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CQUniversity International Student Scholarship – Regional

Posted on October  20 , 2017

CQU in Australia has announced the launch of their new International Student Scholarship – Regional. The scholarship is available to all new international undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students who meet the academic criteria at CQUniversity Australia. This scholarship rewards successful applicants with a 20% reduction from the tuition fees for the duration of their studies (subject to terms and conditions) The International Student Scholarship – Regional is available for in the Cairns, Rockhampton North, Bundaberg, Townsville. Gladstone Marina and Mackay Ooralea campuses of CQUniversity, where international higher education courses are available face to face. MINIMUM SELECTION CRITERIA Successful completion of most recent studies prior to applying to CQUniversity Austr...

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Worldwide Educating for the Future Index Ranked New Zealand Best in the World at Preparing Students for the Future.

Posted on October  02 , 2017

New Zealand ranked best in the world at preparing students for the future – Ranked by Worldwide Educating for the Future Index. New Zealand has surpassed Canada Finland. The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index is the first comprehensive global index to evaluate inputs to education systems rather than outputs such as test scores, and concentrates on the 15-24 age band. It was created by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by the Yidan Prize Foundation, along with in-depth interviews with 17 global experts.               This index measures the extent to which education systems are adapting to meet the changing needs of the world. Ageing populations, intensifying urbanization and advancing technologies will all have an impact on t...

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Last Draw for Express Entry candidates was on 6th September 2017

Posted on September  08 , 2017

In the latest draw, which took place on 6th September, candidates in the Express Entry pool for immigration to Canada with 435 or higher CRS points were issued an ITA for Permanent Residence. A total number of 2, 772 candidates received ITA in the last draw, making the total overall number of ITAs issued this year to 66, 549. This exceeds the total no issued during the whole of last year. The CRS cut-off threshold of 435 for the September 6 draw is broadly in line with recent draws, which have tended to have thresholds around the mid-430s. Earlier this year, and following improvements made to the CRS in early June, the thresholds were slightly higher at 449, 440, and 441, respectively, in the first three draws immediately following those changes. Although the threshold has not changed much...

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New Applications Welcome to Western Canadian Provinces

Posted on September  13 , 2016

Over 2,000 potential newcomers having submitted or receiving invitations to submit applications in Provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC in Western Canada through Provincial Nominee Programmes (PNPs). On August 24, a total of 714 candidates for immigration to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) were issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) under the MPNP Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration system. These LAAs were issued to a range of candidates who had previously expressed an interest in immigrating to the province. The same day, a total of 598 candidates for immigration to BC were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Just a few days later, on August 30, the International Skilled Worker: Occ...

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Canada’s latest Express Entry Draw points to Major Increase to Invitations to Apply as well as Comprehensive Ranking System Point Requirement Reduction

Posted on September  13 , 2016

For the first time since April 2016, the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada has increased to 1,000. Also outlined in the latest draw was the reduction in the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an ITA decreased substantially, from the previous level of 538, to 491. Candidates who have been issued an ITA have 60 days to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months. Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also immigrate to Canada along with the principal applicant. A significant shift With the numb...

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CQU RETURNS TO THE VISA CENTRE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT INTERVIEWS FOR AUSTRALIA

Posted on September  05 , 2016

The Visa Centre will be visited by Mr. Gurpartap Singh – The Regional Representative Office – South Asia from CQUniversity on Wednesday, 14th September from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Interested prospective students are invited to The Visa Centre to meet with him to discuss potential study opportunities. CQU offers courses in: Business, Accounting and Law Creative, Performing and Visual Arts Education and Humanities Engineering and Built Environment Health Information Technology and Digital Media Psychology, Social Work and Community Services Science and Environment English, Work and Study Preparation CQU is Australia’s largest regional university with over 35,000 students, 20+ locations, 300+ TAFE and University qualifications, with flexible study options, practical learning experie...

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Fast Track to study in New Zealand

Posted on September  05 , 2016

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New 2016/2017 Occupations List for Australian Capital Territories Released

Posted on September  04 , 2016

The Government of ACT has released its new occupations list for the Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa for 2016/17. This Visa is a permanent visa which allows you to reside anywhere in the territory. Offering a wider range of occupations than the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa – you can potentially have any occupation on the CSOL (Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List) which has over 600 occupations versus the SOL (Skilled Occupations List) with around 190. You also receive an extra 5 points for the state nomination. On top of this, Occupational Ceilings do not apply to state nominated visas, and you will receive priority when it comes to SkillSelect. Which Occupations Have Been Added? Occupations have been added in the specialisations of HR, design, engineering and re...

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Final Chance to Register for Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Posted on August  05 , 2016

Candidates for popular Canadian immigration program must register before August 16 opening date Individuals interested in immigrating to Canada through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) have less than two weeks remaining to create an online account in anticipation of the program reopening for applications on August 16. The QSWP is a points-based program that operates on a first-come, first-served basis, unlike the ‘Expression of Interest’ systems that have become popular across Canada over recent months and years. The QSWP application process moved online in January, 2016. Individuals interested in applying to the program are required to create and complete a profile on the online intake management system Mon projet Québec. The QSWP receives application submissions during desig...

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Quebec, Canada announces availability of 10,000 skilled worker visas

Posted on April  18 , 2016

Quebec, Canada announced the reopening of its online skilled worker program (QSWP). On 13 June 2016, an initial quota of 5,000 skilled worker visa applications will be accepted as part of an overall quota of 10,000; The second batch of 5,000 visas will be issued later in the year. In the future Quebec may have an economic immigration system similar to the Express Entry system similar to the immigration system for the rest of Canada. Canadian Visa Application dates June 13th – 20th, 2016

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Latest Poll in Australia, NZ, Canada and the UK reciprocal rights push

Posted on March  31 , 2016

Current trends show that there is a huge push by citizens of the 4 commonwealth countries for the right to live and work freely in each others countries. A recent poll by the Royal Commonwealth Society shows that 82% of New Zealand, 75% Canada, 70% Australia and 58% UK respondents are in huge favor of the removal of current barriers. Public opinion usually translates into law changes one day and like the EU and its 23 members this means that if you do qualify and migrate to any one of the above countries, you can obtain citizenship and enjoy the reciprocal right to then live and work some day in any one of the four countries.

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CQU returns to The Visa Centre for prospective students for Australia

Posted on March  09 , 2016

Next Wednesday, 16th March, The Visa Centre will be visited by a representative from CQUniversity. Interested prospective students are invited to The Visa Centre to meet with him to discuss potential study opportunities. CQU offers courses in: Business, Accounting and Law Creative,Performing and Visual Arts Education and Humanities Engineering and Built Environment Health Information Technology and Digital Media Psychology,Social Work and Community Services Science and Environment English, Work and Study Preparation CQU is based in Queensland, Australia, with 11 campuses there (including Brisbane and Cairns) but also has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Find out more about the University here. Contact us for further information about this opportunity and to make an appointmen...

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Australian government calls for submissions on new Entrepreneur Visa – by 18 March 2016

Posted on February  24 , 2016

The Australian Government announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) on 7 December 2015. NISA includes a range of initiatives to drive prosperity by putting innovation and science at the centre of the Government’s economic narrative. Investment will be made in the key enablers of innovation, including science, research, education and infrastructure. Under the NISA, a new Entrepreneur visa will be established for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and financial backing from a third party. Under the NISA, a new Entrepreneur visa will be established for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and financial backing from a third party. This visa will: be a provisional visa for individuals who have obtained capital backing from a third party (details of appropriate third par...

