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January 16, 2023

Why Ireland is becoming a hotspot for international students?

Ireland has varied career opportunities for Indian and international students. The country has job opportunities available in many sectors like:

  • IT
  • Finance
  • Engineering
  • Data sciences
  • Healthcare
  • Life sciences

Ireland has many top IT and pharmaceutical companies and financial institutions where career opportunities for Indian and international students are available. Some of these companies are:

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • HP
  • eBay
  • PayPal
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PWC
  • Accenture
  • IBM
  • United Health Group
  • Deutsch Bank
  • Pramerica

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Why Ireland is becoming hotspot for international students?

January 13, 2023

143,000 Sweden Residence Permits granted in 2022, Data Show

Sweden issued 143,000 Residence Permits in 2022. The highest number of permits was granted to asylum seekers followed by family reunification, work, and study purposes. Sweden broke the record of issuing the total number of residence permits in 2021 and 2020. The details of Residence permits issued for different categories in December 2022 can be found in the table below:

Category

Number of residence permits issued in December 2022

Asylum Seekers

1,958

Work purposes

1,921

Family Reunification

1,885

EU/EES

572

Study purposes

1,031

The details of the total number of residence permits granted in 2022 can be found in the table below:

Category

Number of residence permits issued in 2022

Asylum Seekers

56,617

Family Reunification

20,989

EU/EES

7,882

Study purposes

14,536

The details of the issuance of Residence Permits in the last 3 months of 2022 can be found in the table below:

Month

Number of Sweden Residence Permits issued

October

8,940

November

6,294

December

7,427

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143,000 Sweden Residence Permits granted in 2022, Data Show

 January 04, 2023

Do you know what is Germany’s New Right of Residence that comes into effect today?

The new Right of Residence law has become effective. Immigrants living in Germany for more than 5 years will be benefitted. They will be able to reside in the country through an 18-month residence visa. Germany has around 248,182 foreigners out of which 137,373 were residing for more than 5 years. This law will allow skilled workers to reside in the country and they can also invite their family members. These family members do not have to provide a German language knowledge certificate. The Asylum seekers will also get the benefit of accessing integration and professional language courses.

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Do you know what is Germany’s New Right of Residence that comes into effect today?

December 21, 2022

Finland is in dire need of Indian Tech Talent and Healthcare workers

Finland is in dire need of skilled immigrants, and it has a plan of doubling the number of skilled workers to work in Finland by 2030. The country is also planning to triple the number of international students by 2030. Finland wants to invite workers having experience in technology and information and communications technology (ICT). Currently, there are 2.5 million people in the workforce in Finland, and the rate of retirement is increasing. So Finland wants to invite Indian professionals and students to work and study in the country.

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Finland is in dire need of Indian Tech Talent and Healthcare workers

December 19, 2022

Spain to launch Global Nomad Visa in 2023

Spain has planned to launch a Global Nomad visa in January 2023. The visa will be launched for foreigners who want to work remotely while staying in Spain. The Startup law was also being planned to be addressed to the President of Government. After the approval from the King, it will be posted on the Official State Gazette.

Entrepreneurs will be able to start a new business and they will also be allowed to open any number of businesses they like. There are many other countries who have introduced the Digital Nomad visas are:

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Spain to launch Global Nomad Visa in 2023

December 14, 2022

Ireland requires 8,000 Chefs. Apply now under Irish Employment Permit Scheme!

The Restaurants Association of Ireland revealed that there is a dire need of Chefs in the hospitality industry. Currently, there are around 8,000 vacancies for Chefs. Now RAI has asked all the restaurants to invite Chefs from all over the world. Job vacancies for Chefs are rising by 3,000 every year. The salaries of Chefs depend on the designation. Chefs de Partie gets a salary of €30,000 while the salary of Executive Chefs lies between €45,000 and €70,000. Candidates have to apply for a General Employment Permit to work in Ireland as Chefs. They Can apply only if their salary per year is €30,000.

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Ireland requires 8,000 Chefs. Apply now under Irish Employment Permit Scheme!

