You Need to Know more information about the Schengen Visa

You Need to Know more information about the Schengen Visa

Know more information about the Schengen Visa

Know more information about the Schengen Visa

Fancy a long, country-hopping trip throughout Europe? Then make sure you know all about the Schengen Visa. Europe is a huge continent with a diverse range of excellent destinations. Obtaining multiple visas for all the European countries you want to travel to can be quite the hassle. And therein comes the very convenient ‘Schengen Agreement’, a treaty signed by 26 European countries that allow you to travel within the ‘Schengen Area’ on a single visa – the Schengen Visa. The Schengen Area comprises of 26 European countries that allow entry for travellers holding a Schengen Visa. An all-inclusive Europe visa is great convenience and the Schengen Visa is exactly that.

  1. Which countries accept a Schengen Visa?

The following 26 countries in Europe are Schengen visa countries:

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Denmark
  5. Estonia
  6. Latvia
  7. Finland
  8. France
  9. Germany
  10. Greece
  11. Hungary
  12. Iceland
  13. Italy
  14. Lithuania
  15. Luxembourg
  16. Malta
  17. Netherlands
  18. Norway
  19. Poland
  20. Portugal
  21. Slovakia
  22. Slovenia
  23. Spain
  24. Sweden
  25. Switzerland
  26. Liechtenstein

The following are some things about the Schengen countries to keep in mind:

Three countries that are included in the Schengen Area but are not part of the European Union: Iceland, Norway and Switzerland

Three territories that have their borders within the Schengen Area but do not accept a Schengen Visa: Vatican City, Monaco and San Marino

There are 6 more countries in Europe that still do not accept a Schengen Visa: UK, Ireland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus. Out of these, the UK and Ireland have opted out of the Schengen Agreement while the others are in the process of joining.

Thus, it is important to keep in mind that some countries, even though they are within the Schengen Area or those that are part of the European Union, will require a separate visa. It is best to check well in advance whether the country you’re visiting accepts a Schengen Visa.

  1. Types of Schengen Visa

Depending upon the duration of stay and the purpose of travel, the Schengen visa is classified into three types:

  1. Uniform Schengen Visa

The most common type of Schengen Visa is the Uniform Schengen Visa, which allows travellers to stay for a maximum duration of 90 days from the date of entry.

There two more subcategories in Uniform Schengen Visa:

Category A: The category A type of Uniform Schengen Visa stands for ‘Airport Transit Visa’ wherein the holder can travel via the international zone of the Schengen Country Airport but CANNOT enter the Schengen country area. It is simply a means for travellers with connecting flights from one non-Schengen country to another.

Category C: Category C stands for a short-term visa that allows the visa holder to enter a Schengen Country for a limited duration of time. Category C is further subdivided into three types depending on the number of entries allowed.

  1. Single Entry

The single entry visa allows the holder to enter a Schengen country only once. Once the traveller exits the country, the visa becomes invalid even if the date of visa expiry is yet to come.

  1. Double Entry

The double entry visa allows the traveller to enter a Schengen country for a second time after exiting it a previous time provided that the visa is not expired.

  1. Multiple Entry Visa

The multiple entry visa holder can enter and exit Schengen countries as per their whim and fancy, provided that they stay in the Schengen country for a maximum of 90 days from the date of entry.

  1. Limited Territorial Validity Visa

The limited Schengen visa allows a person to only visit the particular Schengen country that has issued the visa. In some cases, a traveller is also allowed entry in some other Schengen countries that are specifically mentioned during application.

  1. National Visa

For visitors who may be studying or working in a Schengen country for an extended period of time, a national visa may be obtained that allows people to stay for longer durations in the Schengen Area. The visa allows a single entry for an educational or career related purpose, after completion of which the applicant may return to his or her own country.