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Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Program reopening Jan 2016

Posted on December  04 , 2015

In one month’s time, on 4 January 2016, Canada’s Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) will reopen for an as yet undisclosed limited number of applications. The application intake period for this popular program is likely to be highly competitive, so it is recommended interested applicants start  preparing early. Through the PGP, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor foreign parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada as Canadian permanent residents. PGP eligibility criteria Parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents applying under this program will receive Canadian permanent resident status, and may eventually apply for Canadian citizenship after fulfilling residency obligations. The sponsor in Canada must meet the following req...

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Mandatory digital applications for two more types of Denmark Immigration applications

Posted on December  02 , 2015

As of 1 December 2015 the Immigration Service has imposed mandatory digital self-service for the following two types of applications (the name of the respective self-service solution is noted within the brackets): Application for extension of a residence permit on the grounds of family reunification for children over the age of 18 (FA4-5 online) Application for the issue of convention passport or alien’s passport (PA1-2 online) This means that those applicants have to use the respective digital self-service solution that the Immigration Service provides at newtodenmark.dk when to submit one of these applications. If  not, the Immigration Service will not process the application and the applicant has to submit a new application. The Immigration Service has already imposed mandatory dig...

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Immigration New Zealand’s Fees Increasing and New Levy Introduced

Posted on November  26 , 2015

Immigration New Zealand application fees will be increased from 7 December 2015, and a new Immigration Levy introduced for temporary applicants, according to Immigration New Zealand . The changes include an increase to application fees and the introduction of the immigration levy on applicants for temporary visas (work, student, visitor), limited visas and some resident visas (unless the applicant is exempt). The immigration levy will be charged upon application and will replace the current migrant levy, which is paid by applicants for residence after they have been approved in principle. In addition to the fee increases and the introduction of a levy, a number of other changes to clarify, align or streamline fees regulations will also be made, such as removing the $92 discount that appli...

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Quebec Skilled Visa category reopens

Posted on November  07 , 2015

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has reopened, with potential applicants from around the world moving quickly to prepare and submit an application as early as possible during the current application cycle, which began on November 4, 2015. The new QSWP  operates on a first-come, first-served basis.  This aspect marks the QSWP as a more assured and straightforward way of obtaining Canadian permanent residence compared with the federal economic immigration programs that are processed through the Express Entry selection system. If an applicant is eligible for the QSWP and submits a complete application within the timeframe set by the government of Quebec, he or she may have a clear path towards Canadian immigration. The application cycle for the QSWP will be split into two periods. ...

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Nurses to be added to UK occupation shortage list

Posted on October  16 , 2015

The UK Home Secretary, Theresa May has asked the Migration Advisory Committee to add Nurses to the skilled occupation list, making it easier for foreign workers (from outside the UK and EEA) to be recruited to work in the United Kingdom. UK’s NHS Employers has said 1,000 certificates of sponsorship, which allow nurses from outside Europe to work in the UK, will be needed in the next six months. The Department of Health said the policy change was designed to ease pressure on the NHS at a time when the Government has introduced a cap on NHS trusts hiring expensive agency staff. The interim measure to recognise nursing as a shortage occupation means: applications for Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) will be prioritised by the UKVI points allocation system – increas...

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New Zealand Student English Language Exemptions Extended

Posted on September  29 , 2015

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which sets the English language requirements for international students to study in NZ made some changes to the English requirements, which were to come into effect on 1 Oct, as we reported here.  The changes are now due to come into effect on 24 October 2015, being one month since publication of student visa approval rates on the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website. These rates were published on 24 September 2015, meaning that the new rules will apply to applications for a first New Zealand student visa that are submitted to INZ from 24 October 2015. Source: NZQA For further information on what the changes entail for students applying to study in NZ, see our last update  and contact us if you are interested in applying. We assist with ...

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Lowest Ever CRS Points Requirement in Latest Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

Posted on September  24 , 2015

A landmark moment in the history of the Express Entry selection system for Canadian immigration took place on September 18, when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 450 and above. This is the lowest CRS points requirement so far this year.   A total of 1,545 candidates in the pool received ITAs, the largest number of invitations issued in any single draw for more than two months. These candidates are now in a position to submit an application for permanent residence, with processing times of six months or less. While a number of candidates who received an ITA did so without obtaining a qualifying job offer or enhanced provincial nomination certifi...

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Australian Skilled Migration – Old subclasses 175 and 176 capped and ceased

Posted on September  23 , 2015

Applicants for Australian  visas subclasses 175, 176 and 475  visas (which closed in 2012) whose applications have not been granted will have their applications ceased. Australia’s Assistant Minister of Immigration set a cap for offshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas which took effect yesterday (22 September 2015). The following  offshore General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas are affected: Skilled Independent (subclass 175) Skilled Sponsored (subclass 176) Skilled Regional Sponsored (subclass 475). The cap sets the maximum number of places that can be granted in the 2015–16 financial year for these visa subclasses. This total has already been reached. Therefore, applications for these visas that were not finalised before 22 September 2015 are taken not to have been made ...

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1,517 Candidates Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence in 16th Draw

Posted on September  18 , 2015

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) performed the sixteenth draw from the Express Entry pool on September 8, 2015, issuing 1,517 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates in the pool with 459 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The sixteenth Express Entry draw was the seventh in succession in which a number of candidates without a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate were selected. It is also the seventh draw in a row in which more than 1,400 candidates were selected. Express Entry quick facts, from January 1 to September 9 (All dates are for 2015) Launch date: January 1 First draw from the pool: January 31 Most recent draw from the pool: September 8 Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 451 (July 17) Largest number ...

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Changes to NZ student English requirements come into effect 1 Oct

Posted on September  08 , 2015

Prospective students applying to study in New Zealand may be affected changes to the rules on English language requirements for studying at New Zealand institutes. From 1 October 2015, all students who have studied in English may not be exempt from IELTS or other English test requirements. [Note that this has now been extended to 24 October 2015]. There are changes to using internal English proficiency assessments and previous study at schools where English is the medium of instruction, as evidence of English proficiency for international students. NZQA Category 1 and approved Category 2 providers can now use internal English proficiency assessments only for international students from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent.  NZQA Category 1, 2 and 3 ...

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Changes to skilled occupation lists for ACT and NSW, Australia

Posted on August  25 , 2015

NSW and ACT have released their new occupation lists for program year 2015-16 with few changes (see below). ACT Occupation List – New OPEN occupations: 233211: Civil Engineer 233212: Geotechnical Engineer 233213: Quantity Surveyor 233214: Structural Engineer 233215: Transport Engineer NSW 190 Priority Skilled Occupation List – Occupations REMOVED: 232611: Urban & Regional Planner 252311: Dental Specialist 252312: Dentist The new QSOL list for Queensland is expected to be released around 1st September 2015. Source: Anzscosearch

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UK stays over 6 months require biometric residence permit

Posted on August  25 , 2015

People who are staying in the UK for more than 6 months are now required to get a biometric residence permit  (BRP) on arrival. Successful visa applicants first receive a 30 day travel visa. Note: they must travel within this 30 day period if the travel visa expires before an applicant travels, they will need to apply for a replacement and pay another fee in order to travel to the UK upon arrive in the UK one must collect their BRP from thePost Office chosen when applying, within 10 days a letter will be sent with the visa decision providing instructions The BRP is an important document which provides proof of  permission to be in the UK, for how long and the conditions attached, and can also be used as identification. A BRP must be obtained to: apply to come to the UK (for more t...

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Pacific International Hotel Management School (NZ) reps visit The Visa Centre

Posted on August  21 , 2015

On Wednesday 19 August, The Visa Centre welcomed two representatives from Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS), a hospitality school located in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Dean McCallum, Marketing Manager from New Plymouth, New Zealand and Sraddha Mansata, India Admissions Officer, from Mumbai, came and met with our CEO, consultants and interested students. PIHMS offers unique world-class hotel management courses, including: International Diploma in Hotel Management – Level 6 Bachelor of Applied Hospitality & Tourism Management – Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel Management Level 8 and Master of Hotel Management Level 9 These all offer pathways to New Zealand residence (migration). A unique point about their courses is that they offer a guaranteed paid i...

