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Digitizing Passports To Limit Reliance on Immigration Officers

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Digitizing Passports To Limit Powers Of Immigration Officers

The full digitization of Nigerian passport procedures would be finished by December of this year, according to the Federal Government.

This occurs at a time when Nigerians have voiced numerous complaints about the ongoing delays in obtaining Nigerian passports both inside and outside the nation.

Rauf Aregbesola, the interior minister, said this while participating in a NAN Forum in Abuja.

Aregbesola asserts that when the full digitization project is finished, all interactions between passport applicants and immigration agents, in addition to the system’s ingrained corruption, will be fully eliminated.

According to Aregbesola, the project is one of the president Muhammadu Buhari administration’s top priorities.

“We’re working on it, and by December we’ll stop processing passport applications manually. Due to the fact that files are still opened by hand, we still have some manual components.”

By December, there will be no manual element of passports processing, and every portion of it will be digital, especially at the busiest passport processing centers, according to the Government’s estimation.

The minister said that there was no shortage of passport books in the nation and urged applicants to start the passport-processing process at least six months before their intended departure date.

If you need a passport right away, he advised, “Start the process as soon as possible; don’t wait until two weeks before your trip to start processing.”

On the contrary, If you don’t, then the individual may have already caused problems for themselves because the system harmonizes the data with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) database after it has been captured.

Aregbesola asked people applying for passports to confirm that their names and other details match those in the National Identity database.

Every identity document must be uniform to facilitate capture, he asserted, adding that even incorrect name spellings could cause delays in passport processing.

“You have to comprehend what it is. According to a presidential directive, the new passport system must ensure that all information about an individual is uniform and consistent. The information you have on file with the government’s national identity database and in your passport, which is the safest identity document, must match.”

“When you come to us to register, after completing your form online, you come for data capturing, and what you do there is to synchronize what you have filled out in your form and your bio-data as we move forward. ” Aregbesola states.

Thus, processing your passport will be difficult if your name doesn’t match what their data has and if the individual’s  data is different on the necessary networks.

The procedures for obtaining a Nigerian passport had been fraught with difficulties, such as a lack of booklets and louting, and an economy of corruption had been created around them.

In a similar event, keep in mind that the Federal Government announced the introduction of an upgraded e-passport in November 2021, claiming that it will streamline the passport application process for Nigerians both at home and abroad.

The Federal Government, conscious that technology governs the world and keeping up with the most recent advancements in the sector, adopted Nigeria’s biometric passport technology in 2007 and the improved e-Passport was a significant improvement over that technology.

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Getting A Quick Work Permit In The Netherlands

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Getting A Quick Work Permit In The Netherlands

Getting a work permit in a foreign country is never an easy affair, and it rings through for the Netherlands, especially for individuals far off from the European Economic Area countries like Switzerland.

Nevertheless, there are some subtle tricks one needs to consider or particularly be aware of to aid in such efforts especially for a newbie looking to migrate to the Netherlands on relocation and work basis.

What is interesting to note for a foreigner relocating into the Netherlands from a country that isn’t within the European Economic Area region is that, a work permit is obviously necessary, and of course, they come in two forms dubbed as the TWV and the GVVA.

Now, the TWV translates as roughly a work permit, but the GVVA translates as both a residential permit as well as a work permit.

For non EEA nationals looking to work in the Netherlands for a period longer than 3 months, it is imperative to apply for the GVVA.

This can only be done if the employer has already issued you the TWV which is the work permit on your behalf. However, the thing about the employment insurance agency issuing a TWV is dependent on the agency meeting some vital criteria.

The criteria entail the employment agency proving there aren’t qualified candidates within the European Union, although some special jobs would not require much strict rulings.

Now, once the TWV is acquired, the employment insurance agency keeps a duplicate and sends the actual document to the hiring firm.

The catch about the work permit in Netherlands is that, highly skilled workers who can add to knowledge based economy of the country stand greater chance at being granted a work permit like it is in most countries.

The conditions following the issuance of work permits in the Netherlands are that:

Getting A Quick Work Permit In The Netherlands

An employer can only employ someone from outside the EEA unless they cannot find someone suitable from any of the EEA countries like Switzerland or etcetera.

Or that the vacancy has been open for at least 5 weeks to months and such positions are considered very difficult to fill.

The employer must also prove that the company has sought for such candidates from within the Netherlands and the EEA countries without arriving at a suitable candidate.

There are foreigners who wouldn’t encounter much stringent rules while applying for work permits and they include the categories of students who combine studies with a job no more than 16 hours a week, interns, Trainees learning on the job, Artists with higher incomes than the threshold, asylum seekers who work 24 weeks over a 52 week period and religious clerics.

Getting A Quick Work Permit In The Netherlands

You can learn more about the category of these foreign workers in the UWV and IND websites.

Participating companies in this program includes;

Dutch multinationals and global companies such as Heineken, Philips, KPMG, Unilever, KLM, ING, Elsevier, and many others not solely restricted to being owned by Dutch nationals but based in the Netherlands.

