Australia Occupation Ceiling and SkillSelect Update 2017-18

The table below summarises the following for pro rata occupations: Points required for the two invitation rounds in July 2017 Points required in the 2016-17 program year Percentage change in the occupation ceiling between 2016-17 and 2017-18 Likely points required for a 189 invitation in the 2017-18 program year Whilst it’s impossible to give any certainty on the points required… More »

Ontario Launches New Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream

On August 16, 2017, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) launched a new pilot for workers in high demand occupations with job offers in Ontario. (OINP) Employer Job Offer- In-Demand Skills Stream The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Employer Job Offer – In-Demand Skills Stream allows foreign workers with a job offer to permanently live and work in Ontario. The pilot program… More »

Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination opens up for ‘Occupations In-Demand’ Immigration Sub-Category for Skilled Workers

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is to welcome up to 1,200 new applications under the International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The intake period has begun on August 9 2017. A successful application will result in a provincial nomination certificate being issued. With this nomination, the applicant (as well as an accompanying… More »

Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination is expected to Open in October 2017

If you are looking at various ways to increase your points, now’s the time to submit your application for Saskatchewan PNP.  Opportunity won’t knock at your door always, so it is high time for you to take advantage of this chance to enter into Saskatchewan province and get PNP Nomination. Once you are nominated for PNP, you shall receive Nomination certificate… More »

Australia Occupation Ceilings Released for 2017-18

The Australian Government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have released the occupation ceilings for the 2017-2018 programme year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations. The list includes the eligible occupations for 2017-18, along with the number of invitations that will be issued in this programme year for each, as well as the number of… More »

VETASSESS Launches Priority Full Skills Assessment Services with revised Rates from August 1 2017

As of August 1st, 2017, VETASSESS is launching a Priority Processing service for General Professional occupation applicants. How it works This service gives applicants the option to fast track their application for an additional fee. The expected processing time is within 10 business days for applications that meet the eligibility criteria. The 10 Business Days will commence after: VETASSESS has… More »

Australia’s visa and migration changes starting 1 July 2017

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has made several visa and migration changes as follows: Australia introduces additional pathway to Australian permanent residence for New Zealand citizens In February, the Australian Government announced an additional pathway to Australian permanent residence for New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for at least five years. This additional pathway has… More »

New changes under Vetassess Trade occupations effective from 1st July 2017

Several changes have been made to the skills assessments of the VETASSESS Trade Occupations. Starting 1 July 2017, trade applicants are no longer required to complete a TradeSet or provide a TradeSet number when applying to be assessed. VETASSESS can help provide skills assessments for Cooks and Chefs from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan who apply under the 457 skills assessment… More »

Occupations removed from the Vetassess Assessing Body from 1st July 2017

As of 1 July 2017, VETASSESS is no longer the designated assessing authority for the following occupations: Acupuncturist (ANZSCO Code 252211) Orthotist/ Prosthetist (ANZSCO Code 251912) Community Worker (ANZSCO Code 411711) Youth Worker (ANZSCO Code 411716) Welfare Centre Manager (ANZSCO Code 134214) Applicants under the above occupations who require skilled migration assessments will need to get in touch with the… More »

Changes to Temporary and Permanent skilled visas effective from 1st July 17

As of 1 July 2017, the Occupation lists have been revised following a further review of the available occupations. What are main changes?  12 occupations have been completely removed from the lists, as follows: Equipment Hire Manager Fleet Manager Picture Framer Property Manager Psychotherapist Real Estate Agent Principal Real Estate Agent Real Estate Agent Representative Ship’s Engineer Ship’s Master Ship’s… More »

CRS score higher in the latest Express Entry Draw on 28th June 2017

Canada’s lowest ever score was 413 in the month of May 2017, marking the lowest ever recorded score for CIC invitation draw. However, no other draws took place until end of June 2017. In the June 28 draw a total of 3,409 candidates with a score of 449 points or above have been issued an Invitation to Apply. While the… More »

Ontario Provincial Nomination issues record number of invitation for below CRS 400

For the week of June 26, 2017, the OINP will be targeting candidates with work experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Please note that in addition to these occupation-specific searches, the OINP will continue regular searches of the Express Entry pool for candidates who qualify for the HCP Stream with a CRS score of 400 points or… More »

