With the emergence of infrastructural growth throughout the
Middle East, the Gulf states are energetically vying to attract
tourism. Dubai is currently the 'go to' destination in the
Middle East with a collection of world class malls, restaurants and
hotels including the much touted Burj Al Arab, Atlantis Resort and
famed Japanese restaurant Zuma. To compete in this race to attract
more tourists Bahrain has invested billions in infrastructure and
to sweeten the deal they have slashed visa fees by 80%. The earlier
tourist visa fee was 25 Bahraini Dinars and has now been reduced to
only 5. This reduction in visa fees along with the Bahraini
governments efforts to increase tourism might just make this
country the new shining star of the Middle East.
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April 5, 2017 - Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 8th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 58th overall, featuring a record lowest score of 431 and inviting 3753 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs.
Beginning June 6, 2017, the Canada immigration department will award points under the comprehensive ranking system in two new areas including strong French language ability, and having a sibling in Canada.
The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI) announced a maximum number of 5000 Skilled Worker Program applications submitted on line ("Mon projet Quebec"), will be accepted for its intake period in 2017. The period of reception will be revealed at a later date.
Quebec immigration authorities have announced they will begin accepting new applications under its highly successful Quebec Immigrant Investor Program for a limited period beginning May 29, 2017 and ending February 23, 2018.
The Canada immigration system is reinforcing a two-step trend, with figures showing a growing number of newcomers arrive on a temporary Canada work permit before making the transition to permanent residence.
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