November, 2018

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Canada to launch a new program for overseas entrepreneurs next year

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british columbia

British Columbia in Canada announced the launch of a new immigration pilot program. The program aims at attracting foreign entrepreneurs to the smaller communities in the province.

The program is called the Entrepreneur Immigration- Regional Pilot. This will be a two-year program and will launch early next year. The BC PNP will work in collaboration with smaller regional communities. These communities would consist of less than 75,000 people.

To enroll in this pilot, communities should be farther than 30kms from the nearest population center. The population center should have more than 75,000 people.

As per CIC News, BC PNP said that smaller regional communities in the province were struggling. They faced economic and demographic challenges due to their aging population. Also, there were fewer opportunities for the younger generation of these communities. This pilot program intends to maximize the economic benefits of migration to the province.

Overseas entrepreneurs will need to address the specific needs of the participating community. In return, the communities will support these entrepreneurs as they settle in the province.

To apply under this program, entrepreneurs will need to complete an exploratory visit to the province. During their trip, they must visit the community where they want to set up their venture. They will also need to get a referral from the community before enrolling in the pilot.

Entrepreneurs who are successful would be granted a temporary work permit. The entrepreneurs would also need to sign a Performance Agreement with the province. The BC PNP will nominate them for a PR if the business meets the criteria outlined in the Performance Agreement.

The investment and personal net worth need would also be lower for this pilot program. That is because the cost of setting up a business in regional communities is lower than that of Vancouver or other urban cities.

Other eligibility criteria that the applicants must meet are:

  • Must complete an exploratory visit to the community in the province
  • Should make an investment of at least $100,000
  • Should have a personal net worth of at least $300,000
  • Should have 3+ years of business experience or 4+ years of managerial experience in the recent 5 years
  • Should have at least 51% ownership in the business set up in the province
  • Should be able to create at least 1 local job for Canadian citizens or PRs.

 

To apply under this program, applicants will also need to submit their business proposals. They would need to do so on their exploratory visit. They need to submit it to the community’s designated representative. The representative will then submit a referral form to the BC PNP for the applicant’s registration.

Once registered, each candidate will receive a score. There would be monthly invitation rounds. The highest scoring candidates will receive an invite to submit a completed application to BC PNP.

The registration for this pilot program will begin in January 2019 and the program will run for 2 years.

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New Entrepreneur Visa launched in South Australia

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A new Visa initiative has been taken by the South Australian Government. It is a new Entrepreneur Visa, aimed at encouraging Overseas Entrepreneurs to migrate to the country. Premier Steven Marshall said it would eventually bring more jobs and companies to South Australia.

As quoted by Immigration South Australia, it is a 3-year innovation to be trialed in South Australia. The announcement was made during the state’s recent Budget meeting.

Mr. Marshall added that it’s an innovative and bold drive. It is meant to attract talented minds to the country. The state is looking for fresh talents who can set up new business, jobs and industry. The state government is to invest $400,000 over the next 4 years in this Entrepreneur Visa program. The national rollout will take place in 2019.

Overseas Entrepreneurs will have to submit their business proposal. Thereafter, the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur would endorse them. The proposals in fields like cyber security, big data, health and robotics would be preferred by the Government. David Pisoni, Industry and Skills Minister said this initiative should attract 30 entrepreneurs in 2019. The number should increase to 100 next year. The program would not focus much on the finances of the applicants, he added.

Mr. Pisoni added that this Entrepreneur Visa, unlike previous ones, would not require a capital outlay. However, the idea of the proposal should be unique. It will determine the success of the application. The Government announced earlier this year that they would bring an initiative to welcome new startups to the country. This, in turn, would bring technology workers to Australia.

There are some conditions imposed on the new Entrepreneur Visa.

  • Businesses must give preference to Australian workers
  • Market testing for a position is a must
  • No breaches of Immigration policies will be tolerated
  • Applicants should not have a familial relationship with company shareholders
  • Applicants should have 3 years of experience in the field
  • Applicants must be prepared to pass on skills to Australian workers

 

Immigrants will get a 4-year Entrepreneur Visa that would eventually lead them to Permanent Residence. The Government announced that businesses with payroll below $1.5 million would pay no tax from 2019. Business with payroll from $1.5 million to $1.7 million would pay fewer taxes. That would help at least 400 businesses. The Government has invested $4.8 million for 650 startup spaces in South Australia.