Saskatchewan opens for Entrepreneur Program with limited Quota

Entrepreneurs looking to start, obtain or partner in a business in Saskatchewan while living in the Canadian province can do so through the SINP Entrepreneur Program. There are three steps to apply: Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the SINP; EOI Selection and Invitation to Submit an Application; and Nomination. Important things to consider before submitting your EOI If… More »

Saskatchewan Express Entry Stream Opens and Closes again

Saskatchewan immigration has closed its Canada Express Entry category after reaching the target number of applications. The 600 available spots have been filled under the International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry stream, which first opened on May 16, 2017. The International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry stream is currently accepting 462 applications, according to www.saskatchewan.ca. “It is the same… More »

Quebec Investor Program Reopens on May 29, 2017

The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP), a Canadian immigration program that allows international investors to obtain Canadian permanent residence by investing CAD $800,000 risk-free, has now reopened. Who is eligible? To be eligible for the QIIP program, you must: Have, alone or with his accompanying spouse, including de facto spouse, net assets of at least $1,600,000 CAN obtained legally, excluding the amounts… More »

Canada: May 31 Express Entry Draw #65: Lowest Ever Points Requirement for FSWP and CEC Candidates

In the latest Express Entry draw 3,877 candidates with 413 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence. This is the lowest ever CRS cut-off point for candidates under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). The CRS cut-off threshold has decreased, so if you want to migrate to Canada… More »

Australia General Skilled Migration Changes – 1 July 2017

Starting July 1st 2017, Australia’s General Skilled Migration program will go through a number of changes, including: The maximum age for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa will be reduced from 49 to 44 A new permanent residence pathway for NZ citizens will be introduced The skilled occupations lists are likely to be reviewed Occupational ceilings will be released State Migration… More »

Reforms to Australia’s temporary employer sponsored skilled migration program – Abolition and replacement of the 457 visa

Australia’s Department of Immigration have released a fact sheet which includes the timeframes for the reforms to its temporary employer sponsored skilled migration program. The reforms include abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa (457 visa) and replacing it with the completely new Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. Implementation of these reforms have begun on 19 April… More »

Change in English language criterion for AITSL skills assessment of school teacher occupations

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) has made a change to the English language criterion for all school teacher occupations on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsor Occupation List (CSOL) assessed by AITSL. This change (see below) applies to all applications received from 22 April. English language proficiency is to be demonstrated by one of… More »

AITSL assessment fee to increase to AUD815

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Assessment for Migration fees has announced changes to its fee structure. Starting 1 July 2017, the new assessment application fee will increase from the current AUD635 to AUD815. Here is an overview of the current vs new fees: See the official notice of change to the AITSL Assessment fee structure

Expedited processing of refugee claims by the Refugee Protection Division: Designation of Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, and Yemen

As of June 1st, 2017, the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) has designated claims for refugee protection from Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, and Yemen as eligible for processing under the Policy on the Expedited Processing of Refugee Claims by the Refugee Protection Division. According to the official announcement: “The purpose of the policy is to enable the RPD to meet its mandate of making… More »

Canadian PR – Language requirements and options to prove your language abilities, including for candidates with a disability

If you want to get invited to apply for Canadian permanent residency, you first need to prove your language skills. This involves taking a language test approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Once you get the results, you’ll need to submit them along with your application as these stand proof of your language skills. The language test is… More »

Nova Scotia – Express Entry PNP now closed for Category B (Without Job Offer)

The NSNP is Nova Scotia’s Provincial Nominee Program. Through this program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate, which speeds up the overall immigration process. Recently the stream has opened for Express Entry applications under Category A (With Job Offer) and Category B (Without Job Offer). The bad news… More »

How to calculate your Comprehensive Ranking Score

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system that is used to rank candidates for immigration to Canada through Express Entry. It is used to assess a candidate’s skills, work experience, language ability, education and other factors. Read on to learn how to calculate your CRS and what is your estimated score based on your profile. How CRS scores are… More »

Express Entry Invitation Trends – 2015 to date

The number of ranking points needed by Express Entry candidates before they can apply for Permanent Residency in Canada has fallen once again to yet another all-time low, in the April 19th Express Entry draw. 3,665 Express Entry candidates have received an invitation to submit their application. Each invited candidate had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 415 or… More »

Canada to increase the age limit of a dependent child to “under 22”

