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Introduction Guatemala is offering a Pensionado program. This is a permanent residency allowing one to live in Guatemala for the rest of their life. The Pensionado receives a Cedulla which is a national identity card that would allow the person to open a bank account in Guatemala without showing the passport from their home country. The Cedulla is a high tech digital ID card. The identity card can reflect a lawful name modification for additional banking privacy. With the Cedulla one can travel without a passport to five other central american countries, off the grid so to speak.
Time Frame The process takes approximately 2-4 weeks, so three weeks is a fair approximation of the time frame. One does have to be in Guatemala during the process. Five Star hotels run about $100 to $145 a night depending on the season. It is possible to stay in Antigua, Guatemala which is a lovely resort community (google Antigua Guatemala). A large steak dinner in a five star restaurant is about $20. You will find things cheap here.
Fee The complete fees are $8,000 for one person, $9500 for a couple. Each child is an extra $1000. Children must be under 18 years old. All fees are paid at the start of the application. Fees can be paid by cash or wire transfer. We do not take checks because they take longer to clear (30 days) than the program requires to complete.
Pensionado Economic Requirements The program is for retired or disabled people. There is no age restriction. One does have to show financial responsibility. An income of $1000 a month is needed. This is $1250 for a married couple. This is so stated in a declaration to the government. The income is proven with bank statements, stock broker statements etc. Income can be private sourced from investments, rental properties etc. It is a good idea to also present gold and platinum Visa cards as additional support for financial independence. You will not have permission to work as an employee for others. You can be self employed in your own business.
Guatemala Taxes Guatemala does NOT tax offshore derived income. Money coming in from outside of Guatemala is NOT taxed. Your pension, investments etc from outside of Guatemala are not taxed. If you had a shoe store in Guatemala you would pay taxes. There is a VAT of 15% on some goods. A plasma TV costs a few hundred dollars more than in USA. USA cars are about same price without the discounts which are better in USA. European and Asian cars are higher priced. Solid wood furniture is far cheaper than in USA and better quality.
Official Documents Needed One needs their passport, birth certificate and marriage license if married. If possible marriage license and birth certificate should be the more modern variety with seals etc.
Language Requirement None. You do not have to speak Spanish. It is a great idea to start taking spanish lessons ASAP when here or before. There are a number of computer programs that are excellent. Rosetta Stone is popular. We do advocate learning the language. Our law firm and staff all speak English well. The better hotels and restaurants will have English speakers. Most of the Doctors speak English. Many establishments do not speak English as well.
Rights in Guatemala You have the rights of a citizen except you cannot vote and cannot get a passport. As a Pensionado you are not supposed to seek work as an employee for others. This is not the purpose of the program. You can own property, start businesses, own corporations, have bank accounts, get mortgages etc.
Time to Become a Citizen The normal time is five years. After you are a resident for three years to can apply to have the residency time shortened to three years from the normal five years. Only citizens can have passports, not residents.
Cross Border Travel as a Resident There is a Free Border Treaty in Central America. With a Guatemala Residency ID card you can travel by land or boat into the following countries without any passport needed: Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. Costa Rica has signed the treaty but is known for not honoring it so don’t count on them. If you go by commercial airline you will need a passport. Your home country will not know where you are since the passport is not being swiped. You will not be able to open bank accounts in the other countries by just showing your national identity card (Cedulla), just Guatemala.
Name Change What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional. Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks.
Guatemala Banking As a Pensionado resident in Guatemala you can have a bank account in Guatemala without showing a passport or any ID from your home country. NO passport needed. What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional.
Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks. Guatemala has NO tax treaties for information sharing with any country. There will be no sharing of any banking information for tax reasons (any sort of tax or tax related case). Guatemala has no Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the USA, Canada, UK or EU Countries. This means sharing of information for criminal cases will be difficult.
Other Countries Pensionado Residency Programs – With the Panama Pensionado program there is a zero chance of ever opening a bank account without showing your home country passport. We know people who have tried this with a number of Panama Banks. The Panama banks are not allowed to take the pensionado ID or even a permanent residency ID to open a bank account. The cell phone companies in Panama will not open an account without one showing a home country passport no matter what sort of Panama permanent residency they have. All the panama residency programs, permanent, pensionado or otherwise, are nothing more than long term tourist visa, period. Panama residency ID’s of any sort do not allow for any cross border travel without a passport.There are very few Pensionado programs in the world today. There are residency programs. They usually take about six months to process a residency and one needs to remain in the country during this period of time.
