by Rebecca/January 24 05:09 PMLast updated on Canada is a country that loves formal professional certifications or designations in everything. It is a country of degrees and as such, the more education you have, the better your chances of getting gainful employment. So many workers don't get hired internally because they don't have the formal education requirements. They could do a great job but without the 'papers' they never seem to get ahead. HR departments love workers who would learn more outside of their job to prove that they want to move higher up in the organization. Canadian colleges and professional associations propose pathways to professional and career certification in a broad scope of fields of work from accounting to education, financial planning, health care, information technology, legal, project management and much more. The certifications listed in this article are for professions in Accounting or Finance, Architecture or Design, Aviation, Bank or Insurance, Engineering, Education, Health, HR, Community or NGO It is important to note that some jobs require certifications to practice while some are not legally required. However, having a certification 'might' increase chances. Some of these certifications are not issued outside Canada, so it is advisable to visit their official website to confirm. CERTIFICATIONS FOR ACCOUNTING & FINANCE IN CANADA CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant): The CPAs are recognized as some of the best Canadian accountants. The certification process allows both new and experienced accountants to test their abilities, refine their skills and increase their knowledge of the discipline overall. CFSA (Certified Financial Services Auditor): The holders of these certifications are internationally recognized by The Institute of Internal Auditors Canada. This designation audits financial institutions. If you work in any of these industries, the CFSA program will benefit you: Banking Institutions, Thrift/Savings, and Loan Organizations, Credit Unions, Insurance Carriers, Agents, Services, Security and Commodity Services, Real Estate Services, Holding and Investment Companies, Credit Agencies, Regulatory Agencies, Other Financial Service Organizations. CGAP (Certified Government Auditing Professional): This is by the Institute of Internal Auditors and they specialize in public-sector auditing. This designation is accessible to people who have a 4-year post-secondary degree, five years of internal auditing experience coupled with two years of post-secondary educational experience, or at least seven years of internal auditing experience. CIA (Certified Internal Auditor): This is by the Institute of Internal Auditors and what they do is inspect companies? finances to reduce losses. Adding the CIA credential to your resume, LinkedIn profile, and business card will help you stand out and demonstrate you are, credible and trusted internal auditor. A true expert who understands and can apply the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. CFA (Chartered Financial Accountant): With this certification, you will get Instant Credibility and Industry Respect, Networking opportunities for faster career growth, More time and cost-effective than an MBA program, Better job prospects at the top investment firms. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) ? Calgary: This designation is given to members accepted into the internationally renowned organization the CFA Institute. The CFA examination is considered to be the Gold Standard for Finance & Investment Professionals all around the World. The whole CFA curriculum is set up by experts from academia and industry from around various countries and consists of the newest theories and practical examples from the Investment management industry. The curriculum majorly revolves around major asset classes like Equities, Derivative Instruments, Fixed Income, Alternative Investments and tools like Quantitative Methods, Financial Reporting & Analysis, Economics, Corporate Finance & Industry-required professional Ethics. CIWM (Certified International Wealth Manager): In Canada, CSI actively promotes the CIWM designation to cultivate public awareness and industry recognition of your training and unique depth of services. Outside of Canada, the AIWM along with local chapters promote the CIWM to create increased global awareness of this prestigious designation. Marketing resources are available for promoting your business, educating clients and informing prospects (i.e. Access to CIWM client brochure - promote yourself, your practice and your credentials). CIM (Chartered Investment Manager): This is recognized by the Canadian Securities Institute and a CIM is one of the highest-rated investment managers. When you earn the CIM, you become an investment advisor qualified to manage money on a discretionary basis for an increasing number of sophisticated clients. CIM hopefuls must pass the CSC. Applicants must also have two years of relevant work experience. CSI, which administers the CIM, says work experience should include conducting or supervising investment management, the biggest benefit of the CIM is learning about investments and portfolio strategies in granular detail. CERTIFICATIONS FOR BANKING / INSURANCE IN CANADA CCSA (Certification in Control Self-Assessment) CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance): Earning the CRMA helps address the impact of risk and demonstrates you have the ability to: Provide assurance on core business processes in risk managementand governance.Educate management and the audit committee on risk and riskmanagement concepts.Offer quality assurance and control self-assessment.Focus on strategic organizational risks.Add value for your organization as a trusted advisor.Increase earning potential by up to 51 percent. CCPE (Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist) Certification is required to: Protect consumers. Users of ergonomics services will be able to identify a professional who has met a predetermined set of professional and educational standards, Protect the field, The reputation of ergonomics depends on the professionalism of its practitioners. The certification will as well enhance credibility, Independent verification of competency provides a higher level of professional credibility and improves the quality of practice. It also provides personal satisfaction. Proof of professional competence is gratifying. It improves earning capacity. Employers prefer to hire certified professionals as well. CHSC (Certified Health & Safety Consultant) Education and experience in the profession. Demonstrated commitment and specialized training and examination.Ethical behavior supported by a peer-reviewed CHSC Code of Conduct.Assurance of protection when acting on professional advice CHSMSA (Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor) COHN (Certified Occupational Health Nurse) Pros of a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Career includes a good salary is relative to training requirements (about $82,000 in 2016)The certification also helps to minimize the impact of workplace injuries and illnesses. A holder of this certification enjoys Flexibility in terms of the job location. CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) Becoming a CRSP will help you stand out, gives you professional credibility, Return on Your Investment, Expand Your Opportunities. The CRSP certification gives you a global advantage. I t is also the only Canadian certification recognized through Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) in the United States and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom. CRST( Canadian Registered Safety Technician.) A CRST is an individual who has met the requirements for registration established by the BCRSP Governing Board. A CRST supports a safe working environment by maintaining OHS administrative processes, conducting training and using a range of state-of-the-art tools, processes and common practice solutions to OHS risks. They oversee and drive monitoring and compliance in relation to technical and behavioral risk controls. ROH (Registered Occupational Hygienist) ROHT (Registered Occupational Hygiene Technologist) I.T CERTIFICATIONS MOST IN CANADA EMC Data Scientist. The certification enables the learner to immediately participate in big data and other analytics projects. The certification validates the practical foundation skills required by a Data Scientist. Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist. Cloudera being the topmost player in the world of Big Data and Data Science, taking up a certification from Cloudera is never a mistake that one should be worried about. Earning a Cloudera Certification will further help you put yourself in a comfortable position in negotiating with your prospective employer for a better salary, also enables you to leverage Big Data for analytics right from Big Data startups to MNC?s who work with Hadoop and in Big Data. Oracle Business Intelligence Certification. Oracle Business Intelligence Certifications can help accelerate your career as you learn to analyze and optimize business operations. With Business Intelligence certifications, you can obtain skills to help expand your proficiency at analyzing business data Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Business Intelligence (MCSE). Microsoft has revamped its certification, requiring you to show expertise and many will require multiple attempts to pass. Microsoft caters to those who are willing to spend money on their products, and offer invitations to special events, training sessions, and conferences to people who have the MCSE Certification. NETWORKING CERTIFICATIONS IN CANADA Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) CompTIA Network+ Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) HELP DESK CERTIFICATIONS Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) Microsoft Specialist CompTIA A+ SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION CERTIFICATIONS Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) CompTIA Server+ VMWare Certified Professional Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) DATABASE CERTIFICATIONS Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) IBM Info Management Certifications Microsoft SQL Server Database Certifications ICCP Certified Data Management Pro (ICCP CDMP) MongoDB NoSQL Certifications MOBILE CERTIFICATIONS Android Certified Application Developer Kony Certified Developer MTA Developer IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer DEVELOPER CERTIFICATIONS C /C++ certifications Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop (CCDH) Amazon Web Services Certified Developer ORACLE CERTIFIED JAVA CERTIFICATIONS (OCP, OCM, and OCE) Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional Google Apps for Business Certified Deployment Specialist Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer (RHCJD) CLOUD CERTIFICATIONS High Angle View Of A Male Manager Interviewing Female Applicant In Office Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Private Cloud (MCSE) CompTIA Cloud+ Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect (AWS-CSA) INFORMATION SECURITY CERTIFICATIONS CompTIA Security+ Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) I.T. PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATIONS Project Management Professional (PMP) Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Based on research by CompTIA, 72% of IT managers require IT certification for some roles, 66% of IT managers use IT certifications to identify qualified candidates, 60% of IT managers use IT certifications to judge a candidate?s expertise. So many workers are retiring and many are actively looking for workers. But remember that education is key to getting ahead anywhere. Knowledge is power. If you know of any other certifications, kindly share it in the comment section.
