here. Today we would like to take a deeper dive into non-immigrant visas and divide them further into subcategories.

Non-immigrant visas are the mainstream visas and are used for everything ranging from recreational visits to business visits. A non-immigrant visa is issued to a person who wishes to be in other country on a temporary basis for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work or study etc. However, many of these visas do not allow you to live and work in the other country for extended periods of time. Instead, these visas are designed to allow visitors to visit other countries for a specific purposes.

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Do You Need Physical Documents For Visa?

“Digitization is the key to transformation.”

We are moving towards a digital era where everything from your food to your government registration card can be applied online. With larger population being able to access internet, and higher literacy among people about digital world, going online is surely the way you want to take. And so, this leads us to our today’s blog topic, “Do you really have to submit physical documents for your visa process?”

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How Early Can You Apply For A Visa?

Early bird gets the worm, true..but what about the worm? From worm’s perspective, its choice of timing was a disaster!

Well, keeping our funny side away, we want to get back to today’s topic of discussion, “How early one can apply for visa?”. We spoke about processing times that various countries take to complete your visa application process post submission in previous article, you can revise the article here. That blog was around the question as to “how early one should apply for visa?” keeping travel plan in mind. Today’s article focuses on how early the bird (read embassies) allows you (worm? Or may be not!) to apply for visa so that it is a hassle less experience for both the parties.

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Visa Processing Time

Has it ever happened with you that you have applied for visa, submitted your documents and they didn’t come back before your travel date? You had to cancel everything and reschedule your travel plan because of this? Well, you are not alone and definitely not the first one to face this situation.

Every country takes certain amount of days to process visa after documents are submitted which is called visa processing time. This time varies from case to case, but it is always possible to calculate an average time and apply for your visa with some buffer in hand. We have divided few countries in various segments to give you heads up on processing time for your application. Here’s a list of processing time for few of the frequently traveled countries!

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How GST In India Impacts Foreign Tourists And NRIs

The new tax reform implemented from 1st July, 2017 has posed a challenge in a lot of sectors but at the same time has created numerous business opportunities.
The augmented bill after going through layers of vendors and hence taxes have been reduced to a single taxation system for goods and services, allowing transparency, reduction in price gap, and less confusion (eventually).

This has been advantageous to the Indian consumers in certain sectors, but has affected some businesses as their cost conservative market is decreasing due to change in prices. Export business has been impacted all the same, reaching NRIs and coaxing them to pay closer attention to Indian market. NRIs involved in export business will be at a better position, since GST is not applied to goods and services.

This change has affected not just the Indian population but foreign tourists in India as well. A charge would be levied on all the goods purchased and services availed during the stay in India, for not more than 6 months. However, if these goods are not consumable, the foreigners including NRIs can get a refund of the GST paid on their way back for all the goods they take with them without much of a hassle.

What is the procedure for claiming a GST refund?

  • The NRI visitor or foreign tourist can file an application electronically in Form GST RFD-01 through the GST Common Portal or through a GST Facilitation Center;
  • Have and record all invoices pertinent to the purchase made.
  • The Invoice number may be asked at various junctures of filing for the refund as well as at the time of the actual claiming of the refund.
  • An acknowledgement of the refund application is provided within 14 days, if application was accepted.
  • If not, the application is sent back with deficiencies. The requester has to fulfill the requirements and refile.
  • The refund is granted within 60 days of filing.
  • Alternately, the visitor can also take the required paperwork to a designated GST facilitation center at the exiting airport and claim a refund with all paperwork in tow, provided that facility is a registered for this scheme.

While all indicators suggesting the benefits of GST bill are promising towards the NRI, and its successful implementation would give a strong signal to NRI investors about India’s strong ability to support businesses, there is also the downside of levying taxes on goods and services that target the NRI specifically.

  • As GST is implemented sending money home would become costlier.
  • The Indian Government will levy a 12.36% service tax on fee or commission paid by agents for facilitating remittances.

We hope this helps all visitors travelling to India to explore the most diversified nation in terms of weather, nature, people, culture and everything around it by increasing savings on travel cost.

Atithi Devo Bhav!

What Do You Check Before Traveling Abroad?

 

Whether you are a regular traveler or a newbie, planning for your international travel demands your undivided attention, even if someone else is doing all the dirty work, isn’t it always there at the back of your mind? If your family or that extended uncle you only speak to once in 5 years haven’t reminded you to take that one thing you wouldn’t require ever, let’s help you remember certain things that you really need to think about once before leaving to explore the unknown.

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Categories Of Visas

There are several visas that a foreign national may apply for to be lawfully admitted into other country, either temporarily or permanently. The purpose of your travel determines what type of visa is required to you. As an applicant, you have to meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you apply. When you apply for visa, a consular officer will determine whether you are eligible to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate for you.

Visas are broadly divided into two categories.
1. Immigrant Visa (IV)
2. Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV)

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Moving To The Land Down Under

Surrounded by Pacific and Indian oceans, Australia is one of the most urbanized countries, providing a quality lifestyle and high standard of living. The government of Australia encourages international skilled workers to come and settle in Australia with a promise of a better life. But before doing that, you might want to know the benefits associated with moving there for a long time; with the help of Permanent Residency (PR) visa which allows you and your eligible family members to live, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis, here are some pointers for you.  

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