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UAE will now accept visa applications in just 15 seconds

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UAE has announced that visitors traveling to the country can now submit their Tourist Visas applications in just 15 seconds.

The General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs (GDRFA) of UAE has implemented a new Artificial Intelligence program. Thanks to it, people can now get their visa applications accepted in just 15 seconds. The AI program has already processed more than 5 million visa applications through the GDRFA app.

The GDRFA visa system is connected to other government entities through the new AI program. This allows for faster processing times. The system has been named “Entry Permit 50+”. This symbolizes that UAE has already moved 50 years ahead with regard to technology for visa-processing, said Col. Dr. Omar Al Shamsi. He is the Assistant Director-General for the Entry and Residency Permits.

Speaking to The News, Col. Shamsi said that they wanted to reduce visa processing times. He pointed out that applicants will no longer need to send the same documents while filing for another visa. Documents submitted earlier will now be stored in a database for easy accessibility.

Col. Shamsi also confirmed that the system also tracks suspicious and wanted individuals. It sends details of such people to the relevant security authorities. The system allows no room for security threats.

Visa applications through the GDRFA app can be either done by a sponsor or a travel agency.

The AI uses a website from where it takes and processes the documents necessary for visa approval. To apply through this system one needs to download the GDRFA app. The app is available for both Android and iPhones.

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UAE offers 10-year Residency Visa to Overseas Immigrants

UAE offers 10-year Residency Visa to Overseas Immigrants

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UAE has announced a new Residency Visa system. It offers long-term Visa to Overseas Immigrants that fall under the following categories

  • Investors
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Specialized talents
  • Outstanding students

The Visa would let stay in UAE for 10 years. It includes their spouses and children as well. The decision was made to encourage Overseas Immigrants to migrate to UAE. As quoted by Khaleej Times, UAE wants to grow its business for investors, entrepreneurs and skilled workers.

Let’s have a look at the different categories and criteria included in the new policy.

 INVESTORS

Two types of investors can benefit from this policy.

  • Overseas Immigrants who own a property worth Dh5 million or more will be granted Residency Visa for 5 years
  • Investors investing in business partnership worth a minimum of Dh10 million will receive Residency Visa for 10 years

 

However, there are certain criteria which they would have to fulfill.

  • The amount invested cannot be loaned
  • Investment should be retained for at least three years
  • The Residency Visa could be extended to include business partners provided they contribute Dh10 million
  • The Visa Policy includes spouse and children as well

 

ENTREPRENEURS

Entrepreneurs will be granted a 5-year Residency Visa. Also, they could, in future, upgrade to an investor’s visa. The policy, in this case, includes two categories –

  • Overseas Immigrants having a previous business worth a minimum of Dh5 million
  • Entrepreneurs should be given approval of an accredited business incubator in UAE

The Visa can be extended to include partners, spouse and children.

SPECIALIZED TALENTS

UAE offers 10-year Residency Visa for specialized talents in the fields of Science and Knowledge. The Visa is usually given to doctors, scientists, researchers and creative individuals in culture and art. However, they should have a valid employment contract in the country. The following criteria apply to the candidates.

  • Scientists should hold Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence
  • People with exceptional talents should have their scientific research published in world-class journals
  • Executives should be owners of well-known and internationally recognized companies
  • Doctors need to hold a PhD degree from one of the top 500 universities
  • Researchers must have contributed to a major scientific research

 

OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

UAE offers 5-year Residency Visa to outstanding students if they meet below criteria –

  • They must hold a grade of at least 95 percent in public or private secondary schools
  • Graduates should possess a distinction of at least 3.75 GPA

 

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New Australian Business Visa to eliminate the need for investment

New Australian Business Visa to eliminate the need for investment

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australia visa

A new Business Visa has been launched in Australia on November 21, 2018. It was first announced in March. The aim is to improve the economy in the south part of Australia. The new Australian Business Visa will not require a capital outlay.

The Business Visa under subclass 408 will allow Overseas Immigrants to stay in Australia for 3 years. It can be extended to the family as well. There are two criteria The Overseas Immigrants have to meet.

  • They should be under 45 years of age
  • They should receive an endorsement from the South Australian state government for an innovative business

The Australian Government confirmed that endorsement from state Government is important. It will ensure only genuine entrepreneurs have access to the new Australian Business Visa. As reported by SBS.com.au, this Visa would create more jobs and invite entrepreneurs to the country.

