Top 3 exotic and affordable travel destinations for your summer!

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Everybody loves to get away, especially during the summer! To run away to another part of the world – what can be more exciting! However, the first thing we usually pay attention to is if we can actually afford the vacation that the heart desires.

Here we have top 3 travel recommendations that you may want to look into: exotic, affordable, and definitely memorable!

Number 1 destination that will not harm your wallet is Turkey. This beautiful country is rich in history but comparatively cheap for tourists. If you have a valid visa or residence permit from one of the Schengen Countries, USA, UK or Ireland then you can easily apply for an e-visa. If you are a Canadian passport holder, you will need to apply for a Turkish visa

The affordable destination number 2 would be Vietnam. It’s more like a back-packer destination, but definitely worth to visit. It is quite easy to find a clean and affordable hotel where you can stay with your family or/and friends. The processing time for a Vietnamese visa is quite short, and Canadians are allowed to stay in Vietnam for up to 30 days.

The last but not least – affordable travel destination to go to – beautiful post-soviet country Azerbaijan. This is a country of contrast – a beautiful mix of old and new architecture, of heritage and modern lifestyle. It’s not crowded, and local people are very nice to travelers. Tourist visa to Azerbaijan for Canadians is also pretty affordable.

If you are interested in any other destinations for your future travel, feel free to check if you need a visa, and contact us for assistance!

Russian e-visa for foreign visitors will become valid in 2021

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An electronic single-entry visa to Russia for foreigners will be introduced in 2021 according to the order, which has been signed by Vladimir Putin, Russian President.

The current situation of Russian e-visas is more local - the service is available only for the Far East region of Russia. Citizens of 18 countries can apply for their Russian e-visas online. Starting from July 1, 2019, Russian e-visa holders will be able to visit the Kaliningrad region as well.

All-Russia electronic visas will become valid from January 1, 2021. Unlike the e-visas issued for visiting the Far East and the Kaliningrad region, the all-Russia e-visa will cost up to $50.

The character of the Russian e-visa will be:

  • short-term (up to 16 days)
  • single entry
  • universal (tourism, business, and humanitarian purposes).

The list of countries whose citizens will be eligible for Russian e-visas has not been published yet, but there is a chance that Japan, China, South Korea, EU countries and non-EU Schengen states, and possibly New Zealand, will be included on the list.

However, it is not currently planned to include the United Kingdom, Canada, and the US on the list. We will be happy to assist Canadian, US and UK passport holders in obtaining their visas to Russia, as well as all the other nationalities who are not eligible for Russian e-visa.

Please, be careful, e-visa is still a visa! Any misleading or inaccurate information would ban you from entry. That's why we encourage travelers of visa-free countries to apply through reliable services like ANYVISA to get things right.

LGBTQ2 Immigration: Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership


The ongoing support for LGBTQ2 communities from Canadian Government is known around the world. However, today the Government of Canada announced even broader assistance by establishing the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership.

This program will support more Canadians in privately sponsoring LGBTQ2 refugees who are facing violence and persecution in their countries. It was established in cooperation with the Rainbow Refugee Society to help strengthen collaboration between LGBTQ2 related organizations and the refugee settlement communities in Canada.

“LGBTQ2 refugees have faced unimaginable circumstances just for being who they are. Canada will protect them and help keep them safe. The LGBTQ2 community has been steadfast in their mission in raising awareness of the unique needs of LGBTQ2 refugees among Canadians and helping these most vulnerable people feel safe...” – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

We, at AnyVisa are fully committed to help all people without discrimination and we are proud to acknowledge the fact that we have multiple clients from LGBTQ2 community in Western Canada over the past 10 years. If you are interested in assisting the LGBTQ2 community members overseas to resettle in Canada, feel free to contact us for a private consultation.

Tech workers have more reasons to look for jobs in Canada

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Since US immigration becomes more difficult, foreign tech workers are turning to Canada. The absence of growth in foreign tech job interest in the US is related to stricter immigration procedures — including those for high-skilled tech workers, H-1B visa holders.

Meanwhile, jobs in Canada are having a higher rate of such interest from foreign tech professionals, because the Canadian immigration system is not only very welcoming but it also provides a practically immediate transition to Permanent Residency.

For example, such program as The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended until June 2020. Since the demand for talent in B.C.’s tech sector is increasing very fast, the pilot extension took place in order “to provide B.C. tech employers with the continued ability to recruit and retain international talent.”

Foreign tech workers can definitely consider Canada an employment option since the Tech Pilot is providing a fast-tracked, permanent immigration pathway for them.

If you are a tech professional and would like to work in Canada, there is another option for you such as Global Talent stream. The details of that program we mentioned in our previous blog posts, but you can always find the information on our dedicated Global Talent Stream page.

For your personal Pre-Assessment, feel free to send your request by submitting the form. We are also happy to provide you with our initial consultation should you have any questions or concerns about Canadian immigration, jobs in Canada and other visa inquiries.

Express Entry points dramatically increased

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The Express Entry System creates a pool of candidates for immigration to Canada. It is an electronic application management system, which covers Canada’s key economic immigration programs. All-programs draws under the Express Entry system and is typically held every two weeks.

