In February 2018 Cyprus broke the record

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February 2018 showed the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month. Comparing to the last year number of tourists in the same month (82K+), during the February 2018 Cyprus accepted 101K+ visitors. According to the results of the Passengers Survey by Statistical Service of Cyprus, the precisely recorded rise is 23.4%.

Even though the month of February has shown that extraordinary performance, it’s important to note that tourist arrivals actually hit record in all previous months (since March 2017), which means that Cyprus is getting more and more popular destination in Europe. Check, if you need a visa to travel to Cyprus.

From Temporary Worker to Permanent Resident

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According to the report by Statistics Canada, the number of temporary foreign workers, who extend their stay in Canada, is growing. Those immigrants tend to not only apply for a longer stay/work but also obtain permanent residence in Canada. This tendency has increased even more among the recent arrivals.

However, the fair conclusion of the study also expresses the idea that “The duration and type of stay of TFWs in Canada are strongly restricted by the regulations governing their work permit terms.” Therefore, we keep reminding to all the immigrants, who want to come to Canada for work: if you want to work as a temporary foreign worker, a job offer from the Canadian employer is required! Exceptions might take place only if you are obtaining permanent residence principally through the Express Entry system.

There are a bunch of programs helping temporary foreign workers make a transition to permanent residence. However, every case is unique, and we strongly recommend paying attention to the details. The best thing you can do to secure your case is to ask for a legal advice from licensed immigration expert, who will assess your situation and help you with your pathway to PR.

Africa is a popular spot among Chinese tourists

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Have you heard of “In-depth travels”? It is a special term to describe those types of trips, which involve more nonstandard journeys beyond the typical tourist route. The term is mostly used by Chinese travel websites. So, according to the travel survey, more than 60% of Chinese travelers are willing to visit Africa as an “in-depth travel” in 2018. They would like to discover such spots as Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Namibia, Madagascar, and Tanzania.

One of the reasons why Morocco and Tunisia became such a desirable destination for Chinese travelers is the relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese citizens. Since June 2016 Chinese passport holders are allowed to travel to Morocco with no visa, and since February 2017 they got a visa-free travel to Tunisia. As for Tanzania and Egypt, they got a visa-on-arrival access.

If you are planning to discover one of those exotic destinations, check if you need a visa.

Traveling to Brazil is easier than ever

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Since the Brazilian visa process had become easier this year, the country keeps accepting more and more visitors. Since January 25, 2018, when the launch of Brazilian e-visas took place, there has been a 70% increase in visa applications from U.S. visitors (comparing to the last year). The officials of the Brazilian Tourism could expect the successful outcome of the program and so far they’ve been very impressed by the statistics.

“This first step was fantastic, and this makes me believe the projections could be even higher.” – said Vinicius Lummertz, president of the Brazilian Tourism Board. Currently, Argentinian citizens are the 1st largest tourist group traveling to Brazil. The 2nd place is taken by Americans. Each year about 550K Americans travel to Brazil, and this number is definitely expected to grow within next 4 years.

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UK is leaving the EU: consequences for travelers

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Europe has been one of the most attractive travel destinations for many centuries. The Schengen Area is an area that is made up of 26 countries. As you know, the special thing about the Schengen Area is that you don’t need a visa to travel within the territory.

After Brexit, which is the prospective withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the traveling to Europe will get some changes. The UK is not a part of the Schengen visa scheme, and in the future, it may not even be necessary for foreigners from outside Europe to have a visa to the UK at all.

The ones who will suffer once Brexit is finalized are the British citizens. Now they are able to travel everywhere in the EU by just presenting their passports. However, from 2019, they may need a visa to travel to Europe.

Foreign students are doing better than their Canadian peers

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Canada is one of the best-educated countries in the world, and immigrants are playing the crucial role in this tendency. There have been a lot of research and reports, based on how the children of immigrants are doing in terms of their educational and economic outcomes. According to The Immigration Department report, 36% of the children of immigrants (25-35 y.o.) hold university degrees, while their peers with Canadian-born parents make just 24%.

“The educational attainment of the parents' matters; children with highly educated parents are more likely to be highly educated themselves. And immigrant parents in Canada tend to have higher levels of educational attainment than Canadian-born parents,” said the report by researcher Garnett Picot for the department’s research and evaluation unit.

