NEWSLETTER No. 15 - July 2008

Canada Immigration and ResidencyCANADA –  CHANGES TO THE SYSTEM

The Canadian parliament has now passed new legislation to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The new immigration law gives power to the Minister for Immigration to allow certain categories of applications to be prioritised to ensure that skilled workers arrive sooner. 

The Minister will be able to issue instructions to immigration officers on which categories of applications are identified for priority processing, and those which are not a priority. 

A consultation process has now been initiated where all Canadian provinces and employers groups will be invited to give their views on the types of skilled workers that should be prioritised to meet with Canada’s skilled labour shortages. This consultation process is likely to take several months.

Immigrants in other categories such as Provincial Nomination and Family sponsorship are not affected by the changes. Furthermore, the Canadian government are still committed to accepting up to 265,000 new permanent residents each year, which is in line with previous years. Canada has an acute shortage of skilled workers in all areas of its economy, so the new system will aim to allow them to secure residence quicker. 

The new rules will probably not be published for several months yet until the consultation process is completed. We will keep you informed on the new rules once published and explain how the new system will operate.

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The Australian government have now opened a new processing centre to handle applications for residence visas through the General Skilled Migration programme.

The new centre has been opened in Brisbane. The Brisbane Skilled Processing Centre (BSPC) will not be fully operational for a few more months but it is hoped that it will help reduce the current backlog of applications at the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre (ASPC).

Australia has announced an increase in the number of migrants it wishes to accept under their General Skilled Migration programme. The opening of this new centre will go some way to assisting this target to be reached.

Furthermore, new visa fees for all visa categories have now been announced by the Australian government. Please contact us to make sure you are paying the correct fee. 

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As part of the launch of its new Points Based System (PBS) throughout 2008 and 2009, the government have now introduced the new Post-Study Work category (Tier1 of the new Points Based System). This will replace the current International Graduate Scheme (IGS) available for overseas students who graduate from a UK university.

The new category differs from the IGS in that allows applicants to apply for a 2 year visa, rather than the current 1 year. 

Furthermore, those who are currently in the UK on the IGS visa can apply to switch into the new Post-Study Work category for a 1 year extension. 

The Post-Study Work category is seen as a viable “stepping stone” option allowing overseas graduates to remain in the UK to work. After the end of 2 years in this category, applicants may be eligible to remain in the UK through other categories such as Highly Skilled workers or employer sponsored work permits. 

The application process for this new category is quite detailed, so please do not hesitate to contact us, to allow us to see if you are eligible.

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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) 20 8365 3380

We would love to hear from you!

Tim McMahon
Commonwealth Immigration

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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

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