Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you need Akkam ?

Thousands of applicants apply but hundreds of them are refused or delayed. The procedure and rules are confusing that one is unable to figure out the suitable visa for self. If everything goes well, then documentation is one tedious task which brings refusal at times. Therefore, every applicant needs a professional assistance, expert guidance and experienced advice to process the case and secure for you the best possible option. Every country invites migrants, skilled labour and students but the policies are intricate and at times confusing needing constant updating of the immigration regulations. Immigration website of each country is generally self-explanatory and categorized apparently but its application to the specific qualification of an applicant needs professional inputs. AKKAM projects your profile to your best advantage and gives you a free assessment of the best possible options applicable to you. You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you have to enable you to come to a final decision; there-after we take over the important task of preparing ,submitting and pursuing your fully documented and risk-free case on your behalf for a speedy and hassle- free processing and approval of your case before you embark on your mission; we will share your pride in your success and establish a life-long bondage.Mail your resume and if applicable, spousal resume to contact@akkam.in for a free of charge assessment. Or simply fill-up on-line enquiry form to submit your profile with AKKAM.

The L1 visa

Q. Is there any limit on the number of L1 visas available in a year?

No

Q. Can spouses and children of L1 visa-holders work in the USA?

A. L-2 dependant sposes can now obtain a general work authorization. L-2 children cannot work. This work authorization must be applied for separately, though.

Q. Can I move L1 employees to different sites around the US?

A. Yes, provided they remain under your management and control.

Q. What are the filing fees?

A. $190.00 plus an additional USCIS Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee of $500.00.

Q. How long does it take to get an L1?

A. Usually 2-4 months for a normal L1, 1-3 weeks for an L1 covered by a blanket approval.

Q. Is it possible to speed up the process.

A. Yes. USCIS has instituted a program called Premium Processing. If USCIS is paid an extra $1,000 on a separate check, USCIS guarantees it will adjudicate the petition in 15 days or notify the petitioner if more evidence is needed.

Q. Can the alien come to the USA on a visitor visa or visa-waiver while the L1 petition is being processed?

A. This is possible but not advisable, and under no accounts should the alien risk putting in jeopardy the issue of an L1 visa by engaging in anything that might be construed as work, as this may lead to the alien being accused of visa-fraud either on entry to the US with a visitor visa/visa-waiver or when applying for an L1 visa at the US consulate in their own country.

Q. Can L1 employees work part-time?

A.Yes

Q. Is there a requirement that I pay L1 workers the 'prevailing wage'?

A. No, but paying L1 workers significantly below the prevailing wage and/or the wages of your US resident staff is likely to result in USCIS viewing your petition unfavourably, and may also result in investigations by USCIS or Department of Labor.

The H1B Visa

1) The H-1B Quota Cap/When to File?

A.We would advise to contact latest by the end of January, as attorneys tend to get extremely busy during the months of February and March.

2) Is it mandatory for a beneficiary to have experience in the field of occupation?

A.No, even fresh graduates qualify for H1B visas.

3) Who can be an H1B Employer?

The H1B Employer has to be US person or entity, i.e., an individual, partnership, corporation, or an organization that qualifies as such an entity.

4) Can a company located in another country file for a US H-1B visa?

A.No. Only US employers (including branches/subsidiaries, etc. of an overseas company) can file H1B Petitions.

5) What is portability?

A.A foreign worker previously given an H-1B status can start working for a new H-1B employer as soon as such new Employer files an H-1B petition on his/her behalf, i.e., he/she does not have to wait for the Petition to be approved before starting to work for the new employer. But be mindful about the cap-exempt/cap-subject scenarios.

6) How long is the H1B visa granted for?

A.Initially the duration is three years, and the status can be renewed for another three years. After the six year limit, the status can be extended as follows: (i) If a labor certification application has been filed on behalf of the alien and is pending for at least 365 days as of the 6th year expiration date, one year extension will be granted; and (ii) if an I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition has been approved on behalf of the alien, then a three year extension will be granted.

7) How long can I stay out of the US on H1B and still be able to return?

A.You can return to the US any time within the validity of the H1B visa, provided the job is still open and available to you.

8) If the H-1B employee leaves my company, do I have to cancel his H-1B visa?

A.Yes, if you and/or your employee does not want to resume employment with you at a future date. If there is no prospect of your employee coming back, our recommendation is to cancel the H-1B right away to avoid future claims of back-pay, etc.

