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18 Reasons to Go to Malta

posted 25 Sep 2014, 10:21 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 25 Sep 2014, 10:21 ]

1. People speak English!

While it may be tricky to get to grips with Maltese, Malta's national language, the co-official language of the country is English. Phew! You can leave that phrasebook at home.
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2. This Blue Lagoon will take your breath away

A day on the small island of Comino is a must if you're in Malta. Just a quick ferry away lies the wonderful Blue Lagoon. The lagoon hosts some of the clearest water you'll ever see and it's fantastic for swimming!

3. SERIOUSLY LOOK HOW BLUE THE WATER IS


4. There's also the Azure Window

The Azure Window is a limestone arch on the Maltese island of Gozo, also just a quick ferry ride away. Game of Thrones fans might remember the Dothraki wedding camp scene? That was filmed right here!

5. Isle of MTV Malta

Isle of MTV Malta is a FREE concert in Il Fosos square in Malta on the 25th of June 2014. The line-up last year was insane with Afro Jack, Jessie J, Rita Ora and Rudimental.

6. Amazing diving sites

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The Maltese Islands' clear blue Mediterranean sea makes it a scuba diver's Valhalla and it's been voted as the 2nd best diving destination in the world ! There are an abundance of reefs and caves that make diving here a truly unique adventure. 

7. There are sunken WWII ships along the coastline

For diving pros there are a number of purposely sunk wrecks dating back 10 years, plus several spooky historic shipwrecks and aircrafts at both recreational and technical depths. 

8. Adrenaline junkies can get their fix too

Nothing gets the heart pumping like steep cliffs and staggering heights. There are excellent climbing routes in Malta no matter what climbing level you're at. 

9. Getting around in Malta is easy and cheap!

Malta isn't a HUGE place, which means travelling around is pretty hassle-free. The public bus service on Malta and Gozo is a simple way to get around. You'll find the buses go to all the major tourist areas and they're cheap. 

10. Malta Music Week

We already mentioned the Isle of MTV but there's more. Malta takes clubbing very seriously and Malta Music Week offers an open air extravaganza featuring amazing club nights and parties. Previous nights have been hosted by Creamfields and the Ministry of Sound! You'll dance the night away to exclusive headliners from all over the world.

11. Malta is home to UNESCO World Heritage sites

History buffs will appreciate that the City of Valletta (Malta's capital) is one of the most concentrated areas of historic interest in the world with over 320 monuments. There's also the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an enormous subterranean structure from c. 2500 B.C.

12. Culture vultures will have a field day!

The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. The opportunities for taking in history and culture are endless!

13. All you need is some sturdy shoes

Malta is a walker's paradise. You will be amazed at the stunning landscape you'll encounter en route and if you need to cool down - just jump into some of that clear blue water we've been raving about.

14. Awesome nightlife

Aside from Malta Music Week, the Maltese nightlife is one that can rival Europe's better known clubbing destinations like Ibiza (but it won't cost you a fortune!). Have a drink and chill out at Level 22 where you'll find some stunning panoramic views, or get your salsa on at Fuego. If you're feeling lucky try the Dragonara Casino.

15. Cheap flights

Getting to Malta is not expensive at all, especially if you book your tickets quick. Around the time this article goes live you can get to Luqa for under £60!

16. For a tempo and scene change, hop to the sister islands of Gozo and Comino

As we've already mentioned there are some amazing sites to be explored on Malta's sister islands and getting there couldn't be simpler. It only takes 25 minutes by ferry to cross from Malta to the island of Gozo - you basically get a holiday within a holiday. 

17. The weather is amazing!

The average temperature for weather across the whole year is a lovely 18 °C and from June to September temperatures can go up to 30 °C. On average there's 300 days of sunshine. Bliss!

18. You will come back looking beautifully tanned!

You don't need to spend a fortune on tickets to Thailand to come back with a long-lasting summer glow. Malta is where it's at. You've got history, culture, an amazing nightlife and beautiful beaches. Your suntan will be the envy of everyone who stayed at home!

