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Posted on Jun 9, 2017 in Migration News |

US H–1B Visa Applications from India Drop. H-2B Visa Slots Reduced Significantly.

A few months ago the US President made significant changes in the some US visa regulations including H-1B visa. This visa is primarily used by high-tech companies from the Silicon valley to attract high skilled people from outside USA. The new regulations as per the US administration aims to stop some bad practices of US employers to attract lower paid foreign workers and avoid higher paid Americans. The goal is also to bring in the US only the highest skilled employees. It seems like high tech companies found a way to reduce employees needing H-1B visa. Analysts say that this is thanks to the new technology and automation of many processes. This way they manage to reduce the workforce. Another reason is the employment of talents locally avoiding the need to move them to USA. The numbers show that in 2016 the top Indian companies needing H-1B visas for their employees has reduced their visa requests by about 37%. H-2B visa slots has been reduced by about 50%. The government reduced the slots by refusing to grant visas to employees owning such visa in previous year. Those people are not counted against the annual quota which is about 66 000. This situation with the H-2B visa bring significant issues to many hotel and business owners who previously employed foreign workforce to help them. H-2B visa is granted to seasonal workers coming to the USA for short period of time. The duration of the visa is up to one year with an option to be extended to 3 years. This political decision is driven by the idea to reduce unemployment among the US passport holders. The issue here is that those positions are usually low paid and the interest in them is not enough to fill all the positions with local workforce. More information about visas for USA find here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in Migration News |

Top Tourist Destinations in Asia

Each year global tourism is becoming more popular. Having low cost airlines and hotels everywhere it is becoming easier than ever to travel abroad. It is difficult to name one top destination and say it is the single most attractive place in the world. People like different things and are looking for different experiences across the world. In this respect each continent, city and culture could offer unique and different attractions and ways to spend your time and money. Tourists are looking for different experiences and emotions when choosing destination abroad. Some are looking for historical places with great architecture and ancient cities. Others are looking for calm, close to nature places. Very popular last few years are the tourists searching for exotic cousine. For the most sophisticated travelers is the cultural tourism and modern way of relaxing in luxurious places around the globe. Asia can offer a lot to the travelers and among the top destinations is Hong Kong. Holding one of the top places as most visited by travelers it can offer many places where you can be fascinated. It has a great blend of modern lifestyle experience to offer as well as historical places such as Man Mo Temple, Po Lin Monastery and others. The lovers of exotic cousine will not be disappointed as Asia has a lot to offer when talking about delicious food and exotic meals. Another great place to be visited in this part of the world is Singapore. It is one of the most famous Asian places to be visited nowadays. It became even more popular after building the huge hotel and casino tourist meca Marina Bay Sands. Great place to be visited is also the Singapore Botanic Gardens classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the cultural places to be visited is Sri Mariamman Temple. There are many other places to be visited if you have enough time. Last couple of years the annual number of tourists in Singapore is exceeding 15mln. For many years Bagnkok is very famous between global travelers. It is the capital of Thailand. Famous for the...

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Posted on Apr 28, 2017 in Europe, Living Abroad, Migration News |

US H-1B visa update

Recently the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have received sufficient quota of H-1B visa for 2018. The USCIS have received about 200 000 petitions this year compared to the previous year 236 000 it is visible that there is a drop of applicants. The quota was 65 000 for applicants holding bachelor’s degree or similar and 20 000 for holders of US master’s degree or other advanced degree. Until now the process of selecting the visa winners was computer based random selection. Earlier this year the new US President stopped the H-1B visa programme as announced at that time for about 6 months. This decision made a lot of noise in the media and many people and companies were criticizing that political move as unnecessary. Most of the H-1B visa holders are people from Tech and IT industry. Silicon Valley and its Tech companies are the majority of the companies in need of such people. Stopping this programme will cause serious issues not only to certain individuals but to the business as well. The USCIS still accepts petitions for the following situations: To extend the validity of H-1B visa and to secure time to stay in the United States; employment terms change for current H-1B holder; Allow H-1B visa holder to change employers; Allow H-1B holder to work concurrently in a second H-1B position. The most recent news are that the government wants to totally transform this programme from a lottery based to a merit-based system of selecting the best applicants. So far the programme was granting visas on random bases and about 80% of holders were lower payed employees. The reform should provide approach to select applicants that will be the most qualified and skilled people. This way the government will avoid violation of principles of the programme of selecting people that will be paid less and with lower qualifications. More information about US visas Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Europe, Ireland, Migration News, United Kingdom |

UAE Visas and The New System Aiming at Qualified Talents

UAE recently announced new entry visa system. The country which is located in the Persian Gulf is globally famous for its natural resources of oil. Last few decades the Emirates are trying to turn this paradise of sand, sun and oil into business and tourism paradise. It obviously works quite well thanks to its rulers. The UAE consists of 7 emirates – Abu Dhabi / which is the capital/, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Having in mind that the oil one they will come to an end the rulers of the country obviously took very wise decision to invest in a future without oil. Everyone knows that Dubai is one of the top global tourist destinations and probably the most spectacular to see. Billions of dollars have been invested and are still going in tourism and amazing architectural forms of art and science. Not so popular is the fact that the rulers are trying to make the country financial and technology hub for the GCC / Gulf Cooperation Council/.   New visa rules According to the Prime minister and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, there will be several stages. The changes will begin with applying new UAE visa rules for tourism, health and education. The next stage will include changes of rules for visas regarding medicines, science and research. A special committee will be created in order to manage the plan of attracting regional and global talents to build the new future of the UAE. The purpose of those changes is to attract qualified and talented professionals. UAE offers a lot to its expats in terms of professional development and good lifestyle. Good to mention is the very low crime rate which ensures very friendly and secure environment for the foreigners. If you have any questions about the UAE visas contact visafirst.com Information about the UAE visas. More information about this topic click here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jan 27, 2017 in Migration News |

Brexit and Ireland.

