Work Permit in Ireland: Difference between General Employment permit & Critical Skills Employment permit​

Oh! You have been granted residence in Ireland by the Minister for Justice, or maybe you are just lucky enough to join a family member. In either case, you may not require an employment permit to work in Ireland. However, if you do not fall in either category like most non-EEA (European Economic Area) individuals, then an employment permit is a sine qua non. 

The organization which processes these employment permits is known as the “Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE)”. It may be noted that there are nine different types of employment permit, and a special Hosting Agreement for academic researchers. However, the most common are General Employment Permit & Critical Skills Employment Permits.

And this blog is dedicated to understanding the difference between the General Employment Permit & Critical Skills Employment Permit.

General Employment permit

Regarded as the key component applied by the State of Ireland to entice nationals from third world nations to work with labour shortages. This permit assumes all works to be eligible unless it is specified otherwise. One of the major significance of a “General Employment Permit” for any potential candidate is that it covers a wider range of occupations than any other type of employment permit, and may be obtained in respect of a 12 month contract of employment.

It may be noted that the said permit can be issued for an initial 2 years’ timeperiod, and can subsequently be renewed for a further 3 years. And after 5 years, the applicant may safely apply to the Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) for a long-term residency.

If you have been proposed a job in one of the three categories, then you may apply for a General Employment Permit. These include:

  • A job with an annual pay of € 30,000 with few exceptions

  • Any job not included in the list of ineligible occupations

  • A business with more than 50% of the workers from outside the EEA. Also known as the 50:50 rule

  • The company or the organisation must be trading in Ireland and registered with the Companies Register Office.


There are certain key points worth understanding, including:

  • Family members of the individual with a “General Employment Permit” can join them in Ireland after the latter’s first year of employment.

  • Individuals working as doctors for the HSE, or HSE funded services, and have a Stamp 1H, and their spouse/partner can apply for a Stamp 1G. This, however, allows them to work without an employment permit.


 

Critical Skills Employment permit

Said to replace the “Green Card” employment permit, the Critical Skills Employment permit is made to lure highly skilled people into labour market with the key motive of encouraging them to seek PR in Ireland.

There are certain key components attached to the said permit which make it highly attractive, namely:

  • The individual need not give a “Labour market Needs Test” as the skills are identified as short in supply.
  • Seeking family reconciliation becomes easier for the permit holder through Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service under the Department of Justice and Equality.
  • On completion of the time duration for the Critical Skills Employment Permits, the Permit Holders may apply to the Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service under the Department of Justice and Equality, to reside and work without any need for the Employment permit.


If you have been proposed a job in one of the three categories, then you may apply for a Critical Skills Employment Permit. These include:

  • A job with a salary of atleast € 32,000  per annum
  • Any job not included in the “list of ineligible occupations” with a salary of € 64,000 per annum.


It is important to understand that the said permit can only be issued for a job proposal in 2 years’ time. Permit holders are expected to stay with their first employer for a period not less than 12 months. This is important because under section 12(1) (e) of the Employment Permits Act, 2006 as amended, unless a period of 12 months has lapsed since the permit holder first started employment in the State in accordance with the employment permit, a new employment permit for a different employer cannot be examined.


Certain key components with respect to the said type of visa include:

  • Family members of the individual permit holder can join them immediately. And a spouse/partner can get a Stamp 1G Residence Permit, allowing them to work without an employment permit.
  • After completion of 2 years of employment on a Critical Skills Employment Permit in Ireland, the individual can apply for a Stamp 4 Irish Residence Permit, permitting them to work without an employment permit.

 

Key Differences between “General Employment Permit” & “Critical Skills Employment Permits”

Sr.No.

General Employment permit

Critical Skills Employment permit

1.

To entice nationals from third world nations for occupations with labor shortage

To attract high skilled individuals into labor market with the key motive to encourage them of seeking a permanent residence in Ireland

2.

Individual with a job paying annually € 30k can apply for this permit.

Individual with a job paying annually € 32k can apply for this permit.

3.

Family members of the individual with a “General Employment Permit”  can join them in Ireland after latter’s first year of employment

Family member of the individual permit holder can join them immediately.

 

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Brace Your Pockets: Visa and Health Surcharge Fees Surge in the UK- Here’s the New Toll on Your Wallet!

Autumn’s Approach ushers in new visa and health surcharge fees surge in the UK 

Often we Indians have a dream of visiting the UK at least once in our lifetime. It may be simply through a tourist visa to see the iconic Victorian landmarks, breath-taking coastal views, or the Scottish Highlands, or a student visa to pursue higher education at one of the historical universities, or a work visa to get employed in a top notch UK-based firm/organization/company. We may have different plans, but it is important to update oneself with the latest changes in the visa application.

And one such latest update from the UK government is regarding the new fee structure for visa and health surcharge applications. Aimed towards meeting the surge in public sector wages, as the government attempts to settle disputes with trade unions over salary and employment terms. A hike of 15 % and 66% in the Visa and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) (hereinafter “health surcharge”) fees has been set out, respectively, across the board. However, there has been no official announcement from the incumbency as to when this substantial top up in the fees will come into effect. Moreover, the timing of the updates suggest that it may be as soon as Autumn 2023. 

