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Posted on Jul 29, 2016 in Migration News |

Global Tourism Trends in 2015.

Global Tourism Trends in 2015. Boundaries and tourist visa documents are not an issue anymore for globalization. Globalization and modern technology influences every part of our life. Same is the situation with travel and tourism. There are a number of facts that accommodate the increasing number of people traveling abroad every year. The jet planes make the distances look shorter, the digital age makes the communication much easier. You can book a trip, hotel online. You can have even your business or tourist visa online as well. The growing global economy and rising middle class makes more and more trips abroad every year. According to UN World Tourism Organization more than 1.2 Bln people traveled abroad during 2015 and this number will increase by 50% next 10 years. In the same spirit the global spending of tourists during 2015 reached $1.5trillion. Until 2025 more than 280 Mln households will be traveling internationally. The rising income on global level creates new people traveling abroad. The families that have an income of $20 000 or more per year are forming 90% of all travelers. Another group of people that is increasing its number is 65+ aged travelers which purpose is the so called “medical tourism”. This specific group of people are looking for more comfort and health and are less concerned about saving money. That will certainly change the global tourism and will lead to new trends and services offered by the business. The new technologies and rising demands in travel and tourism are leading to needs for more facilities to serve that. In the next decade there more than 340 airports are expected to be build. This will make global travel much easier and convenient in many cities across the globe. Digital age is making travel booking and comparing prices more convenient. The countries spending the most in travel abroad are – China $137 Bln, USA $101 Bln, Germany $74 Bln, UK $61 Bln, Russia $22 Bln. China is expected to almost double its spending abroad by 2025 to $255Bln. The rising global tourism will lead to increase in spending abroad....

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Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Migration News |

Business Visas and How to Focus on Business Instead of Visa and Documents

Global business requires huge investments and multiple offices, operation centers across the globe. The efficiency and new markets requires flexible business models and people moving from country to country. If this is your case so you know how much it takes to organize your trip and how much time and efforts it requires to make your trip safe without any bumps meeting regulations, visa issues and all sorts of paper work insurances and bureaucracy. In order to focus on your business tasks business travelers, need to have their documents arranged by professionals who know the requirements. In most of the cases traveling requires documents to be perfect and there are constant updates of Visa regulations and other permits needed for the specific country. As well as documents important aspect of the trip is to get familiar with the local culture and way of making business. In Japan for example it is considered rude to be late for business meeting. It is fine to be late for social meeting. In Middle East it is normal to begin a small talk before starting to negotiate or doing business on the meeting. Good practice is to get familiar with the local etiquette. Details like how to greet your partners or business colleagues could mean a lot to your business success. Learning the important gestures and mimics common for the given country can be crucial at times. “OK” gesture forming circle with thumb and index finger is a normal gesture in most countries but in France means zero and in Brazil is considered a vulgar gesture. Another important aspect of your business trip is to know the normal working week and time for different occasions. In the Near East normal weekend is considered Thursday and Friday instead of the well-known traditional Saturday, Sunday. Lunch time in some countries is normal to be between 2-4 hours unlike the common one hour. All this information should lead to the conclusion that neglecting small details could lead to huge hurdles and organizing a normal business trip is very important task. Starting with Visa documents and other...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Migration News |

Australia’s Point Based System and How UK Can Handle Immigration After Brexit.

More information about Australian Visa and immigration documents on visafirst.com Australia is a country with long traditions and experience in migration management and border control. The big island country has established a system of rules for regulating the number of immigrants wanting to live and work there by measuring their skills and outstanding abilities that could be of benefit for the local economy. The so called point based immigration system works very good and attracts only qualified professionals who want to work there or are subject of interest from a local company. There are two ways two get qualified for Australian visa, one is to get approved by the point based system for the specific job you are applying and the other is to be sponsored by a relative, an employer or government agency in Australia. As per the Australian government they are giving an opportunity to skilled migrants to support themselves and in the same time to contribute to the local economy. The point based system is kind of eligibility test assessment to get a visa to work in Australia. Applicants must pass a test that awards points in different categories such as age, English literacy, qualifications, experience and occupation. Usually the younger the applicant is the better they should be under 50, high priority is given to English language skills as it is the local language. More points are given to people qualified to work in areas where needs are big. For 2015-16 there are 190 000 permanent migration places for people wanting to move to Australia. This system obviously delivers very good results and the Australian government is willing to keep this policy for years. It is a good example of proper political behavior in a delicate situation as the one with immigration. In regards with UK possible EU exit this is a good way to cope with the arising issue of people entering UK. More information about this topic click here. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Migration News |

