Applying for an Indian intern visa

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Broadly defined, an intern is “a student or a trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or organization to gain work experience.” Thus, an internship is a great way, especially for new graduates or young professionals, to assess and determine the career they intend to pursue. Internships, which are also called work or industrial placements, provide an excellent opportunity for future employees to gain “on-the-job” experience in a particular field or industry, weigh their career options, network with prospective employers and colleagues and industry movers and shakers, or for soon-to-be graduates, earn additional academic credits. And while most internships are available locally, there is also a growing number of overseas placements.

India, for instance, attracts many foreign interns who would want exposure in the IT industry. The country’s IT sector, in fact, is one of the biggest drivers of the economy, with the city of Bangalore known as India’s version of Silicon Valley.

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For those who wish to do their internship in India, it is critical that they secure the correct visa to gain entry to the country. What foreigners need to apply for is the intern visa, which is issued to an intern of an Indian firm, academic institution, or non-governmental organization (NGO).

Before an intern visa is granted, an applicant must fulfill a number of conditions, including:

· The foreigner must comply with all legal requirements like tax liabilities.

· The intern must submit a letter from the Indian company, educational institution, or NGO that is sponsoring the internship. The letter must specify the period of internship.

· The time between completion of graduation and commencement of the internship should not be more than a year.

Intern visa applicants who will be doing volunteer work with charities or non-profit organizations need to present a letter from the sponsoring organization that details the nature and duration of the visit and place of work.

As for the duration of the visa or the number of entries granted, it would solely depend on the discretion of the Indian Embassy or Consulate.

CKGS is the official partner of the Embassy of India in the U.S. providing visa application and data management services. For more information about the CKGS and the various missions it serves, click here.

Capturing biometric data: Fingerprint recognition

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These days, passport and visa applications require more than paper documents. With the advancement of technology, applicants are required to give their biometric data, particularly digital photograph and fingerprints. And just like any requirement, the enrollment of biometric identifiers must meet certain conditions.

For example, in taking fingerprint data, diplomatic missions and their outsourced service delivery partners follow procedures in accordance with the international standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Complying with standards is critical in ensuring that data collected is accurate and globally interoperable.

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There are three classes of fingerprint biometric technology: Finger image-based systems, finger minutiae-based systems, and finger pattern-based systems. Finger image-based systems are used for enrollment, searching, and verification. For matching and analysis purposes, the minutia-based and pattern-based systems are employed. But regardless of the technology or use, what is crucial is that from the capturing of the raw biometric sample to its storage, compression, and compression, the collected data must be uncompromised.

The 9/11 attacks in the U.S. had many countries stepping up their national security efforts, including rolling out more stringent international travel policies. While the process of biometric enrollment may be deemed time-consuming by some passport and visa applicants, it is a necessary step to verify the identity of a traveler.

CKGS, an outsourced delivery partner of various diplomatic missions across the globe, including the Embassy of India in the U.S., possesses the capability to provide dependable biometric solutions, including digital photograph and fingerprint capture. For a more detailed explanation on how CKGS handles biometric enrollment, click here.

Securing a long-term visa: Are you eligible to work in Japan?

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Many foreign workers – both skilled and unskilled – still dream of working in Japan despite the language barrier and the country’s reputation for long office hours. Foreigners usually see Japan not only as a dream holiday destination but also as an excellent place to work and live, with its efficient mass transit systems, distinct culture and tradition, disciplined population, and healthy economy, among others. Survey, in fact, shows that foreigners currently working in Japan are very satisfied with everything the country offers – compensation, working hours, relationships with superiors and colleagues, job content, and career development. In addition, with the recent move of the Japanese government to lure more workers from abroad, one can only expect good things ahead for foreigners who dream of coming to the country to work.

If you are one of those folks aspiring to go to Japan and staying over 90 days for paid employment, you need to determine first if you are eligible to work in the country. Below is a list of some of the professionals who can apply for a working visa in Japan:

1. Professors such as university professors and assistant professors
2. Artists such as composers, artists, sculptors, and photographers
3. Attorneys, judicial scriveners, public accountants and other legal and accounting professionals who are certified to work in Japan
4. Engineers such as scientific engineers and IT engineers
5. Foreign language teachers, interpreters, designers and other specialists in humanities and international services

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After determining if you are eligible to work in Japan based on the list of professions that can apply for work visa, the next step would be securing all the financial records and travel documents required before submitting your visa application.

Cox & Kings Global Services is an outsourced service delivery partner of the Embassy of Japan, New Delhi, Consulate-General of Japan in Mumbai, and Consulate-General of Japan in Kolkata. CKGS Japan Visa & Information Centers in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata handle various visa applications of residents in these jurisdictions, including employment visa. For additional information, visit this website.