Key changes expected:-

Precise information with respect to the latest rules and regulations are expected soon, but the key changes are:

  • Health Surcharge is expected to rise from GBP 624 to GBP 1035 per year for adults, and GBP 776 per annum for youth and children below 18.
  • Hike in the visa application fees by 15 %.
  • Fees for student visa, certificate of sponsorship, settlement, citizenship, and all the other related applications might surge by at least 20%.
  • No changes in the price of priority services whether the applicants apply inside or outside the UK.

Rise in the health surcharge, and exceptions to the same:-

Frosted for the past three years, a surge in the health surcharge would heavily impact the total price of visa applications. And this is especially with respect to families. It is important to understand that the payment of a health surcharge is important as it ensures access to cost-free health care services for the visa applicants through the National Health Service (NHS). Now this is irrespective of the fact that the applicant has private medical insurance cover. Further, the payment of the health surcharge is made in a lump sum together with the other visa fees. The expected hike in the overall health surcharge will help compensate for the rise in the payment to doctors.

It is not necessary for everyone to pay the health surcharge fee. A person applying for a work visa for more than a period of 6 months must pay the same. However, there are certain applicants who are exempted from making the said payment. These include:

  • an applicant outside the UK for a visa of at least 6 months or less
  • an applicant for a visitor visa
  • an applicant for settlement or citizenship of Britain
  • an applicant to the EU Settlement Scheme or pre-settled status or settled status.

Suggestions to the Employer

Amidst the cost of living crisis, the hike in the fee structure will result in some real difficulties for individuals and businesses, with special emphasis upon new start-ups and Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

It is utterly important that a few factors are well considered by these employers to minimize these challenges:

  • Give a shot in the arm to the future applicants of the UK visa to see if they can benefit from the current lower fee rates before the upcoming changes come into effect. For instance, a worker applying for a 5-year visa will save up to GBP 2000 in health surcharges alone if the application is made before the changes roll out. 
  • Have a sequential outlook on the cost of a visa the business would cover on behalf of employees. There are instances wherein the employers would agree to cover all the visa costs barring the accompanying family members. While others would agree to meet few of the costs of their newly appointed employees. But it is important to comprehend that in sponsored cases, it is illegal to pay for the immigration skill charge, as the sponsors are liable to pay for the same.
  • An employer should definitely consider a “clawback agreement”, which basically requires the employee/benefactor to payback a portion of visa costs if they leave the job within a stipulated time period post- visa approval. This agreement should be drafted with due concentration by a lawyer, as it is important to have a “reasonable” agreement devoid of any penalty, for it to be enforceable. This reasonableness depends upon the overall salary package of the employee to see whether the sum to be repaid is reasonable and legal. And would commonly mean that the sum repayable should be reduced over time. 

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UK Incumbency bars dependent to escort International Students following January 2024

Starting from January, 2024, students pursuing courses other than research in post-graduation programs would not be able to take their dependents.  Aimed towards holding in the ever increasing net immigration. Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, has described this new move as the biggest tightening measure the government has ever executed. The Home Secretary said the new move is upright as it allows the government to protect the public service simultaneously.

In the past few years, the UK Isles have witnessed an exponential rise in the immigration rate, with net migration running over 500,000 between the periods June 2021- June 2022 – twice more than that recorded in the year 2019. It may be noted that “Net immigration” is nothing but the difference between the number of people entering the UK with the purpose of staying 12 months or more in a particular time frame and the number of people exiting during the identical time period.

This blog is dedicated to discussing this new move by the government with respect to the international students and their dependents. 

Tragic increase in the number of dependent accompanying international students & its repercussions

Since 2019, the UK has witnessed a tragic 750 % increase in the number of dependents of international students, taking the number to 136,000 people.  Therefore, to curb this net migration, the UK government from January 2024 onwards has declared to prevent international students from bringing their dependants with them while pursuing their studies in the UK. These dependents include children below the age of 18, spouses, civil partners, and old parents in need of long-term care. Some of the important repercussions of this new policy include:

  1. International students will now not be allowed to switch over to the Skilled Worker Route until they complete their education.
  2. Those students coming to the UK to pursue their one-year Master’s course would also face the same fate as their undergraduate counterparts.
  3. International students will, however, be able to stay in the UK for two years through the Graduate Route, while it is three years for Doctoral/PhD students.
  4. Putting end on the agents endorsing inappropriate applications.

Major Repercussions Explained:

  • Students will not be allowed to switch to the Skilled Worker Route until completion of their education

Pursuing any course in the UK Isles requires a huge sum of money and-therefore, more students opt for the Skilled Worker route, since the same proposes an economical and time-bound pathway to full-time employment in the UK. However, this new policy aimed towards clamping down upon the non-genuine students using the Skilled Worker Route as backdoor.

  • Effect on the one year Master’s course

Students pursuing a graduation course have been prevented from bringing their dependents to the UK. However, they are not the only individuals to face this fate. Students pursuing a one-year Master’s course would also face an impact. And this course is quite popular among students from India and Nigeria. This decision will be a boon to the major global economies who now have a chance to welcome pioneering individuals forsaken by the UK.

