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Latest Guidelines for Travelling to India from Abroad
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Latest Guidelines for Travelling to India from Abroad

Oh ! There's still so much confusion on what is the exact protocol to be followed when travelling to India from abroad. Some say this and some say that! So, what exactly is the official protocol? Earlier in February this year, the Government of India has issued Guidelines for International Arrivals that replaces all earlier guidelines issued in 2020. This was done to combat the spread of the new mutant variants of COVID. So, here we are going to summarize the tasks you need to do before and during your travel to India. We'll also tell you what to expect upon arrival in India. Before going ahead, note that these are the guidelines for Entry into India. Depending on your point of origin, you may have to ensure adherence to other country specific regulations as well. Also, if you are ...
What’s with GME, AMC and BB, a FAQ
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What’s with GME, AMC and BB, a FAQ

The simplest answer is that its stock price has skyrocketed — by somewhere around 8,000 percent over six months. The more complex answer is that its stock has become the central game piece in a financial power struggle between a major hedge fund, Melvin Capital, and a group of amateur stock traders who yell on the internet. Mike Novogratz, an investor and former hedge fund manager, said the internet activity is the result of frustration that everyday investors are often locked out of lucrative opportunities, such as initial public stock offerings. Like many companies that are in rough shape, GameStop was the subject of what's called short selling, in which professional investors borrow shares of stock to sell and then buy back later so they can return them, which lets them pocke...
The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System: Work Visas reformed
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The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System: Work Visas reformed

From January 2021, UK is introducing a new points-based immigration system. The new system will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally and transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work. Points are assigned for specific skills, qualifications, salaries and shortage occupations and visas are then awarded to those who gain enough points. The points-based system will provide simple, effective and flexible arrangements for skilled workers from around the world to come to the UK through an employer-led system. For Skilled Workers From 2021, anyone coming to the UK to work will need to demonstrate that: they have a job offer from a Home Office approved sponsorthe job offer is at the required skill level – RQF 3 or above (A Level and equivalent)they speak English ...
Marriage Allowance, UK
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Marriage Allowance, UK

Looking for ways to save on tax??? Here is your answer..... One of the UK Government's Income Tax relief schemes is the Marriage Allowance. Marriage Allowance lets you transfer £1,250 of your Personal Allowance to your husband, wife or civil partner, thereby reducing the total tax you pay as a couple by up to £250 in a tax year. Now, what is this personal allowance? The standard Personal Allowance is £12,500, which is the amount of income you do not have to pay tax on. It can vary depending on if you claim Marriage Allowance or Blind Person's Allowance and will be smaller if your income is over £100,000. You do not get a Personal Allowance on taxable income over £125,000. How it works? To benefit as a couple, the lower earner must have an income below the standard Pers...
Reopening of VFS Visa Application Centres in India
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Reopening of VFS Visa Application Centres in India

Many people are eagerly awaiting the reopening of VFS Visa Application Centres in India. Good News is that, many centres have resumed operations in most parts of India. However, their operating hours are limited and subjected to the local lock down restrictions. Below is a quick update on the Centres for European Countries that are open since September. Sl. No.CountryVisa Application CentreApplications Accepted forDate of Resumption of Operations1Netherlands South Mumbai/ HyderabadBlue carpet (seaman) and re-entry visas21 September2Netherlands Kolkata Limited category long and short stay 21 September3NetherlandsNew DelhiPassport Collection Services21 September4AustriaSouth Mumbai Student, visitor and work visa 21 September5AustriaBengaluru/ Chennai/ Hyderabad/ KochiLimited long stay...
Updates on Passport Services, Embassy of India,  Portugal
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Updates on Passport Services, Embassy of India, Portugal

The above is the official circular from the Embassy of India, Lisbon Portugal, announcing changes in the Passport services. In order to begin with any Consular, Passport or OCI related services, Indian Nationals must be registered with the Embassy in the Sampark Portal. In addition to this, the integration of the Embassy with the Global Passport Seva Project (PSP) means that applications for the Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), Passport and other Passport related services will be through the Passport Seva Project (PSP) portal only. Applications will there on be sent to the Embassy by registering in the Sampark Portal. Service fee is through postal orders only. All documents and postal orders to be sent to the Embassy by post. Details of which are enlisted here. Applicatio...