The most recent Express Entry draw was held on May 29th, 2019. However, lots of candidates, who thought they could apply for Permanent Residency through the Express Entry system, now have to postpone their process, since the minimum CRS score was 470.

However, we encourage those candidates not to give up, even if this new Express Entry draw has exceeded their points. The minimum CRS score is constantly changing, and most likely it will go down eventually giving more chances for Express Entry candidates to apply for Permanent Residency as soon as possible.

There is always a possibility to improve your Express Entry points through various options:

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How to apply for Global Talent Stream

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On May 20th, 2019, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his Government is supporting the Global Talent Stream through attracting tech professionals to Canada.

During the interview, he said that Canada “needs to stay open” to bring international talents, and the creation of the Global Talent Stream was a good help for Canadian employers since under this program foreign workers in specific occupations may obtain work permits within two weeks, just as little as that!

“This is a good place to set down roots, this is a good place to build a company, this is a good place to build a future,” - he said, - “We’ve got socio-economic, fiscal, banking and legal stability that is world class, and we’re a country that does so in two languages.”

The process of an application under the Global Talent Stream starts with finding a Canadian employer who is willing to hire a foreign worker. Then, in order to apply for two-week processing, a worker needs to submit the complete application from outside of Canada. The full process of how to apply for Global Talent Stream you may see on the designated page.

If you want to get more details and see if you have chances to apply under the GTS, don’t hesitate to send us your request. We will be happy to provide you with our Free Assessment.

QIIP Requirements for Immigration to Canada

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What an international investor needs to do to meet the minimum QIIP requirements for fast immigration.

“Citizenship by Investment” is a common practice in many countries, including Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Portugal, and many others.

Business Immigration has been a subject of interest for years, and the Government of Canada and Quebec are running one of the longest and most successful immigration programs for investors in the World - The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program, or QIIP.

This program is for investors who want to eliminate the stress of doing business in a new environment. In addition, among the QIIP requirements, there are no language or age restrictions. Here are the basic QIIP requirements that investors need to meet in order to qualify for this program:

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Is There a Russian Consulate in Vancouver?

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A visa for traveling to Russia allows entering Russia for a specific length of time. Please note that oppose to regular “entry visa” (Canada, USA, etc.) Russian visa is an “entry&exit visa” that allows people to visit the country within a certain period of its validity.

First what you need to do is to identify the purpose of your visit. One of the most important requirements for a Russian visa is a Letter of Invitation to Russia. If the purpose of your visit is tourism/holidays/sightseeing, the Letter of Invitation can be issued by a travel agency that's registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the hotel where you are staying. We, at Anyvisa, can assist you with obtaining the Tourist Letter of Invitation from Russia. If your purpose of the visit is not tourism, and you need help to identify it, we can guide you through the process. The purpose of the visit stated in the invitation letter defines the type of visa you will apply for.

The Russian Consulate may issue different types of visas — Tourist visa, Private Visa, Business Visa, Work Visa, Student Visa, and Humanitarian Visa.

We strongly recommend you to plan your trip well in advance and apply for the appropriate visa type. One thing that is consistent with all Russian visas is that they take time unless you are ready to pay extra for expedited processing. 

Many people start their visa process by seeking a Russian Consulate in Vancouver or trying to contact the Russian Embassy in Canada. However, here they face a challenge since there is no Russian Consulate in Vancouver. Therefore, Anyvisa is here to help Canadian residents and provide them with a smooth and stress-free visa application service.

At the Russian Consulate, regular visa process usually may take up to 30 days, so please consider it well before your trip dates.

The application process is very complex and must be completed carefully – any mistake can lead to a delay or outright rejection. For any questions regarding getting a Russian visa in Vancouver don’t hesitate to contact us and make an appointment at our visa office in Vancouver.

Attention, Cuba! Changes to IRCC services in Havana

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Visa to Canada for Cubanos is still available, even though Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reduced its programs and services in Havana, Cuba.

From now on at the Embassy of Canada in Havana, such services as visitor visas, study/work permits, or Permanent Residence interviews will no longer be offered.

At the same time, there are some services still available. The Canadian Embassy in Havana will keep accepting Canadian passport, citizenship certificate, and permanent resident travel document applications. Applicants may also apply for PR under economic and family class programs. If applicants need to give their biometrics, they will need to travel outside Cuba.

If you want to apply for a visitor visa to Canada, or Study Permit, or Work Permit, you can still do that – simply send your request on the designated page, or fill out the Free Assessment form right away. Our visa services are available for any type of temporary visa application or any other immigration issue.

Student Direct Stream: 20 days processing for Canadian Visa

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International students got a "green light" in Canada! The Canadian Government has moved to centralize submission for the expedited processing program that targets candidates applying from certain countries. Four countries were selected for fast visa processing: China, India, Philippines or Vietnam. The processing time for this visa is as fast as 20 days!

Chinese, Indian, Philippine or Vietnamese candidates, who want to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution, have to be qualified for the Student Direct Stream. As well as any other Canadian immigration program, Student Direct Stream has a list of requirements that each candidate has to meet. You can see the list of the Student Direct Stream requirements on our designated page.

This stream is a unique opportunity for those who qualify to get their visa to Canada fast. Enjoy the studentship in Canada and get a world-class education. First steps could be made right now: simply send your request to see if you are eligible to apply!

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