Good news for the Indians residing in the UK or the European Union on a resident visa. They are now capable of applying for a visa-on-arrival for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The process from now on will be simple and expedite for family and friends visiting the UAE.
The news was reissued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai conveying a reminder to the residents of the UAE. According to the video uploaded by the GDRFA on their social networking sites this week, “Indian nationals holders of normal passports with the UK and European Union countries’ resident visa, can now avail entry permit or visa-on-arrival on all the entry points to the UAE. One condition that is to be taken care of is that the validity of the resident visa must not be less than six months.”
In order to get this visa-on-arrival, Indian passengers need to approach the Marhaba Service Counter upon arrival. The fee for the initial entry permit will be Dh100 plus Dh20 as service tax. After the payment of the fee, the passenger can later move on to the passport control. The longest validity one can get on the entry permit is 14 days which can be extended by an additional 28 days by paying a renewal fee of Dh250 and Dh20 service tax.
Indian students are found all across the world excelling in almost every field. The UK has been one of the most preferred locations for pursuing education for the students in India. With about 21,500 student visa applications, India has become the second largest country to issue student visas for the UK. On number one is China and India is followed by the US securing the third rank.
The statistics were provided by the Harry Booty, the regional communication manager at Visas and Immigration in UK Home Office. He also added that China is dominating with about 1,00,000 student visas and the US has approximately 15,000 Tier-4 student visas. “India has experienced a persistent rise in the number of student visa applications. The figure has doubled in the past three years,” he said. Among the Indians, most applications were received from Mumbai and Delhi, and state-wise, Telangana has produced the highest number of applicants.
Sri Lanka Tourism is innovating by introducing tour packages for Indian travelers. Since more and more and more Indians are now traveling out of the country, Sri Lanka is trying to attract some to their island. About five new packages have been released for the Indian tourists by the country’s tourism department. Tourism dropped by about 70% than the year 2018. As per the sources, the number of tourists dropped from 2.3M in 2018 to 9.3K after the attacks in April 2019. The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan Airlines have been collaborating with the local tour agencies to draft these new tour packages. These contain deals and discounted prices of about 30 to 60 percent for the tourist attractions in the country. Accommodation, air tickets, transportation, and other add-ons are also comprised in the packages. The number of flights has been increased to 123 per week from 12 major cities in India. Combinations for locations in Sri Lanka like Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara, Eliya, Sigiriya, and the South Coast have been introduced to be chosen from. These offers are valid from June 10 to September 30, 2019.
This news sure relieves the H-1B visa applicants. The approach towards localization of India’s data was affecting the North American enterprises like the Visa and MasterCard. As per the sources, the US was scheming to limit the number of H-1B visa candidates entering the country. However, the Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo cleared the tension by overturning the hearsay, stating that there will be no capping on the H1-B visa quota. India is among the largest outsourcer of skilled tech workers. Limiting the quota was only going to hurt the American tech-giants. The dominance of US technology is, although partly, affected because of its popularity among the most proficient techies across the globe, mentioned India’s IT Trade Association Nasscom at the beginning of the wafting rumours. According to the statistics, there will be about 1.4M more jobs in software development in 2020 than the candidates who will apply for them. Also, by the year 2030, it is a possibility that the economy of the US could experience the backlash of $162 billion-worth (Rs 11 lakh crore) revenues per annum unless more software workers are employed.