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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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Australian immigration say student visa applications up

Posted on March  24 , 2014

More than 74,000 international students applied for Australian student visas in the three months to September 2013, according to Australian immigration. This is the highest figure for four years and seems to show that Australia has recovered as a favored destination for international students after a three year slump in popularity. By 2009, there were nearly 500,000 people in Australia with student visas. While this was welcomed by many Australians, others complained that many students, from India in particular, were using forged academic qualifications to gain entry to the country and were coming to Australia not as students but as permanent migrants. ‘A migration outcome’ An Australian government report, the Knight Report, into immigration at the time found that ‘Some l...

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Canadian applicants cautioned against immigration fraud

Posted on March  14 , 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has warned immigration applicants for Canada to be aware of immigration fraud and to use authorized immigration representatives. March is Fraud Prevention Month and this year Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has partnered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) to promote awareness of authorized immigration representatives and what services they can provide. The Visa Centre partners with an ICCRC registered immigration consultancy in Canada and uses its services for all Canada visa applications. Contact The Visa Centre for any Canada visa enquiries.

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Australian visa applications to incur credit card surcharges

Posted on March  14 , 2014

From 22 March 2014, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection(DIBP) Australia will be adding charges for payment of visa application charges (VACs) and other payments by credit cards. Details are not known yet but are expected to be published officially by DIBP from 22 March 2014, when forms will also be updated to reflect the changes.

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Children of Immigrants in Canada Succeed on to Higher Education

Posted on March  07 , 2014

A recent study by Statistics Canada (Picot and Hou) has shown that children of immigrants in Canada are twice as likely to attend university than students who have both parents born in Canada. According to the study, of those who go to university: 50% are of parents both born outside Canada 31% have one parent born in and one outside Canada 25% have both parents born in Canada “Students with Chinese origins are 40 percentage points more likely to attend university than those with Canadian-born parents,” write Picot and Heng Hou. “That means that almost three-quarters of students with Chinese origins attend university, more than twice the rate among students with Canadian-born parents.” So far the government has tried to make it easier for migrants, on the basis that they are disa...

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Canada Student Visa rules to change in June

Posted on February  21 , 2014

The Canadian government recently announced changes to the Canada Student Visa (Study Permit) rules, coming into effect in June this year (2014). Changes which may make it easier for student visa applicants after June include:  allowing part-time work and full-time work in the holidays, without separately applying for a visa. allowing certain visitors to apply for study permits while in Canada allowing students to stay in Canada until 90 days after completion of study allowing some student visa holders to work full time after graduation Changes may make it more difficult for student visa applicants/holders, such as: having to enrol for study first and continuing study upon grant of visa or face removal from Canada limitations on which institutes students may study at limitations on who ca...

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UK visa fee changes proposed

Posted on February  11 , 2014

The UK government has recently (February 2014) announced proposed changes to visa/immigration application fees. Though the fee changes are yet to be approved by the UK Parliament, if approved, it will come into effect in April 2014. The proposals increase most fees by 4 percent, including the short-term visit visa. The UK Home Office Border Agency says other specific increases are being proposed so as to limit wider general increases. The increases, they say, will allow them to improve customer service, and offer new optional premium services, such as: a 3-5 day priority visa service costing £100; a priority settlement application service for a fee of £300; a super priority visa service for £600, which will expedite the application process to the shortest period possible; appoint...

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Multiple-entry visitor visas and fee changes for Canada temporary visas

Posted on February  05 , 2014

From tomorrow (February 6th) visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for multiple-entry visas to visit Canada multiple times for up to 6 months, over 10 years. The multiple-entry visa is particularly popular with visitors who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa, such as nationals of China, India and Mexico. Sri Lankan passports also fall within this category. Citizens of countries with 5-year valid passports can apply for multiple-entry visas for up to five years. The fee for temporary resident visas (TRV) will be reduced from CAD150 to 100 (approx LKR11,800) for single or multiple entry. However, other fees for temporary resident visas will be increased. These increases include (all figures in CAD): $25 for study permits and renewals; $5 ...

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UK Online visa fee payment to become mandatory for Sri Lanka

Posted on December  11 , 2013

From 16 December 2013, all new visa applicants in Sri Lanka will be required to pay for UK visa applications online.

