What is a permanent resident?

Essentially, it is a right affixed into your passport granting you the permanent right to live and work in Australia. You are eligible for state medical care immediately, but must be resident in Australia for two years before qualifying for social welfare assistance (i.e. unemployment benefits). You are not permitted to vote as a permanent resident in Australia. After two years, you can apply for citizenship, entitling you to an Australian passport. Temporary residents (those on student and work visas) are generally not entitled to medical care or social welfare assistance at any time and are generally unable to remain for longer than 4 years. These applicants are recommended to take out private health insurance.

How soon can I get in?

Every application is different and processing times largely depend on the type of visa being applied for. As a general rule, however, it takes most applicants for permanent residence visas in Australia 9 to 18 months (including the time required to prepare the application before gentlemen) to receive a decision on their visa application. Spousal cases and temporary work visas tend to be a little quicker at 3 to 6 months, while applicants requiring professional registration can take an additional 6 to 12 months to process.

What about qualifications?

A formal tertiary qualification will definitely aid you if you are below 50 years of age.

Does age matter for immigration?

Yes, but a lot depends on personal circumstances and the type of visa you apply under.

What about my children?

If they are still under your roof and dependent on you, they will be included on your visa. Married / Independent children will not qualify under your visa.

Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?

Yes, A surprisingly large number of applicants are unaware of how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced and are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on their application or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation.

Can I bring my pets with?

Yes, but it is very expensive. It requires extended periods of quarantine abroad and proves to be very traumatic for animals. Most people prefer to consider alternative arrangements like foster homes etc.

I am a good sportsman. Can I apply for a visa on grounds of this?

If you have a Distinguished Talent and you have an exceptional or outstanding record of achievement in the arts or sport you may apply under this subclass. You must be nominated by an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen or an Australian organization of national reputation in the occupation, profession, or activity in which you have an outstanding talent. Your nominator should complete an application form and include a brief resume of their own standing in the field.

What about health check-ups?

A medical test is standard procedure and you need to pass that. A blood test will be conducted and X-rays of the chest will be taken

What about my furniture? Can I shift them?

You will need to confirm current prices for a container to ship your furniture over. Major moving companies will give you a free quote. There is also an option of sharing a container.

How do I become an Australian Citizen?

The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 provides information regarding the acquisition of Australian citizenship. There are a number of factors which the Australian Government considers before granting Australian Citizenship.

If I have an Australian PR visa when I will be eligible to work and live in New Zealand?

If you’re a Permanent Resident of Australia, you can live and work in New Zealand without a visa or work permit. Depending on how long you’ve been a PR and how long you intend staying in NZ, you may need to get an Australian 5-year Resident Return visa before you go there. Make sure you understand how a PR visa works and its eligibility requirements as your PR will expire if you are out of Australia for too long.

AustraliaCan a primary visa applicant return back to India leaving back the secondary applicant after the later gets an Australian Permanent Residency?

Once the PR is granted to the primary applicant and the accompanying dependent family members, the main applicant can return back to India. This won’t affect the social security and employment status of the dependent.

Is the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) needed for every visa applicant & his/her dependents?

Yes, Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is required for all the applicants including the dependents from the country where one lived for more than a year.

Can the Doctors or Nurses work in Australia with a Foreign Degree?

Doctors who wish to practice in Australia must first be registered with the Medical Board in the State or Territory where they intend to practice. Doctors can apply for either a temporary or permanent visa. For immigration purposes, doctors seeking permanent residency in Australia must hold full medical registration. After the visa is granted, doctors must apply to Medicare Australia for a Medicare Provider Number if they will be working in general practice or will be prescribing drugs.

What is the required IELTS score to study Masters in Australia?

IELTS requirement for Australian Masters is at least a band score of 6.5; however conditional acceptance may be issued with an English course and further extended to Masters.

Can I add dependents after the submission of visa application? If yes, what would be the charges?

Dependents can be added at any time before the visa outcome is known, and there are no additional costs involved.

What is a PCC (Police Clearance Certificate)?

PCC Police clearance certificate is asked by immigration authority to determine whether you are of good character. Immigration authority can ask for police certificates for each country you have lived in for 12 months or more over the last ten (10) years since turning 16. PCC is issued based on the character records of the person. If you have received PCC for company or organization purpose, it wouldn’t be a problem to receive the same for immigration. A person will not pass the character test where:  If you have a substantial criminal record  If you have been convicted of any offense that was committed while in immigration detention, during an escape from immigration detention, during a period where a person escaped from immigration detention, or if the person has been convicted of the offense of escaping from immigration detention  If you have or had an association with an individual, group or organization suspected of having been, or being, involved in criminal conduct  If on review of past and present criminal conduct, the person is found not to be of good character If on assessment of past and present general conduct, the person is found to be not of good character  If the Immigration authority find that the person can be a significant risk to the country’s safety and may engage in criminal conduct in Country, harass, molest, intimidate or in stalking etc.

What are the main criteria of education for Job Seeker Visa?

The main criteria for education points will be

Graduation from an institution of higher education, a minimum duration of the programme: four years in the subjects of mathematics, informatics, natural   sciences or technology (MINT subjects)

Post-doctoral qualification (habitation) or Ph.D.

How Many points do you need to get for qualifying for Jobseeker Visa for Very Highly Qualified Workers?

Third-country citizens with a very high level of qualifications may apply for a six-month visa for the purpose of job search if they reach a minimum of 70 points.

What is the Jobseeker Visa for Very Highly Qualified Workers?

Workers are considered very highly qualified if they achieve at least 70 out of 100 points according to the points system. This category is addressing very highly qualified and experienced top-level personnel, such as scientists and senior top-level management.

What is the Red-White-Red Card Plus?

The Red-White-Red Card plus is issued in the shape of a bank card and entitles its holder to settlement and unrestricted employment. Holders of a Red-White-Red Card plus may change their employer at any time without needing to apply for a new permit.

Holders of a Red-White-Red Card may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus if they have been continuously employed in accordance with the requirements decisive for admission for a minimum of ten months within the preceding 12 months. Family members of Red-White-Red Card holders and of holders of an EU Blue Card may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus from the beginning.

What is the Red-White-Red Card?

The Red-White-Red Card is issued in the shape of a bank card and is a combination of residence permit and employment permit. It is valid for one year and entitles its holder to settlement and to employment with a certain employer. If the employer is changed within the first year, a new Red-White-Red Card must be applied for.

Where to file the application?

Visas for the purpose of job search have to be applied for at the competent Austrian representation (embassy, consulate) of the applicants’ home countries or countries of residence. Visas for the purpose of job search will be granted if the Public Employment Service (AMS) confirms to the Austrian representation that the required points for admission have been reached.

Who can apply for the Red White Red Card Scheme?

Very highly qualified workers who have obtained a job search visa may apply for a Red-White-Red Card with the competent residence authority in Austria if they are able to submit an employment offer (work contract) during the period of validity of the visa. The competent authority can either be the Provincial Governor (Landeshauptmann), the authorized Regional Administrative Authority (Bezirkshauptmannschaft) or the Local Administrative Authority (Magistrate).

Who may apply for a Red-White-Red Card?

The Red-White-Red Card is a combination of residence permit and employment permit for qualified third-country citizen workers. It is available for the following groups of applicants:

  • Very highly qualified workers

Skilled workers in shortage occupations

  • Other key workers
  • Graduates of universities and colleges of higher education in Austria

Who may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus?

  • Family members of Red-White-Red Card holders or EU Blue Card holders
  • Holders of a Red-White-Red Card after a period of 12 months (10 months of continued employment with the same employer according to their qualification)
  • Holders of an EU Blue Card, if they have been employed for at least 21 months during the previous 24 months according to their qualification

Who is a family member?

Family members are defined as:

  • Spouses
  • Registered partners of the same sex
  • Minor children, including adopted children and stepchildren (up to the age of 18).

At the time of filing the application, spouses and registered partners must be 21 years of age.

Family members of Red-White-Red Card holders and of holders of an EU Blue Card may apply for a Red-White-Red Card plus with unrestricted labor market access from the beginning. The card may be renewed after one year, independently of the renewal of the Red-White-Red Card or the EU Blue Card of the original cardholder, if the family members have their own income.

Family members must prove elementary German skills at the time of the first application. Family members of particularly highly qualified workers and holders of an EU Blue Card are not required to prove German skills with their application.

How a foreign national can enter Austria for the purpose of Residence and Work?

Residence titles affording the right to gainful employment

  • “Red-White-Red – Card” (right of settlement and the right of being employed with a specific employer on the entire Federal Territory)
  • “Blue Card EU” (right of settlement and the right of being employed with a specific employer on the entire Federal Territory)
  • “Red-White-Red – Card Plus” (right of settlement and unrestricted access to the labor market)
  • “Settlement Permit” (right of settlement; unrestricted gainful self-employment possible, salaried employment only with additional AES approval)
  • “Long-term Resident– EC” (after 5 years settlement without interruption and completion of Module 2 of the Integration Agreement; long-term residence permit including unrestricted access to the labor market)
  • “Long-term Resident – Family Member” (after 5 years settlement without interruption and completion of Module 2 of the Integration Agreement; long-term residence permit including unrestricted access to the labor market)

Stay Permit

  • Rotational employee (Austrian Employment Service (AES) approval required: confirmation of employment or employment permit as a rotational employee; no AES approval required in the case of Section 18(3), clause 2 of the Aliens Employment Act)
  • Seconded employee (AES approval required: confirmation of employment or employment permit as a seconded employee; employment longer than 6 months)
  • A self-employed person (if the alien has contracted to perform certain services and the contract covers a period of more than 6 months; AES may be involved)
  • Artists (self-employed or employed; activity is predominantly of an artistic nature and the income earned covers their livelihood; a liability declaration is permissible; when employed: AES approval required: confirmation of employment or employment permit an artist)
  • Specific cases of gainful employment (if such employment is exempted from the Aliens Employment Act; explanation of exemption circumstances required)
  • Researchers (having a hosting agreement with a certified research facility

How is the population and geography of Austria?

Austria covers an area of 83,878 square kilometres with a population of 8,375,290 residents (as of 1�January 2010), including 895,144 foreign citizens (11% of total population). In 2010, an average of 1,543 million people with migration background lived in Austria, that is 18, 6% of the entire population.

Vienna is Austria’s most densely populated province with 4,097 residents per square kilometre; the Tyrol is the least densely populated province with 56 inhabitants per square kilometre. In 2009, the average life expectancy was 80 years.

Austria is bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy.

How is the climate of Austria?

Austria has a typical central European transitional climate, i.e. warm summers, cold winters, and adequate precipitation.

Additionally, there are two distinct climatic regions in Austria:

  • The east shows a Pannonian climate (warm to hot summers, relatively low precipitation, and cold winters).
  • The central Alpine region has the characteristic features of the Alpine climate (more precipitation in summer compared to the east and long winters with heavy snowfall).

How are the economy of Austria and main industries?

The Austrian economy grew by 2.1% in 2010 (according to preliminary WIFO calculations). In 2010 the GDP rose by €10.1 billion or 3.7% to around €284.4 billion at current prices. The GDP per capita was €33,900 (+3.4%). As measured by the GDP per capita, Austria is in the upper sector not only within the EU but worldwide (source: Statistic Austria).

The Austrian economic structure is mainly dominated by small and medium enterprises. The most important industrial branches are:

  • Food industries
  • Machine and steel industry
  • Chemical and vehicle industry
  • Electric and electronic industry
  • Wood and paper industry

How is employment and jobs in Austria?

Austria, anyone can take a job from age 15 on, respectively after later completion of compulsory school. Before completion of compulsory school, young people from age 15 on may be employed in certain cases such as an apprenticeship or practical training. Children and young people up to age 18 are covered by child and youth employment legislation.

Part-time working is widespread in trade. Seasonal work is common in tourism and the hotel and catering trade in cities and tourist areas as well as agriculture and forestry. In the building trade, fixed-term employment contracts are also possible. Freelance service and work contracts are replacing conventional employment contracts in all fields of employment.

The type of employment stipulated in the employment contract does not necessarily correspond to the real-life situation: e.g. a contract may state a freelance services contract, although the occupation is carried-out in personal dependence, meaning the employed person is bound by instruction, directions regarding working hours, place of work, etc. In this case, the contract is, in fact, a regular employment contract and the respective rules apply.

Full and Part-time work

Independent contractors

Minimally employed

New self-employed workers

Apprenticeship

Seasonal workers

Agency workers

Voluntary workers

What is Public Employment Service?

The Public Employment Service (AMS) offers a wide range of services and support for job seekers and employers. In the area of labor migration, the AMS decides over admission to the labor market according to the Act Governing the Employment of Foreign Nationals (AuslBG). The AMS also examines whether the criteria for the grant of a Red-White-Red Card are fulfilled.

What are Living Standards in Austria

Austria is the 12th richest country in the world, the country has high living standards – it ranks among the top ten countries in several topics in the Better Life Index. In Austria, the average person earns 27 541 USD a year, higher than the OECD average of 22 387 USD. In terms of employment, over 72% of people aged 15 to 64 in Austria have a paid job, above the OECD employment average of 66%.

What is Cost of Living in Austria

Austria is in the middle range in terms of prices. Food and drink are available in all price categories. For accommodation, apartments are the cheapest option if a longer stay is planned. Rental cost is calculated from meter square, depending upon the quality of the apartment. Healthcare costs are average compared to other places for doctor visit, hospital stay, non-prescription medicine, and medical insurance.

What are the visa fee, tuition fee and funds required for studying in Austria?

Visa fee for Austria: INR 7260. Tuition fees would vary between 360-500 Euros, depending upon the university and course. Living expenses would change as per the student’s lifestyle

Can I apply for Permanent Resident status and Temporary status at the same time?

Canadian Immigration policy recognizes the concept of dual intent.

Who qualifies for a Canada Immigration Visa?

Canada Immigration PR visas may be issued to qualified skilled workers, provincial nominees, and business persons under Canada economic immigration categories. Close family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be issued Canada immigration Visa through family sponsorship.

Who can I include in my application for Canada Immigration Visa?

Your Spouse/Common-law partner / conjugal partner and any dependent children must be included in the application.

What is a Quebec Selection Certificate?

A Quebec Selection Certificate allows you to immigrate to, and settle in Quebec. If your intended destination in Canada is within the province of Quebec, you must obtain a CSQ before you obtain a PR Visa.

How is immigrating to Quebec different than immigrating to the rest of Canada?

Quebec is responsible for selecting immigrants to settle within the province. You receive your PR Visa after being approved at the federal level.

If I don't speak French, can I still obtain a CSQ?

Possibly, the selection is done on points based assessment. If you meet the minimum point’s requirement without speaking French you may still be granted the CSQ.

What is a Provincial Nomination Program?

The Provincial Nomination Program was established by CIC to allow Canada’s different provinces and territories to select individuals who indicate an interest in settling in a particular province/territory and who will be able to continue to that province economic development.

I am over 60 years of age, and I want to visit Canada for the first time, Should I schedule an appointment?

Yes, of course, irrespective of the age everyone should schedule an appointment with the embassy for Visiting visa processing as drop-box facility permitted by the concerning authorities.

What is Canada immigration visa exactly?

A Canada Immigration Visa is a form of permanent residency that helps a foreign individual to live or work at any place of Canada. The Canadian government issues this visa through evaluating certain responsibilities accomplished by the applicant and the holder can also be revoked, if he or she does not meet the Canadian Residency Obligations or found to be involved in criminal or illegal activity.

What are the various types of visas available under the Canadian immigration process?

There are various types of visas depending on the need and purpose of stay in Canada under Canada immigration process namely Work permits, Skilled Visa, Business Visa, Investor and Entrepreneur Visa, Family visa etc.

What are the documents to be submitted for a visitor visa to the Canadian embassy?

The principal documents to be submitted at the time of interview for a visitor visa is a Valid Passport, Travel, health and identity documents of the applicant’s, Financial or monetary documents of applicants for the trip, a valid letter from the employer granting leave for the visit.

What is the difference between Work Permit visa and Canada immigration visa?

The main difference is a work permit visa is a temporary visa whereas Canada immigration visa is a permanent resident visa. The individuals availing work permit visa can work in Canada for a period and are abound to certain regulations of the government. The individuals bearing Canada immigration visa can live anywhere in Canada of their choice and enjoy a set of privileges provided by the government of Canada.

In what way the changed Canada immigration policies affect the status of my visa application?

The rules and regulations of Canada immigration bound to change. These changes certainly affect the individual depending upon their application requirement. The changes will not affect the applicants whose application are already launched.

Is there any variation in the immigration process for various provinces in Canada?

Yes, there is a small variation in the process of immigration, in the provinces of Canada in relation with the Canada process, mainly this variation observed in Quebec province where the candidates applying for Quebec visa then they should meet the eligibility criteria of the Quebec immigration authorities.

What are additional fees associated with the Canada immigration process in addition to the immigration fee?

In addition to the application fee, the applicant may expect to pay fees related to the medical examinations and translation of documents to French to English if necessary.

When should be the other documents should be submitted to the Canadian embassy?

The time gap required to submit the documentation for the Canada immigration varies depending upon the applicant visa specification. For the Skilled Worker category, the applicant should submit all the required documents along with the immigration application. In the Family Sponsorship Visa category, all the documents along with police and medical clearance certificates should be submitted with the initial application form at the Case Support Centre. Under Self-employed and Entrepreneur category the applicants should submit an initial application with fee to the Canadian Visa Office responsible in the concerning country. Before four months of the assessment initiation, the individuals should submit the specified documents to the embassy. Under Investor, Provincial Nomination Program and Canadian Experience Class visa categories, the applicant should submit all the documents along with the initial application.

In what language do the documents need to be submitted to the immigration authority?

The concerning Canadian immigration authority specifies all documents in English or French language only.

How much time does Canadian immigration authority take to process the application?

As per CIC, the time for an application processing for permanent residence varies from between 6 months and 10 months, in some case, it may also exceed the time. It depends on the Immigration Officer. There are many factors that influence the processing time of the application such as immigration office where the application is submitted, the category of visa, supporting documents, verification, assessing the need for a personal interview, evaluating the demographics of the applicants. All these factors influence the processing time of the application. If all documents are submitted as per requirement, then it takes less time to process an application.

If I receive PR and Citizenship of Canada; Do I need to leave Indian citizenship? Kindly let me know what rights I will not get once I leave Indian citizenship.

  1. You will lose India Citizenship Upon acquiring Canadian citizenship you will become an NRI for India, you need to get a visiting visa to visit India, with multiple entries, you cannot have the right for voting or cannot stand in elections (as the politician)etc. ( India is planning to give Dual Citizenship but still not confirmed)

Is there any chance that the medicals will affect the status of issuing the visa due to High Blood Pressure or Diabetics?

No, not exactly, only the dangerous disease, which is dangerous to public health, may be denied to issue a visa or to enter into Canada, such as T.B, HIV,

IF the Spouse is pregnant, can she undergo a Medical test?

For the safety of the baby inside, X-rays are not allowed for pregnant women applicants until the delivery. After birth, the mother and infant will undergo medical examinations.

Does a new-born child or children below 5 years need to get medicals?

Yes, they need to get medicals test done.

Recently, I had gone through medical examinations for a temporary resident visa or work permit or study permit. Are there any other additional medical exams that are to be clear for Permanent Resident application to Canada?

Yes, it is necessary to have a certain additional medical examination.

Can I break the funds after receiving the visa?

Yes, you can break the funds after receiving the visa, but you need to carry the required funds by the time you are leaving to Canada, as the immigration officer will ask you for the same at the board of entry.

