What is an immigration Program?

Immigration programs are designed for individuals who want to apply to study abroad or who are desirous of migrating to a particular country. There are various countries that offer immigration programs for foreign students and professionals. If one opts for such a program it allows them to migrate to these countries, this migration could be permanent or temporary. There are options of travel visas, student visas, business visas, etc. Each visa type is decided on the basis of the requirement of the individual and their agenda in the country of their choice.

The top destinations of the world in terms of their desirability by immigrants around the world are:

  • USA
  • UK
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Singapore

These countries are as popular for permanent immigration as they are for studying, travel or even starting a business.

There are a number of pre-requisites to study abroad. From having your degree certificates and school certificates in order to ensuring your English proficiency exam like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE etc. are given and cleared well. These are just some of the essential pre-requisites to studying abroad. The foreign going competitive examinations like English proficiency examinations, SAT, GRE, GMAT etc. are the most important step here and should never be underestimated. It is also important that you have your documents prepared by a professional in order to minimize the chances of mistakes and duplication.

Visas can be single-entry, which means the visa is cancelled as soon as the holder leaves the country, double-entry, or multiple-entry, permitting double/multiple entries into the country with the same visa. Countries may also issue re-entry permits that allow temporarily leaving the country without invalidating the visa. Even a business visa will normally not allow the holder to work in the host country without an additional work permit. Once issued, a visa will typically have to be used within a certain period of time, and the period of validity starts only on entry into the country.

Visa validity is normally indicated on the visa at the time of issuance. Duration of stay is normally determined by the immigration office on arrival. It is important to note, that the validity of a visa may not be the same as the authorized period of stay in the issuing country. The visa validity usually indicates when the alien can apply for entry to the country. For example, if a visa has been issued January 1st and expires March 30th and the typical authorized period of stay in a country is 90 days, then the 90-day authorized stay starts on the day the passenger reaches the country, which has to be between the visa validity dates. Once in the country, the authorized stay can often be extended for a fee at the discretion of immigration authorities.

Overstaying the period of authorized stay given by the immigration officers is considered illegal immigration even if the visa validity period isn’t over (i.e. for multiple entry visas) and a form of being “out of status” and the offender may be fined, prosecuted, deported, or even blacklisted from entering the country again.
Entering a country without a valid visa or visa exemption may result in detention and removal (deportation or exclusion) from the country. Undertaking activities that are not authorized by the status of entry (for example, working while possessing a non-worker tourist status) can result in the individual being deemed removable, in common speech an illegal alien. Such violation is not a violation of a visa, however despite the common misuse of the phrase, but a violation of status or non compliance hence the term “out of status or non compliant.”

Even having a visa does not guarantee entry to the host country. The border crossing authorities make the final determination to allow entry, and may even cancel a visa at the border if the alien cannot demonstrate to their satisfaction that they will abide by the status their visa grants them.

What is Visa Permit?

A visa permit is the legal documentation and authorization that allows an individual entry into a country. If one is going to a country other than their country of origin, for whatever purpose, they need to have the specific visa documents stating their purpose and intent. One needs to verify their identity and a lot of necessary documents in order to authenticate the visa. Once obtained, the visa permit allows you to travel to your country of choice to fulfil your stated purpose.

One needs to be very clear about which category of visa they fall under. Once one knows this they are also able to find out the duration they are allowed to stay and other important details. There are different sets of visa applications which are categorized according to the need of the migrant.

The tediousness of your procedure is entirely dependent on how the procedure is conducted. It is always advisable to consult experts or people who are well-versed with the immigration and visa applications. It is important to submit authentic and validated documents, this submission concludes half the process. Any information that is not provided or is wrong or unauthorized will lengthen the period of application and increase the chances of your application being rejected.

Some countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore etc permits visa upon arrival subject certain terms and condition. However many countries do not permit this. Please contact TTS’s offices to verify whether or not this is possible. However, even if your destination country does allow visa issuance upon entry, TTS recommends procuring your visa prior to departure to prevent any possible delays or entry refusals at the border.

A Business Visa is a visa issued to travelers who intend to visit a country for the purpose of commercial meetings, discussions, negotiations, and similar activities for a limited period of time. Business visas are usually insufficient for travelers who will undertake work or temporary work assignments in a country. Some countries will require special types of business visas depending on the type of business you are conducting, such as for technical work, training sessions or speaking engagements.

A Tourist Visa is a visa issued to travelers who intend to visit a country for the purpose of tourism or to visit family and friends for a limited period of time.

A Transit Visa is issued to travelers who must travel through certain countries in order to get to their ultimate destination. Staying on the airplane or remaining in the airport will not preclude you from having to get a transit visa.

A Student Visa, which allows its holder to study at an institution of higher learning in the issuing country.

An Immigrant visa, granted for those intending to immigrate to the issuing country. They usually are issued for a single journey as the holder will, depending on the country, later be issued a permanent resident identification card which will allow the traveler to enter to the issuing country an unlimited number of times.