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)
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.
At some point in life we all dream of going to the States or living there, thanks to the pop culture in the West that’s influencing the travel ideas of the population. United States of America, the land of opportunities, has surprised everyone who has set foot on its soil for better or worse, and if you come from a cultural background that differs greatly from that of the United States, the behavior of Americans may be very strange, annoying, or even upsetting to you at first or until you start seeing the brighter side of the coin.
Immigrating to certain nations are easier than the rest, Canada is one such nation with their relaxed and welcoming immigration policies that help shape the nation as well as individuals to live the life they want to. People dreaming to work abroad, start a new business, settle in a foreign country are assisted wholeheartedly, and for potential immigrants, getting a Canada Permanent Residency and eventually a citizenship might not be that big of an issue. If you are looking to permanently settle in Canada, this quick guide might help you understand the significance.
If there is something which is much required but less talked about, it is Visas. It’s a common knowledge that if you want to travel internationally for whatever purpose, the first thing you need to check is the Visa requirement. The most common types of Visas are Tourist, Business and Work Visas and one would think that these Visas encompass every purpose of visit, but you’d be surprised to know that there are at least 10 broad varieties of Visas to choose from in each country and if you talk about each country individually, the count goes up, way up.
If you are traveling to Australia in the near future for work, or planning on moving there, you might have to keep a close watch on the news. New changes have been introduced to Australian visa requirements which will come in effect from 1st July, we expect that it will result in several applicants becoming ineligible for the RSMS and ENS applications in Australia, and an increase in the difficulty General Skilled Immigration programs to avail these visas especially for the category in which age limit will be decreased.
US president Mr.Donald Trump has signed an executive order to reform H-1B visa norms in Wisconsin. This may have a major business impact on Indian IT companies sending skilled workers to US under H-1B visa programme.
“Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that’s wrong. Instead, they should be given to the most skilled and highest-paid applicants, and they should never, ever be used to replace Americans. No one can compete with American workers when they’re given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades,” Mr. Trump said.
Canada has always been a country that attracted immigrants, and with the current affairs of the world it is becoming most suitable country for immigration and settlement. So, what makes Canada an ideal place to migrate? One of the many reasons for high immigration influx in Canada is that it has something to offer to everyone from every category, skills and occupation. Canada is very liberal with its views on refugees and religions, it is always ready to accept crisis hit people from every country to be a part of its ecosystem and evolve there, this too adds to the flow of inbound migration.
Mr.President has started his journey in White House with a ‘ban’. It has shook the world, but we could see mixed responses around the globe on this decision taken by Donald Trump lead government. Some countries are condemning the ban while as others are following the suit and banning other countries (Kuwait banned five Muslim majority countries). This blog gives information on banned countries, correlation with other countries and current situation on this proposal.
The Optional Practical Training or in short OPT is the opportunity given by US government to apply knowledge gained in your educational program to off-campus work in your field. OPT is authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This authorization process may take up to 3 months and the maximum amount of time granted to work on F-1 student visa OPT status is 12 months per degree level, post which there is a possibility of H1-B cap extension OR a 24-month extension for those who qualify under certain rules.