Would I be recognized as a Permanent Resident of Canada once I get my Canada Immigration Visa?

No. To be a permanent resident of Canada, you need to cross a Canadian port of entry along with your valid Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa and your valid passport.

When should I move to Canada after receiving the visa?

Initial Port of entry has to be made as stated in the Visa grant letter.

If planning to get married after submitting the application, should a person get married before the visa is issued?

Dependent applicants can be included before the visa decision outcome is known and any points of time during the processing. It is always beneficial to attend for medical examinations at the same time and attach both yours and spouse medical forms to the same visa application. This is necessary because the validity of these is for one year. If you get married after the issue of visa, then you have to sponsor your spouse.

Is there any chance to extend the expiry date on my Canada Immigration Visa?

No, the expiry date on the Canada Immigration Visa will not be extended by the immigration authorities of Canada. If you fail in landing, in Canada, before the date of expiry then you should file reapplication.

What are the documents required to carry, when landing in Canada?

Yours and accompanying family members Valid Passports all old & New, unexpired Canada Immigration Visa and PR Confirmation letter issued from CHC. Your accompanying dependents, if applicable, will need the same. It is also advisable to carry the evidence of your settlement funds, all the original Education & Experience documents required

What is the period of a gap should I maintain to accompany my dependents to land in Canada?

They can land along with the main applicant or after the landing of the principal applicant; but in either case, they should land before the date of expiry printed on the Canada Immigration Visas.

When can I start working in Canada?

Social Insurance Number (SIN) is compulsory to initiate working procedure for non-Canadian nationals in Canada. Immediately after your arrival, you need to apply for your SIN card.t.

When can I completely become a Citizen of Canada?

Before applying citizenship of Canada, it is compulsory to stay in Canada for a period of 1,095 days, or 3 years.

How about children education in Canada?

Children between the ages of 4 and 16 to 18 years, depending on the province, need to attend school. The school year runs from September through June. Registration can be done as early in February previous to the September academic year. All the provinces of Canada possess separate school boards. The applicant should contact the concerning school board located near their stay for further details to join their ward.

Should only the Primary applicant need to work in Canada after receiving PR?

Both Primary applicant and the Accompanying spouse can work after getting a SIN card

Who can sponsor a family?

Any eligible relative can sponsor a family visa; provided the sponsor has valid Canadian PR Status or citizenship of Canada.

Am I eligible to attain CSQ, if I don't speak the French language?

The selection of an applicant is performed through accessing the performance on the points scale system. If the applicant reached the basic points then oral French language is not compulsory, and you may still be granted the CSQ, but if falling short in points then need to get French language certificate as per the requirement, it is advisable to learn French as Quebec is a French country.

Whom should I include on my CSQ APPLICATION?

There is a possibility to include your married partner or civil partner on the CSQ application, as well as children aged 22 or younger can also be included as dependents.

Is there any chance to possess dual citizenship?

It is possible to possess dual citizenship if the parent country, accepts it then Canada government accepts the dual citizenship of the applicant.

Do I need to attend the Interview for FSW?

FSW Visa application can be through courier, however, someone may be called for an Interview and It depends on the immigration officer and is case specific.

What is ICCRC?

ICCRC (The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) is a non-profit organization appointed by the Government of Canada to regulate the immigration consulting profession and safeguard consumer interests.

Can a Person with Canadian PR go and work in the US?

No. If you want to work in the US, get a visa for the US. Canadian PR will not help except as a backup in case the work visa in the US is not renewed, moving to Canada could be a better option to him rather than going home. Still, using Canadian PR as a backup is also dependent on not being away from Canada too long because then he will lose the PR he’d already have waited for and paid money to get. As for getting Canadian citizenship, that’s at least a 4-year process after getting PR so it’s a question if he’s ready to do that just for the right to be able to get a NAFTA visa to the US if his profession qualifies him for that.

Can US Citizens work and live in Canada without a Visa?

US citizens do not need a Visa to enter/visit/live temporarily in Canada. They do not need a Temporary Resident Visa. However, one may have to apply for a work permit depending on the job they do. Certain jobs may also require a labor market opinion

Can Canadian Citizens work and live in the USA without a Visa?

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The TN non-immigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level. Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN non-immigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. You may be eligible for TN non-immigrant status, if:  You are a citizen of Canada or Mexico; Your profession qualifies under the regulations; The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional; You have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer (but not self-employment – see documentation required below); and You have the qualifications to practice in the profession in question. Eligibility Criteria, unlike Mexican citizens, Canadian citizens are generally eligible for admission as non-immigrants without a visa. The TN category, a non-immigrant classification, simply reflects this general exemption from the visa requirement. NAFTA governs which evidence is required to prove whether a Canadian or Mexican citizen is a professional in a qualifying profession. Canadian Citizens if you are a Canadian citizen, then you are not required to apply for a TN visa at a U.S. consulate. You may establish eligibility for TN classification at the time you seek admission to the United States by presenting required documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at certain CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.

If I have a PR visa of Canada would I and my children be eligible for free education?

Yes, every child in Canada receives Free Education and this is applicable to immigrants too. It starts at the age of 4 or 5 and continues till the age of 15 or 16 i.e. until they complete their secondary school.

Is the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) needed for every visa applicant & his/her dependents?

Yes, Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is required for all the applicants including the dependents from the country where one lived for more than a year.

Where would be my case filed? Will it be at the Indian CHC office?

Initial Application will be lodged at Nova Scotia, Canada. Once the file no is received, the application along with the supportive documents are sent to New Delhi, High Commission for further processing and decision making. However, there could be changes with the proposed process which will be clarified accordingly.

What is a PCC (Police Clearance Certificate)?

PCC Police clearance certificate is asked by immigration authority to determine whether you are of good character. Immigration authority can ask for police certificates for each country you have lived in for 12 months or more over the last ten (10) years since turning 16. PCC is issued based on the character records of the person. If you have received PCC for company or organization purpose, it wouldn’t be a problem to receive the same for immigration. A person will not pass the character test where: If you have a substantial criminal record  If you have been convicted of any offense that was committed while in immigration detention, during an escape from immigration detention, during a period where a person escaped from immigration detention, or if the person has been convicted of the offense of escaping from immigration detention  If you have or had an association with an individual, group or organization suspected of having been, or being, involved in criminal conduct  If on review of past and present criminal conduct, the person is found not to be of good character  If on assessment of past and present general conduct, the person is found to be not of good character If the Immigration authority find that the person can be a significant risk to country’s safety and may engage in criminal conduct in Country, harass, molest, intimidate or in stalking etc.

Can I apply without IELTS, for an SDS Program?

No, Minimum score of IELTS 6.0 band and 5.5 require in each in section. For PG Programs 6.5 band requires. A program such as Dental, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, and Nursing you need to score 6.5 to 7.0 depending on program and college.

What is Major intake?

There are three intakes: January, May, and September

What are the Courses Duration in Canada?

Undergraduate Programmes – 3 to 4 years, Post Graduate Programmes (PG) – 1 to 2 years, Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Advance Diploma – 1- 3 years.

What is the academic requirement for SDS College?

Students who have completed 12th – HSC, Diploma (10+3)(10+2+3), All Bachelor’s degree holders, All Master’s degree Holders with minimum 55 % can apply for SPP College.

What Kind of program SDS Colleges are offering?

SPP Colleges are offering Diploma, Advance Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and Bachelor Degree.

How Many backlogs SDS will accept?

If depending on the college you apply, but generally, maximum 4-6 backlogs are acceptable.

Is there any application fees in Canada?

Some college is providing application fees waiver to international students.

How Many backlogs SDS will accept?

If depending on the college you apply, but generally, maximum 4-6 backlogs are acceptable.

Is there any application fees in Canada?

Some college is providing application fees waiver to international students.

What is a Co-op education?

Co-op is an opportunity to gain vital work experience, develop professional contacts within the industry, and enhance your résumé while studying. Co-op can give you the opportunity to obtain hands-on practical experience. It assists with career planning, job search skills, and networking, and will show you the skills you will require for a career after school.

Can I Get a Scholarship?

Yes, the scholarship is possible but it depends on particular colleges and University. For that, you have to contact particular colleges and university.

How much I have to pay as Tuition fees initially?

The minimum student needs to pay is 1st Semester’s Tuition fees before one can be applying for Visa.

What is the GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate)?

A Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) is a Canadian investment that offers a guaranteed rate of return over a fixed period of time. It is proof of fund that students need to deposit $ 10,280 CAD to cover living Expenses for the first year in Canada.

From when I can start my application process?

We strongly recommend starting the process before 6 to 8 months ago from the intake.

Can I work in Canada during my study?

International students are allowed to work in Canada Part – Time during their study for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

Do I Need to do Medical?

Yes, if you are going for more than 6 Month program you have to undergo the medical examination.

What is the time limit for Visa file submission?

We strongly recommend that you submit your application at least three months ahead of your proposed date of travel. Applications that are received after 01 April for May entry, after 01 August for September entry and after 01 December for January entry will not normally be processed in time for the start of classes and will likely be refused.

After completion of Study do I eligible to work there full time?

Once the student got a visa and after completing two years course, they may be eligible up to 3 years open work permit. After completing 1 year of open work permit in that they can work full time and can apply for permanent residency for Canada through various immigration programs like Canadian Experience Class category Federal, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia.

What are the top 5 Programs in Canada?

Commerce and Management, Engineering / Technology, Medicine, Arts, Science.

What is the Processing Time of Visa application?

If depending on the visa office, but generally it takes 3 to 4 weeks’ Time to process the application.

Where do I submit my Application?

You may deposit your application at the Canada Visa Application Centre. Applications may also be submitted to CIC by using CIC’s online application system (E-Apps).

What are the admission requirements for Canadian Universities?

In Canada, each university has its own criteria. For more detail Information Contact to ESPI Counselor.

If I have Select One year of Program then how many years of work Permit I can get?

You will get 1 year of Work Permit.

What is the Canadian Dollar rate compare to Indian Rupees?

1 CAD = INR 50 to 55 approximately

After Visa file submission how can I track my application?

You can track your application by Contacting us

Do I Need to Provide Police Clearance Certificate?

Generally, it requires for all Health care and Co-op Programs.

Where I will live in Canada and how I will reach to my College / University?

In Canada, many colleges are providing Air Port pick -up and accommodation facilities. ESPI will also assist you with accommodation.

HOW ESPI will help me to Get My Visa?

ESPI is established in 2004, ESPI Group is an International Corporation, which is India’s prominent consultant in the field of Study Abroad, Immigration and Tours & Travels Organization. ESPI group is an association of two firms i.e. ESPI Visa Consultants Pvt. Ltd., AND ESPI Tours & Travels. ESPI is providing to their students all services under one roof starting from coaching, Passport, Visa Assistance, File Preparation, Accommodation, Air Ticket, pre-departure, post departure.

Can I apply for a Spouse Visa when I am on Student Visa?

Yes, you can apply for your spouse after completion of your 1 or 2 semesters.

How many points can I obtain for my education?

The Immigration Service cannot tell you in advance how many points you will be given. If the Immigration Service is unable to assess your educational level, they will ask the Danish Agency for International Education to assess it. You should be able to get a general impression of the points you can obtain on the page describing the point system.

Must I submit a letter of confirmation from my university?

In your application, you must include an official statement from your university which clearly states which educational degree you have achieved, and during which period you achieved it.

What is the extension?

You can be granted a first-time residence permit under the green card scheme for up to 3 years. Before the end of this period, you can apply for an extension of up to 1 year. Before the end of this period, you can apply for an extension of up to four years.

Your residence permit can be extended if you have worked for the past 12 months for a minimum of ten hours per week.

Your residence permit can be extended for one year if you have lost your job through no fault of your own (e.g. due to cutbacks) no more than three months before applying for an extension, and if prior to this, you worked for 12 months for a minimum of ten hours per week.

When applying for an extension of your residence permit, it is crucial that you submit your application on time, i.e. before your current residence permit expires. Failure to do so will normally result in your application being rejected due to your residing illegally in Denmark. As such, an application which is submitted too late will not be processed by the Immigration Service. Instead, you will have to leave Denmark and apply for a new residence permit from your country of origin.

How long is my residence and work permit valid?

You can be granted a first-time residence permit under the green card scheme for up to 3 years. Before the end of this period, you can apply for an extension of up to 1 year. Before the end of this period, you can apply for an extension of up to four years.

What is the Green Card Scheme?

A residence permit under the Green Card Scheme gives you the right to carry out paid or unpaid work. However, the Ministry of Integration specifies that such a residence permit does not give you the right to work as a self-employed person (run your own business). This will be clearly stated in the next version of the Danish Aliens Order.

In order to be granted a residence permit under the green card scheme, you must attain a minimum of 100 points. Points are given for educational level, language skills, work experience, adaptability, and age.

Where can I submit my application?

You can submit it at the Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) in your country of origin (or the country where you have resided legally for the past three months). The mission will then forward your application to the Immigration Service in Denmark, where it will be processed.
If there is no Danish diplomatic mission in your country of origin (or country of residence), it is often possible to submit your application at the mission of another Schengen country.

How long will it take to process my application?

The Immigration Service has received far more applications under the green card scheme in 2009 than expected. The Immigration Service is working hard to reduce the number of pending cases. This means that the normal 30-day service goal for maximum processing time has been temporarily suspended. If it is necessary to have your educational level assessed by the Danish Agency for International Education, you will be notified by the Immigration Service.

How will the processing of the case take place?

Please make sure that your application contains all information and documentation needed by the Immigration Service to process your case. If your application lacks required information or documentation, the Immigration Service may choose to reject your application on these grounds. This means that your application will not be processed.
If it is necessary to have your educational level assessed by the Danish Agency for International Education, you will be notified by the Immigration Service.

Whether family members can apply for the Denmark green card?

If you hold a residence permit under the green card scheme, your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home with you, are also eligible for residence permits. Your family members must be able to support themselves and you must live together in Denmark at the same address. Your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner is allowed to work full-time for the entire period his or her permit is valid.

What is Benefits of Denmark Immigration

The Green Card Scheme of Denmark is a matchless program, which assists qualified highly skilled foreign workers and professionals to get Residence and work permit of Denmark (Europe). There are a lot of benefits of this immigration program, for instance;

  1. Green card holders will be capable of a visa-free trip to all Schengen Zone countries.
  2. Permanent Residence Permit Status would give the right the immigrants to work in all European Union countries.
  3. Green card let an outsider get permanent residence permit class within 7 years.
  4. The rights of the major applicant are given to his family members as well.
  5. Danish Government supports a family to come together with a foreigner and even gives extra right to work and live in Denmark.
  6. Subsequent to getting Permanent Residence Permit, a foreigner can take pleasure in social benefits of being Danish and obtain grants in aid, buy assets and children add right to get free of charge higher education.
  7. Accompanied by the main applicant, their family members will be allowed to inhabit in Denmark and to get permanent residence.

How the country is governed?

Denmark is a representative Democracy. The most important decisions are made by politicians democratically elected to the Danish Parliament, regional councils and municipal councils.

How a new citizen is welcomed in Denmark?

On receiving the residence permit you will be registered in the Danish national register. This will be done in the municipal authority where the foreign national decide to live.

If you have obtained a residence permit as a foreign national, the municipal authority or Immigration Service will ensure that you are registered. Once you have been registered, you will automatically be assigned a civil registration number.

How will a person get citizenship?

If you do not have a permanent residence permit, you can apply for one with the Danish Immigration Service.

Moreover, it is a general rule that you must have lived in Denmark for a continuous period of at least 9 years. The residence period is reckoned from the date of your first residence permit.

What is a Permanent residence permit?

If you have held a temporary residence permit for over four years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. In order to be granted a permanent residence permit, you must obtain 100 points by meeting a number of requirements.

Please note: If you apply for a permanent residence permit, you must also fill in and submit an application for a temporary residence permit. Make sure to use the application form which fits your situation. An application for a permanent residence permit will only be processed if it is submitted together with an application for a temporary residence permit.

What is the IELTS score requirement for Ph.D. in Denmark?

An overall IELTS score of 7 bands is required for Ph.D. courses while 6.5 is the required score for Masters.

DenmarkWhat is the duration of a Ph.D.? General in Denmark?

The study duration for a Ph.D. is 3 years.

How much would be the total cost of Tuition fee and the living cost in Denmark?

Annual tuition fees for full-degree students would be 18000 Euros to 20000 Euros/year Living costs would vary depending on the lifestyle of the student.

What are the basic requirements for a Ph.D. course in Denmark?

English proficiency of IELTS-6.5-7.0/TOEFL IBT 83-90IBT and proof of sufficient funds for education and housing support in Denmark (average 60,000 DKK or equivalent amount of scholarship)

What are the fee details for the visa in France?

In accordance with the guidelines of the European Union, any Schengen visa application has to be accompanied by a payment of visa fees.
The fees (Processing + Visa) are to be paid to VFS on the day the application is being submitted. They are not refundable whether a visa is granted or refused. Schengen visa: 60 Euros (as per current exchange rate) + Processing Fees

Visas for overseas territories: 9 Euros (as per current exchange rate) + Processing Fees

How much period of time the Business Visa is issued?

This visa is issued for business purposes with a maximum duration of 90 days.

Important!

If you are a frequent traveler and wish to apply for a long term validity visa, you can ask for it in the covering letter. The decision to grant a circulation visa remains with the French Consulate.

How long term visa has been given for France?

This visa can be valid between one and five years and entitles its holder to make several trips to France and to the Schengen space for a maximum stay of 90 days per period of 6 months. This type of visa is issued to people who make frequent trips to France.
If you are planning a trip to several Schengen countries, you have to submit your visa application to the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which you intend to stay for the longest period. In case the period of stay is the same in all the countries to be visited, the visa will be issued by the Embassy or the Consulate of the country where you would be entering first.

Do I need a Schengen visa to go to France?

A Schengen visa (or short stay visa) is valid within the whole Schengen space. The following countries are part of the Schengen space:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

This visa allows you to travel to these 25 countries. It is issued for a maximum of 90 days per semester.

You will be able to submit your documents accurately. This will reduce the risk of your application being rejected due to inadequate or faulty submission of documents.

Who are eligible to apply for the Long term visa?

As of 1st June 2009, holders of long-stay visas for France (3 months +) will be exempted from applying for a residence permit (carte de sejour) at the Prefecture after their arrival in France.

Beneficiaries of the reform

  • foreign dependents of French Nationals
  • visitors
  • students
  • employees
  • temporary workers

What are the implications for the visa applicant?

As a holder of a long stay visa, you no longer need to apply for a residence permit at the Prefecture. The applicant must enclose with his application a document called « attestation OFII » that will have to be posted by registered mail to the local “Delegation territorial de l’OFII” within three months of arrival in France – Addresses can be found at the back of the Attestation OFII or online at the website of the OFII. Note that this registration process is compulsory and non-compliance will result in the person being considered illegal by the French Authorities. Holders of one of these visas are allowed to travel in all Schengen States for a period of stay up to 3 months within the validity of the visa. Visa processing time will be about one week (depending on nationality and purpose of stay).

Do I have to be fingerprinted?

All visa applicants except those fewer than 12 years will be required to submit all ten electronic fingerprint impressions. At the time of the visa interview, applicants will be asked to electronically scan all five fingers of each hand.

How long can I stay on a short stay tourist or business visa?

Your visa sticker will have the validity of the visa and the number of days that you can stay in Schengen countries. Say your visa is valid for a month with duration as 10 days. This means that within one month you can stay up to 10 days only. You must leave the country before the visa expires / duration of your stay. A short stay visa permits you to stay for not more than 90 days.

