NEWSLETTER No. 34 - April 2011


The UK government have announced a number of changes to UK immigration over a range of categories. 

Perhaps the most important change relates to applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or settlement. Such applications will now be points tested for those in the UK on HSMP visas, Tier 1 General visas or other points tested visa categories such as Investors or Entrepreneurs.

Previously, such applications were relatively straightforward after accruing the necessary 5 years in the appropriate category. This has now changed and applicants need to ensure they can score enough points to obtain ILR.

Points are again awarded for factors such as age, qualifications and earnings. Applicants now need to ensure they plan an application well in advance to ensure they can score the necessary points through earnings etc.

The following are some of the other key changes;

The Post Study Work visa will be abolished after April 2012.

The Worker Registration Scheme for citizens of countries that joined the EU in 2004 will be closed and all such work restrictions will finish. 

The Certificate of Approval scheme (which requires non EEA nationals to obtain permission before being allowed to marry in the UK) is to be abolished in May 2011.

New rules to encourage Investors and Entrepreneurs to move to the UK have been introduced.

(Contact us for more info on Tier 1 extension after April 2011)

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visa Canada migration CANADA – IMMIGRATION CHANGES?

The Canadian government have launched a new consultation on changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

The points for age and English language ability are marked out as areas that could be changed - i.e. giving more points for younger applicants and those who speak advanced English.

The main areas of consultation include;

• requiring federal skilled workers to have a minimum level of language proficiency; 

• making the program more accessible to skilled tradespeople, technicians and apprentices; 

• placing greater emphasis on younger immigrants who will adapt more easily and be active members of the work force for a longer time frame; 

• redirecting points from work experience to other factors that better contribute to success in the Canadian work force; and 

• reducing the potential for fraudulent job offers. 

Are you interested in moving to Canada. Please visit our website

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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

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Tel. +44 (0) 1223 830 916

Immigration consultants AustraliaAUSTRALIA - NEW POINTS SYSTEM IN JULY

Effective from July 1st 2011, a new points system will be introduced for general skilled migration to Australia.

The final details of the new points system have yet to be announced but we understand the following will be some of the key changes;

Increased points for “superior” level English

Removing the points difference for various occupations on the Skilled Occupations List so that all occupations are rated equally.

Changing the points brackets for age and increasing the upper age limit from 45 to 50 years 

The new system will not apply to those whose applications have already been submitted. 

As in line with previous years we expect an announcement at some time in May on the exact details of the new system.

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Please see our dedicated webpage on all EEA applications - EEA Family Permits, Residence Cards, Permanent Residence.

You can also 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

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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 or
2) give us a call on +44 (0) 1223 830 916

We would love to hear from you!

Tim McMahon
Commonwealth Immigration

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