Archive - February 2020

Quebec’s facilitated LMIA list for 2020 is out

Canadian employers can now apply for LMIA online

Employing foreigners as temporary workers is a common practice in Canada. Temporary workers form a large section of the skilled people who arrive in Canada.

The employers in Canada must process the applications of these workers through the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) system. Through LMIA, the government reviews employee applications invited by employers in Canada. The aim is to ensure that hiring a foreign worker will make a positive or no effect on the Canadian labor market. It ensures that the foreign worker is not preferred at the cost of a qualified Canadian worker. The system also ensures that the foreign worker gets salary and benefits at par with federal and provincial standards.

Under the LMIA system, it’s generally needed that employers advertise the job requirements. But the province of Quebec gives the provision of facilitated LMIA. It’s aimed at enabling simplified processing. With it, the employer is not obliged to advertise certain job requirements. These jobs are high demand jobs. These are entered into a list of occupations released by Quebec’s government every year.

This year too, a list of occupations for the facilitated LMIA was released. 116 new occupations were added to the old list and 9 removed. The 9 occupations that were removed are:

  • 0513 Recreation, sports & fitness program and service directors
  • 1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupations
  • 3236 Massage therapists
  • 1242 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing & public relations
  • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7232 Tool and die makers
  • 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, N.E.C.
  • 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing

Some of the new additions to this year’s list of occupations include:

  • Human resources
  • Investment managers
  • Architects
  • Bakers
  • Dentists

The list was released on Feb 24, 2020.

The distinct features of facilitated LMIA from the regular LMIA application stream are:

Application language

In Quebec, all applications for LMIA are submitted in French. The only exception is for in-home caregiver jobs. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) works with employers to assist in minimizing this requirement’s impact.

ESDC is a department of the Government of Canada. It deals with developing, managing and delivering social programs and services.

Advertising job requirements

For occupations listed in the facilitated LMIA employers are exempted from advertising requirements. The employers don’t need to prove that

  • They have advertised the position
  • They have tried to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Choice of occupations

Facilitated LMIA applications may be submitted only for jobs in high demand. These jobs may be facing labor shortages in the region of Quebec where they are located.

Requirements for submission

Facilitated LMIA applications must get approval from the federal and provincial authorities. Hence, it’s mandatory to submit such applications to both ESDC and the Ministère de l’Immigration, De la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI).

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South Australia steps up to attract skilled professionals

South Australia steps up to attract skilled professionals

When it comes to the development of a region, migration of skilled professionals can make a big difference. A realization of this effect is creating a new scenario in South Australia. The state is taking steps to improve its strength as an economic powerhouse. These steps count on the migration of skilled workers from different countries.

Most of the skilled migrants entering Australia largely choose the eastern seaboard as their destination. The reasons for this trend are:

  • Job opportunities
  • Higher salaries
  • Larger population
  • The growing diversity of ethnic communities

These factors are undeniably big pullers for migrants. Now, South Australia needs to improve on these fronts. The state needs to add these to its own unique strengths. With the best measures taken, development cannot elude the state for long.

South Australia needs to prove why it is a better option for skilled migrants. The business community of the state is addressing the issues. It is focused on addressing the skill shortage plaguing businesses across the state.

Improved visa programs and better migration options are among the solutions planned. The solutions being implemented at present include boosting the skill base of the state. Increasing the population is yet another aspect addressed.

Some people in South Australia are guarded about the idea of skilled migration. But their worries are in the wrong place, considering the regional community with groups of migrant families. Balaklava is a good example. The schools and community clubs have benefited from the growing population fueled by migration. The community has also come out as a more diverse and enriched one.

The business community in the state support the two-way trade that results from migration. The immigrants will not only bring in their money but their family and relatives too. This will help extend trade connections to international markets.

The migration will give the businesses more access to skilled workers, which is the need of the hour. The Federal Government has recognized South Australia’s unique issues. It has taken steps to help solve the state’s economic and business challenges. The government has introduced several regional visa options to better facilitate skilled migration.

There are quite a few advantages in settling down in the state. It has cleaner air, fewer traffic jams, lower house prices, and larger blocks (family-sized) that are closer to the city. Moreover, it has a high standard of living.

The word must spread that the state is ready for international business. Business SA is building a team of the best experts to step up the task. The team will assist business owners to thrive in today’s competitive environment. The experts will make them capable of meeting the new challenges.

