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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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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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!
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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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