  1. Schengen visa requirements

People wishing to obtain a Schengen Visa need to submit the following documents:

  • The duly filled Schengen Visa Application form
  • One recent, passport sized photograph
  • Valid Passport with at least 2 blank pages that is valid for at least three months after the expiry of the visa you’re applying for
  • The complete itinerary of your visit to the Schengen Area including your onward and return journey flights bookings with specific dates and flight numbers.
  • Travel Health Insurance Policy that covers expenses of at least 30,000 Euro
  • Proof of hotel booking or other accommodation planned during the entire stay in the Schengen Area
  • Proof of sufficient means available to cover one’s own expenses for the duration of the stay. The actual amount depends on country to country
  1. Schengen Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must while applying to obtain a Schengen Visa. It is required to cover any costs that arise due to emergency medical situations. The insurance coverage should be for at least 50,000 USD or 30,000 EURO. The insurance certificate is required to be submitted while submitting the visa application at the embassy. In case your visa is rejected for some other reasons, you can request the Embassy to provide you with a proof of refusal so that you can cancel your travel insurance and get your money refunded.

  1. Schengen Visa Fee

When applying for a Schengen Visa, the applicant is required to pay a non-refundable visa fee. Depending on the duration the fee is as follows:

Regular Visa Fee:

  • Airport Transit Visa: 60 Euro
  • Schengen Visa for less than 90 days: 60 Euros
  • Schengen Visa for more than 90 days: 99 Euros

For children between the age of 6-12 years, a visa fee of 35 Euro is applicable. If the child is below the age of 6 years, then no visa fee is required.

  • Georgia, Kosovo, Russia and Ukraine Nationals: 35 Euro

There is no visa fee for persons eligible for the following:

  • Children under 6 years of age
  • Students, teachers or postgraduates travelling for the purpose of education or educational training
  • Scientists or researchers of third-world countries travelling specifically for the purpose of research
  • Representatives of nonprofit organizations travelling for seminars, sports or cultural events and conferences organized by the nonprofit organizations.
  1. Where to apply for Schengen Visa?

An applicant who wishes to obtain a Schengen Visa may apply at the embassy or consulate of any Schengen nation in the country where they reside. Although it is true that a Schengen Visa permits travel in all Schengen nations, there are some rules and regulations that determine where exactly one has to apply for a Schengen visa.

In case a person wishes to travel to only a certain Schengen country, then the visa application must be submitted at the embassy of that particular country.

If the traveller is planning a visit to two or more Schengen countries, then it is recommended to apply for Schengen visa at the embassy of the country where the traveller will be staying for the most number of days.

In the third case, if a person has many Schengen countries in his or her itinerary and they shall be touring these countries at random, then it is best to apply for Schengen visa in the embassy for the country they would be entering first.

  1. How to apply for Schengen Visa?

Once you determine the embassy where you’d be eligible to apply for Schengen Visa, then the next step would be to download the application form from here and fill it carefully, making sure no details are omitted. The application form format is same for all Schengen countries.

Keep the following guidelines in mind while filling the form:

  • The form can be filled by hand or typed on, depending on your choice.
  • In case the application is filled by hand, make sure you use a black pen and fill out the form in neat, legible handwriting.
  • Make sure you fill out all categories. Your form may be rejected if it is incomplete. In case the particular question asked is not applicable to you, you can write ‘No Answer’ or ‘NA’

After filling out the form, gather up all your documents and contact the appropriate embassy for an appointment.

  1. When do I need to apply for Schengen Visa?

It is recommended that you apply for a visa at least six weeks prior to your date of departure. Even though the visa processing time might be as little as 72 hours, there is no guarantee of the time it will take for you to obtain your visa. It depends on country to country and hence it is advisable to finish all your visa formalities 14 to 21 days before departure.

Now that you know everything about a Schengen Visa, plan your Europe vacation exactly the way you want; visit your favourite countries and hop from one breathtaking destination to the next. Armed with the powerful Schengen Visa, no one can stop you.