How long can I stay if I have a multiple entry Short stay visa valid for 1 year?

A one year visa entitles you to stay up to 90 days once in six months.

What is the difference between a long-stay visa and longer validity visa?

If you wish to stay in France for more than 90 days (as a student, on employment, for research purposes etc) then you need to apply for a long stay visa (D type visa). If you wish to take short trips to France within the year (on business purposes etc.) then you need to apply for a short stay visa with longer validity. The decision to grant a longer validity visa lies with the French Embassy / Consulate.

How early should I apply for my Student visa?

You are encouraged to apply for your long stay student visa at the earliest. You can apply for your visa about two months prior to the commencement of your course. Please ensure you get the No Objection Certificate from an Education Attached (Officer) before submitting your application.

Do I need to apply for a residence permit in France?

Since the 1st of June 2009, long stay visa holders are allowed to reside in France for up to 12 months according to the validity of their visa and purpose of stay. They will no longer be required to obtain a residence permit (“carte de séjour”) from the French local authorities (“Prefectures”) as long as their visa is valid.

However, long stay visa holders will have to register with the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) within the first three months of their stay in France.

What is the SKILLS AND EXPERTISE RESIDENCE CARD?

Skills and Expertise residence card (La carte “Competencies et Talents”) is a temporary permit, valid for up to three years at a time on a renewable basis, enabling the holder to perform a salaried or business activity in France. It is designed for foreign nationals who have the potential to make a significant enduring contribution to economic development, particularly in intellectual, scientific, cultural, humanitarian or sporting fields in France and their native country. This permit also enables employees to work and/or executives to register their project with the Companies Register (Register du commerce et des societies).

What are the criteria?

The criteria are defined by the “Commission National des Competencies et Talents”, which meets in France at least twice a year.

The applicant must submit a credible professional project meeting the criteria set forth by the National Commission.

The applicant must supply proof that he/she is in every way capable of carrying out this project.

The application will be accepted/rejected based on:

  • the project’s interest/quality
  • the applicant’s motivation/commitment
  • the applicant’s skills and qualifications
  • the means to carry out the project.

Who might be eligible?

  • University graduates
  • Qualified professionals, regardless of their level of education
  • Investors in an economic project
  • Independent professionals such as artists, authors, athletes, etc.
  • Senior manager and high-level executives employed by a French company that is part of an international group.

What are the visa fee, tuition fee and funds required for studying in France?

Tuition fees for French universities and colleges vary between 3,000 to 10, and 000 annually. Visa fee charged by Austria is INR 3571. INR 8500 has to be deposited in the BNP France Bank to get visa approval for French studies. Living Expense can be up to 500 Euros per month.

Can foreign students work in Germany?

Yes, foreign students are allowed to work in Germany without requiring a work permit. On the other hand, in case they are not citizens of the European Union and those who belong to the ten newly formed EU member states are allowed to work for only a limited period. They are permitted to take on work for either 90 days or perhaps 180 half-days every specific year without a work permit. In many of the Federal States, one can only work during summer vacation. The Foreign Office can authorize perhaps an additional number of 10 hours working period per week by seeking approval from the local employment office. Students belonging to EU (except for those from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech, and Slovenia) can as a principle work unrestrictedly.

What sort of country is Germany to visit?

German society is modern and one can make avail of several work and educational opportunities. It has the biggest economy in the world and also happens to be the third largest country globally. It has the best industries and workers and is slowly emerging into a “balanced economy”. Historian and other luminaries simply love visiting Germany on account of its architectural grandeur. Berlin has beautiful galleries and several top-notch restaurants offering delicious German cuisine. There are several eateries that one could simply hang around. The music and art paintings are worth seeing and one would be able to experience medieval culture amidst modernity. German carnival and other music festivals attract people from far and wide.

How long does it take for the student work permit to be processed?

It takes about 4 to 8 weeks.

Who is eligible for a German student visa?

If the applicant belongs to a country that is outside the European Union and wants to study in Germany, then a visa is required. On the other hand students from Japan, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA, Mexico, Honduras, Monaco, as well as San marina are exempted from such a rule.

Can a tourist visa be converted to a student visa?

No. A student visa cannot be converted into student visa and a tourist cannot study in Germany.

What type of student visas are there in Germany?

There are 3 types of student visas: • Language visa- this cannot be converted into student visa and is valid until the duration of the course. • A 3-month study applicant visa- This is valid in case you do not yet get admission to a German university. It has to be converted as quickly as possible into the resident permit for student purposes at the foreign office. • Visa for study purposes- This is actually valid for about a year. In order to acquire a visa, one has to provide proof of one’s admission to a university and financial support required during the study period.

How can one find a place to stay as a student in Germany?

One must approach the student services for a flat or room. These student services have their own accommodation facilities and provide value for accommodation for the students. They also have addresses of private landladies and landlords addresses. Many of the Student Services sell service sets to students.

Why go in for medical treatment in Germany?

There are manifold reasons: • High-quality standards of treatment • State of art treatment methods • Long waiting lists in one’s home country. • Modern equipment and facilities. • Competent and reliable medical practitioners. • Privacy and anonymity are maintained in the case of cosmetic operation procedures. • One can link a vacation or business trip with medical treatment.

Does one need to know German?

Yes. One must have a working knowledge of German.

What is the minimum wage prescribed in Germany?

There is no overall minimum wage in Germany that has been defined by law. At the same time, there are certain rules as well as regulations to adhere to by employers. For example, construction companies are much obliged to pay their workers an hourly based minimum wage based upon an agreement between the employer and the unions. The trade unions are quite strong as compared to several other countries.

Any unemployment benefits?

Whether one works or not one is entitled to limited income. In case one works for less than one will get the remaining amount from the locally based Socialist,( social welfare administration which is actually managed by the county or city government.

What sort of funding arrangements one can expect in Germany?

There are several funding arrangements that can be availed by scientists doing research. Many organizations tend to promote research and the infrastructure is well set up for conducting research.

Does one need a work permit?

If one gets hold of a residence permit for researchers than one is automatically provided with a work permit.

Will my spouse be permitted to work?

Spouses require a work permit to work exceptions being those belonging to EU countries, or from Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein. Spouses of research grants holders, who are keen on taking up employment in Germany have to inform the German consulate before they leave for Germany and apply for the required work permit.

Is it difficult to find a place to live in Germany?

Similar to all places in Europe, it is difficult to find a place to live in Germany. It is better to search for accommodation before one leaves for Germany with one’s family or spouse.

Is my qualification is assessed by Hong Kong Immigration?

Yes, if the immigration official thinks that your qualification needs to be assessed then the qualification assessment would be done.

What is the Minimum point needed to qualify for QMAS?

These points are given based on age, educational qualification, experience, IELTS score, and family background.

there any quota system for QMAS?

There is a quota system for QMAS.

What is the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)?

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is a point-based immigration system in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

QMAS visa is issued for how many years?

Visas issued under QMAS are usually valid for one year period.

Do I need employment before applying for QMAS scheme?

Under this scheme, the applicant does not need to acquire an offer of local employment beforehand.

Can I take dependents along with me?

Yes, even dependents can work and study under this scheme.

What is the best time to visit Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination. It enjoys a mild climate from the middle of September to the end of February, while the weather from May to mid-September can be hot and humid. About 80% of Hong Kong’s rainfall occurs between May and September, with August usually the wettest month.

Do I need a visa to visit Hong Kong?

Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven days to 180 days, depending on nationality. Indians have a visa-free period to visit not exceeding 14 days.

How is the weather in Hong Kong?

October to early December is usually the autumn. Mid-December to February is usually the winter. March to April is the spring. May to September is the summer.

Can I study in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong offers you a wide range of postgraduate studies with opportunities to study on taught Master degrees, diploma and certificates, research degree (M Phil and Ph. D.) and professional doctoral degree programmed. Academic staffs are highly qualified and recruited worldwide.

Do I need a visa for Hong Kong for the purpose of the study, employment, training, investment, and residence?

Any person other than those who have the right of residence or right to land in Hong Kong must obtain a visa before coming to Hong Kong.

What major programs are open to international students?

International students can choose major programs offered by the Faculty of Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Science, and Social Sciences; as well as the Contemporary China Studies program offered by the Center for East Asian Studies.

What are the tuition fee, hostel fee, and other living expenses?

The tuition fee is HK$120,000 for the academic year 2013-14. They do change every year depending upon the Hong Kong Universities requirements. Hostel fee is around HK$10,000 per academic year, Living and other expenses would be around HK$35,000 per academic year.

How should I apply for an entrance scholarship?

All international applicants applying for admission to CUHK undergraduate programs for 2013 entry will automatically be considered for undergraduate entrance scholarships once formal admission offers have been given. There is no need for you to submit a separate application for a scholarship.

What is the duration process of Student Visa Application?

Applicants should check the status of their applications four weeks after the submission of application.

Can I take dependents along with me?

Persons admitted for studying in full-time undergraduate or post-graduate programmed in local degree-awarding institutions may apply to bring in their spouses and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18.

Is Bio-metrics (Fingerprinting) necessary for all Ireland Visas?

Yes, the Irish Government has started collecting bio-metric data in the form of fingerprints as a part of the visa application process.

What is the processing time for all type of Ireland Visas?

Approx. processing times for applications lodged on or after 1st January 2011 is

  • Business Visa:  1-3 Days
  • Short term visas:  1-5 Days
  • Long Term Visas: Up to 10 Days
  • Spouse of EU/Irish Citizen:  4 Weeks
  • Study Visa:  4 Weeks (Approval in Principle 5 Weeks)

Note: All these are indicative processing times only; once an application reaches the Irish embassy.  It may take a longer time, depending on the complexity of the application.

How to apply for Irish Visa?

An Online Visa Application Form needs to be filled by each and every applicant.

Does a Schengen Visa allow you to come to Ireland?

No, as Ireland doesn’t come under Schengen area you need to get a visa to take an entry to Ireland.

Does an Indian national require a Visa to go to Ireland?

Yes

What is visa validation period?

Dates shown on the visa are the dates between which you may seek entry to the State of Ireland.

Below is a review of C and D type of Visas for Ireland

C Visas

C visas are for short visits and are issued solely for tourism, family visits, business meetings, and conferences. Maximum duration with a C visa is 90 days.

D Visas

This visa is for long term stay. Garda Registration Card is issued to a D-type Visa holder on registration with Garda National Immigration Bureau.

What are the requirements for a multi-entry visa for Ireland?

Multi-entry visas are issued to persons in the following circumstances.

  • Regular short visits to Ireland for business meetings. Employer signed document or a duly signed letter by the Ireland Company you are serving is required.
  • To and fro journey between different countries solely for business meeting purpose.
  • Traveling to and from another country, via Ireland

Does a Study Visa allow spouse/children to join you in Ireland?

No, Study visa doesn’t allow any of your family members to join you in this duration.

Do I require a separate visa for my child?

Yes. An individual Visa in the name of the child is required and it applies even if the child is included on your passport.

Can I get my submitted documents returned to me?

Please keep copies of all documents submitted along with your application. Original documents like the marriage and birth certificates will be returned whereas bank statements, letters of invitation etc will not be returned.

Please submit a list of your documents (that you want to be returned) along with your application for convenience.

What is the time taken to process an application?

Applications can be processed locally in the Irish Embassy, Consulate or Visa Office in the country in which you applied, within a few days for some cases.

But, if your application cannot be processed locally, it will be forwarded to Dublin for further processing by the Department of Justice and Equality.

Can I keep a track on the status of my application?

Official notification will be sent by the Embassy once a decision on your application is taken.

What if I am refused a visa?

You can file an appeal against the decision by writing to the

Visa Appeals Officer

Visa Section

Department of Justice and Equality

13/14 Burgh Quay

Dublin 2

Submit your appeal to the relevant office either in Abuja, Abu Dhabi, London, Beijing, Moscow or New Delhi.

Can I know how to file an appeal?

Duly filled up written form can be forwarded to the Visa Appeals Officer. Faxed and emailed comments will not be considered.

What is the time limit for filing an appeal?

Appeals filed within 2 months of the refusal date would only be considered.

What is the cost for filing an appeal?

Absolutely free

How long will my appeal take?

It may take approx. 4-6 weeks from the date of receipt of the appeal.

Can I know the further process after deposition of an appeal?

Appeals Officer will conduct another review of the application on receipt of the appeal and will consider the appeal on account of your comments and submission of supporting documents. On examination and review, the original decision can either be reversed or not changed at all. You will be notified about the changes by the Visa office.

What does one have to do in case the entry permit leaves the country?

It is necessary for the Entry Permit holders to apply for entry permit confirmation notice at the Office of the State Immigration.

What is an entry permit?

The Entry Permit happens to be a document that is issued as per Section 4, of the Immigration Regulations 1959/63. The Entry Permit actually allows a person to enter and also live without any limits in Malaysia and has the status of Permanent Residence. One’s spouse has to apply for an identification card at the National Registration Department (NRD).

What is the procedure for the Entry Permit for my wife?

One’s wife can apply for the Entry Permit in case she has lived in Malaysia on a Social Visit Pass for a period of 5 years. The approval for the Entry Permit is well under the jurisdiction of the Government of Malaysia and is usually awarded to foreigners who meet up to the eligibility requirements of applying for a visa.

How to apply for a visa to go to Malaysia?

The visa to enter Malaysia is issued by the specific Foreign Missions. The addresses, as well as the contact details, can be had from the Malaysian Foreign Missions.

Can a social visit pass be extended?

Children of a Malaysian citizen are eligible to apply for extending the Social Visit Pass on 6 to 6-month basis.

What are the process requirements for treatment in Government hospitals or Specialist hospitals in Malaysia?

Foreigners who require medical treatment in either Government or Specialist hospitals in Malaysia can stay on the basis of Extended Social Visit Pass on 6 to 6-month basis.

Who can approach the Immigration Department to discuss business issues?

No. It is an offense and necessary action can be taken under the provisions laid down by the Immigration Act and regulations of Malaysia.

What if an employee wants to transfer to another sector?

One needs to obtain the necessary permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs before informing the Foreign Worker’s Division at the Immigration Department.

Can one be able to renew the Work Permit after a period of 2 years?

Yes. It can be renewed but not automatically. One has to go through similar processes as in the case of first filed application. Usually, the renewal is cleared unless the person is blacklisted by the Immigration Department.

What are the basic criteria for the work permit?

The work permit is actually granted to the concerned company and not the individual. The company will, of course, comply with the capital requirement that has been duly set up by the Immigration Department. The applicant must possess the necessary qualifications as well as experience to justify the specific position.

Can one apply for a Malaysian Permanent Residency?

Yes. One can apply for a Permanent Residency after a period of 5 years of holding a work permit in Malaysia based on the point system that has been recently implemented by the Government.

What does working in Malaysia comprise of?

One is considered to be working if one has an office, has a name card with one’s local address on it and signed documents which are on behalf of the company. One needs a work permit. One can carry only one pass at a time.

Can one apply for a driving license?

In case, one has a license from one’s home country, then one can convert that into a Malaysian license. Depending upon one’s position in one’s company as well as one’s nationality, the application will then be submitted to the JPJ, Putrajaya for approval as well as processing.

Can I open a bank account without possessing a work permit?

No. Banks will not allow one to open an account as most banks need a work permit of at least 6 months. However, one can open an account under the name of the company before the company’s incorporation, before processing one’s work permit.

What is the stipulated period for the validity of the Passport for foreign students entering Malaysia?

One must have a passport that has a validity of 2 years.

How long can I stay as a visitor?

Generally, the maximum stay under a visitor visa is nine months.

As visa-free conditions only last for three months (or six if you are from the United Kingdom), you will need to apply for a visitor visa before you travel, if you wish to stay longer (up to nine months in total) and advise your intentions in the application form.

INZ usually only allows visitors to stay for nine months in an 18-month period. To work this out, they look at the last day that you intend to be in New Zealand (eg 1 July 2014), and count back 18 months from there (eg 1 January 2013). When you apply for a visa, INZ makes sure that in that 18-month period (eg 1 January 2013 – 1 July 2014) you will not be spending more than nine months in New Zealand.

How do I transfer my visa to a new passport?

If you have renewed your passport (because it has expired, was lost/stolen or your name has changed), you will need to transfer your valid visa into your new passport as soon as possible.

Please note that this also includes Working Holiday Visas which have been issued electronically (without a label), as the passport details on this visa MUST match the passport you are entering New Zealand with.

The new passport should be submitted for a label to be issued, which will replace the original e-visa letter.

Who can sponsor a visa application?

A New Zealand Citizen or Resident can sponsor someone for a visitor or student visa if they:

  1. are ordinarily resident in New Zealand during the term of sponsorship, unless stated otherwise in specific instructions; and
  2. are not sponsoring for the purpose of receiving a financial reward or fee; and
  3. have not been convicted at any time of an offense under immigration law; and
  4. do not have an outstanding debt to the Crown or other third parties as a result of another sponsorship arrangement; and
  5. have not previously breached sponsorship obligations; and
  6. have not entered insolvency procedures or have been adjudicated bankrupt (if someone was bankrupt in the past but has been discharged from bankruptcy that person may sponsor someone for a temporary visa)
  7. are not liable for deportation; and
  8. are not in prison or waiting to be sentenced after being convicted of a crime which could carry a prison sentence
  9. if not a citizen but a resident, the sponsor must not have conditions on their residence visa under section 49(1)(a) or section 50 of the Immigration Act 2009 (these are usually stated on the residence visa approval letter and included in the note at the bottom of the visa label).

How can I get a student visa?

Everyone who comes to study in New Zealand from overseas must meet certain rules and requirements. If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need a student visa.

To apply for a student visa, you must meet student policy requirements.

We can assess you against this policy, before submitting an application.

Can I work while I am on a student visa?

International students have several opportunities to gain work experience and supplement their funds while studying.

Under certain circumstances, student visa holders may work part-time, and/or full-time (during scheduled vacations) or meet course requirements for practical work experience.

If your circumstances make you eligible for these work entitlements but your current student visa does not have a condition in it allowing you to work, you may apply for a Variation of Conditions.

If you are yet to apply for a student visa, and you believe your programme of study makes you eligible to work while studying, it would assist us if your visa application contained information about dates of your scheduled vacations. Your immigration officer can then accurately assess your eligibility and include any work conditions into your student visa (if approved) without a need for a separate application.

It may also be possible for students to work in New Zealand after they have completed their studies.

 

 

International students – changes

Changes announced on 10th October 2013 will make it easier for international students to work while studying and will give education providers more say in visa decisions.

Most of the changes will take effect on 2nd December 2013.

What do the changes include?

  • Allowing more English language students to work part-time
  • Providing full-time work rights for students during all scheduled vacations
  • Giving unlimited work rights for Ph.D. and Masters by research students.
  • Visas will no longer be granted to students seeking to enroll at the few providers assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as Category 4, the lowest ranking under the external evaluation and review (EER). This change will take effect on on13th January 2014.
  • Streamlined and prioritized visa processing for education providers that are part of the industry partnership initiative
    • This model will give the highest quality education providers more say in visa decisions for their students, it will incentivize education providers to strive for high standards, select their students carefully and take more responsibility for good immigration outcomes of all their international students.
    • This initiative is planned to take effect in January 2014.

Can I apply for a Post-study work visa (open)?

To be eligible for a Post-study work visa (open) you must have successfully completed in New Zealand an acceptable qualification.

This work visa used to be known as the Graduate Job search Visa.

A job offer is not required, but a graduation certificate is mandatory.

There are some further requirements you will need to meet for this category of work visa before you can apply.