This will be the state’s best effort to make its mark in the global economy. The increase in skilled, business and economic migration will invigorate the state’s progress. It will give the international skilled population a highly prospective destination too.

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Moving to Norway – What you need to do

Apply for Norwegian permit

Are you interested to move into the beautiful country of Norway? Then you can start your journey with a legal residency. The legal residency will let you live, work and study in Norway. A residency of 3 years in the country can lead to your being eligible for a permanent residence visa.

You must pass many criteria to become a resident of Norway. These criteria and rules differ for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA nationals.

Rules for EU/EEA nationals

Upon selection, irrespective of your nationality, you can live, work and study in Norway. Registration is required if you are going to stay for more than 3 months. It is important to register within 3 months of your arrival.

You can start working in Norway immediately after reaching the country. The registration process could differ based on the municipality you are living in. In the general procedure, you will need to get your personal identification done. You will also need to get an ansettelsesbevis. It is a certificate of employment from your employer in Norway.

The next step is to create a login on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) portal. The login is necessary for you to fill the application form for residence. Then you should book an appointment via the portal with the police or service center for foreign workers.  The appointment request will depend on the area where you are living.

If you are looking for employment in Norway, you must report yourself as a job seeker to the police. This should be done within 3 months of your arrival in the country. The procedure to follow is the same:

  • Log in to the UDI Application Portal
  • Attend an appointment with the authorities
  • Submit your application in person

Once you meet all the requirements, a registration certificate will be issued to you by the police. After this, you may change your job and work for multiple employers. Changing employers will not affect your registration status. If you are bringing your family to Norway, they should also get registered for the residency permit.

On completing a year of work in Norway, you will be allowed to stay as long as you like in the country. You can stay on even if you lose your job, though not through resignation. If you lost your job, you must register as an active job seeker.

Rules for students

If you are a student from the EU or EEA, you too could be granted residency. You must be admitted to either:

  • An accredited educational institution, or
  • An upper secondary school

If you are bringing your family along with you, you need to have either:

  • Private medical insurance, or
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

You must be able to support the family members you bring along. You can work along with studies. To register, you will need a valid national ID or passport and proof of admission to the relevant educational institution. You will also need documentation of health insurance.

Rules for self-employed

If you are a self-employed person from the EU/EEA, you will follow the same process as other categories of people. You will register via the UDI application portal. You must plan to engage in long-term business activities in Norway. Your business must be your own sole proprietorship, as per the guidelines on the UDI website.

During registration, you must provide documentation of your business. The documentation can include combinations of:

  • Budgets
  • Contracts
  • Invoices
  • Tax documentation
  • A transcript from the Norwegian Register of Business Enterprises

Other cases

Even if you are neither working nor studying in Norway, you could be granted residency. But you will need to prove that you have enough funds with you to sustain yourself. If you have family members with you, you will need enough funds to support them too. Money in a bank account or a pension can qualify as funding. You will register via the UDI Application portal itself.

Rules for non-EU/EEA nationals

If your nationality is that of a non-EU/EEA country, you can apply for residency in Norway in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Family immigration
  • Protection (Asylum)
  • Work immigration
  • Au Pair
  • Study permit

Work immigration

You may migrate to Norway as a skilled worker, seasonal worker or a job seeker.

Skilled worker

To apply for residency as a skilled worker, you should have:

  • Completed higher education or vocational training
  • Received a job offer or have your own business

Your vocational skill qualification must be proven by documents of

  • At least 3-years vocational training (for professions like carpentry, social care or nursing), or
  • A university degree

The vocational training that you had must have a corresponding program in Norway. You must have a job offer for work that is full-time or close to full-time. The qualifications you have must be essential for the job offered. The pay and working conditions must meet Norwegian standards. Also, there should be authorization from relevant authorities (viz. Healthcare).

Residency permits can be granted from 1 to 3 years depending on individual circumstances.  It must be renewed if you are planning to stay longer in Norway. After a legal residence of 3 years in the country, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

It is possible to apply for residency even before you arrive in Norway through the UDI portal. If you are in Norway, you can submit your application in person also. But make the appointment through the UDI portal. A fee of 6,300 kroner ($677) will be charged on applications for residency and renewal of permits.