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CQ University Rep returning to The Visa Centre, Colombo – prospective students welcome

Posted on August  20 , 2015

On Monday 7 September 2015 The Visa Centre will be visited by Mr. Gurpartap Singh from CQUniversity,  the Regional Representative Office – South Asia. Prospective students are invited to The Visa Centre to meet with him between 3.30-5.30pm on 7 September to discuss potential study opportunities there. CQU is based in Queensland, Australia, with 11 campuses there (including Brisbane and Cairns) but also has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. CQU offers courses in: Business, Accounting and Law Creative,Performing and Visual Arts Education and Humanities Engineering and Built Environment Health Information Technology and Digital Media Psychology,Social Work and Community Services Science and Environment English, Work and Study Preparation Find out more about the Univeristy h...

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Changes to Skills Assessment for Accounting & Auditing for Australia Skilled Migration

Posted on August  12 , 2015

Requirements for skills assessment for accounting and auditing changed from 1 July 2015. This particular affects those who have studied in Australia and 485 visa holders. Applicants now need to complete more subjects for a positive assessment. It was previously thought that if an applicant had a positive Temporary Graduate subclass 485 assessment , then they would not need to complete additional subjects when applying for a permanent skills assessment and providing evidence of English language ability. Chartered Accountants Australia has now made it clear that unless the 485 holder has completed all subjects required under the new rules, they may need to complete additional subjects. This may result in many 485 students needing to re-enrol to complete necessary accounting subjects prior to...

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Canada’s 14th Express Entry Draw: CIC Issues 1,402 Invitations to Apply For Canadian Immigration

Posted on August  12 , 2015

The fourteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on August 7, 2015. A total of 1,402 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 471 or moreComprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. In the previous draw from the pool, which occurred three weeks ago on July 17, candidates with 451 or more CRS points were invited to apply. That draw was the fourth in a row in which the CRS points requirement had decreased. While the points requirement for the latest draw has gone up, it is worth noting that CIC continues to select a portion of candidates without qualifying job offers or enhanced provincial nomination certificates. Moreover, with an increasing numbe...

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Fake Immigration New Zealand website scam

Posted on August  11 , 2015

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has been made aware of a new scam website and is urging customers to take special care that they are using the correct site. The website appears to be a direct copy of the home page of the official INZ website, with a slight change in the domain name. Consumers receive an email appearing to be from a trusted source inviting them to click on a link to the fake website where they are asked to enter personal details into a form as part of a phishing scam. Scammers use phishing scams to trick people into handing over personal information such as personal banking details, IRD numbers, social media passwords or, in this case, passport details which can be very valuable to fraudsters. The website and the forms can look very convincing. The real website has the follow...

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Canada’s Express Entry Class continues with lowest points threshold in July

Posted on August  06 , 2015

Canada’s Express Entry class has been in operation for over six months and has been positive for many candidates. Express Entry Eligible candidates may submit a profile into the Express Entry pool, where they are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The government of Canada selects the top-ranked candidates on a priority basis when it performs one of its frequent draws from the pool. Candidates who are issued an invitation to apply for permanent residence then have 60 days to submit a complete e-application, from which point the government of Canada aims to process the application within six months. A number of early applicants have had their applications processed in under half that time. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released a report with an u...

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UK Visas and Immigration is making changes to student visas.

Posted on July  21 , 2015

The UK government announced changes to the Immigration Rules on 13 July. Many of these affect Tier 4 of the points-based system (UK student visas). The main changes will: stop new students at publicly funded colleges from working, bringing them in line with those at private colleges (from August) allow university students to study a new course at the same level but only where there’s a link to their previous course or the university confirms that this supports their career aspirations. There will be credibility interviews and sanctions against universities who abuse this rule (from August) ban college students from extending their Tier 4 visas in the UK unless they are studying at an ‘embedded college’, one which has a formal, direct link to a university that is recognised by the Hom...

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Canada Express Entry CRS Points Required Decreases

Posted on July  15 , 2015

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required by candidates to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry selection system for Canadian immigration has dropped for the third time in just over a month. The twelfth draw from the Express Entry pool was performed on July 10, 2015. A total of 1,516 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 463 or more CRS points. Express Entry quick facts, from January 1 to July 14 (All dates are for 2015) Launch date: January 1 First draw from the pool: January 31 Most recent draw from the pool: July 10 Minimum CRS points required for selection in any one draw: 453 (March 27 and April 17 draws) Largest number of invitations to apply issued in any one draw: ...

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Minimum IELTS requirements for Australian Graduates change – IELTS 6

Posted on June  24 , 2015

As of 18 April 2015, minimum English language test scores for the Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visas have changed. Applicants must now provide evidence of having achieved one of the following in a test taken in the three years immediately prior to lodging your visa application: an  overall score of at least 6, with nothing below 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) of an Occupational English Test (OET) a total score of at least 64, with nothing below 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for spe...

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Ontario Opens Its Doors To Express Entry Candidates For Canadian Immigration

Posted on June  19 , 2015

The Canadian province of Ontario has opened two new immigration streams through its Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) for Canadian immigration: the Human Capital Priorities stream and the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream. Both streams are aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. For successful candidates, nomination from Ontario through one of these streams will result in an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points being awarded and an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence being issued. Candidates may only obtain a provincial nomination through one of these streams after receiving a Provincial/Territorial (PT) Notification of Interest from the OONPNP. Many candidates in the Express Entry pool, as well as...

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DeVry University (USA) rep coming to The Visa Centre

Posted on June  12 , 2015

Next Wednesday, 17 June 2015, The Visa Centre will be visited by a representative from DeVry University, USA. Prospective students are invited to The Visa Centre to meet the representative between 10am-12pm for a student seminar and the chance to discuss potential study opportunities. DeVry has campuses through the United States of America and offers degrees in Business & Management Engineering Information Sciences Health Sciences Liberal Arts Media Arts & Technology For more information visit http://www.devry.edu/  Please contact us to make an appointment.  

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New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) Service Fees to change

Posted on May  26 , 2015

From Monday 1 June 2015, the local currency VAC service and/or passport handling fee for New Zealand visa applications lodged in the following countries will change. This change in fee is a result of a review of foreign exchange rates against the New Zealand dollar in line with INZ’s contract with VAC providers for these locations. New fees will come into effect for applications lodged at VACs in following countries. This includes Sri Lanka, where applications are lodged at TT Services. Germany India Fiji Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands New Caledonia Vanuatu Vietnam United States Russia Sri Lanka Thailand South Korea Japan Taiwan Singapore Indonesia United Arab Emirates South Africa Source: Immigration New Zealand

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Canada’s Eastern provinces launch immigration streams aligned with Federal Express Entry immigration selection system

Posted on May  20 , 2015

The Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, both located in the Maritimes region of Eastern Canada, have this month both announced new immigration streams that aim to attract skilled newcomers from abroad. These ‘enhanced’ streams are aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, which strives to process complete applications within six months of submission. Neither of these immigration streams require a job offer from a Canadian employer in order for an application to be made. However, candidates must be eligible for at least one of the federal economic immigration programs processed through Express Entry: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, or the Canadian Experience Class. New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Mark...

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Canada’s Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: A New Expression Of Interest System

Posted on May  12 , 2015

On April 30, 2015, the Canadian province of Manitoba opened its Skilled Worker Overseas stream as part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for Canadian immigration. This stream operates on an “Expression of Interest” model. Successful applicants can obtain a nomination and then proceed to apply for Canadian permanent residence. While the new MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas stream shares similarities with aspects of Canada’s federal immigration system, there are also important differences in how the two systems operate. Mantioba PNP The MPNP Skilled Worker Overseas stream targets candidates with ties to Manitoba and a particular desire to settle in that province; whereas the federal government’s economic immigration programs, administered through the Express Entry applica...