UK IMMIGRATION AND VISA FEES CHANGE ON 6TH APRIL

posted 29 Mar 2013, 11:21 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 29 Mar 2013, 11:21 ]

Every April there are changes to the visa fees and regulations.

For more details and exact fees: CLICK HERE

CHANGES TO THE UK BORDER AGENCY

posted 28 Mar 2013, 04:57 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 28 Mar 2013, 04:57 ]

26/03/2013 the Home Secretary announced that she has decided to end the Executive Agency status of the UK Border Agency and bring its functions back within the Home Office.

CLICK:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/news/ho-os.pdf

NEW STUDENT RULES TO WELCOME THE BRIGHTEST AND BEST WHILE TACKLING ABUSE

posted 19 Feb 2012, 13:06 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 19 Feb 2012, 13:06 ]

13 February 2012

"New rules will come into force within weeks to cut abuse of the student visa route and ensure that only the brightest and the best students can stay and work in the UK", Immigration Minister Damian Green announced today.

Students can currently work in the UK for 2 years after their studies have finished, under the Tier 1 (Post-study work) route. But from 6 April, a more selective system will come into effect so only the most talented international graduates can apply to stay in the UK for work purposes.

Only those who graduate from a university, and have an offer of a skilled job at a salary of at least £20,000 (or more in some cases) from a reputable employer accredited by the UK Border Agency, will be able to continue living and working in the UK in order to benefit the British economy.

The rules are part of a radical overhaul of the student visa system, which will:

  • encourage growth - a new Graduate Entrepreneur route will open, with up to 1,000 places for students working on world-class innovative ideas who want to stay and develop them but do not meet the requirements of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route;
  • boost the economy - young entrepreneurs or small company directors will get the chance to stay on in the UK after their studies if they have £50,000 to invest in their business;
  • ensure that students can support themselves - for the first time since 2008, there will be an increase in the amount of money that students and working migrants (and their dependents) must prove they have to support themselves financially during their time in the UK; and
  • tackle abuse - restricting work placements to one-third of the course for international students who are studying below degree level will ensure that those coming to the UK are here to study, not to work (as was often the case in the past). Additionally, the time that can be spent studying at degree level will be restricted to a general limit of 5 years.

For full coverage on this story please CLICK HERE

NEW IMMIGRATION FEES PROPOSED

posted 11 Feb 2012, 17:29 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 11 Feb 2012, 17:38 ]

09 February 2012


Immigration minister Damian Green has issued a written ministerial statement proposing an increase in visa fees, and an increase in UK-based visa application fees.

The proposals will be laid in Parliament in 2 separate regulations and, subject to Parliamentary approval, the government hopes to bring the new fees into force from 6 April 2012.


For full coverage on this story please CLICK HERE

CLOSURE OF TEHRAN VISA APPLICATION CENTRE: ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR VISA APPLICANTS IN IRAN

posted 3 Dec 2011, 04:06 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 3 Dec 2011, 04:06 ]

30 November 2011

The visa application centre at the British Embassy in Tehran is closed until further notice. The British Embassy in Tehran is currently unable to accept or process visa applications from Iranian nationals in Tehran wishing to travel to the UK. Applications already submitted in Tehran are not currently being progressed.

Alternative arrangements for visa applicants

Iranian nationals wishing to submit an application for a visit visa only can do so at any visa application centre worldwide.

Iranian nationals, who normally live in Iran, may submit applications for all visa categories at the following visa application centres in Abu Dhabi and Turkey:

·         United Arab Emirates - Dubai and Abu Dhabi

·         Turkey - Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bursa and Gaziantep

All applications must be submitted online and attendance at the visa application centres is by pre-booked online appointment only. It is mandatory for visa applicants in Turkey to pay for their applications online.

Please be aware that due to the circumstances it may not be possible to process visa applications within our published customer service standards.

