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Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Europe |

EU commission wants that US abolishes visa requirements for EU citizens

The European Commission wants United States to remove visas for citizens of Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Cyprus. According to EC if the problem is not solved within 6 months, EU may impose visas on American diplomats. Most of the EU citizens can travel without visa to US. In December 2013 a new directive was voted in the European Parliament which allows EU countries to act together on visa issues, especially when foreign countries treat EU citizens in a different way. The new regulation allows the European Commission to restore visa regime for citizens of third countries if those countries do not remove their own visa requirements within six months. According to EC such rules might force American diplomats to apply for visas every time when they need to come to EU. At the same time Canada has visa requirement for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania, Australia has e1qual treatment for all EU citizens, but Bulgarians and Romanians receive visa more difficult than other EU citizens. If the problem persists the European Commission will introduce visa requirements for certain types of Canadian, American and Australian citizens in June. Foreign diplomats have commented that the problem will be solved through negotiations. According to the American Ambassador in Bulgaria, the visa will be removed when the country is ready for that. In order for visa free regime to be established, the visa rejections must be less than 3% of the total visa applications. For Bulgaria, this rate currently stands between 11% and 14%. The  situation is very similar in the other EU countries which still have visa-regime with United States. During October last year, Canada have removed the visas for Czech citizens due to the fact that EU threatened with imposing visas for Canadian diplomats, although not any specific actions followed Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company, We can help you to apply for your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Europe, Investor Visa |

Going for Golden Visa: A guide to EU residency

There several different types of property buyers: those who buy for money, those who buy for a holiday home and those on the lookout for a new place to live. With the eurozone crisis continuing to plague economies, though, many countries have introduced Golden Visa schemes, which offer residency within a country in exchange for investment in real estate. Residency often includes visa-free travel to the 26 countries within the Schengen Area, which boosts the programmes’ appeal to non-EU buyers looking to relocate overseas. Moving abroad has never been easier! As Spain introduces its own Golden Visa scheme this month, we round up the main packages on offer: Portugal Minimum investment: €500,000 For €500,000 you can be on the fast track to obtaining a full valid residency permit and find yourself a prime piece of Algarve real estate to boot. With Portugal’s property prices falling in recent years, those luxury villas near the beach are more affordable than before. Indeed, Portugal is confident its scheme will attract big spenders and expects 10,000 homes to be sold this year. The visa will be valid for one year and can then be renewed for another two years, although your investment must remain for a minimum of five years. The biggest selling point? You only have to stay in Portugal for seven days of your first year to be eligible for renewal; a handy gateway to other EU countries for wealthy buyers. Alternatively, you can transfer funds of over €1 million into the country or create at least 10 jobs. Frankly, the villa sounds like more fun. Cyprus Minimum investment: €300,000 Cyprus’ housing market is in dire straits, so the island’s Golden Visa scheme is much more affordable: you only have to spend €300,000 to obtain residency, as long as €200,000 of that is paid before your application and your income is more than €30,000. The residency permit includes an investor’s spouse and children under the age of 18, but the lower cost comes at a price: non-EU nationals wishing to visit other countries in the Schengen Area will need to apply...

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Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Europe |

Record year for tourism in Spain

Supporters of the radical immigration reform in US are trying to persuade Barack Obama to cut through the gridlock and use its presidential powers in order to introduce the new immigration reform cutting through the gridlock in Washington. Their intention is to persuade the American President to allow the illegal immigrants to apply for citizenship. The white house however has said that the president do not have any such intention. Ay matters of the law must be decided by the congress. In addition to that some Republicans suspect that this is the intention of the president and have warned against it. According to many supporters of the proposed immigration reform, the bill that was passed in the senate will be rejected in the House of Representatives where the republicans have the majority and will probably oppose it. Speaking on 15th September 2013, Ana Avendano of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) told Fox News ‘If Congress doesn’t move, the President has a duty to act’ . However, White House spokesman Bobby Whithorne ruled the possibility of presidential intervention. The only way to bring the 11 million illegal immigrants out of the shadow economy is the Congress to accept the new bill.  According to the American constitution in order a bill to turn to an actual law it must pass through the two houses of the Congress – the Senate and the House of the Representatives. Power in Congress is currently split; the Democrats control the Senate and the Republicans control the House. This means that, in order to get any bill through Congress, the President and his Democratic colleagues require some cooperation from the Republicans. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Europe |

Becoming a German passport is too much of a hurdle for immigrants

The German Government introduced a test as one of the requirements for everyone that wants to become German citizenship. The test represents one of the many hurdles for potential German citizenship applicants. According to many experts if the country wants to attract more foreigners, immigration barriers have to be lowered. The German citizenship contains 33 questions. Many critics claim that those questions are clumsily formulated and include too much detail. It is difficult for immigrants who have limited access of education and have problems with understanding high level of German language. This may lead certain group of immigrants to be scared of applying for German citizenship. Initially, the number of naturalizations fell in Germany after the introduction of the test. For the last four years they have risen, though. Last year, 112,000 immigrants were naturalized, an increase of five percent on 2011. The economic stability in Germany has attracted a large number of foreigners in the recent years. Many of them want to become naturalized citizens. People that come for countries that are hardly hit by the European debt crisis are especially interested in becoming a german passport. The number of Greeks who acquired a German passport last year rose 80 percent; Italian-Germans increased by 30 percent. Many of those are highly qualified young immigrants and their naturalization may bring a lot of benefits for the German economy. With professionals needed in many industries, the German government has reinforced efforts to attract qualified migrant workers. Through targeted advertisements, some states are encouraging migrants to obtain a German passport. The slogan, “Ja, ich will,” – “Yes, I’d like to” – is emblazoned across billboards and flyers throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s largest state. Visa First is a leading immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your German visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Europe, Guest Posts, United Kingdom |

