Study Abroad and Celebrate Holi like the NRIs do!

A pot full of colors, mouth-watering delicacies, thandai, and togetherness with family, neighbors, friends and colleagues. These are the things that overwhelm our thoughts. Our celebrations. All these things attract a large number of foreigners who became crazy to visit India.

But if you have been planning to study abroad, chances are you are worried about losing out on our rich festivals and cultural heritage. Well, don’t worry! Indians know how to rock every country with their own colors and their own culture.

How is Holi celebrated across the world?

No matter where we go, Indians remain full of color and joy. Whether it is an Indian student studying abroad, or an established and successful Indian with an overseas work permit, Holi is celebrated with full pomp and splendor.

It’s a matter of pride to see an Indian festival has become the landmark of world celebration, where millions of NRIs and foreigners play, dance and celebrate with colors! The festival might have got its root in North India but has definitely touched the hearts of the world.

The USA:

The USA is home to one of the highest number of Indian population. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. It’s refreshing to see people are clad in red, green, yellow, blue, pink, orange, violet.

The liquid colors are prohibited in the US as the authorities don’t want people to catch a cold on account of the festival. Indian associations and college students mingle with local people to celebrate. The non-stop live music from great bands, dance, cuisines and the rains of colors are the main attractions.

Holi celebrations are famously celebrated in the city of New York. Traditions meet trends. Bollywood actors also take time out to celebrate Holi with the people of the USA. Dance performance, fashion shows and music concerts further add to the festive spirit.

Canada:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “This happy holiday is an opportunity to renew friendships and celebrate peace, but it is also a time to reflect on traditional notions of good and evil, and the ultimate triumph of light over darkness.”

Holi in Canada is not only celebrated by NRIs or Canadians but also by the immigrants across the world. The beautiful nature and the climate of Canada add a feeling of merriment with the arrival of Holi. They decorate their homes with colorful sights.

Be it the younger generation or the section of some older people, they all get covered with vibrant colors of green, yellow, red, silver and black. You can see people dancing and singing in the streets and having fun with each other. Dance groups take part in dance-drama to highlight the story of Holika Dahan. Canada’s peaceful nature gets mingled with the excitement of Holi.

(Image) Holi for the first time in Canada Parliament 

The UK:

Indians are the second largest ethnic minority in the UK.  Leicester is the mecca of every Indian festival. Holi is celebrated in the UK since many generations. Like the US, here too, Holi parade is taken out. In the evening people visit their friends and relatives to exchange greetings and sweets. They also apply tilak to mark the traditional joy. Celebrating festivals helps them feel close to their families and cultural roots.

In the evening people visit their friends and relatives to exchange greetings and sweets. Celebrations last for 2 days with a large bonfire lit on the first night and the colors are thrown on the 2nd day. Like the 31st night celebration in Indian cities, NRI club owners and socialites host Holi celebrations with various themes Bollywood, Rajasthan, and Holika Dahan myth are the three most popular Holi party themes during Holi in the UK. Songs and dances, refreshments, and loads of colors rejuvenate the ambience and excite people.

Australia:

The celebration of Holi in Australia is similar to that of the UK and the US. Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan is responsible for managing the entire event. Holi is celebrated in the most prominent locations such as Darling Harbor in Sydney. The two-day festival at Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbor gives visitors the chance to enjoy performances and delicious Indian vegetarian food and craft stalls.

Indians in Australia take pleasure in celebrating this festival of colors. NRIs in Melbourne get indulged in the colorful affairs with the diverse multicultural communities of Melbourne. NRIs in Australia bring enthusiasm through the paintings of the rainbow of colors.

New Zealand:

In New Zealand, the popularity of Holi has been growing supremely over the years, as people with different backgrounds and communities take part in this colorful festival. Last year, the New Zealand Parliament celebrated Holi for the first time. The New Zealanders are very warm and friendly when it comes to welcoming Indians. The Parliament welcomed guests who were dressed in colorful traditional Indian attire in front of the presence of Honorable Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Holi is majorly celebrated in Auckland. People gather at the ISKCON Temple at Kumeu.

This is how Holi is celebrated by millions of NRIs across the world. The cultural extravaganza helps the new generation discover their roots. If you have been worried about how you would celebrate when you are in a foreign land, then put your worries to rest. Go happily to study overseas and enjoy every festival, especially Holi in all its colorful spirit.

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Canadian Government Extends the Application Period for Post-Graduation Work Permits to 6 Months

The Government of Canada announced certain changes to its popular PGWP Program (Post-Graduation Work Permit Program) on Thursday, February 14.

International students wishing to stay in Canada as a part of Post-Graduation Work Permit Program now have 180 days to apply once they get their notice of graduation. The Canadian Government also drops down the valid study permit requirement.

The extension doubles the time period to 180 days, which was 90 days earlier, to apply for the PGWP program once the final marks are issued by the school.

The Government made another benefiting change. International students should have a valid study permit while applying for PGWP Program – the Canadian Government dropped this requirement.

To learn more about the PGWP Program, get in touch with us.

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Manitoba issued 337 invitations to Skilled Workers overseas candidates to apply for provincial nomination in the latest draw

Express Entry candidates among those who received invitation

Manitoba continued its busy start to 2019 with a new Expression of Interest (EOI) draw for Skilled Workers Overseas candidates under Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) on March 14.