Seasonal worker

Seasonal workers are those workers who arrive to work for a specific time of the year. They could also be acting as a stand-in for a permanent employee on leave. If you are a seasonal worker, you must have a job before you apply for your residency permit. You will apply for a residency as a seasonal worker. The fee applicable to you will be the same as for the skilled worker.

The job you must already be having should be in a place where the pay and working conditions meet Norwegian standards. You may have multiple employers too provided you have a concrete job offer from each. Also, your employer must get approval from NAV (Nye Arbeids- og Velferdsetaten) that you are fit to be hired as it’s impossible to recruit sufficient workers from Norway or the EEA to do the job. The notable exceptions from this requirement are agriculture and forestry industries.

6 months is the validity of a seasonal work permit in Norway. But you can’t stay in the country as a seasonal worker for over 6 months during a 12-month period. You must re-apply to return to Norway. As a seasonal worker, you cannot bring your family with you to Norway.

An option to note for seasonal workers is that you can, in some cases, work in Norway without a residency permit. In this case, you will be working for no more than 3 months. This option is available for certain exempted professions. These include

  • Medics
  • Lecturers
  • Researchers
  • Athletes
  • Photographers
  • Business travelers
  • Tour guides
  • Religious preachers
  • Flight crews
  • Journalists

You can apply for residency from within or outside Norway through the UDI portal. You can submit the application in person also if you are in Norway. But you must make the appointment through the UDI portal.

Jobseeker

As a job seeker, you will have only a few exceptional cases where you may get a residency permit. In such a case also, you will have to look for work while staying in Norway. Australia is one of those countries that have arrangements to enable its citizens to visit Norway without a visa. As an Australian job seeker, you can apply for residency:

  • If you qualify as a skilled worker
  • If you have enough money to meet your expenses in Norway

The minimum amount you need to have is usually 20,521 kroner ($2,200) per month or 123,123 kroner ($13,225) for 6 months. The money must be deposited in a Norwegian bank account. An application fee must be paid too, which is same as other types of residency permits for non-EU/EEA nationals. If you receive a job offer, you can re-apply for the residency permit as a skilled worker.

You must apply for residency using the UDI portal either from Norway or abroad.

Study immigration

As a student trying to learn in Norway, you can apply for a study permit. The permit’s application fee is 4,900 kroner ($526).

When you apply, you must be able to show that you have enough funds to stay in Norway while studying. The college, university or other educational institution must be approved by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). As a study permit holder, you will have the right to work for up to 20 hours weekly.

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USA’s take on immigration gives Canada its spotlight

Canada benefits from H1B confusion

Recently, a report was released on a job market analysis of North America done by CBRE (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis). The report clearly showed that Canada was gaining over the US on the migration of high-skill workers. Apparently, the conundrum created by confusing immigration policies of the US is helping Canada. Skilled workforce is shifting to Canada from the USA.

CBRE found that Toronto gained 80,100 tech jobs between 2013 and 2018. This means that a net brain-gain of 57,634 gave Canada an edge. The scenario placed Toronto ahead of Silicon Valley and Seattle.

The gains from the skill inflow was evident for Vancouver too. It came fifth with a net brain-gain of 11,160.

CBRE identified many factors for this phenomenon like the robustness of educational system. The organization also found another major reason for the situation. It observed that the recent US immigration policies led to the shift of flow of tech workers to Canada.

The USA’s immigration policies are painting a poor picture of immigrants. The assumption that the immigrants are liabilities is affecting the policies. The new immigration rules let government officials deny green cards or other visas to immigrants.  The denials are made on the grounds that immigrants could use safety-net programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

Going totally in contrast with restrictive US visa policies, Canada welcomed more skilled workers with its visa policies. The focus on developing a conducive ecosystem for skill migration has paid off well for Canada.

The spike in the flow of tech talent is not new for Canada’s provinces though. The uncertain working conditions in the US has made skilled international professionals concerned. The visa processing delay and inconsistent adjudications have only worsened the situation in the US. These have led them to put their trust in Canada.

Envoy Global, a global workforce management company, conducted a study in 2019. They found that 65% of employers find Canada’s immigration policy better than that of the US. 38% thought of expanding their operations into Canada. 21% revealed that they already had an office in Canada.

It’s been observed that the US government has been increasingly denying H-1B visas over the past few years. The move had affected the working of many service professionals. They act as petitioners for H-1B visa seekers.