Does One Live Free in Guatemala ? Oh think of it like the USA in the 1950’s. The police cannot come into your home without a search warrant. None of this “I heard a cry for help” garbage. Warrants from the patrol car radio are not happening. The police will need evidence of a violation of law to get a warrant. We did not say probable cause as in a reasonable person would deduct blah blah blah, that is USA not Guatemala. Not a common thing to see a search warrant issued here. If the police stop your car you can refuse to let them search it. You can also call your lawyer and wait until the lawyer comes and then the search proceeds, your choice. The police will generally be polite and a request to search a car would be like when there is an emergency and a roadblock scenario to catch fleeing felons who were shooting at police or something drastic. Not a common thing.
We have a kind of police called Transito. Traffic cops is what they are. They have no guns. They have cool yellow green uniforms with white helmets like Bermuda Police. They can only do traffic or auto equipment violations. Normally they will have a side of the road setup and look at cars to make sure they have a current sticker. They will check trucks to see if their loads are secure or not. When pulled they ask for driver license to make sure it is current. None of this – “where are you going, can I look in your trunk, do you have any weapons, have anything I should know about”. None of this happens with a traffic stop. If you do get a ticket just send your lawyer down to appear for you and pay fine. No point system. Very rare to ever see radar and never saw laser yet in Guatemala. People don’t even bother with radar detectors. Never saw any speed or red light cameras. They do offer parking tickets for parking violations and they can be generous in this area in some locations. Tickets are cheap, relax. Some towns like Antigua boot cars. Never park illegally in Antigua they love parking enforcement. Antigua has a special tourist police force that are on almost every corner when it is busy. They often speak English and you will find them very polite and eager to help. If you say you want leather belts they will even tell you where such a store that sells that is located.
The regular Guatemala police are called the black police (policia negro) because their cars and uniforms are black. They have guns. They do not work traffic and cannot pull you for traffic reasons. They are crime fighters only. They generally ignore you. The police will probably never show if you call them to come to your house or if they did it would take a lot of time. I never knew anyone to have their house robbed. We live in gated communities with armed guards. We have alarm systems. When the alarm goes off two ex military guys from the alarm company on a motorcycle come with guns. Often in about five minutes. One hides behind cover and the other walks around to see what is up. They have body armor and are serious fellows. So you have the armed guards in the community, some sort of fence, the alarm and now the alarm guards show up. Never knew anyone to have his home robbed.
The lawyers and court system does not work in a harassing way like in USA. This is not a society that likes lawsuits. Lawyers do a lot of contracts, real estate law, family law, criminal law but not a lot of civil litigation. If you go about your business and do not bother other people, no one will be bothering you. People here do not go out and start trouble with their lawyers like up north. People will tend to settle their differences more sanely here than the USA. That being said never ever sign any real estate agreement or any contract without a lawyer to review it. I think this rule applies anywhere. The freedom here is very noticeable.
Firearms A resident can apply for permission to own and carry concealed firearms. Assault weapons are not allowed to be purchased now which means no centerfire rifles under a current law which is going to expire in a few months and will most likely not be renewed, as a political guess. There are some already registered assault rifles that could transfer but would have to be kept in the home only, no carrying. They will be hard to find and most likely in .223 caliber.
You can have handguns in any common caliber and 12 ga. Shotguns in semi-auto, pump, double barreled etc. Glocks, CZ, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Walther, Jerico, and Bull are the popular quality handgun brands. Mossberg and Remington are popular shotgun brands. Franchi makes a 14″ pump in 12 ga that is sold as a regular shotgun and can be included on a carry permit, legal and nice for the car. One can get plastic shoulder stocks for some glock pistols and Jerico pistols. The stocks are not a restricted or controlled item. This is called a short barreled rifle in some countries. The most popular handgun calibers are 9mm and .40 but there are a lot of 45acp., .380, and .22 pistols available. Anyone who thinks they cannot defend themselves adequately with a Berretta or Glock handgun and a 12 ga pump shotgun in an urban environment does not know what they are talking about, end of story.