by Rebecca/January 23 01:51 PMLast updated on There are various European countries you can travel to for various purposes. Irrespective of why you would want to Immigrate out of Nigeria, there are some easy European countries you can travel to and there are the hard ones. This article has made a detailed outline of the easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria depending on what you want from such countries. In this article, we will be listing the top easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria. The article contains details on European countries like; Austria, Sweden, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, England, New Zealand, Australia, Ukraine, Hungary, Russian Federation, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovenia, and Luxembourg Immigrating to Austria from Nigeria Austria should not be mistaken for Australia. Austria is a European country located at the center of European traffic between east and west along the Danubian trade route and between north and south through the Alpine passes, the country remains a top tourist attraction in Europe. It is one of the easy top countries to immigrate to in Europe as a student. Students who apply to this country can receive free tuition education. The cost of living in Austria is very cheap. There is an Austrian visa application center at Lagos and Abuja and you can visit them to know the full requirements for whatever visa type you would require. Universities like the University of Vienna. The university of Leopold-Franzes and the University of Graz are universities that you can check out if you hope to immigrate from Nigeria to study in Austria. The major requirements include the new biometric passports, health insurance, travel insurance amongst other documents. You can submit your application at the physical center. You are also required to prepare various documents in advance as the embassy can request various documents at different times so it is important that all the documents you provide are original. After submitting your documents at the physical center, you can check the status of your application online by providing a unique VAC ref number provided to you and your date of birth. If you would rather apply for other visa types then you can apply for the Austrian Airport Visa, Austrian Tourist Visa, Austrian Visitor Visa, Austrian Business Visa, Austrian Visa for Official Visit, Austrian Medical Visa, Austrian Visa for Cultural, Sports and Film Crews. Immigrating to Sweden from Nigeria Sweden is another European country that is easy when you are considering or looking for permanent residence. If your reason for immigrating to Europe from Nigeria is for job employment then you might be in luck. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), unemployment in Sweden is very low and the economy is also strong. The currency of Sweden is the krona and their major religion is Christianity. You should know that immigrants in Sweden take 8 out of every 10 new jobs available. When you look at the news agency in Sweden, named The Local, you will appreciate this fact more. This tells you that when considering easy European countries to immigrate to Nigeria for employment, Sweden should be your pick. You will be required to provide A valid passport. If you are not applying online, you need the form titled "Application for a residence permit to settle in Sweden." The following documents are to be scanned or photographed and sent with your application, copies of the pages in your passport which show your personal information, photograph, signature, passport number, passport issuing country, the passport's period of validity, bar code on the identification page and whether you have permission to live in countries other than your country of origin Immigrating to Norway from Nigeria Norway is one of the Scandinavian countries in Europe. According to the United Nations Human Development Index, Norway is the number one country. You should know that it is a wonderful country to live in and work in. There is a good balance between work and your normal life activities. If your reason for immigrating to Europe from Nigeria is for job employment, then Norway is another one of the easy European countries to immigrate to. It will interest you to know that Norway is a very peaceful country. This tells you that you won?t have to worry about your security. You can check with the official website of the Norwegian embassy in Nigeria. In order to apply for a residence permit from Nigeria, you must either be a citizen of Nigeria or have a residence permit in Nigeria. You must have had the residence permit for at least six months before you apply for the Schengen residence permit. Before you can hand in your passport and other documentation at the embassy or consulate, you must register your application in the Application Portal. If this is the first time that you are registering an application in the portal, you will first need to create a user account. Immigrating to Portugal from Nigeria If you wish to immigrate to Portugal and you have regular income from a pension or investments, you may apply for a Temporary Residence Permit. If your reason for immigrating to Europe from Nigeria is for job employment then Portugal should be a very high consideration. It is a Northwestern European country located along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. You may get a temporary residence permit if you have regular passive income from your investments and you wish to settle in Portugal. Usually, the permit is granted to those who can prove that they have a monthly regular income. The Temporary residence permit will be valid for one year, renewable for two-year periods, provided that you still meet the requirements for which it was issued. Evidence of Health Insurance, Original Police Clearance Certificate, Receipt of payment of fees, Bank Statement, Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month), Original and photocopy of passport, Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable), Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable), Proof of income Immigrating to Belgium from Nigeria When you are considering permanent residence, then Belgium is a very good choice. It is a country that is located in Western Europe and is very well known for its renaissance architecture. It will also interest you to know that it is the current headquarters for NATO and the European Union. The capital of Belgium is Brussels and the official language is German, Dutch, and French. If you are looking for an investor-friendly country and business-friendly, then Belgium will be a great option. As an investor or business entrepreneur, Belgium offers you residence by investment. If you are relocating to Belgium or planning to come for a significant period of time (longer than a year), you will need to apply for a category D long-stay Belgian visa. Which visa you apply for depends on the purpose of moving to Belgium. The standard cost of a long-stay immigrant visa is ?180 plus the same additional surcharges as the non-immigrant visas. Generally, you will have to apply for this visa at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your home country. If you apply from within Belgium, you should do it through the local Belgium civil administration offices or town hall Residence in Belgium has many advantages for you as a Nigerian. These advantages include: There is no limitation on your number of stay for one yearThe Belgium business environment is very friendlyThere are no restrictions on dual citizenship. Under the Belgium residency program, you can also permanently move to Belgium with your family. I know as a Nigerian, you definitely like the sound of this one. The applicant is required to submit their application personally at the application center. In the case of a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany them on the day of submission. Make a clear copy of all the original documents, three clear copies of passport data pages and applicant?s any previous visas. fill Online application form Pay the applicable visa fee and service fee at the bank teller counter at the Visa Application Centers (Lagos & Abuja). Belgium allows many EU residents to passport-free travel into the country and it has developed a reputation Immigrating to Finland from Nigeria Finland is one European country that should top the list when you search for easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria. According to the Migrant Immigration Policy Index (MIPEX), Finland is the leading European country in granting political participation to immigrants. This also includes Nigerians as well. The easiest way to migrate to Finland from Nigeria is to study an academic degree to gain high qualifications for a profession that would offer you employment in the service of a Finnish company that values enough your expertise and special skills. Please bear in mind that those jobs are few and the competition is very tough, as you would necessarily need to find an employer using English as the working language, you will probably not learn Finnish well enough for working life for several years. For more detailed information on this, visit the official website It will interest you to know that Finland is a Northern European country that borders Russia, Sweden, and Norway. The capital city is Helsinki. The people of Finland are seen to be the happiest people on earth. This only goes further to tell you that your stay in Finland will be very enjoyable. Immigrating to Luxembourg from Nigeria Luxembourg a small country in Central Europe. It shares borders with France, Germany, and Belgium and is a member of the European Union. This is as well one easy European country to immigrate to from Nigeria when you are seeking political participation. Luxembourg is among the smallest European countries that you can visit. The capital city is known as Luxembourg City. The political involvement of immigrants in Luxembourg is more like what you will get in Finland. So, as a Nigerian going to a European country that allows you to partake in politics, you should consider Luxembourg. The foremost thing to do is to the Visa Application Centre, in your area of jurisdiction on the type of visa you intend to obtain. Download the visa application form online and print out the hard copy Your International passport with at least 6 months validity and unused visa pages, allows for the visa sticker on your passport. Two recently taken photograph sized photographs with white background. You will as well need a photocopy of the data page of your passport, Travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of ? 