Canada to welcome more French-speaking skilled immigrants with new changes to Express Entry

Canadians are building a world-leading innovation economy. One way to do this is by making improvements to Express Entry—Canada’s flagship skilled-worker immigration application management system.

Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy.

Starting on June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills. These additional points represent an important change that will contribute to the growth, vitality and prosperity of Francophone minority communities across Canada.

Other changes to the Express Entry system planned for June include points for candidates with siblings in Canada and voluntary registration with Job Bank.

Australia abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

Australian government has announced to abolishes subclass 457 visa program which mostly affect Indian.

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New added points in CRS for French Language skills: Canada Express Entry

Canadian government has announced to award extra points in CRS ranking system for strong French language skills holder from June 1, 2017. For detailed information please open below link:


French Language Classes

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CRS Requirement Continues to Fall After Recent Changes to Canada Express Entry PR

A positive end to 2016 for Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada has carried into 2017, with larger draws and a consistent decline in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirement providing much cause for optimism.

EU education systems analyzed in the European Semester – strengths and challenges after PISA

The 27 Europe country reports published today track the progress made my European Union member states towards Europe 2020 targets and the dual goal of growth and jobs.

Following the recently published PISA 2015 results , which showed a decline in science, reading and maths skills compared to PISA 2012 across
the EU as a whole, these reports shine a light on both challenges and strengths of the education systems and how they affect the labor market
and the economy of individual Member States.

In education, the Commission analyzed the extent to which the skills produced by education systems are in line with labor market needs and how
they contribute to competitiveness and innovation potential of the countries. It also focused on measures to reduce the numbers of early school
leavers and to increase the share of graduates from tertiary education. In the wake of PISA, there is a particularly strong focus on low
educational performance – the frequently widening performance gap between low achievers and the rest, the very clear socio-economic basis for
this gap and the particular challenges faced by pupils from a migrant background.

The Semester in Europe is the EU’s annual cycle of economic policy coordination. Every year, the Commission undertakes a detailed analysis of European Union countries’ budgetary, macroeconomic and structural policies as a basis for issuing recommendations on key policy priorities for each country. The recommendations will be published by the Commission in May 2017 and officially adopted by the Council in July 2017.

For more information, see the European Semester page of the European Commission’s website.

Urgent Notice: Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

February 4, 2017

Urgent Notice: Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was suspended. An order issued by a U.S. District Court in Washington state on February 3, 2017 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, , “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Accordingly, U.S. embassies and consulates will resume scheduling visa appointments for these nationals.

The Department of State had also, under the Executive Order, provisionally revoked all valid visas of nationals of those seven countries.  That provisional revocation is now lifted, and those visas are now valid for travel to the United States, if the holder is otherwise eligible.  Individuals whose visas are expired, or were physically cancelled, must apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, absent a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) decision to grant parole or waive the visa requirement at the port of entry.  We are looking further into this issue and will revise this site with any updates.

We will announce any other changes affecting travelers to the United States as soon as that information is available.

UK remains largest G20 investor and job creator in India

The second edition of CBI’s Sterling Assets India report, supported by PwC and the UK India Business Council, stated that the UK was responsible for 8% of all Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into India between 2000 and 2016. In the same period, the UK was also the largest FDI job creator in India contributing 371,000 jobs, 10% of all positions created by FDI.

British companies in India currently employ around 788,000 people, some representing over 1 in 20 in India’s organised private sector.

British High Commissioner to India, Dominic Asquith said:

The economic and strategic relationship between India and the UK contributes centrally to the prosperity and security of both countries. The vitality of the trade and investment relationship is demonstrated once again by the UK remaining India’s largest G20 investor of the 21st century, as the report shows.

Indian investors also find the UK a lucrative market, as our third largest overseas investor and second largest job creator. This superhighway of investment and jobs only strengthens the living bridge of people, ideas, technology, culture and science between the UK and India, providing real-world benefits for both countries.

The report also highlights key areas of British investments with the chemicals sector receiving the lion’s share at $6.1 billion (25% of UK FDI), followed by drugs and pharmaceuticals at $4.1 billion (17%) and food processing at $3.2 billion (14%).

Between 2000 and 2016, the UK invested $24.07 billion in India – increasing its investment by $1.87 billion between 2015 and 2016 – representing 8% of all FDI into the country.

The report also highlights key areas of British investments with the chemicals sector receiving the lion’s share at $6.1 billion (25% of UK FDI), followed by drugs and pharmaceuticals at $4.1 billion (17%) and food processing at $3.2 billion (14%).

Between 2000 and 2016, the UK invested $24.07 billion in India – increasing its investment by $1.87 billion between 2015 and 2016 – representing 8% of all FDI into the country.

