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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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Source: NAIJ Nigeria

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.

3 Most Exciting Attractions in Thailand

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A beautiful country in Southeast Asia, also lovingly called as the Land of Smiles, Thailand is on every traveler’s bucket list. With mesmerising beaches in the south mountainous villages in the north, Thailand is a backpacker’s dream. If you are an Indian citizen, you don’t need a visa to travel to Thailand. You can stay there up to 90 days. If you have to stay longer, you’ll need to apply for a visa.

Source: Backpacking Travel

Here are three most exciting attractions in Thailand you should definitely visit:

1. The Grand Palace

Located in Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a precious attraction in Thailand. It is of great historical, artistic, and cultural importance to the country. The palace’s complex contains numerous royal halls, gardens, and the very famous Wat Phra Kaeo, Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Since it is in Bangkok where your flight will land, covering this attraction first will be a great start to your Thai trip.

2. Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street

There isn’t a single person who doesn’t love eat delicious food at very low prices. Thailand’s Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Walking Street is famous for its tasty food. You’ll get to see the best foods of Thailand in the market right from chicken satay to sweet rotis. They barely cost more than INR 130. Other than that, you will also find natural soaps, essential oils, hand-dyed textiles, and wall hangings. You can buy souvenirs for family and friends back home from here.

3. Khao Yai National Park

Elephants are highly regarded in Thailand. Spend a day Khao Yai National Park with the majestic creatures, give them a bath, and ride them too. You will also come across an exciting range of rare birds. There are a lot of monkeys at the Khao Yai National Park. You can stay at the park for a one-night camp.

3 Most Affordable Asian Countries to Live

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If you are a traveler, then here’s something that might interest you. It has now become a trend among many graduates to stay in a foreign country for a year, work, and move to another one. That way you are being productive, reaching your life goals, and also ticking things off your checklist. If you are an Indian, it is best you start with Asian countries. These countries are easier to adjust to for you and there is a large Indian community to support you.

Source: National Geographic Kids

Here are three most affordable Asian countries to live in:

1. Philippines

Philippines is a country that comprises of 7, 107 islands. This means numerous beaches, tasty seafood, and so much to travel. Also, Filipinos are the most friendly and hospitable people in the world. Living there is so cheap that you can make your own house and stay. Monthly rent costs around Rs 20,000 and your daily expenses can go as high as Rs 1800.

2. Vietnam

When you travel to Vietnam, you have to live like a local. The country has a  lot to offer but only if you act like a local. Groceries for a week are as cheap as Rs 2000 and stay costs less than Rs 8000. Your daily expenses that includes travel and food will cost you only Rs 1100. Again, you don’t really need a part-time job in Vietnam. If you are a freelancer, then there’s nothing like it.

3. Thailand

Thailand is every backpacker’s dream country. With beautiful destinations and friendly people, Thailand is one of the most affordable Asian countries. In Thailand, you don’t even need to work a 9 to 5 job. Work from home as a freelancer or do some business related to international tourism. Monthly rent in Thailand is around Rs 8000 and average daily costs are Rs 1000.

3 Easiest Countries to Get Permanent Residency

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The United States of America is making nonimmigrant and immigrant visa rules tougher everyday. In such a tense situation, it is best to relocate to another country and start new. You will most definitely have a lot of experience to get a good job and a change is always good. While getting a permanent residency can be a difficult task in countries like the USA and Australia, it is quite an easy task in some countries.

Source: WikiSabah – blogger

Here are three countries where you can easily get permanent residency:

1. Ecuador

Ecuador is South American known for its wildlife. It is the easiest country to get permanent residency. All you need is a minimum bank balance of $1,000 every month along with a clean criminal record. You need to make $800 as income every month, invest $25,000 in real estate, or $25000 in a CD from an Ecuadorian bank. However, you can only be out of the country for 30 days in three years.

2. Panama

Panama is a country of tall buildings, nightlife, and clubs. Once you clear all medical tests and stay in the country for five years, you get a permanent residency card. You have to renew it every five years. If you get legally married to a Panama national you become a citizen and don’t need to renew residency card. Panama has a list of 50 friendly countries. If you belong to any of these, the permanent residency card process is easier for you.

3. Macedonia

Macedonia is a beautiful country in the Europe. It belongs to the Schengen area that means you get visa-free travel in 25 other countries. If you invest 400,000 euros in the country, you get citizenship within 12 months. This country is the perfect combination of technology and nature.


So which country are you planning to move to?

Trump’s Immigration Nominee Says No To Mexico Wall

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US President Donald Trump elected Kirstjen Nielsen as the head of Department of Home Security. She is a fierce woman and very sensible. During this presidential speeches, the US President had promised a wall across the border of US and Mexico. Well, Kirstjen Nielsen just said in her recent speech that America will not cover the entire US-Mexico border. She also showed some leniency towards young illegal immigrants.

Nielsen is completely in charge of the immigration department, which means she has more control over it than Trump. Nielsen and her former boss White House Chief of Staff John Kelly both agree that cost of building wall across the geography is not possible. It is an unfeasible idea. Border fencing has marked some areas where the wall will be built, but there are several issues.

