Which country did you name the greatest on Earth?

Which country did you name the greatest on Earth?

Which country did you name the greatest on Earth?

Which country did you name the greatest on Earth?

The greatest country on Earth? According to the 87,220 readers who voted in this year’s Telegraph Travel Awards, it’s a reassuringly familiar place where sheep graze on rolling green hills, there are cricket pitches and rugby posts, sandy beaches and Victorian cathedrals. It’s New Zealand.

The British love affair with the country continues – indeed, it’s the fifth year in succession our readers have named it their favourite travel destination. New Zealand’s staggering consistency is matched by that of its nearest rivals. For the fourth Telegraph Travel Awards on the bounce the top three countries have been identical: 1) New Zealand, 2) Maldives, 3) South Africa.

One must go back to 2012 to find some variety on the podium, when Myanmar took third place.

At a glance | your three favourite countries:

Year Winner 2nd 3rd
2017 New Zealand Maldives South Africa
2015/16 New Zealand Maldives South Africa
2014 New Zealand Maldives South Africa
2013 New Zealand Maldives South Africa
2012 New Zealand Maldives Myanmar
2011 USA New Zealand Australia

That’s not to say there haven’t been some significant changes further down the rankings.

Canada, which has been celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, stormed to eighth place, up from 16th in 2016. Italy climbed four places to 10th, making it comfortably your favorite European country (ahead of Iceland, another rising destination, leaping from 21st to 17th overall). India jumped 11 places to 15th, with last year’s tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the recent untangling of its complex visa application process, no doubt boosting its popularity.

Your 10 favorite countries

  1. New Zealand
  2. Maldives
  3. South Africa
  4. Japan
  5. Myanmar
  6. Australia
  7. Namibia
  8. Canada
  9. Botswana
  10. Italy

The biggest rise overall was for Lebanon, which soared 34 places to 44th overall on the back of the Foreign Office relaxing its travel advice.

Big gains were also made by Fiji (up 18 places to 36th), Malaysia (up 12 places to 45th), Russia (up 14 places to 63rd), and Morocco (up 16 places to 74th). Portugal, Dubai, Norway, Mexico, Kenya and Croatia are also on the up.

Conversely, several countries have slipped down the rankings. Among the most significant is the US. True, it still makes your top 20, taking 18th overall. But in 2011 it took the top spot, and two years ago it was 10th. Its decline, to 13th in 2016, hastened in 2017, a year that saw the polarising Donald Trump enter the White House.

The fall from seventh to 24th for the Seychelles is hard to explain – perhaps that will be reversed next year, when BA launches direct flights.

Remarkably, France, the most visited nation on the planet, failed to make the top 50 overall, dropping five places to 55th.

What makes New Zealand so special?

The wine

New Zealand produces just 1 percent of the world’s wines – but punches way above its weight with its top-quality sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs. Most of the wineries are in the Marlborough region (wine-marlborough.co.nz) and offer great cellar door experiences (tours, tastings and blendings).

Thrills and spills

Commercial bungee jumping started here and Queenstown is the undisputed capital (bungy.co.nz) though you can also do an urban jump from Auckland’s Sky Tower (skywalk.co.nz). Other adrenaline-inducing activities include jet boating, e.g. on the Shotover River near Queenstown, and skydiving.

Natural beauty

As anyone who has seen The Lord of the Rings film triology will know, New Zealand is a place of majestic landscapes, from the Bay of Islands in the north to Fiordland National Park in the south. In between you have the volcanoes and lakes of Tongariro NP, the many waterways of Marlborough Sounds and the snow-dusted peaks of the Southern Alps.

Wilderness walking

Enabling you to fully access all that beauty there’s an infinite variety of hiking options – most spectacularly the nine Great Walks (doc.govt.nz/great-walks) which pass through some of the finest coastal and mountain wilderness and feature accommodation huts along the way (booking essential).

Maori culture

To really understand the place Maori call Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud, you need to know about the indigenous people. Rotorua is a center of Maori culture while the political history is explained on a full-day tour of Auckland (timeunlimited.co.nz). Auckland Museum (aucklandmuseum.com) puts on daily cultural performances.

No snakes!

The lack of nasty creatures is something Kiwis are proud of as it’s a metaphor for the generally benign nature of the place. People really are that friendly, crime and pollution levels are low – and catching a domestic flight is a refreshingly unstressful experience.

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

This collection of vintage aircraft in Marlborough is owned by the film director Sir Peter Jackson. The exhibits – including the world’s largest private collection of First World War planes – are outstanding but they are really brought to life by the sets, built by the designers who worked with Jackson on The Lord of the Rings films. omaka.org.nz.

The climate

Not only is the weather generally temperate, with mild winters, warm summers and plenty of sunshine, but this is the southern hemisphere – which means when it’s cold and miserable here (Dec-Feb), it’s gorgeous there.

The familiarity

It may be a long way away (11,500 miles from the UK) and take a long time to fly there (don’t ask) but many people will have an existing connection through family or friends and, once you’re there, a Brit accent bestows honorary Kiwi status – except for the duration of rugby matches involving the All Blacks and the home nations.