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NZ Student Visa INZ International Education Industry Partnership Programme (IPP) Pilot Update

Posted on April  29 , 2015

The pilot phase of Immigration New Zealand’s student visa Industry Partnership Programme (IPP) has identified some areas of work that need to be undertaken to ensure the programme is working effectively for all parties. To allow this work to be undertaken the IPP pilot will remain in place in its current form until the end of September 2015. During this period membership of the IPP pilot will remain unchanged. (Source: Immigration New Zealand) The Visa Centre (Pvt) Ltd assists with New Zealand student visas and is an agent for many educational institutes with Industry Partnership. . The IPP programme allows us as agents to apply for fast-tracking of student visa applications. We can assist with obtaining an offer of study and the whole visa process. If you are interested in Student ...

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Changes to minimum English language test scores for Australia visa subclasses 476 and 485

Posted on April  22 , 2015

As of 18 April 2015, minimum English language test scores for the Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visas have changed. Applications lodged after 18 April must include evidence of having achieved one of the following in a test taken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application: an  overall score of at least 6, with nothing below 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) of an Occupational English Test (OET) a total score of at least 64, with nothing below 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for w...

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Canada welcomes first permanent residents under Express Entry

Posted on April  16 , 2015

Changes to Canada’s economic immigration system are proving successful in selecting people needed in Canada’s economy and giving them permanent resident status quickly. Just three months after the launch of Express Entry, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander welcomed three of the first Express Entry candidates to become Canadian permanent residents—Emma Hughes, Yaoyao (Anita) Zheng and Xin (Frank) Zhao. Hughes is a successful candidate from Ireland who applied under the Federal Skilled Worker stream. She now works as an application scientist for EcoSynthetix in Burlington, Ontario. Zheng and Zhao were both international students who applied under the Canadian Experience Class. Zheng came to Canada from China and in 2012 she graduated in Supply Chain Managem...

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Changes to English Language Test Providers for UK applications

Posted on April  10 , 2015

UK Visa & Immigration have made some changes to accepted English language test providers for various visa types. IELTS SELT Consortium is now the only approved SELT (Secure English Language Test) provider for visa applicants outside the UK. IELTS tests for visa purposes must be taken at an authorised SELT centre. Not all IELTs test centres are approved to offer SELT tests, therefore it is important that applicants book the correct tests. In Sri Lanka, British Council and ACBT are approved IELTS SELT centres. British Council IELTS exams can be booked through our sister company, Unitech and booked at its head office in The Visa Centre Colombo office building. UK Student Visa applicants International students going to study a degree at a UK university are  not affected by this change,...

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UK Students incur health surcharge and gain access to free healthcare

Posted on April  10 , 2015

Students applying to study in the UK on a course lasting longer than 6 months and others applying for limited leave (long stay) will now (as of 6th April 2015) need to pay an immigration health surcharge. This change was made under the The Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015, published on 23 March 2015 and came into force on 6 April 2015. This enables those on UK student visas to access UK’s National Health Services (NHS)., some of which will be free of charge. However, they will still need to pay for certain services such as dental treatment, eye tests and prescriptions. Visitors to the UK will not need to pay the health surcharge, unless they are applying to stay more than six months.  Academic visitors are also exempt from the health surcharge. However,  visitors and s...

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Denmark introduces new mandatory digital applications

Posted on April  02 , 2015

As of 1 May 2015 it is mandatory to use digital self-service for certain applications for Denmark migration/visa applications. At the same time, it is mandatory to use the printable application forms for a number of other types of applications. There are a number of advantages when using the digital self-service solutions. When submitting a digital application to the Immigration Service the user ensures that all the relevant and necessary information is submitted. The questions in the digital self-service solutions adapt to the individual user and all information is transferred directly to the Immigration Service’s case processing systems. This ensures a faster case process and thereby a better service for the users. Mandatory digital self-service The Immigration Service now imposes ...

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UK Visit Visa Policy Changes

Posted on March  17 , 2015

Changes to UK visas, particularly affecting visit visas to be introduced in April this year have been released in an update to Immigration Rules today. Under the changes proposed by UK Home Secretary Theresa May in February this year, the 15 different visa categories were to be  replaced by a system of four visa types.  The idea is to streamline the process and make it easier for business people and performing artists to enter the UK. Changes include allowing visitors to use the same visa for business and holiday purposes instead of having to apply for two separate visa categories and a new type of visa for those undertaking paid engagements such as performing in theatre or concerts. The changes were proposed after consultation with more than 100 organisations, ranging from business ...

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Updates to NZ List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment and Recognised as an Exception

Posted on March  16 , 2015

On 30 March 2015, the New Zealand List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment  and the Qualifications Recognised as an Exception will be updated. It is recommended that people in the following situations check the updated lists as the changes might have impacted whether they can claim points for their qualifications without an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority: those intending to complete an Expression of Interest under Skilled Migrant Category instructions, or those who have already submitted an Expression of Interest, or those who have been Invited to Apply for residence. List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3) The following country lists in Appendix 3 will be updated: Australia (Academic Qualifications) Germany (Academic Quali...

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Quebec Releases New Areas Of Training List For Skilled Worker Program

Posted on March  11 , 2015

Quebec, Canada, has released a new list of skilled occupations eligible for migration under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The QSWP is a points-based Canadian immigration program. Points are awarded for various human capital factors, including an applicant’s area of training. From time to time, the government of Quebec revises the points awarded for each area of training in keeping with changes in the provincial labour market. The new list is good news for individuals who have degrees in areas such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Accounting, Translation, Banking and Financial Operations, as these areas of training will be awarded significantly more points than was previously the case. Up to 16 points may be awarded for a candidate’s area of training. Given that un...

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US Work Visa – H-1B new quota opens 1 April – spouses to have working rights soon

Posted on March  11 , 2015

A new batch of US H-1B visa applications will be accepted from 1 April 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) have announced. There is an annual quota of 85,000. With the demand for these visas and limited quota, it is likely that there will be a lottery for the available visas and many applications submitted will not be considered for further processing.  Applications could take several months to process and interested candidates and employers are encouraged to prepare as soon as possible. H-1B visas are to employ graduate level employees to work as IT Consultants, engineers, financial analysts, scientists, software developers and in other skilled professions. The annual 85,000 quota consists of 65,000 set aside for those with at least a bachelors degree or eq...

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Fourth Express Entry Draw: Increase In Invitations Issued, Decrease In Points Required

Posted on March  09 , 2015

A busy month in Canadian immigration news was completed on the evening of February 27, when Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issued 1,187 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool with 735 or moreComprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This, the fourth Express Entry draw, followed just one week after the third draw, which took place on February 20 and selected 849 candidates eligible under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) with at least 808 CRS points. Apart from the third draw, draws from the Express Entry pool have selected candidates eligible for any of the federal economic immigration programs, including theFederal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), as well as the CEC. The...

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CQUniversity Rep comes to The Visa Centre, Colombo

Posted on February  13 , 2015

Next Wednesday, 18th February, The Visa Centre will be visited by Mr. Gurpartap Singh from CQUniversity, the Regional Representative Office – South Asia. Prospective students are invited to The Visa Centre to meet with him to discuss potential study opportunities. CQU offers courses in: Business, Accounting and Law Creative,Performing and Visual Arts Education and Humanities Engineering and Built Environment Health Information Technology and Digital Media Psychology,Social Work and Community Services Science and Environment English, Work and Study Preparation CQU is based in Queensland, Australia, with 11 campuses there (including Brisbane and Cairns) but also has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Find out more about the Univeristy here. Contact us for further information ...