  • Crackdown on agents

Cracking down upon fake and unscrupulous agents would help other genuine agents to obtain proper professional certification and establish a firm record of ethical conduct.

 

Can we expect the policy to alleviate? 

It is highly uncertain to expect any flexibility in the new policy. However, the incumbency in its statement has talked about its plan on working closely with UK universities to prepare an alternative procedure so as to ensure that pioneering students can bring their dependents into the UK Isles. This would be simultaneously done with reducing the net migration rate. And will be executed after proper consultation with different key stakeholders. 

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Perks of hiring an Immigration Lawyer during visa application process

 

Making an application for a visa can be difficult and petrifying. And anybody who has been through the process of immigration understands how complicated the same can be. One of the main reasons for the said situation is the complexity of terminologies used in immigration documents, because laws relating to immigration are often cumbersome. It is therefore wise to hire an expert immigration lawyer to comprehend and handle several issues and points involved in the aforementioned process. 

An experienced immigration lawyer helps you surpass the barriers of numerous obscurities and deficient information encountered during the visa application processing. Hiring an immigration lawyer saves you time and even money. Here are some of the key reasons why hiring an immigration legal expert is beneficial:

Enhanced approval rate – minimal rate of hefty blunders

The Visa application requires filing proper paperwork at the correct time with the most effective information. It is important to the entire process of getting a visa. The entire paperwork may vary from case to case and it is usually cumbersome and extensive. Proceeding without a lawyer with strong background and experience, someone well versed in the process and with a bank of knowledge and skills derived from assisting hundreds of clients, can result in un-warranted delay in the process of application – sometimes permanently stopping the application from moving ahead. 

 

Customized service to suit your needs

Notwithstanding the individual’s situation, there are not many strategies relating to the application to choose from. With proper assistance from a strong legal representative on board, a sense of confidence can result in proper framing of decisions. Further reducing much of an individual’s mental burden. Consequently, giving the applicant a peace of mind. A lawyer, having planned a way forward, can systematically help you achieve the desired result.

 

Immigration lawyers at Irish Expert go over and above

In addition to customizing individual service needs, an immigration lawyer will help you through the correct pathway in achieving other legal documents an individual may require, such as a proper work permit. At Irish Expert, our Immigration lawyers advise individuals about those specific laws which are applicable to immigrants and the process of following them. It may result in individual deportation if one doesn’t abide by the laws, thus affecting individual rights in the host country. Also, our organization of strongly qualified lawyers helps you prepare for the interview at the consulate abroad, thereby streamlining the process, greatly reducing the risk of visa application rejection at the climax stage.

 

 Advantages of choosing Irish Expert’s consistent visa processing rate

 At Irish Expert, we have a commendable 90% visa processing rate, while an individual proceeding without a lawyer may have a mere 40-50% success rate. Now with such a high rate of visa approval, one can expect favourable outcomes in respect of his visa application.

 

Our experienced immigration lawyers assist individuals with visas and other immigration matters across India, UK, and the UAE. We provide every client personalized access to  expert team of lawyers who minutely understand the complicated nexus of immigration laws and the extensive impact of these legal rules on an individual’s life. Our aim is to guide and help you !

 

 

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Appeal process for UK Spouse visa refusal

 

Often considered a herculean task, applications pertaining to a Spouse visa in the UK suffer the highest number of refusal by the Home Office. Consequently, this leads to many sad experiences as no one really wants to be separated from their loved ones. This blog explains to you the techniques through which you can easily avoid such situations. There are certain steps which need to be followed properly so that you are successful in your application. 

At Irish Expert we have an expert team of immigration assistance, ready to help in matters of Spouse visa rejection. Our team of lawyers can provide you with high level legal assistance throughout the appeal process. You can contact our immigration lawyers for advice on your options by making an enquiry online.

 

Table of Content

  1. Common reason for rejection of Spouse visa
  2. Appeal Process: Legal Remedy for Spouse visa refusal.

      2.1 Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

      2.2 Appeal process explained.

  3. How Irish Expert can help?

 

1. Common Reasons for the rejection of UK Spouse Visa 

Before we begin the steps to be followed for the appeal process, it is important to understand the causes of spouse visa refusal. 

One of the important reasons for the Spouse visa rejection is failure to meet the Spouse Visa eligibility requirement, or genuine relationship criteria. And most of the time it is not ineligibility but lack of proper evidence to substantiate the needful requirements.

The UK Home Office is highly trained to detect fake applications with regards to the Spouse visa. They have made it tough for the individual to prove the originality of their application. Lack of proper evidence to support the relationship with your partner can lead to visa refusal. And such rejections are inevitable in scenarios where a suspicion arises that the individual lacks a genuine intention to live with the spouse after marriage.

Without assistance from a well-qualified immigration lawyer, adherence to the stringent rules and for the above stated reasons, Spouse visa rejection is inevitable.