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Canada Mobility Options Gets Migrants Travelling To Over 180 Countries Visa-Free

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Canada Mobility Options Grants Migrants Visa-Free Green Card

In building Canada’s economy, Canada has crafted an innovative investment schemes through its Mobility Options program that grants citizenship to the country’s innovative investors.

Among affluent nations, the Canadian economy has recovered from the COVID-19 epidemic one of the quickest this year.

Its net debt-to-GDP ratio of 30.5% is the lowest among the G7 nations, and its economy is now 102.6% larger than it was before 2020.

In order to address a major labor shortage, Canada has revealed plans to drastically expand the number of immigrants entering the nation, with a goal of 500,000 arriving each year by 2025.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship stated of the scheme saying:

“Last year, we welcomed the most newcomers in a single year in our history. This year’s immigration levels plan will help businesses find the workers they need, set Canada on a path that will contribute to our long-term success, and allow us to make good on key commitments to vulnerable people fleeing violence, war, and persecution,”

In contrast to Canadian passport holders, who have access to 180 countries, including the EU and Schengen countries, the United States, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, Nigerian citizens only have visa-free or visa-on-arrival entry to 46 countries.

According to Tukeni Obasi, Vice President, Diaspora of Mobility Options, the Canadian Start-up Visa program is intending to:

“…allow foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to create an innovative business in Canada and apply for permanent residence.

“With its leading trade market, the program is aimed at providing permanent residence to entrepreneurs, active investors in companies, and expanding businesses that seek to establish a presence in Canada. “

Entrepreneurs from outside Canada must submit a creative, scalable start-up business idea that has been accepted by one of the designated business incubators, angel investors, or venture capitalists in order to be granted permanent residency in Canada.

A letter of support is sent to the client after approval, enabling them and their family to submit an application for permanent residence.

In describing the Canada Mobility options and its merits, Panebi Oboh states that:

“Canadian citizens enjoy a high standard of living with multicultural, easygoing, and vibrant cities. It is an excellent place to do business, with access to the entire North American market. Citizens and Permanent Residents receive affordable, high-quality education, modern medical care, a high level of social standards, and citizen protection.

“The right to reside in the country and obtain Canadian citizenship by investment is allowed for your family members as well. These combined benefits make a second passport very appealing to anyone looking to travel with limited visa requirements and looking to ensure their family’s safety and security.”

Canada Mobility Options Grants Migrants  Visa-Free Green Card

According to Mobility Options President Ebi Obaro:

“Mobility is the biggest motivating factor for high-net-worth individuals who seek quick travel processes so they can freely move around for business, holidays, and trade events without filling out laborious visa documents and scheduling appointments at visa offices.”

In order to support economies, governments require revenue from Citizenship through Investment. Businesses need it to expand, as do entire industries. Families require it to locate a home that is safe and secure. Every party involved benefits, therefore everything works out well.

To learn more about Mobility Options and its citizenship by investment programs, click here.

 

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Salzburg Global Seminar Providing Undergraduates Internship Privilege In Austria

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Salzburg Global Seminar Undergraduate Internship Scheme

Applications are being accepted for Salzburg Global Seminar internship program in Austria till 2023. Undergraduates and recent graduates from all across the world are eligible for the internship.

The internship is for students who wish to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations while simultaneously learning in an exhilarating foreign setting.

The mission of the autonomous, non-profit Salzburg Global Seminar, which was established in 1947, is to inspire present and future leaders to create a better world. Its multi-year programs aim to reduce gaps, increase collaboration, and change existing systems.

In order to spur fresh thinking and action and to link regional innovators with global resources, the initiative brings together exceptional talent from different generations, cultures, and industries.

Salzburg Global Seminar Providing Undergraduates Internship Privilege In Austria

International undergraduates with at least three years of accredited study may submit an application, but those who have recently graduated from college or who are just beginning their graduate studies and whose interests and qualifications fit well with Salzburg Global’s programs and activities are given preference.

Through the three-month internship program, interns can expand their knowledge and abilities while also getting access to the network of Salzburg Global Fellows.

Although the internships are unpaid, participants will receive free lodging and meals at Schloss Leopoldskron, free transportation to and from their home country, insurance, and help with the visa application procedure.

For information on how to apply, see Communications Internship. The times are consistent throughout 2023.

Regarding diversity, Salzburg Global Seminar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salzburg Global Seminar Providing Undergraduates Internship Privilege In Austria

For additional information on the scheme, check the Salzburg Global Seminar website.

Salzburg Global Seminar serves as a non profit organization that hosts conferences on topics like public policy, journalism, corporate governance, charity, healthcare, education, culture, finance, technology, and the environment.

More than 40,000 participants, also known as Salzburg Global Fellows, from more than 170 nations have been welcomed by Salzburg Global since its founding in 1947. Clemens Heller, an Austrian native, created it in 1946.

Austria, a landlocked nation in southern Central Europe in the eastern Alps, will host it. The capital of Austria is Vienna, and it is well known for its castles, palaces, and other works of architecture. Despite the fact that German is Austria’s official language, 73% of people can speak English.

 

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