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New Czech Republic Visa Application Centre Opened in Goa

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Do you dream of visiting the beautiful Bohemian streets of the Czech Republic? Central Europe has some of the world’s most beautiful countries in the world like Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The government of the Central European nation has opened its 16th the Global Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Goa. The center is run by VFS Global, a global outsourcing firm that works with governments and diplomatic associations across the globe.

Milan Hovorka, Ambassador, the Czech Republic to India, said that launching the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre in Goa shows the genuine interest of the republic’s government to serve growing interests of Indians. The Czech Republic is one of the most preferred for Indian tourists. There are 15 more Czech Republic visa centers in India in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, and more. The Central European country wants to make things convenient for tourists by opening up visa centers in all major cities of India. The latest opening is in Panjim. Apart from submitting visa applications, you can also get information about the required documents and also show all your documents before submitting.

Visiting the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is most famous for the Prague Castle, a ninth century castle in the country’s capital. Visiting the capital, Prague, is so much different from than any other cities you’ll visit. It is a modern day city but also embraces its rich history. Even though the flight tickets are a little costlier than visiting other European nations, it is absolutely worth it. Some of the places you should definitely visit in your lifetime in the Czech Republic are Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Sumava National Park, Petrin Lookout Tower, and Karlstejn Castle.

Traditional dishes one should not miss out are roast pork with dumplings, apple strudel, fruit-filled dumplings, and beer sausage. Czech Republic food is not healthy exactly, but everyone will find its favorite here.

Thailand Offers Four Year Work Visa

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Expats living in Thailand and earning more than 200,000 baht per month will now get a four-year-long work visa from January 15 onwards. This is a long-awaited program and is named Smart Visa by the government of Thailand. Thanarak Boonyaratkarin, Lt Col, Immigration Bureau Police, said that the Smart Visa would get the most benefits than any other visa. It lets you stay for a very long time and also bring your family along with you.

If you qualify for the Smart Visa, you can apply for it at your nearest Thai embassy, Work Permits at Chamchuri Square in Bangkok, or One-Stop Service Center for Visas. Only the people belonging to the following industries, and earning more than 200,000 baht per month are eligible for the Smart Visa. These industries are healthcare, technology, and robotics, and a few others.

Earlier, people with work permit in Thailand had to check with immigration authorities every 90 days. But if you are on a Smart Visa, you have to check annually only. Those on the Smart Visa don’t need to acquire a special work permit as well since it comes included in it. These people can also be entrepreneurs or investors in the mentioned fields. However, investors need to get an approval of their investment by Thailand Board of Investment.

Thailand Offers you new 4.0 initiative

It is an initiative taken by the government to boost its tech industry. It currently has ten sectors, and more five they will add in the future, which includes medical services and digital technology, aviation and logistics, biochemistry, robotics, and equipment and pharmaceuticals. All these are included in the Smart Visa category.

Also, Smart Visa holders will be issued a four-year extension instead of the one-year extension that will be issued until now. Their families will automatically get the four-year extension as well.

4 Reasons You Should Study Abroad in Scotland

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When you often think of studying in the UK, England is the first country that comes to your mind. We forget that Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales is a part of the United Kingdom too. For long, Scotland is considered high for its education quality and universities like University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow. With education, Scotland also spoils you with beautiful nature, old colored houses, and tea cakes.

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Here are four reasons you should study abroad in Scotland:

1. Affordable living costs

The living costs are much lower than in other parts of the UK. On an average, overall expenses of a student goes up to 9,000 pounds a year. You can rent a 1BHK in Edinburgh at 700 to 750 pounds a month. Since most students share apartments with other students, the cost goes lower. Students can also avail travel discounts on trains and buses.

2. Free education for EU or EEA students

Even though the UK exited from the European Union, Scottish universities still provide free education to EU students. EEA students also get free education in the universities. The cost of education is very low for international students as well. The universities have scholarships, loans, and bursaries so that international students can comfortably complete their education.