A person is only allowed to purchase 700 rounds of ammunition per month for each gun owned, range ammo excluded. Most manage without shedding any tears. Importing guns is a possibility but they are never going to consider more than two guns being imported. A forty two gun collection is either an arsenal or a store to the customs officials, forget it. Same with your 35,000 rounds of ammo. We have quality shotgun ammo and premium Magtech, handgun ammo in the gun stores. The gun and ammo variety in the USA is not here but we have anything you need for functional self-defense. No handloading. That is considered an ammunition manufacturing facility in most Latin America countries.
One can own an unlimited amount of firearms in their home. Each firearm has a title certificate for it similar to a car title. A person can only have 12 weapons included on their carry license. Rotating guns on the license is possible but a big pain in the neck, ill advised. There are at least 18 gun stores in Guatemala City and the suburbs. There are a lot of guns in Guatemala. We have 100,000 security guards most with a Mossberg 12 ga maverick pistol grip or a .38 caliber revolver. We keep our homes, communities, stores, malls, restaurants safe that way. It does not let the criminals take root.
This paragraph is so extensive because a lot of people are escaping police states and gun ownership is a cherished right and we applaud and support this right. On the other hand no law says you have to own a gun and many people do not own guns. Guatemala is a free country and we do not impose our will on people.
Knives and Edged Weapons Many people carry machetes on their belts, usually in the countryside. Can be startling at first since it looks like a sword. They use them to work on the land. A single edged folding knife with a blade of 3.9″ or less can be carried in a pocket or on the belt in an urban area but is not restricted in the country. There are no size restrictions in the code for non-folding knives. There is a prohibition against automatic knifes, stilettos (not sure of legal definition) and daggers (again not sure of legal definition). If you ask where assisted folders etc stand the answer is we do not know. Could be construed as an automatic or not? Same for flippers. Laws not defined clearly. Generally speaking knives are not considered a prohibited item and enforcement is not tight, but follow the law. This section was included because many of our clients are escaping from oppressive police states and their rights are very important to them and thus to us as well.
Drivers License Of course you can have a driver license as a resident. It is a bit bureaucratic and some red tape. You can drive on your home country license for some time while you adjust into your new home.
Health Care You will find the health care better than North America and Europe. The Doctors almost always have English. The staff is three times nicer than what you’d expect. The hospitals are cleaner and far cheaper. A hospital suite is about $165 a day in an expensive neighborhood. Pharmacies generally do not require a prescription and drug prices are about one third of the USA price.
Pharmacies deliver, many round the clock. Doctors make house calls for $25 to $30. Dentists are about 25% of the USA price and are very good. Veterinarians also make house calls for same price and are excellent. If the pet needs to go into for x-rays etc they transport for you. Without the oppressive prescription laws you can treat a lot of pet infections yourself by just buying the drugs or the pet store will help you out. We have a lot of homeopathy practitioners. There are chiropractors and naturopaths. There are some health food stores and organic food is becoming more and more available. Plastic surgery is popular and affordable. In a word health care way more affordable and better.
Real Estate We live far better than North Americans or Europeans imagine. Most of our single family detached homes are at least 500 sq. meters. A sq. meter is 10.75 sq. feet. Most housing that is top drawer will run $900 to $1100 a sq. meter. In the countryside real estate prices are lower. The more rural the lower it gets. It is common to see homes of 800 to 1000 sq. meters. Hacienda homes will run up to 1800 sq. meters. For a perspective one can get a 3000 sq. foot (not meter) executive townhouse in a gated community with armed guards new for $200,000 with fenced yard, garage etc. Check out a community called Antigua, Guatemala in google. You can get a great townhouse there for $150,000 a beautiful patio home $250,000 to $350,000.
Beaches We have beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean. Simple but acceptable beach homes can be had for $100,000 to $150,000. The Pacific beaches are about ninety minutes from Guatemala City. Beaches are warm and humid.
Weather Guatemala is at about 5000 foot altitude. It is 55 to 75 degrees year round. Homes have no air conditioners or heaters. Think of savings on utility bills. We do use fans, usually ceiling fans. It never snows except on the very top of the volcanoes. Warning: Do not bring ice skates, they will rust.
