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 time for Australian Visas

DIBP has made several changes to the processing time for Australian Visas. 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 time for Australian Visas can be impacted by a number of factors, such as: Whether… 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) – New occupation list 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… 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 Australia- 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 Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List, 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… 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 »