42% of individual would take a backwards career step to live abroad

A new study by a leading visa application help website has found that 42% of individuals would take a step back in their career to secure a new life abroad. The study asked over 1,800 individuals aged between 25 and 40 if they would be willing to sacrifice their career path for a life abroad as part of a continuing study into the growing popularity of emigration.

42% of the respondents said that they would be happy to take a backwards step if it meant being accepted for a work visa, while 38% said that they would only take a job if it was ‘on par’ with their current careers and 20% said that they would only consider a job abroad if it was a ‘career step up’.

Participants were also asked if they would consider taking an unskilled job if it meant that they would be granted a foreign work visa; a staggering 35% said that they would be willing to take an unskilled job if it was necessary.

January is one of the busiest times for immigration officials all over the world as individuals look for a new life and new opportunities.

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US Tourist Visas Explained

Individuals of a foreign country wishing to enter the United States will generally have to obtain a visa. There are two categories of US visa; these include non-immigration visas for temporary trips and immigrant visas for permanent residence. In this article we will be talking about non-immigration visas and in particular tourist visas.

There are two types of tourist visas available for individuals who want to enter the United States for a temporary period, the B-1 business visa and the B-2 tourism, pleasure or visiting visa.

The B-1 business visa allows individuals to:

  • Consult with business partners and associates.
  • Attend business conventions or conferences.
  • Settle an estate.
  • Negotiate business contracts.

The B-2 tourism, pleasure or visiting visa allows individuals to:

  • Travel the US for tourism purposes.
  • Visit family and friends.
  • Receive medical treatment.
  • Participate at an amateur events such as musical or sports as long as you are not being paid for participating.

Examples of activities that individuals cannot participate on a tourist visa include:

  • Study.
  • Take any kind of paid employment.
  • Participate in paid or professional performances.
  • Work as a foreign press associate or journalist.

Tourist visas are designed for temporary residence only and must not be used in any way to permit permanent residence in the US.

General documentation you will need to obtain a US tourist visa include:

  • A passport valid for travel to the US, it must be valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates to the US.
  • Application fee payment receipt.
  • A non-immigrant visa application form DS-160.
  • Digital photo for the DS-160 form.

Additional documentation may be required for you to obtain a US tourist visa, these include:

  • Purpose of your trip.
  • Your intent to leave the US after your trip.
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.

The United States is a great place to visit, but if you are unsure about applying for your travel visa or need some additional information then finding a specialised visa company can help. There are many visa help websites on the internet, but choose a well-known company such as IXP Visas which have a variety of great reviews from US tourists.

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Turkey visa changes may catch some Brits out

Holiday makers heading to sunny Turkey this year are being warned by travel companies that a new system is coming into effect. Brits have always had their passports stamped on arrival in the country (for a £10 fee), but the new system will require travellers to apply and print out a visa online before they travel.

The e-visa will cost the same price as the standard visa, however travellers will have to fill out an online form before travelling to the country. After filling out your details including your name, date of birth and passport details, and paying the fee you will be emailed your travel visa which you must print out and presented to immigration officials on arrival.

Although the current visa system is still in place, the Turkish government has stated that the e-visa system will become compulsory on the 10th of April 2014. Holiday makers travelling to Turkey after this date will have to use the e-visa system for their travel documents; failure to do so could result in being refused entry into the country.

For more information about the new e-visa system visit the official government website at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/

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New study reveals most expensive expat countries

Most of us think that the UK is an expensive place to live, but new research by a visa application site has revealed the top ten most expensive places for expats to live compared to the UK. Japan Switzerland and Norway all topped the list, while France, Hong Kong and surprisingly Brazil also made the list.

The study asked respondents if they felt financially comfortable in their life abroad, to which 31% said yes, 46% said that they were reasonably comfortable and 23% said that they struggled financially.

Respondents were also asked if their living costs compared favourably to the UK, 37% said yes, whereas 42% said that it was relative to income and 27% said no it didn’t.

Here are the top ten most expensive places for expats to live according to the study:

1.       Japan
2.       Switzerland
3.       Norway
4.       Singapore
5.       Hong Kong
6.       Australia
7.       France
8.       Angola
9.       Russia
10.   Brazil

Have your say, do you think that the country you live in is more expensive, cheaper or comparable to the UK? Leave your comments below.

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Visiting, Living, or working in New Zealand

Enjoying a moderate, maritime climate, weather and temperatures, it is no surprise that New Zealand is a very popular place and increasingly chosen by many people who wish to work, visit or study. As a visitor who is a British citizen or with a British passport that can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK, you may visit the country for a period of six months. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of intended departure.

For study or intention to work, it will be necessary to obtain a visa and this will probably take the form of a study to work visa, there are conditions attached to this kind of visa and you should seek expert advice. On the other hand whilst New Zealand welcomes new migrants, particularly those people who will contribute to the country by bringing valuable skills or qualifications, setting up a business, or making a financial investment, these visas fall into the skilled migrant, or for a work to residence visa, or set up their own successful business. A fresh New Zealand visa application is required to apply for residence, this is not automatically given.

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UK to boost Middle East tourism with quick visa

The government has announced that it has extended the electronic visit visa scheme to nationals from the UAE, Qatar and Oman. Passport holders from these countries will be able to receive travel visas within a couple of days from the beginning of next year.

The new electronic visa waiver scheme will significantly reduce the time it takes Gulf nationals to obtain a UK visa in a bid to encourage more tourists to come to Britain’s high streets. Gulf nationals are already amongst the highest spending tourists that visit the UK.

The new scheme will replace the old system, which made it harder for Gulf nationals to visit the UK by requiring individuals to visit local embassies in person, a process which is unpopular in the region.  The electronic visa waiver scheme will allow travellers to complete their travel forms up to 48 hours before departure and present a printed copy when they arrive in the UK.

London’s luxury high streets have already seen the benefits of Gulf visitors spending power. Chief Executive of VisitBritain, Sandie Dawe told the press, “Last year saw a record 37pc increase in the value of Gulf residents’ spending in Britain – that’s a record average of £3,555 per visitor,” Adding, “We know there is already a huge aspiration to travel to Britain to shop and to enjoy our attractions and events, so we’re delighted that the recent visa changes will make it easier to get here, and to come more often. If current trends continue, we are set to see another record year for Arab visitors in 2013.”

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Croatia and Montenegro

There are so many different Mediterranean cruises to choose from because there are so many exciting and different places to visit on the edges of this sea.  Centuries of history and culture are just waiting to be discovered.

More recent additions to the cruise itineraries are the countries of the former Yugoslavia, such as Croatia and Montenegro.  Situated south of Venice on the sparkling Aegean Sea, both countries have lots to offer cruise visitors with Split, Dubrovnik and Kotor being the most popular ports of call.  The stunning castles, fortresses and ramparts of all three cities are seriously impressive while all have wonderful cafes, restaurants and shops selling local craftwork for souvenirs.

In Croatia, the walled city of Dubrovnik is one of the prettiest in Europe. Stroll along the promenade in the main street, or order a glass of wine and just admire.  In Split, Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace is fascinating, especially the underground chambers.

Montenegro offers wild and rugged mountains, beautiful buildings and the deepest fjord in Southern Europe, the Bay of Kotor.

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