Schools There are a number of k-12 private schools. They are generally bi-lingual english and Spanish. The schools have campuses with playgrounds etc. They are far nicer than USA schools and the teacher student ratio is much lower. Costs vary from school to school but will be a fraction of USA price.
Domestic Help A live in maid runs $175 a month plus you feed them and supply uniforms. A gardner handyman can run $400 a month if you need one every day. A driver would run $500 a month live in. A nanny for the kids would run about $225 a month live in. Elderly folks can hire two maids and a driver and avoid going to a rest home. There are always two servants on premises and they can go on car trips, to the doctor, shopping, beauty parlor etc. They do not have to clean, cook or drive. Beats the heck out of the alternative.
Food The food is close to organic or free range meat. Prices are a fraction of USA prices and quality is wonderful. Numerous fruits priced so low almost for free. All kinds of vegetables, breads, juices etc. The food is Central American style not Mexican so it is not very spicy. We have restaurants offering anything you could want including: French, Greek, Italian, Steaks, Chops and Ribs, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese. Middle Eastern, German and much more.
Internet We have 1 meg DSL and cable connections available.
Cell Phones We have great cell phones, 3G etc.
How to start Call, email or Skype us. We will create an immigration case file for you. We will have you send us scans of the documents required for review by one of our lawyers. If the documents are not in order we will have you correct them before coming since it is much cheaper and easier this way. Next after the documents are in order you will need to schedule a trip to Guatemala. The hotels will send a shuttle bus to pick you up at the airport. We will have one of our English speaking drivers collect you from the hotel and take you to our executive offices to begin. A bi-lingual associate from the law firm will accompany you to all the needed visits to government offices for fingerprinting, signatures, photos etc. You never go to government offices yourself. We do require a $1000 deposit in order to open a file and begin the work. This fee is 100% applied to the Pensionado fee. It is not an additional fee. This is paid by wire transfer.
1. First you fill out an online order form. Click Here
2. Next you send us scan of passports of all parties applying (husband, wife kids, etc). These are sent in an email as a file attachment to .
3. Then we will forward wire instructions to you. We do need to have the $1000 fee paid before we can schedule an appointment. You can pay the remaining fee when here in cash or by wire transfer. You could also elect to pay the whole fee before coming as many immigration clients do for convenience.
4. Then you come to Guatemala.When you come for your appointment you remain here and process for the Pensionado. Figure about three weeks. You will not be busy every day so there will be time for sightseeing. We have beaches, Mayan Ruins, Volcanoes to hike up and there is always Antigua. One could always drive over to a nice white sand beach, all inclusive hotel in El Salvador like the Decameron with a three and a half hour drive time. In about four hours you can be in Mexico where there is a lot of cheap shopping. In any event many of our clients just enjoy a nice rest hanging around the swimming pool at one of our many five star resorts. Warning Our food, beverages and wines are so good here do not even think about dieting.
Florida is known as the “Sunshine State”, but interestingly receives more rainfall than most states in the Union. Florida receives enormous amounts of yearly rainfall from north to south every year. About fifty percent of the annual rainfall is absorbed into the ground and “contained” in watersheds. Central Floridas watersheds as a whole cover an area the size of the great state of Rhode Island.
The Florida landscape certainly contains or “holds” enough rainwater on a yearly average to naturally recharge local freshwater aquifers, rivers, streams, springs, lakes, watersheds, and lowlands. The central peninsular region of Florida “contains” about fifty percent of yearly rainwater for west central Floridas, including the Tampa Bay area, drinking water.
Curiously, enough rain falls in Florida annually to cover the entire state in five and a half feet of rainwater. The volume of rain described above continues naturally year after year. However, central Florida is not known for flooding by summers usual daily tropical downpours, or when tropical storms drop heavy rain, the water just seems to disappear right before your eyes.
How and where is all that water contained you may ask? The Florida landscape and sub-surface is made up of a particular hydrogeological material called karst rock (limestone based), along with other types of porous sands and clays. These materials are naturally porous so gravity can move ground water as though the water is being mechanically pumped through the grounds sub-surface. Without this type of landscape, Floridas citizens would not have enough natural drinking water resources.
Floridan Aquifer Floats On Saltwater Base
Florida land floats on a bubble of freshwater called the Floridan aquifer which in turn supports multiple levels of smaller aquifers one upon another in the central Florida earths sub-surface. All of which are fed with rainwater by gravity through the many conduits of earthen materials into the Florida landscape refilled by yearly average rainfall amounts.