If you decide to apply after your student visa expires, you have 3 months to do so (or 6 months if you have obtained a Ph.D.).

Please note if you completed your qualification on a Limited Purpose Visa and left NZ, you will not be eligible for a Post-study work visa (open).

This is because our policy WD2 specifically requires people to be on a Student Visa to be eligible for the Post-study work visa (open).

Can I get a Post-study work visa (open) more than once?

If, after obtaining your first Post-study work visa (open), you have completed a second and higher qualification, that is either a New Zealand bachelor degree or post-graduate qualification and you studied that qualification for at least one year, you may be eligible for a second Post-study work visa (open).

Alternatively, if you completed a second and higher qualification that is a New Zealand level 7 qualification and you studied that qualification for at least one academic year and you commenced that programme of study on or before 26th November 2012, you may also be eligible for the subsequent Post-study work visa (open).

Your qualification must also qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of the resident visa instructions.

You must also meet our health and character requirements and have at least NZ$4,200 available to maintain yourself while in NZ.

If you are successful you will normally be granted another 12-month work visa that lets you work in NZ for any employer in any occupation.

Do I need a confirmed or return ticket when I lodge my visa application?

If you are applying for a visa (other than a transit visa) from outside New Zealand you do not need to provide confirmation of your travel to New Zealand when you make your application.

If you are applying from outside New Zealand, you may, however, be asked for confirmation of your travel arrangements after we have accepted your application for processing and before the application is decided.

If you are applying for a further temporary entry class visa (a student visa, work visa, visitor visa etc) while in New Zealand you may be required to show evidence of your ability to leave New Zealand at the end your stay.

To determine if you do need to show evidence of your ability to depart New Zealand when applying onshore please refer to the particular requirements of the visa you are applying for.

What are the travel conditions?

Travel conditions allow a visa holder to travel to New Zealand or return to New Zealand if already here.

There are two kinds of travel movements:

  • Single Entrytravel conditions allow a visa holder to travel to New Zealand once only.
  • Multiple Entrytravel conditions allow a visa holder unlimited times.

If you leave New Zealand after your travel conditions have expired, your visa will expire as well.

If you have a resident visa, the following information will assist you?

Your resident visa will be issued with travel conditions that are valid for two years (or five years if granted under the parent category) from your first day in NZ as a resident.

After your first travel conditions have expired, you will need to apply for either a variation of travel conditions or (if you qualify) for a Permanent Residence Visa. If hold a resident visa, but leave NZ after your travel conditions have expired, your resident visa will expire as well.

For information on the Permanent Resident Visa, please read “When and how can I apply for Permanent Resident Visa” in the ‘Related Questions’ below.

If you have a visitor, work or student visa, please read below?

Most student and work visas are automatically issued with multiple entry travel condition and will be valid for the duration of your visa. So, if you are granted a 2-year work/student visa, you will usually be able to travel in and out of New Zealand for the duration of that visa.

In the case of visitors, a multiple entry visa with travel conditions generally has to be specifically requested and reasons must be given for why this is required. Your immigration officer will consider your request during the visa application process.

If you already hold a visitor, work or student visa and you need to request or vary your travel conditions, you may apply for a Variation of Travel Conditions via your nearest Immigration New Zealand Branch.

Who can run a business in NZ?

The following people can own/run a business or be self-employed in NZ:

  • Anyone who has a right to live in NZ permanently
  • Holders of Entrepreneur Work Visa (previously known as Long Term Business Visa)
  • Holders of Partnership Work Visa (until their visa expires)
  • Holders of Working Holiday Visas (unless restricted by the terms of a particular scheme)
  • Holders of Post-study work visa (open)

Please note that student visa holders and visitor visa holders are unable to be self-employed in NZ.

How do I apply for residence after running a business in NZ?

Once you have successfully established a business in New Zealand, you may be eligible to apply for Entrepreneur Residence visa through the Business Migration Branch of Immigration New Zealand.

The Entrepreneur Residence Category enables migrants to be granted residence if they have established a high growth and innovative business with export potential in New Zealand.  There are two ways of qualifying for residence under the Entrepreneur Residence Category: the 2-year option and the 6-month option.

What is Entrepreneur Residence Category (2 years)?

If you have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand, you have been self-employed in that business for at least two years, and your business has benefited New Zealand significantly, you may be eligible for residence in New Zealand under the Entrepreneur Residence Category.

What is Entrepreneur Residence Category (6 months)?

Entrepreneur Residence Category (6 months)

This option provides a faster track to the residence for applicants who have been running a high-value business for at least six months. As well as meeting general health and character and English language requirements, to gain residence under this category, you must:

  • hold an Entrepreneur Work Visa or Long Term Business (LTBV)
  • have successfully established or purchased a business in New Zealand
  • have been self-employed in that business
  • have invested at least NZ$0.5 million in the business, and
  • have created a minimum of three new full-time jobs for New Zealand citizens or residents.

I am overseas at the moment but would like to visit NZ and look for a job?

If your main reason for coming to New Zealand is to the holiday, but you would also like to investigate opportunities for work, you may be able to travel to NZ as a visitor.

This will depend on the likelihood that you will be able to find work, and how prepared you are to return to your home country if you do not find work.

If you are from a visa waiver country and meet certain requirements you can usually travel to NZ to holiday and investigate your options (“look and see”) without applying for a visa first.

However before you will be allowed to enter NZ, Immigration New Zealand staff at the border will need to be satisfied that you are unlikely to overstay or breach the conditions of your visa.

You can check to see if you need to apply for a visitor visa on our website.

How do I find a job in New Zealand?

There is helpful information on finding employment in New Zealand in Finding a Job section on the New Zealand Now website. This section will also provide you with a list of job websites, where you can browse for vacancies in NZ.

Can I travel to NZ as a visitor to attend a job interview?

Yes. In some cases, an NZ employer may require you to attend a job interview before an offer of employment is made.

In these cases, if you are from a visa waiver country, you may travel to NZ as a visitor, provided you declare your purpose as being ‘business’ on the arrival card. In addition, Immigration New Zealand staff at the border will need to be satisfied that you are unlikely to overstay or breach the conditions of your visa.

If you require a visa to travel to New Zealand, you should declare your intention in the application form.

Can I work in New Zealand while holding a visitor visa?

Generally, holders of visitor visa must obtain a work visa in order to work in New Zealand. We can help you with this situation.

Can I get a work visa without having a job offer?

Most of work visa categories require an offer of employment from an NZ employer first.

The only exception is if you meet the requirements for one of ‘open’ work visa categories.

What is an “open work visa”, and how do I get one?

‘Open’ work visa is one that does not require an offer of employment at the application stage and allows employment for any employer. These types of work visas are only available to specific applicants, who meet one of the following categories:

  • Working Holiday applicants
  • Partners and Spouses of NZ Citizens/residents, or of  long-term work visa holders, or of certain student visa holders
  • New Graduates, who completed certain (not all) NZ qualifications

If you want to be self-employed in NZ, however, you may need to look at Entrepreneur Work Visa category.

Can I extend my Working Holiday visa?

If you are in NZ already on a Working Holiday visa, this cannot be extended, unless you meet the following criteria:

  • you are a UK citizen currently in NZ on a Working Holiday; and
  • your current Working Holiday visa was granted on or after 28 November 2005; and
  • your current Working Holiday visa was granted for 12 months only; and
  • you are currently in NZ
  • you are at least 18 and not more than 30 years old

If the above criteria apply to you, you may be able to extend your Working Holiday for up to another 11 months.

However, please note that you must not work for a period exceeding 12 months, which includes the time you have already spent in NZ on a Working Holiday visa.

If you do not meet the requirements for the above Working Holiday extension, you may be eligible for a Seasonal Work Extension instead.

Can I extend my working holiday visa if I haven't yet traveled to NZ and the visa is about to expire?

No.

If you have been granted a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) you must activate it by arriving in New Zealand within the timeframe provided (usually one year from the date it is granted).

You cannot delay/cancel a WHV that has been granted. If you cannot activate the visa, it will lapse.

Please note that you cannot apply again for a WHV if one was already granted to you.

I have a work visa, but my job details are changing?

If you look at your work visa, there may be conditions placed on it.

On most work visas these conditions will state your job title, your employer’s details and your region of employment (e.g Wellington or Auckland).

If any of these details will change, your visa conditions must be changed as well in order for you to continue lawfully working in New Zealand.

Depending on what exactly has changed about your job, you may need to request either a variation of conditions on your existing visa OR apply for a whole new work visa.

Fijian citizens temporarily in NZ?

If you wish to extend your visa, you will need to still meet the policy requirements of the visa that you are extending.

You may also add a cover letter to your application explaining reasons you are unable to return to Fiji, to give your immigration officer a clearer picture of your situation.

Please note, however, that the outcome of your application is not guaranteed.

You should also refer to the Fiji Sanctions leaflet, which explains the New Zealand government’s sanctions against Fiji following the coupon 06.12.2006, as these may affect your eligibility for further visas.

Skilled Migrant Category: How do I apply?

There are two stages of applying for residence under our Skilled Migrant Category:

  • Stage One– you complete an Expression of Interest (EOI). In this EOI, you can claim points for age, skilled employment, work experience, qualifications, etc. Your points total will help you determine whether to submit your EOI.
    • At this stage, no evidence or documentation is required.
  • Stage Two – if your EOI is selected from the EOI Pool, INZ decides whether they will invite you to apply for residence in New Zealand based on the points you have claimed.
    • The general timeframe for EOI verification process is 8-12 weeks. This may vary from branch to branch.
    • Once the residence application with documents are submitted, an immigration officer will asses and decide if residence will be granted. They will communicate with the applicant if further information is required.
    • The general timeframe for residence processing is 6-9 months. This may vary from branch to branch.

Can I get a Residence without the job?

One of the most popular questions we are asked is whether it is possible to apply for a Resident visa without having a job here and if it is possible to apply from your home country. The short answer is YES, you can as long as you score over 160 points.

If you want to test your eligibility – go to our FREE Online Assessment Test on the home page. If you get more than 100 but less than 140 points and you have MORE than 6 years of work experience in the areas of absolute skills shortage – please contact us as soon as possible.

Immigration Centre may help you with all this hassle and deal with INZ directly. Have you had our help or more information, please fill out the form below:

When and how can I apply for a permanent resident visa?

You can apply for a permanent resident visa after you have held a resident visa for 2 years without interruption.

You must have also met any conditions imposed on your Resident Visa which can include a sponsorship period of up to 5 years.

If your resident visa is subject to a sponsorship period of five years, you are not therefore able to apply for a permanent resident visa until 5 years after your first day in NZ as a resident.

If the travel conditions on your resident visa have expired, or will expire while you are outside New Zealand, you will need to apply for either a variation of travel conditions or a permanent resident visa.

If your resident visa has recently expired because you were outside NZ after the travel conditions on your resident visa expired, you may in some circumstances, be eligible for a second or subsequent resident visa.

Can I apply for Residence from my home country?

One of the most popular questions we are asked is whether it is possible to apply for a Resident visa without having a job here and if it is possible to apply from your home country. The short answer is YES, you can as long as you score over 160 points.

If you want to test your eligibility – go to our FREE Online Assessment Test on the home page. If you get more than 100 but less than 140 points and you have MORE than 6 years of work experience in the areas of absolute skills shortage – please contact us as soon as possible.

Immigration Centre may help you with all this hassle and deal with INZ directly. Have you had our help or more information, please fill out the form below:

Parents of NZ citizens/residents?

Parent category residence visas should be re-opened in 2018.

Will my EOI be selected?

After you have submitted your Expression of Interest it goes into a pool where it is ranked alongside other EOIs.

Every fortnight EOIs are selected in sufficient numbers to meet the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) as long as they score 160 or more points.

Will I lose my NZ residence status if I travel abroad?

As long as you have a Resident visa with valid travel conditions or a Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) in your valid passport when you return to NZ, your residence status will not be affected if you travel overseas.

A valid Returning Residents Visa (granted prior to 29 November 2010) will also allow you to return to NZ as a resident.

If you have a Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) in your passport, you may return to NZ at any time and continue your residence here.

If your Resident Visa has travel conditions on it, you must return to NZ before the expiry date of those travel conditions in order to resume your residence in New Zealand.

Please note that your eligibility for further travel conditions or a PRV may be affected by the time you have spent outside of NZ. For more information on this, please refer to the answer below “When and how can I apply for a Permanent Resident Visa?”

What is Skilled Employment?

To assess if your offer of employment or current employment is skilled employment, the best starting point is the ANZSCO website.

You can enter your job title on the search menu of the ANZSCO website and find which skill level your job belongs to.

  • To be recognized as skilled employment your occupation must be described as a skill level 1, 2 or 3 occupations in ANZSCO andbe listed in the Immigration New Zealand Operational Manual.
  • OR Skill Level 4 or 5 and your salary is over $35.24 an hour.
  • Your offer of employment or current employment must also substantially match the description for that occupation as set out on ANZSCO.
  • You must also either:
    • have the qualification level and/or work experience specified in ANZSCO for your occupation to be considered skilled; or
    • have a job offer or current employment in a skill level 1 or 2 occupations on the Long Term Skills Shortage List and meet the qualification and/or work experience on that list; or
    • Have an offer of employment in a skill level one occupation which is also found listed at the Manual and have current full or provisional registration for that occupation.

If your offer of employment or current employment in New Zealand does not meet the above requirements you may nevertheless still qualify for points for skilled employment if:

  • your employment in the occupation will enhance the quality of New Zealand’s accomplishments and participation in that occupational area because you have an international reputation and record of excellence in that field; and
  • the required expertise for the occupation has been gained through relevant recognized qualifications or work experience

*last updated 14 September 2017

Are there any age restrictions for residence applicants?

Certain residence (and work to residence*) categories have an age requirement. The most common age requirements are:

  1. Principal applicants must be aged 55 years or younger at the date of lodgement if applying for Skilled Migrant or Work to Residence* (Talent – Accredited Employer or talent – Arts, Culture and Sports).
  2. Principal applicants must be 52 years or younger at the date of lodgement if applying for Work to Residence* (Long Term Skills Shortage List).
  3. Principal applicants must be aged 65 years or younger at the date of lodgement if applying for Investor 2 Category
  4. Principal applicants must be aged between 18 and 45 (inclusive) at the date of lodgement if applying for Samoan Quota or Pacific Access Category
  5. Principal applicants must be aged 66 years or over at the date of lodgement if applying for Temporary Retirement Category

The age requirement is calculated on the date your application is accepted for processing.

For example, if you are 55 years old, and your 56th birthday is on 5th of May, your Skilled Migrant Category residence application must be accepted for processing by 4th May in order for you to meet the age requirement.

Please note that Expression of Interest (EOI) is not a residence application (this step precedes the residence application).

Where and when can I apply for work and residence permit?

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi is handling all visa applications to Norway. You can, however, submit your application to the Norwegian Honorary Consulate in Kolkata, Chennai or Mumbai.

What is a D-visa for Employment?

Skilled workers who wish to come to Norway before they have been granted a residence permit can apply for an entry visa. You are eligible for such a visa if you are a skilled worker and have received a concrete offer of employment from an employer in Norway.

The entry visa does not entitle you to work in Norway, but it does entitle you to stay in Norway while you wait for your application for a residence permit to be processed.

To apply for a D-visa for employment please submit one Schengen visa application form along with the same documents as for the work permit you are applying for (see over), together with your passport and the visa fee of INR 3700 paid as a draft.

If you have already got a clearance from UDI to work in Norway, please submit your passport together with one Schengen Visa application form duly filled in, 1 recent passport size photograph with white background and 1 copy of first and last page of the passport. Those who applied from New Delhi will only need to submit their passport.

Who is eligible for an entry visa?

  • You must have entered into an employment contract with an employer in Norway.
  • You must as a minimum have completed a vocational education. The embassy or consulate can only in exceptional circumstances grant an entry visa to foreign nationals who have not completed a vocational education, but who can document ‘special qualifications’
  • You are not eligible for an entry visa if you are to work as a religious leader/teacher or ethnic cook.

What is the visa for Skilled Jobseekers?

Special rules apply for skilled workers who want to come to Norway to seek employment here. You can be granted a residence permit as a job seeker if you are a skilled worker and are subject to a visa requirement. Your purpose must be to seek employment as a skilled worker or specialist in Norway.

Who is eligible for a residence permit as a job seeker?

You must be a skilled worker.�The term skilled worker covers the following categories:�

  • Specialist training corresponding to upper secondary education level. You must have completed vocational training for a specific occupation. The education must as a minimum correspond to upper secondary level, i.e. at least three years. You must have achieved the same level of expertise as you would have achieved had you been educated in Norway.
  • Craft certificate. It must have resulted in the same level of expertise as a Norwegian craft certificate.
  • University college or university education. The requirement is a completed degree or study programme, for example, a Bachelor or Master�s degree.
  • Special qualifications. You must have gained expertise through the professional experience of a certain duration, alternatively in combination with courses and similar. If there is a formal education in the field, you must have achieved a corresponding level of expertise as such education leads to. A permit is only granted on the basis of special qualifications in exceptional cases.

You are not eligible for a residence permit as a job seeker if you wish to seek employment as a religious leader/teacher or an ethnic cook.

You must have sufficient funds for the period in which you intend to stay in Norway. This must correspond to salary grade one in the pay scale for Norwegian state employees. This currently corresponds to NOK 107,450 for six months, which amounts to NOK 17,908 per month.

You must have travel or medical insurance that covers expenses incurred at a medical care facility for necessary and acute medical treatment, and for medical repatriation services related to patient transfer. The insurance shall be valid for all the Schengen countries with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000. The insurance shall be valid for the period you are applying for a residence permit

Who does not need a residence permit as a job seeker?

  • If you are not subject to a visa requirement and are qualified as a skilled worker, you can stay in Norway without a residence permit for six months to seek employment as a skilled worker or a specialist. You will not be granted a residence permit nor a sticker in your passport during the six month period. You must comply with the visa requirement if you decide to leave Norway and you have not applied for and been granted a resident permit.
  • You must report to the police in the place where you live no later than three months after your arrival in Norway, provide proof of your identity and inform the police that you are a job seeker.
  • If you travel out of Norway, you can only re-enter the country if your total residence period in the Schengen area does not exceed 90 days during a period of 180 days.
  • If you have held a residence permit in Norway, you must have stayed outside the Schengen area for at least 90 days before you can seek employment in Norway.
  • However, you need a residence permit if you are seeking work as a religious leader/ teacher or an ethnic cook.

What is the content of this Job Seeker Visa?

  • The residence permit allows you to seek employment as a skilled worker or specialist in Norway, but it does not entitle you to work.
  • The permit can be granted for six months.
  • The permit entitles you to repeated entry into Norway for the duration of the permit.
  • The permit does not form the basis for a permanent residence permit.
  • The permit does not form the basis for family immigration.

Is the permit renewable?

The permit is not renewable. A new permit as a job seeker cannot be granted until the applicant has stayed outside Norway for one year.

What is the normal Processing time for work permits?

Once the case has been sent to UDI in Norway, the Embassy has no further bearing on the case. The processing time depends on the workload at UDI at any time, but you can find an average expected processing time for the various types of permits.

What are Norway Exports?

Norway Exports is a series of publications that market Norwegian export companies abroad. It covers a number of sectors and is distributed to, among other places, Norwegian consulates, a good number of international trade fairs and through our cooperative partners. Norway Exports carries the Ministry of Foreign Affairs design and seal, and it has been a channel for the Norwegian export industry since 1957. Norwegian companies have the possibility to present themselves to foreign parties in one or several pages in these publications. The Norway Exports publications focus individually on certain sectors and contain industry-related articles.