Essential Skills in Demand List review 2016

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has completed its annual review of two of the Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). The Ministry regularly reviews the ESID lists to ensure that they meet the changing needs of the labour market, and to ensure opportunities for New Zealanders first.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

The LTSSL identifies occupations that have an absolute (sustained and ongoing) shortage of skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand. Migrants who gain employment in one of these occupations may be granted a work visa under the LTSSL Work to Residence or Essential Skills instructions. Migrants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category may gain bonus points towards their application if they have an offer of employment, work experience or qualifications in an area of absolute skill shortage identified on the LTSSL.

The outcomes of the review of the LTSSL are to:

Remove the following occupations for which there is no longer a shortage:

  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (this has been added to the ISSL for all regions of New Zealand)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  • Ship’s Engineer
  • Ship’s Master
  • Ship’s Officer
  • Retain Chef on the LTSSL.

Immediate Skill Shortage List

The ISSL identifies occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers either throughout New Zealand or in certain regions. Migrants wishing to work in occupations on the ISSL may be granted work visas under Essential Skills instructions if they meet the specified qualifications and/or experience requirements.

The outcomes of the review of the ISSL are to:

  • add the following 7 occupations:
    • Bricklayer (a)
    • Cabler (Data and Telecommunications) (c)
    • Composite Technician (c)
    • Floor Finisher (b)
    • Stonemason(a)
    • Telecommunications Cable Jointer (c)
    • Telecommunications Technician (c)

(a) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island region.

(b) only for the Auckland/Upper North Island and Waikato/Bay of Plenty regions.

(c) for all regions of New Zealand

  • remove the following 2 occupations for which there is no longer a shortage:
    • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
    • Upholsterer

Timing of changes

The ESID changes will take effect on 27 February 2017.  Further work is currently being carried out to review the requirements which migrants need to satisfy to apply for a work visa or a residence visa using the skill shortage lists. This includes a review of qualifications in association with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and some other changes to ensure that the requirements for using the lists are appropriate for the shortages.

Effect on Skilled Migrant residence applicants

If you are currently seeking New Zealand residence through the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC), the changes to the LTSSL could affect you.

  • If you have an expression of interest in the SMC pool on 27 February 2017, and have claimed points for an occupation or qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage, you should check that you are still eligible for the points you have claimed. The updated LTSSL will apply to your expression of interest.
  • If your expression of interest was selected from the pool before 27 February 2017, or if you have already been invited to apply or have applied under the SMC you will not be affected by these changes.  The LTSSL that was in place before 27 February will apply to your application

The USA and China to Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

The United States will begin issuing visas in accordance with a new reciprocal arrangement on November 12, 2014. Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel. Qualified Chinese students and exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for F, M, or J-category visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years or the length of their program. U.S. citizens eligible for Chinese short term business and tourist visas should also receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 10 years, while qualified U.S. students may receive student residency permits valid up to five years, depending on the length of their educational program.

Recognizing 70 years of Canadian Citizenship

January 3, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) hosted a special citizenship ceremony today at the Supreme Court of Canada with 26 individuals invited to kick off Canada 150 celebrations and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Citizenship Act.

The event resembled the first Canadian citizenship ceremony held 70 years ago, on January 3, 1947, at the Supreme Court chamber. On that day, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King received the first Canadian citizenship certificate, numbered 0001.

Funds Transfer Scheme

» Propose to allow Indian students to have the ability to open a savings account with ANZ bank while still in India and deposit and amount equivalent to the living cost of money for one year.

» The amount deposited will be locked in for a period of 12 months and the student will only have the ability to withdraw 1/12th of the total living cost of money in any given month.

» In the event the student terminates his study and intends to return to India the outstanding amount in the savings account along with the accrued interest will be remitted back to a bank account in India. Letter from institution confirming termination and return air tickets will need to be provided.

» Aim is to facilitate processing of student visa applications from Indian people who want to go to newzealand to study is an option for Indian students to prove their financial ability

» Reduced documentation for demonstrating financial ability of sponsors

» Not a mandatory requirement but an option

» Can be done through andy bank in India

» At this stage only ANZ bank is provideing this service in NZ

» Has proven successful in chaina

GIC (Graduate Investment Certificate)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched a new process for showing living fund that is called GIC (Graduate Investment Certificate). GIC is very a simple and transparent process. Knowledge of GIC will help students planning to go Canada for study.

To apply for GIC, student will have to follow few steps and submit documents to the required authority. Let’s look at the steps in a very easy form:

STEP 1: Student will email following documents to Scotia bank

– Copy of Passport (picture and last page with signature)

– Copy of Acceptance/Offer letter from institution

– Signed GIC Program Application Form

STEP 2: Scotia bank will send e-mail to student to submit 10,050 CA$ in account.

STEP 3: Student remits the $10,050 in Scotia Bank

STEP 4: Scotia Bank issues GIC to student and sends confirmation mail as soon as they have receive the Amount

STEP 5: Put this GIC along with other documents in visa file.