The Floridan (1) aquifer precariously floats on a saltwater base hydraulically held in place by the Gulf of Mexico on the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Saltwater infiltrates the limestone base of Floridas sub-surface where the Floridan aquifer bubble is resting or “floating” on a saltwater base.
The mass of the freshwater contained in the earths sub-surface compresses the saltwater base. When the weight of the freshwater bubble contained in the sub-surface falls below a particular level, saltwater intrusion makes up the differences in contained water pressure. Lower freshwater mass causes saltwater to infiltrate Floridas freshwater resources causing degraded fresh drinking water quality and quantity. These symptoms are affecting drinking water for millions of Florida taxpayers daily.
The explanation above on how ground water moves through the Florida earth is given to help the reader understand why phosphate strip mining is detrimental to safe drinking water statewide. Knowing how the ground beneath ones feet holds and moves fresh water is paramount to understanding why phosphate strip mining is so invasive that it threatens an entire region of Floridas drinking water quantity and quality.
Phosphate mining removes the earths surface fabric including natural tributaries, streams, springs, aquifers, and the like which naturally holds central Floridas drinking water. Phosphate industry practices create these severe environmental impacts that cannot be reversed because the technology to do so does not exist.
Once the mighty dragline strips the karst rock formations from the earth surface, all the once “contained water” now inundates the local area flooding the mined spoil piles and pits with unmeasured wasted amounts of Floridas public aquifer water drinking resources. Some of these pits are a square mile in surface area and can be two-hundred feet in height. That is equivalent to a twenty story building spanning one square mile.
Aquifer Water Wasted Daily
Daily, billions of gallons of fresh drinking water from local aquifers is completely wasted in the mined pits for an indefinite amount of time or until the water evaporates. Either way, unmetered aquifer water is being wasted daily by Floridas phosphate industry and paid for by Floridas taxpayers. This is shown by Google Maps looking at the central Florida landscape around Fort Meade and Polk County. All the severe environmental impacts can be seen by all who seek.
Central Florida watersheds supply over six million people with safe drinking water. Almost five million of those people live near the greater Tampa Bay area, which is the largest estuary in the state. More freshwater resources flow from area watersheds into Tampa Bay than anywhere else in central Florida. The Tampa Bay Estuary contains over 200 species of fish, including big game fish such as tarpon, snook, redfish, and sea bass or grouper. Numerous mangrove islands support a diverse set of waterfowl nesting areas. Charlotte Harbor is just eighty miles south and is the second largest estuary in the state with as many freshwater resources in danger from the phosphate industry as well.
Unfortunately, Central Florida is where phosphate mega-mining occurs daily. Phosphate industry officials want phosphate ore (2) that sits beneath the richest environmentally challenged hydrological freshwater producing, earthen framework on the face of the earth.
Central Florida contains the lions share of the 27 phosphate mines located in Florida as a whole. Over a half million acres of isolated riparian wetlands and riparian wetlands linked to state (public) navigable waters are at the mercy of Floridas phosphate officials. Curiously, state (public) navigable waterways seem to be severely disturbed by strip mining the central Florida landscape.
Historically, phosphate officials appear to refuse to be good environmental stewards and are intent on removing anything or anyone in their quest for phosphate, including Central Floridas (public) navigable waterways and drinking water resources.
The central Florida areas mentioned above being strip mined are riparian in nature and contain navigable waterways as well. If so, then state officials may step in and curtail any illegal practices and secure funds from phosphate officials to repair severely damaged landscapes caused by phosphate industry practices. However, there are no publically mentioned plans to do so.
Read more from Davey Crockett @ Florida Mines Directory
1.Natural history. – swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/interactive/peaceriver/natural.php.
2.Phosphate Mines. – dep.state.fl.us/water/mines/manpho.htm.
Summer is the perfect time for everyone to take off their clothes and go to the beach. It is the time where everyone feels hot and dry due to humid weather. Summer is also the best time to wear summer clothes like dresses and shorts. But even if summer spells vacation for a lot of us, summer can also be a tad bit annoying. These are times when staying out in the sun without sun block is a no-no. Everyone just wants to shake off the heat during summer. At this time, people find their own ways to stay cool in the summer. The following are some of the steps that people can do in staying cool in the heat.