Starting October 24, 2017, the Government of Canada will increase the maximum age of a dependent child from the current “under 19” to a new “under 22”. This will apply to new applications for all immigration programmes under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, including for refugees. Dependent children continue to include children who are 22 years of age or older… More »

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream to reopen in the coming weeks

The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream will reopen for the first time since 2015 “in the coming weeks”, the province has announced. This Canadian immigration stream is part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSPN) and one of the two NSNP streams that are part of the federal government’s Express Entry immigration system. When it opens, it will… More »

How to improve your CRS score

In January of 2015, the government of Canada introduced a system called Express Entry to manage applications for three popular Canadian immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and Canadian Experience Class(CEC). Whereas the old system treated applications on a first-come, first-served basis, Express Entry involves the government selecting candidates from a pool on… More »

Changes to the processing times for Australian Visa applications

DIBP has made several changes to the processing times for Australian Visa applications. The latest processing times will replace the previously published service standards to give you a better idea of how long it takes to process a particular visa subclass, stream, or citizenship application. Processing times can be impacted by a number of factors, such as: Whether you have… More »

New occupation list replaces Skilled Occupation List

DIPB has made a few changes to Australia’s Skilled Occupation List which came into effect on April 19, 2017. Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) replaced the previous ‘Skilled Occupation List’ (SOL) After abolishing the 457 visa and replacing it with two new visas, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has also decided to cut the Skilled Occupation List… More »

April 19 Express Entry draw results: Lowest CRS score yet at 415

More and more candidates looking to immigrate to Canada via Express Entry are receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. At the same time, the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required has decreased to an all-time low of 415 points in the April 19 draw. The previous CRS cut off were 423 and 431 points. A total… More »

Major changes proposed for skilled migration to Australia

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that starting with March 2018, the 457 visa will be abolished and replaced with the TSS visa. This will include a short-term stream of up to two years, and a medium-stream of up to four years. “These measures will sharpen the focus of Australia’s employer sponsored skilled migration programmes to ensure they… More »

Tasmania’s Skilled Migration Program for year 2016-17 is now open

Tasmania has opened its doors to skilled migrants. So if you want to live and work in a state that’s recognised for affordable housing, reputable schools and university, as well as plenty of career opportunities, then this might be a good option for you. In Tasmania, there is no occupation ceiling, so if your occupation is not present in the… More »

Express Entry Draw #59: 3,923 Invitations with CRS 423

The 59th Express Entry draw for Canadian immigration, which took place on April 12th, resulted in 3,923 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence with a CRS score of at least 423 points. The previous CRS cut off was 431 points. The number of ITAs issued for Canadian permanent residence is increasing with every draw, while the minimum CRS point… More »

New Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List

The State Government is working on putting together a new list of occupations, which is expected to come into effect in late May 2017. Until the new list is finalised, applications for the State Nominated Migration Program are being accepted with an interim Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL). The interim list includes “occupations which are of a specialist… More »

South Australia increases points required for State Nomination

South Australia has decided to increase the requirement for State Nomination from 80 to 85 points, as a result of overall quota of nominations being achieved under the existing 80 points requirement.  The new 85 points requirement will come into effect on April 19, 2017. However, this will not affect applications lodged prior to this date. South Australia also announced… More »

Canada to launch Employment Strategy to help newcomers find jobs more quickly

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the federal government of Canada will soon be introducing a new Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers, as a part of the Budget 2017. This strategy aims to help newcomers to find jobs more quickly by matching their skills and education with available employment opportunities. It’s not an unknown fact that… More »

Canada to award additional points to candidates with strong French language skills

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have announced new ways for permanent residency candidates to gain the points they need to quality for an Invitation under the Express Entry system. Candidates will soon be able to receive additional points for: Having a sibling in Canada Having strong French language skills The changes will come into force on June 6, 2017,… More »

SkillSelect cut off points for latest invitation rounds

In the latest SkillSelect invitation rounds, which took place on March 29, 2017, the following number of invitations have been issued: Now, here is how many invitations have been issued during 2016-2017: Why is this important? The total number of invitations issued for both 189 and 489 subclasses is nowhere near the targets that have been set by Australia’s Department… More »

Quebec immigration to receive 5,000 new Skilled Worker applications in 2017

The popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will reopen this year for 5,000 new applications. While the exact dates for applying haven’t yet been announced, applications for QSWP will be accepted during an intake period that will occur before March 18, 2018. Unlike the Express Entry immigration system, QSWP remains the only immigration program in Canada where applications are processed… More »

What is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot?