December 07, 2022

Germany – India new mobility plan: 3,000 job seeker visas/year

India and Germany have made a new mobility plan to encourage new talents and students. An agreement has been signed between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Annalena Baerbock in New Delhi. According to this agreement, the following benefits will be provided:

  • Resident permits to students can be extended up to 18 months
  • 3,000 German Job Seeker visas will be provided per year
  • Short-stay multiple-entry visas will be liberalized
  • Readmission processes will be streamlined

The agreement on Comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership is a part of a network of agreements related to job market destinations. The opportunities for workers from non-European countries have been improved by the German Skilled Immigration Act 2020. A new law will come into effect in early 2023 which will help in making immigration easy for qualified workers.

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Germany -India new mobility plan: 3,000 job seeker visas/year

November 30, 2022

Germany to attract 400,000 skilled workers with its eased immigration rules

Germany to welcome 400,000 skilled workers in 2023 with the existing relaxed immigration rules to address the acute shortages of skilled workforce which is affecting Germany’s economy. The government of Germany plans to relax immigration for young immigrants who are willing to study in Germany or choose vocational training in Germany. The Services and Manufacturing sectors are facing acute shortages of skilled workers.

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Germany to attract 400,000 skilled workers with its eased immigration rules

November 26, 2022

Important notice: PG Diploma profiles are considered to apply for a German Job Seeker Visa

Great News! PG Diploma option is recently added in ANABIN and these profiles are considered to apply for a German Job Seeker Visa. Additionally, supplementary and postgraduate studies should be from a recognized university on a regular 3-to-4-year bachelor’s degree. For distance learning degrees, the course must have been approved by the competent local authority at the time of the study.

November 18, 2022

You can travel to 29 countries with Schengen Visa from now!

Individuals can travel to 29 Schengen countries as Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania will be added to the Schengen zone. Croatia will lift its border controls for Schengen from January 01, 2023. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola tweeted that “Croatia has met all the eligibility criteria to be a part of Schengen and has been given green light.” The final decision has to be taken on December 9, 2022, by the 27 members of the EU council.

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Travel to 29 countries with Schengen Visa from now!

November 15, 2022

Finland issues highest ever residence permits to international students in 2022

Finland issued 7,060 residence permits for international students from January to October 2022. This s a record number of issuing residence permits in a year. The validity of the residence permit depends on the duration of the course. Previously, the validity was two years. The number of students who came from Russia was 941 while from China, 610 students migrated to Finland. Other countries from where students came are

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Vietnam

Students will have the opportunity to work in Finland and they will also get other perks. Finland received 8,236 applications for student permits.

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Finland issues highest ever residence permits to international students in 2022

November 08, 2022

Norway grants NOK 50 million to 17 universities

The Norwegian government invested 50 million NOK for 17 universities so that travel expenses for the students doing internship can be covered. The universities listed below will receive most of the funds:

  • Arctic University
  • The University of Western Norway
  • VID University of Applied Sciences

The funds have been allocated in the revised national budget of 2022. Education minister Ola Borten stated that 300 places for nursing and specialized nursing education have been allotted. Now the universities and colleges are asked to allocate 200 more places. Approximately 3,500 students will be supported through this fund.

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Norway grants NOK 50 million to 17 universities

November 03, 2022

Germany hits a new record by welcoming 350,000 international students in 2021-2022

Germany has welcomed 350,000 international students for the winter semester 2021-2022. There was an increase of 8 percent of international students in comparison to 2021. Germany got the fourth rank after the USA, the UK, and Australia. Educational institutions in Germany have an excellent reputation. The number of Indian students was raised by 8 percent and students for first-year studies were increased by 33 percent. It is being expected that very soon India will surpass China regarding the number of students to study in Germany.

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Germany hits a new record by welcoming 350,000 international students in 2021-2022

November 03, 2022

2M job vacancies in Germany;150,000 migrants are employed in September 2022

In spite of shortage of workers in Germany, the employment rate rose by 0.5 percent. A report from Destatis states that the number of seasonally adjusted workers was decreased by 4,000 but still 45.6 million people were employed. In September 2022, the adjusted employment rate was 3 percent which was an indication that 1.3 million people were unemployed. In total, 147,000 got employment in September 2022.

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2M job vacancies in Germany;150,000 migrants are employed in September 2022

November 02, 2022

Norway grants over €8.8 Million to 13 universities for International Educational Cooperation

The government of Norway provided a fund of 8.8 million euros to 13 universities for having a partnership of international educational cooperation with partners available in different countries listed below:

  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • India
  • China
  • South Africa
  • The United States
  • South Korea
  • Canada

According to a press release, the Norway Ministry of Education said that the license will help Norway to become a destination for education. There are 30 projects that will be provided by this fund. Half of the projects will be taken up by technology and natural sciences while quarter will be given to the social sciences.

