No. 4 - May 2007
– CHANGES IN TRADES ASSESSMENT
Trades Recognition Australian (TRA) are the Australian government body that
assesses the trade skills of overseas workers looking to migrate to
Australia. TRA have recently announced that in the future they envisage that
certain tradespersons from certain countries will be assessed in their home
countries by a new registered training organisation.
The relevant trades are General Electrician, General Plumber, Refrigeration
and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, Carpenter and Joiner,
Electrical Powerline Tradesperson, Cable Jointer.
The relevant countries are; the UK, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the
The new arrangements will mean that potential migrants in the above
countries and trades will undertake competency-based assessments in their
home countries by an approved Australian training organisation. This
assessment would then be sufficient for migration.
Further details are expected in the next 2-3 months.
Many of you will also be aware that in our last newsletter we announced some
significant changes in relation to the selection criteria for Skilled
Migrants to Australia. These changes will apply to all applications that
will be submitted after September 1st 2007.
If you qualify on the current system, then it is important to ensure you
move ahead with submitting your application before these changes take effect
on September 1st.
We will of course bring you full details on the new immigration changes once
these are announced.
For further information on migration to Australia, please call us
on (+44) (0) 20 8365 3380 or complete an Online Assessment
form on our website www.commonwealthimmigration.com.
– PERMANENT RESIDENCE CARDS
The Canadian government has launched an awareness campaign reminding
permanent residents of the need to ensure their permanent residence cards
are still valid if they intend to travel internationally.
The first Canadian permanent residence cards were introduced in 2002 and
will expire in July 2007. So to all our clients who have migrated to Canada
in the last few years – make sure your card is valid for re-entry if you
travel outside Canada!
– CHANGE OF NAME
The UK government have announced that the “Border and Immigration Agency” is
a new executive agency of the Home Office. The Agency assumes the
responsibilities of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) for
managing immigration control in the UK.
1 - January 2007
2 - March 2007
3 - April 2007
4 - May 2007
5 - May 2007 - Australia
6 - June 2007
7 - July 2007
8 - August 2007
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- NEW SYSTEM TO START IN 2008
It has been announced that the new so-called “points system” which will
allow migrants to come to the UK under one of five tiers replacing more than
80 existing routes of entry, will be introduced at the beginning of 2008.
Tier 1 of the system, which caters for highly skilled migrants, will be
launched at the beginning of 2008. Further tiers, targeting skilled workers,
youth mobility, temporary workers and students will come on line later in
2008 and 2009.
A system of sponsorship by employers and educational institutions to ensure
compliance with the immigration rules is also being introduced as part of
the new system at the beginning of next year.
So far, the government have been extremely vague and ambiguous about the
operation of the new system. It remains to be seen if the new system will
involve any major changes in selection criteria or will instead be more of a
“tidying up” exercise in classifying all the main categories of entry into
one overall framework.
– INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SCHEME (IGS)
The new International Graduate Scheme (IGS) visa has now been launched. This
replaces the old Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme.
This new visa opens the door to overseas students in the UK to remain in the
UK and work after completion of their studies. The IGS allows overseas
students who have successfully completed and obtained a degree, Master’s
degree, PhD, or postgraduate certificate or diploma on or after 1 May 2007
to work in the UK for up to 12 months upon completion of their studies. If
they want to remain in the UK beyond this time, they can switch into an
appropriate immigration category to pursue their career, provided they meet
the relevant requirements.
This will allow many graduates to gain valuable UK experience to enable them
to then apply under different categories to remain here – such as the Highly
Skilled Migrant Programme visa.
For further details, please feel free to contact us.
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
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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