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a new Canadian immigration program aimed to attract high-skilled and intermediate-skilled workers, as well as international graduates. According to targets announced in Canada’s 2017 Immigration Plan, up to 2,000 new immigrants will be accepted this year to the four Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The pilot is employer-driven,… More »

Canada to make skilled worker permits easier to get under new Global Talent Stream 

The federal government is planning to launch a new stream of its Temporary Foreign Worker program, called the Global Talent Stream. This new stream is meant to achieve two goals: Entice highly skilled workers to come to Canada Speed up the processing times for work permit applications (and temporary resident visas when applicable) to as little as two weeks! The… More »

Express Entry draw at lowest score ever

Canada’s latest draw for Express Entry was at its lowest score ever. Candidates with a score of 447 points have received an invitation to apply (ITA). Express Entry is used to manage applications for permanent residence under the following federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program Canadian Experience Class If you’re not familiar with the… More »

What would it mean to you to get Canadian Permanent Residence?

The latest number of invitations from the Express Entry Pool was 3,334! That means Canada have selected 6,236 applications from the Expression of Interest Pool over the last 2 weeks. So, just as we suspected, the points are coming down for Canada and the number of invitations are going up. Here’s an overview of what has happened so far in… More »

Major Changes to Canada’s Express Entry Immigration System

Canada’s Express Entry program has finally been revamped, with major changes made to its Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The changes will affect candidates for immigration to Canada through the three federal programs managed through Express Entry: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class. The changes to the CRS were introduced on November… More »

Seeing is believing: 315 points application selected for immigration to Canada

We were right. When Canada’s immigration system first started and they were selecting applications over 800 points, a lot of applicants were not convinced when we advised them that eventually the points will come down. But there were also many applicants who were convinced that unless they were in the pool and working alongside a trusted consultancy, they would never… More »

Urgent update on Canada’s latest Express Entry Draw

Interested in migrating to Canada? Here are the latest news and our insights into Canada’s recent Express Entry draw. On November 2nd Canada selected a record number of applications from their Express Entry pool, that were then invited to apply for Permanent Residence.  As a result, V&P received a record number of invitations for our customers. The points score for… More »

More than 50 occupations may be removed from Australia’s Skilled Occupation List

More than 50 occupations may be removed from Australia’s Skilled Occupation List (SOL). We suspect these changes may take place from July 2017 so we urge anyone interested in applying under one of these occupations to move forward immediately! The 52 occupations that may be cleared from Australia’s SOL for 2016-2017 include engineers, health professionals, taxation accountants and more. The federal… More »

Australia: Jobs on the Rise!

You have your sights set on migrating to Australia. But with a volatile and uncertain global economy, you have your doubts. Here are the most important questions you might have about finding a job in Australia, and our answers to them. Is Australia creating new jobs? Yes. The Australian economy is on a definite upswing, after a brief period of… More »

Get Your Skilled Visa to Australia

Let us take you through the process of applying for a Skilled Visa to Australia. The complete process has 3 parts and takes roughly 9-12 months, from start to finish. Despite the processing time, the good news is that if your application is complete, with the required minimum score and all the paperwork, we can be very sure of your… More »

Canada has the Jobs; Your Turn to Grab Them

Here are some questions we hear a lot from those aspiring to emigrate to Canada. “I am just waiting for the provinces to announce their vacancies, and then get started with my visa application.” “Someone I know said I am going to get an interview call from Canada soon.” Does this sound familiar? Many aspirants think this is the way… More »

Australia’s NEW Occupational Ceilings for 2016-17

Australia has announced its Occupational Ceilings for the year 2016-17. These are the maximum number of invitations that can be issued for the following types of visas: Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Family Sponsored Skilled Regional Provisional Subclass 489 Here is a summary of the changes by Occupational Category: IT Professionals The ceiling for some of the IT occupations has been… More »

Canada Permanent Residence Visa Process Explained

  Let’s take you through the process for securing Canada Permanent Residence Visa under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, so you are crystal clear on what to expect. Your visa will be granted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the government body overseeing all immigration activities. 1. Educational Credential Assessment The process starts with your Educational Credential Assessment. This assesses if… More »