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Norway grants over €8.8 Million funds to 13 universities for International Educational Cooperation

October 29, 2022

Germany recorded 2 million job vacancies in October 2022

Two million jobs are available in Germany in different sectors. The jobs are available for skilled professionals, specialists, and experts. Educational qualification varies for each of these categories. Traineeship in Germany has also increased because of the constant growth of economy. Various training courses are available which can help the trainees to enter the Germany Job market. Sectors in which jobs are available include the following:

  • Construction
  • Skilled trades
  • Technical specialist
  • Sales and marketing
  • Healthcare
  • Medicine
  • Social services
  • Finance and accounting
  • IT and telecommunication
  • Project management
  • Office management

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Germany recorded 2 million job vacancies in October 2022

October 29, 2022

Germany opens student visa slots for Indians from November 1, 2022

Germany will open its student visa appointment slots from November 1, 2022. Students who want to apply for this visa have to go for additional steps. Indian students have to go for an assessment of their requirements which will be done by the Academic Evaluation Center and obtain authenticity certificates. After that, they can apply for a student visa.

There is no need of an APS certificate for short-term courses but for long-term ones, it is mandatory. The amount for a blocked account will also be increased. From January 1, 2023, this amount will be €11,208. The number of students queued up to study in Germany in the 2022-23 academic year is more than 3,000.

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Germany opens student visa slots for Indians from November 1, 2022

October 27, 2022

Halloween destinations in Europe in 2022

Halloween is the annual festival in Europe and there are many cities where it is celebrated. Some of these cities include

  • Derry, Northern Ireland
  • Transylvania, Romania
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Copenhagen, Denmark

Derry, the Walled City, celebrates the festival from October 28 to October 31. The celebration starts with ancient spirits who welcome everyone who comes to enjoy the festival.

Transylvania is popular for parties, one of the best parties is held in Dracula castle. This year the party will be held on October 29.

In Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, a large number of Halloween events are organized which include carnivals, themed fairs, pumpkin carving workshops, trick-or-treat.

In Amsterdam, the streets are filled with costumed individuals who make themselves ready for an adventure.

Denmark has a Tivoli Garden where all the vents and activities for Halloween are organized. Along with this, 20,000 pumpkins are used to be converted into jack-o’-lanterns.

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Halloween destinations in Europe in 2022

October 07, 2022

Norway to levy tuition fees for non-EU students from 2023

Norway has plans to impose tuition for foreign students the step has been taken to bring more quality to education and restrict the students who come to study in Norway as education is free. Ola Borten Moe has stated that the reduction in the number of foreign students will provide more opportunities for Norwegian students to get admission and accommodation. The fee will not be imposed on Norwegian citizens and EEA students. The government is also planning to increase the budget of the universities. The proposed budget is NOK 42.8 billion in 2023.

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Norway to levy tuition fees for non-EU students from 2023

October 03, 2022

Germany Student visa appointment slots will be open from November 1, 2022

Germany announced to open the student visa slots from November 1, 2022, for Indian students. The country also made APS certificate mandatory for Indian students to submit along with the visa application. The applications for APS certificates are issued from October 1, 2022.

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Germany Student visa appointment slots will be open from November 1, 2022

September 24, 2022

APS Certificate Mandatory’ for Indian students to study in Germany

It has become compulsory for Indian students to submit an APS certificate along with other requirements to apply for a German student visa. The Academic Evaluation Centre will conduct the assessment of the academic qualifications of the applicants. The rule will become mandatory from November 1, 2022. The APS assessment will start on October 1, 2022. Candidates have to meet the requirements to apply for the certificate.

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APS Certificate Mandatory’ for Indian students to study in Germany

September 22, 2022

Spain issues visas to 41,440 foreign workers in August 2022

The authorities in Spain have announced that the number of foreign workers who arrived in August 2022 is 41,440 foreign worker. In Spain, the total number of foreign workers went up to 2,419,877. The figure in August represented 12 percent of the total foreign workers. The Government has provided the data which revealed that 834,461 workers were from European Union countries while 1,603,030 belonged to third countries. The data also revealed that the number of male workers is 1,358,729 and the number of female workers is 1,078,762.

