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UK Visa Services Resumes from 6th July 2020

U.K. Visa Services Resumes from 6th July 2020!

Apply now for U.K. Visa from India from 6th July 2020

The United Kindom is finally opening its doors to tourist and visitors and has begin accepting Visitor Visa applications from 6th July 2020. People can now apply for U.K. Tourist and Visitor Visa. Earlier travel to U.K. was suspended due to Coronavirus Pandemic happend across the world. The Government of United Kindom has also share the details about all protocols and guidlines which every traveler needs to follow during the Covid-19 travel.

The Guidelines can be found below:

Conditions for Entering the United Kindom:

If you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK, you must:

  • Provide your journey and contact details
  • Not leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)

Provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK:

  • Every traveler entering U.K. must fill and complete the Public health passenger locator form
  • The form cannot be submitted until 48 hours before the due arrival in U.K.
  • The form has to be shown on arrival at U.K. border, either by printing a copy, or showing it on your phone.
  • The government will use this information for tracking your symptoms and movement while your stay in U.K.
  • £100 fine can implied if refuse to provide contact details or breaking rule more than once.  They may also prohibit you enter U.K again.
  • If traveling with other people, family or friends, they have all have to fill seperate forms.
  • For children before 18 years not required to fill the form considering they are stay with the family members throughout the stay in U.K.. Their details have to be filled in the family members.

How to self-isolate on arrival to U.K.:

  • You have to travel straight to your place where you are staying.
  • You can use “Public Transport” if left with no other option. Maintain social distancing all the time and wearing mask or face covering is mandatory.
  • If you have long journey within U.K. to your stay, then you can stop overnight in safe accommodation before continuing the journey. Details of the same has to be provided in the Public health passenger locator form.
  • You have to maintain self-isolation for 14 days at your accommodation and have to stay away from others.
  • Visitors (including family or friends) are prohibited during self-isolation period.
  • Going to public places, shopping etc. is also not allowed during this time. If any grocery or medicines are required, you can either order delivery and arrange the same to your place with help of friends/family.
  • NHS Volunteer Responders are also available if you need help collecting shopping, medication or would like a telephone ‘check-in and chat’. Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange volunteer support. 

What to do if you get coronavirus symptoms:

  • If any of the Covid 19 symptoms (such as cough, high temperature, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) develops, you should continue self-isolation and apply for a test.
  • You can register for test here on NHS website.
  • If test came out positive, you have to share you contacts with the NHS Test and trace service.
  • If symptoms get worse, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus (COVID-19) service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Exemptions from Self-Isolation when entering UK:

You do not need to complete the form or self-isolate if you’re travelling from one of the following places, or fullfil certain criteria and you were there for 14 days or more:

  • Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man
  • Visitors arriving from Common Travel Area (CTA)
  • Representative of a foreign country or territory And representative of the British overseas territories, along with their families or dependnts traveling to the UK to undetake official business with the U.K.
  • Defence personnel, visiting foces & government contractors who the Ministry of Defence has confirmed are required to deliver essential defence activities.
  • U.K. officials & contractors required to work on essential border security dutis.
  • Non-U.K. officials & contractors required to work on essential border security duties.
  • Crown servants or government contractors traveling to the U.K. for essential government work.
  • People who live in U.K. but work in another country & travel between the U.K. and country of work at least once a week.
  • People who live outside the U.K. but work in the U.K. and travel between their country of residence and the U.K. at least once a week.
  • Driver of goods vehicles or public service vehicles & other employees of community licence holders for the international carriage of goods or passenger by coach and bus.
  • People transiting airside (individuals who arrive in the U.K. but not pass border conrol)
  • Civil aviation inspectors engaged on insepection duties.
  • Other working class category, more details on the same can be found here.

Conclusion:

For all visitors planning their future travel to U.K., now is the good time to apply for U.K. Visa. Since being still currently recovering from pandemic crisis, even country including U.K. is looking forward to promote tourism to boost it economy further. So every Visitor Visa comes with 6 months validity, people can plan their travel well in advance and get their UK visa at the earliest accordingly.