Other reasons include:

  1. Income  below GBP 18,600 per year
  2. Savings below GBP 62,500 
  3. Submission of incorrect documents
  4. Forms not filled correctly
  5. Requirement for English language un-met

 

2. Appeal process: Legal remedy in the case Spouse visa rejection

   

  2.1 Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Through Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter “Article 8’), everyone has a right to appeal a Spouse visa refusal on human rights grounds.  

Article 8 reads:

  1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
  2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

Article 8 promises you to appeal in cases where the Home Office have breached their obligations by rejecting your Spouse visa application. This article would force them to alter their decision regarding the application, consequently granting you a leave to remain in the UK.

       2.2 Appeal Process Explained

The entire process in respect of the appeal would be explained in the decision letter one receives from the Home Office.

These would be further divided into a number of steps, which are as follows:

Step 1: Completion of an appeal form and submission of the same within 14 days (if you are in the UK), or 28 days (if you are outside the UK) of receiving the decision.

Step 2: Forming a decision on the information in the appeal form and any documents supplied to the tribunal. This would be accompanied by a fee of GBP 80 in a case where you do not want a hearing. And GBP 140 for an instance where you have requested an oral hearing.

 There is a way through which you can increase the chances of your application being successful. And the same can be done through providing the latest information which adds to your matter, thus increasing the eligibility for a Spouse visa. This information should not be one you have already given to the Home Office before. 

Now, in the case where your application is successful, then the Home Office will be told to reconsider their judgment and in most cases, the Spouse visa will be granted to the individual. However, if it is unsuccessful, then the matter can be brought over to the Upper Tribunal. And this tribunal shall consider the decisions made in the previous tribunal or Tier 1 tribunal. 

And for such cases, having assistance from a qualified immigration lawyer proves beneficial. 

Your entire appeal process can be as short as 15 weeks, but extending over 12 months. 

 

4. How Irish Expert can help?

Our team of experienced lawyers will assist you though the entire process of appeal. They will proceed with the case by extracting its entire backgrounds, presenting you a map on how to proceed. Through years of experience, we have always been able to provide options in cases which have been complicated and urgent in nature.

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Common reasons of Visa Rejection and Strategies for Mitigation

 

Small mistakes with your visa application can lead to big blunders! Be careful and abide by the immigration protocols to save your time, vim, and prospective visa approval opportunities. This article is dedicated to discussing those common errors that result in visa rejection and how an individual can steer clear of them for ultimate visa approval.

Table of Contents: 

Sr. No.Sub- Heading
1.Basic Reasons for the Rejection of a Visa
2.Ramifications of Visa Refusal
3.Reasons for the Rejection of a Visa (in Detail)
4.Certain steps to evade visa rejection
5.How “IRISH EXPERT” can help!

Basic reasons for the rejection of a visa:

Visa rejection is nothing but an instance of getting an individual application rejected by an embassy, consulate, or high commission of the host country. These institutions provide relevant reasons for such rejections, which may later help you ameliorate the errors in prospective visa applications. Not only are there missing documents or information, but there are several other reasons for the rejection of the visa:

  • Insufficiency in detail and data discrepancy
  • Breach of visa regulations and the overall validation procedure
  • Falsity in detail or misrepresentation of facts
  • Criminal record
  • Issues relating to health
  • Unfavourable travel history
  • Dearth of funds

Ramifications of visa refusal: 

Refusal of a visa application can be frustrating and exhausting. An improper and unorganized strategy during the application stage might lead to such a scenario. The following are the ramifications of a visa rejection:

  • Cancellation or postponement of travel plans.
  • Loss of financial stuff, including the visa application fees, flight tickets, overall travel expenditure, and more.
  • Unable to execute the trip one may have been planning for a long time.
  • Unwarranted delay in educational or vocational opportunities.
  • A rejected visa would severely impact your future applications.
  • Sometimes, deportation is necessary in cases where the individual has applied for a long-term visa.

Reasons for visa refusal in detail:

Let’s now study the reasons for the visa denial in detail. It may be noted that the list below gives a clear description of why it is important to apply for a visa in a proper manner. Mindful comprehension of the causes behind the refusal of visas would enable individuals to submit visa applications devoid of errors. Below are some of the prominent reasons for the rejection of individual visa applications:

 

Insufficiency in detail and data discrepancy

It is necessary to fill out each and every section of the visa application form. One should give proper detail, as each section has specified instructions regarding the dos and don’ts of visa applications. Failure on the part of the individual applicant to provide all the genuine information may result in visa rejection.

Basic typos or data discrepancies would also result in the same fate.

 

 

Contravention of visa regulations and the overall confirmation procedure

Immigration departments have hard and fast rules for visa approval and this is in addition to the overall validation process. It is therefore recommended to read the embassy’s website and all the other set of rules and provisions before making any appeal.

Every minute detail in the form a document is checked with utmost diligence by the authority, confirming those. Now in the case where a fake document is discovered, then the visa is instantly rejected.

Also it is important to submit your application in the official language of the embassy. Regional languages go un-verified by the embassy authority, therefore making your document ineffective.