30,000 covering the whole of the Schengen area, Basic traveling allowance sufficient to cover your entire stay in Luxembourg. Or proof that you can take care of yourself or you have relatives that can provide for you during your stay in Luxembourg. Your bank account statement for the last 6 months duly endorsed by the Bank, Police clearance certificate, Evidence of hotel reservations for the duration of your stay in Ireland or private accommodation from your person in Luxembourg, Photocopies of all previous visas in your passport. A proof of flight booking, indicating the airline, departure and arrival dates. (Please note that you are not expected to buy tickets in advance until you obtain the visa) and a Written statement for the purpose of visitor why you choose Luxembourg. They have the Belgium visa application center in Nigeria at ABUJA Belgium Visa Application Centre, No. 38, Lobito Crescent, Wuse 11, Abuja. Belgium Visa Application Centre in Lagos is at Ground Floor, Manor house, Plot 110, Admiral Ayinla Way, Opposite Treasure Garden Estate, 3rd Roundabout, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. Immigrating to Germany from Nigeria Germany is the second most popular migration destination in the world. The reasons for the interest in immigrating to Germany are varying. Germany is the largest economy in all of Europe and focuses on innovation. This attracts many companies from abroad to Germany. Social security, a high standard of living and the fact that German passport is the most powerful in the world are further reasons for immigration to Germany. You should as well consider when you are immigrating to Europe if you have the mindset to become a citizen of such a country one day. If that is your dream, then Germany will work just fine. According to the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), Germany is ranked very high for granting citizenship to immigrants. The country of Germany is in Western Europe, with Berlin as its capital city. There are also other well-known cities in Germany like Munich which is known for the celebration of Oktoberfest. https://hotels.ng/guides/germany-visa-nigeria-apply/ Immigrating to France from Nigeria This is also another one of the easy European countries to immigrate to should you intend to apply for citizenship. France is located in Western Europe and it very well known for its wines and international cuisines. Curious about how to live and work in France? If you want to stay longer in France than three months (90 days), usually for work, study or family reunification, unless you?re an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen or from Andorra or Monaco, you have to apply for a long-stay visa (visa de long s?jour) from the French embassy or consulate in your home country, before you can enter France. You can submit a French visa application for a long-stay if you are: employed (with at least a year-long contract).a temporary worker (with a contract between three months and one year).a scientific researcher.a student or intern.the spouse of a French citizen.the spouse of foreign nationals legally living in France and wish to be reunited.coming to France as a visitor (not working) and have accommodation, travel insurance and sufficient funds to live off during your stay. You will need a French long-stay visa in order to get a residence permit. You can?t get one on a short-stay visa. Some long-stay visas (VLS-TS), valid for stays between three months and one year, also act as a temporary residence permit as long as the visa is validated https://hotels.ng/guides/france-visa-apply/ Immigrating to Spain from Nigeria If you are considering immigrating to a European country and to later call your family to join you, you should consider Spain as a top option. It is a European country that is located on the Iberian Peninsula with 17 autonomous regions. The capital city of Spain is Madrid. The official language is Spanish, while the currency is Euro. You should know that Spain is the only European country that has a physical border with an African country. Spain also has other four official languages that include the Catalan, Galician, Occitan, and the Basque. When it comes to reuniting with your family members after immigrating to Spain, it is very much simpler. This is when you compare it to other European countries as well. As a student. This is really the real way for most Nigerians, but this requires the previous qualifications, learning the language and getting admitted by a university. Master's are a bit more friendly, so go for it. The kind of Schengen visa you will apply for will be dependent on the reason you would like to travel to Spain. Immigrating to Slovenia from Nigeria Slovenia is a mountainous region located in central Europe. Some artifacts that are believed to belong to the first modern humans were discovered there. It is a nation of caves and the most visited caves in all of Europe are located there. If you are considering immigrating to a European country and to later call your family to join you, you should consider Another European country with a relaxed policy for the reunification of the family members in Slovenia. Although there are terms and conditions for obtaining your family reunification application. When you consider it with the regulations of other European countries, you will appreciate Slovenia. Most of the younger Solvenes speak English so you would have no problem communicating. This country is located in central Europe and is well known for its mountains and lakes. The capital of Slovenia is known as Ljubljana. Slovenia uses the Euro just like many other European countries. Immigrating to Russian Federation from Nigeria The Russian Federation emerged as a great power in the early twenty-first century, it is also considered to be an energy superpower. The country is considered the Soviet Union's successor state in diplomatic matters and is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. If you are considering immigrating to Europe for studies, you can try the Russian federation out. Considering the continuous ASUU strikes and other issues, Europe can be your best destination to study. In Nigeria, it is always impossible to categorically state your date of graduation due to many factors. As a result of the bilateral education agreement between Russia and Nigeria, you can easily be allowed to study in Russia. As it stands, Nigerian students are among the majority among immigrants studying in Russia. Russia is the world?s largest nation in terms of landmass located in Eastern Europe. It will interest you to know that Russia borders both Asian and European countries. For this, Russia is called a transcontinental country. The capital and the largest city is Moscow. The Federation of Russia also borders the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Russian, Tuvin, Chuvash are the official languages. You should also know that Russia does not use the euro, rather they use the Russian ruble. So, when you are considering easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria Immigrating to Hungary from Nigeria Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with Budapest as its capital, it is also regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. For many international students, the Hungarian climate can be very different from that of their countries, as Hungary has four different seasons. Whilst summers are warm, winters can be really cold; average temperatures range from -4 ?C in January to 26 ?C in July. You should know that Hungarian universities offer relatively very low tuition fees for international students, including Nigeria. They also have very affordable housing programs for immigrant students. It will also interest you to know that Hungary also has scholarship programs for immigrant students. When it comes to the cost of living in Hungarian cities, you should know that Hungary is cheaper than in many European countries. If you are immigrating from Nigeria for your studies, then you should consider Hungary. Some of the top Universities in Hungary that admit immigrating students include: The University of DebrecenSzeged UniversityThe Corvinus University of Budapest, andEotvos Lorand University. So, when going to Hungary from Nigeria for your studies you should lookup these Universities. They will greatly be of immense help to you. Immigrating to Italy from Nigeria Italy is also one of the easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria for your studies. It will interest you to know that most of the Italian universities offer affordable tuition fees for international students, even those from Nigeria. If you want to study fashion, history, liberal arts at a very low cost, then Italy is the country for you. The top Italian universities include: The University of BolognaRome La Sapienza UniversityThe polytechnic university of Milan, andUniversity of Rome Tor Vergata. You should consider Italy should you want to study the aforementioned courses. Immigrating to Ukraine from Nigeria Another one of the top easy European countries to immigrate to from Nigeria for studies is Ukraine. This Eastern European country has some of the cheapest universities in Europe. They offer education courses in Engineering, Medicine, etc. They don?t need the TOEFL and ILETS as well as bank statements. Your payment can be made when you arrive in the country. You can also take-up available job opportunities during the summer break. Some of the best Ukrainian universities for immigrant students include: The Kharkiv National Medical UniversityDnipropetrovsk State Medical AcademyUkrainian Medical Stomatological Academy, andThe Odessa State Medical University Why not look up these universities the next time you want to immigrate to Europe for your studies. If you are an immigrant to any of these European countries, kindly share your immigration experience in the comment section. Someone who needs your experience might be reading.
by Mosimileoluwa Alabi/January 20 02:12 PMLast updated on Planning a trip, either for business, study or vacation, involves a visa application process except if the country you are applying to offers visa-free entry for Nigerians. Visit here to check visa-free countries for Nigerians. Applying for a visa is not as complicated as people think but doing the wrong things can lead to a visa rejection. People feel their visa rejection came to be as a result of the ?forces from their village? or most times they accept is as ?God?s will? while failing to realize that the visa rejection could have resulted from a lot of wrong doings on their part. I heard the story of a man that failed to answer the questions asked during his visa interview and when he was advised by the interviewer on how to reply to certain questions, he brought up the issue of respect. The Nigerianess in us can sometimes be detrimental. Of course, he was denied the visa. Most times, the Embassy officials may be unwilling to give a reason for the visa rejection and it can be depressing considering the amount of work you would have put into the application process. This is why we have curated common reasons why your visa was rejected/how you could get your visa rejected. Going Unprepared To The Interview In going for a visa interview, you need to have all the necessary documents carefully and chronologically placed in a folder. You will also need to call the embassy ahead of time to ask about the documents needed so that you do not miss anyone out. You also need to check questions you would likely be asked online. It is also important that you do away with nervousness as this can make you lose track of what you plan to say. Poor
Communication Poor communication leads to miscommunication and
that can lead to visa rejection. This is why if you do not know enough English
to engage in a conversation, you should ask for a translator or ask to be
interviewed by someone who knows your language. It is best to learn the
language of the country you would be travelling to because that would boost
your chances of getting a visa. Over-confidence People who go to an interview being over-confident are likely to have a visa rejection. The interviewer would definitely be able to tell whether you are confident or over-confident-these are absolutely two different things. It is good to be confident but over-confidence is a sign of a ticking time-bomb. Insufficient and/or Incorrect Information Submitting a wrongly-filled application form is one
of the major reasons why you get a visa refusal. Your visa application should
be done carefully and after filling the form, it is necessary that you read it
as many times as possible before submitting it. The application form is
important because it is what the embassy official will use to determine whether
you would be granted a visa or not. Inaccurate information such as spelling
errors, invalid addresses and wrong passport numbers could lead to a visa
refusal. Once the visa application form is submitted, it cannot be revised.