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How to apply for Canada Tourist Visa from India? Fast & Easy!

How to apply for Canada Tourist Visa from India? Fast & Easy!

Canada is one the most popular destinations for Indians. Lot of people every year apply for Canada visa, sometimes to simply visit the beautiful country or sometime just to build their travel history which might help them later for better prospects at PR (Permanent Residency). Because of its popularity, there many companies across India offering guaranteed Canada visa services, but when it comes to visa, nothing is guaranteed or permanent and mostly these companies are fake or make fool out of people.

Its very important to understand the basics how you can apply Canada visa, especially their visitor visa. Once you know that, then opting for professional assistance services will be easy and convenient as you will know the person/organization offering their services is not selling fake hopes and giving the appropriate help which may be required for your case. Alternatively, you can also apply it yourself. But if you are first timers and don’t have any prior travel history, then its always advisable to go with professional help

Type of Canada Tourist Visa

There are 2 types of Tourist visa for Canada:

  • Visitor Visa (For tourism and Sightseeing)
  • Visitor Visa (For Visiting Family, Friends/acquaintance)

Type of Visa Applications

  • Online Application
  • Paper based application (offline)

The paper-based application is preferred one most widely used in India due to its convenience.

Biometrics Facts:

  • If you are applying for Visitor visa first time, then you need to give Biometrics and take appointment slot online for that at VFS Global website.
  • If you have already applied for Visitor visa before and have received a valid visa for which you have given Biometrics earlier (post Nov 2018), then you don’t need to apply for Biometrics again for next 10 years.
  • If you applied for visa before, given your biometrics, but visa got rejected. Then you need to track your biometrics validity through UCI (unique client Identifier) no. which is given in your refusal letter given by the consulate earlier.
  • If you are not required to give biometrics, then you can simply visit the application center during their business hours (without any prior appointment).

All about Visa Fees:

    • Visitor Visa Fees per person = 100 CAD (Rs 5,260 equivalent)
    • Biometrics Fees per person = 85 CAD (Rs 4,470 equivalent)
    • Assisted Service fees per person (for paper applications) = Rs 395

    The above 3 fees are usually mandatory fees charge for your visa application. Please consider some extra buffer price for currency exchange charge levied by the banks.

    Besides, if you are not required to give biometrics, then in case of Biometrics fees states above, you would need to provide:

    • Package Transmission fees (per package) = Rs 441

    Furthermore, there are optional services which you can opt at VFS application center as below:

    • One-way courier Service (Per package) = Rs 479
    • Short Message Service (SMS) Per applicant = Rs 132

How to pay the Visa fees?

There are 2 ways of paying visa fees:

  • Pay application fees online at official Canada Immigration website by creating your online account.
  • Pay directly at VFS center – In this, VFS pay online on your behalf using their official Corporate cards and attach their payment receipt. You then have to pay (ONLY IN CASH) at their cash counters. For this there charge extra service fees of about Rs 213 (including GST).

In the second payment mode, one has to keep in mind that if VFS try to pay the fees online on your behalf and the consulate website server is down by any chance, then you may have to visit the center again for second time. While for online mode, you can save time to pay when the server is performing well.

Visa Application Process

For visa application process, you have to first register online at the Canada Immigration website and fill out their application form very carefully and pay the fees there itself.

List of all forms related to your visa Application

  • Temporary Resident Visitor Visa Application form (IMM5257E): you have to fill online, validate it, take form as well as bar code printouts. You also need to have the latest Adobe upgrade version DC Aug 2019 (19.012.20040) other you may find difficulty opening it.
  • Family information form (IMM5707): Applicable for age above 18, can fill both online or manually with BLACK INK only.
  • VFS consent Forms: 2 copies required, can be filled manually by black or blue ink
  • Schedule 1 form (IMM5257B): Applicable for navy or army background.
  • Use of representative form (IMM5476): If someone else going for the submission on behalf of applicant.
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM5409): In case of non-married couples applying, they should have lived together at least one year, have intermingled financial and other affairs.
  • Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (IMM 5475): If you want your spouse, family member or friend to check your application on your behalf.