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Spain issues visas to 41,440 foreign workers in August 2022

September 20, 2022

Netherlands removes all COVID-19 travel restrictions

On September 19, 2022, the government of the Netherlands announced that all the restrictions related to COVID-19 will be lifted for all travelers who want to migrate to the country. Immigrants arriving from non-EU countries do not have to produce any recovery or vaccination certificate.

Other two countries where COVID-19 restrictions are still followed include Spain and Luxemburg. The Spanish government has announced that the restrictions will be followed till November 15, 2022. The restrictions in Luxemburg will be followed till the end of September.

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Netherlands removes all COVID-19 travel restrictions

September 19, 2022

Highlights for Germany’s immigration level plan 2022  

  • Germany plans to relax its immigration policies and plans to provide dual citizenship, along with this special citizenship status to attract more foreign skilled workers.
  • Dual citizenship and the special citizenship status are valid for 3–5 years for skilled workers after satisfying certain criteria.
  • Germany will face a shortage of 240,000 skilled workers in the coming four years.
  • Germany aims to attract both academic and vocational skills.
  • The overall application process is also getting simplified to apply for citizenship in Germany, planning to introduce PBS

New immigration rule in Germany
The new immigration rule in Germany means, planning to ease its immigration system to bring in more foreign skilled workers. Germany is also taking steps to give dual citizenship and special citizenship status to skilled workers. These are valid for 3 to 5 years provided they meet certain criteria.

The German government is aiming at attracting both academic and vocational skills. It is forecasted that Germany will have a shortfall of 240,000 skilled workers in the coming four years.

In order to handle the labor shortages in the country, Germany plans to take a step forward in the right direction by relaxing the immigration system. This will attract more foreign skilled workers. Considering the increase in labor shortages, the EU member country is in search of people who express interest in coming to Germany. These people will work and project their expertise, skills, and talent that benefits the nation’s labor market.

September 15, 2022

Germany eases immigration rules to avoid shortage of 2.5 lakh skilled workers

Germany has made a prediction that there is a shortage of around 240,000 skilled workers for the next four years. Germany has already taken such steps to make the immigration system simple so that more and more workers can be attracted. As the shortage of workers is increasing so Germany is looking for skilled workers who can travel to the country to work and settle here. Germany is planning to offer dual citizenship to the candidates. Along with it, the country is also planning to give special citizenship status whose validity will be 3 to 5 years.

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Germany eases immigration rules to avoid shortage of 2.5 lakh skilled workers

September 15, 2022

France issued 400,000+ visas to international students during 2021-2022

France issued more than 400,000 visas to international students. French agency, this is the highest increase in the past 15 years. The increase of students from different countries in France can be started with Italy which showed an increase of +16 percent. Student enrolments from Spain were +25perent and from Lebanon, it was +30 percent. Students from many other countries migrated to France to study. The table below will show the number of increases in enrolment from each country:

Countries

Percentage

Italy

+16

Spain

+25

Lebanon

+30

Germany

+17

United States

+50

North America

43

Latin America

14

Caribbean

14

South America

4

Europe

13

UK

25

EU

9

Sub Saharan Africa

5

Asia Oceania

1

India

+9.5

Japan

+12

Sri Lanka

+17

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France issued 400,000+ visas to international students during 2021-2022

September 10, 2022

Germany is planning to launch points-based green cards

Germany will announce the overhauling of its immigration system so that immigrants can migrate to Germany easily. Besides this, Germany also has plans of making the process of getting citizenship easily. Germany is also going to introduce green cards which will be known as opportunity cards or Chancenkarte. This card will help job seekers to get a job easily in Germany. The country will issue only a limited number of cards per year. The number of cards to be issued will depend on the demand of workers in the job market.

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Germany is planning to launch points-based ‘green cards’

September 10, 2022

Germany will issue citizenship in only 3 years to skilled immigrants

Germany will issue citizenship in only 3 years to skilled immigrants Germany is planning to give citizenship to foreigners who have become well-versed in German culture in just three years. The country is facing a huge shortage of workers and it is expected that the number may increase up to a quarter of a million by 2026. The Labour Ministry announced a plan according to which the country will make it easier for the immigrants to retrain themselves or go for further education. The government is also planning to help immigrants to have multiple nationalities.