Steven Marshall, the state premier said this would lead to immigrants applying for Permanent Residency. It, in turn, would create new successful businesses, companies and jobs in South Australia. Sectors with a capacity to grow can benefit from this. Eventually, the economy will improve, he added.

The Australian Business Visa will not require any mandatory capital outlay. All the applicant needs to do is prove their vocational English proficiency. The South Australian state Government is to invest $400,000 in this program.

Most of the Australian Business Visas require a capital outlay of a minimum $200,000. This is where this Visa differs from them. Also in terms of English language proficiency, the requirement is quite low. Immigrants need to score band 5 in each of the 4 components of IELTS.

This new Australian Business Visa is a temporary permit for genuine entrepreneurs to establish their business. However, it opens the pathway for them to apply for Permanent Residency Visa in the future. At first, the business proposal would be examined by the State Government. Those who can set up a successful business venture will be eligible for Permanent Residence.

The State Government will also keep a check on the business activity of the Visa holders.  If it proves to be not closely associated with the proposal, the visa may be cancelled.

The initiative started on 21st November 2018. It will continue until the end of November 2021. The Government has confirmed that there is no cap on the number of Visas to be granted.

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What is the processing time for the QIIP in Canada?

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The average processing time for the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) in Canada is around 12 to 44 months. Why is there such a huge gap in the timelines? That is because the processing time depends on the country that you are applying from.

North America, South America, and Western Europe sees shorter wait times. You may receive a Visa in as less as 12 months if you have applied from any one of the countries here.

You will experience much longer wait times if you apply from countries like China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The process time for these countries may be as high as 44 months.

QIIP is an immensely popular investor program in Canada. That is because it is the only program which can get you a PR through passive investment. The QIIP in Canada does not require you to start your own business venture.

As per The Guardian, QIIP will accept applications between 10th September 2018 and 15th March 2019. The program will accept a maximum of 1,900 applications. Out of this, 1,235 applications have been reserved for Hong Kong, China, and Macau. The remaining 665 applications will be accepted from the rest of the world.

Eligibility for QIIP

If you are interested in the QIIP, you would need to meet the below eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicants should have legally acquired a personal net worth of at least $2 million
  2. Applicants should have at least 2 years of business or management experience in the recent 5 years
  3. Applicants need to make an investment of at least $1.2 million. The investment is passive and guaranteed by the Quebec Govt. The investment has to be made for a period of 5 years and during this time it will bear no interest.
  4. Applicants will need to demonstrate the intention to settle in Quebec

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Saudi Arabia to launch a new Tourist Visa soon

The inaugural Formula E race, Saudia Al Diriyah E Prix, is to be held in Riyadh this year. Saudi Arabia has hence announced a new Tourist Visa to allow international fans to travel to the country.

Tourists would be able to apply for the new visa online. With the launch of a new electronic visa process, Saudi Arabia would be able to open their gates to fans of live sports, music, and culture. The Saudi General Sports Authority said so in a statement to Arabian Business.

The new Visa process platform will be launched on December 15. The platform has been named Sharek.

Ad Diriyah, the historical city, will soon host one of the biggest festivals of the year. The festival will have car racing, live music, and entertainment for over a period of 3 days.

Saudi General Sports Authority’s announcement was attended by famous Formula E stars. Felipe Massa, Andre Lotterer, and Susie Wolff were the stars who were present.

Sharek has been launched as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 strategy for the future. It is spearheaded by Mohd. Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince.

Organizers have expressed hope that a large number of racing fans would take advantage of the new Visa process and travel to the event.

With the launch of Sharek, Saudi Arabia would be able to share the grand event with the world. This was quoted by Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, who is the vice-chairman of the Saudi General Sports Authority. He felt that the association of a futuristic and viable sport as the Formula E will pave the future direction of the country. He also hoped that international fans would arrive in the country in droves to witness the sporting spectacle.

The Formula E event has been sanctioned officially by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The country has worked with UNESCO to build the tracks for this even from its existing road network. The Saudi Arabia Govt. will soon announce more details about the event in the coming weeks.

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Know about the top 3 Universities of Australia

Know about the top 3 Universities of Australia

Know about the top 3 Universities of Australia

It is not surprising that most students aspire to study in Australia. It is, after all, one of the most popular destinations for higher studies. Australia is ranked 3rd in the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings 2018.