Also make sure you are consistent when providing information in your personal
statement. Before submitting your application form, it is very important that you check for the application requirements for your visa type and attach them to your application. Applying for the Wrong Type of Visa Most people fail to identify the visa category they want. Each visa type has certain requirements that should be met. Applying for the wrong visa means that you would most likely not meet these requirements and this would lead to visa denial. Other reasons include: Lack of Sufficient Funds/Proof to Support Your Entire Stay You must be able to prove that you have enough funds to finance the entirety of your trip and your return home. As a student, one of the major reasons why your visa application for a student visa gets rejected is inability to tender proof of sufficient funds to support your education. There are several ways to prove that you have sufficient funds. This could be in form of recent financial statements, credit card statement with sufficient available limit or a supporting document that proves a sponsor?s willingness and ability to cover the expenses of your trip. Insufficient Proof of Relationship If you plan on securing a spouse visa or any relationship
related visa, the most common reason for visa denial is insufficient evidence
of relationship. You need to be able to prove that your relationship is genuine
by providing the necessary supporting documents. Not
Seeking Advice from Experts As Nigerians, when planning a trip to another country, we prefer to keep it secret because we believe seeking advice from people would hinder ?our progress?. It is right to not going around telling people about your trips for safety reasons, but seeking advice from experts is way safer. Reading from a website of the Embassy or just listening to friends would not help you properly fill your visa application form. You should ask experts as they know the basics of applying for visas. Click here to meet with a visa expert The Interviewer is Not Convinced of Your Intention To Return To Nigeria Most embassy officials want to avoid people
overstaying their visa/ or working without authorization. You should be able to
tender evidence that you would return to your home country and sometimes a
return flight itinerary is not enough. During visa interviews, they would ask questions
regarding your return to Nigeria. Do not get too carried away and start saying
that the system in Nigeria is not working and you need to look for a better
life. You would only be doing yourself more harm than good. You will have to give strong reasons that
would compel you to come back at the end of your stay. Error Arising From The Official Processing Your Visa Application Finally, we should not overlook the fact that
Embassy officials are humans and at one point or the other, would make
mistakes. This does not happen often but sometimes, they overlook certain
information in your file and skip a procedure. There is no exact way to avoid
this human error. However, the best thing to do is to make sure your visa
application is unquestionable and that you follow all instructions to the
letter so that if a mistake is made, you have the grounds to file for an
appeal. People believe that if their visa application gets rejected once, they get blacklisted and cannot apply again. This is a common misconception. However, before applying again, analyse the reasons for the visa rejection and work on them. Others believe that the person before them messed up and made the interviewer angry, that even though their visa application was accurate, it was rejected because the person that went in for the interview before them angered the interviewer. All these are myths and should not be believed.
by Rebecca/January 15 11:28 AMLast updated on The journey so far has been nothing short of challenging. I was the first child of my house, a whole lot of people looking up to me, and even less looking out for me. The struggle and hustle were mine alone. I was going to be a Doctor or rather was told to be a Doctor. I mean with the loads of people I had to cater to, I either had to be a Doctor or perform nothing short of a miracle. Mind you, I was not to just become any kind of Doctor, I was only permitted to be the kind that would earn all the big money and travel to fine fine places and move everyone related to me from the village to the city. The Challenge The only thing my parents did was remind me, constantly, that I had a whole lot of responsibilities and I could not afford to disappoint everyone. Knowing that all I had to not disappoint everyone was just myself, I put in all the work I knew was needed. Unfortunately for me, destiny, like I would like to believe, had other plans for me as I soon found myself studying to be a nurse and not a Doctor. I knew my parents would have a fit, so I left out that piece of information. At least, I consoled myself with the knowledge that I would still get to work in a hospital, very close to a Doctor for that matter. The singularly taken journey was not an easy one, but lo and behold I did o good for myself. But I knew that if I wanted to do better for my family, I had to explore my options. Canada seems like a good option especially since I found out some very interesting facts. You should be aware that it is quite easy for a registered Nigerian nurse to migrate to Canada to relocate from Nigeria when you have knowledge of the necessary procedures. It dawned on me, after all my research, that Canada had a massive need for nurses than ever. The recent hike in the investment of Canadian Immigration Ministry and the increasing invitation in Permanent residents throw light into the increase in demand for nurses in Canada. The entire Canada immigration program is based around what is called a CRS point. Once you are able to achieve a pretty high CRS point, 80% of your job is done. The CRS cut off point for each month is announced each month. So, there is no constant figure for it. Nursing options available I then realized there were various nursing options in Canada as well. Nursing falls under the 3012 NOC Code & Classified as a Skilled Level A. I could apply for a license in any province of your choice to be a Mental Health Nurse registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.), nursing consultant, intensive care nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, nurse researcher, clinical nurse, A&E nurse, Community Nurse or public health nurse, Registered nurse, critical care nurse, or as a Nurse practitioner. I was amazed at the various options but excited as well as each various category came with their own specific pay, all I had to do was decide on which one would be a perfect fit for me. That took a lot of thinking and planning I must confess as different provinces in Canada have their own mandatory qualifications, regulations & requirements that must be met before one can work as a nurse in Canada. The first thing I had to do was get my credentials accessed by National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) what that meant was that I had to covert my qualifications into a North American standard. Then NNAS will go-ahead to verify your credentials, compare & evaluate credentials to the Canadian standards, store credentials. I was eligible for NNAS evaluation because I graduated from a college or university nursing program outside Canada, have never worked as a Nurse in Canada, want to work as a RN, LPN, or RPN in Canada. NNAS Application After the evaluation, the next thing I had to do was submit a NNAS Application. First, I had to visit here to create a NNAS Application here, then I had to submit two Proof of Identity documents to NNAS. I realized later that the documents I was required to submit must be notarized by a government-approved official, signed with a seal indicating that they have seen the original documents, made the copies, can certify that they are true copies. I had to do a lot of walking, talking and negotiating but I eventually got all I needed. For my proof of Identification, I needed either an International Passport, Driver?s License, Birth Certificate, Legal change name Affidavit, or a Marriage certificate Nursing education form Next, I needed to submit a Nursing Education Form. this particular form can be accessed once you?ve registered online on NNAS website. The form must be sent directly by your school to NNAS either by mail or courier. An individual is never required to send their form to NNAS themselves. The school must send it. To submit the form, I downloaded and printed from NNAS online account and sent it by the nursing licensing authorities where I was licensed and registered outside of Canada. Next, I was required to submit my Nursing Practice Employment Form, do note that the form must be completed and sent directly by your employer by mail or courier to NNAS. Then I had to submit my IELTS Language Testing results. However, if your first language is English/French get an exemption letter from your school. After submitting the documents to NNAS, I still had to submit my application and choose what province and the nursing group I was applying to. The NNAS Main application fee is $650 USD. NNAS will then send an advisory report to the provincial regulatory body you initially selected upon registration. Once the regulatory body receives the report from NNAS, I was requested to start the process with them. Provinces, Qualification Available and Regulatory Body Involved include: British Columbia - RN & PN: British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals. Ontario - RN: College of Nurses of Ontario Saskatchewan - RN: Saskatchewan Registered Nurse Association. Manitoba - RN & PN College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba Practical Nurses College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba Alberta - PN & RN College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta For a complete list of regulated bodies Once NNAS has been completed, I had to complete registration with any of the Nursing provincial regulatory bodies that I decided on for the NNAS application form. Identification of immigration bodies After the registration with the Nursing provincial regulatory body, I had to Identify the Immigration Program that suits me. The various options include: (a.) Express Entry (EE): Fees breakdown: - EE Application fee- CAD1040. - WES ? CAD230. - IELTS ? Dependent on Country (DOC). - International Passport ? DOC. - Medicals - DOC. - Biometrics ? DOC Proof of Funds amount needed: No. of Family - Funds Needed 1 - $12,960 2- $16,135 3- $19,836 4- $24,083 $3,492 for any additional member. (b.) Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) (c.) Provincial Nomination Program (PNP): - British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) BC PNP is created specifically for physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses & RN practitioners. British Columbia needs more health care professionals. The Skills Immigration (SI) ? Healthcare Professional category of the BC PNP helps physicians, specialists, nurses and allied health professionals work in B.C. and gain permanent residence. Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) This is a great program for nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. Privileges accrued as a Canadian immigrant nurse As a Canadian immigrant nurse rights and privileges afforded me as the main visa holder are passed onto partners and children automatically. In fact, if you have a partner as at the time you apply, your partners? skills, education and qualifications may even make your overall application even stronger. You should also note that when you Immigrate to Canada as a Nurse on Permanent Residency, you and members of your family get to live and work in Canada, Enter and leave without restriction, Study in Canada, Access Canadian Healthcare, Access social benefits, Apply for Citizenship and Dual Nationality after four years, Enjoy protection under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Best of all, Canadian Permanent Residency for those immigrating to Canada as a Nurse converts into Citizenship and full Canadian citizenship after four years. While you enjoyed the story, make sure you remember these important details: - Do the NNAS evaluation/registration. - Then proceed to do the Province regulatory body registration/assessment. - Select the immigration method that suits you. - Process and submit your application. If you would have rather stayed in Nigeria to practice as a nurse, then let me know in the comment section. Ensure you share your experiences so far as well, I will be looking forward to reading them. People also enjoyed reading articles on; How you can apply for a Canadian visa How you can get a Canadian work permit without a job offer.
