No. 1 - January 2007
HIGHLY SKILLED MIGRANT PROGRAMME (HSMP) – NEW RULES
Work Permits (UK) suddenly changed the criteria for this visa
in December 2006 without giving any advance notice. The new
rules reduce the number of categories in which points can be
scored but overall it appears more applicants will be
eligible. It will of course mean that many previous applicants
who didn't qualify may now indeed be eligible. However, if you
qualify, you are best advised to apply promptly. Once approved
by Work Permits (UK) you can choose to wait up to 6 months
before having your visa inserted in your passport.
The new rules have also introduced new requirements in
relation to providing evidence of your English language
ability and proof of previous earnings.
The HSMP visa allows an individual to come to the UK to work
or to establish oneself in self-employment. Eventually it
leads to UK permanent residence for the applicant and his /
her family. It is based on a complicated points system so make
sure you get expert advice from us on your eligibility.
By completing the Online
Assessment form on our website, we
can see if you will qualify under the new criteria.
- STATE NOMINATION
The government of Western Australia are still desperately
looking to attract many Tradespersons to their State. Almost
all the major trades are included on the W.A. Priority Skills
State sponsorship through the State Migration Centre then
allows an applicant to be fast-tracked for residency with the
Department of Immigration. This can reduce the overall
processing time to secure residency.
This option isn’t for everyone but if you are committed to
settling in Western Australia and/or your points don’t meet
the level for the Skilled Independent visa, then this is a
Western Australia is currently experiencing unprecedented
sustained economic growth. Driven largely by an expanding
minerals and petroleum sector, this is creating many exciting
opportunities across the State.
- BUSINESS IMIGRANTS
Commonwealth Immigration are pleased to confirm that we are
now able to offer a guaranteed route which provides permanent
residence to Canada for successful business immigrants.
Through a suitable, guaranteed investment in the Canadian
economy, investor immigrants become eligible for permanent
residence in Canada and, eventually, Canadian citizenship.
Applicants need to have a total net worth of CDN$800,000 and
some business management experience. In partnership with a
leading multi-national, applicants can receive financing for
most of the required investment amount.
This then frees up their capital to purchase a home or a
business when they arrive in Canada, while complying fully
with Canadian government regulations.
NEWS - Exhibition at the Excel Centre, 30 Mar-1
We are delighted to
confirm that Commonwealth Immigration will be exhibiting at
the “A PLACE IN THE SUN” exhibition at the ExCel
Centre, London from Friday March 30th to Sunday April 1st.
The Emigration Show is being launched by the producers of the
well-known Channel 4 television series and is in association
with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before
You Go’ campaign. This campaign aims to provide those
considering moving abroad with essential information and
advice before leaving home.
We will be providing free consultations and advice on all matters related to
visas for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States
Full details on the exhibition, including how to get there,
are available at
or by telephone on 0870 040 0071. You will find us on Stand EM 48. We would love to meet
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Commonwealth Immigration Consultants
59 Cambridge Gardens
London, N10 2LN
Tel. +44 (0)20 8365 3380
STATES OF AMERICA – INVESTMENT VISAS
We are pleased to confirm that we are now able to offer two
new exciting ways to secure US residence.
Firstly, through an investment of US$500,000 with a U.S.
government designated Regional Centre, you can secure a
permanent residence visa.
An annual return is paid on the investment and capital
growth is accrued as well. The investment qualifies under
U.S. immigration law to allow the investor to secure
permanent residence for him and his family.
Another option is for individuals to purchase a U.S.
business and apply for an E-2 visa. This is a temporary visa
allowing the holder to live in the U.S. to run their new
The business must meet certain criteria to qualify for the
E-2 visa and normally a minimum investment of US$100,000 is
required. We can assist with the processing of this visa and
crucially we can introduce you to a Florida based firm who
can assist you to purchase a business that will qualify for
the E-2 visa.
If you are interested in either of these options then please
- NEW BRUNSWICK!
While many of our clients for Canadian residency apply to
major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, we
thought it worth mentioning that there are other places in
Canada that are very welcoming for immigrants.
One such place is the Province of New Brunswick. One of our
clients who has applied for Canadian residency recently went
to visit New Brunswick and loved it so much that she is
determined to move there.
So where is it? New Brunswick is on the eastern coast of
Canada, beside Nova Scotia, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and
the U.S. state of Maine. It has excellent links with all
major Canadian and US cities and is easy to reach from
It’s roughly the same size as Ireland but only has a
population of 730,000. That means the average house costs
just CDN$130,000 (UK£60,000).
The New Brunswick economy has been outperforming the rest of
Canada over the last several years. With a solid background
in I.T. and manufacturing, coupled with its strategic
position next to the U.S. market, the future seems rosy.
So much so, that the New Brunswick government offer a
Provincial Nominee Program to attract immigrants – both
workers and business applicants. If you are eligible, this
is a much quicker process than an immigration application
through the Federal government.
The capital city Fredericton is home to about 100,000 people
and offers many cultural attractions such as theatres and
art galleries. The city also has several large parks,
forested areas and lakeside beaches. Two well established
universities are also located in Fredericton.
And if all that isn’t enough to attract you, then here are
some more key facts;
1. Free basic healthcare is provided by the Provincial
2. New Brunswick’s crime rate is significantly lower than
the national average.
3. New Brunswick is connected to the rest of North America
and to Europe by major airlines. Air Canada provides daily
flights from New York, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, St. John's
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
2) give us a call on (+44) (0) 20 8365 3380
We would love to hear from you!
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