Talent visa is a type of immigrant visa that allows people with exceptional ability and certain achievements in sciences, arts, cultural activities or athletics to migrate to places they like without making any investment or securing a job offer. Mostly offered by developed countries and regions, such as the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong, this kind of visas are aimed at attracting talented and highly skilled persons to make a contribution to the local society.
Unlike investment, business and skilled migration programs, talent visa programs do not ask applicants to do anything before application, nor do they have any compulsory requirements of what should be done after obtaining the visas. One can even say that these programs have virtually no requirement for age, language proficiency and assets. However, in order to be eligible to apply for a talent visa, potential immigrants shall prove that they have had outstanding performance and relevant experience in selected fields, such as sciences, arts, cultural activities and athletics. Therefore, talent visas are often regarded as cost-efficient immigration choices exclusive to top-notch elites.
The U.S., Canada and Hong Kong SAR are the three desired immigration destinations that offer visas typically of this type. The article thus is to give a brief introduction of them, namely U.S. EB-1A Visa, U.S. EB-2 Visa, Canada Self-employed Persons Visa, and Hong Kong QMAS Visa, and let those with exceptional ability to know that there are much more possible choices available to them.
U.S. EB-1A Visa (Alien of Extraordinary Ability)
U.S. EB-1A Visa (or EB-1 Visa for Alien of Extraordinary Ability) is the most renowned one of this kind in the world. The No.1 immigration destination allows people who can prove their extraordinary ability and outstanding achievements in selected fields to directly apply for U.S. Greed Card – the nation’s permanent residency – through this program. Therefore, the program is considered as a short-cut to the U.S.
The U.S. EB-1A Visa program is also eye-catching as it not only enjoys the largest number of quotas set on it by the U.S. government, but also has the right to process all applications through an exclusive accelerated channel. Through the accelerated channel, applicants can know the results of applications in 15 working days. Such a trait makes the program even more alluring, since it takes years or even a decade for some other U.S. immigration programs to have their applications processed, for instance, the EB-5 Investor Visa program.
So far, GLOBEVISA GROUP has already helped applicants of different occupations successfully obtain U.S. EB-1A Visa, including university professors, actors, athletes and outstanding entrepreneurs.
U.S. EB-2 Visa (National Interest Waiver)
U.S. EB-2 Visa (National Interest Waiver), also known as NIW Visa, is similar to the EB-1A Visa but has more relaxed requirements. Potential immigrants who cannot fulfil the application requirements of EB-1A Visa may find themselves eligible for the EB-2 Visa program.
As its name implies, the program enables applicants to apply for U.S. Green Card with Labor Certification being waived if they can prove their exceptional ability and that their employment will make a great contribution to the country. Moreover, though the U.S. EB-2 Visa does not have an accelerated channel, its processing time is still much shorter than that of many mainstream U.S. immigration programs. Successful applicants can obtain the approval in 6 months.
As of now, GLOBEVISA GROUP has assisted associate professors, holders of PhD and medical directors to succeed in EB-2 Visa application.
Canada Self-employed Persons Visa
Canada Self-employed Persons Visa is an emerging good choice with much lower application threshold than the two talent visa programs mentioned above. The program offers direct access to Canadian Permanent Residency, allowing people with relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics.
The program stands out because of its much more friendly requirement of relevant experience in cultural activities or athletics. It is not necessary for applicants to have taken part in cultural activities or athletics at a world-class level. In order to be eligible, they only need to prove that they have been self-employed in one of the two selected fields for two years in the past five years, and either field is their main source of income.
Until now, GLOBEVISA GROUP has already managed Canada Self-employed Persons Visa applications for painters, music teachers, interior designers, graphic designers, masters of ceremonies and personal trainers.
Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme
Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is a quota-based immigration program tailored for highly skilled and talented individuals. These people, if fulfilling all six prerequisites, can have themselves subject to one of the two points-based tests, namely General Points Test and Achievement-based Points Test, and then go through a selection for quota allocation.
Though the QMAS Visa scheme and skilled migration programs sound alike, it doesn’t require applicants to have a job offer before application or work in Hong Kong after acquiring the visa. Moreover, generally, to be awarded points, applicants for Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme only need to have specialist level work experience with international exposure and have certain academic qualifications. The scheme thus can be considered as the friendliest talent visa program.
With more than a decade of experience in Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, GLOBEVISA GROUP maintains a high success rate of QMAS visa application. All-rounded services on settling down or relieving financial concerns are also provided.
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