5 Countries That Recently Changed Their Visa Policies & Here’s How It Will Impact Indians

Countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Italy recently updated their visa policies and here’s everything you need to know about these changes.

by Tashika Tyagi
5 Countries That Recently Changed Their Visa Policies & Here’s How It Will Impact Indians

If you’re a frequent traveller, then you know how important it is to keep up with updated visa rules and regulations. To help you with that, we have listed the latest changes and updates in the visa policy of five countries and how they will impact Indian travellers. Whether you’re planning an overseas trip for business, leisure, or education, you should know about these changes, So, scroll on and check out these updates to ensure all your documents are in place while applying for a visa.

Countries With Updated Visa Policies & Its Impact On Indians

1. Australia

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As per a report in Business Standard, Australia has increased the student visa fees for overseas students. The visa fee has been doubled from AUD 710 (₹39,615) to AUD 1,600 (₹89,274) from July 1. They have also raised the minimum saving requirement for students from AUD 24,505 (₹13,67,301) to AUD 29,710 (₹16,57,723). Since Indian students make up the second-largest group of international students in Australia, this visa update should be noted.

2. Italy

A few months back, Italy launched its Digital Nomad Visa programme for non-EU residents. This programme will allow remote workers to live, work, and explore this beautiful nation for a year bypassing the 90-day stay limit. As per the visa policies, the applicants need to earn at least €28,000 (roughly ₹24,94,808) per year to qualify for this programme. They also need to have either a college degree or professional licence besides six months of relevant work experience.

Also Read: Italy Has Launched A Digital Nomad Visa For Remote Workers & Here’s How You Can Apply For It!

3. Germany

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As per a Business Standard report, to attract more talent in the fields of engineering, IT and healthcare, Germany has also changed its skilled worker visa policies. Last month, Germany launched the ‘Chancenkarte’ (Opportunity Card) which allows non-EU residents to enter and seek employment without needing a permanent job contract in the country. This new visa gives Indians a great opportunity to work in Germany.

4. New Zealand

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To align its visa policies with its economic and immigration priorities, New Zealand also updated its visa regulations recently. They have tightened their visa requirements for Accredited Employer Work Visas (AEWV). From skill requirements to mandatory proficiency in the English language, they have added a few new rules. This will affect foreign workers as well as their families.

Also Read: New Zealand Decides To Tighten Visa Rules After Recording High Migration Numbers; Details On New Rules & Changes Inside

5. Europe

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As per the updated European Union visa rules, Indians can now apply for multiple-entry Schengen visas with longer validity. The new ‘cascade regime’ for Indian nationals allows them to obtain a long-term, multi-entry visa valid for two years and a five-year visa if their passport remains valid, as per Business Standard report.

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