A test of character: How do you fill out your visa forms?

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There are still some people who don’t take a mature enough approach toward securing a visa. In order to put the task into context, a visa application is the most polite way of asking a foreign country for permission to enter its territory. How this is done also reflected in the way that visa forms are filled out, which ultimately reveals a person’s character.

The number one thing that must be remembered is to give detailed information, which is also accurate. If the document submission would lead to an interview and the applicant is asked questions, the responses should be aligned with the information on the form. To do the exact opposite will spell disaster.

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One must also write in legible handwriting. It is important to make sure to dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s. This is because even the slightest error in spelling can invalidate the application altogether. It also causes room for doubt on the part of the diplomatic officer.

Ensure that a neatly filled out form is handed. Erasures are not only messy, but they also speak of a person’s level of seriousness on his application. Crumples and tears are a definite turn-off. It shows a lack of respect for the authority in the diplomatic mission.

It is cumbersome to fill out visa application documents, and sometimes it can make you feel like you are doing an unnecessary chore. However, this is old knowledge. Treat the visa application form as a measure of your character, and you’ll increase your chances of success.

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Indian cuisine: The most ethnically diverse in the world

When visiting a country, one of the many things to look forward to is getting a taste of the local cuisine. India, however, offers a unique experience because countless people consider the country as having the most diverse and unique cooking styles.

It can be attributed to the large diaspora of the country, which is the second most populous in the world and has varying religious beliefs and culture. The large-scale interactions of India with neighboring countries have also contributed to the diversity of Indian cuisine.

Basically, there are four geographical varieties that each have their distinct flavor; though they do share a common theme of heavy reliance on blends of spices and seasonings, which is also known as masala.

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North: India’s northern region experiences cool weather, which contributes to the hearty texture and warm, subtle flavors of the dishes there. Meats and bread are prepared in cylindrical-shaped, clay ovens called tandoors. North Indian cuisine also typically uses a relatively high amount of dairy for sauces or gravies.

East: This area is surrounded by different bodies of water, making the Eastern Indian cuisine fish-based. Rice is the staple grain in this region because its climate is conducive for cultivating different varieties of rice. This cuisine is also well-known for its desserts.

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West: Western Indian cuisine has three primary food groups: Gujarati (predominantly vegetarian), Maharashtrian (heavily uses coconut), and Goan (seafood-based cuisine). Many say that this cuisine is where the Northern, Eastern, and Southern cuisines meet.

South: Primarily vegetarian, the cuisine in Southern India has an of abundance spice-intense and meatless dishes. The meals also make heavy use of soup and tamarind.

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India’s awe-inspiring modern structures every traveler must see

India should be on the bucket list of every architect. It has a long history of structural marvels that can inspire innovative ideas among artists. Many modern monuments are influenced by the country’s heritage of ancient architecture. True enough, these newer structures uphold the country’s rich legacy of artistic masterpieces.

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Lotus Temple, New Delhi. The award-winning structure features three sets of nine marble petals arranged to form the shape of a half-open lotus flower. It is a Bahai Temple open to people of different faiths.

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Akshardham Temple, New Delhi. One of the world’s largest Hindu temples, Akshardham was completed in 2005 and involved around 11,000 artisans. The massive structure features intricate images of scenes from Indian mythology, carved on pink stone and white marble.

i Flex Building, Karnataka. This futuristic, iconic building is a steel-colored asymmetrical structure with its suspended floors as the highlight. The building, which spans 144,000 square feet, can accommodate as many as 1,500 employees and is now operated by Oracle Financial Services.

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The six-month rule: Why it is a must to renew passports before they expire

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When a person leaves and enters a country, he or she will be required to present a valid passport so immigration officials can check their identity. In the United States, most passports have a ten-year validity from the date they were issued. While a lot of people think it’s okay to use their passport until its month of expiration, it is advisable that they have it renewed months before their planned trips.

Governments, airlines, and cruise lines have rules regarding passport validity. For example, all foreign travelers bound for China should have a passport that is valid for six months before they are allowed to enter the country. If the person’s passport will expire in less than six months, they may be denied entry to their country of destination.

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When planning for a trip, it is best to check the country’s passport or visa requirements. Renewing passports at least six months before they expire is safe enough for tourists to have peace of mind before they plan their travel.

Passport renewals in the United States usually take up to four to six weeks of processing. Expedited applications can take two to three weeks. However, the time it takes to mail applications is not included in this frame. Americans who live outside the United States can have their passports renewed by visiting their local consulate offices.

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