One of the easiest ways to stay cool in the summer is to use air conditioners and fans. Let your fans at home do the work. Turn on your desk fans and ceiling fans in order to cool down the temperature. Although fans can eat up electricity, its alright to use them just for a short period of time. It is advisable that you use the fans at the hottest time of the day, like the early afternoons. If you have an AC at home, you can turn it on instead to cool the room or house faster. While staying in your cool room, you can have freezer goodies or cold drinks to further lower the temperature. This is a perfect way to spend the afternoons especially with the family.
Another way is to have some splash of fun outside, like literal splash. Unfortunately, there are some neighborhoods that have rules against water outside the house. But if your place doesnt, then grab the opportunity to play outside. You can set your own inflatable pool in the yard. You can also use water hose and even your sprinklers just to spice up the fun. There are no rules as long as you get wet and have fun with friends or your family. You can also have a water balloon fight. This wont be a problem as long as you dont get your neighbors wet.
Creating freezer goodies is also a famous way in staying cool in the heat. This can be a fun activity with the family. One can create homemade popsicles and lemonade. This can surely bring down the temperature even for just short time. Keeping yourself hydrated is also important during summer.
Mr. Devang Nanavati is a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University, California, U.S.A and an LLB from Sir LA Shah Law College, Ahmedabad his academic years have always been a perfect synonym of excellence with over 15 Gold Medals in various areas of Academics and pursuits like elocutions as well as public speaking. In addition to these he has attended various programs in the areas of International Finance and Law, Private power projects and Foreign Collaborations.
Mr. Devang is always leading initiatives directed towards betterment of the society and has taken a keen interest in the area of Human Rights and also has been actively involved in various Clubs where he has assumed a very active role of a Decision Maker and established standards of governance. He believes that the Real freedom is like freedom from Corruption, injustices of the system, social insecurity, poverty, illiteracy and Laws play an important role to achieve true freedom. It is a fact that for removing such problems we need to choose a true leader who can lead India; a leader who has the vision and energy to carry forward the spirit of a Progressive Nation.
Displaying the traits of a leader, Mr. Devang Nanavati has always been representing the state of Gujarat and the University in competitions such as Late Shri I.M. Nanavati All India Inter University Moot Court Competition for Law Students and Bar Council of India Trusts XIth All India Inter University Moot Court Competition 1993.He has participated into and won various state and national level contests in the areas of Elocutions, Public Speaking, Dramatics, Speech and other literary Competitions.
In addition to these he shares diverse interests in the field of Sports such as Billiard, Snooker, Cricket, Football, Tennis etc and is deeply involved with organizations like Gujarat State Billiards Association & Ahmedabad Chess Association as their President and as a Vice President of Billiards and Snooker Federation of India.
Mr. Devang Nanavati would like to launch a project to improve traffic infrastructure. His project would also aim at training authorities and departments who hand over driving licenses so that the new driver is cautioned at the very beginning With zeal to lead the nation and set benchmarks in Governance.
Mr. Devang Nanavati has deservingly been ranked amongst the Top 3 nominees out of Gujarats Super Eight in the LEAD INDIA Campaign promoted by the Times of India.
Let Us congratulate Devang Nanavati on being ranked highest by the Expert and Audience Jury and creating a deserving space amongst the Top 3 leaders in the Lead India Campaign.
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The Canadian government has announced changes to the existing Canadian immigration rules. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will soon require visitors to undergo biometric scanning in order to obtain Canadian visas.
At this point Citizenship and Immigration Canada has yet to comment as to which countries will have new biometric requirements for Canadian visas. A decision as to which countries will be required to conduct biometric scans will likely come only in early fall or in 2012. While the structure of the program has not been confirmed, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has stated that the Canadian government has committed over $174 million to implement biometric scanning over the next five years starting in 2013.
Biometric scans create digital identification records using a scan of the face, fingerprints, or retinas of the individual. The movement towards biometrics dates back to 2008 when Citizenship and Immigration Canada noted the increased reliability and convenience associated with biometrics. The reliability of biometrics was also championed as a way to offset the increasingly sophisticated and expensive methods used by criminals to move individuals and goods across the border. The use of biometrics makes it virtually impossible for an individual to travel with stolen or duplicated documents. Currently Canadian border agents are forced to rely solely on photo identification to verify the identity of individuals before them.