What is a Schengen visa?

In order to travel to Norway, Indian citizens need a Schengen visa. A Schengen visa is a document showing that you have permission to enter Norway and other Schengen countries for a limited period of up to 90 days. You may be granted a Schengen visa if you intend to travel to Norway as a tourist, on a family visit, on public business or a business trip, a study visit or other business which does not require a work or residence permit.

What are the requirements and application procedure for Schengen Visa?

A Schengen visa should be applied from the member state where you will spend the most days. If the same amount of time is to be spent in more than one country, applications should be submitted to the country where you are to visit first.

A Schengen visa for Norway and the rest of the Schengen countries has a maximum duration of 90 days (in any six months period). The visa cannot be extended once the holder has entered the Schengen area. Exceptions may be made if unforeseen circumstances arise after your arrival in the Schengen area.

If you intend to work or stay for more than 90 days you need to apply for a work/residence permit.

A visitor to the Schengen countries is issued on condition that the applicant leaves the Schengen area before the visa expires. If you remain in Norway for longer than the visa period, you may be expelled from the country. You may also encounter difficulties in connection with any future applications for visa or residence permit. A Schengen visa does not entitle you to work in Norway.

All nationals who wish to enter Norway must meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules. Before applying for a Schengen visa to Norway, you must make sure that your Passport/Travel document shall have been issued within the previous 10 years and should be valid for 90 days after the expiry of the visa with at least two blank pages.

Medical travel insurance is required with a minimum coverage of €30.000 which should be valid for 15 days after the return from the Schengen area. Medical health/travel insurance must meet the following criteria:

  • It is valid throughout the Schengen territory.
  • The coverage includes repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical care and/or emergency treatment in a hospital

How is the weather and climate throughout the year?

Norway’s weather is warmer than might be expected from its geographical location. Due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream, most of Norway falls within the temperate climate.

In Norway, the climate varies considerably from coastal to inland areas. The coastal regions have a climate with relatively mild winters and cooler summer months. Inland areas have a continental climate with colder winters, but warmer summertime (for example Oslo). You can also check the current local weather conditions in Norway.

The Scandinavian country Norway has a climate that easily fluctuates from year to year, especially in its most northern parts. Those are located at the edge of the global temperate zone.

An interesting phenomenon in Norway (and some other parts of Scandinavia) is the seasonal change in the length of day and night. In midwinter, daylight lasts 5-6 hours in southern Norway and in the north, darkness prevails. Those dark days and nights are a Scandinavian phenomenon called the Polar Nights.

In midsummer, daylight takes over and there is no night darkness during June and July, even as far south as Trondheim. The name for this is the Midnight Sun.

What is the Philippines Visa?

A Philippines visa is a stamp or endorsement placed by officials of the Philippines on a passport that allows the bearer to visit the Philippines.  Visas are obtained from the Embassy or consulates of Philippines for your visit.  “Visit” is further defined as the reason for entry, usually business, tourist or transitory.  There are over 270 countries that offer visas and literally thousands of different types of visas available based upon country, type of visit, and length of visit.

Does an Indian national require a Visa to go to the Philippines?

Yes, all Indian nationals require a Visa for visiting the Philippines

What is the required Passport validation time to apply for a Philippines Visa?

Your Passport should have a minimum of 6 months validity for successful processing of Philippines VISA application.

What is the difference between a Philippines tourist and Philippines business visa?

Philippines visas are issued according to the purpose of the trip, choose the visa that best describes your trip:

Activities which require a Philippines Tourist Visa

Tourism trip; visits to relatives and/or friends; scientists, professors or researchers attending cultural, technological or scientific conferences, seminars or meetings (services provided must not be paid by organizations/corporations in the Philippines, except reimbursement for expenses); unpaid participation in athletic or performing arts events or competitions.
Tourist visa holders are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in the Philippines.

Activities which require a Philippines Business Visa

Business trips, except when the trip involves the provision of technical assistance services of any nature.

How long does it take to obtain a Philippines visa?

Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Philippines Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate.

What is the Validity of a Temporary Visitor's Visa?

The validity of a single- entry temporary visitor’s visa for both pleasure and business is three months. This means that you should use your visa to enter the Philippines with three months from the date of issuance. Otherwise, you have to apply for a fresh visa.

The validity of a multiple-entry visa temporary visitor’s visa for pleasure is six months. This means, that you can use the visa to enter the Philippines many times within six months and stay within the authorized length of stay as indicated in your visa for each visit. Please note that issuance of a multiple-entry visa temporary visitor’s visa for pleasure with a validity of more than six months requires the approval from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

The validity of a multiple-entry visa temporary visitor’s visa for business is six months OR one-year. This means, that you can use the visa to enter the Philippines many times within six months OR one year from the date of the visa’s issuance and stay within the authorized length of stay as indicated in your visa for each visit.

What is the Length of stay in the Philippines?

The authorized stay in the Philippines with a temporary visitor’s visa would depend on the evaluation of the visa officer. For each visit, however, the authorized stay will not go beyond 59 days. Moreover, the immigration officer at the port of entry has the discretion to grant the visitor, upon admission, an authorized length of stay less than the number of days granted by the visa officer. If you wish to stay longer than the maximum allowable period, you can request an extension through the Visa Extension Section, Philippine Bureau of Immigration, and Manila.

Can I Extend my visa?

You may get an application form from the Visa Extension Section located at the ground floor Annex building, Bureau of Immigration. Fill up the form, provide a photocopy of your passport, visa, latest arrival card, a valid extension of stay, if any and other pertinent documents which will support your application.

How many days should I allow for the filing of my extension to avoid overstaying?

You should file your application seven (7) days before the expiration of your approved stay.

Does a person who holds a national visa valid for 1 year and issued by Poland have the right to exit Poland and enter another Schengen country?

Holders of national visas marked with the symbol D can move around the Schengen Area for a period of up to 90 days within a 180 days period if they meet the following conditions of entry into Schengen Area states:

  • possess a valid travel document;
  • carry insurance for the entire period of the intended stay, valid in the Schengen area;
  • justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and have sufficient funds for subsistence, both during their intended stay and for a return to their country of origin or transit to a third country to which they are certain to be admitted, or are in a position to legally acquire such means;
  • their personal data are not located in the Schengen Information System for the purposes of refusing entry;
  • They are not considered to be a threat to public order, national security or international relations.

How is the length of stay of a person holding a Polish national visa or a residence permit in a Schengen country other than Poland checked?

A person holding a national visa or a residence permit may stay in other countries of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days from the date of first entry (under certain conditions exceptions to this rule may apply to holders of a residence permit for long-term EU residents).

Due to the fact that border controls in the Schengen Area for people crossing the borders between the Member States of the Schengen Area have been abolished, there is no specific procedure for checking the length of the stay of people traveling by car or bus within the Schengen Area. When traveling by plane, entry and exit dates can be checked as the data of the traveller is entered into the border control system at the airport.

It should be remembered that people exceeding the 90-days allowed period of stay do so entirely at their own risk. Remaining in a Schengen Area country (other than the one that issued an alien with a national visa or a temporary residence card) after the permitted period of stay (90 days within 180 days from the date of first entry) could be the basis for a decision to expel the alien from the territory of that country and impose a ban on entry into the Schengen Area.

Can a holder of a residence permit in Poland travel to the UK?

No, they cannot, because the United Kingdom does not belong to the Schengen Area.

What are the minimum financial resources a foreigner entering Poland is required to possess?

Information on the financial resources required and minimum amounts that a foreigner entering Poland is obliged to posses can be found here ->

How soon after the expiry of a visa may a foreigner apply for a new visa?

A visa application must be submitted not earlier than 3 months before the beginning of a planned trip.
A person with a multiple-entry visa valid for a period of at least 6 months may apply for a new visa before the expiry of the visa currently held. The validity of a new visa, however, must begin no earlier than on the date of expiry of the previous visa – it is not permissible to hold two visas at the same time (for example, if the old visa is valid until August 15, the new visa may be valid not earlier than from August 16).

Is it possible to extend a student visa for another year?

No, it is not possible. In Poland, a visa can be extended only in strictly defined exceptional circumstances. However, if you are a student, you can apply for a temporary residence card. Documents for a residence card must be submitted during the student’s legal stay in Poland.

How can I extend a work visa in Poland?

A visa can be extended only in strictly defined exceptional circumstances. More information on renewal of national and Schengen visas can be found here -> 

Foreigners employed legally may apply for a temporary work and residence permit.

My husband is Polish. My residence card has expired. Should my husband send me an invitation before I can apply for a visa for Poland?

If the validity of your temporary residence card has expired, and you left Poland before the end of the card’s validity, you can apply for a visa at a consulate of the Republic of Poland on the basis of an invitation issued by a Polish citizen (in this case – your husband). After receiving a visa and arriving in Poland, you can apply for a temporary residence permit that can be granted to a foreigner who is married to a Polish citizen.

I am Ukrainian. I live in Poland. My husband has been officially working in the UK for several years. Do I have the right to move permanently to the UK? If so, what documents should I have?

The United Kingdom does not belong to the Schengen Area, so in order to move there, you must obtain a visa. The procedure of applying for a visa to the UK can be found on the website of the Consulate of the United Kingdom in Poland.

You may apply for a visa to the UK both from Poland and from Ukraine.

I have a residence card. Does this entitle my son to any benefits associated with organizing his arrival in Poland?

In order to come to Poland, your son should have a visa or other document authorizing him to cross the border (such as a residence card). If you have a permit to settle, a long-term EU resident permit, or you have been living in Poland legally and continuously for at least 5 years, you may issue an invitation to your son to come to Poland. On the basis of this invitation, your son can apply for a visa in his country of origin.

Must a person invite a foreigner to Poland to have a bank account?

A person who invites a foreigner to Poland does not need to have a bank account but must provide evidence of capacity to cover the costs associated with the stay of the foreigner in Poland. This could be a bank statement confirming adequate financial means, but also, for example, a contract of employment with information about the salary earned.

Do foreigners arriving in Poland with a visa have to register their stay at any office in Poland?

Foreigners arriving in Poland do not have to register their stay at any office.

However, if a foreigner is staying in Poland for more than 3 days, he has to register his residence in compliance with the registration obligation – what is registration? -> The registration obligation can be performed at the Municipal or Commune Administration Office.

Can foreigners with the right to stay in Poland for up to three months without a visa extend their stay in Poland? If so, in what way?

Third country nationals who do not need an entrance visa to Poland can legalize their stay in Poland by submitting an application for a temporary residence permit. However, to be granted such a permit they must present documented reasons for their further stay in Poland (for example, studying or working in Poland).

My acquaintance is planning to apply for a visa to Poland. What visa should he apply for – a national visa or a Schengen visa?

The Schengen visa differs from the national visa only in the period of stay in Poland for which it is issued. A Schengen visa is issued to a foreigner who intends to reside in Poland for up to 90 days, whereas a national visa entitles the holder to entry and continuous stay in Poland or several consecutive stays which in total exceed three months. Both the national visa and the Schengen visa authorize a foreigner to travel to Schengen Area countries for up to 90 days in a 180 days period for tourist purposes only if the foreigner meets the following conditions required for entering the Schengen Area countries:

  • holds a valid travel document;
  • holds an insurance policy which covers the entire period of the intended stay in the Schengen Area;
  • can justify the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and has sufficient funds for maintenance, both during the intended stay and for the return to the country of residence or for transit to a third country to which this person is guaranteed to be admitted, or is able to legally acquire such means;
  • his data are not available in the Schengen Information System for the purpose of the refusal of admission;
  • He is not found to be a person likely to threaten public order or the security of international relations.

I would like to invite an acquaintance to Poland and I would like to obtain an invitation for him valid for one month. Can he obtain a visa on the basis of my invitation, but for a period exceeding one month?

In the case of registration of an invitation to Poland for 1 month, it is highly probable that a visa will also be issued for 1 month. A visa may not be issued for a longer period than the period for which an invitation is registered. This is mainly due to the fact that the inviting person bears the costs of a foreigner’s stay in Poland (accommodation, medical treatment, and return to the country of origin) only during the period for which the foreigner has been invited. In case the foreigner is invited for a longer period than 1 month, then the inviting person will have to prove the financial capacity to cover the costs of the foreigner’s long stay in Poland (at least PLN 75 for each day of the foreigner’s intended stay in Poland).

My visa expires in 20 days. I have no possibility to return to my home country and file an application for a new visa at the consulate. Can I obtain a national visa in Poland?

As a rule, visas are obtained at Polish consulates. It is possible to extend a visa in Poland only in extraordinary circumstances, e.g. in case of a severe illness that makes it impossible to leave during the visa’s validity period. Thus, if your visa will remain valid for another 20 days, in order to be entitled to stay in Poland after it expires you have to leave Poland and apply for a new visa at a Polish consulate.

During your legal stay in Poland (i.e. in the next 20 days) you can also file documents in Poland at the Voivode ship Office for your place of residence to apply for a temporary residence permit. If the application for a temporary residence permit does not contain formal defects or formal defects are completed on time, the voivode ship office will stamp your passport on the basis of which you will be able to stay in Poland and wait for a decision on the residence card (even after expiration of visa).

What is the maximum length of the period for which an invitation to Poland can be issued to a foreigner?

An invitation to Poland may be issued for a maximum period of 1 year. However, an invitation issued for the period of 1 year does not guarantee that a foreigner will receive a visa for the same period as the period for which the invitation was issued. The decision on the period of validity of a visa is taken by the consul, who takes into account all of the presented circumstances justifying the length of stay in Poland.

The validity period of a visa cannot exceed the period for which the invitation was issued. It can only be the same or shorter. This is due to the fact that the person issuing the invitation is obliged to cover the costs of the foreigner’s residence during their stay in Poland and the costs of the return journey to their home country or country of residence during the validity period of the invitation.

If the invitation is issued for a period exceeding 3 months, then the foreigner should apply for a Polish national visa, while if the period is shorter than 3 months – for a Schengen visa. Holding either a national visa or a Schengen visa, a foreigner is entitled to travel to other countries in the Schengen Area for up to three months during each six-month period for tourism-related purposes.

If I have a Polish national visa with the number of entries given as 01, can I travel to other countries in the Schengen Area on the basis of my visa?

The number of entries on the visa refers to the number of entries to the Schengen Area. If you have a national visa or a Schengen visa with the number of entries given as 01, this means that you can enter the Schengen Area only 1 time, i.e. you may enter Poland and travel to other countries in the Schengen Area without leaving it. If you leave the Schengen Area, then you will not be able to enter Poland or another country in the Schengen Area for a second time under the same visa.

A national visa or a Schengen visa with the number of entries given as MULTI means that you have an unlimited number of entries to the Schengen Area during the validity period of the visa at your disposal.

I live in Poland and I have a Pole's Card. Can I issue an invitation to Poland for my father?

In this situation, the possibility to issue an invitation depends on the duration of your current stay in Poland. An invitation to Poland may only be issued by a foreigner who has a permanent residence permit in Poland or foreign nationals who have resided in Poland continuously and legally for at least 5 years. This means that if you’re legal, uninterrupted stay in Poland has lasted for at least 5 years (what is uninterrupted stay? ->) (for example, pursuant to visas issued on the basis of a Pole’s Card) then you can issue an invitation to Poland for your father. However, if you have been in Poland for a period shorter than 5 years, you cannot issue such an invitation. Holders of a Pole’s Card are not entitled to any additional privileges in respect of obtaining invitations.

What is the difference between the permit to settle and the long-term EU resident permit?

There are two types of permanent residence cards in Poland:

  1. a permanent residence permit and
  2. a long-term resident’s EU residence permit.

Both types of cards give, in principle, the same rights, they differ only in the criteria that are required to obtain them.

1) Permanent residence permit

A permanent residence permit may, inter alia, obtain a foreigner who:
• is a person of Polish descent and intends to settle in Poland permanently,
• remains in the Polish marriage recognized by Polish law for at least 3 years prior to applying for a permanent residence permit and has lived in Poland for at least 2 years for a minimum of 2 years on the basis of a temporary residence permit issued on the basis of marriages with a Polish citizen or on the basis of obtaining a refugee status, subsidiary protection or a residence permit for humanitarian reasons,• immediately before submitting an application for a permanent residence permit, he lived in Poland for a continuous period of not less than 5 years on the basis of refugee status, subsidiary protection or residence permit for humanitarian reasons.

2) Long-term EU residence permit

A foreigner who is allowed to stay in a long-term resident of the EU may:
• has been in Poland legally and continuously for at least 5 years;
• has a stable and regular source of income during the 3 years of residence in Poland immediately before submitting the application;
• has health insurance;
• has a guaranteed right to the premises;
• present a document confirming the possession of a temporary registration or a certificate confirming that it is not possible to obtain such a registration.

Foreigners who have a permanent residence permit and a long term EU residence permit have similar rights in Poland. Therefore, having one type of permit, generally, there is no need to change it to another.
Both types of permits are issued for an indefinite period (unlimited period). However, the period of validity of the document confirming the received permit differs (stay cards). A residence card issued for obtaining a permanent residence permit is valid for 10 years from the date of its issue, while a residence card issued for obtaining a long-term  EU residence permit – 5 years. Changing the card is just a formality.
Both on the basis of a permanent residence permit and a long-term EU residence permit issued in Poland, a foreigner has no right to take up employment in a country other than Poland. Both permits entitle them to travel to other Schengen countries within 90 days during the next 180 days.

How much does one day of stay in Poland cost? How many funds should one have for one week of stay in Poland?

Information about the number of funds a foreigner entering Poland should have can be found here ->

My fiancé has a Pole's Card. He intends to apply for a Polish residence permit. When should he make his application: before or after the wedding? Do I have the right to apply for a temporary residence card?

From the information given is not clear whether your fiancé is already residing in Poland (and if so, what is the basis of his stay), or whether he remains abroad. In general, the migration path should go like this:

If your fiancé is a holder of a Pole’s Card and remains outside Poland, he should apply for a visa – more information on visas can be found here ->

if your fiancé obtains a permit to settle, you can apply for a temporary residence permit in order to unite with the family. However, the condition for obtaining such a card is you being married (thus, in order to obtain the card you have to get married, otherwise you are not eligible to obtain the permit for this purpose).

I lost my residence card. What should I do?

A foreigner who has lost a residence permit is required to notify the Voivode who issued it within 3 days of the date of the loss.

If you find the previously lost residence card, you are required to notify the Voivode of this fact and to return the found card within 3 days if a new one has already been issued to replace the lost one.

Fee for a new residence card:

– For replacement of a residence card in case of its loss or destruction for which the foreigner is at fault – 150 PLN.

Can a residence permit in Poland be renewed automatically?

There are three types of permits:

– Temporary residence permit

– permit to settle

– EU long-term resident residence permit

a temporary residence permit is issued for a maximum of 3 years and cannot be renewed automatically. Thus, you should apply for a new permit before your current permit expires. The period of validity of the permit to settle in 10 years. The period of validity of the EU long-term resident residence permit is 5 years. After this time, the foreigner is required to replace their residence card with a new one, but the completion of the procedures necessary to obtain a particular authorization (residence permit type) is not required – you need only to replace the document itself.

I have a permit to settle in Poland. Is my child entitled to some privileges (such as receiving a visa or temporary residence permit) in Poland?

If your child is a minor, there are grounds to apply for a residence card for the child’s stay in Poland. If your child is an adult, however, there is no such right.

If your child is a minor and is in Poland in order to be reunited with family, your child may obtain a residence permit for a fixed period of time.