 

Material misrepresentation and fraud in visa application

Considered the “second’” most famous ground for unacceptability of visa application by embassy or consular staffs – and one of the most complex areas of immigration laws. Material misrepresentation of facts or fraud can have draconian ramifications, and life imprisonment in a country like the United States. For example, In respect of the United States, there can be a 214B visa denial in case where the individual is unable to demonstrate his intended activities to the consular office.  This is one of the main reasons why embassy officers proceed with proper discretion before arriving at a judgement. These judgments are subject to “stern inspection”, and “proper evidences” to support them. Therefore it is necessary to provide accurate and genuine details on the application.

 

Individuals with Criminal Record

Notwithstanding the fact that you are convicted criminal within your native country or abroad, having criminal record could severely affect your ability to live as a non-citizen in the host country. Additionally, a hidden criminal record can also lead to deportation of individuals with proper visa and documents. Therefore one should be upfront about his criminal records in the application and provide all the relevant details, inclusive of legal documents related to your matter and other documents that may ensure you are a high-minded citizen.

 

Individuals with health and medical issues 

Individuals with medical issues or a critical health condition may be denied a visa in cases where the host country is devoid of proper healthcare facilities to treat the condition. Therefore, it is important to research the medical facilities of the country you visit before making the visa appeal.

 

Adverse travel history

Inimical travel history can have your visa application getting cancelled and following are some of the reasons for such a scenario: –

  • Cancellation of any prior visa application.
  • Overstay in the previous host country.
  • Indulging in activities breaching visa rules of any prior host country during the stay period.
  •  Lack of clarity with respect to the travel programme.

 

Dearth of funds, and bad financial history

For an individual to visit any country, the presence of enough funds in the bank account is a chief necessity. The embassies or consulates have a certain set specific amount for the stay of an individual in a particular country. Now, in a case where the amount you possess fails to match the expectations, then it can be a reason for a visa rejection.

Visa rejection can also have a bad financial history, one of the major reasons. A bad financial history or a history of financial issues comprises bankruptcy, defaulted loans, or evaded taxes. It is extremely important to have a good financial history, and proper evidence of one’s financial steadiness in the form of tax returns or bank statements.

 

Not having travel insurance

Travelling into a country without proper travel insurance, especially where the same is a requisite, may result in your visa getting rebutted. It is important to make sure that you possess proper travel insurance before making any application.

 

Political problems and age restrictions

Now it is important to understand that in a case where the country you wish to visit has some political problems with your native country, then your visa may be denied. Therefore, it is important to keep in touch with the latest political updates and how the same may have an impact on your visa application.

Coming to the age restriction factor, there are some visas which require you to meet certain age criteria. Failure on the part of an individual to abide by the same may result in denial of a visa application. Therefore, it is important to do a careful examination of age criteria before making the application.

 

Certain steps to evade visa rejection

Folks, it is important to understand that there can no guarantee of a 100% approval rate with respect to your visa application. However, if you follow the given tips/steps mentioned below, then there can be increased chances of victory:

  • Early initiation of a visa application provides ample time for the authorities to process your visa. It is strongly suggested to initiate the procedure with respect to the visa application in no less than 30 days before the actual date of travel.
  • Give appropriate details on the application form. Review the form to rectify any typo or incorrect field.
  • Complete all the required documentation, including proof of financial history and a travel program. It may be remembered that your document should endorse the cause of your trip and indicate that you have good ties with your home country.
  • Honesty and transparency with respect to your intention and relationship with your home country. The concerned authorities want to make sure that you return after your trip.
  • I think one should go for “Irish Expert” for their visa. At “Irish Expert” we have a dedicated team of experts who perform standard checks of visas to make sure it abides by the government regulations. Also, they take care that your visa is free of errors, so that you can have your application passed smoothly for a pleasant trip.

 

How “Irish Expert” can help

The above list of reasons behind the rejection of your visa may not be exhaustive. However, it gives you some insight into some of the unknown causes, the ramifications, and the steps to appeal in case of a rejection. Now if you travelled this far in the blog, why not consider getting in touch with the team of Irish expert, and prevent a visa rejection completely?

At Irish Expert, we have experienced immigration lawyers assisting individuals with visas and other immigration matters across India, UK, and the UAE. We provide every client with personalized access to a team of lawyers who minutely understand the complicated nexus of immigration laws and the extensive impact of these legal rules on an individual’s life. Our aim is to guide and help you !

 

 

 

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Why do you need a British citizenship?

Wish to participate extravagantly in the life of the UK community? Then just go and apply for citizenship in the UK. Sounds obvious, right? But what is the procedure, eligibility criterion, and benefits of applying the same? Let’s understand all of these with the help of this article in a lucid way. 

Obtaining British citizenship automatically awards you a British passport, allowing you to travel freely across the UK isles, without any danger of doing away with your citizenship. Now this is important, especially for those who prefer Indefinite Leave to Remain (hereinafter “ILR”) over the UK citizenship. It is important for them to understand that ILR only allows them a stay in the UK on an indefinite basis. However, one may lose the right to come back if he/she stays abroad for more than 2 years. Regarding people granted settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), losing your citizenship is inevitable if you leave the UK for 5 years or more, or in case you leave it as a Swiss Citizen.