The top two issues are – the border comes in private property for people living at the border and rugged physical terrain. She filled the position as the head of Department of Home Security after her former boss took another position. According to some financiers and estimators, building the US-Mexico border wall will cost tens of billions of dollars. That’s not the type of money you spend on building a wall. Trump feels that Mexico will contribute to the cost as well, but that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Decision about DACA

During his tenure, former president Barack Obama had started Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. It allowed young illegal immigrants to stay in the country, get work permits, and not be deported back to Mexico. Trump had said that he will put an end to the program.

However, Nielsen said that the program is going to be extended further. Around 700,000 young immigrants are covered under DACA. Nielsen said the US government owes to help them find a permanent solution.

431 Pakistani Hindus Given Long-term Indian Visas

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India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Indian government granted 431 long-term visas to Pakistani hindus. This makes them eligible to apply for an Aadhar card and PAN card. They can also purchase land in India. India and Pakistan has always had strained relationships right since their separation since 1947. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always focused on helping minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

This move came after PM Modi saw how much Pakistani Hindus suffered back home. Some of the minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan are Hindus, Buddhists, Catholics, Sikhs, Jains, and Parsis. After getting a long-term visa, these people will be allowed to buy a small dwelling for personal use. The accommodation should be suitable for a self-employment and running the family.

These people are barred from purchasing property around restricted area like cantonment area. However, they can purchase vehicles, apply for a driving license, and move freely within the country. They can also open a bank account without prior approval from the Reserve Bank of India.

Source: TopYaps

Strengthening Indo-Pak ties?

Every year there is an annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya community in Punjab. In 2015, around 5,000 Pakistani nationals were given visas to attend the gathering. In 2016, no visas were given. But in 2017, the Indian government gave 1,800 visas to the Ahmadiyya community of Pakistan.

It doesn’t seem like a sensible thing to do when Pakistan is not a stable country in itself. In 2016, there were countless incidences that proof the statement true. Pathankot airbase attack in January 2016 killed seven security personnel. Surgical attack in Uri by the Indian army on terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan has also done harm to the Indo-Pak relations.

On the other hand, recently Sushma Swaraj gave a green signal to all impending medical visas to Pakistani nationals. The question here is – if Pakistan continues its anti-India behavior, why should India give away so many visas?

No More Typing Centres For Visa Seeking Families in UAE

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The existing 600 typing centres in the UAE were closed permanently on November 1, 2017. They are replaced by 50 new smart centres called Amer. General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs announced that the 50 new Amer will be a one stop destination centre for citizen to complete the entire visa process under one roof. The 50 Amer were functional from November 1. No typing centres can now process visa applications.

Asif Mahmoud who works at Al Arsa Typing Center told that all typing centres were informed about the disabling prior to releasing the news publicly. A representative from Al Dana Documents Clearing Typing Centre, Dubai, said that they will lose a lot of customers because of the new rule. Asif Khan, manager at The One Documents Services, Dubai, said that the system at his typing centre is still working. Visa application system of other typing centres near him have stopped working.

Khan said that the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs informed about their new move a year earlier in 2016. General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs sent them notifications every three months reminding them about the it. Typing centres can remain functional if they have a minimum area of 4000 square feet. The latest policy only affects small typing centres.

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How does the Amer centres work?

These 50 centres were introduced to simplify the visa application process and increase efficiency. Some of the services the Amer centres provide are issuing or renewing residency visa, issuing entry permits, and visa cancellation.

The first two Amer centres were opened in Al Muhaisnah 4 area in May 2017 and at Al Kifaf Municipality center in October 2017. Each centre can handle around 5,000 to 6,000 transactions every day. If all documents are correct, the service will be processed within 2 days. The process will become faster and people will have to wait lesser at the centres.

Infants Of Expats To Get On-Arrival Visa In Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia relaxed its visa laws for newborn children of its foreign residents. According to the new visa law, newborns of expats do not need a visa from their home country to enter Saudi Arabia. The news was announced by General Directorate of Passports on October 21, 2017.

The General Directorate said that a visa will be issued for the baby upon entry in Saudi Arabia. The newborn should have an independent passport of its home country. His parents should be residing in Saudi Arabia. The child’s mother should be dependent on the father. A visa will be given upon arrival only if the infant satisfies all these criteria. This law applies to expats of any country living in the Kingdom.

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Good news for travelers

Any traveler coming to Saudi Arabia and have a cute little baby with them can take a relaxing breath. If you are a family traveling to Saudi Arabia, your infant will get a visa on arrival at the airport. Many people are confused about the procedure being difficult. It really isn’t.

Saudi Arabia demands the baby to be at least six months old, have an insurance card, polio vaccination certificate (if from India), child’s photo, original & copy of parent’s Iqama, original and copy of all passports, and one Iqama form for the baby. Officials charge SAR 20 to fill out the form.

You will also need to present the baby’s original birth certificate and a copy and get it attested by Saudi Arabia officials. You will have to translate it into Arabic and give a copy to the Directorate. You need to make a deposit of SAR 2000 as dependent entry visa fees collection. At the airport, go to the General Directorate of Passports’ office and get the Iqama issued.

The officials at the airport are friendly and will take you through the process quickly.

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