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Germany will issue citizenship in only 3 years to skilled immigrants

September 09, 2022

Key aspects of modifications in ‘Schengen visa procedures’

On September 05, 2022, Schengen visa professionals announced that “the Schengen visa applications submitted in Delhi are shifted to Mumbai Schengen visa center.” This is for visa appointments for short-term travel. The applications of the consulates in Calcutta, Chennai, and Bangalore were already centralized in Mumbai in 2021.

Schengen visa consulate is pleased to announce that “the Schengen visa center in Mumbai covers applications from all over India.

Delhi Embassy holds the competence for national visas for D-Category which is North of India. Delhi continues to handle the applications submitted through external service provider VFS Global, Delhi. Whereas the application center, in Chandigarh is scheduled to re-open in November 2022.

September 06, 2022

Croatia breaks records with 15 million tourists in 2022

Croatia has welcomed a record number of tourists in 2022 in comparison to 2021. eVisitor System revealed the data that from January to August 2022, the number of tourists arriving in Croatia is 15 million and they spent 86.6 million nights.

In August 2022, the number of tourists arriving in Croatia is 4.6 million and overnight stays were 32 million. In comparison to August 2021, the number of arrivals increased by 6 percent, and overnight stays increased by 4 percent in 2022.

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Croatia breaks records with 15 million tourists in 2022

September 05, 2022

Portugal gets 1.8 million tourists in July 2022

In July 2022, more than 1.8 million tourists were accommodated in Portugal. According to National Statistics Institute, 600,000 visitors came to Portugal in July 2022. The number of arrivals in July was 1.78 which was slightly greater than the number of arrivals in July 2019. The total number of visitors in the first seven months of 2022 was around 8.1 million which is a million short of the pre-pandemic levels is. The largest number of arrivals was 285,000 from Spain. After that comes the number of visitors from the UK and the USA.

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Portugal gets the highest number of tourists in July 2022

September 02, 2022

7 EU countries relax immigration rules to meet the job market demands in 2022-23

There are several countries in the European Union that are facing the issue of a shortage of workers. Seven of these countries have relaxed the rules of immigration. The contraries that change the rules of immigration are Finland, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden

  • Finland started a fast-track procedure to invite highly skilled workers and start-up entrepreneurs along with their families
  • Denmark has planned to issue different types of jobs on
    • Positive List for Highly Educated
    • Positive List for Skilled Workers
  • Spain has reduced the requirements for certain applicants. Students will also be allowed to work after completion of their graduation.
  • Italy has increased its work permit quota by 5,000.
  • Portugal has launched a short-term work visa whose validity is six months.
  • Ireland has announced to make new changes to the Employment Permit System.
  • Sweden has made rules so that employers cannot exploit employees.

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7 EU countries relax immigration rules to meet the job market demands in 2022-23

August 13, 2022

Poland issued almost one million residence permits for Non-EU residents in 2021

Poland issued almost one million first resident permits for Non-EU residents. The actual number of these resident permits issued is 967,345. The Eurostat has released a data which states that these resident permits were issued in 2021. The largest number of people who received these permits belonged to India. Poland has issued the highest number of residence permits in comparison to other EU states. The table below reveals the number of permits issued by each EU member state:

Country

Number of permits

Poland

9,67,345

Spain

3,71,778

France

2,85,190

Germany

1,85,213

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Poland issued almost one million residence permits for Non-EU residents in 2021

August 12, 2022

Portugal changes immigration laws to fulfill manpower shortage

Portugal has made changes in its immigration laws to make the recruitment process easy. The changes have been made to resolve the problem of shortage of skilled workers in the country. The changes to the laws have been approved by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the president of Portugal. The proposal to make changes was approved in July 2021.

According to the new law, candidates will get a temporary visa to work in Portugal. The validity period of this visa will be 120 days which can be further increased to 60 more days. The new law will also help the remote workers through the facility of digital nomad.

Spain has also decided to make changes in itsimmigration laws so that recruiting foreign nationals can become easy.

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Portugal changes immigration laws to fulfill manpower shortage

August 10, 2022

New EU residence permits rose to approach pre-pandemic levels in 2021

The count of the EU work permits has risen up to 2,952,300 in 2021. Poland was on the top in the case of international professionals while France led the immigration of students. The number of residence permits for EU and non-EU residents was equivalent to the number of permits issued before the pandemic. The count of the permits rose to 31 percent in 2021 in comparison to 2019. The table below will show the comparison of number of permits issued in each year:

First Residence Permit for EU

Year

Figures (in millions)

2021

2,952,300

2020

2,799,300

2019

2,955,300

Most number of permits were issued by Poland. The other EU members that issued these permits are France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands.