The H-1B denial rate of the US has reduced in 2019. This is evident from the higher number of H-1B applications accepted by the USA recently. Even then, the assurance has not fully set in. Hence, tech companies who power these service processes may still be skeptical.

The policies of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will matter a lot in reversing the situation for US. The policies to be enacted this year, and the legal battles it will win, will matter a lot. It will play a huge part in building faith in workers and employers.

A case in view is the court fight over the government’s attempt to end the H-4 EAD visa. This visa allows spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US. The decision in this case can influence the preference of professionals between the US and Canada.

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H-1B visa petitioners get a new option from USCIS

H-1B visa petitioners get a new option from USCIS

USCIS H1B Visa

The H-1B visa is a largely preferred US visa by those who seek work abroad jobs in the USA. This is because of factors like

  • The long duration of stay granted
  • The relatively simple eligibility requirements
  • The visa’s portability

This visa type is subject to an annual cap imposed on it. The registrants and their representatives must be aware of the cap and work on the registrations accordingly.

In the latest announcement, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has pushed the digitization of the process. It says that now petitioners who file H-1B cap-subject petitions could create their USCIS online accounts.

The move aligns with the decision to adopt a new electronic registration process for H-1B visas. This was already envisaged for the fiscal year 2021. Representatives will use the same representative account type that is already available. They may use an existing account. The US employers or agents, known as ‘registrants’, will use a new ‘registrant’ account. This type of account will be available from February 24, 2020.

Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time. But to enter beneficiary information, they will have to wait until noon of March 1, 2020, Eastern time. Then they can submit their registrations. They will also pay the non-refundable registration fee of $10 per beneficiary.

The initial registration period will be from noon of March 1, 2020, Eastern time through noon of March 20, 2020. Selections will take place only after the expiry of the period of initial registration. With enough registrations by March 20, a random selection of registrations will follow. The selected registrations will be sent notifications through the USCIS online account by March 31, 2020.

In December 2019, the pilot test of the registration system was announced successful by USCIS. Then, the electronic registration system was planned to be implemented for H-1B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2021.

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London registers one of Canada’s fastest population growth

London in Canada growth rate

If you want to go to an amazing place in Canada, London could be your choice. The city is known as the Forest City. It has 200 parks and is surrounded by the world’s largest fresh-water lakes. This wonderful city has 2 study centers – Fanshawe College and Western University. The place is only a 2-hour drive to Toronto and Niagara Falls.

The city has been in the news for a new record lately. It has become the second-fastest growing city in Canada. The statistics recently released by Statistics Canada estimate this fact.

More and more people are moving into this city, hiking its rate of population expansion. The population growth rate was 2.3% in 2018-19. This was only second to Kitchener-Waterloo which registered a growth rate of 2.8%.

It’s amazing that the growth rate of London stood above the national average of 1.4%. The population of London’s census metropolitan area (CMA) as of July 2019 is projected at 545,441. This includes Strathroy and St. Thomas. These data indicate that for sure London’s population has now gone beyond past half a million people.

The figures that revealed the population of London was published by Stats Can. They base their reports on data extrapolated from census years, 2016 being the last one. The next census is up in 2021.

How did this happen?

A noticeable factor behind London’s population growth is its success in attracting immigrants. A place that hardly made a spot for itself until recently, London has done well to bring people in.

London’s Fanshawe College and Western University have vigorously recruited students over the years. In the 2016-17 period, less than 10,000 international students had enrolled. The number of students has increased steadily since. The student population has for sure a big role to play in the total population growth.

Another interesting strategy London has applied is its newcomer strategy. There’s a full-time immigration specialist dedicated to getting newcomers to Canada. He ensures that the newcomers consider London as their landing spot. These newcomers are fed with all they need to know via a city website.

The proactiveness shown by the city administration in attracting newcomers has paid off. The boost given by the recent growth of the US economy added to the valuable results. This is due to people returning to London after having once left the place due to recession. Also, London being a manufacturing hub encourages people to move in. Employability is not a big issue.

Besides, London’s real estate is quite affordable compared to even Toronto. London has housing options for aging Baby Boomers. They get enough chance to be busy with local work like raking leaves and shoveling snow.

There’s an interesting trend that seems to be working out in London, people like retirees sell off their housing assets in cities like Toronto and move to London. They find it a much more peaceful place to live and will have enough money to spend. Many housing types in the city looks very conducive for elders. It shows that this situation seems to be present and alive in London.