The Food

Sunday roast – especially lamb – and fish and chips are still popular but Kiwi cuisine has been taken to another level with the kind of native herbs, seasonal produce and fusion recipes pioneered by Peter Gordon, whose Sugar Club in Auckland (skycityauckland.co.nz / restaurants / the-sugar-club) still cuts the mustard.

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New Requirement for Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Super Visa

The Simplest ways to Make the Best of Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Super Visa

The Simplest ways to Make the Best of Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Super Visa

The Simplest ways to Make the Best of Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Super Visa

Canada’s immigration authorities have changed the documents required for citizens and permanent residents to bring in their parents or grandparents from abroad on a Super Visa.

Instead of an Option C printout, which involved making a call to the Canada Revenue Agency, applicants can now go online and access the document they require to prove the sponsoring child or grandchild meets the minimum income threshold.

Canada’s immigration authorities have changed the documents required for citizens and permanent residents to bring in their parents or grandparents from abroad on a Super Visa.

Through the My Account section of the CRA website, applicants can log in and print the required document themselves, removing the need for a phone call.

“This information is now reflected in the list of required documents for super visa applicants,” said a press release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The complete list of documents the parent or grandparent must provide is as follows:

A letter of invitation from their child or grandchild residing in Canada;

One of the following documents to prove that the child or grandchild meets income requirements:

Most recent copy of the notice of assessment (if the child or grandchild does not have a paper copy of their notice of assessment on file, they can view and print their tax returns using the CRA My Account online service

Most recent copy of the child or grandchild’s T4 or T1

Original letter from the child or grandchild’s employer stating their job title, job description and salary

Child or grandchild’s employment insurance pay stubs

Proof of the applicant’s parental relationship to the child or grandchild (e.g., a copy of the child or grandchild’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate or other official document naming the applicant as the parent)

Proof of private medical insurance valid for a minimum of one year with a Canadian insurance company (a copy of the insurance certificate or policy) that

Covers health care, hospitalization and repatriation,

Provides a minimum coverage of $100,000, and

Is valid for each entry to Canada and available for review by a port of entry officer.

The maximum validity for the multiple entries Super Visa is ten years, or one month prior to the applicant’s passport’s expiry, whichever is earlier.

Within that time, Super Visa holders can remain in Canada for periods of up to two years. In comparison, a regular visitor visa is usually valid for a maximum period of six months.

For individuals who are citizens of visa-exempt countries, the Super Visa program can still be useful because of that two-year period.

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Understand the background of Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Understand the background of Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Understand the background of Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Understand the background of Canadian Spousal Sponsorship

Many people believe that if you follow for Canadian spousal sponsorship you’ll sign a few forms, offer a few documents and be approved much like that. In the end, they aren’t reviewing your work or academic history and language exams aren’t required. while it is proper that a spousal sponsorship application isn’t always reviewing your profession records they’re comparing in case your courting on your spouse is proper, no matter whether or not you are married, commonplace-law or conjugal companions. a proper dating, as in step with the visa workplace, should observe a “logical development of how the couple meets and gets married.”

It’s critical to remember that the visa officer reviewing your record isn’t out to get you. They will do their exceptional to assess your case and recollect cultural practices, both through the country and even locally. In addition they serve any other valuable purpose that I commend them for and this is to guard our immigration system from unscrupulous individuals whose number one motive for his or her courting is for immigration functions. in this text I’m able to outline some of the signs or “pink flags” the visa officials use to decide in case your dating is what they call, a “marriage of convenience.”

A number of these red flags are obvious signs of marriage fraud. for instance, you should expect a greater diploma of scrutiny on your application in case you and your accomplice do not share a commonplace language to talk or you probably did no longer meet your husband or wife in character before your marriage. Major variations in age and values also can create warning flags.

Scrutiny is better whilst a marriage is from a rustic that calls for a traveler’s visa to enter Canada, normally international locations that have decrease tiers of socioeconomic improvement. Even if you are not from the sort of countries but you’re from a vicinity or town wherein prevalence of fraud is excessive, this can nevertheless be regarded as an indicator that your record should get hold of extra evaluation. Formerly refused programs for Canadian refugee or different brief repute in Canada may also be a first-rate crimson flag, but no longer always a deal breaker for your application.

Inadequate or contradictory documentation can lead to delays or all-out refusal of your application. No longer knowing intimate details about your accomplice like preceding marriages and divorces or even the color in their toothbrush or what logo of make-up they use ought to serve as indicators that a relationship won’t be genuine.

In the identical vein as insufficient documentation, an excessive amount of documentation may be a hassle too. dozens of affection letters that explicit not anything however love and admiration for each other should absolutely lower your credibility because it is able to be visible as although the letters have been written for the visa officer, for immigration functions, now not to your partner.

As a Canadian immigration lawyer with many years of revel in I can tell you that the satisfactory way to cope with those purple flags is head-on, in a clean and concise way. the ultimate issue you want is to make the visa officer suppose you are deliberately hiding things due to the fact this could lower the credibility of your utility resulting in delays, or worse, refusal of your report.

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