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No limit on number of Indian students for UK

Posted on November  22 , 2013

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that there is no limit on the number of Indian students who can study in the UK. On his way to the CHOGM summit in Sri Lanka, while in In India, he spoke with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi and was interviewed by the Indian media. When questioned as to whether Indian students were not welcome in UK and there was a freeze on opportunities for them, the UK prime minister responded, “‘My message is very clear. We want to attract the brightest and the best to Britain whether you’re a student, a post-grad, entrepreneur or businessman. If you’re a genuine student studying at a genuine institution, you will get your visa. There are no limits on numbers’.” However, Mr Cameron faces pressure to cut net ...

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Australia Student Visas

Posted on October  30 , 2013

The Australian Student visa program provides international students the opportunity to study in Australia at all levels of education. International students (eg from Sri Lanka) require a Student visa before commencing any course or study in Australia.

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Canada Student Visas

Posted on October  30 , 2013

The Student Visa to Canada allows overseas students to study at many of its world-class Universities and Colleges.

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US Student Visas

Posted on October  29 , 2013

U.S. immigration law provides three non-immigrant visa categories for study in the United States: The "F" visa for academic studies, The “J” visa for exchange programs and The "M" visa for nonacademic or vocational studies.

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UK Student Visas

Posted on October  28 , 2013

This visa is for people from outside Europe who want to study in the UK (both school and higher education).

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Denmark Student Visas

Posted on October  11 , 2013

Studying the Denmark requires a residence permit (other than citizens of Denmark, EU or EAA). There are three types of study which require a permit: Higher educational programmes Basic and youth study programmes Folk high schools (folkehøjskoler)

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New Zealand Student Visas

Posted on October  10 , 2013

To get a visa to study in New Zealand the applicant and the course of intended study must meet the immigration requirements.

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Indian and Chinese students being rejected NZ student visas

Posted on July  23 , 2013

Immigration New Zealand has declined on average about 10 student visa applications from Indian nationals each day – mainly because they contain false or misleading information. In the year from about July 2011 to July 2012  Immigration New Zealand  declined 3453 applications from India and 1027 Chinese applications. A random check of 1800 applications found 279 fraudulent applications were received from Bejing, China. “Immigration fraud will not be tolerated,” said Immigration New Zealand’s general manager, Peter Elms.  ”Fraud strikes at the heart of New Zealand’s immigration system”. “The integrity of our immigration system is paramount, given its importance to New Zealand and our international reputation.” Another common discovery ...

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Australian Student Visa Reforms

Posted on December  20 , 2011

The Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans, and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations Chris Bowen, have announced a number of changes to make Australia’s international education sector more competitive to attract more international students. The new measures are a response to the report: “Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011″ submitted by the Honorable Michael Knight AO. “Our international education sector is world class, and the reforms announced today will help entrench Australia as a preferred destination for international students,” Evans said in a statement. “The reforms will assist in ensuring Australia remains an attractive study option and will offer practical support for international education providers that have b...

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University graduates can apply for Australian Post-Study Work Visas

Posted on December  20 , 2011

The Australian government has announced this week that more international students (including those from Sri Lanka) will be eligible for the Post-Study work visa as part of the Australian government’s response to the Knight Review of the student visa program. Australian Immigration announced on November 30 the new Post-Study work visa program would be available for Bachelor or higher degree graduates starting in 2013, according to a joint press release from Chris Evans, Australian Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations and Chris Bowen, Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. “These changes bring Australia into line with arrangements in other countries and enable education providers to offer a more competitive package to international students...

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UK immigration law challenged

Posted on December  20 , 2011

Rashida Chapti, a British Citizen living in the UK has filed a human rights complaint with the new immigration law which requires spouse immigrants to speak English. Under this new ruling implemented in November of 2010 by Home Secretary, Theresa May, all spouses must speak English in order to immigrate to the UK. Mrs. Chapti says this new law violates her right to a family life and to marriage. Mr. Vali Chupti, 57, cannot speak, read, or write English, and admittedly has no plans to learn once in the UK. His wife, Mrs. Chapti says he will be a valuable member of society, but several local voices have spoken out against letting this husband join his wife in the UK. Amanda Platell, a columnist for dailymail.co.uk, has taken a firm stance against letting this man, and those like him into the...

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