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Although many Russian officials have noted that the development of international tourism is a key priority for the government there is a sharp decrease of the number of tourist that come from developed countries. Tour operators claim that there has been a decline in the number of French tourists of 8%, of Spanish tourists of 30%, of Estonian and Italian tourists of 10%, of Finnish tourists of 10 to 15 %, and a decline in the number of German tourists of 15%. ...
 
 
New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse will join Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown this week to pay tribute to the economic contribution of the international education industry in New Zealand. The event will be located in Wellington Town Hall and will feature presentations from NZ police officers and former international students which will highlight the commitment that the country has to develop its educational sector. ...
 
 
The quota of 6350 Canadian Working Holiday Visas available for Irish Citizens was filled in just two days. According to Cathy Murphy, executive director of the Toronto-based Irish Canadian Immigration Centre, everyone expected a high demand, but it was still surprising the rate at which the free places were filled. ...
 
 
The government of South Africa has recently announced it plans to resume talks with the Britain about resuming the right of visa-free travel form South African citizens, who want to visit UK. South Africans now require a visa in order to enter UK after a corruption scandal in the South Africa's Department of Home Affairs resulted in a revocation of their exemption status. ...
 
 
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and Tourism Minister Maxime Bernier are happy with the success of the Canadian tourism industry which registered almost 1 million visitors during 2012. The record number of visas that were issued in Canada during the previous year represents an increase of 40% in just a decade and thus solidifies the reputation of Canada as an attractive destination for international visitors. ...
 
 
Romania foreign minister said the "scrounger" stereotype that is being attached to Romanian immigrants is unfair. Bulgaria and Romania will have full access to the job market of the European Union after 1 January 2014. ...
 
 
New Legislation which will allow polish citizens to visit United States without the need for a visa is being discussed in the American Congress. Many Western European countries have already such possibility and Taiwan was the last country to join the US visa waiver program. ...
 
 
Even though that UK is part of the European Union it is still not part of the Schengen agreement which allows foreign tourists to visit all 26 participating European countries with one visa. Recent research show that UK is desired destination of a lot of Asian tourists. ...
 
 
According to an official report of the Australian government more than 130 000 construction jobs will be created in the country during the next five years. A lot of the discussion regarding the future situation in the Australian job market is centered on the mining industry which has so far saved the country from the global recession. ...
 
 
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. ...