NEWSLETTER No. 36 - September 2011

Immigration UK visaUNITED KINGDOM – TIER 2 (GENERAL) VISAS STILL AVAILABLE, DESPITE QUOTA

The UK government have now launched a consultation on reforming UK family migration, particularly partner migration (which includes married spouses, civil partners and unmarried partners).

The consultation is open until 6 Oct 2011. Some of the key proposals that the government is wishing to consult on include;

Requiring specific income / maintenance levels for British citizens / residents to sponsor partners

Increasing the probationary period for settlement from 2 to 5 years 

Asking applicants to demonstrate why their combined attached to the UK is greater than to any other country

The overall tone of the proposals as detailed in the consultation seems to be one of restricting the rights of partners to move to the UK with their British citizen partner. Indeed, it is worrying when one sees references to Denmark’s immigration system in the documents, which has long been seen as one of the most restrictive and inflexible in Europe.
 
* Our free Online Assessment Form

* United Kingdom info page with the latest migration news


Immigration UK visaUNITED KINGDOM - FAMILY MIGRATION CONSULTATION

The UK government have now launched a consultation on reforming UK family migration, particularly partner migration (which includes married spouses, civil partners and unmarried partners).

The consultation is open until 6 Oct 2011. Some of the key proposals that the government is wishing to consult on include;

Requiring specific income / maintenance levels for British citizens / residents to sponsor partners

Increasing the probationary period for settlement from 2 to 5 years 

Asking applicants to demonstrate why their combined attached to the UK is greater than to any other country

The overall tone of the proposals as detailed in the consultation seems to be one of restricting the rights of partners to move to the UK with their British citizen partner. Indeed, it is worrying when one sees references to Denmark’s immigration system in the documents, which has long been seen as one of the most restrictive and inflexible in Europe.


* United Kingdom info page with the latest migration news


Immigration UK visaUNITED KINGDOM - EEA APPLICATIONS


The UK Border Agency has revised the application forms for EEA applications.

These forms should be used by EEA and Swiss nationals who are exercising treaty rights in the UK and their family members who wish to apply for a document to confirm their right of residence in the UK. The forms now include additional details on the evidence required to demonstrate comprehensive sickness insurance.

The revised forms (version 06/2011) should be used for all applications made on or after 20 June 2011. 

EEA2 Family Permit UK visasWe have extensive experience in EEA applications, please visit our dedicated EEA webpage and obtain your free EEA guide (emailed directly to you) providing detailed information on making applications, supporting documents and specialist advice. See our EEA webpage at:

* EEA info page with free Guide on EEA applications


NEWSLETTER - Subscribe to keep updated!

We are sending a newsletter on a periodic basis to update you on new developments and changes in all matters relating to migration.

Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to your friends and family. Newsletter will be archived on our web site as well.

Subscribe to our newsletter at info@commonwealthimmigration.com 


Previous Newsletters on migration issues:
 
Newsletter 1 - January 2007
  Newsletter 2 - March 2007
  Newsletter 3 - April 2007
  Newsletter 4 - May 2007
  Newsletter 5 - May 2007 - In Focus: Australia
  Newsletter 6 - June 2007
  Newsletter 7 - July 2007
  Newsletter 8 - August 2007
  Newsletter 9 - October 2007
  Newsletter 10 - November 2007
  Newsletter 11 - December 2007
  Newsletter 12 - February 2008
  Newsletter 13 - March 2008
  Newsletter 14 - June 2008

  Newsletter 15 - July 2008
  Newsletter 16 - September 2008
  Newsletter 17 - November 2008
  Newsletter 18 - December 2008
  Newsletter 19 - January 2009

  Newsletter 20 - February 2009
  Newsletter 21 - April 2009
  Newsletter 22 - June 2009
  Newsletter 23 - August 2009
  Newsletter 24 - October 2009
  Newsletter 25 - December 2009
  Newsletter 26 - February 2010
  Newsletter 27 - March 2010
  Newsletter 28 - June 2010
  Newsletter 29 - July 2010
  Newsletter 30 - September 2010
  Newsletter 31 - November 2010
  Newsletter 32 - December 2010
  Newsletter 33 - February 2011
  Newsletter 34 - April 2011
  Newsletter 35 - June 2011



Contact us


Commonwealth Immigration Consultants Ltd.

based in London and Cambridge

Tel. +44 (0) 1223 830 916
Email: info@commonwealthimmigration.com 

Australia Immigration and ResidencyAUSTRALIA - NEW WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Now that the new Australian points system has been in place for a couple of months, we are starting to see how this is impacting on the pre-application skills assessment process. 