by Gift/November 27 07:30 AMLast updated on Italy has become one of the most popular destinations for international students. There are even beliefs that if you study in Italy, you would become too employable for your own good and this goes to show how good the educational system in the country is. Italy has a very welcoming international environment, mouthwatering cuisines, and several top public and private universities. As a Nigerian wanting to study in Italy, you must meet the conditions necessary for getting an Italy study visa. International students in Italy Conditions for getting a study visa to Italy Have travel documents or a visa valid for three months after your intended stay in Italy.Fill the entry application form.Submit two recent passport-sized photographs.Have proof of enrollment in the school in Italy.Show that you have enough money for your studies. This can be done by presenting a bank statement containing at least ? 448,07 per month for the academic year, a total of ? 5824,91 per year.You must also have money for your trip back to Nigeria after your studies.Ensure that you have an accommodation ready in Italy. If your school would not be catering to your accommodation, you can rent an apartment.Have medical insurance. Italy is a Schengen country and the minimum medical insurance an individual must have should not be worth less than ? 30,000 and must be valid for the duration of the visa.University letter of acceptance.Police clearance certificate stamped and signed.Minors must have the consent of their parents or legal guardian. https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/how-to-get-an-international-passport-in-nigeria/ Submitting all the required documents does not automatically grant you entrance into the country, your visa application will be considered and then you would be given a visa. When you arrive in Italy, the border authorities still have the right to go through your documents and refuse you entry into the country if they feel you would be a threat to the country. Once in Italy, you must apply for a residence permit in the city where you would be living within 8 working days after your arrival. The request for the permit should be submitted at the police headquarters (Questura) in the city where you would be staying. International students with a valid permit of stay are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week and 1,040 hours per year but in order to obtain a residence permit renewal, they must pass their exams yearly. Visa Processing Time It takes a minimum of 15 days to process a visa to Italy from Nigeria. The processing time starts counting from the next working day after the application was submitted. Visa fees A long term Schengen visa costs 99 euros which is presently equivalent to N39,518. Visa fees are subject to change based on the exchange rate at the time of application. https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/italy-visa-information-nigerians/ Embassy of Italy in Nigeria Address: Europe House Complex 21st Crescent, Off Constitution Avenue Central Business District, AbujaNigeria.Telephone: (+234) 9 460 2970, (+234) 9 460 2971 / 2 Fax: (+234) 9 460 2996 E-mail: [email protected]: www.ambabuja.esteri.it If you need help with your Italy Study visa, we will be glad to help you. You can speak to our agent here.
by Oluwamayowa/November 27 06:54 AMLast updated on Do you want to know the basic things that are necessary when applying for a tourist visa to Canada? Here are a few things to take note of when trying to get a tourist visa. Canada is the second-largest country in the world and is known to have a large domestic and foreign tourism industry. Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world with a lot of tourist sights, beautiful landscapes, and interesting cities. As of 2018, Canada recorded hosting 21 million tourists and that was the fifth consecutive year of growth for international tourists in the country. Aiding this growth is the receptiveness of Canadians to international visitors. Canadians have a reputation for being polite and generally frowning at bad behaviour. A Tourist Sight-Seeing in Canada The first step to getting a Tourist visa to Canada is to ensure that you have all the necessary documents you would need for travel. You'd get a list of some documents that would be required later in the article. You are expected to have all those ready before the next step. While doing this, you are advised to check your travel eligibility into Canada. The next step would be to apply for the visa. It is often advised that visitors apply for their Visitor visa online as that is easier and stress-free. You can also apply for a Canadian visa at a Canadian embassy in your home country. After application, the next thing is to wait for an already scheduled interview with the embassy. You are expected to attend the interview at the exact time it was scheduled for and you should prepare for the interview. After this, all you have to do is wait for your visa application to be approved and you are good to go. A Canada Sign-post Documents Needed For Application Two completed and signed visa application forms.A passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date.2 blank pages of the Passport for visa stamp.Three passport-size photographs of size 4.5 x 3.5 cm taken on a white background.Proof of financial capability.Proof of accommodation/hotel reservations.A copy of the return flight ticket.Documentation showing the applicant?s ties to the home country.A police report showing the traveller does not have a criminal record.Medical insurance that covers the entire duration of stay.You may need to provide a medical history or proof of good health.Previous passports showing travel history. Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.A copy of your travel itinerary. Processing Fees and Time It takes about 30 days for your Canadian visa application to be processed. The estimated fees when paying online and applying in person are listed below: Processing fee ? about ?28,000 (about $77)Biometrics (per person) ? about ?24,000 (about $66) These are to be paid in Naira and are subject to change at any time depending on the embassy's policy. Are you interested in getting a Canada tourist visa in Nigeria? We are here to help you. Click on this.