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Canada Express Entry is now ‘live’! Breaking News from‎ our Canadian Consultants

Posted on January  02 , 2015

The new selection system for immigration to Canada, Express Entry  has just opened! There are many factors that determine your calculated score under Express Entry.  So, here is a quick reminder of what you NEED to be ready for your Express Entry registration:  1.Determine your NOC code and indicate your years of work experience. Applicants must demonstrate that they have worked at least one year in a skilled occupation within the past 10 years under a skilled level occupation (NOC 0, A, B).  Jobs in Canada are classified by what are called National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, which are divided by skill level and skill type.  Find your occupation here and ensure your NOC code is type 0, A or B:  http://bit.ly/1wyz1xP 2. Get your proof of Language Skills in order. For the...

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Canada’s Express Entry opens on 1 Jan – Facts to dispel myths

Posted on December  26 , 2014

The new selection system for immigration to Canada, Express Entry, is scheduled to come into operation on January 1, 2015, a few short days away. Express Entry will change how Canada manages its economic immigration by moving it from a supply-driven system to a demand-driven one.  We would like to review some common myths, as Express Entry gets ready to launch.   Myth #1:        The Federal Skilled Worker Program is completely gone. Reality:           The Express Entry system is a new way of selecting economic stream Applicants.  The FSW program is not completely gone. It is based on the economic programs currently available, including the Federal Skilled Worker program.  The criteria are still the same for FSW applicants.  What has changed is the actual process of...

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Quebec Immigrant Investor Program Reopens in January

Posted on December  17 , 2014

It has just been confirmed that the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (Canada) will reopen on January 19, 2015. The new approach of assigning a quota to each qualified financial intermediary should result in higher quality files and is expected to increase the acceptance rate of the program. The details (to be published in the official Gazette on December 23, 2014). are: January 19 – March 20 intake Quota of 1,750 files, with maximum 1,200 from China Complete files should be submitted only New documents to be published online this week: New guide for narrative document; List of required documents (minor modifications); New application form; New investment agreement. Application fees are CA$10,106 per family. Payment will be accepted by Canada Post draft, or a draft from a Canadian b...

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Canada Parent and Grandparent Program set to reopen in 2015

Posted on November  08 , 2014

The Canadian Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for immigration is expected to reopen in 2015. This family category allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to become Canadian permanent residents. The last cycle of the PGP program, which opened in January 2014 was capped at 5,000 applicants and was filled within just three weeks. The government of Canada has said that the PGP will reopen in 2015, though it has not said whether this will be at the beginning of the year or at a later date. Based on the last cycle, it is possible that the next one will also open in January. The government has not indicated that there will be any changes to the eligibility criteria of the 2015 program. Given that last year’s allocation was filled in such a short...

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Spot Admissions to Marbella International University, Spain next week at The Visa Centre

Posted on November  05 , 2014

Next Tuesday, 11th November 2014, The Visa Centre welcomes the Director of Marbella International University, Spain, to offer students places of study at their university in Spain. This includes opportunities to study for Bachelor or Masters degress in Business, Hospitality, Marketing and International Relations. Marbella International University Centre is a global academic institution providing a new kind of learning experience based on an advanced curriculum, cutting-edge technology and a unique living environment. MIUC takes pride in its dynamic Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, which combine interactive teaching practices with state of the art facilities and personalised student services. Located in the heart of the Spanish port city of Marbella, MIUC is committed to the...

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Canada’s announces highest ever number of immigrant admissions planned for 2015

Posted on November  01 , 2014

Canada’s annual immigration plan  has just been tabled in Parliament (31 October 2014), which sets out how many new immigrants will be admitted to Canada in 2015 under their various migration categories and on humanitarian grounds. Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Chris Alexander has announced that the new plan includes the highest planned level of admissions in recent history. The Government of Canada is planning to welcome between 260,000 and 285,000 new permanent residents in 2015, an increase of approximately 19,000 planned admissions over the last year.  In developing the immigration plan, the Canadian government considers a number of factors including Canada’s economic needs, family reunification and humanitarian goals. In developing th...

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Pretoria New Zealand Visa Application Centre relocates

Posted on October  29 , 2014

Yesterday, Tuesday 28 October 2014, the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Pretoria, South Africa, moved to a new location: New Zealand Visa Application Centre 1109  Jan Shoba Street, Brooklyn Office Park, Block D, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, Pretoria, South Africa. Phone: +27 12 425 3004 Email: info.nzza@vfshelpline.com Website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/newzealand/southafrica Office hours: Monday to Friday: 8.00am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4pm Applications can continue to be submitted to the Pretoria VAC by mail or in person. Source: Immigration New Zealand  

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Australia to introduce new Premium Investor Visa

Posted on October  24 , 2014

The Australian government has announced it will introduce a new investor visa category, the Premium Investor Visa (PIV). This will offer a 12-month pathway to permanent residence. This will be a quicker option than the current Significant Investor Visa, which requires only $5 million, but to be invested for four years. The PIV offers prospective migrants an opportunity for permanent residence if they invest AUD15 million or more in Australia. This will need to be invested in accordance with investment criteria, yet to be determined by  Austrade in consultation with others. This may include rules around source of funds, which is not yet known. According to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the new category will come into effect in July 2015.

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Changes to Australia’s Employer Sponsored Work Visa (457) proposed

Posted on October  20 , 2014

Obtaining a work visa to Australia under subclass 457 could become easier for applicants with proposed changes, recently announced by Australia’s Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison. A review of the 457 visa was conducted over four months by a panel of four independent experts, commissioned by the Minister of Immigration. The report, based on feedback from 189 submissions and more than 150 stakeholders, included recommendations such as the abolishment of labour market testing, the relaxing of English language requirements and a review of the fee structure. Australia’s Labor party had previously attacked the 457 scheme and tightened regulations, under Julia Gillard. Mr Morrison said the review found no evidence to back the claims of exploitation of the scheme alleged by L...

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The Visa Centre’s Facebook page reaches 100,000 likes

Posted on October  13 , 2014

The Visa Centre, a world leading visa consultancy and processing firm announced today that its Facebook page has reached the 100,000 Facebook ‘likes’ milestone. According to the company, the landmark achievement is the result of the many thousands of satisfied clients who spread the expertise of The Visa Centre through ‘word of mouth’. The company enjoys a reputation and strong brand image for almost every type of visa to over 100 countries. Initially opened for business as a partnership in 1999 and established as a company in 2002, The Visa Centre is headquartered in Colombo 7, Sri Lanka and comprises of a global network of barristers, solicitors, registered migration agents, licensed visa consultants, and highly experienced processing staff. The company specializes in difficult a...

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New Delhi Immigration New Zealand Visa Application Centre relocates

Posted on October  06 , 2014

From today, Monday 6 October 2014, the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in New Delhi will operate from a new location. Address: T T Services B – 6 / 8, 3rd Floor, Commercial Complex Safdarjung Enclave, Opposite Deer Park New Delhi – 110029 Phone: Email: Website: +91 11-42596300 (Mondays to Fridays – 9:00am to 3:00pm) inzdelhi@ttsvisas.com www.ttsnzvisa.com Office hours: Call centre hours: (Mondays to Fridays – 9:00am to 3:00pm) (Mondays to Fridays – 9:00am to 3:00pm) Applications can continue to be submitted to the New Delhi VAC by mail or in person. Refer to the website for more information about the VAC in New Delhi. Source: Immigration New Zealand Applicants in Sri Lanka can continue to submit applications in TTS Colombo, for processing in India. For information about...

