Discover the USA and Canada on an Escorted Tour

Both Canada and the United States have so much to offer the curious traveler. Taking the time to travel to some of the most beautiful areas in both the U.S. and Canada is well worth it as you will experience sights and sounds you have only seen in the movies.

One of the best ways to see the U.S. and Canada is by taking an escorted tour. These tours take all of the hassle and headache out of traveling because all of the arrangements are made for you starting from your trip to the airport, to the places you’ll visit and the restaurants you will be dining in. Your hotel accommodations are also booked for you and accompanying you on the US and Canada tours is a very experienced tour guide who has spent a considerable amount of time in the regions you will visit.

There are some really great Alaska tours available. Imagine traveling with a group of other vacationers and a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide as you enjoy the breathtaking Alaskan scenery and explore hidden away villages populated by native Eskimos. Exploring the capital city of Juneau is always an option on Alaska tours as is riding the rails through mountains to take in the abundant wildlife and nature this largely untamed state features.

If you have yet to explore the many national parks in the United States consider one of the many national parks tours available. Exploring the heart of Yellowstone and then going on to stay in a lodge near the Grand Canyon would make for a wonderful experience that would give you a lifetime of memories to share with family and friends. Getting to know the Navajo lifestyle in and around Monument Valley will give you an entirely new perspective of American Indians – their beliefs and culture that you have only read about. Escorted national parks tours are the ideal way to see those places off the beaten trail. Your guide will book tables in lovely local restaurants where you can enjoy some of the finest home cooking available anywhere in America. Visiting a group of four or five of the United States’ most breathtaking national parks on one great tour will allow you to discover a world of beauty like no other place on earth.

Escorted Canada tours take you to the largest cities in the country as well as to resorts in the Rockies. Explore Lake Louise, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver on a western Canada tour. How does exploring Quebec by rail sound? This type of tour is also available as a part of many Canada tours on offer today.

Escorted tours are highly convenient. Guides are often natives of the regions visited, meaning that they know the area well and can share with you things you could never discover on your own. These people have rich backgrounds that connect them to cultures and societies around the world. All of your needs will be attended to and you will not have to worry about missing some important landmarks or hassle with finding a hotel room. Everything is handled for you  on a guided tour so all that you need to do is relax and enjoy the many sights, sounds and experiences.

Factors Determining Independent Immigration to Canada

People are always looking for change for in lifestyle, surroundings, job etc. And in search of this change, we are often attracted towards moving to countries that give us greater opportunities to better our lives, money situation and increase our spending power. Countries like Australia, USA, New Zealand and Canada provide ample opportunities to migrate and own citizenship of that country as well as provide you with opportunities that will give you a better lifestyle.


Canada is such a country that is open to legal immigrants and is a popular destination among those who are looking to migrate to another country from the country that they are born in. Canada is much favourable with its ample land area of 9,900,000 km2 and with a population of almost 96 million residents. The government is stable, the society is democratic and its industrial and agricultural background makes it the seventh advanced nation in the world. This gives a lot of opportunities to individuals who have immigration to Canada on their minds.


The independent Immigrant system is based on the point system, where one can check as well as needs to fulfill the required number of points to legally migrate to the country of Canada.  From 2003 the required points have been reduced from 75 to 67. And if you’re a resident of the UK your points reduce by 67 points.  The reduction of points was done to attract skilled workers to the country. The category of Independent Immigration System is one of the most popular categories that people opt for when wanting to migrate to Canada. The Government of Canada tried to implement the reduction of points in 2002 itself since, its main intention being that there were already 10,000 immigrant cases that were pending. If a person fulfills atleast 67 points they can definitely establish themselves in Canada.


There are certain factors that are point based;


1.  Education has a maximum of 25 points, if a person has obtained a PhD or a Master’s degree or even has 17 years of either a full time or its equivalent and it carries all 25 marks. The least points is 12 and is applicable if one has completed only a one year diploma, apprenticeship or trade certificate in Trade and has a minimum of 12 years or equivalent of it in study.


2.  The second factor is ones ability to fulfill the English and French Language ability and has a maximum score of 24 points if you are fluent in both the languages. One can get 16 points if they know the main official language and 8 points if they know the second language.


3.  The third factor is the working experience and one can gain a maximum of 21 points. The main qualifications are that one needs to have a minimum of 1 year of full time work experience in 10 years as a manager, skilled occupation or any other well known profession.


4.  The Age factor carries 10 points and is applicable if you’re between 21-49.


5.  Arranged employment carries 10 points e.g. if one is offered a job by the HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada).


6.  Adaptability is 10 points, where your accompanying partner e.g. spouse, in-laws etc fulfills certain levels of education, have been educated in Canada, if they have worked, have extended family or arranged employment in the country.

Independent Immigration to Canada

Canada is a country located in the North American continent. It is the second largest country in the world and shares a long boundary with the United States. The land was inhabited by various groups of aboriginal people. In the year 1867, Canada was formed as a federal dominion. The country is a parliamentary democracy as well as a constitutional monarchy; and has Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state. Both English and French are its official languages. The country is marked by a high level of technical advancement and industrialization. This has led to rapid economic development long with a rise in the level of employment.

Today, it is one of the most developed nations in the world and shares trade relations with a number of countries, primarily Pakistan. This economic growth has been attracting a number of immigrants from all over the world, who come here for a better future and a better lifestyle. It is also a very beautiful country, where Mother Nature has showered her blessings rather lavishly. Its natural beauty attracts a number of tourists every year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations. The country has also evolved a highly reputed educational system and each year Canadian universities attract a large number of students from all across the world, who come here to receive higher education in a wide variety of streams.

So, irrespective of whether you are a tourist, a student or looking for job opportunities, this place offers something to every body. Hence it would not come up as a surprise to me, if you too are interested in immigrating to Canada. However, in case, if you are interested in immigration to Canada, then in that case, you will have to take care of a few things. First of all you should know about the rules and regulations in regard to the immigration process, the qualification criteria, along with a few other facts.

In recent times, the Canadian government has made several changes in regard to immigration laws and regulations, to attract a larger number of skilled workers in the country. In case you wish to be a permanent resident of the nation, then you are issued a Canadian Permanent Resident Card, which can be used by the time, you officially get your citizenship. For temporary immigration, you will be required to get temporary permits, such as student permits, temporary permits etc.

The Canadian federal government, the department of Citizenship and Immigration offers online information related to immigration as well as citizenship, along with detailed application kits. However, despite their best efforts, a person may find the entire process quite cumbersome as well as complicated. In such a case, the person who is applying for immigration can take the help of an immigration consultant, who would assist him/her through the immigration process.