If your child is an adult and is abroad, you can issue an invitation to visit Poland. With this invitation, your child will have the right to apply for a visa in the country of origin. The purpose of issuing such a visa will be for facilitating “a visit”. If your child wishes after arrival to stay in Poland, for example, to study or to work, then before the visa expires your child will be required to apply for a temporary residence card. The required documents for such a card will vary depending on the reason for it being issued.

Must foreigners holding a Pole's Card register their residence in Poland?

Every foreigner in Poland is required to register his/her residence. This obligation applies to all foreigners, regardless of the basis of their residence in Poland. The registration obligation arises no later than on the fourth day, counting from the moment of crossing the Polish border. The residence is registered at the municipal/commune administrative office with jurisdiction over the place of residence. The applicant receives a document confirming the residence registration without delay. The document is valid until the expiry of the registration period in case of registration for a specified period. The registration period will not be longer than the validity date of the residence document. This means that foreigners holding a Polish visa for one year issued on the basis of a Pole’s Card may register their residence for one year at the longest.

Documents required for residence registration:

1)     A completed and signed form (the form is available in the municipal/ commune administrative office)

2)     An identity card (in this case a foreign passport of a holder of a valid visa is required)

3)     A document confirming legal title to premises: an apartment rental agreement, a judicial ruling or another document confirming legal title to premises.

I am residing in Poland without a valid visa or residence card. I would like to go back to my country of origin, but I am afraid I won’t be able to come back to Poland. What can I do?

If a foreigner is staying in Poland without residence documents (without a visa or a residence card), it will be difficult to legalize his stay. Generally, a foreigner unlawfully residing in Poland may submit an application for a temporary residence permit if his extraordinary personal situation requires his presence in Poland.

When a foreigner who does not have the right to legal residence leaves Poland, at the border he will receive a decision obliging him to leave the territory of Poland and a prohibition from entering Poland for a specified period. If the decision obliging him to leave Poland is carried out within the time-limit, the foreigner may apply to the institution which issued the decision with a request for removal of his data from the list of undesirable persons in Poland.

A foreigner who is residing in Poland without the required documents may also wish to know more about the Voluntary Return Program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). More information on the program is available here ->

I have the Pole’s Card. Can I obtain a temporary residence card on these grounds?

The Pole’s Card is not a basis for applying for temporary residence in Poland. To obtain a permit for temporary residence in Poland, a foreigner must provide evidence of the legitimacy of his stay in Poland. Such reasons could be work, university studies or staying with one’s family, along with other reasons.

However, the holder of a Pole’s Card may apply for permanent residence in Poland (settlement permit). More information is available here

For how long should I possess a registered residence in Poland to be granted a temporary residence permit?

A foreigner can register his residence in Poland provided that he holds a valid visa or a residence card, passport, and an apartment rental agreement. To register one’s residence in Poland one should go to the municipal/commune administrative office which has jurisdiction over his place of residence. For the purpose of obtaining a residence card, a temporary residence registration is sufficient. If a foreigner is staying in Poland on the basis of a visa, he may register his residence in Poland for not longer than the entire period of his visa’s validity (provided that he has a valid apartment rental agreement during this period).

I have submitted an application for a residence permit. Can I check the status of my case? If yes, how?

To find out whether a decision on granting a residence permit has been issued, please contact the provincial administrative office where the application for a residence card was submitted. A time-limit for issuing the decision is placed on the document confirming submission of the application for a residence permit. The case should be resolved within one month. This procedure may, however, be extended. If the provincial administrative office does not resolve the matter within the time limit, it is obliged to notify the foreigner of this fact, giving reasons for the delay and indicating the new time-limit within which the case will be resolved.

Do I have to have a residence registration in Poland? What can I do in case the owner of an apartment refuses to register me?

Every foreigner who stays in Poland for more than 3 days must be registered. If a foreigner rents an apartment and has signed a lease agreement, he may register himself without the apartment’s owner in the municipal or commune administrative office. A foreigner who has the right to temporary residence in Poland (such as a visa or a temporary residence permit) can register for not longer than the entire period of the visa’s validity (or for the length of his stay in Poland on the basis of a visa) or the validity period of a temporary residence permit (provided that during this period a foreigner has a valid apartment lease agreement). If a foreigner, for example, has a residence permit for a specified period issued for 2 years, and a lease agreement is signed for one year, then the maximum period for which a foreigner may register his residence in Poland is one year. To register one’s residence one needs to submit a completed and signed residence registration form (the form is available at the municipal/commune administrative office), apartment rental agreement, a valid visa or other residence document and a passport.

Can I apply for a Pole’s Card in Poland?

In accordance with current regulations, the ordinance may be designated by the competent Voivode to receive applications for the Card of Pole. Also in such a regulation, the country of origin of people who can take advantage of this regulation is indicated.

As of 02 November 2017, people from Belarus can take advantage of this regulation in the Voivode of Podlasie as regards the award of the Card of Pole.

I am a Polish national married to a foreigner. How can we legalize my spouse's stay in Poland?

In order to be able to legalize a foreigner’s residence in Poland on the basis of marriage, the marriage has to be registered at the Civil Registry Office in Poland (Urząd Stanu Cywilnego). Afterward, your spouse may apply for a temporary residence permit based on marriage at the Department of Foreigners of the provincial administration office. The procedure for applying for a temporary residence permit lasts about 2 months, although it may be extended. During the application procedure, Polish authorities verify the authenticity of the marriage, i.e. whether it was performed in order to get around legal regulations. The procedure includes summoning the spouses to the office, where they answer questions concerning their marriage. The first residence permit for a fixed period is granted for a period of 1 year.

My husband resides in Poland based on a temporary residence permit based on marriage. Can he work in Poland and in the other EU Member States?

If your husband resides in Poland with a temporary residence permit based on marriage, he may work in Poland on the same terms as Polish citizens, i.e. without a work permit, throughout the period of validity of the residence permit.

A temporary residence permit entitles the holder to leave for other countries in the Schengen Area for a period of up to 3 months during a six-month period for tourism purposes only. A temporary residence permit in Poland does not entitle the holder to undertake work in any other country in the Schengen Area. In order to be able to work in other countries, your husband has to apply for a work permit in the country where he wishes to start work.

It is worth remembering that the Schengen Area does not overlap with the territory of the EU.

The data on my residence card has changed (I have changed my registered place of residence). How much time do I have to exchange the card?

A foreigner is obliged to submit an application for replacement of a residence card within 14 days after the occurrence of premises to exchange it, e.g. Change of the place of residence.

A foreigner who has not fulfilled the obligation to exchange a residence card may be – for example – obliged to pay a fine.

I have a long-term permit for EU residents. My card will expire soon. When should I apply for a new card?

The decision on granting a long-term EU residence permit is issued for an indefinite period. However, the residence card remains valid for 5 years, which means that it should be renewed every 5 years. This is just a formality and it does not require starting the whole procedure of granting the permit from the beginning. There is no specified period during which one should apply for a new residence card. This can be done even on the last day of validity of the card, although it is worth remembering that the new card will be issued approximately one month later. During the period of waiting for the new card, the document confirming the legality of your stay in Poland will be the decision of the Voivode granting you a long-term permit for EU residence. The decision will not entitle you to travel in the Schengen Area, and if you want to leave to your home country, you will be able to do so, but you will not be able to return to Poland. You will also be obliged to present the decision of the Voivode in the event of an inspection verifying the legality of your stay in Poland. Due to the difficulties mentioned above, we recommend that you apply for the renewal of your residence card no later a month before the expiry of your current card.

Does a foreign national who is an EU citizen staying in Poland have to obtain a residence card in Poland?

EU citizens do not have to have a visa or a residence card in Poland. EU citizens who are staying in Poland for a period exceeding 3 months should only register their stay in Poland. An application for the registration of stay is filed at the Voivode for the place of residence of the EU citizen, in person, not later than 3 months after entry into Poland. EU citizens who fail to comply with the duty to register their stay may be charged with a fine.

EU citizens may register their stay in Poland if they meet one of the following conditions:

  1. they are employed or self-employed in Poland;
  2. they are subject to universal health insurance or they are entitled to receive healthcare benefits and possess sufficient financial means to sustain themselves and the members of their family in Poland so that they do not constitute a burden on social services;
  3. they study or participate in vocational training in Poland, provided that they are insured in Poland and that they have sufficient financial means to sustain themselves and members of their family in Poland so that they do not constitute a burden on social services;
  4. They are married to a Polish citizen.

The application for registering the stay is completed in Polish.

The application for registering the stay should include the following attachments:

  1. in the case of employees:
    a. written statement of the employer or another entity stating the intention to entrust the foreigner with work;
    b. a statement confirming the performance of work,
    2. in the case of self-employed individuals: a. an excerpt from the National Court Register if entry into such register is required under separate regulations; or
    b. a certificate confirming the entry in the register of economic activity,
    3. in the case of students or individuals participating in vocational training:
    a. a certificate issued by the school stating that the person has been enrolled in a study programme or a referral to a vocational training programme,
    b. a document confirming the right to healthcare benefits,
    c. a written statement confirming the possession of sufficient financial means to sustain the individual in question and members of their family in Poland, without the need to receive social security benefits, or proof confirming the possession thereof,
    4. in the case of individuals married to Polish citizens – a document confirming the marriage with a Polish citizen,
    5. in other cases:
    a. a document confirming the right to healthcare benefits,
    b. evidence confirming the possession of sufficient financial means to sustain the individual in question and members of their family in Poland, without the need to receive social security benefits.

Evidence confirming the possession of sufficient financial means to sustain the individual in question and members of their family in Poland without the need to receive social security benefits may include:

  1. a credit card;
  2. A declaration of the possession of financial resources, confirmed by the signature and stamp of an authorized employee of a bank or other financial institution, issued not later than one month prior to the filing of the application for registering the stay.

EU citizens are also obliged to present a valid travel document or another document confirming their identity and citizenship.

When collecting the certificate of registration of the stay of an EU citizen, it is required to present a valid travel document (passport) or another document confirming identity and citizenship, and if the certificate is collected by an attorney of the applicant, the power of attorney granting them the right to collect the certificate must be presented.

After 5 years of stay in Poland, EU citizens may apply for permanent residence in Poland.

I am staying in Poland without a valid visa or a valid residence card. Can I legalize my stay in Poland basing on the fact that I work here?

Unfortunately, the possibilities to legalize the stay of a person who is staying in Poland without a valid residence document are very limited. Basing on the presented information, it seems that the only way for you to legalize your stay based on the fact that you work in Poland is to leave for your home country. If you do so, at the Polish border you will receive a decision obliging you to leave Poland, with a specified period during which you will be forbidden to enter Poland. The minimum period for which such a ban can be issued is 6 months, and the maximum is 5 years. If you comply with the decision obliging you to leave Poland in time, then you may file an application to the Chief of the Border Guard Department who issued the decision forbidding you to enter Poland to withdraw this decision. If no circumstances exist that would make the withdrawal of such decision impossible (such circumstances may, for example, consist in the fact that the foreigner constitutes a threat to the safety of Poland), then the Border Guard Service will withdraw the decision. The procedure of withdrawing the decision forbidding you to enter Poland may last from one to several months, depending on your individual situation. In the event the decision is withdrawn, you will be able to apply for a visa at the Polish consulate, e.g. based on employment. Then, after arriving in Poland with the visa, you will also be able to apply for a residence permit for a fixed period basing on your work.

If you decide to leave Poland, we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme->

What is considered a technical deficiency?

A technical deficiency is a situation in which the request is left unprocessed (i.e. The Voivode ship Office does not initiate procedures of issuing a decision in order to grant a residence card). If there are technical deficiencies in the application, the Voivode Office calls the resident to repair the formal defects within 7 days from the date of the summons to the office.

Note! If there are technical deficiencies in the application, the foreigner is not entitled to the stamp in the passport, which confirms the submission of documents, and which legalizes the foreigners stay, in a situation where the validity of the previous visa or residence card expires.

When Appling for a residence permit a technical deficiency is lack of:

  1. 4 copies of the completed application for a residence permit;
  2. 3 copies of identity document and original for inspection
  3. 4 recent photographs – instruction regarding photographs are available here->
  4. In case of applying for a temporary residence permit and work – labor market test (what is the labor market test?), if required.

Do students have a right to work in Poland?

Full-time students, regardless of whether they have a temporary residence permit or a visa, can work on Polish territory without having to obtain a work permit during the validity of their residence permit (visa or card).

The regulations do not give students of part-time studies (evening, extramural) the above rights. Therefore, if a foreign student is a part-time student in order for him to be able to work in Poland, his future employer will be required to obtain a work permit or register a declaration of intention to entrust a work to a foreigner (if the foreigner is a citizen of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation or Ukraine) regardless of whether the foreigner has a visa or a residence card issued due to studying in Poland.

What is a declaration of intention to entrust a job to a foreigner?

More information on declaration of intention to entrust a job to a foreigner is available here ->

How to check if an employer exists?

Employer data can be checked in the REGION database (www.stat.gov.pl/regon/) or the KRS National Court Register database (www.krs-online.com.pl). If the employing entity is a Polish temporary employment agency, data can be found in the National Register of Employment Agencies (www.kraz.praca.gov.pl).

What documents confirm the fact of performing work if the employer is at fault for me not having a signed labor contract?

A labor contract is to be concluded in writing. If an employment contract has not been concluded in writing prior to the start of work, the employer must – not later than on the day of commencement of work by the employee – confirm in writing the details concerning the type of contract and its terms and conditions.

In the case a contract has been signed but has not been given to the employee, the employee may apply to a court to prove the existence of an employment relationship, or to prove that the employee actually has worked at a particular place of employment. Relevant evidence may be such documents as working documents signed by the employee, e-mails sent from a workplace inbox, phone calls, witness statements, etc.
In the case of an employer not signing a contract and not paying wages, you can pursue the matter in court and also by contacting the district labor inspector. District labor inspectors do not deal with complaints arising out of civil law contracts, however. Such complaints can be dealt with only by courts.

Contact details for District Labour Inspectorates are available here ->  The National Labour Inspectorate offers free advice on labor law issues – telephone numbers are available here ->

Can I work in Denmark in the branch office of the same employer for whom I hold a work permit in Poland?

No, this is not possible. A work permit issued in Poland entitles you to work only on Polish territory. If a foreigner wants to work in Denmark, he or she must apply for a work permit in Denmark.

Does a foreigner who arrives in Poland from a country from outside the European Union via visa-free traffic have the right to work in Poland?

No. Citizens of countries from outside the European Union who are exempted from the visa obligation may stay in Poland for up to 3 months only for tourist purposes. This does not apply to entry for permanent residence in order to take up work or other gainful activity. A visa is required in the case of a stay exceeding three months or entry to obtain paid employment within Poland.

What to do if an employer fails to pay wages?

If a foreigner is employed on the basis of a labor contract and the employer fails to pay wages, he can file a complaint with the Chief Labour Inspectorate and/or with a labor court.

A foreigner working in Poland on the basis of civil law contracts (a contract of mandate or a contract for a specific task) can only submit a complaint to a labor court. When a person working on the basis of a civil law contract, in fact, has a de facto employment relationship (i.e. the work is performed in a place and time determined by the employer and under his direction), it is possible to file a lawsuit in a labor court to ascertain the employment relationship.

More information on employees’ rights is available here ->

I employ a foreigner who has a work permit in Poland. I would like to relegate him to a branch office abroad. Does he need to have a work permit in the country to which he is delegated?

As a rule, yes. A work permit issued in Poland authorizes a foreigner to work only in Poland. If a foreigner is to perform work in another country (even if it is a branch office of the Polish employer), he must have a work permit in that country. Some countries, however, allow delegated workers to perform work without the need for a work permit for a period not exceeding 30 days (as is the case in Poland). In any case, prior to delegating an employee, it is advisable to seek information in the country to which he is to be delegated.

I work in Poland on the basis of a declaration of intent to employ a foreigner. What do I do if I want to work longer than six months?

If an employer is interested in employing a foreigner for a period exceeding 6 months, after 3 months of work performed by the foreigner he may apply for a work permit. A work permit, in this case, is issued following a simplified procedure (a labor market test is not required). More information about work permits is available here->

I am a Ukrainian citizen and I have a permit to settle in Poland. Can I take up work in Germany?

A foreigner holding permanent residence in Poland can take up work only in Poland. To be able to work in Germany, a foreigner needs to obtain a work permit in that country.

In almost all EU countries, the first step to getting a work permit is finding an employer. The employer then applies for permission to employ a foreign employee. This permit is then the basis for obtaining a visa with the right to work.

I intend to employ a foreigner who is a national of Morocco and a spouse of a Polish national. The marriage has been concluded in Morocco. What should I do?

The very fact of concluding a marriage with a Polish national, whether in Poland or in Morocco, does not give a foreigner a right to take up employment in Poland. In order to be employed in Poland, a foreigner’s stay in Poland should be legal and he should have a work permit.

In principle, a foreigner who is married to a Polish national and holds a temporary residence permit in Poland, which has been granted on account of the marriage with a Polish national, is exempted from the obligation of having a work permit. If the sole grounds for the issuance of the permit were the marriage with a Polish national, then such a foreigner is exempted from the obligation of having a work permit and may be employed based on the same principles as a Polish national.

In the event a foreigner has a temporary residence permit issued on other grounds than those of marriage, he may need a work permit. The grounds for issuance of a residence permit are indicated in a positive decision of the Voivode issued to a foreigner prior to the issuance of a residence card (the decision cites the relevant provisions of the Foreigners Act).

Do foreigners from the non-EU Member States need a work permit in order to participate in internship or training programmes at Polish companies?

In general, if the internship or training in which you want to participate is paid (i.e. if you should receive any remuneration in return for participating in it), you need to obtain a work permit. Participation in an unpaid training or internship programme does not require a work permit.

If you are a full-time student and you are legally residing in Poland, you can participate in paid internships or apprenticeships without a work permit.

Do I need a work permit if I have a temporary residence card as a full-time student at a Polish university? Can I work based on a labor contract?

If you have a temporary residence permit for a fixed period that was issued on the basis of your enrolment in a full-time course of study in Poland, then you may work without a work permit throughout the validity period of your residence permit. This means that your future employer may employ you on the same terms that apply to polish citizens. The employer also has to sign a contract with you. Such a contract may be a labor contract but also a contract of mandate or a contract of commission. In the case of labor and mandate contracts, your employer is obliged to register you at the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) within 7 days of the moment of commencement of the performance of work. In the case of employment under a labor contract the employer should also comply with the provisions of labor law, including the time of work (e.g., as a rule, the time of work should not exceed 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week on the average), and the minimum wage – in 2018 it is PLN 2100 gross for full-time employment.

I hold a visa issued on the basis of a Pole's Card. I want to register a company in Poland. How can I do it?

Holders of a Pole’s Card and a visa issued on its basis have the right to take up and pursue commercial activity on these same terms as Polish citizens. An entrepreneur may undertake commercial activity on the date of submission of an application for registration in the Central Registration and Information on Business or after entry into the National Court Register (KRS) system. Entrepreneurs who are natural persons are subject to registration. Entrepreneurs have the right to indicate a date of commencement of business activity later than the date of the application’s submission in their application for entry in the Central Registration and Information on Business. An entrepreneur entered into the register of entrepreneurs or subject to other registration requirements is obliged to place its tax identification number (NIP) in all written statements and documentation concerning the company’s business activity addressed to certain persons and entities, and to use this number in all legal matters as well as in trading. Identification of individual entrepreneurs in official records is based on the tax identification number (NIP).