Visa Documents Checklist

   1. General for all applicants

  • Valid Passport (include old, expired passports), should be valid of proposed travel duration, 2 blank pages minimum.
  • Photocopy of front and back page of passport.
  • For Minors: – traveling without parents/legal guardians – authorization letter signed by both parents/legal Guardians.
  • For Minors: – traveling with 1 parent/legal guardian – authorization letter signed by another + photocopy of passport/Aadhar including their photo and signature.
  • IMM5257B form (if applicable)
  • Family Information Form (IMM 5707), fully completed and signed. Should be filled by black pen only.

   2. If one has prior US/Canada travel visa and history (in last 10 years), with travel stamps, financial proof is not needed.

   3. Visiting Family or Friends:

      – Proof of Financial Support

  • ITR (2 years)
  • Bank statements (6 months)
  • Employment letter, Pay slips, Pension proof, Business registration, Investment’s, etc.
  • Property proof/ personal net worth.

      – If sponsored trip:

  • Letter signed by sponsor paying + their passport photocopy + bank certificate proving sufficient funds. Bank statements (6 months)
  • Proof of sponsor relationship with applicant Investment’s, etc.
  • Above documents dated within 3 months of submission.

      – If you are Employed:

  • NOC [should include name, position, current salary, date of hire, employer’s (name, address, telephone number)]

      – If Retired:

  • Retirement certificate indicating amount of your pension.

      – If Students traveling outside of school holidays:

  • School letter confirming your standing reputation and approved absence leaves.

      – Invitee in Canada:

  • Invitation Letter (indicating purpose and duration of visit)
  • List showing no. of people in their household.
  • A copy of their immigration/citizenship documents.
  • Income & Financial proofs, includes – NOA (Notice of Assessments), employment letters, pay stubs, bank statements.
  • If inviter student, acceptance letter/ good standing of school.
  • If visiting family, proof of relationship with Canadian invitee (birth certificate, copy of marriage certificate etc.)

   4. Tourism and sightseeing:

      – Detailed Itinerary (including proof of air tickets and hotel booking)

      – Proof of Financial Support:

  • ITR (2 years)
  • Bank statements (6 months)
  • Employment letter, Pay slips, Pension proof, Business registration, Investment’s, etc.
  • Property proof/ personal net worth.

      – If sponsored trip:

  • Letter signed by sponsor paying + their passport photocopy + bank certificate proving sufficient funds. Bank statements (6 months)
  • Proof of sponsor relationship with applicant Investment’s, etc.
  • Above documents dated within 3 months of submission.

      –  If you are Employed:

  • NOC [should include name, position, current salary, date of hire, employer’s (name, address, telephone number)]

      – If Retired:

  • Retirement certificate indicating amount of your pension.

      – If Students traveling outside of school holidays:

  • School letter confirming your standing reputation and approved absence leaves.

VFS – Visa application center

Anyone from any state/city can apply all over Indian VFS center without any region-based restrictions. For scheduling appointments, you can either do it online or by phone or even chat system on their website. For people who don’t require biometrics, they can simply walk in anytime during business hours without any prior appointments.

Conclusion

Canada Visitor/Tourist visa process is not that complicated if you wish to do It yourself. What more important is how you prepare your documents and your covering letters. Every document you prepare and propose should contain all necessary elements which is required for visa officer in order to give your visa approval. In particular, your financials and strong reasons that you are willing to return back to your home country.

I always advise people to hire professionals. Doing it yourself may call for some unexpected errors which is usually covered by experience. But obviously that doesn’t mean not just hire any visa agent, but who understand the process and have prior experiences of dealing with different type of cases.

If you need my professional support, we also provide Canada visa assistance service for a very nominal pricing, the details of which you can find here: Canada Visa

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