Application intake period for QSWP has began

The application intake period for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has began. Candidates who have already created an account on the Mon project Quebec system, can submit an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selcction du Quebec (CSQ). When candidates receive a CSQ, they can then apply for Canadian permanent resident status. For those who aren’t familiar with… More »

Skilled Occupation List changes for Australia’s immigration programme year 2016-2017

The new SOL and CSOL list for Australia’s next programme year 2016-2017 has been released. The new list will take effect on 1st of July 2016, provided no other changes are made to the list. According to the newly released list, the following 9 occupations will be REMOVED from the SOL list: 233611: Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) 233612: Petroleum Engineer 234912:… More »

Call for IT Professionals: New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program is Now Open

New Brunswick have opened up their Provincial Nomination Program and are primarily targeting IT professionals. If you’re not in the Express Entry Pool, if and when Provinces open their requirements like this, we cannot avail the opportunity. All roads into Canada lead to the Express Entry pool. Read on to learn more about the eligibility requirements for the New Brunswick… More »

Top occupations that can help you gain entry to Canada’s Express Entry

New data released by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada reveals the top professions that tend to gain new immigrants entry to Canada under the Express Entry system. Canada has processed 191,279 applications in its first year, with 31,000 people being invited to become permanent residents. According to the report card on the Express Entry system, 80% of… More »

Canada plans to accept over 300,000 newcomers in 2016

The government of Canada has released its 2016 Immigration Level Plan, where they have stated that they’re planning to accept up to 305,000 migrants this year across a range of economic, family and refugee/ humanitarian immigration categories. This is exciting news, especially because it’s the first time in years when the Canadian government has set a target of 300,000 or… More »

Quebec to reopen Skilled Worker Program in May or June

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), the government ministry overseeing immigration to Quebec, Canada, is planning to reopen the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) in May or June this year. May/ June intake period The QSWP operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Quebec’s Minister of Immigration recently proposed a bill that, if passed, would likely result in Quebec implementing… More »

Finally…. A Trusted Immigration Consultancy In New Delhi

V&P aims to be the most trusted, knowledgeable immigration service provider in the whole of India. We’ve achieved this in Bangalore and now we’re expanding starting with New Delhi. Here is the information for our new V&P office in New Delhi: Address: 504 A, Chiranjiv Tower, 43 Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019 Number: 011 41625701 So if you live in New… More »

British Columbia to accept 50 applications for Skills Immigration Stream

British Columbia will be accepting 50 applications for Canadian permanent residence under the Skilled Immigration stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). These applications are dedicated to individuals in occupations that offer wages of $100,000 a year in the province. The occupations include: industrial and electrical engineers, software developers or technology professionals, senior construction, transportation, manufacturing and engineering… More »

Quebec Skilled Worker Program to Reopen November 4, 2015

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will reopen and will begin accepting postal applications starting November 4, 2015. The QSWP is a popular Canadian immigration program with successful applicants obtaining Canadian permanent resident status. A maximum of 6,300 applications will be received for this program. Unlike the Federal Skilled Worker Program using the Express Entry system, applications are considered individually,… More »

Sixteenth Express Entry draw: 1,517 candidates invited to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

On September 8, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has performed the sixteenth draw from the Express Entry pool, issuing 1,517 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with 459 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. These candidates can now submit an application for Canadian permanent residence. This latest draw is the seventh in which candidates without a qualifying job… More »

Immigration to Quebec to become easier

Immigration to the Canadian province of Quebec will become easier. The government of Quebec recently announced that candidates will need fewer points to be eligible for the Quebec Skilled Worker Programme (QSWP). In addition to lowering the number of points, they have also removed the adaptability requirement, which means that the capability of candidates to adapt to life in Quebec… More »

Harsh new penalties for those who abuse the Foreign Worker Program

Starting December 1st, the federal government will impose harsh penalties on employers who violate the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TSWP) or the International Mobility Program. The Minister said: “The Harper Government will not tolerate any abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program. We are committed to protecting the Canadian labour market and economy… More »

New requirements for getting and keeping your Canadian Citizenship

A series of changes have been made to the Canadian Citizenship Act, which make it a bit more difficult to become a Canadian citizen. One of the more important changes refers to the requirement that an individual must now reside in Canada for 4 years over a 6-year qualifying period. Let’s explain. BEFORE you had to reside in Canada for… More »