As a result, it is better to choose citizenship over the ILR. This citizenship should also pass to your children even if they are born outside the UK.

 

Key takeaways

  • The individual would be blessed with the right to live and work permanently in the UK, liberated from the immigration controls.
  • Right to vote in any elections
  • The right to hold one of the most powerful passports in the world. With British Passport, one can travel across more than 180 countries and territories without a visa or simply by applying for a visa on arrival. Not simply just a random passport, it’s a golden key to enter many countries, across the world, with minimum red tapism.
  • Free of cost health care facility from the National Health Service
  • For individuals above the age of 18, a right to stand for public office. However, the said right is not applicable to certain groups of people, including members of the armed forces, a civil servant or someone who has been found guilty of certain criminal offences.
  • A British citizen has full access to UK state benefits. These include child benefit, or a jobseeker allowance.

 

Overall process to apply for a British Citizenship

Applying for the citizenship of Britain is quite efficient and well run. A simple application has to be made online and its submission should be accompanied by a small application fee. Also, the individual will be required to upload his biometric information. Soon the Immigration department of the UK would contact the person with further directions as to how he can enrol his biometric after making the submission.

Applicants choosing the naturalisation pathway will have to enrol their biometric information to verify their identity. This process needs to be completed within 45 days of making the application. And failure to do so would disprove the application. There are certain cases where, however, the immigration department may re-use biometrics provided previously with an earlier immigration application.

After submitting the biometrics information, where required, the individual shall be given the decision on his application within 6 months. The immigration department would revert you if they want to extract more information in respect of your application. It is important for the applicant to ensure that they possess proper valid permission to stay in the UK until receiving a decision on their application and further attending the citizenship ceremony.

In case of a successful confirmation and grant of British Citizenship, one would have to attend the citizenship ceremony within a period of 90 days. This ceremony would require you to swear an oath of allegiance to the British Monarch, King Charles III, and to pledge loyalty to the UK, a commitment to respect the UK’s rights, freedoms, and laws. 

Following the above procedure, the individual will be presented with the certificate of naturalization as a British Citizen. 

 

Following the above procedure, the individual will be presented with the certificate of naturalization as a British Citizen. 

 

Benefits of British Passport in detail (British Passport > Other Passport)  

Opportunity to stay and work permanently in the UK

Possessing a British Passport awards you moments to trail. Qualifying for a British Passport opens several gates of opportunities for an individual.

 

People who lost their job during COVID would have a golden chance of experiencing the royal culture of the UK by staying there for a while, then accordingly apply for those opportunities with a British Passport.

 

Chance to study in the UK

One of the other benefits of possessing a British Passport is the chance to pursue your higher education at one of the historical, top notch universities. For an international student with a student visa, a large amount of money with lots of validation is a requisite. However, for an individual with a British passport, you will be granted a ticket to study at one of the prestigious institutions. Additionally, a chance to work along with pursuing your education. 

 

No restrictions with respect to immigration

Having a British Passport in hand steers you clear of the restrictions possessed by the immigration laws. Thus allowing the individual to move freely across the UK devoid of any fear of strict requirements of immigration laws.

 

Proof of residency 

A British Passport can act as a proof of residency within the Isles. It also makes you a valid voter and awards you the right to stand for public office, with certain exceptions. 

 

Ease of travelling

You will hardly find anyone who does not want to travel without a visa. If you belong to that group, then with a British Passport you will have an opportunity to travel smoothly. British Passport acts as an easy travel ticket. There are more than 140 countries allowing Visa free travel with British Passport, while 7 countries only require an online travel authorization. More than 38 countries allow you to travel with a visa on arrival with a British Passport in hand.

 

Cost free medical facilities with the NHS 

Post COVID, there has been a rising sense of fear among the masses with regards to health care. 

But with a British Citizenship, you are qualified to seek medical assistance from the National Health Service in the UK.

 

Entitlement to public funds

With the citizenship of Britain in hand, an individual grabs a chance to claim public funds. COVID pandemic and the consequent loss of jobs for many people. Access to public funds would make their lives easier. Therefore, allowing individuals to maintain a decent standard of life. 

 

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Significance of physical classroom learning in the Post COVID era

Education systems across the world went upside down during the COVID-19 pandemic. With an overall shift of teaching mechanism from classroom to online mode, almost every feature of learning was tested. It can be concluded that from the methodology of instruction, attendance, technology, to human interaction, everything was re-created with an overall new imagination. The response of the higher education authorities to rapidly adopt technology for maintaining academic continuity is commendable.  However, in the Post-COVID world, we have shifted back to the traditional classroom culture, leaving behind technology-driven virtual learning. And this small write-up is dedicated to understanding the importance of traditional classroom-based education in the Post-COVID times.

 

Meaning of “Physical Classroom Studies”

Before getting into the discussion with respect to the importance of classroom studies, it is important to understand the meaning of “classroom studies”.

Physical classroom is a one-on-one teaching and learning atmosphere for teachers and students, respectively. It includes a black/white board, projectors, benches, a chair, and a teacher. This classroom environment has been designed in a way to bring over positivity and a sense of focus among the students. These students are less likely to get distracted in this atmosphere, unless your class comprises a bunch of hooligans. The reason for this less distraction and peace is the presence of an academic environment.

