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 know how to Calculate Your Comprehensive Ranking Score based on your profile. How CRS scores are calculated A CRS score is… 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 dependent child age limit from  “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 and who rely on their… More »