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Newsletter 15 April 2012

Posted on May 2, 2012
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Sydney plans to attract ‘best and brightest’

It is part of an initiative by New South Wales, Australia’s biggest state, which wants to quadruple its annual intake of skilled migrants, up to 7,200. It also includes plans to extend post-study work rights for international students. New South Wales (NSW) has historically had a low intake of skilled migrants, considering its population of 7.2 million is about one third of the country’s population.

Australia a world leader in skilled migration

Australia is leading the world in removing barriers for foreign workers with an agenda for ready recognition of overseas credentials which is “radical in global terms”, according to a world authority on skilled labour migration. The country’s skilled migration program had undergone a revolution from permanent to temporary entry and from points-tested to employer-nominated as the dominant basis of entry, said Lesleyanne Hawthorne, a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on migrant labour to meet global skills shortages.Read More Articles:


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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces its Intention to Create a New Skilled Trades Program

To fill Canada’s growing labour shortages in construction, natural resources and similar industries, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced plans today to make it easier for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada.

Canada looks to speed entry of skilled foreign workers

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the government will modify its Federal Skilled Worker Program, which has been skewed towards professionals, to try to attract trades people and other skilled workers that are in short supply in Canada during the current commodities boom.The new system will also increase the role of employers in the immigration system, allowing them to fill vital jobs faster.

Canada pledges to get rid of skilled worker visa programme backlog

Officials in Canada have pledged to eliminate the backlog in the country’s economic immigration programme to make the system faster and more flexible.

Canada wants foreign workers credentials to be assessed before they move

Canada is proposing a major change to how foreign skilled workers’ education credentials are assessed, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced.The proposed new requirement would mean that applicants wanting to immigrate as Federal Skilled Workers would have their foreign education credentials assessed and verified by designated organisations before they arrive in Canada.Read more at

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New Zealand announces plans to simplify Visa process

The government of New Zealand has revealed plans to resculpt its immigration policy in an attempt to attract more immigrantsThe rolling out of the Immigration Global Management System, for instance, which will allow more applications to be made online, will reduce waiting times.Read More articles on New Zealand Immigration on

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Increased funds required for UK Tier 2 visa applicants from 14 June 2012

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced that they will increase the funds required to satisfy the maintenance requirement for Tier 2 visas applicants. The changes go into effect from 14 June 2012.

This follows a written ministerial statement from 15 March 2012 that outlines a number of changes to the Immigration Rules, including the closure of the Tier 1 Post Study Work route on 6 April 2012.

No Change to the Immigration Cap for Two Years

Immigration Minister, Damian Green, has confirmed that the Tier 2 (General) immigration cap will remain at its current level of 20,700 until April 2014.The announcement follows the recommendation made by the Migration Advisory Committee in February that no change should be made.

No bar on migration of skilled workers: UK

The UK government on Wednesday allayed fears on its new migration policy, saying its decision was not meant to close doors on skilled workers from other countries. “We will continue to welcome those who can fill gaps in the labour market which can’t be filled by UK residents,” British high commissioner to India, James Bevan CMG, said. Read more at


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Job bank to fast-track skilled immigrants

The federal government plans to create a global job bank to bring in more skilled foreign workers. Every application from a prospective skilled foreign worker will go into an online pool, and provincial governments and employers will have the ability to cherry-pick potential employees who will have their applications fast-tracked.Click or Search for Overseas Jobs on our 100% Overseas Jobsite


Skilled-Worker Visas See a Surge in Demand

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received 25,600 petitions for H-1B visas since April 2, nearly twice as many as it received for the entire first month of last year’s application period.The agency began accepting H-1B petitions last week for jobs with a start date of Oct. 1 or later, typically in computer programming, engineering and other high-tech fields where there is sometimes a shortage of qualified Americans.Read our articles on


Asian recruiters on the prowl for IT managers

The technology jobs market in China, Hong Kong and Singapore is picking up in 2012 despite continued uncertainty for firms exporting to the US and Europe, with growing opportunities for ex-pat IT pros, according to recruiters. All IT news and articles at


Germany to make labour market attractive for foreigners

Germany will make its labour market more attractive for specialists from abroad, especially from non-EU countries, under a new law that would expedite the process of recognition of foreign educational qualifications. Recognition of educational qualifications acquired abroad will send a strong message to foreign specialists and skilled workers that “you are highly valued, appreciated and respected in this country,” Federal Minister for Education Annette Schavan said. Read Moreabout Denmark & the Danish Green Card at


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Pension for Indian expats from May 1

Pension for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) will become a reality from May 1, 2012, Vayalar Ravi, the Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, said at a press conference in Dubai today.The government has promised to contribute almost 50 per cent of what the NRI’s contribute towards their pension fund in case of men and almost double the amount in case of female members.Expats read articles at

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US Hikes Visa Fee

Department of State of the United States of America has announced that it will adjust its visa processing fees, effective April 13, 2012. Under the new regime, the fee for most non-immigrant visa applications and border crossing cards will increase, while all immigrant visa processing fees will decrease.

New visa application forms being introduced in the UK

The UK Border Agency is changing the forms that need to be used to apply for visas in certain categories from Friday 06 April.The visa categories affected are Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur), Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 2, Tier 4 (General), Tier 4 (Child), Tier 5 (Temporary worker), PBS Dependant, FLR(O) to extend your stay, FLR(BUS) to extend your stay in specific categories, and TOC to transfer a visa to a new passport.Visit for more consulate news and visa updates

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Australia launches an education portal for Indians

Indian students looking to study in Australia will now be able to use a new website, MyUniversity (, to select a suitable university for them. The website was launched recently by the Australian minister for tertiary education and skills, Senator Chris Evans, who said students, will now have access to relevant, up-to-date information to help them make the right choices.

New Zealand Casts Itself as Destination for International Students

New Zealand, with a population of just 4.4 million, may be best known for its wine, sheep and spectacular scenery, but it is increasingly seeking to present itself as an affordable, high-quality alternative to traditional education destinations like the United States, Britain and Australia.


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