9) How much grace period do I have to find another job once my H-1B employer lays me off?

A.There is no grace period. You are out of status when you stop working.

10) When am I considered on H1B status - when the visa is stamped or when I enter the US?

A.Your H1B clock starts on your entry into the US.

Canada FAQ's

Who can qualify for a Canada Immigration Visa?

Canada Immigration PR visas may be issued to qualified skilled workers, provincial nominees, and business persons under Canada economic immigration categories. Close family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be issued Canada immigration Visa through family sponsorship.

What is Canada immigration visa?

A Canada Immigration Visa is a form of permanent residency that helps a foreign individual to live or work at any place of Canada. The Canadian government issues this visa through evaluating certain responsibilities accomplished by the applicant.

Who can be included in the application for Canada Immigration Visa?

Your Spouse/Common law partner / conjugal partner and any dependent children must be included in the application.

What is a PNP - Provincial Nomination Program?

The Provincial Nomination Program was established by CIC to allow different provinces and territories to select individuals who indicate an interest in settling in a particular province/territory and who will be able to continue to that province economic development.

What is a Quebec Selection Certificate?

A Quebec Selection Certificate allows you to immigrate to, and settle in Quebec. If your intended destination in Canada is within the province of Quebec, you must obtain a QSC before you obtain a PR Visa.

How is immigrating to Quebec different than immigrating to any other part of Canada?

Quebec is responsible for selecting immigrants to settle within province. You receive your PR Visa after being approved at federal level.

If I don't speak French, can I still get a QSC?

The selection is done on points based assessment. If you meet the minimum points requirement without speaking French you may still be granted the QSC.

Is there any Difference in the immigration process for various provinces in Canada?

Yes, there is a small variation in the process of immigration, in the provinces of Canada in relation with the Canada process, mainly this variation observed in Quebec province where the candidates applying for Quebec visa then they should meet the eligibility criteria of the Quebec immigration authorities.

Can I apply for Permanent Resident status and Temporary status at the same time?

The concept of dual intent is recognised by Canadian Immigration policy.

Is Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) needed for every visa applicant & his/her dependents?

Yes, Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is required for all the applicants including the dependents from the country where one lived for more than a year.

What are the various types of visas available under Canadian immigration process?

There are various types of visas depending on the need and purpose of stay in Canada under Canada immigration process namely Work permits, Skilled Visa, Business Visa, Investor and Entrepreneur Visa, Family visa etc.

What are the documents to be submitted for a visitor visa to the Canadian embassy?

The principle documents to be submitted at the time of interview for a visitor visa is a Valid Passport, Travel, health and identity documents of the applicant, Financial or monetary documents of applicants for the trip, a valid letter from the employer granting leave for the visit.

What is the difference between Work Permit visa and Canada immigration visa?

The main difference is a work permit visa is a temporary visa whereas Canada immigration visa is a permanent resident visa. The individuals availing work permit visa can work in Canada for a period and are abound to certain regulations of the government. The individuals bearing Canada immigration visa can live anywhere in Canada of their choice and enjoy a set of privileges provided by the government of Canada.

In what way the changed Canada immigration policies affect the status of my visa application?

The rules and regulations of Canada immigration bound to change. These changes certainly effect the individual depending upon their application requirement. The changes will not affect the applicants whose application are already launched.

What are additional fees associated with the Canada immigration process in addition with immigration fee.

In addition to application fee, the applicant may expect to pay fees related to the medical examinations, English language examination, attestation of documents, police clearance certificate and translation of documents to French to English if necessary.

How long does Canadian immigration authority take to process the application?

As per CIC, the time for an application processing for permanent residence varies from between 6 months and 10 months, in some case it may also exceed the time. There are varied factors that influence the processing time of the application such as immigration office where the application is submitted, category of visa, supporting documents, verification, assessing the need for a personal interview, evaluating the demographics of the applicants.

IF the Spouse is pregnant, can she undergo a Medical test?

For the safety of the baby inside, X-rays are not allowed for pregnant women applicants until the delivery. After the birth, mother and infant will undergo medical examinations.

Does a new born child or children below 5 years need to get medicals?

Yes, they need to get medicals test done.

Do the medical tests for student visa/ work visa differ from Permanent Resident application to Canada?