Post Study Work in Australia

» New post-study work visa arrangements are proposed for introduction in early 2013.

» Certain graduates of an Australian Bachelor degree, Masters by coursework degree, Masters by research degree or Doctoral degree will have access to the post-study work visa.

» To be eligible for the post-study work visa, students must have completed their studies in Australia while on a student visa.

» In the last six months before applying for the visa, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree (or a higher level course such as a Masters or Doctoral degree) obtained in Australia.

» English language, health, character and security requirements will need to be met and evidence of adequate health insurance for the duration of the visa will need to be provided

» The English language requirement will be competent English, which is a minimum score of 6 in each of the four components of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or the equivalent score in another English language test that may be specified by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship for use with this visa.

» Graduates who have completed a Bachelor degree or Masters by coursework degree in Australia will be eligible to apply for a two year post-study work visa.

» Graduates who have completed a Masters by research degree or a Doctoral degree in Australia will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa for three or four years respectively.

Immigrant Visa Applicants Required to Complete DS-260 prior to Visa Interview

According to the US Embassy in Manila, starting October 2, applicants for immigrant visas to the United States are required to complete a DS-260 online immigrant visa application before attending their visa interview appointment.

To complete and submit DS-260 forms online at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac, immigrant visa applicants must have:

• Internet access

• Your NVC Case Number

• Your Invoice I.D. number

Applicants who appear for an interview without completed application forms have to wait three to six weeks after their original appointment in order to reschedule the interview at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ph or by calling the Embassy’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (632) 982-5555 / (632) 902-8930.

“To avoid lengthy delays, please complete the DS-260 well in advance of your interview date,” the embassy said.

If you are interested in Visas to the USA, contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our Visa Assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to the United States of America.

Federal Skilled Worker Occupations Continue To Cap Out

With two more eligible occupations for the current Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) having capped out so far this month, potential candidates are rushing to file their applications before the end of 2014. This is due to the fact that until December 31, candidates may apply directly for Canadian permanent residence under the program. As of January 1, 2015 and the launch of the Express Entry immigration selection system, this will no longer be the case.

The current FSWP has a list of eligible occupations deemed in demand in Canada, with 47 of the original 50 occupations remaining open, according to the most recent information provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Under Express Entry, an eligible occupations list is not scheduled to be a factor under the FSWP. Consequently, individuals who are eligible for the current FSWP and who have at least one year of work experience in the last 10 years in an eligible occupation that has not yet capped out should apply for Canadian permanent residence before December 31, 2014. Each occupation has a cap of 1,000 applications accepted for assessment by CIC.

At the time of writing, the occupations that have capped out are:

• Financial and investment analysts (NOC 1112)

• Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)

• Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)

An interesting phenomenon evident in recent weeks is that even though the Express Entry system will invite a number of eligible candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence under the renewed FSWP, people are demonstrating a sense of urgency and scrambling to submit their applications under the current FSWP. Moreover, candidates are realising that any delay in submitting an application would entail the risk of their occupation being capped out, and so they are making sure to submit their applications as soon as possible.

“Individuals who are still preparing an application under the current FSWP are under time constraints on two fronts. While previously they may have been completely focused on submitting a complete application before the December 31 deadline, they are now realising that should also be wary of the increasing number of eligible occupations that are capping out,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“There is a lot to be said for being in control and managing one’s own destiny — it brings peace of mind. As the saying goes, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. My advice to anybody thinking of applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program would be to apply as soon as possible before more occupations become capped out, which seems inevitable as we approach the scheduled launch of Express Entry, and while they are able to apply directly for Canadian permanent residence.”

Individuals hoping to apply under the FSWP before December 31 should be aware of all eligibility criteria and, if they have not already done so, take a language test in either English or French. Proving language proficiency in an official language of Canada is mandatory for all applicants, and it can take some time to arrange and pass a language test. All people applying under the FSWP must also get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of their completed foreign educational credentials.

Language testing and the requirement to obtain an ECA are scheduled to remain in place for the FSWP once Express Entry is launched, but eligible occupation lists are not.

India Ranks Second in the Number of US Student Visa Applications

According to the US Consulate in Chennai, the number of students applying for the student visa has increased by 40 percent which has made India the second largest number of foreign students applying to study in the US.

Speaking at the inauguration of the US Universities Fair recently, Consul General Phillip Min said that there are over one lakh students from India in US universities and out of the total number of students who were studying abroad, more than half were studying in the STEM subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

The regional officer of the United States India Education and Foundation said that there was an increasing interest from the students of high schools apart from the graduate students to pursue their higher education abroad.

Besides their main subjects, students can choose others such as Sports, Arts or Computers.

If you are interested in Visas to the USA, contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our Visa Assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to the United States of America.