3. A course for every person

Universities in Scotland have over 4,500 different courses for students. All programs are research-led and prepare students for the future. If you are planning to study history, international law, architecture, medicine, or data science, consider studying in Scotland.

4. Scottish people are very friendly

Yes, Scottish people are the friendliest in the world. They randomly smile at you and ask you how you are feeling and if you need any help. Their smile will surely make your day. Scottish people love to make others feel comfortable and will always help out whenever you need any.

4 Reasons Why the US is the Best Country to Work

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If you are planning to apply for a US work visa, you would have always wondered how it is working in the US? If you are from India, you will find the US work culture very attractive. Many people from India are moving to the US because there are excellent job opportunities and friendlier people.

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Here are four reasons why the US is the best country to work:

1. Friendly people

Americans are very friendly and always very curious. If they find an immigrant, they will instantly start talking to you because they want to know everything about it. Always smile back to them. They will always go out of their way to help you out, just like our neighbors back in India would.

2. Travel without spending too much

Only 39 percent Americans have a passport. Many Americans do not travel out of the country because it is so huge that you will need a decade to travel all places. In the US you will find anything right from snow capped mountains to sunny beaches. So when you reach there, apply for a driver’s license, buy a car, and go on road trips.

3. Meeting so many different people

The United States of America is a country of immigrants. You will meet people from all countries of the world. It is a great conversation starter and you will feel as if you have traveled to those places.

4. Food

There is an entire aisle dedicated to peanut butter spread in American supermarkets. You will at least find three aisles loaded with chocolate and candies. Anywhere you go in the US, you will find a lot of food. You don’t even need to cook at home because you can just go through drive thru and get delicious fast food.

 

If you are planning to take your family to the US, it is a great choice because the equality of education is impeccable.

3 Best Universities in Canada for International Students

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The multi-cultural country of Canada is famous for its top quality education, safe and secure environment, and versatile student culture. Canada has a lot to offer for postgraduate students. The North American country’s median age is 44 years, which means its needs both skilled and unskilled labor. It is the leading country in immigration reforms and has exceptional employment opportunities.

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Here are top three universities in Canada for international students:

1. McGill University

McGill University is unarguably the best university in Canada. It is a favorite among international students for its great quality education and rankings. Located in Montreal, the McGill University is has the most environment for international students. It has high employer activity, which ensures high paying jobs. Tuition fees are very low and the university also offers a lot of scholarships. Best courses to study are business and management, engineering, and finance.

2. University of British Columbia

It ranks 50th in the QS World University Rankings. This university is very popular among international students as well. Vancouver is the costliest city in the world and has really high standard of living. Despite that, there are great student accommodations and you can also work part-time to cover up the costs. Best subjects to study at the University of British Columbia are economics, engineering, and science.

3. University of Alberta

With its impeccable support services and high quality education, the University of Alberta gets over 6,500 international students every year. It is a tiny city but unlimited opportunities. The cost of living is also very low, which gives you the chance to save money and also explore around more. The weather is usually cold 10 months a year, so that might take a little adjusting to do. Best courses to study at the university are science and management.

3 Best Universities for Intl Students in South Africa

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South Africa is the best nation to study management and business. You will find many Indians living there, who are successful businessmen. South Africa has 11 of the top universities among the five BRICS countries. These BRICS countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Courses in South Africa have international recognition. You are sure to get a high paying job in South Africa itself once you complete your education there.

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Here are three best universities for international students in South Africa:

1. University of Cape Town

It topped the QS World University Rankings and BRICS ranking in 2015-16. In 2016-17, the University of Cape Town ranked 14th in BRICS ranking. Founded in 1892 as South African College, the University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa. Five Nobel Laureates from South Africa are from this university. Top courses to do in University of Cape Town are law, medicine, developmental studies, and agriculture.

2. Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch is a friendly little town 50 kilometres east of Cape Town. It stands 35th in BRICS ranking for 2016-17. Stellenbosch University has four other university campuses. It is a leading university in developmental studies and science. Living in Stellenbosch gives you the magical opportunity to wake up with a view of the beautiful Boland Mountains. It gets around 30,000 every year.

3.  University of Pretoria

Every year more than 50,000 students enroll in the University of Pretoria making it one of the largest universities in South Africa. It holds 49th in the BRICS ranking currently. The university is crowded with lilac Jacaranda trees all around its campus. Best courses at the University of Pretoria are veterinary science, developmental science, and business. Courses are offered in English and Afrikaans.

 

There are a lot of opportunities in South Africa, don’t miss them out.

Sushma Swaraj Approves Visa of 33 Bohra Community Pakistani Children

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The Bohra community has a very small population of just over 2,300 in Pakistan. Even though the religion is spread over in 40 countries, the leader hails from India. Most activities and religious ceremonies take place in India and South Africa. This year, Muharram was held in Karachi, so that Pakistani Bohra community can also take part in it. India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj granted Indian visa to 33 Pakistani Bohra community children who were invited to India by Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, their spiritual head.

The children were invited to Mumbai, where most of its activities take place. The Indian government and Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin have always maintained good relationships. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also acknowledged the spiritual leader for promoting education among his community’s women and girls and motivating them to stand on their own feet.

Sushma Swaraj also announced on Twitter that India granted a medical visa to a young boy who needed an open heart surgery. The external affairs minister is known for going out of her way and helping Indians around the world. She has been the only helper for Pakistani nationals wanting to visit India for medical assistance or marriage purpose.

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Kind acts by the external affairs minister

In August 2017, Sushma Swaraj helped a Pakistani girl who was to marry an Indian man. Her visa hadn’t come and her wedding was only a couple weeks ahead. Even after applying for the visa very early on, she had received it. She tweeted to Swaraj and she came forward to help her with the visa, so that she could get married.

As a Diwali gift, she also granted over 400 medical visas to impending Pakistani citizens who were scheduled to undergo treatments and surgeries in India. We need many more people like Sushma Swaraj who is trying her best to bridge a gap between India and Pakistan.

Nigerian Travel Boosts After Visa-on-arrival Scheme

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International tourism in Nigeria is seen a sudden boost after it granted visa-on-arrival to many nations around the world. Between July and mid-November, Nigera received 11,771 international tourists on visa-on-arrival. Sunday James, spokesperson for Nigeria Immigration Service made the announcement on November 19, 2017.

1,604 VOAs (visa-on-arrival) were granted in July, 3,732 in August; 1,897 in September; 3,841 in October, and 697 in the first week of November. Sunday James revealed the figures after a few stakeholders made false claims about Nigeria not having a visa-on-arrival scheme. This scheme is into action since 2013. Earlier Nigeria had a visa-on-arrival only, but since March 2017, it started an online pre-approval of visa-on-arrival. Citizens of other countries don’t need to visit Nigeria Immigration Service offices as the online procedure has eliminated that step. The visa gets approved within 48 hours.

The Nigerian government has also made an email address, through which you can get your visa-on-arrival application approved. The email address is [email protected]. There are six ports of entry for other country nationals who enter the country after pre-approval. The six ports are Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Abuja, and Enugu. This visa is only available to countries who don’t have a Nigerian mission in their country. Businessmen and travelers can use this visa for a short stay in Nigeria.

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Land of national parks

Nigeria is known for its massive national parks like Yankari National Park and Cross River National Park. Best time to visit Nigeria is between July to December when it isn’t much hot and there’s very less rainfall. It is home several exotic animals. It’s thick rainforest is a whole new different world. When in Nigeria, don’t forget to visit the Calabar Carnival, go to all its national park, night safari, and indulge in its delicious food. Shop at Nigeria’s traditional markets where you’ll find handloom pieces.

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