Brexit and Australia – How the UK Immigration Landscape Could Change

Australia and the UK have a long-standing close relationship when it comes to migration. Australians make up the fourth largest nationality in the UK – after China, India and the USA. However, since the last decade – the number of issued work permits for Australians has halved. In addition, it’s reported Australians leave the country because their homeland’s economy landscape allows them to earn twice as much for the same work. The Australian dollar is worth much more now, meaning Aussies don’t need to use the UK as their base point for Europe, rather they can work in Australia and still travel to the old continent. How will the #Brexit affect Australians looking to go the UK? First and foremost, the Brexit is expected to reduce the EEA migrant flow in the UK. That would presumably let more Australian workers into the UK, because they will no longer be squeezed out by free-moving EU citizens. How would this happen? The belief is that ties between the Britain and its Commonwealth partners will become stronger. It is expected that it will lead to more open borders between Britain and Australia and it will make it easier in terms of visas and immigration for Commonwealth countries. Currently, the minimum salary threshold for migrants to work permanently in the UK is GBP 35,000. Many Australians work temporarily as nurses and teachers earning an average salary of GBP 23,000. Former London Major Boris Johnson and Minister Michael Gove said that if they won the referendum, they would look to introduce a points based immigration system which would be underpinned by skills shortages. This system would assign points based on age, English language, education, and occupation. It would allow only skilled migrants into the country so long as they had an occupation that is in high demand in the UK and met a certain profile – someone who is educated, speaks English, unlikely to be a burden on the NHS or pension reserves due to age and can have a positive contribution to the British economy. This suggested immigration policy is very similar to...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Migration News |

Top 10 Cities to Live in Canada

Many people choose Canada as their next workplace according to VisaFirst.com In a recent survey Ottawa, Canada’s capital was named the best city to live in. In the survey the most important indicators are unemployment rate, average rent, cultural diversity. This is especially important for immigrants that are looking for good place to live and work. Many other factors were included in this research for choosing the best city. Ottawa took the leading position considering factors like income, crime rate, taxes, weather. The researchers say that in order to have good life in the given city critical is to have great public transport to get you where you need in no time. The diversity of cultures helps a lot for socializing as well as the many places to visit during your free time. The economy should be in good shape to secure opportunities for work and progress. Great recipe for good mood is also good weather, affordable and safe place especially important for family people. Answering to those criteria are also cities like Gatineau which is just across the river from the leader Ottawa. Third place is for Waterloo and Brossard takes 4th place. Ottawa has unemployment rate of 6.6% and percentage of immigrants about 20%. For a 2 bedroom flat you are going to pay about $1.176. The second in this ranking Gatineau has unemployment rate of 5.5% and immigrants are about 9% of the population. The rent for 2-bedroom flat is about $752 much lower than the leader. Waterloo (3) has unemployment rate of 5.2% and immigrants are about 25% of the population. The rent for 2-bedroom flat is about $1.087. The top 10 list is as follows: Ottawa, Ontario Gatineau, Quebec Waterloo, Ontario Brossard, Quebec Delta, British Columbia Saanich, British Columbia Burlington, Ontario Regina, Saskatchewan St. Albert, Alberta Guelph, Ontario The whole research is available here. Information about requirements and processing of Canadian visas – https://www.visafirst.com/en/canada_visas.asp. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 10, 2016 in Migration News, Press Releases |

Top 10 Business Destinations Worldwide

The leading top 3 destinations are Singapore (1), Israel (2), Australia (3). In top 20 are also countries like Canada (9), USA (12), New Zealand (13), China (14). This report combines 22 indicators across 5 growth areas – business, financial, labour, technology, market growth. There are a number of reasons for companies to look at other markets – globalization, new opportunities and more revenue. Key role in that is the digital technology helping to overcome the distances and lower the barriers. The business climate in the given country has a leading role for setting up a company there but the government define how flawless will the entire operation be in terms of regulations and low taxes is not enough to attract new investors. Last couple of years the globalization of business requires dynamic changes, fast decision-making of key personnel and professionals across countries. Government regulations have lowered the barriers for business travelers due to mutual financial and political interests. Business visa regulations are strict but manageable (for more information on business visa requirements visit our website). Operating overseas offers great opportunity for growth on new markets, or lowering the costs using an outsourcing business model. Creating sound business can take a long time and the risk is high so it takes not only one indicator to be measured but entire financial ecosystem. The top places are taken by advanced economies where a new company has all that’s needed – a stable and progressive economy, low business risk, proper regulations and a steady government environment. The Top 10 Countries Singapore Israel Australia Finland Sweden Slovenia Switzerland Norway Canada Taiwan To read the full GDI report for 2015 please click here http://www.grantthornton.co.uk/globalassets/1.-member-firms/global/insights/article-pdfs/2015/gdi2015_report_final_update.pdf To read more about how you can get business visa for the following countries visit our website. Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jun 3, 2016 in Migration News |

Global Tourism is in Good Health

Top visited countries – France, USA, Spain, China in top 10, Russia and Mexico close behind. Nowadays boundaries and Visa regulations are obviously no obstacle for global tourism according to visa expert Visa First. Last few years the world tourism is growing and tops 1.1 billion tourist in 2014. Over the past few decades global tourism is growing uninterrupted and is one the fastest growing economic sectors worldwide. The income that destinations generated by tourists during 2014 is reported $1245bln. The expectations of the experts are the profits to grow with an average speed of 3.3% per year and to reach 1.8 bln until 2030. Top 4 destinations countries are France, USA, Spain, China in top 10 are also Russia (9) and Mexico (10). The regional results show that America has the biggest growth of 8% vs Europe 3% and Asia and the Pacific 5%. According to the UNWTO 54% traveled by air to their destinations vs 46% by land of which 39% travel by road others are 2%rail and 5% by water. The leading reason for traveling abroad is leisure 53%. Other reasons for hitting the road are 14% for business and about 27% for other reasons such as visiting friends. For more detailed information about the report of UNWTO click here. More information about Tourist Visas click here visafirst.com. Visa FirstMore...

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