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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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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 in...

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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 Study Permits

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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