No. 15 - July 2008
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The new rules will probably not be published for several months yet until the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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NEW PROCESSING CENTRE
The Australian government have now opened a new processing centre to handle
applications for residence visas through the General Skilled Migration
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
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