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Canada to boost immigration to one million

Canada will boost immigration to one million over the next three years with a plan that “ will guarantee ” the country’s future prosperity , its immigration minister announced Wednesday . The number of immigrants will be increased to at least 310 ,000 next year , and continue growing to 330 ,000 in 2019 and … Continue reading

Germany consulates privatizes visa application services

German consulates are contracting out more and more visa application services, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. Critics fear the practice could increase the risk of data leaks – and the temptation to corruption. The German government is increasingly outsourcing its consular visa services to companies that have access to private information, the Foreign Ministry has … Continue reading

Turkey will not submit to impositions from the U.S. – Foreign Minister

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday Ankara would not submit to “impositions” from the United States to resolve a feud which has seen the two NATO allies stop issuing visas to each other’s citizens. However, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman struck a more positive tone, saying he expected the crisis to be resolved … Continue reading

Russia offers Visa-free system for 2018 FIFA World cup

ST PETERSBURG: Football fans in Nigeria and beyond, rejoice. If you have a ticket for a game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, you don’t need to apply for visa to travel to Russia. To top that up, Russia will also have free travel for fans between the 11 host cities, provided you have tickets … Continue reading

GOP seeks to restrict unskilled workers in the U.S.

Economists say it could hurt economy WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. David Perdue, a Republican from Georgia, wants to let fewer poorly-educated immigrants into the U.S. to compete for jobs with Americans. “If you keep bringing uneducated, unskilled workers in, who do they compete with?” Perdue said on a conservative radio show recently. “The low-end, low-skilled … Continue reading

Oman relaxes visa rules for three countries

NEW DELHI: Oman has relaxed its visa rules to attract tourists from India , China and Russia, it was announced on last Thursday. Now onwards, non-sponsored tourist visas will be granted to citizens of India, China and Russia who reside in or hold an entry visa to the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and Schengen … Continue reading

California signs protection law for illegal immigrants in U.S.

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law protections for some 2.3 million immigrants living in the US illegally. The Trump administration warned against the first-of-its-kind law, but the trendsetting state may have a national impact. Beginning in January, Senate Bill 54 , dubbed the California Values Act, will prohibit local law enforcement from asking … Continue reading

Nigerians to experience improved and stress-free visa processing to China – Consul General

The Peoples Republic of China’s Consul General (CG) to Nigeria, Mr. Chao Xiaoliang, has declared that henceforth, Nigerians seeking various categories of visa to China will experience improve and stress-free visa processing, following the inauguration of China Visa Application Centre in cooperation with Visa Facilitation Service (VFS) in Lagos. The CG said the decision to … Continue reading

Taiwan to waive visas for Philippinos

IMPACT – MEDIUM What is the change? Taiwanese authorities have approved a plan to allow visa-free entry for qualifying Philippine nationals. What does the change mean? Once the plan takes effect, eligible Philippine nationals will be able to apply online for visa-free travel to Taiwan. Taiwan liberalized visa policies for several of its Asian neighbors … Continue reading

Canada should raise the bar on immigration – Editorial

‘There’s growing evidence that ramping up the number of newcomers we accept from around the world is one of the best ways for Canada to meet the challenges of a falling birthrate and aging population.’ Canada’s immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, has until the end of this month to set out the country’s target for immigration … Continue reading

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