Can a citizen of Ukraine hold a category D national visa for work register a sole trader (one-person company) in Poland? What documents are needed?

No, it is not possible.  This type of visa entitles a foreigner only to perform work in Poland.

A foreigner was granted a Polish visa on the basis of a work permit. Should the employer register the child for health insurance?

Generally, if a child has a visa, he will be covered by private health insurance, the purchase of which is mandatory when applying for a visa in the country of residence (the minimum value of insurance coverage is 30,000 euro). This insurance must be valid for the entire period of the child’s stay in Poland. It is therefore recommended that you purchase insurance from a reputable company that will indeed cover the costs of medical services if such need arises.
If a parent undertakes legal work (provided they hold a visa with work permit, perform the work at the workplace specified in the above documents for the specified position, have signed a contract and were registered by the employer with the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) within 7 days of commencing work), it should be remembered that each insured person is required to report family members residing in Poland to the insurer if they do not have health insurance under a different title (for example, if they do not work). Thus, in this case, the child may also be registered with the Social Insurance Institution (responsible for social security and collecting health insurance premiums). Registration for insurance consists of providing the employer with the personal data of family members using a special form.

I am staying in Poland on the basis of a visa, I have Ukrainian health insurance. Will I have to pay for my treatment or does my insurance cover the cost of treatment in Poland?

To find out about the procedure for covering the cost of treatment in Poland, please contact the Ukrainian insurer directly. In general, if a foreigner is insured in another country, the costs of treatment are refunded in the country of origin. This means that a foreigner in Poland has to pay for treatment himself, and after returning to his country, he has to apply to the insurance agency for reimbursement of the costs of treatment. In this case, it is important to keep documents confirming treatment in Poland, such as bills, invoices for a medical check-up or medical consultation, medical history

How to ensure a foreigner in Poland who are staying in Poland legally on the basis of a visa, but does not work and has no insurance?

In case a foreigner does not work in Poland and has no health insurance, he can be insured along with a member of his closest family who is employed in Poland. The application for insurance consists of providing personal data of members of the closest family to one’s employer. The employer should subsequently pass the data of the foreigner’s family member to the Social Security Institution (ZUS)

If a foreigner has no members of the closest family insured in Poland, he may voluntarily insure himself through the National Health Fund (NFZ). A foreigner may also purchase private health insurance in Poland. More information on health insurance is available here.

I have a Pole's Card. Can I receive social security benefits in Poland? How can I take out health insurance in Poland?

The Pole’s Card does not entitle the holder to social security benefits in Poland.

If you do not work or study in Poland and you are not insured through the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) on grounds of work or studies, then in order to be insured in Poland you have to take out a private health insurance policy at a private company or voluntarily register for insurance at the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS).

In order to register for insurance at ZUS voluntarily, it is required to apply to the National Health Fund (NFZ) at the NFZ office appropriate for your place of residence. The form is available at the office and on the website of the National Health Fund (NFZ) offices. Address information for NFZ offices are available here->

Information about the cost of health insurance premiums can be obtained at the local office of the National Health Fund(NFZ).

What is the legal status a foreign national must possess in order to buy property in Poland?

There is no legal status requirement a foreigner must meet in order to buy a “stand-alone residential premises”, or an apartment in Poland. This means that a foreigner who has a Polish visa, temporary residence permit, permanent residence permit or residence permit for EU long-term residents does not need the authorization to buy an apartment. No permission is also required for a foreigner who does not reside in Poland but still wants to buy an apartment on the Polish territory.

However, if a foreigner wants to purchase a house, he or she must obtain authorization of the Minister of Internal Affairs. Such official permission is not required for persons who have lived in Poland for at least five years from the issuance of the permit to settle or residence permit for EU long-term residents. An alien who is a spouse of a Polish citizen and has lived in Poland for at least 2 years after being issued a permit to settle or EU long-term resident permit, and who wants to purchase a house that will form a part of the community property of the spouses is also released from the obligation to obtain authorization of the Minister of Internal Affairs.

Nevertheless, an authorization by the Ministry of Internal Affairs is necessary for the purchase of real estate located in the border zone and for agricultural land with the surface area of ​​more than 1 ha.

Can a foreigner obtain the right to reside in Poland if he or she purchases property for a sum exceeding certain value?

In general, it is not possible. Foreigners may apply for a temporary residence card if they prove that there are other (than those specified in the Act) important circumstances justifying their application for a permit and that these circumstances warrant the alien’s need to reside on the Polish territory for a period longer than 3 months. Accordingly, the application for a temporary permit can be explained by the fact that a person owns a property in Poland, lives in Poland and has tied their life with this country. Please note that the voivode ship office can always demand the presentation of additional documents proving the close ties with Poland. The final decision on permit issuance is made by the voivode, who assesses whether the ownership of real estate by a foreigner is a sufficient basis to grant him or her a residence permit.

I am a residence card holder. Can I buy a car and gift it to my son?

You may buy a car in Poland – there are no restrictions on car purchases by foreigners. You may also give your son the vehicle as a gift. In Poland, all gifts for closest family members, regardless of the value of the gift, are exempt from tax.

What is the procedure for registration of a new car purchased in Poland by a foreigner?

The matter is handled by the municipality.

The following documents are required:
– Application by the owner for registration of the vehicle;

– Proof of identity of the foreigner: the foreigner should be residing in Poland legally, must present a valid passport and proof of temporary residence (certificate of temporary residence address) in Poland (for inspection);

– Proof of ownership of the vehicle (proof of ownership is, in particular, one of the following: sales contract, contract of exchange, donation agreement, annuity contract,  VAT invoice, final court decision ruling on the matter of vehicle ownership);

– Vehicle history card, if it was issued;

– An excerpt from the certificate of approval of the vehicle type or a copy of a decision exempting the vehicle from approval.

– Proof of payment (including identifying characteristics of the vehicle: VIN number or car body, chassis or frame numbers) in the amount of 500 PLN for each vehicle imported into Poland or a statement of being subject to the obligation to secure cooperation with a network of car dismantling and salvage companies if the vehicle is being registered for the first time; it should be borne in mind that:

– A statement of being subject to the obligation to secure cooperation with a network of car dismantling and salvage companies is issued only by the vehicle importer;

– The said declaration may be placed on the invoice.

– Proof of payment of stamp duty for the power of attorney, if it has been established.

In the case of a vehicle imported from the territory of an EU member state, one of the following documents should also be attached confirming:

– Payment of excise duty on the territory of the country from which the vehicle is imported;

Or

– Proof of exemption from payment of excise duty on the territory of the country from which the vehicle is imported;

– A certificate stating the exemption from excise duty if the car was imported from the territory of an EU member state and is being registered for the first time;

– An invoice indicating the amount of excise duty.

Originals of the required accompanying documents should be submitted.

Documents written in a foreign language should be attached to the application, together with their translation into Polish by a sworn translator. The provision does not apply to a registration certificate issued by the competent authority of a member state, the Swiss Confederation or a Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area in the relevant scope containing codes used in this certificate.

The responsible entity: Bureau of Administration and Citizens’ Affairs of the City or Municipality Office.

Deadline for responses:

Without delay – in cases that do not require the collection of evidence, information or additional clarifications.

Up to 1 month – cases requiring investigation.

Up to 2 months – particularly complicated cases

Can a foreigner check whether he is entered in the SIS?

Every person is entitled to obtain exhaustive information concerning his personal data which are processed in databases.

A foreigner or an attorney appointed in a case may also apply to the Head of the Office for Foreigners for:

  1. providing information on the entering of personal data of a foreigner into the list or the Schengen Information System;
  2. correction of personal data entered into the list or in the Schengen Information System if he finds that they are incorrect;
  3. Deletion of his personal data from the list or the Schengen Information System if they were entered there in error.

The appointment of an attorney does not have to take the form of a notarial deed. It may be drafted by hand and it should include the name of the principal (i.e. the person appointing the attorney), a full address with the principal’s postal code, date and place of birth, the scope of activities which the attorney is authorized to act in, the address of the attorney residing in Poland, the number and name of the identity document a certified photocopy of which shall be attached to the application, the applicant’s signature. Sample proxies are available at http://www.udsc.gov.pl/WNIOSEK,DOTYCZACY,,INFORMACJI,Z,WYKAZU,1395.html

In order to obtain the above information, one should apply to the Head of the Office for Foreigners with a written request drafted in Polish, including:

– Full personal data: name, surname, previous surnames,

– Date of birth,

– Place of residence,

– The precisely specified request,

– Authentic signature.

A photocopy of an identity document can be attached to the application (e.g. passport).

Issuing a certificate is subject to the payment of stamp duty. The amount of the stamp duty is PLN 17.

Please send the documents to the following address:

Urząd do Spraw Cudzoziemców [Office for Foreigners]

Department Legalizacji Pobytu [Department for Legalization of Stay]

Wydział Wykazu Cudzoziemców [Division of Foreigners’ Register]

  1. Koszykowa 16

02-564 Warszawa

Or submit at the registry office in the premises of the Office at Koszykowa 16, between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.

I am staying in Poland without a valid visa or a valid residence card. Can I legalize my stay in Poland based on the fact that I work here?

Unfortunately, the possibilities to legalize the stay of a person who is staying in Poland without a valid residence document are very limited. Basing on the presented information, it seems that the only way for you to legalize your stay based on the fact that you work in Poland is to leave for your home country. If you do so, at the Polish border you will receive a decision obliging you to leave Poland, with a specified period during which you will be forbidden to enter Poland. The minimum period for which such a ban can be issued is 6 months, and the maximum is 5 years. If you comply with the decision obliging you to leave Poland in time, then you may file an application to the Chief of the Border Guard Department who issued the decision forbidding you to enter Poland to withdraw this decision. If no circumstances exist that would make the withdrawal of the decision impossible (such circumstances may, for example, consist in the fact that the foreigner constitutes a threat to the safety of Poland), then the Border Guard Service will withdraw the decision. The procedure for withdrawal of the decision forbidding you to enter Poland may last from one to several months, depending on the individual situation of the given foreigner. In the event the decision is withdrawn, you will be able to apply for a visa at a Polish consulate. Then, after arriving in Poland pursuant to the visa, you will also be able to apply for a residence permit for a fixed period based on the performed work.

If you decide to leave Poland, we encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme->

Can I apply for Polish citizenship based on my Pole's Card?

A Pole’s Card does not constitute a document that would entitle its holder to be granted Polish citizenship. If you possess this card, then you may apply for a permanent residence permit in Poland. In order to be able to obtain a permanent residence permit based on the possession of a Pole’s Card, you must file the following documents at the Voivode ship Office (Department of Foreigners):

  1. 4 copies of a completed application for the permit to settle (1 original and 3 photocopies); the application must be completed in Polish, in block letters or printed from a computer. The foreigner should sign the application by hand and enter their name and surname in Latin alphabet.
  2. 4 recent photographs;
  3. 3 photocopies of a valid passport (all pages containing annotations) and the original for visual inspection;
  4. proof of payment of stamp duty (PLN 640);
  5. the Pole’s Card

If you are granted a permanent residence permit in Poland and if you stay in Poland with an interruption for at least 3 years basing on the permanent residence permit, then you will be able to apply to be recognized as a Polish citizen, provided that you have documented confirmation of proficiency in the Polish language.

What documents should I file in the procedure of granting Polish citizenship by the President of Poland?

Individuals legally residing in Poland apply to the President of the Republic of Poland to be granted Polish citizenship through the Voivode appropriate for the place of residence of the individual in question. The following documents should be attached to the application:

  1. biometric photo, i.e. a current photo of the alien, not damaged, coloured, 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, taken in the preceding 6 months;
  2. the original of a valid, i.e. not older than 3 months, the copy of the birth certificate issued by a Polish Civil Registry Office, containing the name and surname, date and place of birth, name, and surname of the father and name and maiden name of the mother,
  3. the original document confirming the marital status, issued by a Polish Civil Registry Office (e.g. a valid copy of the marriage certificate, a copy of the death certificate of the spouse),
  4. a copy of the temporary or permanent permit for residence in Poland or long-term EU-resident permit,
  5. a copy of a valid document confirming identity and citizenship (foreign passport, travel document, or an identity card of EU citizen),
  6. a copy of a valid document confirming the identity and citizenship of the applicant’s spouse (foreign passport, travel document, or an identity card of EU citizen),
  7. documents confirming the sources of subsistence of the foreigner,
  8. documents confirming career achievements (e.g. academic titles and degrees, creative works, publications, awards, completed projects),
  9. documents confirming conducted the political and social activity,
  10. possessed documents of parents and further ascendants if they were Polish citizens,
  11. possessed documents confirming the possession of Polish citizenship in the past, the loss thereof and the date of obtaining foreign citizenship,
  12. Additional documents that the applicant wishes to enclose (e.g. reference letters, children’s school certificates).

Does a child bear in Poland whose parents are not Polish citizens automatically acquire Polish citizenship?

A child born in Poland whose parents are foreigners (i.e. not holders of Polish citizenship) does not acquire Polish citizenship. The child acquires Polish citizenship only if at least one of the parents is a Polish citizen.

In case both parents are foreigners, a child born in Poland may obtain a temporary residence permit. An application for a temporary residence permit should be filed with the Voivode ship Administrative Office by the child’s parents.

I am a foreign national married to a Polish citizen. We live together abroad. Can I apply for Polish citizenship? What conditions do I have to meet to obtain it?

Entering into a marriage with a Polish citizen does not constitute a sufficient basis for obtaining Polish citizenship. In order to obtain such citizenship, a foreigner has to meet additional specific conditions concerning their legal and uninterrupted stay in Poland. A foreigner may be recognized as a Polish citizen if he remains married to a Polish citizen for a period of at least 3 years and has stayed in Poland legally and uninterruptedly for at least 2 years under a permanent residence permit, and their knowledge of Polish language is documented. However, in order to obtain a permanent residence permit in Poland, one has first to obtain a temporary residence permit based on marriage to a Polish citizen.

It is possible to obtain a permit for permanent or temporary residence in Poland, provided that you intend to reside in Poland and not in another country. You will not be able to obtain a temporary or permanent residence permit in Poland if you intend to live in a different country.

Polish citizenship may also be obtained in the course of the procedure of granting Polish citizenship by the President of the Republic of Poland. The decision of the President is not limited by any conditions that the foreigner should meet in order to be granted Polish citizenship. This means that the President may grant Polish citizenship to any foreigner, regardless of such conditions as the duration of his stay in Poland. It is worth noting that the procedure for granting Polish citizenship by the President may take quite long because the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Code do not apply to such cases. This means that even if it is possible to review the case based on the evidence presented by the applicant, it does not have to be considered immediately as in the case of recognizing a foreigner as a Polish citizen. Individuals applying for citizenship are obliged to substantiate their application and to provide important reasons why they should be granted Polish citizenship.

I would like to apply for a permanent residence permit based on my Polish heritage. When will I be able to apply for Polish citizenship?

If you are of Polish descent and you possess documents confirming this fact, then you may apply for a permanent residence permit based on your Polish descent. If you obtain a permanent residence permit, after 2 years of uninterrupted stay in Poland with the permanent residence permit you will be able to apply at the Voivode ship Office to be considered a Polish citizen. Another condition that you will have to meet in order to obtain Polish citizenship is documented proficiency in the Polish language.

The stay in Poland is considered uninterrupted if none of the breaks during the required two-year period exceed 6 months and the total duration of the breaks does not exceed 10 months.

In order to be able to be recognized as a Polish citizen, a foreigner is obliged to know the Polish language. Such proficiency has to be confirmed by a language skills certificate obtained as a result of passing the national examination, a certification of graduation from a school (e.g. primary, secondary or tertiary school) in Poland or a certificate of graduation from a school with classes conducted in the Polish language abroad.

Certificates confirming knowledge of the Polish language are issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish as a Foreign Language. At present, in order to obtain such certificate one must pass an examination organized by the Commission at the intermediate level (B1). The website of the Commission: http://certyfikatpolski.pl/

I am planning to apply to be recognized as a Polish citizen, based on my two-year legal and uninterrupted stay in Poland pursuant to a permit to settle.

How will the authorized institutions check whether my stay was uninterrupted? In the passport, I do not have stamps of entry and exit from Poland.

If you apply to be recognized as a Polish citizen based on 2 years of legal and uninterrupted stay in Poland pursuant to a permanent residence permit, “uninterrupted stay” means that during the 2 years preceding the filing of the application to be recognized as a Polish citizen you did not travel abroad for a single period exceeding 6 months and that the total duration of all journeys abroad during these two years did not exceed 10 months.

When you file the application to be recognized as a Polish citizen, you will also have to file a statement concerning the dates of leaving and returning to Poland and about the places you stayed abroad during the required periods of uninterrupted stay. If you do not remember the exact dates of leaving Poland, you may declare that you do not remember the specific dates and that you can only provide approximate dates.

In spite of filing the statement confirming your uninterrupted stay, the Voivode ship Office will still request the Border Guard Service to provide information about your entrances into and exits from Poland. If you cross the Schengen Area border, the National Border Guard Service records the dates of entering and leaving, although you do not receive a stamp in your passport. If the Voivode ship Office receives information stating that your stay abroad exceeded 10 months, then the decision on recognizing you as a Polish citizen may be negative.

I am a Polish citizen, but my son was born abroad. How can I obtain Polish citizenship for my child?

If at least one of a child’s parents is a Polish citizen, the child obtains Polish citizenship regardless of his place of birth. In order to confirm your son’s Polish citizenship, you have to register his foreign birth certificate at the local Civil Registry Office at your last place of residence in Poland. It is possible to register a foreign birth certificate directly at the Civil Registry Office in Poland, but you may also register it via the Polish consulate abroad. The waiting time for the issuance of a Polish copy of the birth certificate at the consulate is much longer than in the case of registration directly at the Civil Registry Office.

Below is a list of documents required for the registration of a foreign birth certificate that has to be filed at the Civil Registry Office?

  1. Original of the foreign transcript of the certificate, issued by a competent authority.
  2. Translation of the document into Polish by a sworn translator or a Polish consul.
  3. Application to the Head of the Civil Registry Office for registration of a foreign certificate in Polish civil registry office records.
  4. Proof of payment of stamp duty (PLN 50);

The procedure for registration of a foreign birth certificate at the Polish Civil Registry Office lasts from 1 to 30 days.

I am a Polish citizen. Can my husband study in Poland on the same terms as Polish citizens?

The possibility to enroll in a programmed of university study in Poland on the same terms as Polish citizens depends on the document entitling the foreigner to reside in Poland. If your husband is staying in Poland based on a visa or a temporary residence card, he does not have the right to study in Poland free of charge. Only foreigners who have a permanent residence permit in Poland or long-term EU resident permit may study on the same terms as Polish citizens (including the right to enroll in a university programme at public academic institutions free of charge). Foreigners who do not have the right to reside permanently in Poland (including spouses of Polish citizens who are staying in Poland based on a visa or a temporary residence permit) may undertake studies in Poland on a for-fee basis. The rector of the academic institution may, upon a justified request of the foreigner, lower the tuition fee or exempt the applicant from payments.

I have a permanent residence permit and I am studying in Poland. I know that I can study in Poland on the same terms as apply to polish citizens.

Foreigners residing in Poland based on a permanent residence permit may enroll at university in Poland on the same terms as Polish citizens (including studying free of charge). Foreigners who have the right to start studies on the same terms as Polish citizens are entitled to apply for grants or scholarships paid from the state budget. However, a permanent residence permit does not automatically give you the right to receive grants or scholarships in Poland. In order to receive such benefits, a foreigner has to meet specific requirements, as do polish citizens. Generally, there are two types of financial aid for students – grants and scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students based on their average grades, while grants are awarded to students in financial difficulty. In order to find out whether you meet the conditions required to receive a grant or scholarship, please contact the academic institution where you are studying.

