Now you can become an EU e-resident for Rs8,620


But don’t pack your bags just yet

You can now become an e-resident of Estonia.

You can now work remotely from the Baltic European Union country of Estonia. It just became the first country to offer e-residency to digital nomads, irrespective of where they may be physically based.

As the majority of us suddenly learn that we did not in fact need to waste our lives commuting to get to a common office location to work effectively with colleagues and be productive, gainfully-employed members of society, working remotely might actually be a trend that will stick around, hopefully longer than the virus does. And now for those who operate their own businesses that don’t require physical infrastructure, Estonia is offering an e-residency that allows you to set up operations in the EU country.

Located in northern Europe, with Finland to the north and Latvia to the south, Russia to the east and Sweden to the west, Estonia is opening itself up to people who would like to incorporate and grow their business in the EU. The residency is aimed at those who work online and may not be based in any one country or location for an extended period of time; freelancers; startups looking to set up operations in the EU; and other digital entrepreneurs working in finance, tech and marketing who would like a European presence. The country is expected to issue 1,800 e-residency permits every year.

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Google sues Visa and MasterCard

Creditcards under attack 1

With little ceremony and only two days before Christmas, Google filed an antitrust law against Visa and MasterCard for setting “supracompetitive” interchange rates from 2004 to 2012. This is but one more volley in the Battle Royale between big companies like Wal-Mart, Target, and Macy’s and major players in the payments industry.

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Brilliant young entrepreneurs being wooed by Canada’s new startup visa

The bet is that some of the braniacs’ startups will eventually create lots of good jobs.

One of the world’s largest immigration programs is in Canada and they are launched a new type of visa for foreign entrepreneurs this week. Foreign nationals can apply to the new Startup Visa program and gain immediate permanent residency if the secure funding from Canadian venture capital firms or angel investors. Canada’s new program is the latest in a score of startup visas recently created or revamped by governments, including Australia, Chile, and the U.K., to woo foreign entrepreneurs.



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Canada approves a startup visa for immigrant entrepreneurs

Canada approves startup visa for immigrants.

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), in partnership with the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA) approved an official Start-Up Visa (SUV) pilot program for business class immigrants: the Start-Up Business class. The goal of the SUV program is to facilitate the immigration of a new type of immigrant entrepreneur to Canada with the potential to build innovative companies that compete on a global scale and create jobs for Canadians.



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Difficulty of getting U.S. visas for immigrant entrepreneurs hobbles building businesses

The process of getting a visa is slow, expensive, time-consuming, and often unsuccessful.

It seemed like all of the stars were aligning for Jay Meattle in early 2010. He had raised several hundred thousand dollars from investors in Boston for his start-up, Shareaholic. And the company, which enables people to easily share online content they find interesting, had just passed the milestone of 1 million users.



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Canada plays the visa card to lure foreign students to its universities


Four years ago 60,000 international students came to Canada for school now that number stands at 90,000.

Canadian universities used to find it hard to draw attention away from the U.S. when trying to lure foreign students to its business schools.  Not anymore. Over the last two years, Canadian full-time MBAs have seen the biggest increase in applications of any region, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a business school association.

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Foreign tourists could help the U.S. economy


Non-resident visitors to the United States wait in line at immigration control at a U.S. airport.

Businesses salivate over the kind of foreign traveler Agustina Ocamp is.  He is a  22-year-old Argentine who recently dropped more than $5,000 on food, hotels and clothes in Las Vegas during a trip that also took her to Seattle’s Space Needle, Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo. But she doubts she will return soon.

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Blueseed a high-tech visa-free entrepreneurship and technology incubator on an ocean vessel


Concept vessel for Blueseed.

It can be hard to get a visa to live and work in the United States.  It’s can even be hard for highly skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs looking to start businesses. Here is a startup with a plan and a very important backer that could change everything.

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Anonymous hacktivists take down again in support of WikiLeaks


WikiLeaks certainly has powerful cyber-supporters.

Just one day after the LulzSec hacking group announced its retirement after a 50-day stint, it appears that hackers with the Anonymous group have picked up from where they left off by attacking the MasterCard website in protest of the WikiLeaks blockade.

Earlier today, Twitter user @ibomhacktivist tweeted a message saying that was down. The hacker said “that’s what you get when you mess with @wikileaks and @Anon_Central.”

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