Supply of nurses falls in Canada for first time in almost 20 years

The supply of nurses in Canada has declined for the first time in almost 20 years, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). They have found that in 2014 there was a 0.3% decrease in the number of people holding an active nursing licence, compared to 2013. In addition, the supply of registered nurses… More »

Canada’s new regulations to spousal, common-law and conjugal partner sponsorship

The government of Canada has announced new regulations that apply to spousal, common-law and conjugal partner sponsorship for Canadian immigration. The new rules apply to permanent and temporary immigration programs. The new regulations refer to: 1. Raising the minimum age of eligibility from 16 to 18 years of age From now on, those who apply to immigrate to Canada as… More »

Top five reasons to work in Australia

Considering migrating to Australia to work but aren’t sure if it’s the right place for you? Here are five reasons why living and working in this country can improve the quality of your life. 1. Make some serious cash While it’s true that the cost of living in Australia is high, so is the pay. Australian employers offer some of the… More »

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have launched new Canadian immigration streams

The Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have each launched immigration streams to attract foreign skilled workers via the Express Entry system. The great news about these two new Canadian immigration streams is they don’t require a job offer from a Canadian employer in order to apply. Applicants will need to be eligible for at least one of… More »

Canada issues the 50,000th Parent And Grandparent Super Visa

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has announced that Canada has issued the 50,000th Parent and Grandparent Super Visa. This is a major milestone for this popular immigration program. The Super Visa, launched in December 2011, is 10-year multiple entry visa that enables parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to visit their family in Canada for… More »

Application fees for most Australian visa types to increase from 1 July 2015

The application fees for most visa types will increase from 1 July 2015. Read on to find out which visas type will become more expensive. Offshore application fees for family migration Currently it costs $4,630 to lodge a Partner Visa offshore versus $6,865 to lodge it in Australia. Starting 1st of July, offshore applicants will pay the same fee as… More »

Academics want a new Australian visa for low-skilled migrant workers

The 457 visa is the most popular route for high-skilled immigrants who wish to live and work in Australia. However, each year the Australian labour market receives a large number of low-skilled temporary migrant workers on other visas including work/ holiday visas as well as student or tourist visas. These foreign workers mostly work in the agriculture and hospitality industries… More »

Changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Canada has made several changes to its Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which were implemented on 30th of April. Until now, employers looking to hire foreign workers had to consider whether the wage for the occupation was above or below the provincial media wage, and whether the occupation was high or low skill. Skill levels are identified by their National… More »

Australians strongly support immigration, according to new poll

Nearly nine in ten Australian believe immigrants improve Australian society, according to the annual poll conducted by the Australia National University. The poll found that more than 80% of Aussies believe that immigrants are good for the economy. In addition, the percentage of respondents who think that immigrants take jobs away from Australia-born people has dropped to 29%. In addition,… More »

Canada welcomes first successful Express Entry applicants

Canada has welcomed the first three successful applicants who have applied for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry system. CIC announced in a press release that the applicants who will receive permanent resident status via the Express Entry system were an Irish citizen and two citizens from China. All three are now working in Ontario as skilled workers. CIC has… More »

Australia to issue a five million visas in 2015

For the first time, Australia is set to issue a record number of five million visas in 2015 to students, tourists and skilled workers in short-term visas. According to the Secretary of the Department of Immigration, Michael Pezzullo, as many as 1.9 million foreigners are likely to be in Australia at any given time this year. He also mentioned that… More »

Canada is the fifth happiest place on Earth

Canadians are the fifth happiest people in the world, according to new data from the 2015 World Happiness Report. The report examined 158 countries and took into account factors such as: Healthy years of life expectancy. Availability of social support. Generosity (i.e. how many people have donated to charity in the last month). Perceptions of corruption in government and business. Individuals’… More »

Proving language ability to immigrate to Canada

Have you taken your IELTS or TEF language test yet? Remember that you will need to sit a language test before you can think of immigrating to Canada. If you have taken and passed your language test, contact us today to see how we can help you and your family move to Canada. Why you need to sit a language… More »

The top highest paid jobs in Canada for 2015

If you want to live and work in Canada, find out which fields are hiring and which pay the most. Canadian Business magazine has ranked the top 20 professions in Canada so you can see which industries and professions offer a great salary and plenty of opportunity for growth. Here are the top five: Mining & Forestry Manager – Median… More »

