Monday, January 25

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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 ...
Dispose used cooking oil in the right way and avoid Fines! Germany
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Dispose used cooking oil in the right way and avoid Fines! Germany

Diwali is behind us and Christmas is around the corner. For us Indians, festivals are always a grand affair, and food plays a major role in them. I’m sure all the big Kadahis were out for the preparation of yummy, deep-fried snacks. But, how are you going to dispose the left over oil? As you know, waste separation and recycling is taken very seriously in Germany. Not adhering to the rules can invite warnings and fines too. So, ensure that you dispose used oil in the right way. The Right way forward… Absolutely do not pour it down the sink or toilet.Pour the cooled used oil into a glass container like an old jam jar or a plastic bottle. Seal it tight and put it in the trash (Restmüll).Put it in a plastic bag with enough kitty litter to soak it all up, seal the bag and put it i...
Dressing up your child for European Winters
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Dressing up your child for European Winters

Oh, the dark and gloomy days are already around the corner, the temperatures are dropping down to near zero and the heaters at home are switched on. All you want is to be warm and cozy and the same applies to your child too. Cozy baby = happy baby = relaxed parent! If you are worried and wondering if you have dressed your child appropriately for the winters, worry no more! We have got you totally covered. Here is the perfect guide for dressing up your child in Winter. You just need to keep in mind, one simple rule....LAYERS ! Why layer up? It is any day better to use layers than one single thick pullover. Layering enables heat to get trapped between them, thereby making it more effective to keep your child warm. Moreover, any time the temperatures rise or your child gets too ...
All about Germany’s Digital Registration on Entry (Einreiseanmeldung)
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All about Germany’s Digital Registration on Entry (Einreiseanmeldung)

From Nov 8th 2020, anyone entering Germany from a risk area in the last 10 days must register online. This is going to replace the previously used paper disembarkation cards that travelers had to fill out. This includes not only air and sea travel, but road travel as well. The German government has implemented this step, which improves the tracing of infection chains. PS: India is still on the list of risk areas. Picture Source: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de Registration The registration is done at www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Details to be filled include name, address, telephone number, place of origin and destination, the time of re-entry and, in the case of air travel, the flight number. The data is encrypted, made available only to the responsible health dep...
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...