One of every third person in this world dream of moving and settling into a country which has more opportunities, better healthcare, excellent transport, clean and healthier air, educated community, good taxation norms for its citizens.
Everyone have their own preference in terms of priority of the above factors, some may treat their earning potential to be at the top most priority while choose places to migrate and settle some others may look for good climatic conditions. Some may want to earn to their maximum potential and enjoy their old age at different place while others may be already looking to plan their retirement.
Whatever we think or try to achieve it’s not always as easy to migrate from one country or continent to other for everyone. There are strict migration rules which needs to be followed and countries make stringent scrutiny while granting visas. There is no denying the fact that Immigration has long supported the growth and dynamism of the economy of many countries. Immigrants turn out to be entrepreneurs, job creators, taxpayers, and consumers. They help in building the nation where they carry their skill and expertise.
The visa norms are different for different countries. There are different types of Visas basically categorized as immigrant and non immigrant visa. In some countries like Georgia, Thailand, Mauritius, Nepal, Bhutan, Madagascar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong getting visa is as easy as ordering a coffee. Some countries give visa on arrival for its tourists. One popular category in non immigrant visa is tourist visa which most of us must have applied once in a lifetime for one or the other tourist places. Which is easy to get as you would be adding to revenue earning for the country of the visit.
US alone receives around 6 million immigration applications from individuals and employers . One of the highest immigrant visa applications for any country and toughest to get due to change in policy in Donald Trumph Presidency. The average processing time for United States citizenship applications have gone up to five to ten months for immigrants waiting to get their citizenship vetted and approved. In 2016 alone 1,028,647 lawful permanent residents have filed application to become U.S citizen.
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore are top hits among skilled workers for immigration. Recently Australian Prime Minister Tweeted “We must urgently take back control of migration”. According to the report Australia have already reached to population of 25 million which they were expecting to reach by 2042. Australia receives annual immigration applications of around 220,000, which has contributed to stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged roads, bursting public transport and an African crime wave in Melbourne. Also, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has tightened the system to cut permanent immigration by 20,000 this year, but that won’t stop “temporary” business and student numbers from keeping total migration at near-record levels.
Canada is called as one of the most immigration friendly nations in the world. It boasts of being rated as one of the best countries to live in by the United Nations. The country is rich in natural and oil resources. Canada has some of the best universities in the world. It has point based immigration system which keep the process transparent and easy.
For European countries there Schengen visa which allows the visa holder to enter any Schengen Area member states which are 26 European countries. The countries one can travel to, once he/she holds a Uniform Schengen Visa include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland. Among the
Among European countries Germany is ranked one of the best for immigrations. With the quality of life and some of the best universities it is great choice of most people. German passport is also said to be one of the most powerful in the world where are German passport holder can travel around 176 countries without visa followed by Sweden 175, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, United States, 174, Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, United Kingdom, 173.
New Zealand, Singapore, Norway and Argentina are other hot destinations for immigration.