Indians No Longer Require Airport Transit Visa in France

Indians No Longer Require Airport Transit Visa in France

Indians No Longer Require Airport Transit Visa in France

Indians No Longer Require Airport Transit Visa in France

An airport transit visa is applicable for the people who are just transiting the Schengen territory and who will not leave the transit area of the airport

Starting this Monday, travellers with Indian passports will no longer require an Airport Transit Visa while transiting through the international zone of any airport in France.

“I’m pleased to announce that, with effect from July 23, 2018, holders of Indian passports will no longer require an Airport Transit Visa (ATV) while transiting through the international zone of any airport in France,” tweeted Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India.

An airport transit visa is applicable for the people who are just transiting the Schengen territory and who will not leave the transit area of the airport. However, hotel accommodations are only available outside the transit area and you would need a regular tourist visa if you want to stay in the hotel overnight. There are two types of a transit visa under the Uniform Schengen visa group destined for travellers who are passing by a Schengen member country in order to reach their final destination.

France forms part of the Schengen Area that comprises 26 European states that have officially abolished passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders.

About France

France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

The 26 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland

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Quebec provides new details on EOI Ranking system

Quebec provides new details on EOI Ranking system

Quebec provides new details on EOI Ranking system

Quebec provides new details on EOI Ranking system

Quebec provides new details on Expression of Interest ranking system

Quebec will consider U.S. work experience among ranking factors

Quebec released new information Wednesday that details how candidates in its new skilled worker Expression of Interest bank will be organized and ranked.

The ranking system takes into consideration work experience in the United States, making Quebec’s the only immigration system in Canada that currently considers U.S. work experience when ranking candidates.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) candidates who submit a profile to the program’s new Expression of Interest Bank will be classed in two groups — one group for candidates with a job offer or who are living in Quebec and meet specific criteria, and another for candidates living outside of Quebec.

According to regulations published August 1, the first group is for candidates who:

  • have a job offer in Quebec; OR
  • are residing in Quebec with the principal goal of working and
    • have a work permit and an eligible degree from a Quebec educational institution; OR
    • have a work permit that is valid for 12 months or more, six-months of full-time work experience and are currently working full-time.

This first group will be ranked on the basis of scores obtained under the following seven factors:

  • Age
  • Quebec diploma
  • Canadian or U.S. work experience
  • Proficiency in French
  • Knowledge of other languages
  • Education
  • A spouse or common-law partner’s education and proficiency in French.

Candidates in this group will also receive points for the following “Skill Transferability” combinations:

  • Education combined with proficiency in French (either their own or, if applicable, their spouse’s — whichever score is highest);
  • Education combined with work experience in Canada or the US and proficiency in French;
  • Foreign work experience combined with proficiency in French;
  • Foreign work experience combined with work experience in Canada or the U.S. and proficiency in French.

The second group is for candidates who do not reside in Quebec.

Candidates in this group will be ranked based on scores obtained under the following eight factors:

  • Age
  • Quebec degree
  • Canadian or U.S. work experience
  • Training that Quebec has listed as in-demand
  • Proficiency in French
  • Knowledge of other languages
  • Education
  • A spouse or common-law partner’s education and proficiency in French.

Candidates in this second group will also receive points for the Skill Transferability combinations listed above.

Quebec has not detailed the points structure for the various factors and skills combinations.

The regulations state that Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration (MIDI) could issue invitations to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) to the highest scoring candidates or based on selection criteria or conditions that are deemed a priority.

Revisions to Quebec’s Immigration Act say invitations could be issued based on “criterion relating to a foreign national’s ability to successfully stay or settle in Quebec, such as training or a trade or occupation.”

Other criteria may include “a region of destination in Québec, a country or region affected by a humanitarian crisis or the existence of an international commitment.”

Candidates who receive an invitation to apply for a CSQ and submit an application will need to meet the passing scores required for the program based on the QSWP Points Grid.

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Oakville, Ontario, named best Canadian city for immigrants

Oakville, Ontario, named best Canadian city for immigrants

Oakville, Ontario, named best Canadian city for immigrants

Oakville, Ontario, named best Canadian city for immigrants

Oakville, Ontario, named best Canadian city for immigrants

2018 survey by Money Sense Magazine puts Toronto in 5th place, Vancouver in 15th

A new survey has crowned Oakville, Ontario, as 2018’s best Canadian city for immigrants.

The survey by the online magazine Money sense put Oakville ahead of nearby Toronto, which is widely considered the destination of choice for most newcomers to Canada.

Toronto ranked fifth in the Best Places to Live for New Canadians category, one of several that constitute Money Sense’s annual Canada’s Best Places to Live survey.

Oakville, which was also named the best Canadian city overall, has a population of roughly 200,000 people and is located on the shores of Lake Ontario around 40 kilometers southwest of Toronto.

Money Sense says its reputation for wealthy residents and mega-mansions is balanced by access to affordable housing and “its small-town sense of community.”

Money Sense ranked 415 Canadian cities based on their scores in 10 categories: Wealth and economy, affordability, population growth, taxes, commute, crime, weather, access to health care, amenities, and culture.

“A livable city should be prosperous, but affordable. Safe, yet easy to get around. And it should have the type of weather that draws you outdoors,” the survey reads.

The ranking of best places for New Canadians is based on the same 10 categories, but the weightings have been adjusted “to reflect the needs and interests of immigrants,” Money Sense says.

“We award points to cities with a large percentage of the population speaking languages other than English and French and increase the importance of a low unemployment rate, affordable rents and access to an airport,” the survey reads.

The survey says the percentage of visible minorities in Oakville increased from 18 percent to 31 percent over the last 10 years and about 30 percent of residents speak a language other than English or French, according to Canada’s most recent census.

The top five Canadian cities for New Canadians in the survey were:

  1. Oakville, Ontario
  2. Ottawa, Ontario
  3. Mont-Royal, Quebec
  4. King, Ontario
  5. Toronto, Ontario
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