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Latest Manitoba draw issues 254 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Latest Manitoba draw issues 254 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Latest Manitoba draw issues 254 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Latest Manitoba draw issues 254 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

A total of 254 skilled workers were invited to Dec.13 through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream and Skilled Worker Overseas Stream under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

The province invited 209 candidates in the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream to apply, with the lowest ranked candidate invited at a score of 375. Another 45 skilled workers were invited through the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream, more specifically under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

The MPNP conducts draws based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system. This means potential candidates submit an EOI to the province and their profiles are assigned a score based on the answers provided. The highest scoring candidates from the EOI pool receive a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), and are in a position to submit an application for a nomination by the province of Manitoba.

Interested in finding out if you are eligible for the MPNP, or another Canadian immigration program? Fill out our free online assessment.

Both skilled workers in Manitoba and overseas candidates who received an LAA in this latest draw, and whose application for a provincial nomination is approved, may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

The Government of Manitoba announced a number of changes to the MPNP on November 15, some of which came into effect immediately. Other changes are being rolled out in 2018.

One of the changes that came into effect on November 15 was the introduction of an in-demand occupations list, which will allow the MPNP to select skilled workers that are expected to meet the province’s current labour market needs.

December 13 MPNP EOI draws for skilled workers

Sub-category Minimum score required to receive LAA Number of invitations
Skilled Workers in Manitoba 375 209
Skilled Workers Overseas 675 45

MPNP for Skilled Workers

The MPNP for Skilled Workers was established to help employers in Manitoba find foreign talent to complement their existing workforce. The government of Manitoba selects experienced workers who have made an Expression of Interest in immigrating to the province and who have the skills needed across the local labour market, and nominate them to receive a provincial nomination certificate from the MPNP. With this, the nominated person may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

These immigration options may be particularly attractive to individuals who may not be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, as the eligibility requirements are different. For example, the MPNP awards points for language proficiency equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 to candidates in certain occupations, a much lower threshold than what is required under the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

MPNP Skilled Workers in Manitoba

Under this sub-category of the MPNP, applications are accepted from qualified foreign workers and international student graduates who are currently working in Manitoba and have been offered a permanent job by their employer in Manitoba. Skilled Workers in Manitoba are not subject to a points-based assessment to determine their eligibility (though points are assigned to the candidate once he or she enters the pool of candidates)

MPNP Skilled Workers Overseas

This MPNP sub-category is for qualified skilled workers who may be outside Canada but who can demonstrate a strong connection to the province and its labour market. A points-based system is used to assess candidates according to factors such as age, language proficiency, work experience, education and adaptability.

Manitoba Profile

Population: 1.3 million

Capital and largest city: Winnipeg

Location: Manitoba is located in Central Canada and is considered one of the three “Prairie” provinces. Ontario lies to the east, with Saskatchewan sharing the western border. The US states of Minnesota and North Dakota are to the south, and the sparsely-populated north of the province has a long coastline on Hudson Bay leading to a border with the territory of Nunavut.

Economy: Manitoba’s principle industries are mining, manufacturing, and agriculture. Traditionally farming has been a major occupation for Manitobans, and the rich farmlands in southern Manitoba produce wheat, barley, oats, sunflower, flax and canola crops, as well as dairy and livestock farms. From this agricultural base a considerable food processing industry has emerged. In addition, Manitoba is home to considerable manufacturing, aerospace and transportation industries. Winnipeg has a sizable financial and insurance industry, as well as government administration and services.

Climate: Manitoba is far from the moderating influences of mountain ranges or large bodies of water. Moreover, given its size, it experiences great variations in temperature. In Southern Manitoba, where the vast majority of the population resides, cold, snowy winters are the norm. Summers are typically hot and dry, with short transitional seasons ensuring that residents get a full four-season experience.

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Sessions wants immigration like Canada or Australia

Sessions wants immigration like Canada or Australia, but they have chain migration too

Sessions wants immigration like Canada or Australia

Sessions wants immigration like Canada or Australia

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Tuesday for the end of chain migration in the U.S. and a merit-based system that more closely resembles that of Canada and Australia.