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New EU residence permits rose to approach pre-pandemic levels in 2021

August 03, 2022

Finland the first EU Country to Test Digital Passports

Finland will test the digital travel requirements in cross border level. It is the first country to start such a test. Finland has decided to take this step because of European Commission. The commission has decided to start the pilot project in some of the member states. All the states have to create a report which will include their experiences. These reports will help to implement the project in all other member states. In this process, first, the funds have to be approved and then the checking of the requirements will be done in Helsinki Airport.

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Finland, the first EU Country to Test Digital Passports

July 25, 2022

1.2 million jobs in Europe in the tourism and travel sector

Europe has 2 million jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry. The hospitality and tourism sector is facing a crucial time because of the pandemic. People have been forced to think about their careers because of the pandemic. Many people joined other industries while others started working from home. Now remote working has been boosted. Simon Naudi has stated that the industry is struggling in hiring workers for different positions. Another aspect is politics which has become an issue in hiring workers.

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1.2 million jobs in Europe in the tourism and travel sector

July 20, 2022

Schengen visa appointments unavailable due to high demand

Due to high demand, the appointments for the Schengen visa have been canceled. The cancellation has been done because no slots are available in all 26 countries. The cancellation has been done till September 2022. Individuals who belong to non-EU countries have to wait for a long time to get appointments for Schengen visa appointments. It has been expected that candidates who have not applied for the visa may not get appointments till mid-September 2022. No slots are available for July and August according to the executives of the travel industry. The non-availability of slots occurred because embassies are not able to meet the high demand of the visa. Additional staff is being hired so that processing of the visa can be speeded up.

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Schengen visa appointments unavailable due to high demand

July 08, 2022

Hungary ranked the cheapest holiday spot in Europe

Hungary is considered one of the best tourist places as there are a lot of places to visit. As there is an increase in global inflation, tourists are giving preference to the places where they can enjoy their tour at an inexpensive rate. The most preferred city for tourism is Budapest which is the capital city of Hungary. The other popular tourist places in the country are Győr, Szeged, and Tihany. The things that people enjoy in Hungary are local cuisine and architecture, and they can also get a chance of bathing in a thermal bath. The best time that people can arrange a tour for Hungary is March to May.

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Hungary ranked the cheapest holiday spots in Europe

July 07, 2022

Germany makes getting a PR easier, with the new bill on Wednesday

German Cabinet has passed a new regulation bill that will be beneficial for the immigrants who are living in the country without any long-lasting permission. The bill will make them eligible to apply for permanent residency. The qualified migrants for this bill have to apply for one-year residency status. After that, they can apply for permanent residence in Germany. The eligibility criteria for this application is that candidates need to know German and have the ability to earn their own money so that they can support themselves and their families. The bill will be applicable to 136,000 people who have been living in Germany for the last five years by January 1, 2022.

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Germany makes getting a PR easier, with the new bill on Wednesday

June 28, 2022

Germany to allow international workers to reduce staff shortages

The German authorities have made an announcement that workers from other countries will be invited to reduce the skill shortages at airports. Many European countries including Germany are facing the challenge of skill shortage. Many countries have removed the restriction of the coronavirus pandemic which increased the demand for air travel. Authorities have stated that there is a need for temporary workers to handle the flow of international travelers.

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Germany to allow international workers to reduce staff shortages

June 25, 2022

France issued 270,925 residence permits in 2021

In 2021, France issued 270, 925 first resident permits. France also issued work permits whose total number is 370,569. The Directorate-General for Foreigners in France revealed that the number of work permits increased by 21.4 percent in 2021 in comparison to 2020. The number of visas increased up to 2.9 percent and the number of visa request was increased by up to 12.9 percent compared to 2020. The table below reveals the countries and number of applications sent by them:

Country

Number of applicants

Morocco

35,192

Algeria

25,783

Tunisia

12,268

Ivory Coast

11,362

China

9,663

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France issued 270,925 residence permits in 2021

June 06, 2022

Right time to work in Spain. Spain to grant more work visas to reduce labour shortage

Spain has made plans to reduce the restrictions regarding work permits. The shortage of workers can be seen in different industries like tourism, civil construction, etc. The government of Spain has planned for the issuance of more work visas to invite skilled workers to work in Spain. The workers will be invited for the sectors that are facing shortage of workers. The plan also includes the permission to be given to 50,000 non-EU students to study and work in Spain.

