During 2012 Canada cut the number of immigration places it was prepared to give for skilled workers wishing to emigrate there during 2013. Under the plans, the total number of economic migrants admitted in 2013 will remain at between 240,000 and 265,000. In common with many countries Canada is trying to open job vacancies for indigenous workers or those that have studied there for two or more years. The skilled worker programme was frozen in July 2012 due to a massive backlog of applications that now stands at 100,000.
Under current rules, the federal skilled worker programme, a points-based system for skilled migrants, is being squeezed next year to make way for 3,000 more people. The changes are aimed at ensuring that foreigners who move to Canada are more able to contribute to the country’s economy and it is hoped that the move would help to attract more of the world’s top talent, if they have worked or studied there for the two or more year period.
Because of hardening attitudes to immigration to many countries, it is always wise to seek advice which can be obtained through the embassies of the country of choice, or a more sensible approach is to use a specialist company which has full details of requirements of all world countries.
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Since the problems in Egypt began, tourism to the country has suffered and resorts such as Sharm el Sheik have seen a dramatic downturn in numbers, even though the advice from the Foreign Office is that particular part of Egypt is perfectly safe. In an effort to lure holidaymakers back to the Red Sea resorts Tourist officials plan to stream live footage of the beach resorts in an attempt to convince holidaymakers it is safe.
The problem in popular tourist areas of Egypt such as Luxor and The Valley of the Kings is confined there, in fact tourism to Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el-Sheikh, not affected by the Foreign Office advice and to which Britons are still able to visit, this area is recovering and in spite of poor early bookings, the signs are that a full recovery has been made and now it has seen a slight rise in numbers.
Webcams are in the man to be used in the Luxor region to show potential visitors that this area is safe and they will be able to view what is actually happening on the ground there. However, the Foreign Office advice remains firm and they are still saying that British travellers should not visit the country with the exception f the Sharm resorts area, problems have resulted in other parts of Egypt, including Hurghada and Luxor, some of which have turned violent.
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New Zealand is a country which has great links to the UK and is like this country in many ways, with a climate that is similar and which still retails a certain amount of the values that we were used to. The language of course is the same and the average New Zealander loves sport and still has respect and affection for the “old country that it to a large extent populated.
These amongst many other are reasons why many UK citizens want to travel and marvel at some of the varied landscape and for others they would like to take a job and settle there. Whatever your reasons for travel to New Zealand, you will need some form of visa. For UK citizens who just want to visit the country, you will be granted a six month visa just as long as you hold a valid passport current for longer than six months and you have the right of residence in the UK.
There are three other main categories of New Zealand visa: working, residence and student. Within these categories there are many different sub-groups of New Zealand visas, each with different requirements.
A working visa is required for New Zealand for those interested in moving to New Zealand for employment. These include temporary work visas, work to residence visas and working holiday visas. Permanent residence is available for those who have successfully applied for a work to residence visa, have invested a certain amount in the country, or set up their own successful business. A four year study visas are given to students upon acceptance of a place in an academic institution, once they have paid all or part of their tuition fees.
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Getting an entry visa to the United Kingdom is very easy, well it is if you happen to be a global business leader or in the top 100 wealthy people. Today has seen an announcement that the Home Secretary is considering creating a new visa system for global business leaders, brought on because that new tightening up of immigration rules are believed to be deterring “high-value” individuals from overseas.
Add to that the invitation to join a new and what is described as a bespoke visa service is being extended to some 100 wealthy foreigners that will ensure their swift and smooth passage through border controls on entry to the United Kingdom.
It has already been dubbed as the Greta Club and every member of this elite club will have their own account manager stationed at the Visas and Immigration service to deal with their travel plans. These mangers will arrange everything at no cost to the individual and will be literally tailor made for them personally.
At the moment, no names have been released other than to say that it will be for those individuals who are in a position to make a very important and significant contribution to the British economy. The Home Secretary Mrs Teresa May has indicated the scheme will extend beyond the initial 100 from more countries.
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Whether you’re about to explore the prospect of Dubai banking jobs, Qatar gas jobs, or jobs in Saudi Arabia, there are working conventions shared by most of these Islamic Gulf states. Here’s a quick guide:
Office hours are fairly conventional (8.30 or 9.00am to 5.30 or 6.00pm) but the taxation system certainly isn’t, at least not to Western eyes. That’s because there’s no personal taxation to speak of, with the result that net income is considerably higher than for equivalent jobs elsewhere. Not surprisingly, this is a major reason why many Westerners seek short term, fixed contracts in the region.
Permanent jobs are effectively impossible for expatriates to find, but a good deal more money can be made during the course of an annual contract here that many other places on the planet, especially if you have professional, technical or managerial skills and qualifications. Be aware, though, that you’ll be expected to pay for your own medical coverage and for the education of any children, and you’ll also have to make provision for your own transport or car and housing rental. But the salary you’ll be awarded is likely to be able to cover these costs effortlessly.
Once your contract is up, you’re likely to be awarded an indemnity payment (effectively, an end-of-contract bonus) based on your previous remuneration. Especially if you’ve managed to stay in the region for several years, this payment can be substantial – it’s often 15 to 20 days of salary per year worked, rising to a month per year worked after three years of employment. You’re likely to end up returning home considerably more well-healed than when you left.
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In recent years, people have become a lot more educated in skin care in the sun than they were in the past. You hear horror stories of people using baby oil to enhance their tan, but really burning to a crisp. Not only is this painful, but it also causes permanent damage to your skin which can eventually result in skin cancer.
When you’re going away, make sure to take plenty of sun cream with you. You should generally always be wearing a factor of 25 or higher. It’s also a good idea to use a higher factor on places like your face where the skin is more delicate and prone to damage. A high factor won’t stop you tanning, it will just prevent damage from the sun’s rays. Sunblock is the only thing that will stop a tan.
If you’re outside for long periods of time, try to keep your skin covered as much as possible. If you’re in full sun, make sure to wear loose, long layers and keep a hat on to keep yourself shaded.
Remember to drink plenty of water. Not only will this stop your body becoming dehydrated and making you ill, but it will also prevent your skin from drying out. Use moisturiser or after sun at the end of each day to help lock in the tan and soothe any instances of sunburn.
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The world is an amazing place – there are always more places to visit, more things to see, and things to do. And a huge number of these places are formed naturally, creating things so peculiar that they attract thousands of people a year.
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Island is a natural pathway formed out of hexagonal ‘paving stones’ and columns. Some are small enough to step across, others reach more than 40 feet into the sky. They were formed by magma cooling along the coast more than 60 million years ago.
In the wilderness of Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument never fails to astound visitors year upon year. The ancient Navajo sandstone has been eroded by wind and rain to such an extent that it creates a wave-like landscape of red swirls and twists.
Spotted Lake in British Columbia near Osoyoos is a small body of water that has a ‘polka dot’ effect look in the summer months due to the evaporation of the water leaving behind rings of minerals that also cause the lake to appear blue, green or yellow. It’s said to have healing powers and is regarded by the native people of the area as a spiritual place.
Ever wanted to visit somewhere straight out of a fictional work that doesn’t seem real? The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China could be just the place. The towering columns of limestone inspired the floating forests of Avator’s Pandora. The fogs that surround the towers most of the year cause it to have a completely surreal effect.
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