Further information can be found on the United Arab Emirates and Turkey pages of this website.

For more comprehensive report please CLICK HERE

To access the British Embassy Farsi, please CLICK HERE

LIST OF REJECTED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS FOR TIER 4 IN PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, AND INDIA

posted 25 Oct 2011, 17:16 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 25 Oct 2011, 17:19 ]

24 October 2011

 

In June 2011, the UKBA announced that they would be publishing a list of financial institutions which they consider, on the basis of experience, do not verify financial statements to their satisfaction. Today they are publishing an initial list of financial institutions that fall under this category. 

 

They will use the list when verifying maintenance funds under Tier 4 of the points-based system. An applicant will receive no points for maintenance if they submit documents showing that the funds are held in a financial institution on the list. The list forms part of the reforms to the student immigration route. The change is to ensure that the UKBA can verify that student visa applicants hold the required maintenance funds to support themselves and pay for their course in the UK.

 

The UKBA will give a 30-day notice period from the date when a financial institution is first listed before the new rule takes effect. This will enable applicants to make the necessary financial arrangements, so that they can provide financial documentation which meets the new requirements. The list will be kept under review, and they will make additions or deletions as appropriate.

 

The UKBA will continue to verify financial information from financial institutions not on the list, on a case-by-case basis. They may refuse applications on the basis of these individual checks.


For the full story and to download the PDF lists, please CLICK HERE.

UKBA PRIME TIME APPOINTMENTS FROM 18 October 2011 UAE

posted 12 Oct 2011, 18:35 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 12 Oct 2011, 18:37 ]

11 October 2011

From 18 October 2011 applicants will be provided with new prime time appointments.

The prime time appointment service is for working professionals and business executives who can apply outside of normal working hours.

The appointment bookings allow applicants to make an appointment at the Abu-Dhabi or Dubai visa application centre at a convenient time. The fee for this service is AED 180.00 for each appointment, plus the cost of the visa fee. The appointments will be available Sunday to Thursday 08:00 to 09:00, 16:00 to 18:00 and Saturdays 09:00 to 12:00.

UK's TIER 1 ENTREPRENEUR VISA (INVESTMENT) NEW BENEFITS

posted 25 Jul 2011, 09:28 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 09:45 ]

25 Jul 2011

The UK's TIER 1 Entrepreneur Visa Category has been around for quite a long time and it seems that the Government of the United Kingdom are very interested to attract foreign investors to tackle UK's high unemployment.

Recently the Immigration Minister Damian Green, announced that the Government intends to make it easier for investors to come to the UK and so they have.

According to the old regulations an Entrepreneur had to invest £200K in either an existing or a new business in the UK to qualify for this category. NOW.... a maximum of two people can create whats called an Entrepreneurial Team and both obtain a TIER 1 visa making investment easier and more affordable by 50%.

(YOU & YOUR FAMILY CAN NOW COME TO THE UK ON A TIER 1 ENTREPRENEUR VISA WITH AS LITTLE AS £100,000)

For full details please CLICK HERE.

Our suggestion is that if you are thinking of taking advantage of this visa criteria, you will need to act fast as there are no guarantees that this will be available for ever. As soon as the UK's economy fully recovers from the recession, the Government would most probably make things more difficult.

UK OPENS ITS DOORS TO EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED MIGRANTS

posted 25 Jul 2011, 09:03 by Mehdi Asili   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 09:10 ]

20 July 2011

                                   
  
The government has today announced the way that it will encourage exceptionally talented leaders in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts to come to the UK.


The new Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) category will open on 9 August 2011. This new category will facilitate not only those who have already been recognised but also those with the potential to be recognised as leaders in their respective fields. There is a limit of 1,000 places in the first year of operation. There will be 500 places available between the 9 August and 30 November and a further 500 places available from the 1 December to 31 March 2012. The number of places will be reviewed at the end of March 2012.

For full details please CLICK HERE.

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