Most sought-after professions in Portugal's D3 visa program
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The D-3 visa program aims to welcome highly qualified workers from Switzerland, the European Economic Area and non-European Union countries. Immigration lawyer Vanessa Mororo says that Portugal is becoming a global technology hub and is planning to bring several companies and professionals to strengthen the technology industry.
Mororo also states that there are increased applications for D-3 visas because of the high average pay offered to IT professionals, which attracts Brazilian applicants. Moreover, the implementation of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries) has made the process of obtaining residence permits easier.
According to Mororo, the implementation of CPLP has also made the Portuguese job market more accessible to Portuguese-speaking countries like Brazil.
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The following are the most sought-after professions for obtaining a Portuguese D-3 Visa, as reported by Mororo:
Mirian Gasparin reports that the longest wait time for D-3 visa processing is for getting your residence permit converted after you arrive in Portugal rather than waiting for the Visa to be processed.
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To benefit from the Portugal D-3 visa, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
The processing time for D-3 Visa includes a special 30-day period, as emphasized by Mororo. However, the processing time may vary based on the location and the time of the year you are applying.
You can apply for a D-3 visa from the country of your legal residence. The validity for this Visa is four months to enter Portugal. The Visa has to be converted into a temporary residence permit after entering the country.
The first temporary residence card would be valid for two years and the second for three years. You can apply for Portuguese nationality after being a five-year legal resident.
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Temporary immigration to Quebec increased by 50% in 2023
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Premier Francois Legault ordered to cut down on the number of asylum seekers in Quebec as not many of them speak French, and increasing temporary immigration has become a challenge of the hour.
Reports by the IDQ economists state the reason behind increasing temporary immigration is the rapid delivery of work permits in Quebec in 2022. The province has no limits on temporary immigration programs but maintains a cap of 50,000 people per year for permanent immigration.
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Immigration was the primary source of growth in Quebec's labour pool, as 112,000 temporary residents were welcomed to the province. Quebec's labour pool grew significantly between 2015 and 2023, with 272,000 permanent immigrants entering the workforce.
About 1.8% of Quebec's population comprises new temporary immigrants. The province gained around 100,000 working-age individuals in 2023, almost three times the average annual increase between 2015 and 2022.
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The two primary temporary immigration programs in Quebec are the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program. While the former helps Quebec employers fill vacancies, bringing temporary foreign workers, the latter welcomes temporary residents such as international students.
IDQ economists report that the International Mobility Program issued 107,615 work permits to foreign workers, the biggest source of temporary foreign workers. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program generated 59,820 temporary immigrants in 2023, of which 23% were agricultural workers.
According to recent IDQ reports, Quebec has 45,000 vacancies in healthcare jobs and 10,000 positions for construction workers. Canadian authorities are emphasizing the recognition of foreign degrees and competency of the workers in these two fields.
Emna Braham, the executive director of Institut du Québec, suggests improving the data collection on temporary immigration and devising better policies to fit the economic needs. Braham indicates that focusing on international recruitment missions in construction and healthcare would also fill up vacancies in these sectors.
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General Express Entry draw issued 1,470 ITAs with a CRS score of 534
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The IRCC led the most recent Express Entry draw on February 28, 2024, issuing 1,470 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates. The All-program draw had a minimum CRS score of 534. The General draw chose candidates from:
Five Express Entry draws have been conducted in the Leap Month so far, and 13,610 ITAs have been issued to apply for Canada PR.
No. of ITAs issued
Agriculture and agri-food occupations (2023-1)
Healthcare occupations (2023-1)
French Language proficiency (2023-1)
You can follow the steps given below to apply for Canada Express Entry:
Step 1: Acquire an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment)
Step 2: Complete the language ability tests.
Step 3: Create your Express Entry profile
Step 4: Check your CRS score
Step 5: Apply for the Express Entry program
Step 6: Receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply)
Step 7: Apply for a visa
Step 8: Fly to Canada
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Top 10 cities in Europe hiring foreign nationals
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According to the recent report by Quality of Life in European Cities, it is revealed that western and northern European cities offer a more accessible job market than cities in Southern Europe.
The EU Commission report stated that 53% of respondents from the western and northern cities claimed it easier to find a job, whereas only one out of four people in the southern Member states found it so.
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Recent reports published by the EU Commission reveal that it is easier to find specialized and high-paying jobs in urban or capital cities than in rural areas in Europe. Outside the European Union, cities in the UK and EFTA report higher job satisfaction.
The list of the top ten EU cities with the most accessible job market is described in the table below:
|Name of the EU city
|Percentage of respondents
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Posted on February 28 2024
Canada to consider 30 hours work policy for international students
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The temporary policy introduced by the former Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, allowed international students to work more than 20 hours per week. There was no cap on the number of working hours, and students could work for as much time as they liked while maintaining their study program requisites.
However, not all international students were eligible to work full-time.
You are eligible to work full-time till April 30, 2024 if:
Note: Students whose study permit applications were received by IRCC after December 07, 2023, are ineligible to work for more than 20 hours weekly.
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The Canadian Government's decision to increase the weekly working hours to 30 focuses on benefiting international students. It is supposed to compensate for the reduced number of international students entering Canada with PGWPs and SOWPs.
Reports state that several current students rely on working for more than 20 hours per week to manage their expenses, affecting their studies. The IRCC plans to examine options for this policy and increase off-campus work hours to 30 hours per week while classes are in session.
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Posted on February 28 2024