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What is the latest update on the Subclass 482 and 489 of Australia?

Australia Immigration

Australia Immigration

If you aspire to migrate to Australia, you should be mindful of the latest Subclass 482 and 489 updates. More details have been announced by Immigration South Australia about the DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreements). The updates also apply to the Subclass 482 (Temporary Skills Shortage) Visa.

South Australia has released the below details regarding the DAMA:

  1. Adelaide Technology and Innovation Agreement

There are 60 occupations in this agreement supporting the Adelaide City Deal. These occupations belong to Technology, Space and Defence, and Advanced Manufacturing sectors. This agreement will help employers access as well as retain high-skilled foreign workers, as quoted by SBS News.

  1. South Australia Regional Workforce Agreement

There are 114 occupations in this agreement. These occupations are from key regional industries of growth. These industries include Mining, Tourism, Construction, Aged Care, Hospitality, and Agribusiness. Employers would be able to access high-skilled workers through this agreement.

Information regarding Employer Eligibility

More details regarding the application process for DAMA will be announced on 1st July 2019.

There are 9 Regional Authorities that are participating in the NSW Subclass 489 Visa. Central West is one among them which has announced that Regional Sponsorship is now closed. It also announced that the new occupation list for the year 2019-20 will be announced in July 2019. This is applicable to the Subclass 482 and 489 Visa applicants applying to Central West for regional sponsorship.

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How can you get a Travel Visa in 2019?

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A Travel Visa is a document which allows you to arrive in a particular country and live there for a stipulated amount of time. Countries usually have a wide range of Visas like Tourist Visa, Student Visa, Work Visa etc. Hence, it is important that you identify your purpose of requesting a Visa before you apply for one.

The common thing about all the Visas is that they take time to be processed. So your overseas trip should be planned well in advance. You should also apply for the suitable visa and wait until it is processed. You will also need to complete the visa application form and submit all the supporting documents well in time. This can avoid any possible delays in the processing of your Visa application.

Most nations in the world welcome tourism. They make all possible efforts to ensure that it is easy for tourists to arrive in their country. Some Govt.’s, however, believe that they should safeguard their citizens and also their way of life. Thus, they try to limit the number of foreign influences which could affect their way of life. This also includes foreign travellers who they believe could create problems in their country.

When planning an overseas tour, start by checking first on the Home Affairs website of your country. You will be able to confirm whether you need a Travel Visa or not for the country that you are planning to travel to. The Home Affairs website will have precise information on the visa requirements for that country, as per FTN News.

Non-European nations like Brazil, Vietnam, China etc. require you to obtain a Visa irrespective of your period of stay. If you are a US passport holder, many European nations will allow you to visit for 90 days without a Visa.

Check out the Immigration Website of a country if it requires a Travel or Tourist Visa. You will be able to download the necessary application forms from the website. You may submit them online or by mail after taking printouts. You may also be able to hand deliver them in case you reside near the Consulate. You will also need to pay the Visa fee which usually ranges between $50 and $200. However, you need to confirm the same before making the payment.

Once you submit your Visa application, the Consulate will process the same. If your application is successful, you will be mailed your Visa which needs to be attached to the passport. The processing time may range from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the country.

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What is the International Experience Canada Program?

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International Experience Canada is a program that allows foreign youth to travel and work in Canada. There are accredited organizations in Canada that support and guide these applicants who wish to live and work in Canada. They do so through the Canada Work Visa under the International Experience Canada Program.

There are private firms in Canada which have been authorized by the Govt. to provide these services. These services are helpful for applicants who require additional assistance. It helps them to prepare their application for a Work Visa and also to settle down in the country.

Applicants who have an employer-specific Accredited Organization are exempted from their country’s quota. Even if your country exceeds the quota for the IEC Work Visas, an Accredited Organization can still assist you. However, it is mandatory that the applicants meet all the requirements of the IEC Program. The processing time of their application is similar to normal visa applications, as per CIC News.

Even if your country is not on the list of participating countries in the IEC, an Accredited Organization can still help you. You can still apply for a regular Work Visa provided you meet the requirements.

Canada modified its list of Accredited Organizations on 4th December 2018. It also added information regarding applications being received by these organizations from specific countries. This included India, the USA, Pakistan, Uganda, Singapore, Ecuador, Iceland, Brazil, and China.

An Accredited Organization offers services to and from countries that have a Youth Mobility Agreement with Canada. There are conditions that the applicants from these countries need to fulfil.

In some cases, Accredited Organizations are allotted nomination quotas for Work Visas. However, these are for streams that are not a part of the Youth Mobility Agreement. The maximum validity for participation in such cases is 2 years.

You can apply for a Canada Work Visa under the IEC Program in the following streams:

  • Young Professionals
  • International Co-op
  • Working Holiday

There are 9 Accredited Organizations that offer assistance under the IEC Program. They are:

  • AIESEC Canada
  • Go International Work and Travel Providers
  • IAESTE
  • International Rural Exchange
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Stepwest
  • Swap Working Holiday
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of New Brunswick

 

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What is the current status of occupations under South Australia state sponsorship?

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The status of some occupations under State Sponsorship has been modified by South Australia. This will be applicable to all applicants who are applying under the Subclass 190 and Subclass 489 Visa.