by Gift/November 27 06:49 AMLast updated on South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The country, located at the end of Southern Africa is the best place to start on a tour of Africa. Lovers of wildlife and nature are sure to have their minds blown away with the amazing sceneries the country has to offer. With a South African Tourist visa, you can tour the country without restrictions for as long as your visa is valid, attend festivities and cultural display and even visit friends and relatives in the country. https://hotels.ng/guides/tours/ten-places-you-must-visit-on-your-next-south-african-tour/ South Africa Safari Nigerians are among the top visitors to South Africa but they, however, need a visa before they can enter the country. This should not discourage you from experiencing the once in a lifetime thrill of touring South Africa so this article simplifies and explains the requirement necessary for obtaining a South African tourist visa. Requirements for a South African Tourist Visa A South African BI-84 visa application form.The form must be completely filled and in BLACK INK only.An International passport valid for a minimum of 30 days after your intended stay in South Africa.A photocopy of the first page of your passport(data page) and copies of previous passports.Ensure the passport has blank pages having no marks as they would be needed for visa endorsements.Two recent, coloured passport photographs taken in a white or plainly coloured background.Flight return ticket to Nigeria.Proof of sufficient funds for your trip which could be a bank statement not older than six months or a financial support letter from a sponsor with bank statements attached.Yellow Fever Vaccination certificate with a doctor's stamp and signature.Verifiable South African hotel booking/ accommodation reservation.Cover letter, introducing one's self and carrying contact details.For employed applicants, an introduction letter from your employer carrying the company's contact details and signed.Minors are to have their original birth certificate and notarized authorization from their parents.Proof of civil status. https://hotels.ng/guides/tours/cape-town-tour-for-nigerians-travelling-to-south-africa/ It takes a period of 8 weeks to process a South African Visa and VFS global limited has been appointed by the South African government to oversee the visa processing for Nigerians. All applications should be submitted to the VFS global offices around Nigeria in person. South African Visa Fees The South African tourist visa costs N8,600 (Eight thousand six hundred Naira) per individual with an additional service fee of N25,470 (Twenty-five thousand four hundred and seventy Naira). This fee is subject to change depending on the exchange rate at the time of your visa application. South Africa Embassy in Nigeria Address: Sterling Bank Plaza, 3rd Floor, Plot 1083. Mohammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja. Telephone: (+234) 9 462 4200 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.dirco.gov.za/abuja/ VFS application center Address: 38, Lobito cresent, Wuse 2, AbujaTelephone: 01 46 28 098Opening hours: 08:00am to 3:00pm, Mondays to Fridays. https://hotels.ng/guides/tours/durban-tour-for-nigerians-travelling-to-south-africa/
by Oluwamayowa/November 23 05:12 PMLast updated on On the average, about 1.5 million non-EU foreigners work in the UK every year and there are a lot of Africans especially Nigerians who dream of working and residing in the UK for a period of time. If you are part of the many who have this dream, then this article is for you as it is targeted at giving you details on getting a work visa, what type of visa to get and the other things involved in the process. There are two types of work visas for the UK and these two types have their categories. The types are the Tier 2 visa and the Tier 5 visa. In A Workshop Tier 2 Visa The Tier 2 visa is usually applied for by those who have been offered a skilled job in the UK and those who are outside the European Economic Area (EEA). This visa allows a maximum stay of 5 years and 14 days. Those on this visa are not allowed to go into the UK earlier than the 14 days scheduled in their certificate of sponsorship. For this visa, there are validity options: there is the Tier 2 General that lasts up to 3 years. The second is the Tier 2 General (up to 3 years) for shortage occupation i.e. a skilled job where there is a shortage of workers in the UK. The third one is Tier 2 General that lasts more than 3 years and the fourth is the Tier 2 General that lasts more than 3 years and is for shortage occupation. The Certificate of Sponsorship is a certificate issued by your potential employer who is also your sponsor in the UK. You are to ensure that the work you do is provided for at the employing company. In a case where you want to extend your stay, you can apply for that some months before the expiration of your visa. UK Visa Tier 5 Visa The Tier 5 visa is issued to temporary workers. These temporary workers visas are in categories which include the Charity Workers visa, Creative and Sporting visa, Government Authorised Exchange visa, International Agreement visa, Religious workers visa and Youth Mobility Scheme visa. The Tier 5 visa allows a stay of 12 -24 months. Note that the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme is for young people to experience life and work for up to two years in the UK and it does not require a sponsor or a specific job offer since the young person is sponsored by his or her own Government. Getting The Work Visa Applying for the UK work visa starts from the employer applying for the worker's work permit as this grants the worker permanent residency for the period of time they would be working in the country. The employer can only do this after it has been certified that the employer is licensed. After knowing what kind of visa you need to get, all you have to do is apply for the visa online and get it printed out. Then you are expected to have booked an appointment with the embassy during the application process and note the date of the embassy interview you have been given. You would also need to prepare well for the interview. A worker Documents needed for application A current passport with a validity of 10 years within the application period and at least two blank pages for stamps.A 2x2 passport-sized photograph following the necessary requirements for UK passport photos.?Proof that you can meet the maintenance funds requirements for their visa (such as bank statements etc).?A clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter. A signed and detailed letter explaining the purpose of travel to the UK. Travel medical insurance that covers the entire duration of your stay. An original marriage certificate is required if you are married and would be travelling with your spouse. An appointment letter from a credible organization in the UK.A Certificate of Sponsorship from the organization of employment. Visa Fee The visa fee for a Work Visa to the UK is ? 348. Processing Time The time it takes to process the UK work visa can span between 10-20 working days. Are you interested in getting a UK work visa? Click here and let us make things easy for you.
by Oluwamayowa/November 20 11:01 AMLast updated on Studying in the UK is one of the greatest things the average Nigerian would want to achieve. The education system in the UK is one of the most remarkable ones in the world. A lot of people want to experience the training given at schools in the UK. Every year, about 500,000 non-UK students are enrolled in schools in the UK. The UK is a natural location for international students to flock to because of their diverse population and a reputation of prestigious schooling. Nigeria is listed as one of the top ten countries that send students to the UK. Generally, degrees taken in the UK take less time in being completed than other countries. This is one of the many reasons it is one of the most preferred countries in the world to school in. Before applying for a UK student visa, you must have been admitted into a school in the UK. For the types of visa to apply for, the UK has two types of student visa; Short-term study visa and the Tier 4 visa. The Short-term study visa is used for courses that do not last up to 12 months (1 year). This visa type is usually valid for 6 months and can be extended only to 11 months for English Language courses that would take that much time. For students who would be taking up long term courses in the UK, the first thing for you to do is to make sure your chosen institution holds a Tier 4 Sponsor License. The Tier 4 visa has two categories; The Tier 4 (Child) visa and the Tier 4 (General) visa. If the applicants are minors i.e between the ages of 4 and 17, they are to apply for the Tier 4 (Child) visa. Students above the age of 16 are to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa. Note that you are to submit your visa application online. Documents Necessary For Application A completed visa application form which must have been filled online. A valid passport with a page that is blank on both sides.Passport-sized photographs (2x 2') taken on a white background.Proof of visa fee payment.An admission letter into an institution in the UK.A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) form from your course provider.Proof of adequate English Language skills evidenced by passing on of a recognized English Language testing body.Proof of finances (e.g. original bank statement that is not older than 3 months). You should be able to prove that you have the capacity to spend about ?1,300 monthly during your stay. Confirmation of accommodation and flight bookings.A letter of invitation if you are being sponsored by a friend or family member.Original marriage certificate if you are traveling with your spouse.Birth certificates for minors (from ages 4-17).Travel medical insurance that covers the entire duration of your stay.A detailed and signed letter explaining the purpose of traveling to the UK.A signed undertaking to return to Nigeria at the end of your course. Visa Fees The Tier 4 visa costs about ?335. The Short-term study visa costs ?97 for a stay of up to 6 months and ?186 for an extended stay of up to 11 months. Processing Time The UK study visa is normally processed within 2-3 months after application in Nigeria FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 1. Can I work on a Student Visa in the UK? Yes, foreigners on a student visa can work in the country especially those on a scholarship. You can work for up to 20 hours a week while in session and full time when the session is over. Note that this only applies to those who have been issued the Tier 4 (General) visa. 2. Who do I contact for information on admissions? Universities or institutions in the UK have their international advisory bodies that feed information to people who want to ask questions about the schools. It is advised that you find out about the advisory body in the school you want to apply to for information. 3. Can I extend my Tier 4 (General) Visa? Yes, you can extend your Tier 4 (General) Visa. However, you have to check and ensure that you pass all the requirements of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You are to make your application to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 6 months before your visa is due to expire. Click here to connect with our agent for more information on the UK Student Visa https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/uk-visa-apply/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/how-to-get-a-usa-student-visa-as-a-nigerian/