Yes, it is necessary to have certain additional medical examination.

Can I break the funds after receiving the visa?

Yes, you can break the funds after receiving the visa, but you need to carry the required funds by the time you are leaving to Canada, as the immigration officer will ask you for the same at the board of entry.

Would I be recognized as a Permanent Resident of Canada once I get my Canada Immigration Visa?

No. To be a permanent resident of Canada, you need to cross a Canadian port of entry along with your valid Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa and your valid passport.

When should I move to Canada after receiving the visa?

Initial Port of entry has to be made as stated in the Visa grant letter.

If planning to get married after submitting the application, should a person get married before the visa is issued?

Dependent applicants can be included before the visa decision outcome is known and any points of time during the processing. It is always beneficial to attend for medical examinations at same time and attach both yours and spouse medical forms to same visa application. This is necessary because the validity of these is for one year. If you get married after the issue of visa, then you have to sponsor your spouse.

Is there any chance to extend the expiry date on my Canada Immigration Visa?

No, the expiry date on the Canada Immigration Visa will not be extended by the immigration authorities of Canada. If you fail in landing, in Canada, before the date of expiry then you should file reapplication.

What are the documents required to carry, when landing in Canada?

Yours and accompanying family members Valid Passports all old & New, unexpired Canada Immigration Visa and PR Confirmation letter issued from CHC. Your accompanying dependents, if applicable, will need the same. It is also advisable to carry the evidence of your settlement funds, all the original Education & Experience documents required.

What is the period of gap should I maintain to accompany my dependents to land in Canada?

They can land along with the main applicant or after the landing of principal applicant; but in either case, they should land before the date of expiry printed on the Canada Immigration Visas.

When can I become a Citizen of Canada?

Before applying citizenship of Canada, it is compulsory to stay in Canada for a period of 1,095 days, or 3 years.

Can a Person with Canadian PR go and work in US?

No. If you want to work in the US, get a visa for the US. Canadian PR will not help except as a backup in case the work visa in the US is not renewed, moving to Canada could be a better option to him rather than going home. Still, using Canadian PR as a backup is also dependent on not being away from Canada too long because then he will lose the PR he'd already have waited for and paid money to get. As for getting Canadian citizenship, that's at least a 4 year process after getting PR so it's a question if he's ready to do that just for the right to be able to get a NAFTA visa to the US if his profession qualifies him for that.

Can Canadian Citizens work and live in USA without a Visa?

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) created special economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada and Mexico. The TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level. Among the types of professionals who are eligible to seek admission as TN nonimmigrants are accountants, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, scientists, and teachers. You may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status, if:

You are a citizen of Canada or Mexico;
Your profession qualifies under the regulations;
The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional;
You have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer (but not self-employment - see documentation required below);
You have the qualifications to practice in the profession in question. Eligibility Criteria Unlike Mexican citizens, Canadian citizens are generally eligible for admission as nonimmigrants without a visa.

The TN category, a nonimmigrant classification, simply reflects this general exemption from the visa requirement. NAFTA governs which evidence is required to prove whether a Canadian or Mexican citizen is a professional in a qualifying profession. Canadian Citizens If you are a Canadian citizen, then you are not required to apply for a TN visa at a U.S. consulate. You may establish eligibility for TN classification at the time you seek admission to the United States by presenting required documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at certain CBP-designated U.S. ports of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station.

Australia FAQ's

How to become an Australian Citizen?

The Australian Citizenship Act 1948 provides the information regarding the acquisition of Australian citizenship which involves an analysis of a varied number of factors.

Having an Australian PR visa, will permit me to work and live in New Zealand?

If you're a Permanent Resident of Australia, you can live and work in New Zealand without a visa or work permit. Depending on how long you've been a PR and how long you intend staying in NZ, you may need to get an Australian 5 year Resident Return visa before you go there. Make sure you understand how a PR visa works and its eligibility requirements as your PR will expire if you are out of Australia for too long.

Doctors or Nurses with an Foreign Degree have any specific requirements?

Doctors who wish to practice in Australia must first be registered with the Medical Board in the State or Territory where they intend to practice. Doctors can apply for either a temporary or permanent visa. For immigration purposes, doctors seeking permanent residency in Australia must hold full medical registration. After the visa is granted, doctors must apply to Medicare Australia for a Medicare Provider Number if they will be working in general practice or will be prescribing drugs.