Here are the top 3 Universities of Australia:

  1. Australian National University: ANU is the highest ranked University in Australia and 24th in the world. It is located in Australia’s capital Canberra. It is the only University in Australia to be created by the Parliament of Australia. Emerging Global Employability Survey 2015 awarded ANU the top rank for graduate employability. 6 of its faculty members and alumni are Nobel Laureates, as per Top Universities.
  2. University of Melbourne: Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is one of the oldest Australian Universities. It is ranked 39th in the world. This University houses around 50,270 students. Out of these 20,000 are international students from over 130 countries across the globe. The University holds a high reputation for its research. It has over 100 research centers and institutes. It has a research expenditure of a whopping 850 million a year.
  3. The University of New South Wales: The UNSW was founded in the year 1949. The University boasts of having more than a million alumni, much more than any other Australian University.

It is ranked 45th in the world. Situated in Sydney, the UNSW runs partnerships with more than 200 Universities worldwide. The University of New South Wales has the goal of becoming “The global University of Australia” by 2025.

Some other top Universities in Australia include:

  • University of Sydney: It is ranked 42nd in the world
  • The University of Queensland: It is ranked 48th in the world
  • Monash University: It is ranked 59th in the world
  • The University of Western Australia: It is ranked 91st in the world
  • The University of Adelaide: It is ranked 114th in the world
  • University of Technology, Sydney: It is ranked 160th in the world
  • University of Newcastle: It is ranked 214th in the world
  • University of Wollongong: It is ranked 218th in the world

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French language test results accepted for Canada PR

French language test results accepted for Canada PR

French language test results accepted for Canada PR

Canada is now accepting a new test result as proof of language ability. It is primarily meant for the French-speaking Overseas Immigrants. Candidates with proficiency in this language can now apply for Canada PR.

‘The Test de Connaissance du français pour le Canada’ or TCF Canada has been particularly designed for this reason.  It is conducted by Centre international d’études pédagogiques or CIEP to test proficiency in the French language. The centre is run by the French government. It will be made available at approved test centers across Canada and over 150 countries.

The TCF Canada was created to match the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s French-language standards. It is popularly known as the Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens or NCLC. It is applicable for the Express Entry system which includes –

  • The Federal Worker Class
  • The Skilled Trades Class
  • The Canadian Experience Class

Candidates must prove a minimum proficiency level in either English or French to be eligible for Canada PR. It is to focus on both English and French since they are official languages in Canada.

As reported by CIC News, candidates who claim to know French must prove a minimum proficiency level of NCLC 7. The TCF Canada is the second French language test that’s acknowledged by IRCC. The other recognized option is the ‘Test d’évaluation de français’ or TEF Canada. Either of the two test results will be accepted by IRCC.

English-speaking candidates applying for Canada PR won’t have to provide French test results. However, if they claim to know the French language, they would have to.

The accepted English tests are IELTS and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program or CELPIP.  Canada is encouraging French-speaking Immigrants to migrate to provinces like Ontario. The Government has even introduced different measures to endorse Francophone Overseas Immigration.

Ontario has its own Express Entry-aligned Immigration program. It is one of the most active Immigration programs for French-speaking candidates. In 2018, it has issued over 1,300 invitations to eligible candidates for Canada PR.

A survey in 2016 showed that over seven million Canadians used French as their mother tongue. About 950,000 Canadians out of them lived outside Quebec, the French-speaking province.

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More immigrants are moving to Australia

More immigrants are moving to Australia

More immigrants are moving to Australia

After a short slowdown in 2017, more immigrants are moving to Australia again.

The Australia Bureau of Statistics released data based on the overseas arrivals and departures for August. The yearly rate of net overseas migration has increased in the last 3 months. The immigration levels now are similar to the ones during Australia’s mining boom in the early part of this decade.

The ABS, however, warns that overseas arrivals and departures are not a reliable source for immigration statistics. As per the Business Insider, these data may not be appropriate for migration data as they do not have a reasonable track record. Hence, they cannot be used as a leading indicator of immigration statistics.

ABS will release the next set of demographic statistics by December this year. The statistics will contain data up to the June quarter this year.

It is beyond doubt that more immigrants are now moving to Australia. The net overseas migration rate is accelerating. It is evident in the improvement in the Australian economy over the last year.

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