by Rebecca/November 20 09:37 AMLast updated on A visa is an endorsement that permits the bearer to legally enter a foreign country. The visa is usually stamped or glued into the bearer?s passport. If your visa is glued into your passport, it is usually a small document that includes your name, passport number, place of birth, the reason for travel and expiration date. Stamped visas usually have less information on them. They only have the destination and date from which the visa is valid and official instructions stating how many days the visa is valid for. There are different types of visas, each of which affords the bearer different rights in the host country and they are; Travel/Tourist Visa, Work Visa, Business Visa, Student Visa, Refugee/Asylum Visa, Working Holiday Visa, Spousal Visa, Transit Visa, eVisa, Immigrant Vs. Nonimmigrant Visas. If you want to be connected to a visa agent, visit here. How important is a visa? Visas are necessary if you want to travel to a country that does not have a visa policy in place with your home country. Many countries have visa policies and agreements that allow their citizens to travel freely between them without the need for a visa. If you want to be connected to a visa agent, visit here. Visa Policy The visa policy for a country is a rule that states who may or may not enter the country. The policy may allow passport holders of one country to enter visa-free but not the passport holders of another country. Most visa policies are bilateral, meaning that the two countries will allow visa-free travel to each other?s citizens. How do you know you need a visa? When you need a visa depends on where you?d like to go. If your home country has a visa agreement with the country to which you intend to travel, then you likely will not need to apply for a visa beforehand. However, if your home country does not have a visa agreement with your intended destination, then you must apply for a visa before traveling. If you want to be connected to a visa agent, visit here. What we do; If you need to know what kind of visa will best suit your situation and how to know what destination will be perfect for you, then we offer a consultation service at a very affordable fee. During the duration of the consultation, you will get all the basic information you need to know about the kind of visa you wish to apply for and you will get attended to be experts for accurate direction. If after the consultation you would like to be directed to agents who will guide you through your visa application process, then that will be made available for you. You will be directed to an agent who is always available to attend to all your questions and concerns about any kind of visa you want to apply for. You will personally be guided through the visa application process and how to go about each stage to ensure that your application is successful. This goes at a very affordable fee and it takes all the major stress off you and prepares you for what is to come. Hotels.ng visa agents will guide you through what an invitation letter for a visa is and if you will be needing one, what to expect during a visa interview, what fees you will need to pay to obtain a visa, the visa processing times, the visa services various embassies offer, reasons for restrictions in your destination country and how to go about them, how to apply for a visa and the requirements you need for the visa type you applied for. If you want to be connected to a visa agent, visit here. Some visa contents you would also find very useful; https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/how-to-get-a-u-s-business-visa-from-nigeria-important-information/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/malaysia-business-visa-for-nigerians-application-requirements/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/south-africa-study-visa-how-to-apply-from-nigeria/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/complete-guide-to-getting-a-work-permit-in-dubai/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/australian-work-permit-for-nigerians/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/australian-scholarship-opportunities-for-nigerians-2/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/can-i-get-a-canadian-work-permit-without-a-job-offer/ https://hotels.ng/guides/travel/student-life-in-canada-a-nigerian-girls-experience/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/us-tourist-visa-what-to-prepare-for-when-applying-from-nigeria/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/how-to-get-an-australian-tourist-visa-from-nigeria/ https://hotels.ng/guides/tours/cape-town-tour-for-nigerians-travelling-to-south-africa/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/germany-visa-nigeria-apply/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/how-to-apply-for-the-netherlands-schengen-visa/ https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/the-netherlands-tourist-visa-how-to-apply-and-guidelines/
by Rebecca/November 18 01:21 PMLast updated on Dubai is a location famous for sightseeing attractions such as the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa, shopping malls with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes that attract lots of tourists to Dubai and as such, leading to very high demand for jobs and business. Guest workers choose to establish long-term career goals in Dubai as well because of the tax-free income, affordability, safe environment, bureaucracy, world-class facilities, and the multicultural approach that the country offers. If you would rather go to Dubai for tour or vacation, visit here for all the details you need Being a world?s business hub, Dubai produces thousands of jobs every year for both skilled professionals and unskilled labor. As such, there are different types of work visas in Dubai they include servants visa, partner visa, investor visa, and governmental institution visas. It is of great importance to inform anyone that wants to live and work in Dubai that a residency visa is needed. The visa type is what allows applicants to get a Dubai working visa. Getting a work visa for Dubai could be a lengthy process and requires patience as well. Because of the very high job competition, many applicants get disappointed very early. It is always good to have a great amount of information before applying for jobs in other countries and as such, all applicants are expected to know that; The employer usually handles the full application process, so the employee will need to supply all the necessary documents to their employer.All forms and documents for the work permit should be written and processed in Arabic. The employment contract should also be written in Arabic and three copies are needed: one for the employee, one for the employer and one for the Department of Labour.Before getting a residency permit, applicants have to pass a health check. Individuals who test positive for HIV/AIDS or pulmonary tuberculosis will not be granted a residency visa and will be deported.Once the residence visa has been secured, applicants will be supplied with a labor card, which is the official document allowing them to work in Dubai. Medical Requirements for Residence Visa A valid health certificate is required for the issuance of a residence permit; this requires applicants to undergo a health check at any government hospital or medical clinic. The test must be conducted once the applicant is in the country; tests from outside the country are not accepted. The medical check includes a chest X-ray and blood tests to check for certain communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, leprosy, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. Positive results on any of these tests will result in a denial of the residence visa and immediate deportation. At present, there is no appeals process for this in Dubai. Applying for a residence visa Before the work visa for Dubai, the employee must have a permanent residence visa. On your selection employer applies for the residence visa on behalf of you. A permanent residence visa is typically for 3 years. The following are the documents required for the Permanent Residence Visa. The first step towards getting your work permit is to get approval from the Ministry of Labor. The employer will apply for this on behalf of the employee. If the approval is for application in any of the free zones, approval must be granted before the employee enters the UAE. During this approval process, the Ministry of labor usually bases its decision by checking that there are no unemployed UAE citizens who are able to perform the relevant job.Upon receipt of approval, the Ministry issues an entry permit visa (also known as a pink visa) which allows applicants to legally enter the UAE. This permit is valid for 2 months from the date of issue and allows the holder to remain in the UAE for a period of 30 days, extendable twice.After the employee enters the country, the employer then begins the application process for the labor card. For free zone employment, an ID card will be issued; both IDs and labor cards are typically valid for 2 years. Once the employee enters the country, he has sixty days in which to complete all the formalities required to get a residence visa. It is advisable to get these procedures done as soon as possible rather than waiting until the last moment.The employee then needs to go to the Emirates ID service center after getting the relevant form typed up at any typing center. An original valid passport and valid entry permit are required.The employer can now apply to the Immigration authorities for the residency visa; the employee needs to go to any of the government hospitals for their medical fitness tests. (See section on Medical requirements for Residence Visas). Certain professions also require employees to provide relevant educational qualifications which will be authenticated by the UAE embassy in your home country as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.Once the employer has the results of the medical fitness test, he can then go to the Department of Naturalization and Residency Dubai (DNRD) with all the supporting documents and the visa can be stamped on the employee?s passport. Documents required for Labor Card (Work Permit) Applicant?s photographsResidency VisaValid Passport (minimum six-month validity required)Valid health certificateThree copies of the employment contract ? one for the employer, one for the employee and one for the Ministry of LaborEducation certificates and other evidence of professional qualificationsSponsoring company?s valid trade licenseThere should be no Israeli stamps on your passportOn getting a residence visa you then have to get an ID card of UAE. Amount of time it will take to obtain Dubai Work Visa It usually takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process if your documents are complete and correct. Otherwise, it may take 4-5 weeks. Money Required to Obtain Dubai Work Visa To this date, approximately 1500 AED ? 