Dublin may provide home for European Banking Authority and European Medicines Agency. In many ways Brexit will affect entire Europe even the world. London is home of many global companies and regulatory agencies for decades. If Brexit happens it will lead to huge changes in political and business climate in Europe. Evidences of this are already seen in the actions of many top level politicians and business leaders seeking for solutions and back up plans after Brexit. There will not be an industry unshaken or government that will not be affected. One of the countries which is going to be in the epicenter of this event is Ireland. For decades UK and Ireland have very well established political and business relations. In the past UK was accounted for more than 90% of the Irish export mainly agricultural products. Nowadays Ireland is not so agricultural country but more high-tech oriented thanks to many US and other global companies. Nine of the top 10 exporting companies for 2015 from Ireland are global US companies like Microsoft, Apple, Pfizer and others. Recently Irish government officials have demonstrated willingness to host the European Medicines Agencies. It is a great opportunity for the country to boost the local economy and to solidify its positions in Europe by heaving a regulatory agency at home. Ireland has great experience in the pharmaceutical industry by providing great place for business to many global leading pharma companies like Pfizer, MSD, Abbott and others. There is great pool of experts and great very welcoming legislation for foreign investors. Last but not least is the excellent corporate tax rate of 12.5%. Dublin has expressed strong interests of hosting the European Bank Authority as well. The competition for it will be tough as some other European cities are considered possible homes of the agency. Among the competitors are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris. For information about Irish visa and work permits follow the link visafirst.com More information about this find here. Other sources. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jan 12, 2017 in Migration News |

More Than 200 000 New Jobs in Canada for 2016

It could be easier to find your dream job in Canada. Many people looking for a job abroad are considering Canada as one of the best options. There is a good reason for that having in mind that the Canadian economy is one of the leading globally. The country is heavily relying on its natural resources of oil, natural gas and ores. It is amongst the leading exporters worldwide. The local economy has very strong commodity ties with China and USA is its biggest export market. In 2016 there were 200 000 new jobs opened and only in December there were 50 000. It is clear sign of a strong economy and definitely the country will need support from abroad to fulfill this gaps in the workforce. The government has very strong program for immigrants and well established visa program. The workforce development is under provincial jurisdiction. This way each province can handle its needs more properly. In the biggest cities the opportunities are endless especially in thriving industries such as financial services, real estate, communications and others. People considering job in Canada will need permanent residence permit or Canada work permit. In case you are 18-30 you can apply for Canadian working holiday visa. There are other visa options which you can check here. There are plenty of options to look for a job in Canada. The government run its own portal where expats or immigrants can find a job offer. Before starting to look for one you should consider several details. Each province has different requirements and needs. One important thing is the language barrier for some provinces like Quebec you could be required to have some knowledge in French. Keep in mind that Canada has 2 official languages English and French. 85% of Canadians have working knowledge of English and 30% in French language. More information about this topic you can find here. Information about Canadian visas and work permits you can find here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Migration News |

Top Immigration Destinations – Australia, Canada and United States

Australia, Canada and United States are amongst the top economies globally. Having reputation of a country with high living standard and stable political environment attracts many people – workers and investors. The business environment, government programs as well as social programs are very well developed and welcoming for immigrants. There are many reasons for choosing to migrate to a certain country but certainly numbers are showing that financial and political reasons are with very high importance. Australian government has designed a program to meet their economic and social needs. Being developed economy, the country has huge potential and needs workforce. Annually the government accepts about 200 000 permanent migrants. There are several streams – skills, family and special eligibility stream. Visas are granted to the applicants after a specific point based system. According to official data in Australia about 22% are foreign born. About one in every four is born in UK. The top five countries immigrants come from are – UK, New Zealand, China, Italy and Vietnam. Those countries hold 45% of the foreign born in Australia. In Canada over 6 million people are foreign born. This is about 19 percent of the total Canadian population. The top 5 countries of immigrants in Canada are: UK, China, India, Philippines and Italy. Canadian government also has a government program for attracting skilled workforce in order to support its economy and business needs. The target for 2017 is to accept about 320 000 immigrants through economic, family sponsorship programs, provincial nominee programs and others. The high demand of the economy drives the higher visa quotas for the upcoming year. The vast territory of the country needs many people to support the local provincial business as well as the big cities. In United States about 40 million are foreign born. 30% of those immigrants are from Mexico. Other top immigrant nationalities are India, Philippines, China, Vietnam. As UN report says the high income countries host more than two thirds of the world migrants. If you need more information about those countries and their visa programs follow the link.   Sources: http://www.cicnews.com/2016/10/immigration-plan-2017-canada-increased-immigrants-through-economic-family-sponsorship-programs-108621.html...

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