I live in Poland and hold a permanent residence permit. Can my wife, who is a foreign national, live with me in Poland?

The wife of a foreigner residing in Poland based on a permanent residence permit may apply in Poland for a temporary residence permit for the purposes of family reunification (in this case – to reunite with her husband). In order for your wife to be able to legalize her stay in Poland based on your marriage, the marriage must be considered valid under Polish law. This means that if the marriage was entered into abroad, the foreign marriage certificate has to be registered at the Polish Registry Office. More information about recognition of a foreign marriage can be found at http://migrant.info.pl/marriage-to-a-polish-citizen.html

Is EPEC a Visa?

No, EPEC is only a certificate.

What is EPEC?

Employment Pass for Eligibility Certificate.

Do I need to pay a processing fee for EPEC applications?

No, there is no processing fee for EPEC application.

What is the processing time for an EPEC application submitted online?

Once you have submitted an EPEC application online, you will receive a reply within 2 working days. Applicants can check the status of their applications online by keying in their reference and passport number in the EPEC website.

Can I submit multiple EPEC applications online?

No, you cannot submit multiple applications online. Only the first application submitted will be accepted by the system.

Can I take my dependent along with me?

No, you cannot take your dependent along with you.

Who is Eligible to apply for an Employment Pass?

Any Foreigner may apply for an Employment Pass to be employed or to do business in Singapore if he/she fulfils the eligibility criteria.

Can I apply for Permanent Resident (PR) as soon as I start working in Singapore?

You may submit an application for PR as soon as you are granted an Employment Pass.

Who is eligible to apply for Dependent's Pass?

An Employment Pass holder may apply for Dependent’s Passes for his wife and unmarried children under 21 years of age.

Can a Dependent's Pass holder work in Singapore?

A Dependent’s Pass holder can apply for a Letter of Consent from the MOM if he/she wishes to work in Singapore

What are the advantages of studying in Singapore?

The advantages of studying in Singapore are; Through the Work Holiday Programmed and Internships, students will get the opportunity to experience a challenging working environment in Singapore.

Do I need a Visa and Student's Pass to study in Singapore?

A foreigner must apply for a Student’s Pass if he/she has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time studies in Singapore.

Can I work while am studying?

Foreign students are not allowed to engage in any form of employment in Singapore, whether during term time or vacation time unless they are studying at government universities (NUS, NTU, SMU). The students studying at these universities are allowed to work part-time 16 hrs a week.

I have a job offer letter from a Singaporean company, can I apply for a Singapore Employment Pass Visa? Do I have to get my profile evaluated to see if I qualify or not?

The employer or the appointed agent should submit the Employment Pass application. The client should be able to submit all the required documents from his employer, an employer should be willing to pay the levy to the government on an annual basis for employing a foreigner. As you already have a job offer, you won’t require a profile evaluation (IRR).

What are the capitals of South Africa?

There are 3 capitals Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Pretoria. At Bloemfontein, the Supreme Court is located and at Cape Town, the Parliament is situated, while at Pretoria, one comes across the administrative centre.

When is the best time to visit South Africa on a holiday?

The entire year is a holiday year in South Africa. Much would depend upon your activities and what sort of experiences you so desire. For game watching, one can visit during spring (August-October), for whale watching one can plan a visit from mid-June to the end of October, for diving as well as surfing from April to September. As far as summers are concerned, that is from November to February, one can spend time at the gorgeous beachfront.

What are the hours fixed for banking?

The normal banking hours are from 9.00 am-15.30pm from Mondays to Fridays and on Saturdays, it is from 8.30 Am-11.AM. Banks are of course closed on Sundays and also on public holidays. Credit cards are accepted widely such as Visa, American Express and Diners Club.

What sort of clothes does one need to pack while visiting South Africa?

South Africa is considered to be a casual country and therefore people like to usually dress up casually. T-Shirts, types of denim as well as skirts, which are fine to wear during the day time. To work one wears semi-formal attire and that applies to upper-class clubs and restaurants. In most of the restaurants, pubs, and bars one can wear casuals. For swimmers at the beach, 2 pieces or 1 piece swim attire will do. In other words, jeans, sneakers shirts, sneakers, blouses, skirts as well as pants.

What are the Visa requirements to enter South Africa?

The entry is pretty straightforward. Certain nationals, like those from Scandinavian countries, and the USA and most of Europe need not apply for a visa. On arrival, the visitor is provided with a �free entry permit sticker� which furnishes details about the duration of their stay. This permit is valid up to 90 days, In case, one wants to stay longer than 90 days then one is required to apply for a visa.

Which are the most popular places to visit in South Africa?

Visitors visiting the country for the first time prefer to visit Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng, where Soweto Township is situated. The cosmopolitan and urban lifestyles attract people to these places. Kruger National park is worth visiting and one can take some time off and visit Western Cape, especially Cape Town and also spend their leisure hours at Garden Route.

Are they big cities with modern amenities in South Africa?

Certainly, Johannesburg is a sprawling city much wider than New York and London. One comes across 5 -star accommodation and there are 4-star hotels as well at Sandon and Emperors Place quite close to the airport. One comes across several cosmopolitan restaurants.

Can one mix easily with South Africans?

Very easily as they are friendly and easy to converse with. They speak in English and are frank and open and receive foreigners well.

What about apartheid?

A decade ago this was a burning issue, but now South Africans have successfully managed to overcome their racial biases by putting them aside. Now, the South African government reflects all races.

Is South Africa a place to visit with family?

Certainly, it is. In fact, some establishments are child- friendly.

What is the currency in South Africa known as?

The currency is Rends and cents.

What kind of shopping one can go in for?

There are markets catering to local handicrafts, gold and diamond jewelry, leather goods, carvings, paintings, sculptures, beadwork as well as woven articles. In fact, South Africa is a tourists� delight.

What sort of safety precautions one must take as a visitor?

One must not leave one’s luggage unattended in the hotel or perhaps in the lobby. One must keep one’s value in the safety locker in the hotel. One can go for a stroll alone at night but not walk around in deserted places.

I have a job offer letter from a South Africa employer. Can you process my visa? If yes, please provide me Visa fees, Visa duration, and Opulent us charges.

Yes, we can process your visa. Since you already have a job offer in hand, you can go for General Work Permit. The General Work Permit is issued in the name of the employer, and it shall lapse if, within six months of its issuance, and within every year thereafter, its holder fails to submit satisfactory proof that he or she is still employed and of the terms and conditions of his or her employment, including the job description. For VISA processing, you should be able to get all the required documentation from the future employer in support of your employment. Visa fee payable to the Minister of Home Affairs is R1520 (i.e. INR 9822, approx.). It’s also mandatory to go for qualifications assessment by SAQA. The application fee for SAQA can cost anywhere from R440 to R880 (INR 2843.00 to INR 5686.00) depending upon how fast we want the processing to be done. Postage and handling charges will cost up to additional R365 (INR 2358). Opulent us charges for South Africa General Work Permit is INR 35,000.

How to obtain a police clearance from the Swedish Police Authority?

One has to download a form written out in English or Swedish from the website of the Swedish National Police Board. This filled application form has to be sent to the Swedish National Police Board along with the fee. Once clearance has been sanctioned, the police clearance will be sent through registered mail.

Is emergency medical treatment easily available in Sweden in case one is on a holiday trip?

Yes. The medical treatment is quick and easily available.

Are credit cards accepted?

Most of the Swedish establishments accept credit as well as debit cards. On the other hand, some of the smaller setups and stalls prefer cash payment.

Can one change one's money very easily?

Yes. Apart from small private exchange agencies, Forex facility is available

What sort of transport facilities one comes across in Sweden?

Local buses are there and one can also travel by train. Taxis provide much independence and allow you to gain access to remote areas.

What is the currency in Sweden known as?

It is referred to as Swedish Krona.

What is the official language spoken in Sweden?

Swedish is the official language.

Does an Indian national require a Visa to go to Switzerland?

Yes, all Indian nationals require a Visa for visiting Switzerland.

Does a Schengen Visa allow you to come to Switzerland?

Yes, Switzerland is a country under the Schengen area.

What is the required Passport validation time to apply for a Swiss Visa?

Your Passport should have a minimum of 6 months validity for successful processing of Switzerland VISA application.

What are the types of Visa application available for Switzerland?

There are 2 types of Visa application:

Type C Visa: This Visa is required for stays of up to 90 days and targets tourism, family and business visits, sports and cultural events participation, and other short duration schooling and education programs. These visa types are valid for all Schengen countries.

Type D Visa: Persons who intend to stay for more than 90 days, need to apply for D type Visa. Type D visas are issued to people who wish to work or study in Switzerland and is also issued for reasons like family reunification and prolonged medical and health care services.

Do I need travel insurance for visiting Switzerland?

Yes, travel insurance is required for each and every person visiting Switzerland to cover the value for emergency rescue, emergency medical assistance, and repatriation for medical reasons as well as emergency hospital care. This travel insurance is needed for sudden illness or for accident purposes.

How do I apply for the Switzerland Visa?

Fill the online application form and submit all the required documents for processing of application form.

What would be the best time to apply for Switzerland visa?

Apply a minimum of 1-2 months prior to your travel date.

Does Switzerland have any specific rules or regulations for Work Visa?

Although your work permit is granted on receipt of application from your employer, still you need to apply for a visa to visit Switzerland with the Swiss representatives abroad.

Does Swiss Visa require biometrics (fingerprinting)?

Yes, Switzerland government requires biometrics (fingerprinting) as a part of the visa application process

What is visa validation period?

C Visas: C visas allow for a maximum stay of 90 days.

D Visas: This particular visa is for longer stays, i.e. more than 90 days

Do I get my documents back after processing of Visa application?

Photocopies of all required documents need to be submitted to the Embassy. Documents would not be returned after submission.

Note: You need to carry the originals of all the documents during your interview with the Embassy.

What is the approximate time duration for processing of Switzerland Visa?

A minimum of 6-8 weeks is needed by the Embassy on receipt of application. But the duration may differ due to seasonal application overload and complexity of documents.

Does the United States use any kind of points system?

No. Unlike many other countries, the United States does not determine eligibility for immigration in its visa categories by use of a points system. Eligibility for a family-based visa is determined by proof of relationship and the willingness of a relative to sponsor you. Eligibility for an employment-based visa is determined by your qualifications, the state of the local labor market, and an employer’s willingness to sponsor you.

What is the "Green Card"?

A “green card” is the common term for the United States Permanent Resident Card, which is a document that identifies you as a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States. It got the name because an earlier version of the card was green.

How long does it take to get a permanent residence visa (a 'Green Card')?

In the United States, permanent resident visas are issued by the State Department. In most cases, before you can apply to the State Department for a permanent visa that allows you to stay in the United States, someone sponsoring you (an employer or relative) must petition U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to establish your eligibility for the visa. USCIS can take several months to complete its work. Even if you have an approved petition from USCIS, you may have to wait a long time for a visa to become available for you. This is because the U.S. limits the number of permanent resident visas it issues every fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) for every category of immigrants except immediate relatives (spouses, minor children, and parents) of U.S. citizens. It also limits the number of visas available to citizens of any one country. If there are more people in your category with approved petitions than there are visas available, you will be put on a waitlist. Your place in line (called your “priority date”) is determined by the date your petition process was started. Currently, there are many categories in which people who had petitions filed many years ago are still waiting for a permanent resident visa to become available. Employment-based and family-based permanent resident visas are divided into preference categories, with the highest-preference workers and relatives usually experiencing no visa shortage problem or a shorter wait than persons in other preference categories. Persons from countries with many citizens seeking to immigrate to the U.S., such as mainland China, India, the Philippines, and Mexico, are more likely to face longer waits for a visa to become available. Once the State Department notifies you that a visa is available for you, the application process will take several more months.

What are the benefits of becoming a permanent resident?

With a “green card” establishing your lawful permanent residence in the United States, you have the right to live and work there. You are generally eligible for state medical care, education, and social welfare assistance. One right a permanent resident does not have is the right to vote – this right is only granted to U.S. citizens. Temporary residents are generally not entitled to medical care or social welfare assistance at any time and are generally unable to vote.

If I can't get permanent residency right away, can I work in the USA temporarily until I get my permanent visa?

The United States has several categories of temporary, non-immigrant visas that allow persons to work there in various capacities. Generally, you will need to have an employer petition for you, and you will have to have certain education and skills to qualify. The employer (or any other) can petition for a permanent resident visa for you while you are in the United States on the temporary work visa. In most cases, you will be able to remain working in the U.S. while your application for permanent residency is pending.

Can my family emigrate with me?

Spouses and minor children of permanent visa applicants can be included in the same application and can accompany the successful applicant to the United States, join the applicant there within six months, or, upon further application, join the applicant more than six months later.

Will the immigration authorities or Embassy help me to prepare my application and make sure that everything is correct before applying?

No. The authorities exist to enforce immigration law, make decisions on residence applications, and to issue residence visas. Although basic information and application forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalized guidance on your specific case. Only a professional migration consultant can provide this kind of service.

Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?

Yes. Surprisingly a large number of applicants are unaware of how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced. Many applications are refused or delayed due to errors or omissions on the application or by the submission of inadequate supporting documentation. Moreover, the immigration authorities themselves may erroneously or unreasonably interpret the evidence submitted by the applicant, and knowing how to respond is crucial. So the moral of the story is to seek the professional guidance and independent advice of a migration consultant before lodging an application for residence. Consultants exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze and are highly effective in doing so.

My migration consultant has assessed me as being eligible for one of the visa classes that could potentially enable me to apply for LPR in the United States. If I apply without his or her help, can I be certain of success?

No. Although you may fundamentally qualify under the immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed of success. The immigration laws and regulations of the United States and the ways in which they are interpreted and applied by the various immigration agencies are among the most complex in the world. In order to be approved, your application must be prepared in accordance with the constantly changing immigration regulations and procedures and submitted with the appropriate supporting documentation. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigration authorities and can result in many applicants presenting their cases incorrectly, inevitably leading to lengthy delay or refusal. So you are strongly advised to seek the assistance of a migration consultant for the entire residence visa process.

Can US Citizens work and live in Canada without a Visa?

US citizens do not need a Visa to enter/visit/live temporarily in Canada. They do not need a Temporary Resident Visa. However, one may have to apply for a work permit depending on the job they do. Certain jobs may also require a labor market opinion. The detailed and more comprehensive information can be found on http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5487ETOC.asp

Can Canadian Citizens work and live in the USA without a Visa?

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level. Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. You may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status, if: � You are a citizen of Canada or Mexico; � Your profession qualifies under the regulations; � The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional; � You have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer (but not self-employment – see documentation required below); and � You have the qualifications to practice in the profession in question. Eligibility Criteria unlike Mexican citizens, Canadian citizens are generally eligible for admission as nonimmigrants without a visa. The TN category, a nonimmigrant classification, simply reflects this general exemption from the visa requirement. NAFTA governs which evidence is required to prove whether a Canadian or Mexican citizen is a professional in a qualifying profession. Canadian Citizens if you are a Canadian citizen, then you are not required to apply for a TN visa at a U.S. consulate. You may establish eligibility for TN classification at the time you seek admission to the United States by presenting required documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at certain CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.

Can I do Ph.D. along with a CPT (Curricular Practical Training) program?

Ph.D. student can also engage in full-time CPT during his /her dissertation and CPT authorization ends when the student defends a dissertation. A Ph.D. candidate who is registered for Ph.D. Continuous Registration, in which case may be eligible for CPT following completion of all required semester hours but prior to submitting the first deposit of the thesis in the Graduate College.

Do all the American Universities offer CPT?

CPT is offered in many Universities in the USA, based on the course availability in the university. Almost 50%–60% of universities in the USA offers CPT for F1 Students. Getting admission to a University depends on the pre-requisites (GRE, TOEFL & IELTS)

What are the requirements for doing Ph.D. in Automobile Engineering and which USA Universities offer this study program?

You need to have a Master�s degree in the same field to be eligible for applying for Ph.D. Universities that offer Ph.D. in Automobile Engineering are: University of Michigan ,Indiana University ,Michigan State University ,Purdue University ,Cornell University ,Kettering University ,Michigan Tech University ,University of Texas Austin/Arlington ,Texas A&M ,Virginia Polytechnic Institute ,Virginia State University ,University of California ,California Polytechnic State University ,Clemson University ,Georgia Institute of technology.

How much does a UK visa cost?

Different visas are of different prices however your immigration advisor will be able to inform you of these costs.

What methods of payment are available to me?

Cash, debit or credit card, or by cheque

What documents will I need?

Your immigration advisor will be able to inform you of the documents that are needed for the visa you are applying for

If I live outside of the UK, does the immigration process change?

Yes, it will not be the Home Office who decides your application but the UK Embassy of your home country.

Do I need to contact the High Commissioner in my own country for a UK visa?

You will need to apply to the UK Embassy in your home country if you would like to enter the UK under any visa. If you are already in the UK on a visa then you will need to apply to the Home Office in the UK.

What do I do if my visa application is rejected?

There are options; firstly, you may appeal the decision if you have been given a right of appeal, or alternatively, you may submit a fresh application. There may be instances when you may appeal an incorrect appeal decision, or even take the matter to the high court.

What are the process times for a visa application?

The waiting time is around 6 weeks but this could depend upon the application.

How long does it take to get a permanent residence visa (known in the United Kingdom as Indefinite Leave to Remain - ILR)?

In the United Kingdom, you must first apply under one of the temporary visa classes before you are eligible to apply for permanent residence. Every application is different and processing times largely depend on the type of visa being applied for and the location of the UKBA office.

Will the immigration authorities or Embassy help me to prepare my application and make sure that everything is correct before applying?

No. This type of service is no longer provided by the Government. The authorities exist to enforce immigration law, make decisions on residence applications and to issue residence visas. Although basic information and application forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalized guidance on your specific case. Only a professional migration consultant can provide this kind of service.

Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?

Yes. Surprisingly a large number of applicants are unaware how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced and are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on their application or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation. Consultants exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze and are highly effective in doing so.

My migration consultant has assessed me as being eligible for one of the visa classes that could potentially enable me to apply for ILR in the United Kingdom. If I apply without his or her help, can I be certain of success?

No. Although you may fundamentally qualify under the immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed of success. In order to be approved, your application must be prepared in accordance with the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supporting documentation. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly set out by the immigration authorities and can result in many applicants presenting their cases incorrectly, inevitably leading to refusal. So you are strongly advised to seek the assistance of a migration consultant.

What is a permanent resident?

Essentially, a residence permit is a right affixed into your passport granting you the permanent right to live and work in a country. You are generally eligible for state medical care, education, and social welfare assistance. Temporary residents are generally not entitled to medical care or social welfare assistance at any time and are generally unable to remain in the country for longer than 5 years.

When I migrate, will I lose my current passport?

No, not necessarily. Firstly, you will enter on a temporary visa and you will be able to apply for ILR or permanent residency after spending the required amount of time in the United Kingdom depending which visa you have been granted. Normally after one year as a permanent resident, it is recommended that you apply for UK citizenship as long as you meet the residence requirements as in order to keep your permanent residence or ILR you should not spend longer than two years outside the UK. UK Citizenship law allows for the holding of two or more passports but you must check that your own country of citizenship allows dual-nationality, as this right must be reciprocal. If not, you will need to surrender your other passport in order to become a citizen of the United Kingdom.

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