While useful in combatting immigration fraud, the increased use of biometrics will also serve to facilitate the processing of legitimate applicants. The ease and convenience of biometrics will ultimately result in the expedited issuing of Canadian visas and processing at the border. Biometrics use can create increased efficiency as a result of the speed and ease in which biometric information can be checked against multiple criminal or terrorist databases. Many countries, including Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, have moved towards biometrics in their own immigration processes.
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When you are planning to migrate to another country or state there are several critical considerations you need to make. The most important of these is to acquaint yourself with the necessary immigration requirements of the country you intend to move to. One irrefutable fact is that migrating to another country involves a lot of hassles. This is one of the most sensitive areas that can greatly affect your residence. So you need to gather enough information on immigration before you decide to move from your country. This process also involves a lot of legal issues which you may not be familiar with, hence the need to have the best immigration lawyer. For your immigration process to be smooth and trouble-free you will have to successfully complete your paperwork. This is where an experienced immigration lawyer comes in handy. Fortunately, there are numerous immigration lawyers in Denver that offer reliable immigration consultation. But this does not imply that there are no inept immigration lawyers in the area. That is why you have to be careful about the immigration lawyer you wish to hire. This shouldn’t give you problems since there is a certain criterion that will make your selection process simple and effective. There are several factors that you need to bear in mind as you go on with your search for the best immigration lawyer. For starters, you need to check the academic background of the Denver immigration attorney. Different law institutions offer varied levels of training. So if you want to get the best immigration lawyer in Denver then you need to consider the school he/she graduated from. Basically, lawyers from top class schools are known to offer better immigration consultation services. The good thing is that most of these schools have online portals where you can get important details about them. The best immigration lawyer ought to have extensive experience in handling different types of immigration cases. He should be in a position to provide you with sensible legal interpretation of all issues involved in your immigration process. This may force you to hire a lawyer who has been in the immigration field for a considerable number of years. Even though there are so many top college attorneys in the industry, they are not very effective in dealing with intricate legal issues. You can also consider hiring lawyers that offer free immigration consultation services. The bottom line is to ensure that your lawyer is qualified enough to handle your immigration case effectively.
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This visa is issued to foreigners (restricted and non-restricted) for the purpose of pleasure, business and/or medical treatment.
Foreigners who intend to stay in the Philippines longer than 21 days must obtain a fifty-nine day visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate before travelling to the Philippines. However, if a foreigner enters the country on an entry stamp and intends to stay longer, he can apply for a 38-day visa waiver at the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros (Manila) or at any Immigration sub-office in the country to obtain a total of 59 day stay in the country. Please refer to the illustration below:
entry stamp for 21 days + 38 day waiver = 59 days
Note: A tourist visa 9A holder is prohibited to obtain any form of employment, to engage in business or to study in any learning institution in the country.
Duly filled application form (BI Form No. MCL-07-01)
Passport valid for at least six months before the intended travel to the Philippines
One 2″ x 2″ photograph taken within the last six (6) months with the applicants signature on the front side of the picture
A photocopy of the applicants air ticket or confirmed itinerary.
Proof of financial capacity (e.g. travellers cheques, latest print-out of credit card account(s), latest print-out of bank statements, ownership of real estate properties, and other documents showing the applicants capacity to financially support himself for his stay in the Philippines)
Note: If the application is made by an agent or a representative, the application form must be notarized by a notary public, a lawyer or a solicitor.
Fees in Pesos (if applying in the Philippines)
For the extension of 21 day entry stamp for another 38 days
Visa Waiver 500.00
Visa Waiver Application Fee
Express fee (Certification)
Express fee (For processing)
Legal Research Fee (LRF) for each item
Note: The application fee/s for the temporary visitors visa (tourist visa) abroad vary from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate or the currency of the host country. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate for information.
Further Extensions: Tourists visas can be extended beyond 59 days. Please see our visa extensions page.
The Temporary Visitors Visa can be converted to another form of non-immigrant or immigrant visa. Below is the list of all non-immigrant and immigrant visas which can be obtained through the Temporary Visitors Visa.