A total of 337 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence were issued to Skilled Workers Overseas candidates in  March 14 invitation round, which brought the total number of invitations issued to 1,931 through MPNP’s Skilled Workers Overseas Stream over the  course of six draws this year.

Out of 337, a total of 274 invitations went to a group that included candidates with a profile in the Federal Express Entry system while the lowest ranked candidates in this group had a score of 564.

The MPNP is part of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, which allows participating Canadian provinces and territories to nominate a set number of economic immigration candidates for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws.

Another 63 invitations went to foreign skilled workers who were invited directly through an Overseas Strategic Recruitment Initiative organized by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in association with employers in the province. The lowest score among these candidates was 695.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA LAUNCHED NEW REGIONAL PILOT FOR IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS

Entrepreneurs looking to immigrate to British Columbia through the province’s new Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot can now initiate their process of getting a community referral.

The Two-year pilot that launched on March 14, 2019, designed to attract qualified entrepreneurs to smaller communities around the province and create jobs.

Experienced entrepreneurs approved through the Regional Pilot will receive a temporary work permit to establish their business. They can later apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence upon meeting the conditions outlined in their performance agreement.

The pilot was created to deal with the demographic and economic challenges faced by regional communities that are located more than 30 kilometers from a larger population centre and have a population of less than 75,000.

More than 30 communities have already joined the pilot. They can now refer qualified candidates to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) for consideration.

How the pilot works

Before registering to the pilot, the interested entrepreneurs need to first assess their eligibility for the program and pay an exploratory visit to the community where they want to establish their business.

During the exploratory visit, applicants will present their business plan to the community’s designated pilot representative. After the visit, candidates can request a referral from the community to register under the pilot.

To register, candidates need to submit details about their work and/or business experience, education, net worth, language ability along with information on the proposed business plan.

Among other eligibility criteria, candidates must:

  • have at least $100,000 in eligible business investments;
  • boast a minimum personal net worth of $300,000;
  • hold either 3+ years of experience as an active business owner-manager or more than 4 years as a senior manager in the last five years;
  • hold a minimum of 51 per cent ownership of the proposed business;
  • create at least one full-time  job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; and
  • demonstrate a minimum language proficiency in English or French equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4.

Upon registering, all candidates will receive a score and the highest-scoring candidates will receive an invitation to submit a full application to the BC PNP through monthly invitation rounds.

According to the BC PNP, applications are usually assessed within four months. However, applicants might be invited to attend a personal interview to discuss the details of their application.

Approved applicants have to sign a performance agreement with the BC PNP that specifies all the criteria that needs to be met to be nominated for Canadian permanent residence.

Successful applicants will receive a work permit support letter from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) and upon receiving it they can apply for a two-year temporary work permit to the Government of Canada.

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UK’s Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa scheme is going to close on 28 March 2019

UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is going to be removed and replaced with a new visa category at the end of this month. The removal of this visa is considered to be one of the largest shakeups of the Immigration system for the last 20 years.

On 7 March 2019, The Home Office published its statement of changes (HC1919) giving details to the anticipated Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) closure, and introducing the Tier 1 (Innovator) and (Start up) categories which will replace it.

The closure of the route will take effect from 29 March 2019.  However, applications submitted on or before 28 March 2019 will still be considered under the Entrepreneur category.

If an application for entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain has been made before 29 March 2019, such applications will be decided in line with the Immigration Rules in force on 28 March 2019.

However, migrants currently on the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa will not be affected by these changes and will be able to continue on the visa as normal while the extension applications for visa holders can be made until the 5 April 2023.

TWO NEW VISA ROUTES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

The Government has announced two new visa routes for entrepreneurs: The start-up visa and the innovator visa

  1. The start-up visa – this visa category is designed for those who are looking to establish a business in the UK for the first time. Applicants need to present an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which should be supported by an endorsing body. This visa program is an expanded version of the Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur visa, which allowed universities to endorse international students.
  1. The innovator visa – this visa category is designed for more experienced business people aim to establish a business in the UK. Just like the start-up visa category, applicants will require to have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea that should be supported by an endorsing body.

The key requirement under both these categories is that applicants will need to obtain an endorsement from a relevant Home Office approved body such as UK higher education institutions which meet specific requirements, and organizations with a proven track record of supporting UK entrepreneurs.

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Saskatchewan invited 138 Express Entry, Occupation In-Demand candidates in March 6 draw

Saskatchewan invited 138 invitations Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a selection round held on March 6.

A total of 70 invitations went to candidates under Saskatchewan’s Express Entry sub-category, a category which allows the province to nominate skilled worker candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system. The lowest-ranked candidate invited through this sub-category had a score of 67.

Another 68 invitations were issued through the Occupation In-Demand sub-category under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). However, In-Demand Occupation sub-category is not linked to the Express Entry system and the lowest-ranked candidate invited through this category in this invitation round had a score of 81.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their ranking score, effectively guaranteeing an ITA for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

In order to be considered for a provincial nomination through Saskatchewan’s Express Entry or Occupation In-Demand sub-category, candidates need to first register an Expression of Interest (EOI) profile with the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

Applicants for both the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories are required to have work experience in a high-skilled profession on Saskatchewan’s In-Demand Occupations List, among other criteria.

The March 6 draw came less than two weeks after an Express Entry-focused draw held by SINP on February 27 that issued 83 invitations.

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has now issued a total of 515 invitations through its Express Entry sub-category while 302 invitations went to candidates through its Occupation In-Demand sub-category since the beginning of 2019.

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