 

Important Features of “Physical Classroom Studies”

Now let’s look into the important features which make physical classroom based learning a better mode of education. 

 

Supplements overall social development of students

  • In a physical classroom facility, students learn to socialize in the classroom and school. They have a chance to make friends, participate in various co-curricular physical activities, thereby boosting their self-confidence, knowledge, skills, and self-esteem.
  • Developing bonding with friends and teachers results in the making of a responsible, sensible, practical, and cooperative person. 

 

Encourages analytical thinking among students

  • Students in a classroom arrangement are given various projects by dividing students into different teams. This helps in inculcating new skills, including problem solving tactics, analytical understanding, creativity, and leadership qualities. 

 

Participation in outdoor games/activities is fun

  • Through a physical classroom environment, students get several opportunities to participate in indoor/outdoor games, and activities. These help them develop physically, and gives them a sense of joy.

 

Heartens collaborative learning

  • Operating and working in a team inculcates in the students skills like communication, leadership, attention to detail, punctuality, and working together. This later helps in them become cooperative, adaptive, and collaborative.

 

Unique flexible teaching manner

  • In a classroom set-up, teacher have an opportunity to modify their teaching mechanism and manner. Now some teacher use unique practice of gamifying their manner of teacher in order to make learning more exciting and constructive.

 

Fosters overall personality

  • A classroom set-up fosters qualities like diligence, self-control, courtesy, generosity, humility, leadership, and solidarity in the students. In a physical classroom set-up, students are required to abide by the academic standard which includes responsibilities relating to their role, discipline, reverence toward elders, maintenance of classroom decorum, and being helpful.

 

Strengthens student motivation

  • The one-on-one interaction between teacher and students in a classroom set up boost a sense of motivation in latter. It also helps them express their opinions during debates and other classroom discussions.
  • The best motivation for a student is his teacher who inculcates in him potential to produce better work.

 

Conclusion

It can be thus concluded a physical classroom set up provides student with an environment to gather inputs from the teacher, thereby fostering former’s overall personality and knowledge. The voice, facial expression, body language, and the enthusiasm among teachers to impart quality education on a one-on-one basis motivates the student to develop creativity, and other important skills useful in the upcoming life.

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Cost of studying in Canada and France: A Comparative overview

Canada or France? Which is better in terms of cost of living while pursuing university-level education for international students?

This blog examines and draws comparisons between the cost of studying in Canada and France. The parameters to be used for the same are as follows:

 

  • Most economical country for international students
  • Pre-arrival costs
  • Post-arrival costs
  • Methods to finance your stay in Canada and France

 

Looked upon as one of the major education centers with an unruffled environment. Canada has been one of the most popular study destinations for international students to seek higher education. On the other hand, we have France, which boasts of having a top educational system along with exciting packages for international students.

 

Most economical country for International Students 

 

  • Canada
  • Comparatively cheaper to other developed nations of the world.
  • International students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree are expected to around $ 7,203 & $ 49,800 for every annual session. While for a Master’s degree, a fees ranging between $ 3,222 & $ 42,850 is expected to be paid.
  • Canada offers its international students one of the best scholarship programs, namely:
  • Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships,
  • Calgary International Entrance Scholarships,
  • Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships,
  • York University International Student Scholarship Program.


  • France
  • Both international and domestic students pay the same fees subject to certain exceptions. This has been designed by the human resources ministry of France to ensure that international students benefit from the affordable education system.
  • International students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree are expected to around $ 500 to $ 32,000 for every annual session. For a Master’s degree, one needs to pay $ 264 per year. While for doctoral programs, one needs to pay $413 to $ 32,611 per year.
  • From the fee structure mentioned above it can be safely concluded that France is among the cheapest places to pursue higher education. And Canada fails to make the cut. 

 

Pre arrival costs in Canada & France

Before arriving Canada or France, one need to be apprised of the list of actions to be executed. Some of them have been enlisted below in tabular form:

 

  • Canada

Examinations 

Fees

GMAT

USD 253

IELTS

USD 187

GRE (General/Subject)

USD 193

CAEL

USD 130

  • France

Examinations 

Fees

GMAT

USD 280

IELTS

USD 260

GRE (General/Subject)

USD 201

CAEL

USD 280

 

Post Arrival expenses in Canada & France 

One you have arrived in France or Canada, there are some more expenses to be met. These include:

 

  • Canada
  • Accommodation charges: The second you enter Canada, you first need to spend on your accommodation. And the charges for the same varies between USD 294 and USD 442.
  • Bank Fees: All international students need to open bank accounts to either receive their income or funding of any kind. And a fees of $ 4- $ 5is to be paid every time you withdraw cash.
  • Food and Grocery: The average monthly cost for food and grocery is USD 147– 221.
  • Transportation: The average monthly expense for transportation is USD 73- USD 184.
  • France
  1. Accommodation charges: The moment you enter France, you first need to spend on your accommodation. And the charges for the same varies between USD 217 and USD 1306.
  2. Bank Fees: All international students need to open bank accounts to either receive their salary or funding of any kind. And a fees of $ 4- $ 10 is to be paid every time you withdraw cash.
  3. Food and Grocery: The average monthly cost for food and grocery is USD 750– USD 1303.
  4. Transportation: The average monthly expense for transportation is USD 73- USD 184.

