No. 12 - February 2008
KINGDOM – DETAILS ON THE NEW SYSTEM
The UK government have just announced that the first stage of the new Points Based System will be introduced on 29th February 2008.
From that date any highly skilled foreign nationals (such as current HSMP holders) currently working in the UK who want to extend their stay will need to
apply under the new system. In April, the new system will begin to be rolled out
overseas when anyone from India who wants to work in the UK as a highly skilled
migrant will need to apply under the new system. By the summer the new highly skilled system will operate worldwide.
At the moment, the initial guidance from the Home Office is that the new system
from 29th February will only apply to those in the UK looking to obtain or extend a HSMP visa. Other categories such as work permits would not yet be
We are still awaiting exact details of the new application system for
applicants in the UK from 29th February. Once we have this, we will be detailing the
process for you on our website and explaining exactly what it involves.
For further information on the overall changes to be introduced gradually in the
new Points Based System, please see back issues of the newsletters on our website.
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ZEALAND – MORE OCCUPATIONS
RECOGNISED FOR IMMIGRATION
New Zealand has the lowest unemployment rate on record which has created a tight
labour market and a strong need for skilled workers. The record low unemployment
level is 3.5%.
"We have the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the OECD and we are the only country in the OECD to achieve such a low unemployment rate over such an
extensive period," said Ruth Dyson, NZ government minister.
Recognising the need to attract more skilled workers, changes to immigration policy have been introduced. On the 4th February 2008 New Zealand Immigration
introduced new rules for Skilled Worker applications. The new process allows for a wider range of jobs to be recognised as skilled workers that in turn
support an immigration application. Recognition of work experience as well as qualifications (where held) will determine how successful an application will
be. If you would like to know if your job is on the list please complete our
free online assessment.
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Previous Newsletters on migration issues:
1 - January 2007
2 - March 2007
3 - April 2007
4 - May 2007
5 - May 2007 - In Focus: Australia
6 - June 2007
7 - July 2007
8 - August 2007
9 - October 2007
10 - November 2007
11 - December 2007
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- CANBERRA, ACT
We will shortly be meeting with representatives of the government of the
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) who are very keen to attract migrants to
their city of Canberra.
The ACT government will be looking at nominating applicants for Australian
residency and sourcing employment for them. If you work in any of the
occupations listed below, then we would be very interested in receiving your
CV. We can then present your details to the ACT officials with a view to
employment and / or nomination for residency.
Binder and Finisher
Electronic Equipment Tradesperson
Roof Slater and Tiller
Vehicle Body Maker
Child Care Co-ordinator
Computing Professional (CISSP, e-commerce, Network security, SAP, SIEBEL, DB2,
Oracle, Satellite Design, PK1)
Environmental Health Officer
Urban and Regional Planner
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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
1) complete the Online
on our website www.commonwealthimmigration.com
2) give us a call on (+44) (0) 20 8365 3380
We would love to hear from you!
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