If you are fond of moving into a serene yet happening spot in Canada, consider London. Chances are, you will thank yourself for the choice.

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Canada’s latest Express Entry invites 4500 candidates for PR

Canada’s latest Express Entry invites 4500 candidates for PR

Canada-EE-Draw

The latest Express Entry draw was conducted in Canada on Feb 19, 2020. The draw had 4,500 invitations issued to candidates eligible for permanent residence. This time, the CRS cut-off score was fixed at 470. This was 2 points lower than the previous draw’s cut-off point.

Acting as a major pathway for skilled immigrants, the Express Entry adds applicants to an applicants’ pool. The applicants’ pool serves 3 main economic migration programs in Canada. These are:

  • FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
  • FSTC (Federal Skilled Trades Class)
  • CEC (Canadian Experience Class)

A comprehensive ranking system score is applied to eligible applicants who enter the Express Entry pool. The parameters that decide the ranking include age, qualification, work experience, etc.

An applicant to be placed in the Express Entry pool does not need a job offer from Canada. Even so, a job offer can add extra points to the CRS score. This will give them weightage over others.

Candidates who get the highest CRS scores get invited in regular draws. These draws are conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The frequency of these draws is generally every two weeks.  The candidates are invited under all three major economic immigration programs.

From the date of receiving the invitation, the candidate gets 60 working days to apply for Canadian PR. The processing time for such applications under the Express Entry Program is 6 months.

The target for new admissions for 2020 is set at 85,800 by the Canadian Government. Achieving this target will be possible only if the Canadian government issues many invites in every draw.

Including this draw, the fourth one of 2020, Canada has so far issued 14,800 invitations. The tie break rule used in this draw used the date and time 13th January 2020 at 10:52:52 UTC.

The tie break rule applies to candidates who gets the cut-off point of the draw. Under this rule, a tie break date will be issued to decide on which candidates with the exact cut-off point gets invites. Those candidates whose applications were already in the Express Entry pool or is present on the tie break date will receive invites.

Candidates who scored 470 or more points and submitted their profiles on or before 13th February received invites.

Tips to increase CRS scores

There are different ways to increase the CRS score. The most valuable is participating in a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). There are enhanced PNP streams from provinces as well as territories in Canada. These are aligned with the Express Entry Program. Obtaining a provincial nomination brings up your CRS score by 600 points.

This year till now, several provinces of Canada issued invitations for provincial nomination. These provinces include British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, and Prince Edward Island.

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Australia tourism 2019 shows China as the largest contributor

Australia tourism

Those visiting Australia on a visitor visa find it a vibrant and wonderful nation. The statistics of visitors to Australia in 2019 show a very encouraging trend. Though affected by bush fires, its tourism scene seems to have survived the odds.

Among the contributors to Australia’s international visitors, China stood on top. The total number of international visitors to Australia in 2019 was 9.5 million. This was a new record! The increase in the number of visitors was 2.7%. Of these total visitors, 1.44 million people came from China’s mainland. Of these visitors, most came for holidaying (nearly 765,000). The next largest crowd came to meet their friends and relatives (272,000).

Another country that came close to China’s visitor count was New Zealand. It registered a total number of 1.41 million visitors. Among them, nearly 567,000 came for holidaying and 531,000 came to meet their friends and relatives.

In 2019, Australia recorded a 3% increase in the number of international visitors aged 15+ years. The most important motivating factor for the visitors were holidays, education and jobs. All these sections saw a jump of 3% in 2019. This contributed to a strong growth owing to the spending of these visitors in these sectors. The spending figures were at 11% on employment visits, 7% on education visits and 5% on holidays.

The average length of holidays in Australia in 2019 was 32 nights. The average spend per trip in Australia was $5,219. The most popular local transport modes used by international visitors in Australia were buses (42%), trains (45%), and Uber (30%).

While 37% of visitors to Australia made their first visit, 63% of visitors made return visits. The target worth for Australian tourism for 2020 is set at $115 billion to $140 billion.

When it comes to Australians’ travel preferences, New Zealand scored the highest. It was the most favorite travel destination of Australians in 2019. Indonesia came next in preference.

It was observed that Australians proved to be quite a travel-loving people in 2019. They spent an average of 14 days in other countries during their tours. Specifically speaking, they spent an average of 24 days in the UK, 23 days in India and 17 days in China.