2000 AED is required for the whole procedure. Basic Rules of Dubai Work Visa A very important thing to note before applying for a work permit in Dubai is the basic labor laws there so you do not get in any trouble on your arrival or during your stay in Dubai. Every employer/company provides their own work visa and you cannot switch between companies using the same work visa. If you find another better job then you have to get the new Work Visa. Otherwise, you can get into deep trouble resulting in deportation.Typically, the Work Visa for Dubai is valid for 3 years. After which you have to ask your employer to renew your Visa.If you don?t have a sponsor for the time being to get you a work visa, then you can apply for a temporary work visa.If you are already living there, you will surely have a permanent residence visa. So your task is to only search for a job and the rest will be done by the company.Every organization provides its own work visa and you cannot switch between companies using the same work visa. Doing so will get you in trouble as it is not legally allowed. Disobeying this law eventually gets the person deported. Also, the documents you will later have will be used for providing essential health benefits to employees like Visa page copy and passport Visa page of the sponsor.The validity of a work visa is 3 years after which the employer has to renew your visa.If you want to go to Dubai and apply then you need a sponsor or a relative to get you a visit visa or there are airlines which also help in obtaining a visit visa of Dubai. Amount of time and money required to obtain Dubai Work Visa As long as all the documents sent along with the application of work visas are correct, it will take approximately 2 ? 3 weeks in the process. If there is some error or if your employer has sent a bunch of applications for a work visa then it may take up to 4 weeks. This makes your work visa specific and so you cannot switch between your careers and use the same visa. You will have to apply for a new work visa each time you switch your career. The approximate fee for a work visa is Dhs 1500 ? Dhs 2000. If you need more information about Dubai visa requirements, click hereIf you want to be connected to a visa agent, click here
by Shelah Jegede/November 18 09:44 AMLast updated on The Republic of Cyprus occupies the southern part of the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean. The island (and capital city Nicosia) is divided with Turkey to the north. Known for beaches, it also has a rugged interior with wine regions. Coastal Paphos is famed for its archaeological sites relating to the cult of Aphrodite, including ruins of palaces, tombs and mosaic-tiled villas. Cyprus has become one of the best locations for relaxation and tourism purpose and Nigerians who aspire to travel to Cyprus for tourism purposes can apply for the Cyprus Tourist Visa. You can also read up on more Cyprus visa information here. https://hotels.ng/guides/visa/list-and-addresses-of-foreign-embassies-in-nigeria/ General Requirements for a Cyprus Tourist Visa A passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended arrival date and must have 2 blank pages for visa stamp.Duly completed and signed visa application form.If the applicant is a minor, the parents/legal guardians have to sign the form.Passport-size photographs (2' x 2' ) taken on white background.Travel document.Proof of financial support.Proof of accommodation.Proof of residence.A valid bank statement from the past three months prior to the period of visa application. Copy of return flight ticket.Documentation showing the applicant?s ties to home country. Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.Copy of travel itinerary. If you are also interested in knowing more about the Nigeria Visa Information, read here. Flight ticket Cyprus Tourist Visa Fee Cyprus tourist visa fee in Nigeria is 10,845 naira. Cyprus Tourist Visa Processing Time It may take up to 2 weeks to process a Cyprus Tourist Visa. Cyprus Embassy in Nigeria ADDRESS: Cypriot Honorary Consulate in Lagos, NigeriaA. G. Leventis Building2 Wharf Road, ApapaLagosNigeriaTELEPHONE: (+234) 812 899 0025(+234) 709 821 3066EMAIL: [email protected]@agleventis.com We can help you with your Cyprus Tourist Visa application process, click here to get connected to a visa agent.
by Oluwamayowa/November 17 05:09 PMLast updated on Have you been wondering about how to get a Business visa in Nigeria? Then this article is for you. A Business Visa is one issued to people who want to travel to another country for purposes such as attending meetings, conferences, signing contracts and consulting business associates amongst many others. The U.S Business visa is tagged as the B-1 visitor visa. This visa allows a stay of about 3-6 months and can be valid for about 5 years. The first step to getting a U.S business visa is to first fill-up the online DS-160 form. This would require you getting all the right documents which would be listed below. After filling up the form, you are to print it out and sign on it. A Business Meeting The next step is to set up an appointment with a US embassy in Nigeria for an interview on your application. You are also expected to prepare well for the interview and you should have all the necessary documents for the interview. You can either go to the Lagos US consulate or the Abuja US embassy for this. Finally, after the interview date has been set, you should wait and attend the interview on the scheduled date that the interview was set. Applicants of this visa should not be accompanied for the interview except they have disabilities and cannot go to the embassy unaccompanied. You would be expected to show the purpose of your visit and prove that you would be staying for a short period of time in the US. You should also have proof of enough funds to support yourself financially in the US. Click here if you are interested in other U.S. visa types. We have some information for you. Documents Necessary for Application A DS-160 (Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application) form which has been duly completed and signed by the visa applicant.A Nigerian passport that is valid for travel to the United States of America.One passport-sized photograph (5cmx5cm) taken within the last 6 months prior to the visa application.Two blank passport pages for visa stamps.Original copy of your bank statement from the past three months prior to the period of visa application.Proof of accommodation for the period you will be staying in the country.Proof of civil status in Nigeria.Proof of sufficient funds for stay and return.Travel insurance which has sufficient medical coverage. The insurance should be valid for the duration of your stay in the country.A police report showing the traveler does not have a criminal record.Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.Copy of travel itinerary.Copy of return flight ticket to Nigeria. Note that you cannot take up paid employment on the B-1 visa as it is restricted to just business activities. You might also want to check out this article on the U.S student visa. Embassy Address Lagos U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria. 2, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. AbujaU.S Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. Plot 1075, Diplomatic Drive, Central District, Abuja, Nigeria. Office Set-up Do you want to apply for a US business visa? Click here and let us help you with this.
by Oluwamayowa/November 17 02:55 PMLast updated on There are a lot of people who visit the US from Nigeria every year. About 170,000 non-immigrant visas were issued to Nigerians in 2017 and there was an increase of about 40% in 2018. There are also a lot more Nigerians who apply to visit the country per year. With this volume, it is important to know what it takes to apply for the US tourist visa and the necessary documents for application. The US tourist visa is a B-2 Visa for pleasure. It is the visa assigned to recreational travel purposes such as tourism, sight-seeing, visits to family and friends and attending social events. When applying for a US tourist visa, the first thing to consider is what kind of visa you are applying for. The US tourist visa is categorized under the Non-Immigrant visa type which is the category assigned for short stays. This visa category guarantees a maximum stay of 180 days and has a visa validity of up to 5 years. It is very important that this option is chosen online when you are applying. Have an interest in knowing about other US visa types? Click here to see more. Statue Of Liberty Another thing to note is the time involved in applying for a US visa. It takes technically two months to get an appointment for an interview at the embassy and another 5-15 days to get the application processed. You should consider this when applying and make sure you do so early enough to avoid delays in travel. How To Prepare Get all the required documents available There is a list of documents that are highly important for the application and you will get to read about in this article. Please note that you are expected to have all your documents intact for the application process. Fill Information Online. The DS-160 form is to be filled online and printed out after filling. All information given must be genuine and relevant to the application. You are to print out the confirmation page of the visa application which would move you to the next stage. Note that you would be expected to pay the non-refundable visa application fee before the interview. Go for an interview at the embassy This is the next stage after filling the form. A date would be selected for your interview during the online application. Other necessary documents for the interview would have also been stated during the application. You are to take note of the set period for your interview as this is very vital to the application process. An interview is generally not required for applicants within the ages of 1-13 and 80-older so it is required for those between the ages of 14-79. Await approval After all the necessary steps have been taken, you would need to give the embassy time to process the visa. If your visa is approved, you would be notified by the embassy. Click on this to know about the US medical visa A tourist admiring the sight near the Empire State Building, New York. Documents Necessary for Application A DS-160 (Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application) form which has been duly completed and signed by the visa applicant.A Nigerian passport that is valid for travel to the United States of America.One passport-sized photograph (5cmx5cm) taken within the last 6 months prior to the visa application.Two blank passport pages for visa stamps.Original copy of bank statement from the past three months prior to the period of visa application.Proof of accommodation for the period you will be staying in the country.Proof of civil status in Nigeria.Proof of sufficient funds for stay and return.Travel insurance which has sufficient medical coverage. The insurance should be valid for the duration of your stay in the country.A police report showing the traveler does not have a criminal record.Documentation confirming the purpose of travel.Copy of travel itinerary.Copy of return flight ticket to Nigeria. Embassy Address Lagos U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria. 2, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Abuja U.S Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. Plot 1075, Diplomatic Drive, Central District, Abuja, Nigeria. Interested in applying for a US Tourist visa? Click here to discuss with our agents.