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The sports broadcasting channel ESPN has joined forces with the country's top marketing body Brand USA in order to promote US tourism in Europe. Due to the rising popularity of traditional US sports such as American football, ESPN will deliver top sports content to the European fans in the hope that this will increase the popularity of USA as a tourist destination. ...
 
 
The newly proposed changes in the UK visa policy have prompted some of the leading country's scientists to write letter to the UK immigration minister Mark Harper. They warn him about the potential negative consequences of the restrictive policies. ...
 
 
Immigration New Zealand has issued report which warns potential immigrants about fake job offers. Almost every type of NZ visa requires that applicants should secure employment beforehand. ...
 
 
More than 6000 Canadian Visas were granted on the the first four days of the 2013 International Experience Canada (IEC) event held in Ireland, during last week. This was an all-time record. ...
 
 
Australia will introduce new arrangement for students that graduate with bachelor, master or doctoral degree form a local university. The new rules will be an additional stream in the already existing 458 temporary skilled graduate visa. ...
 
 
The UK Border agency (UKBA) has announced that the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme for Taiwanese nationals will re-open on 7 March 2013. In order Taiwanese citizens to apply for a UK Working Holiday Visa he or she must provide a certificate of sponsorship. ...
 
 
Visa rules for Indian citizens, who wish to apply for United States Visa, will be simplified. It is expected that this step will help US consulates to attract more Indian visitors. ...
 
 
The UK Immigration minister Mark Harper has said that he will review all the issues of visa abuse related to the entrepreneur visa program. This statement has been made after several reports of foreign businessmen, who try to unfairly gain access to UK. ...
 
 
Obama wants to reform the US skilled immigration system. In his inaugural speech he spoke about his intention to liberalize the visa rules for foreigners who have education and experience in the areas of science, mathematics, technology and engineering, the so called STEM occupations. ...
 
 
Record numbers of foreigners from more than 140 countries have become citizens of Australian at the weekend as part of the nation's Australia Day celebrations. According to the country's immigration minister Chris Bowen, Australia Day has always been the most popular time of the year for citizenship ceremonies and several thousand new Australian passports were granted. ...
 
 
Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski has reminded the US president Barack Obama about his promise to allow polish citizens to participate in the Visa Waiver Program. The program gives the right to citizens from 36 countries to visit USA and stay for up to 90 days without the need for a visa. ...
 
 
The state owned flag carrier of Qatar – Qatar Airways has made a deal with the state of Western Australia to launch a new marketing campaign whose aim is to attract more British tourists to the largest state in Australia. While the national agency Tourism Australian tries to attract more tourists from China and Asia in general, Western Australia has concentrated on British tourists. ...
 
 
A recently introduced change in the visa policy of UK will prevent several international transfers of foreign footballers during the January transfer window. The current rules of the UK Football Association dictate that any player from abroad must have played at least 75% of international matches for their country in the last two years in order to be eligible for a UK visa. ...
 
 
Greg Moriarty, the Australian ambassador in Indonesia has announced that a new embassy will be build in Indonesia and it will be the largest in the world,. It will be situated over the current embassy and the cost of the construction will be estimated at 250 million dollars. ...
 
 
One of the opposition party leaders in New Zealand David Shearer has told British Foreign Secretary William Hague that he wants UK to ease the stringent visa requirements for New Zealand citizens. Mr Hague is currently on a trip to New Zealand and has already had meetings with New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully. ...
 
 
According the US consulate in India the number of H-type visas granted to Indian citizens increased by 16 000 during 2012, at the same time the number of L visas fell down slightly. Most of the Indians apply for the H-1B visa. ...
 
 
The home secretary Theresa May announced that UK will increase the number of student interviews. Those interviews will be required so that foreign students can receive tier 4 visas. ...
 
 
The US congress will debate whether Israel should join the US Visa Waiver program (VWP).The Visa Waiver Program allows passport holders from countries which participate in the program to visa United States for up to 90 days without the need for a visa. Taiwan recently became the latest country to be accepted to the program and now Israel has designs on the same. ...
 
 
The net immigration in UK is still much higher the goal of "tens of thousands per year" which was recently set by the Conservative party. As a result of this the British Prime Minister David Cameron is considering making UK immigration more difficult for EU citizens which constitute the largest part of the foreigners who have chosen to come to Britain. ...
 
 
The actress from Harry Potter movies Emma Watson was stopped by US immigration officials at the JFK airport after they mistook her for an unaccompanied 12 year old girl. Ms Watson whose rise to fame come as she played Hermione Granger in the biggest film franchise of all time was questioned by US officials as she returned to United States in order to resume her studies at Brown University. ...
 
 
According to recent statistics of the Irish government the unemployment rate in the county of Louth has hit a record 22%, which equates to almost 2200 people. A lot of experts therefore predict that there will be a spike of Irish immigrants to Canada during 2013. ...
 
 
The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will be open for new applicants in May 2013. The program was put on hold during June last year. ...
 
 
UK Home Secretary has recently announced that new measures will be taken in order to reduce the abuse associated with foreign student visas and at the same time ensure that talented students will have the ability to come, study and work in UK. "I want to talk today about the measures we're taking to make sure that the immigration system truly works in our national interest, by bringing down net migration to sustainable levels, while still attracting the brightest and the best talent from around the world," Theresa May said. ...
 
 
The Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that the transition to Canadian permanent residence will faster and easer for highly skilled temporary workers from abroad. From January 2013 onwards the total Canadian work experience which will be required for workers who want to apply for Canadian Experience Class program will be reduced from 24 to 12 months. ...
 
 
United States and Canada have signed a new immigration sharing Agreement to automatically share fingerprints, names, nationalities, birthdays, photos, and other information of refugee claimants and visa applicants to either country. The agreement will allow US Immigration authorities to automatically request information from their Canadian colleagues when a third party national applies for a US citizenship or US visa. ...
 
 
More than 300 000 people who will immigrate to Australia during 2013 will be hit by the upcoming increases of the prices of the most popular Australian visas. After January 2012 all prospective immigrants will have to pay on average 33 percent more for their visa application processing. ...
 
 

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has announced her plans to significantly improve the visa application and processing for Chinese visitor, who want to visit UK for tourism or business purposes. In her speech on 12 December, the home secretary stated that China is very important market for leisure and business visitors and confirmed that developing the Chinese market is top priority for the UK Government.

 

May stated that some of the new changes that will be introduced include simplification of the documentation requirements. Furthermore a new business network across China will be established, the UK express visa service will be extended and a new passport pass-back scheme for visa applicants will be introduced.

 

the UK government has planned to give further continual improvements to the visa service, aiming to meet the needs of customers for a fast, transparent, simple and easy to access service which is tailored to their individual needs, as well as to help the UK remains an attractive destination to overseas tourist and business visitors