Eighth Express Entry Draw

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have released the results for the eighth draw which was held on 18th of April 2015. In this latest draw they have issued 715 invitations to candidates in the pool with 453 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This is the second occasion in which number the number of invitations to apply has… More »

The percentage of overseas born Aussies at its highest point in 120 years

There is no doubt that Australia is among the top immigration destinations for individuals and families from all over the world. In fact, statistics show that it’s becoming more popular than even before. According to the latest statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), “the proportion of Australians who were born overseas has hit its highest point in 120… More »

The candidate’s complete guide to Canada’s Express Entry

Express Entry is Canada’s new electronic selection system for immigration. It was created to make it easier and quicker for skilled workers to immigrate to Canada, and for Canadian employers to find qualified workers to fill in vacant jobs. This new system is used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to select candidates for immigration to Canada using the following… More »

Top tips on choosing your immigration agent

After many years in this industry I have seen many people who are happy with their choice of agents. But I also see many who make the wrong decision. This may be down to a number of things and not necessarily because the agent is at fault, but the applicant based their choice of agent on the wrong criteria. Immigration… More »

Quebec has released its new areas of training list

Quebec has released its new areas of training list for the provinces’ Skilled Worker Program. The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) is a points-based immigration programme where points are awarded for several human capital factors, which also include a candidate’s area of training. The updated list is fantastic news, especially for applicants who are looking to immigrate to Quebec and… More »

New UK immigration rules coming into effect in April

The Home Office has recently released a Statement of Changes outlining the changes being made to the UK immigration Rules, many of which will take effect on 6 April 2015. Significant changes refer to application fees, the business visitor rules, and the introduction of a super premium service for applications submitted in the United States. Changes to Tier 2 Minimum… More »

Quebec announces new caps for 2015-2106 Skilled Worker Program

With the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) set to re-open later this year, the government of Quebec has announced that in 2015-2016 it will receive 6,300 applications from foreign skilled workers. Between April and July 2014, the QSWP has accepted 6,500 applications in only four months. This year, the application cap has been reduced by 200 to 6,300. The government… More »

Canada’s Express Entry at a glance [infographic]

Express Entry can be a complicated process, but this infographic from the Conference Board of Canada, an independent, not-for-profit research organisation in Canada, should help: You can view the infographic here.  

University of Toronto ranked as top school in Canada

University of Toronto has, once again, been ranked as the top school in Canada and one of the best in the world. According to the fifth annual Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings, the University of Toronto is the number one best school in Canada and the 16th in the world. “U of T scholars and students are doing brilliant… More »

Application process for International Experience Canada is now open

The 2015 application process for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program is now open. Youth citizens from 32 countries that have a mobility arrangement with Canada now have the chance to live and work in Canada for up to 24 months across three categories: Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International Co-op. Working Holiday This is a great opportunity for travellers… More »

Immigration South Australia introduces visa fees this year

South Australia is planning to introduce application fees later this year for both skilled and business visa nomination applicants. The introduction of the fees it meant to help discourage non-genuine or fraudulent applications, as well as duplicate applications which are slowing down the process. Below is the new fee structure: While there is no exact date on when these new… More »

The only two approved English language testing providers for UK visas

As of April 6, Trinity College London (TCL) and IELTS will be the only two approved providers of Secure English Language Testing (SELT) used to assess overseas student’s language capability and to support UK visa applications. Currently there are four designated SELT providers and starting from April 6 only TCL and IELTS may be used to prove English language proficiency in an immigration application.… More »

Ottawa to relax highly paid foreign worker rules at universities

The Canadian federal government will be relaxing the rules on how they hire temporary foreign workers after universities have repeatedly said that the new rules are making it difficult to recruit global academic talent. According to a new agreement between post-secondary institutions and the federal government, schools will no longer need to submit a plan on how they will transition… More »

Prince Edward Island launches Express Entry stream

The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) has announced that it will be launching an Express Entry stream. This means that candidates who have joined the Express Entry pool and are interested in living and working in PEI can also apply directly to their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to increase their changes to receive an invitation to apply for… More »

Important changes to the LMIA-Exempt Work Permits

Effective February 21, 2015, Canadian employers wanting to hire foreign workers for job positions that are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) will be required to submit information about their businesses. The LMIA-exempt Work Permit applications include Intra-Company Transfer, NAFTA Professional, and Reciprocal Benefit applications. In addition to seeking pre-approval to be able to hire foreign workers, Canadian… More »