But although those countries admit a much smaller share of their immigrants under chain migration – more commonly known as family-based migration – they have not eliminated the program altogether. And while some critics of family migration want to end the program in the U.S. altogether and admit immigrants’ immediate family members only under existing employment-based categories, others say getting rid of the program altogether would have detrimental effects not only on immigrants, but on the country.

Family-sponsored immigration came under renewed scrutiny following the attempted terrorist attack in New York City on Monday. The suspect came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa for children of siblings of U.S. citizens, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). President Donald Trump called for Congress to end chain migration after the attack, and Sessions echoed those calls in a speech Tuesday morning.

“The President has also proposed ending chain migration and switching to a merit-based system like they have in Canada and Australia,” Sessions said. “That means welcoming the best and the brightest and turning away not only terrorists, but gang members and criminals.”

About two-thirds of U.S. immigrants are admitted through family-sponsored immigration every year: 679,000 out of 1.05 million in 2015, according to DHS. In Canada, about 28 percent of immigrants admitted in 2017 were coming to join family, and in Australia it was 31 percent in 2016-17. (In the U.S. and in Canada, family-sponsored migration is actually higher than those figures because immigrants admitted under merit-based policies also bring their spouses and dependent children, who in those cases don’t count as being family-sponsored.)

Most immigrants admitted to the U.S. as family members are spouses or minor children, according to DHS’s 2015 figures, which are the most recent available.

Admissions based mainly on employment skills accounted for 58 percent of immigrants in Canada in 2017, 67 percent in Australia in 2016-17 and about 14 percent in the U.S. in 2015 — although Canada’s and Australia’s systems are point-based and quite different from what’s used in the United States. In both countries, an applicant needs a minimum number of points, which are awarded based on factors such as work experience, educational background, language proficiency and age.

However, family-based migration in those countries is not point-based and works much as it does in the United States, according to Doris Meissner, director of U.S. immigration policy program at the Migration Policy Institute.

Ira Mehlman, spokesman for Federation for American Immigration Reform, an organization seeking to reduce legal immigration to the U.S., said he doesn’t think it’s enough to place more limits on family-sponsored migration to the U.S. It needs to be eliminated.

“No one is advocating that those who get in under a merit-based system shouldn’t be able to bring their immediate family,” Mehlman said. “But there’s no identifiable public interest served by chain migration, and it affects people already in this country – in our tax system, our classrooms and our economic opportunities. You may get some people who benefit the country in that pool, but that’s by luck. It should be by design.”

Critics such as Mehlman use the term chain migration due to what they characterize as a chain reaction – if the brother of a citizen gets in under that category, he can bring his wife, who can bring her sister, and so on.

“In any other area of the law, we would call it nepotism and outlaw it,” Mehlman added.

Meissner, who was commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service for nearly a decade, said she would support a U.S. system with a more even balance between family-based and economic-based immigration. But the family-based system in the U.S. has been beneficial not just for the immigrants themselves, but for the U.S. generally, and it costs less than integration services provided in Canada or Australia, she argued.

Family migration “gives a landing platform for successful immigration,” Meissner said, and among other things provides a natural social safety net for those arriving. “There’s entrepreneurial spirit that works closely within immigrant families — think of all the family-owned stores, especially in New York City, where families are all part of the payroll and are sharing the wages and burden.”

Systems for integrating immigrants into countries such as Canada and Australia make immigration more expensive than in the U.S., according to Meissner. Allowing families to migrate together or to join established family members gives them an easier path to assimilation at little to no taxpayer cost.

The U.S. immigration system does need to be revamped, Meissner said, but mostly to eliminate long waiting times and big backlogs. A plausible way to cut down on that would be to narrow the definition of family, but Meissner said another concern is that many cultures consider aunts, uncles and cousins to be close family.

“If we want a more timely process, we need to narrow the definition. We want immigrants when they’re younger, during their productive, prime earning years so they can contribute to our tax system and society,” Meissner said. “Many immigrants who don’t get in for a decade or longer give up. But if they don’t, and they come here at 45 or 55 years old, we’ve missed out on an opportunity.”

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