This tendency might be based on the parents’ expectations regarding education. Immigrant families, especially Asian, tend to have higher expectations for their kids in terms of education matters, than families with Canadian-born parents. As a result, the children of immigrants have higher educational attainment and more chances to be in professional occupations, rather than their peers of Canadian-born parents.

If you want to apply for a student visa to Canada, find a good job and successfully immigrate, please contact our immigration expert and inquiry your chances.

Vietnam should relax its visa requirements

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On January 22, 2018, a dialogue meeting on mechanisms, policies and administrative procedures related to business operation and activities of European firms in Vietnam took place in Hanoi. During that meeting, The European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) called for a visa waiver for visitors from the countries which have signed free trade agreements with Vietnam. According to EuroCham, Vietnam should:

  • ease the visa requirements for Vietnam’s investment partners and target tourism markets like India and Australia;
  • extend the visa waiver to passport holders of five Western European countries to five years (from the current one year);
  • extend the visa-free stay from 15 days to 30 days;
  • clarify procedures and regulations on the visa exemption for tourists returning to Vietnam within less than 30 days after their departures for a third country;
  • issue visas on arrival with a duration of 72 days for passengers in transit;
  • improve e-visa issuance service.

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Tourism in Azerbaijan is one of the leading sectors

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The beautiful nature, picturesque landscapes of Azerbaijan, hospitality of its people draws the attention of the tourists from all over the world. In 2017 the number of foreign visitors coming to Azerbaijan increased by 20%. To be more specific, 2.7 million tourists visited this beautiful South Caucasian country.

Such a high growth didn’t happen for no reason. According to Mahir Gahramanov, the head of the sector in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the government had taken some measures to attract more tourists. For example, the Shopping Festival, which took place for the first time last year. Also, construction of a new tourism infrastructure is increasing the number of tourism services as well. As a result, lots of brand new tourism companies were opened. The government has made the developing tourism a priority.

Simplification of visa regime also plays a major role in the development of tourism in Azerbaijan. Currently, citizens of a number of countries get visas right at the Azerbaijani airports, while other tourists can visit the country by getting online tourist visas.

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5 wildest trending destinations in 2018

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Panama: a country of adventures and exotic animals will give you unforgettable memories in your travel diary. Spider monkeys and spoonbills hiding in the Darién jungle, hiking and surfing…but it doesn’t really matter what you are going to do in there, the most interesting part starts when something unpredictable comes up and you will learn more about things outside your comfort zone. Panama is excellent for experiencing the precious connection between you, nature, and other people.

Antarctica: the perfect place to experience the feeling of being completely disconnected from everyday life while being so connected to nature and your surroundings. After nearly a decade, the powerhouse icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov will once again attempt to power through the polar ice to Snow Hill and its emperor penguins on four 2018 journeys from Quark Expeditions. The passengers of the 110-passenger Kapitan Khlebnikov will enjoy the 14-day expeditions along with the elite group of scientists and researchers, who are going to educate them about this iconic wildlife event.

Canadian Arctic: a snowy home for polar bears.

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2018 Trending destinations

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San Antonio (The USA): a popular city in Texas is going to be even more popular this year due to its 300th anniversary. Throughout the whole year, a lot of festive and entertaining activities are going to take place. For example, the week of May 1 – May 6 is announced as a week full of events, as well as the week of April 19 – April 29, which is annual Fiesta San Antonio festival. Also, lots of museums are going to host special anniversary exhibits (Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Lone Star Brewery and many others).

Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia): obviously, these two cities are going to be the top popular destinations during the World Cup 2018 in June. However, the popularity of the two capitals of Russia is also related to the frequency of appearing in the world news. Oh, that’s right, before going to Russia, you should know, that Russians actually call both of the cities “capital” since Saint Petersburg is considered as a cultural capital of Russia.

Slovenia: this tiny central European country tends to be very attractive for foodies due to culinary scene, which is very well explained by neighboring Italy, Austria, and Hungary. Also, wine lovers will appreciate the “Tuscany of Slovenia” – the Goriska Brda wine region, which boasts vineyards ripe with regular grapes, used by organic wineries.

If you are looking for more exotic or extreme experience in 2018, we hope you’ll like our next blog post about the wildest trending destinations!

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