Perhaps the most significant change is the new role taken on by many skills assessment bodies in relation to assessing work experience. 

Previously, the main role of such skills assessment bodies was to review the entry requirements (i.e. qualifications) of the applicant to that particular occupation. 

So, for instance, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) would assess the qualifications and professional registration of an overseas nurse to make sure he / she met the Australian standard to be a Nurse. 
This role of the ANMC (and indeed of many other skills assessment bodies) has now been expanded to also review relevant work experience. This includes work experience for the purpose of claiming points in a residence visa application. 

So, now it seems that the Department of Immigration will defer to the skills assessment bodies evaluation of the applicant’s work experience, when deciding whether to allocate points or not. This was previously a major function of the Department of Immigration during the residence visa application. 

Consequently, applicants need to fully understand the importance of submitting a comprehensive application AT THE SKILLS ASSESSMENT STAGE, to be sure of claiming work experience points. This is now vital to a successful overall application. 

If you are interested in moving to Australia, then please complete the Online Assessment form on our website so we can see if you qualify on the new system for skills assessment and work experience.

* Our free Online Assessment Form

* Australia info page with the latest migration news


Australia Immigration and ResidencySOUTH AUSTRALIA - STATE SPONSORSHIP


A new list of occupations for State Sponsored Migration has been placed on the website of Immigration South Australia.

This list is extensive and includes high availability occupations and those with special criteria. South Australia has always been a very pro-active state in trying to attract overseas migrants.

However, the application procedure is bureaucratic and time consuming. Very little flexibility is shown by case officers in assessing applications.If you are interested in moving to South Australia, then why not contact us through our website and we can see if we can help you

* Australia info page with the latest migration news


Australia Immigration and ResidencyUNITED STATES - GREEN CARD LOTTERY TO BE SCRAPPED ?

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has moved to abolish the Diversity Visa Program (Green Card Lottery) by approving the Security and Fairness Enhancement (SAFE) for America Act in a 19-11 vote. 

John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, is one of the bill’s opponents and says that scrapping the Green Card Lottery would make it nearly impossible for Africans to immigrate legally to the U.S., and it would make it harder for all prospective immigrants to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States. Conyers says he wants to improve the Diversity Visa Program rather than abolishing it, and ads that the U.S. immigration system would look very different if it didn’t have the visa lottery, “and not in a good way.” 

The bill now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives. According to many politicians, the Green Card Lottery is open to fraud and gives opportunity to terrorists, thus compromising national U.S. security. 

Bob Goodlatte, Republican from Virginia who introduced the bill, agrees that the visa program is a threat to national security, and says the U.S. Immigration system should be based on the county’s needs rather than on pure luck on behalf of a small number of applicants. 

The first Diversity Visa green cards were issued in 1995, and since that time more than 785,000 visas have been awarded to applicants who won the lottery. The Diversity Visa Program was created in 1990 to make the immigrant population in the U.S. more diverse.

* Our free Online Assessment Form

* USA info page with the latest migration news


Commonwealth ImmigrationKEEP UP TO DATE THROUGH OUR
IMMIGRATION BLOG
– UPDATED FREQUENTLY

BLOG  http://immigration-newsletter.blogspot.com


Teaching Australia Immigration and VisaE-book  TEACHING AUSTRALIA 


Are you a Teacher looking to work or study in Australia?
Then you should visit www.teaching-australia.com 


We hope that this newsletter has been informative for you.  However, remember everyone's circumstances are different so if you or a friend or family member want to check your eligibility to emigrate then either

1) complete the Online Assessment form on our website www.commonwealthimmigration.com or
2) give us a call on +44 (0) 1223 830 916

We would love to hear from you!

Regards
Tim McMahon
Commonwealth Immigration
www.commonwealthimmigration.com

  Free appraisal service

  What country? What visa?

  Our services
  What our clients say?

  Online assesment



Commonwealth Immigration Consultants
UK Government Registered Immigration Consultants No. F200100020

Member of the Association of Regulated Immigration Advisers (ARIA)
Affiliate Member of the Australian Institute of Migration
 
Commonwealth Immigration Consultants Ltd. | info@commonwealthimmigration.com