What is a permanent residency of Australia?

It is the permanent right to live and work in the Australia. You are eligible for state medical care immediately, but must be resident in Australia for two years before qualifying for social welfare assistance and unemployment benefits. You are not permitted to vote as a permanent resident in Australia. After two years, you can apply for citizenship, entitling you to an Australian passport. Temporary residents are generally not entitled to medical care or social welfare assistance at any time and are generally unable to remain for longer than 4 years. and are required to take out private health insurance.

What is the required IELTS score to study Masters in Australia and permanent residency?

IELTS requirement for Australian Masters is at least a band score of 6.5; however conditional acceptance may be issued with an English course and further extended to Masters. IELTS for permanent residency varies according to the points required but the minimum is 6 in each. Since Nov 014 other testes like TOEFL, PTE are also accepted.

Denmark FAQ's

What is a Denmark Green Card Scheme?

A residence permit under the Green Card Scheme gives you the right to carry out paid or unpaid work. However, the Ministry of Integration specifies that such a residence permit does not give you the right to work as a self-employed person (run your own business). This will be clearly stated in the next version of the Danish Aliens Order.

What are the minimum points required to qualify for the Green card?

In order to be granted a residence permit under the green card scheme, you must attain a minimum of 100 points. Points are given for: educational level, language skills, work experience, adaptability, and age.

How long is my residence and work permit valid?

You can be granted a first-time residence permit under the green card scheme for up to 3 years. Before the end of this period, you can apply for an extension of up to 1 year. Before the end of this period, you can apply for an extension of up to four years.

Where can I submit my application?

You can submit it at the Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) in your country of origin (or the country where you have resided legally for the past three months). The mission will then forward your application to the Immigration Service in Denmark, where it will be processed.

If there is no Danish diplomatic mission in your country of origin (or country of residence), it is often possible to submit your application at the mission of another Schengen country.

How will the processing of the case will take place?

Please make sure that your application contains all information and documentation needed by the Immigration Service to process your case. If your application lacks required information or documentation, the Immigration Service may choose to reject your application on these grounds. This means that your application will not be processed.

If it is necessary to have your educational level assessed by the Danish Agency for International Education, you will be notified by the Immigration Service.

Whether family members can apply for the Denmark green card?

If you hold a residence permit under the green card scheme, your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home with you, are also eligible for residence permits. Your family members must be able to support themselves and you must live together in Denmark at the same address. Your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner is allowed to work full-time for the entire period his or her permit is valid.

Benefits of Denmark Immigration?

The Green Card Scheme of Denmark is a matchless program, which assist qualified highly skilled foreign workers and professionals to get Residence and work permit of Denmark (Europe). There are a lot of benefits of this immigration program, for instance;

  1. Green card holders will be capable of visa free trip to all Schengen Zone countries.
  2. Permanent Residence Permit Status would give the right the immigrants to work in all European Union countries.
  3. Green card let outsider to get permanent residence permit class within 7 years.
  4. The rights of major applicant are given to his family members as well.
  5. Danish Government supports a family to come together with a foreigner and even gives extra right to work and live in Denmark.
  6. Subsequent to getting Permanent Residence Permit, a foreigner can take pleasure in social benefits of being Danish and obtain grants in aid, buy assets and children add right to get free of charge higher education.
  7. Accompanied by main applicant, their family members will too be allowed to inhabit in the Denmark and to get permanent residence.

Hong Kong FAQ's

What is Quality Migrant Admission Scheme(QMAS)?

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is point based immigration system in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Any quota system for QMAS?

There is a quota system for QMAS.

Is qualification is assessed by Hong Kong Immigration?

Yes, if the immigration official thinks that your qualification needs to be assessed then the qualification assessment would be done.

QMAS visa is issued for how many years?

Visas issued under QMAS are usually valid for one year period.

Do I need an employment before applying for QMAS scheme?

Under this scheme, applicant does not need to acquire an offer of local employment beforehand.

Can I take dependents along with me?

Yes, even dependents can work and study under this scheme.

What is the duration process of Student Visa Application?

Applicants should check the status of their applications four weeks after the submission of application.

Can I take dependents along with me on education visa?

Persons admitted for studying in full-time undergraduate or post-graduate programmes in local degree-awarding institutions may apply to bring in their spouses and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18.