Pre-Arranged Employee Visa Commercial
Pre-Arranged Employee Visa Missionary
Treaty Traders Visa
Children of the Resident Immigrants
Returning Former Filipino Resident
Immigrant Quota (13)
Permanent Resident Visa (13A)
Temporary Resident Visa (13A)
The question, most people have is how to choose the right immigration attorney. Most people think that a big fancy immigration law firm is the only way to get proper representation when it comes to immigration matters and we think this is completely false. Big law firms are one approach to handling your problems; but they require a big checkbook. You will be pleasantly surprised to know that your local immigration lawyer in your city who handles immigration cases from all backgrounds is likely a gold mine of a resource to you.
Solo practice attorneys or small firms, also known as boutique firms, are increasingly being sought after by clients, because of the personal touch and hands on approach that these lawyers provide their clients. Have you ever wanted to just pick up your phone and call your lawyer and actually be able to hear from them soon? Well try a solo practice or boutique law firm, such as Dream Law and experience the difference.
Solo lawyers, such as Dream Law are extremely competent as well because they hold themselves out in their communities and build their reputation one client at a time. They also attend continuing education seminars and local and national immigration seminars and events to stay up to date on the nuances of the law. You will find that these attorneys pride themselves on providing the best service and representation for their clients and are therefore always willing to go that extra mile for their clients.
We have had several clients come to us after their experience with a much larger firm, whether in immigration matters, divorce and custody matters or bankruptcy matters. They are always pleasantly surprised by how we provide a custom approach to the clients issues and make the client priority number one. No phone call or email goes unanswered. If we are in court or in mediation, we make it a point to return calls when we get back to the office within 8-14 hours. At Dream Law, our reputation is built one client at a time and we value the feedback we get from our clients.
Most law firms believe that they do not have to improve their service or representation. At Dream Law, we believe that our clients are the best judges of how effective we are (pun intended). We strive to gain feedback from our clients to make sure they had a pleasant experience with us. If you are seeing a lawyer, chances are there is something that you are worried about that you want addressed.
At Dream Law, we dont want to add to your worries, but want you to sleep better at night knowing that we are working diligently on your matter. Do not waste any more time on inadequate representation. Call Dream Law today to see how we can help you achieve your goals.
UK attracts people from all over the world to settle and work. It is renowned for having one of the world”s recognised financial centres resulting in skilled workers in large numbers migrating every year to UK. UK follow a points based system to assess their eligibility to obtain a visa to work and settle. This system comprises a series of formalities to be taken care of and presentation of various documents. The process can be very complex hence; it is beneficial to take services of some Immigration Consultants UK while thinking of migrating to UK.
Opulentus Overseas Careers is one such Immigration Consultants UK which assists clients in getting visa to UK. The consultant is expert in processing varied visas like study, work, and dependent visas for UK. Opulentus never had a rejection from British High Commission, UK hence; is regarded as number 1 UK Immigration Services It is the only Immigration Consultants UK which first determines eligibility of client and then takes the case. In case a client is found non eligible for UK visa, the case is not taken by Opulentus.
The consultant has all the required resources which can be useful for a client when going through the visa process. Its counsellors are experts in handling immigration process of UK. This is mainly because these consultants have themselves lived in UK and hence know every knick knacks about the UK visa process. Opulentus makes sure that a right visa is guided to client for UK. For this, its counsellors study the profile of client thoroughly and then suggest a visa, keeping client”s preference in consideration. Opulentus is rare Immigration Consultants UK which keeps client”s preference above all other factors.
In addition to basic visa processing services Opulentus is also renowned for providing other value added services like airport pick-up, accommodation assistance etc which make relocating to UK easier for client. So a client need not worry about aspects like where to live, how to reach etc. Also, the job assistance services of Opulentus market the client”s resume to job consultants all over UK, helping the client get a job easily and early. It is the only Immigration Consultants UK whose job assistance services have proven useful to many people and today they are happily working in UK.
Register for Opulentus Overseas Careers” free evaluation and know whether you are eligible to migrate to UK or not. Your points will be calculated and based upon your eligibility a visa will be suggested to you. Opulentus is World”s Super Visa Specialist and most trusted Immigration Consultants UK. It has presence in US, UK and India.