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Right time to work in Spain. Spain to grant more work visas to reduce labour shortage

June 03, 2022

Plan your visit to EU countries. No COVID-19 restrictions from June

People who want to visit EU member states do not have to show any recovery reports or test certificate. A few member states will continue the COVID restrictions but many of them will allow the non-EU residents to visit the countries without any restrictions. The restrictions have been removed as the infection rate has become low. The table below lists the countries that have lifted up COVID restrictions:

List of EU countries with ‘NO’ COVID restrictions

Austria

Ireland

Belgium

Italy

Bulgaria

Latvia

Czech Republic

Lithuania

Croatia

Norway

Cyprus

Poland

Denmark

Romania

Greece

Slovenia

Hungary

Sweden

Iceland

Switzerland

Here is the list of the countries that will still follow COVID restrictions:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain

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Plan your visit to EU countries. No COVID-19 restrictions from June

May 11, 2022

Germany’s Oktoberfest to be held again after 2 years

Oktoberfest is considered one of the largest events in Germany. It is a wine and beer festival and is celebrated for 16 to 18 days. The celebration starts in mid or late September and ends on the first Sunday of October. During this festival, the consumption of beer is 7.7 million liters. Germany has planned to organize the festival again after two years of waiting. No restrictions related to the pandemic will be there and so it is expected that a large number of people will participate in this festival. It has been expected that around 6.5 million people from all over the world will participate in this festival.

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Germany’s Oktoberfest to be held again after 2 years

May 04, 2022

Switzerland and Greece remove all COVID travel restrictions

Travelers from all over the world are allowed to enter Switzerland and Greece as the governments have lifted up all the restrictions related to COVID-19. The Schengen VisaInfo has issued a report which reveals that the State Secretariat of Switzerland and the Greek Ministry of health has made the decision to lift up the restriction from April 2022. There is no need of providing any vaccination or recovery certificate. The Switzerland’s Federal office health report revealed on April 19 has stated that the government distributed 15,664,046 covid-19 vaccine doses. The table below shows the percentage of primary vaccination and booster dose:

Vaccination Dose

Percentage of vaccinated

Primary Vaccination

69.1

Booster Shot

42.8

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Switzerland and Greece remove all COVID travel restrictions

April 30, 2022

EU to create easier Schengen Visa via digitalization

The processing of immigration applications was done offline by the European Union Commission. Now the commission has proposed to convert the offline process into an online one due to the COVID pandemic. There are many other reasons for digitalizing the visa process. These reasons are:

  • Applicants’ security will be enhanced and the cost of application processing will be reduced.
  • Digitalizing the process will reduce the risk of fraud and fabrication in visa processing.
  • Applicants pay the visa fee online on a single EU platform.
  • Applications will not be sent to the consulates for submission of requirements physically.

Each EU member state will get a period of five years to convert the visa process from manual to digital.

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EU to create easier Schengen Visa via digitalization

April 30, 2022

Portugal welcomes back Indian visitors

Portugal is considered the perfect destination for holidays as it has 3,000 hours of daylight per year. The country is popular for its beaches, cuisines, wines, and supportive people. Portugal has opened its borders to Indians but visitors have to submit their negative RT-PCR report within 72 hours before starting their journey. They can also go for a laboratory antigen test negative report which has to be submitted 24 hours before starting the journey. After the submission of any of these reports, there is no need to go into quarantine. Children under 12 years do not have to go for any test nor produce any certificate. Also, they do not need to follow the quarantine.

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Portugal welcomes back Indian visitors

April 23, 2022

126 million new travel & tourism jobs in next 10 years

The industry that has been affected by the COVID pandemic severely is tours and travel. Now people have started coming out of their homes and people are ready to look for travel opportunities. This rise will help increase in job opportunities in the travel and tourism industry. According to a report, 18 percent of travelers are ready to go along with the fully vaccinated group. According to the EIR report by WTC, in the next decade, there will be the creation of 126 million jobs in the travel and tourism sector. The tourism sector affects the GDP of each country. The average growth in 2022-2032 is expected to be 5.3 percent. Employment in the travel industry will increase by 5.8 percent on an average annual rate. The contribution of the travel and tourism industry in the GDP was 10.3 percent which was reduced to 5 percent due to the pandemic.

