Caribbean Travel News And Deals

Black Immigrant Daily News

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. April 5, 2023: Here are the top Caribbean travel news and deals this week in 60 seconds.

Is your US passport expired? You may need to give yourself a lot of time if planning to travel to the Caribbean this summer. The Department of State says routine processing will take 10-13 weeks and expedited processing, which costs an additional $60, will take 7-9 weeks. These new processing times only apply to new applications submitted on or after March 24.

Canada is still warning nationals to avoid all travel to Haiti and to exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to Guyana, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Jamaica or Trinidad and Tobago due to crime in those countries.

JetBlue now offers daily direct flights to Nassau, Bahamas, from LaGuardia International Airport in New York. Travellers will reach the destination in just over three hours.

British Airways has launched a new weekly nonstop flight service from London Gatwick (LGW) to Port of Spain (POS) on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Hotels and Resorts is now in Belize. The hotel brand has opened its newest Caribbean resort, the Margaritaville Beach Resort Ambergris Caye, Belize. For more, visit Margaritaville Beach Resort Ambergris Caye Belize.

The countdown is on to the Anguilla Culinary Experience 2023 (ACE), set for May 3rd to 6th in Anguilla. This year the even will welcome guest chefs Jennifer Carroll of Spice Finch of Philadelphia, PA, and Top Chef USA fame; Daniele Lippi of 2 Michelin-starred Acquolina in Rome, Italy; four-time James Beard Award Winner David Waltuck of New York; and Anthony Rose of Toronto, Canada’s Fat Pasha and Fet Zun Camp.

Save on Spring and Summer Getaways at Caerula Mar Club, located on South Andros in the Bahamas. The Club is offering guests who book three or more nights a 10% discount. Those making reservations for four or more nights will receive a $200 credit to apply to excursions or food and drinks. The booking window is now through 30 April 2023, for travel until 31 July 2023. Book HERE

And fly from Fort Lauderdale to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from May 26 to June 1 and stay at the Iberostar Punta Cana – All Inclusive for less than $680 per person. Book HERE

Everything You Need To Know About Immigrating To The United States

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News Americas, NEW YORK, Thurs. April 6, 2023: Immigration to the United States has been a long-standing way for many people to enter the country as permanent residents to start a new life. In fact, there were around 286,000 noncitizens who obtained lawful permanent residence in the fourth quarter of 2022 alone, according to the Department of Homeland Security. For many people around the world, the American Dream is alive and well, and learning everything there is to know about immigrating to the United States can help them to start building a new life.

What is Immigration?

For those unfamiliar with the term, immigration refers to the action of coming from another country to live permanently in a foreign country. Generally, a person immigrates to a new country from their birth country, though they could be coming from a country that they were not originally born in. There are a variety of reasons for why a person may consider immigration, with the most notable being:

Employment or educational opportunity

Economic or societal conditions in their former country

Reuniting with long-lost family

Environmental factors

When a person immigrates to the United States, they either do so lawfully or illegally. When immigrating illegally and not taking the proper steps to be allowed in the country, a person can be deported. However, lawful immigration is quite possible and can be done with the use of a Visa.

What is a Visa?

All a U.S. Visa represents is permission to travel through a port of entry to the United States through some type of border crossing. However, there are two primary types of visas that could be given dependent upon your reason for visiting the country: immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

Different Types of Visas to Consider

Non-immigrant visas are some of the most common, with a Visitor Visa B being the predominant type. This Visa is given to people who are staying for an extended period of time in the country for vacation, seeking family or friends, or for those who are seeking medical attention.

On the other hand, an immigrant Visa comes in a number of different forms, with the most notable being:

Family Based Visas: For qualifying family members of U.S. citizens or lawful personal residents, a family-based Visa may be issued.

Employment Visas: Those working for an extended time or permanently in the United States may be awarded an employment Visa.

Adoption Visas: Those adopting children located outside the U.S. may be granted adoption Visas.

Special Immigrant Visas: Former U.S. government employees or other special categories may be eligible for this type of Visa.

Diversity Visas: An annual program offered by the United States in which a small number of Visas are awarded to qualifying individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.

Steps Involved with Immigration to the United States

The process of entering the United States can be confusing for immigrants, but there are a few primary steps a person can follow:

Apply for the applicable Visa based on your situation

Show valid travel documents once you enter the country

Present your passport from your country of origin as well as your approved Visa

Enter the country, but leave before your Visa expires to avoid consequences

Becoming a Permanent Resident or Citizen of the U.S.

In some instances, it’s common for an individual to wish to remain in the United States permanently, which essentially completes the process of immigration. To do so, however, you will need to acquire a Green Card (permanent residency) and optional citizenship. Here is the general process to keep in mind:

Determine if you qualify for a green card with the help of an accredited immigration attorney who can evaluate your case

Hold onto your green card for five years (or three years if you have a U.S. citizen as a relative)

Submit a formal application and pay fees

Complete an interview that tests basic English and American history

Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States

Receive your proof of citizenship

Change your life through immigration today

While immigration may not be the right choice for everybody, it is for millions of people around the world. Immigrating to a new country is a daunting and challenging experience, but it is an experience that can also be extremely rewarding. After you have successfully become a permanent resident, consider taking the steps towards becoming a full-fledged citizen to earn more rights if you qualify for citizenship.

Reggae Artist Protoje For Free South Florida Performance

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News Americas, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Thurs. April 6, 2023: Jamaican Reggae star Protoje will be in the house this April 16th at the magnificent ArtsPark in downtown Hollywood, Florida and the concert will be free. The show will start at 7 p.m.

The free concert is part of the Hollywood Arts Park Experience series produced by the Rhythm Foundation for the City of Hollywood. Concertgoers are invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy live music with friends and family.

Protoje remains at the forefront of this movement. Born Oje Ken Ollivierre in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica to singer Lorna Bennett and a former calypso king Mike Ollivierre of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the GRAMMY-nominated artist creates a contemporary sound by blending hip-hop, R&B, soul and rock into his native genre of roots reggae and dancehall.

Among the most popular Caribbean artists recording and touring today, Protoje is known for his balanced musicianship and collaborations, fueled by his resident beatsmith and collaborations with top hitmakers and major name artists. RSVP at eventbrite.