UNITED KINGDOM – MORE RESTRICTIONS

The UK Immigration Minister has outlined some of his future plans in a major policy speech.

Changes to be implemented in the new few months will include further changes to family migration and reforms to settlement, breaking the link between temporary and permanent migration

The changes to family migration are expected to include much tougher provisions on sponsoring overseas spouses to settle in the UK. A minimum income figure for the UK sponsor is likely to be introduced.

Furthermore, the government plans to implement a much longer probationary period before spouse visa holders can become permanent residents. This may be increased from 2 to 5 years.

NEWSLETTER No. 21 – April 2009

UNITED KINGDOM – NEW RULES CLARIFIED

The government have now clarified the April 1st changes to the UK Tier 1 General (Highly Skilled) category.
All new applicants applying in this category will need to have a minimum qualification of a Masters degree and previous earnings equivalent to UK £20,000 (adjusted for different countries).

The new rules do not apply to those already in the UK on a Tier 1 General visa or the previous HSMP visa, who are extending their status while in the UK.

However, they do apply to those in the UK such as students or work permit holders changing their UK status.

Also, the rules have now been changed for the Tier 1 Post Study Work visa. From April 1st, applicants who have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate (unless it is a PGCE Postgraduate Certificate in Education) will not be eligible for this visa. There is no change for applicants who have a UK Bachelors degree or postgraduate degree.

 

AUSTRALIA – CHANGES IN PRIORITY PROCESSING

The Department of Immigration have announced that between now and the end of the visa year (30 June 2009) they will only be priority processing applications who occupations are on the Critical Skills List or who are sponsored by a State government.
Once the new visa program year commences on 1 July 2009, we expect processing of visa applications to resume in chronological order.
The Department have not announced any change in criteria or increase in the relevant Pass Mark (for points tested applicants). Applications can continue to be submitted as normal.
It is important to emphasise that Australia is still looking to attract migrants. However this change, which runs until 30 June 2009, allows States to target those occupations that are in demand in that particular State. The overall number of residence visas to be granted is only slightly reduced.
Increasingly, State Nomination is proving to be an option for many applicants and we can assist applicants with this.
This allows States to sponsor migrants who they need and these applications are fast-tracked for permanent residency. Some examples of in demand occupations in certain States include;

Western Australia – Plumbers, Child Care Managers, Plasterers, Hairdressers, Queensland – Secondary School Teachers, Electricians, Carpenters, Welders South Australia – Nurses, Accountants, Toolmakers, Bricklayers, Victoria – Motor Mechanics, Sheet Metal Workers, Engineers, Social Workers
These are just a few brief examples of different occupations in demand in different States. All States can sponsor many more occupations than this.
Please contact us for more information.

Also for HAIRDRESSERS – the next practical assessments by the Queensland Hairdressing Academy (QHA) in the UK and Ireland, will be facilitated in the first and second weeks of May.

This QHA practical assessment is for those applicants who do not have formal qualifications to demonstrate their Hairdressing skills.

Final locations are yet to be set – but at this stage, they are likely to be in London, Manchester, Glasgow and possibly Dublin. Interested applicants will be advised of exact locations and venues over the next few weeks.

Please contact us for more information if you are a Hairdresser looking to move to Australia.

CANADA – FOCUS ON ALBERTA

The Province of Alberta is increasingly becoming one of the most popular destinations for migrants to Canada.
The 2 main cities of Calgary and Edmonton are home to the majority of the 3.5 million people who live in Alberta. The population growth last year was twice the Canadian average – largely due to immigration.

Much of the growth in the Alberta economy comes from its huge exports of oil and gas. Other important sectors include forestry, tourism and information technology. The unemployment rate is the lowest in Canada.

The Government of Alberta are allowed to nominate applicants directly through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). This allows applications through many different categories such as for Skilled Workers, International Graduates, Semi-Skilled Workers, Self-Employed Farmers and the Family Stream for those who have a relative living in Alberta.

The AINP is an excellent route to gain entry to Canada’s fastest growing economy with categories to suit many different types of applicants.

If you wish to be considered for immigration to Alberta either through the Federal Skilled Worker or the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program, then please complete an Online Assessment form on our website

 

Launch of Australian Skill Select System

The Australian government have launched the Skill Select website which will be operational from July 2012.

SkillSelect is an online system that enables skilled workers interested in migrating to Australia to record their details to be considered for a skilled visa through an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Intending migrants could be found and nominated for skilled visas by Australian employers or state and territory governments, or they could be invited by the Australian Government to lodge a visa application.

Although an Expression of Interest cannot yet be submitted, please feel free to contact us for information on migrating to Australia