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Australian Character Test changes proposed

Posted on October  05 , 2014

Australia’s Minister of Immigration has introduced a new Bill which  proposes to change the character requirements for entry into and holding visas in Australia, allowing he Minister greater powers to cancel visas. The Bill amends section 501 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) to broaden the existing grounds for the Minister to refuse or cancel a visa on character grounds.  The additional grounds will include: The Minister “reasonably suspects” that the person has been a member of a group or association that has been or is involved in criminal conduct; The Minister “reasonably suspects” involvement in people smuggling, trafficking in persons, genocide and other crimes against humanity; Conviction by an Australian or foreign court for a sexual offence against a child – visa...

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Netherlands embassy SL to stop processing Schengen visit visas

Posted on September  26 , 2014

From October 1st 2014 the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka will no longer process applications for Schengen Visas. From this date THE EMBASSY OF SWITZERLAND will process the Schengen Visa applications. Applications for Schengen visas to visit Netherlands (Holland), Belgium, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Poland, Slovenia or Switzerland will  need to be made through the VFS Switzerland counter, in Colombo or Jaffna. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will continue to handle the long stay visa for the Netherlands (more than 3 months) and the Caribbean visa. Source: Netherlands Embassy in Colombo  http://srilanka.nlembassy.org/ For further information and assistance with applying for a Schengen  visa or to other countries, contact us.

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UK Visa Fees Update

Posted on September  17 , 2014

The UK Minister for Security and Immigration (James Brokenshire) has recently announced some changes to immigration fees, which will come into effect from 1 October 2014. Fees for UK Visits and UK Settlement appear the same. The fees for a transit visa will in fact decrease from 40 GBP to 30 GBP. The full fee table is available here. There will also be some other changes coming into effect with the implementation of the Immigration Act 2014 from October or later. This was mentioned in our previous post in May this year, when the Act was passed.    

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New Zealand Student Visa applications go online

Posted on September  04 , 2014

Applicants for student visas in New Zealand can now apply online.  The new online service allows applicants to compete forms, upload documents and pay fees online. However, passports still need to be physically submitted at an INZ branch or Visa Application Centre (such as TTS).  New ‘e-visas’,  issued without requiring a stamp in the passport, are expected to be introduced next year. INZ General Manager Stephen Dunstan says that the first application submitted online under the new ICT system, known as Immigration ONLINE, has already been approved, subject to the applicant’s passport being submitted.  “The launch of student visas online has been a great success and will give our customers a much improved service,” Mr Dunstan says. “This is a significant first step i...

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New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) Service Fees to change

Posted on August  25 , 2014

From Thursday 28th August 2014, the local currency Visa Application Centre (VAC) service fees for applications lodged in the following countries (including Sri Lanka) will change. This change in fee is a result of a review of foreign exchange rates against the New Zealand dollar in line with INZ’s contract with VAC providers for these locations. New fees will come into effect for applications lodged at VACs in the following countries: India Fiji Papua New Guinea Solomon Islands New Caledonia Kiribati Vanuatu United Kingdom United States Vietnam South Korea Indonesia Taiwan Japan Singapore Russia Australia United Arab Emirates South Africa Sri Lanka Thailand The updated fee information for each location can be found via the office and fees finder or the relevant INZ office page. S...

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New Zealand Migration Boom

Posted on August  23 , 2014

New Zealand has experienced a migration boom close to record levels. This is partly attributable to the Canterbury rebuild, following the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. Following that, a new Canterbury Skills Shortage List and Canterbury Employment & Skills Hub was introduced to encourage employment and facilitate migration to that region. Further, there has been a rise in the number of international students from India and China, mainly. On the other side, less New Zealanders have been migrating to Australia due to a decline in the labour market there. New Zealand’s economic market has been improving, relative to Australia’s. Unemployment in New Zealand is currently  5.6 per cent, while the unemployment rate in Australia was at 6.4 per cent, according to July figures, ...

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Quebec migration reaches cap, Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker program still open

Posted on August  20 , 2014

Canada’s Quebec Skilled Worker Program has reached its cap, meaning there are no further places in that particular programme. However there are other provincial categories, and the Federal Skilled Worker Program remains open, giving opportunities for migration to all provinces of Canada. Aside from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, potential applicants may still apply under this Quebec immigration program if the applicant has received a written offer of employment from a Quebec employer. New rules and allocation for applicants for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program will come into effect on 1 April 2015. Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applicants can be eligible for residence based on their skills, without requiring a job offer. There is a minimum English requirement,...

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New UK Passport Pass-back Service for Sri Lanka

Posted on August  11 , 2014

UK Visa applicants in Sri Lanka will now be able to retain their passports, with the launch of the new “passport pass-back service”.  Previously applicants had to submit their original passport and leave it for the duration of processing, so this is good news for frequent travellers and those who require their passports for other purposes. Applicants lodging applications at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Colombo have the option of keeping their passports when submitting their application, for an additional fee of approximately LKR9,400. Applicants applying for visit, employment or student visas will need to submit their passports within 10 working days of applying for their visa. Those applying under the settlement route will need to submit their passports within 4 we...

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Canterbury Skill Shortage List updated

Posted on August  05 , 2014

New Zealand’s Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) has been revised and the changes will come into effect tomorrow, 6 August 2014. The changes will be: Add Plumber (General) Revise the requirements that applicants with occupations on the CSSL need to meet to apply for a work visa using the CSSL for: Drainlayer – to reflect the requirement to be licensed or authorised by the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board Carpenter and Joiner – to clarify the requirements where a person is qualified for both occupations Telecommunications Engineer – to update qualifications for the occupation. The Canterbury Skill Shortage List was implemented following the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, to help rebuild the city and make it easier for foreign workers to get work visas. The Canterb...

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New Zealand visa application fees to change

Posted on July  28 , 2014

Immigration New Zealand has announced that their foreign currency fees will change from 3 August 2014. The fee changes are said to reflect the changes in the New Zealand Dollar against most currencies so that they equate with the New Zealand Dollar fees. Current Visa fees for some common category applications in US dollars are as follows: Category of Visa Other Locations – inc Sri Lanka RESIDENT VISA Fee in USD Skilled Migrant Category 1,970.00 Investor Plus (Investor 1 Category) 3,275.00 Investor (Investor 2 Category) 3,275.00 Entrepreneur Plus Category 2,625.00 Entrepreneur Category 2,625.00 Family Category 1,315.00 EXPRESSION OF INTEREST EOI (Skilled Migrant) – Physical/paper notification 535.00 EOI (Skilled Migrant) – Online notification 420.00 EOI under Investor 2 Ca...

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Changes in UK Immigration Rules – including recognised English tests

Posted on July  21 , 2014

On 10 July 2014, a statement of changes to UK immigration rules was presented to Parliament, to come into force this month and next. One of the changes is intended to restrict the ability of people in the UK  on Study (Tier 4) or Post-Study Work (Tier 1) to apply to stay as a Tier 1 Entrepreneur. This is to prevent people fraudulently applying for the entrepreneur visa (intended for genuine business people) and staying to be employed in some other position. These changes came into force on 11 July 2014. Students who graduate in the UK will however be able to apply for the  Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa if they intend to start a business. The changes also include changes to the recognised English Tests, removing some tests from  Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), such a...

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OECD commends NZ immigration – migrant numbers strong in workforce

Posted on July  18 , 2014

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has commended New Zealand on its immigration policy and found that it is working well. The OECD noted that New Zealand has a longstanding history of immigration and its labour migration flows are among the largest in the OECD. Temporary labour migration in New Zealand is the highest in the OECD relative to its population. More than one out of four persons in the workforce is foreign-born.  The report also notes that migrants are highly represented among the high-educated and their labour market outcomes are favourable in international comparison. More than 23,000 essential skills visas (work visas based on shortages) were granted over the 2011-2012 year, with the main country of origin being from UK (16%), followed by P...