Nine resume tips that will get you hired

With Canada’s Express Entry showing just how important it is to be proactive in the job market, now is the time to improve your resume. These quick tips will go a long toward getting you a job in Canada so read on. 1. Make sure to place your top skill and accomplishments at the top of your resume. This section… More »

What to do if your student visa is expiring

If you have completed your studies in December 2014, your Student Visa is likely to expire in mid March 2015. If you’d like to prolong your stay in Australia, read on to find out what your options are for extending your stay in Australia post-studies. OPTION 1: Apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) The 485 visa includes two streams:… More »

Indian tourists can now visit the UK and Ireland with a single visa

Indian tourists will no longer need to apply for two separate Visit Visas to be able to go to the UK and Ireland. Thanks to the newly released British Irish Visa Scheme, they can now apply for a single British and Ireland Visit Visa which allows them to travel to both countries on a single visa. This new scheme will… More »

Immigration, the main source of population growth in Canada

According to Statistics Canada, immigration continues to be the main source of population growth in Canadian cities. The latest population estimates show that as of July 1, 2014, there are 4 million people living in the Montreal metropolitan area and 6 million in greater Toronto. The main driver of growth in these Canadian cities is foreign immigrants. “International migration was… More »

Five rock-solid tips for when you make the move to Australia

Imagine that you’ve received the greatest news of all: you have been granted your Australian visa. A dream come true. But once this excitement fades away, you may begin to experience feelings of anxiety and fear. What if you don’t adapt easily? What if you can’t find a job? How will you manage financially? Don’t worry, we are here to… More »

First Express Entry draw: 779 candidates receive an ITA

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have issued the first invitations to apply for Canadian Immigration. 779 candidates have been selected from the Express Entry pool and have 60 days to submit a complete application for Canadian permanent residence. Each candidate had 886 points or more under the Comprehensive Ranking System. While most of those who have received an Invitation to… More »

Three things you probably didn’t know about 457 Work Visas

The 457 visa is one of the most popular visas that allows you to work in Australia for up to fours years. It’s also a great pathway to permanent residence. Here are three things you probably didn’t know about the 457 immigration programme. 1. The minimum wage is $53,900 To be eligible for a 457 visa, you will need to… More »

New Skilled Occupations List for New South Wales State Nomination

The New South Wales (NSW) government has released its updated list for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 as well as for the Skilled Regional Sponsored Subclass 489 visa. Which occupations have been added to the list? Several occupations have been added to the list for subclass 190 nomination including: IT Professionals: including ICT Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Analyst Programmer, Developer… More »

New South Wales nomination process in 2015

The New South Wales government has released more information on the 2015 state nomination process for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 visa From now on, applicants will have to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. NSW will then select applicants from SkillSelect and invite chosen candidates to lodge an application for NSW nomination. The application process The process… More »

Nova Scotia introduces new Express Entry immigration programme

Canada’s province of Nova Scotia has launched a new immigration programme for aspiring permanent residents called Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry. What’s particularly exciting about this new stream is that it gives migrants the opportunity to settle down in Canada without a job offer at hand. The stream has been allocated 350 applications for this year, bringing the total in 2015 to… More »

More nomination spaces for Manitoba and Saskatchewan under Express Entry

The provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan will receive additional provincial nomination spaces for the 2015 Nominee Programme. Saskatchewan will receive an additional 775 provincial nomination spots under Express Entry, which means that it will have a total of 5,500 immigration nominations accepted in 2015. This is a 16% increase on the 2014 total. Saskatchewan currently has the lowest unemployment rate of… More »

Australia will increase Partner Visa application fees by 50% from January 1st, 2015

The Australian Government will increase the charges for Partner Visa applications by 50% from 1st of January 2015.  The increase will apply to permanent Partner visa subclasses (combined 309/100 and 820/801) and the prospective marriage visa (subclass 300). Here are the new Partner Visa application fees: Provisional and permanent partner visas – currently $3085 increased to $4627.50 Prospective marriage visa… More »

Canada planning to launch new Investor immigration program

Canada released more information on its proposal to launch a new Investor immigration program to attract wealthy immigrants who are willing to invest a minimum of two million Canadian dollars into a venture-capital fund. The Government said that this would be a pilot program and that they will being accepting applications in January. Some of the details were first reported by… More »

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