Methods to finance your stay in Canada and France

Before moving to any country in pursuance on your university level education, it is important to understand that in order to meet the skyrocketing fee structure one needs to finance his stay in the country.

Let’s learn about different methods to execute the same:

Firstly we have Part time work, and both Canada and France have different basic policies. And we will be studying them briefly here:

  • Canada
  • You need a work permit to initiate your work off campus. However, you don’t need one if you meet the eligibility requirements (described hereinafter)
  • You can only start your work in Canada when your study programs has begun.
  • You can work up to 20 hours a week and take up more than 1 job to compensate these hours, as long the same does not interferes with your study permit.
  • Eligibility criteria for working as an international student, while pursuing your studies
  • You are a full time student admitted into a Designated Learning Institution.
  • You are admitted into:
  1. a post- secondary academic, vocational, or professional training program, or
  2. a secondary level academic program (QUEBEC only)
  • You have a study program ranging up to at least 6 months or leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • You possess a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

 

  • France
  • The part time work limit ranges up to 964 hours or simply 20 hours/weeks in France.
  • With this salary international students can finance their education, including attending seminars, workshops, and scholarships.

 

Secondly there is scholarship program facilities available in both the countries. And it is one best methods to finance your stay either in Canada or France. 

Below is a tabular representation of scholarship programs and their amount coverage for both the countries.

 

  • Canada

 

Scholarship Programs

Amount (per year)

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

USD 368 – 737

Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

USD 7372

Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program

USD 3686

Quebec Provincial Government Scholarship

USD 18,431 to USD 35,000

Ontario Trillium Scholarship

USD 29,490

Partnership Grants by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

USD 14,745

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

USD 27,176

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships

USD 51,607

Trudeau Scholarships & Fellowships

USD 29, 490

Anne Vallee Ecological Fund

USD 1105 

 

  • France

Scholarship Program

Amount (per year)

The Charpak Scholarship Program

USD 762 (approx.)

La Femis

USD 990 (approx.)

AIFS- General study abroad

USD 486- 974 (approx.)

Conclusion

Both countries provide calm and conducive environment with quality education system. Although the cost of living is comparatively greater in Canada then France. However, it is not justifiable to ignore other expenses.  Hence, it cannot be particularly held as to which country is affordable.

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Top 7 Part –Time Jobs for Indian Students in the US

Who does not want to pursue his higher education at Harvard or Stanford, or maybe just any other US-based university? Home to some of the world’s renowned institutions, the quality of education and global exposure that United States-based institutions offer is unmatchable. However, getting admission to these colleges demands fund in large numbers. And it is quite common among international students to indulge in small jobs to bear their daily expenditure.

This blog is dedicated to educating the masses regarding the part-time jobs or small jobs in the United States for Indian students.

TOP 7 Part – time jobs available in the USA along with the salary

The upcoming paragraph comprises a long list of jobs for students in the U.S. These opportunities have been planned explicitly for international students. 

  1. OPT & STEM OPT- Salary: $49,040 per year

  • Under OPT or Optional Practical Training, a student would be allowed to work temporarily for a period up to 12 months or after joining the college.

  • Like OPT, students pursuing courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) can tap a temporary opportunity for another 12 months after completing their first year.

 

  1. Library Monitor – Salary: $ 46,000 per year

  • As a library monitor, one needs to maintain the silence in the college library and oversee the study areas. This job requires quite a lot of time to study and prepare for any upcoming exam.

 

  1. Translator – Salary: $ 53,082 per year

  • Duty to convert information from one language to another

  • Proficiency in speaking and writing in at least two languages is a necessity.

  • Ability to comprehend the culture of the languages that you are required to work in along with the power to retain clarity and context

  • If you possess advanced level knowledge of languages like German, Arabic, French, or Spanish, then there is a high probability that you will qualify for this job.

 

  1. Tour Guide – $ 34,406 per year

  • Duty to show tourists different travel destinations

  • Flexibility in schedule allows students to balance their academic and professional lives.

  • You need to be an easy communicator with the power to speak of the destinations in a positive light.

  • Further duties include grabbing the required knowledge of the place and facilities, and the ability to answer a variety of questions from tourists.

 

  1. Content Writer- $ 54, 321 per year

  • Duty to write articles, blogs, podcasts, e- books, captions, and develop digital contents.

  • Fluency in any one language is an essentiality.

  • Need for research skills, along with the proficiency in word processing software and communication skills.

  1. Data Entry Agent – Salary: $ 31,200

  • Duty to update data from different sources on a client’s servers.

  • Familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software.

  • Need for typing and communication skills.

 

  1. Social Media Assistant – Salary: $ 31,000

  • Duty to supervise a company’s social media initiatives to improve its virtual presence.

  • Highly recommended for students who possess an understanding of social media algorithms and curating mechanism.

 

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