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Children under 5 visiting UK required to attend appointment

Posted on July  15 , 2014

From 07 July 2014, when applying for UK visit visas, parents of children under 5 applying to travel will need to book an appointment at the visa application centre for their child. A photo of the child’s face will be taken, but the child will not be required to produce fingerprints and other biometric data.

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Australia Skills Assessment – validity period now applies

Posted on July  11 , 2014

As of 1 July 2014, a three year validity period will be applied for skills assessments issued by assessing authorities for the purpose of visa applications. The  validity period may be shorter if specified on the assessment. Most skills assessment did not have validity periods in the past, unlike IELTS English test results. Therefore the three year validity period is said to align with the  three year validity period for English Language tests. A skills assessment must be valid at the time of lodgement for the following visas: Direct Entry stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa Direct Entry stream of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)visa Graduate Work stream of the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. A skills assessment must be valid at the t...

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Joint visa initiative between Ireland and the United Kingdom for Indian and Chinese nationals

Posted on July  10 , 2014

The UK Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. recently announced that a new ‘British Irish Visa Scheme’ between Ireland and the United Kingdom will commence in the UK autumn, starting with China and India. Currently visitors to the UK require separate visas for UK and Northern Ireland. The British Irish Visa Scheme will allow for travel to and around the Common Travel Area (CTA) on a single visa. From autumn visitors from China and India (including tourists and business visitors) will be able to travel freely within the Common Travel Area using either an Irish or UK visa. Minister Fitzgerald said the British Irish Visa Scheme, jointly initiated by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service of her Department and the UK Home Office, “will make it easier an...

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Update to Australian Immigration Shortages List from July 1

Posted on June  27 , 2014

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that the following changes will affect the skilled categories from July 1st 2014: 1.Updated skilled occupation lists The new Skilled Occupation List (SOL) will see the addition of the following occupations: • Chef (ANZSCO 351311) • Bricklayer (ANZSCO 331111) • Wall and Floor Tiler (ANZSCO 333411) This means eligible applicants of those applications can apply under the Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 and the Skilled Regional (family sponsored category) Subclass 489. The Consolidated Skilled Occupation List (CSOL) will contain the following new occupations: Hydro geologist (ANZSCO 234413) Exercise Physiologist (ANZSCO 234915) The CSOL can only be used by applicants applying under the skilled st...

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Certain Australian Family Visa Categories Closed

Posted on June  04 , 2014

As of Monday 2 June 2014, Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will no longer be accepting applications for the following visa types: Aged Dependent Relative Visa Remaining Relative Visa Carer Visa Parent and Aged Parent Visa The Contributory Parent Visa (both permanent and temporary) categories are still open. On 13 May 2014, as part of the Australian Federal Budget news, the federal government announced that these family visa types would be ‘closing soon’ but no official date was provided. The announcement that these visa types were formally closing was made late on Friday afternoon (May 31st) advising that valid applications would need to be received by close of business that date. At this stage, there have been no announcements as to w...

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Sri Lankan residents applying to UK for long stays require TB screening

Posted on June  02 , 2014

With effect from Monday 19 of May 2014, anyone in Sri Lanka applying for a UK visa for longer than 6 months needs screened and to obtain a certificate from an approved clinic to show that they are free from TB before they make a UK visa application. Applicants who need to undergo screening will need to pay  the clinic for the diagnostic tests. The fees have been set at $90 USD for adults and $40 USD for children. The issued certificate will be valid for 6 months. The International Office for Migration (IOM) will be officially managing the arrangements for the testing in Sri Lanka for the UK Home Office. Only certificates received from the IOM clinic in Colombo will be accepted in support of associated applications. The official address of the sole clinic in Sri Lanka is: IOM Migration Hea...

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New Designated Area Migration Agreements proposed for Australia

Posted on May  29 , 2014

Australian Immigration (Department of Immigration and Border Protection) is developing a new programme called Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMAs) and is currently seeking public views on it. DAMAs are intended to help Australia fill skill/labour shortages with skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers. They will provide flexibility for different states, territories and regions of Australia’s unique economic and labour market conditions. What’s the structure of a DAMA? A DAMA will have a two-tiered structure: An overarching agreement between a representative of employers in the area seeking a DAMA (referred to as a designated area representative) and the Australian Government to bring overseas workers to a designated area. Individual agreements between employers and the A...

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Update to NZ’s list of qualifications exempt from assessment

Posted on May  28 , 2014

From 9 June this year,  Immigration New Zealand’s List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3) and the Long Term Skill Shortage List (Appendix 4) will be updated. The following country lists in Appendix 3 will be updated. (This  refers to qualifications from those countries that don’t require separate assessment):   Canada India Ireland (Academic Qualifications) Ireland Ireland (Technical Craft Related Qualifications) Malaysia People’s Republic of China Singapore South Africa South Pacific Sri Lanka and United States of America. Some notable points include: Addition of BSc in Nursing from India (to be referred to NZQA for assessment) Several qualifications from Ireland added Qualifications from China including Veterinary Science qualifications and MBA For...

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Australia’s Budget 2014-15 – Migration

Posted on May  24 , 2014

On 13 May 2014, Australia’s Federal Budget was delivered by the Commonwealth Treasurer, Hon Joe Hockey. Implications for Australian migration (and temporary and other visas) are as follows. The 2014-15 Migration Program will remain at 190,000 places. The breakdown, as follows, is the same as in the 2013-2014 budget: 128,550 skilled stream places  60,885 family stream places  565 special eligibility places. There are some changes to the Family Stream: additional partner and child places will be made available, in place of other family and non-contributory parent places. This shows a continued focus on getting skilled migrants to Australia, to help contribute to Australia’s economic growth, while maintaining a large number of family places. Other announcements nclude the Gover...

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New UK Immigration Act passed

Posted on May  17 , 2014

The UK Immigration Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014, becoming law to start a series of reforms . The Immigration Act 2014 contains 77 clauses and makes fundamental changes to how the UK immigration system functions. According to the UK Home Office, the new Act will “limit the factors which draw illegal migrants to the UK, making it easier to remove those with no right to be there and ensure the Courts have regard to Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in immigration cases”. Key Changes: Reducing the number of immigration decisions that can be appealed Ensuring that the courts have regard to Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering European Convent...

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New international enquiry centre for UK visa applicants

Posted on April  30 , 2014

As of  1 April 2014 UK visa candidates and others can use a new “international enquiry service” to find information about the visa application process. The service is provided by Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) working in partnership with UK Visas and Immigration to offer enquiry services to people applying for a visa. The new international enquiry service will provide an improved service to visa customers in 20 languages with opening times reflecting the working hours and days in each country. Customers will also receive a quicker response and in some cases the cost of their call will be cheaper. UK Visas and Immigration’s director general Sarah Rapson said: “Providing excellent customer service to visa applicants is a key part of what we do. “HGS will run a global e...

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New Zealand a popular migration destination – especially for Chinese investors

Posted on April  29 , 2014

“Is New Zealand China’s next Canada?” asks the South China Morning Post. New Zealand reached its highest intake of immigrants in more than 10 years, attributable  mainly to an influx of wealthy Chinese immigrants. Of the 6,200 new Chinese arrivals in the 12 months leading up to March, half were participants in a scheme New Zealand’s Investor Plus scheme. Most of New Zealand’s long-term arrivals were from China (6,200), followed by 6,100 from India and 5,800 from Britain over the same period. Ming Tiang, head of Chiwi Immigration Services in Auckland, said that the top attraction for Chinese families was the “beautiful environment, good weather and living standard” in New Zealand. New Zealand’s net migration surged to an 11-year high of 31,900 ...