How To Spend 24 Hours in Kensington, London

Are you making a flying visit to London? Why not soak up the culture in Kensington, one of the most exciting districts in London. Kensington is one of London’s most affluent districts, but this doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire to visit. Situated in the glamorous West End, this cultural district has something to offer everyone. Not only that, but it is one of the most beautiful areas in the capital. Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Kensington’s leafy streets… Kensington by Day Morning… There are several museums in Kensington that are the perfect place to visit in the morning, whilst you’re waiting for the British weather to (hopefully) brighten up. And each covers a slightly different sector, so you can choose the one that takes your fancy. I personally went for the Royal Victoria and Albert Museum which I would recommend to any of you who have an interest in history and love looking at glamorous remnants from the Victorian era. Plus, it’s free – that’s incentive enough. Although, it’s worth mentioning that the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are also situated near Kensington. So really, you could do all three if you wanted to; but this may be a little bit too much history for one morning though. I just stuck with the one. Afternoon… Splash Out on Some Michelin-Star Dining Of course, not all tourists will be able to indulge in such an experience, but what better place is there to have a spot of lunch than a Michelin-Star restaurant? I certainly didn’t regret it – this place definitely leaves you wanting more! Still, it’s not as pricey as you would think. If you head on over to Launceston Place, you can opt for their set lunch-time menu which comes to £25 for three courses. Not bad at all ‘eh? Watch out though, they do add a 12.5% service charge to your bill.   Kensington Gardens Kensington Gardens is a royal park which covers 100 hectares of land, so it’s a great way to work off your lunch! And with a...

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Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Europe, Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Kinross House – The most beautiful and regular piece of Architecture in Scotland

This was Daniel Defoe’s description of Kinross House, the home built by the remarkable politician “on the make” Sir William Bruce. So grand were his plans that there were even thoughts it was intended as a royal residence. The architect never saw the building fully completed as he soon fell from favour of the new Scottish king. The parts of the interior and grounds that were completed to the original designs were grand enough to attract regular admirers of this fine Scottish estate. Sir William Bruce had designs on building a major role for himself in the brave new world of late seventeenth century Scottish court life. He started his role in royal circles by remodelling Holyrood House and this lead him to acquiring some positions of power in the new Scottish political world. He had helped Charles II to reach the English throne in 1660 which gave him his baronetcy but proved trouble for him in the future. New found wealth prompted Bruce to buy large Kinross Estate and start to create a lasting piece of Scottish architecture. The building was never going to be cheap – extensive drainage works was required to even commence building the house. No one really knows why Bruce fell from favour but his closeness to Charles’ administration would not have proved popular when James II came to power in 1685. There are also questions as to whether his wealth came from sources not entirely legitimate even at a time when abuse of government power was the norm. Initially however, James appointed Bruce as Privy Councillor so he probably thought the money would keep flowing and he would be safe to commence the build of Kinross House in 1685. His success only lasted a year before his fall from grace became complete with the removal of his lucrative government posts. The cost of £10,000 to build the house did not seem to dissuade Bruce with the politician desperately trying to regain favour. Was he hoping that his house would tempt the King to look favourably upon him by creating something beautiful and regal?...

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Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Europe |

UK population grows due to increased immigration

According to a newly released statistics by the UK government the population of the country has grown by 419 000 people by the end of the July 2013. Around 40% of this rise was caused by new immigrants entering the country. The remaining 60% were due to baby boom in UK. There were more than 800 000 new babies born during the first 7 months of 2013. Around quarter of these were born to mothers that come from outside UK. Britain had the fastest growing population in Europe in the current year. France is on the second place with a population rise of 320 000 since the beginning of the year. The Office for National Statistics says that the level of net immigration was ‘about average’ for the last decade. The net immigration figure is calculated by taking the number of people who came to the UK intending to settle over a given period and subtracting the number of UK residents who leave the country permanently over the same period. The distribution of the new immigrants throughout the country was however uneven. Most of the new immigrants have settle in London or in the South East part of the country. Another reasons for the increase in the population is that more men are surviving into their mid and late 70s. 26% more men survived past their 75th birthday than did so in 2002. There are also fewer still births. Many economists see the immigration as necessary for the development of the UK economy. According to them the country will require more than 7 million immigrants in the next 20 years in order to replace the ageing workforce. In addition to that more people will be needed in order to support the older workers who will retire in the next years. Visa First is a leading immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your UK visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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