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126 million new travel & tourism jobs in next 10 years

April 19, 2022

List of EU countries that have completely removed COVID-19 travel restrictions

COVID-19 situation has improved because of increase in the vaccination rate. As many member states observed this improvement, they have lifted up the restrictions for travelers who want to travel from different countries to the EU or EEA countries. The list of countries that have lifted the COVID-19 restrictions are as follows:

  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Latvia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Non-EU and non-EEA travelers can travel to these listed countries without any restrictions. No COVID pass is required to travel to these countries. The COVID pass includes

  • A vaccination certificate
  • A recovery certificate
  • A test certificate

The countries that do not have any plans to lift up the restrictions are as follows:

  • Spain
  • France
  • Portugal
  • Italy
  • Germany

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List of EU countries that have completely removed COVID-19 travel restrictions

April 18, 2022

Indians cannot fly EU airlines to Britain without Transit Schengen Visa

Indian citizens have to submit a Transit Schengen Visa if they are traveling to the UK through different airlines like Air France, KLM, Lufthansa. The transition has to be done at Amsterdam, Munich, Paris, and Frankfurt. If Indians do not have this visa, they will not be allowed to take any flight to the UK through these airlines. EU citizens also have to go for the Transit Schengen visa to travel by transit flight and migrate to the UK. Switzerland is not the part of this block so this rule will not be implemented for the country. As an alternative, travelers can also take the flights of Atlantic, Vistara, British Airways, and Virgin Air India.

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Indians cannot fly EU airlines to Britain without Transit Schengen Visa

April 18, 2022

70,000 Blue Card Holders in Germany in 2021

Germany is a popular destination for migration since mid of the 90s. According to the reports from the Federal statistical office, Destatis, the number of foreigners living in Germany is 10.6 million. The federal office has reported that around 70,000 immigrants received their blue cards in Germany in 2021. Individuals want to migrate to Germany because of the following reasons:

  • The salaries are high
  • Standard of living is high
  • Work-life balance can be managed easily
  • International environment is safe and secure
  • Healthcare facilities are of high quality
  • Political system is stable

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70,000 Blue Card Holders in Germany in 2021

April 06, 2022

Work in Germany, France, or Italy – Hottest jobs available in 5 EU nations now

When the pandemic started, changes can be seen in job trends because of the work culture environment. This massive change led to chaos in the lives of the employees. Ife and work of the employees have changed and companies were also forced to accept the changes at a faster pace. Companies also faced resignations from many employees and this caused difficulties for the companies to change the work culture. The five countries which changed the work culture are as follows:

  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

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Work in Germany, France or Italy – Hottest jobs available in 5 EU nations now

March 26, 2022

Sweden removes COVID travel ban from April 1

Sweden has made an announcement on March 25, 2022 that it will open its borders for developing countries. Travel restrictions for European countries were already lifted on February 9, 2022. There will be no need of RT-PCR negative report or vaccination certificates. Other EU countries for which there is no need of vaccination certificate are

  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Slovenia
  • Romania

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Sweden removes COVID travel ban from April 1

March 08, 2022

Germany issued 60,000 visas for skilled workers in 2021

The German Skilled Immigration Act helped Germany in issuing 60,000 visas to the international workers The ACT was started in March 2020 and 30,000 visas were given to the international skilled workers.  The table below will show the number of visas issued in each year:

Year

No. of Visas Issued

2021

60,000

2020

30,000

The ACT also brought changes for international workers which can be found in the table below:

Category

Experience

Educational Qualification

Employment Opportunities

Permanent Settlement

Qualified Professionals

2 Years

Degree recognized in the country

Employment Contract

After 4 Years

Students and Trainees

NA

Enrolment in a German School

Can switch to vocational training from studies

After completing the vocational training

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Germany issued 60,000 visas for skilled workers in 2021

February 24, 2022 

India and France agree to student exchange programs

The embassies of France in India have plans to boost scientific partnerships in the case of marine sciences. The scholarships will be provided to five students who are associated with this sector. Partnerships between more critical education and learning institutions will also be developed.

Both countries will also plan for using the blue economy which will be used for the sustenance of marine resources.

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India and France agree to student exchange programs

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