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US begins premium processing for H-1B with exemptions to the cap

Posted on April  28 , 2014

Today/tomorrow (in USA), April 28, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for H-1B applications subject to the fiscal year 2015 cap, including H-1B applications seeking an exemption from the cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher.   On April 7th, 2014, it was announced that a sufficient number of applications had been received to reach the cap of 65,000 for the fiscal year.  USCIS conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All advanced degree petitions not selected then became part of the random selection (lottery) process for the 65,000 limit. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B ...

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New occupation lists for Canada released – eligible occupations doubled!

Posted on April  25 , 2014

Further to our last news post about the Canadian Federal Skilled Workers, Federal Skilled Trades Workers and Canadian Experience Class programmes, here are the eligible occupations under these categories, starting 1 May 2014. Federal Skilled Worker  (FSW)  From May 1, 2014, the FSW program will be accepting an overall total of 25,000 new applications. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations. A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation. The eligible occupations are as follows: Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013) Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015) Financial managers (0111) Human resources managers (0112) Purchasing manage...

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Canada: New caps for Federal Skilled Worker & Federal Skilled Trades Programs and Canadian Experience Class

Posted on April  24 , 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has just announced new measures in their skilled worker immigration programs to prepare for next year’s launch of Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model. (Refer to our previous news post for details). From May 1, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will begin accepting applications under new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). A new cap of 25,000 applications will provide the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015. The list of eligible occupations will be more than doubled, from 24 to 50 occupations. To support Canada’s need for skilled trades people, the FSTP cap will be increa...

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Australia visa application charges incur credit card surcharges

Posted on April  23 , 2014

As of 19 April 2014, a credit card surcharge now applies to Australia visa application fees paid by credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB and Diners credit cards. The fee is a percentage of the amount being paid, based on the type of card used. The fee is calculated at the time of  payment and the applicant will have a chance to view and confirm the total before finalising payment. The following surcharge rates will apply: Visa and MasterCard – 1.08% American Express and JCB – 1.99% Diners Club International – 2.91% Source: Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

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NZ Silver Fern job search visa opening postponed

Posted on April  17 , 2014

The Silver Fern Job Search category usually opens in April each year.  According to Immigraton New Zealand, the category is currently being reviewed and it is intended that it will open in late 2014. Further details will be available once the review is completed. The Silver Fern Job Search visa allows successful applicants drawn out of a pool, to stay in New Zealand for nine-months to look for skilled work. If they find skilled work, they can then apply for the two-year Silver Fern Practical Experience visa, which may then lead to applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category. Only 300 people worldwide are granted a Silver Fern Job Search visa each year, and places are secured on a first-come first-served basis, through an online expression of interest system. The category ...

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Canada to launch “Express Entry” for Qualified Economic Immigrants next year

Posted on April  16 , 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander  has announced that Canada will launch a new active recruitment model for economic immigration  in January 2015, to be known as “Express Entry.” ‘Express Entry’ will be similar to Australia’s ‘SkillSelect’ immigration scheme, which rewards applicants based on skills in demand and helps fill the country’s labour needs where there are no available local workers. Candidates who obtain a job offer or have Provincial Nomination in Canada will sooner be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada, instead of just temporary entry. Formerly referred to as ‘Expression of Interest’ and similar to Australia and New Zealand skilled migration, the Canadian immigration authorities...

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UK Immigration changes to Tier 1 and 2 visas

Posted on April  12 , 2014

As of 6th April 2014, some changes to UK visas apply. Tier 1 (General) The Tier 1 (General) category is now closed for new applications Tier 1 (General) extensions will close on 6th April 2015. Tier 1 (General) settlement applications will close on 6th April 2018. This applies to applicants who have been in the UK for 5 years. Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) This category applies to people investing in their own businesses for up to 12 months before application. Applicants switching  Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) to Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) can now do so after 2 years (instead of one). Some other minor change to the rules apply Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) The requirement for applicants to have obtained their degrees within the last 12 months, or from a particular institution, have been remove...

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South Australia State Nomination Occupation List Update

Posted on April  11 , 2014

The South Australian Government, in collaboration with local industry, regularly conducts research to identify skill needs in its labour market and update its skill shortage lists. The list was updated on 8 April 2014 and the following occupations added: 132111  Corporate Services Manager 134211  Medical Administrator 134299  Health and Welfare Services Managers, nec 149212  Customer Service Manager 149915  Equipment Hire Manager 222311  Financial Investment Adviser 223211  ICT Trainer 224611  Librarian 262111  Database Administrator 271214  Intellectual Property Lawyer 311215  Pharmacy Technician 351411  Cook 361211  Shearer 391111  Hairdresser 399212  Gas or Petroleum Operator 399918  Fire Protection Equipment Technician 411311  Diversional Therapist 451815  First Aid T...

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UK immigration/visa fee changes come into effect

Posted on April  09 , 2014

This week (as of 6 April 2014),  UK immigration fees have increased for visas, immigration and nationality applications, and associated premium services. This was previewed in our previous news post in February. Most fees have increased 4% rise for most fees, including the short-term visitor visa and most work, study and settlement (migration/residence) applications.  Increases have also been made to other specific categories. The UK Home Office (government department) says the fee increases will allow them to improve customer service and cover costs through those applicants benefiting from it. Key changes: fees for most applications, including short-term visit, work, study and settlement, increased by 4% fees for all dependants are set at the same level as main applicants (25% discoun...

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US visa renewal interview waiver for Bangladeshis

Posted on April  08 , 2014

According to a recent press release, the US Government allows certain qualified US non-immigrant visa (temporary visa) applicants in Bangladesh to renew their visas without an interview with a US Consular Officer. The program is only provided to applicants for renewing their US visas (not for new applicants) and applies to applicants meeting the following criteria: Citizens or residents of Bangladesh currently residing in Bangladesh; Applying for same type of visa as previous issued on or after January 1, 2008; No visa refusals in any category since their previous visa; No previous visas revoked, lost or stolen; No violations of US immigration laws and/or regulations; No change of details such as name, date and place of birth, and nationality since the last visa was issued. For further i...

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Quebec, Canada – Skilled Worker Program reopens with new quota

Posted on April  07 , 2014

As of 1st April 2014, Quebec has a new quota for skille workers of 6,500 people for the 2014-2014 year. To stand a chance of being one of those approved to work in Quebec under this category, contact The Visa Centre to check your eligibility and apply now. People with some of the following factors have the highest chance of getting a visa under this program: Age 35 years or younger a) Nurses with 12 years education + 3 years Nursing College or 4 years Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. b) Civil engineers with a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering c) Computer Engineers (hardware, not software) with a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering Experience: 4 years preferable, minimum 2 years full-time. Proven by a detailed form reference letter plus official gover...

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New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category) Selection

Posted on April  04 , 2014

According to Immigration New Zealand: A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Wednesday 2 April 2014. 30 EOIs were selected. All EOIs with a claim of between 29 and 62 points were selected.

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New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Posted on April  04 , 2014

A selection of Expressions of Interests (EOIs) under the Skilled Migrant Category took place on Wed 2 April 2014. The number of EOIs selected for candidates to apply for residence were as follows: All EOIs with 140 points or more = 487 EOIs with 100-139 points = 126 Total = 613 EOIs Skilled migrants are selected from the pool of EOIs every two weeks.

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Federal skilled workers – Applications we will accept

Posted on April  01 , 2014

As of May 4, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will only consider federal skilled worker (FSW) applications from people who have: at least one year of continuous and paid (full-time or an equal amount in part-time) work experience in a single occupation, within the last 10 years, at skill type 0, or skill levels A or B of the 2011 edition of the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC),and who are: in one of the 24 eligible occupations, and whose application is received under the occupation’s sub-cap and overall FSW cap, or with a valid offer of arranged employment, or who are applying under the PhD stream (see below) until the PhD cap of 1,000 applications is reached. All applicants must also: meet the minimum language threshold (and submit approved language test...

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