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India clarifies new tax rule to Indians working abroad

Tax Indian working overseas

A recent proposal on taxation related to Indians in foreign countries generated apprehension among NRIs. A proposal in the Finance Bill 2020 was at the root of the worries. It had proposed that an Indian citizen shall be considered a resident in India if he is not to be taxed in any other country or jurisdiction.

Confusion followed as the proposal was not clearly understood by the NRIs. On the face, it seemed to threaten NRIs, like those in the Middle East, with taxation by India. Many NRIs in the Middle East are not liable to pay income tax.

The Finance Minister came with a clarification soon. She said that the new provision on NRIs was not intended for bona fide workers in foreign countries. It was also made clear that only the Indian income of NRIs was in the proposal to be taxed under the new provision. This clarification put the apprehensions of NRIs, especially in the Middle East, to rest.

The new provision in taxation was not made applicable for merchant navy also. This was because their income does not arise from India.

The provision was also meant to check the practice of people going to live in tax-free countries to evade Indian tax. These people enjoy a non-resident status by staying out for 183 days in a tax-free country. The new proposal intends to curb the practice. The number of days of stay outside India to be considered an NRI is proposed to be increased to 245 days.

To end tax evasions, few other steps have also been proposed in the 2020 budget bill. One of them is that every Indian citizen not to be taxed in another country due to his residence or domicile, will be deemed as a resident of India. This will make his global income taxable in India.

Also, it is proposed that the period of stay in India of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) be reduced. It will now be fixed at 120 days, as opposed to 182 days granted earlier, if PIOS have to be categorized as NRIs. If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to different countries, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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The real risk of bad choices like forgery in the UAE

Forgery, a bad choice in UAE

Dubai is a wonderland. A lot of other attractions in the UAE makes it a great destination. Be it for work or leisure, having your documentation intact and genuine is essential. You could be one among many who arrive in UAE on a visitor visa or a work visa. But if someone enticed you to get a fake passport the easy way, doesn’t fall for it.

Falling for risky tricks like tampering visas or forging a passport can cost you a lot on many counts in the UAE. The country is an extremely law-abiding one and frauds and crimes are not tolerated. Steer clear of fraudulent and unauthorized people offering you shortcuts and forged documents.

Recently, 4 Asians were held and tried in court in Dubai for forgery. The alert authorities confiscated duplicate Schengen visas procured by the passport holders. They were jailed and penalized heavily. Not to mention they were barred from entering the country again.

It could lead to very risky consequences if you underestimate the ability of the UAE authorities to detect fraud. You will get imprisoned for forging passports and making fake visas. Once you are deported after your jail term, the black mark on your travel history will follow you everywhere. You wouldn’t want to be unable to travel overseas anymore, right?

Finding the fakes

Detection of fake documents is done at 3 points by the authorities.

The first-line officers use a ‘retro check’ machine to find out fake documents. The officers are deployed by the GDRFA (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs). The retro check machine has a transmitted light, ultraviolet light, and magnifier to detect fraud.

In case of any doubt after using the retro check, the second-line officers take up the case. The examiners at the main center check the document. Here, the printing technique and the background of the document are used to verify and find out fraud if any.

Punishing the culprits

In the UAE, 3 types of crimes are identified related to forgery.

· The forgery of government obligations. This could be about money, bonds, postage stamps, etc. This leads to 15 years of imprisonment.

· The forgery of official documents. This includes title deeds, birth and marriage certificates, passports, etc. This may lead to 10 years of imprisonment or more.

· The forgery of regular documents. These could be agreements or invoices. This may lead to 3 years of imprisonment.

2 levels of forgery are detected regarding passports. The first is when there is a material change made to the document. This could include changing photos or faking visa stamps. The second level comes where a culprit holds a genuine passport but impersonates the real owner. Such acts of imposter will amount to identity theft and will invite harsh punishment. Identity theft can happen online also.

The punishment can be imprisonment from 3 to 30 years. Further measures like probation, community service, and heavy monetary penalties can follow. This will be followed by deporting the culprit.

So, what could you do to ensure that you are not duped? How can you enjoy your time in the UAE without any hassles? Well, here are a few tips:

· Be clear about the visa specifications and terms to avoid issues

· Get your documentation done with a legitimate visa or immigration agent

· Always be honest yourself and never attempt to forge or misinform

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