Here is the current status of the occupations:

  • 232212- Surveyor: Special Conditions Apply
  • 241111- Early Childhood (Pre-Primary) Teacher: Special Conditions Apply. Offshore applicants can only apply for the Provisional Subclass 489 Visa.

Wherever “Special Conditions Apply”, applicants need to meet the special requirements in order to apply for sponsorship.

Occupations which show as “Low Availability” have few spots left and can be closed at any point.

Applicants scoring 80 points or above can apply under Special Conditions for South Australia state sponsorship. Effective from July 2018, this is applicable to all occupations under Special Conditions or occupations listed on the Supplementary List.

Here is how you can apply for a State Sponsorship of South Australia:

  • Applicants need to submit an online EOI (Expression of Interest) through Skill Select. While submitting the EOI, you need to select South Australia as the preferred state. You will also need to select whether you are applying for the Subclass 190 or Subclass 489 Visa.
  • You should note your EOI ID as you will need it while submitting your application for state sponsorship
  • Log on to the Immigration SA website and submit an application for state sponsorship
  • It is advisable to keep a track of your application online
  • Your sponsorship outcome will be visible on the Immigration SA website
  • If your state nomination is approved you will receive an invitation from the Dept. of Home Affairs to apply for a Visa
  • You will need to submit your Australia PR application to the Dept. of Home Affairs

You may submit state nomination applications to multiple states in Australia. They will, however, be submitted as per the submitted date, as per SBS News.

In case you do not wish to process your SA state sponsorship application, you need to intimate Immigration SA. You will, however, not be refunded your application fee for state sponsorship.

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MPNP Canada invites students and overseas workers in the latest draw

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MPNP

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in Canada conducted its latest draw on 9th May. 170 Invitations to Apply were issued in this draw for Permanent Residence.

15 of the 170 invites were given to candidates who had their profiles in the Express Entry pool. These candidates also had a job seeker validation code.

101 invitations were issued to candidates applying under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba pathway. The minimum score for this stream was 569 under the MPNP points grid.

52 invitations were issued under the Skilled Workers Overseas stream. The lowest-ranked candidate in this stream had a score of 616.

17 invitations were issued under the International Education Stream. This stream is for international students who have completed their studies from post-secondary institutes in Manitoba. However, these students need to meet the requirements of any one of the 3 immigration pathways.

The MPNP encourages international students to attend its information session before they apply under the International Education Stream.

All overseas skilled workers under invited under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative of the MPNP. The MPNP works with employers in Manitoba to fill in available jobs in the province.

To apply under the MPNP, applicants must first submit an online Expression of Interest. The EOI contains information regarding the work experience, education, connection to Manitoba and language skill details. The candidates are then assigned a score based on the Manitoba points grid.

The highest scoring candidates are invited in each draw to apply for a Provincial Nomination, as per CIC News. A Provincial Nomination adds 600 points to an applicant’s CRS Score. Invited candidates have a much greater likelihood of integrating into the Manitoba society. These candidates are also most like to contribute to the long-term development of the province of Manitoba.

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The new Parent Visa could swamp Australian hospitals

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As per the NSW Treasury Analysis, 37,000 aged parents coming to Australia under the new Parent Visa could swamp Australian hospitals.

Dominic Perrottet, NSW Treasurer, says that the Federal Govt. cannot expect the state govt. to pay for their expensive migration policies.

If the Labour Govt. comes into power, they promise to slash the Parent Visa fee. Unlimited visits would be granted and parents will be able to apply for a second term of their Visa without exiting Australia.

The current Coalition Govt. has capped the new Parent Visa at 15,000 annually. Applications for the same will be accepted from 1st July 2019.

Australia is facing a backlog of almost 100,000 applications for the Permanent Parent Visa. A majority of these applications are from Chinese-Australians. Also, most of these applicants cannot expect to obtain a Visa before 2040-50. These migrants, obviously, will quickly switch over to the new and easy Temporary Parent Visa.

The NSW Treasury based its estimate of parent arrivals on the current backlog. The state of New South Wales accounts for 37% of the family visa settlements currently.

The Treasury’s estimate is pretty conservative as it has not taken into account the Indian and Middle-Eastern diaspora. Devotion to one’s parents is part of the cultural heritage of these countries. However, parents from these countries often fail to meet the “Balance of Family” test, unlike the Chinese. The Balance of Family test requires you to have at least 50% of your children settled in Australia. Most Indian and Middle Eastern families do not meet this requirement due to their large family sizes.

Labour has a budget of $10 million planned for the Parent Visa for 2020-21. This budget will rise to $40 million by 2022-23. This will be equivalent to the cost of 16,000 5-Year Parent Visas.

Shayne Neumann, Labour Spokesperson, said that the visa conditions would remain the same as the current Visa.

Bob Birrell, a Demographer, has forecasted that around 200,000 Temporary Parent Visas may be issued under the Labour’s first term.

Peter McDonald, a population expert, estimates that up to 2 million parents of immigrants could possibly come to Australia.

Prof McDonald believes that a rush on the new Parent Visa would increase net migration to Australia. It will also increase the average age of Australians by adding a large number of aged parents to the population. This will put a lot of stress on services for older people, as quoted by The Australian.

The Temporary Parent Visa does not provide access to Medicare. The State Govt.’s have often complained that they have to foot the bill after temporary visa holders incur costly treatment and fail to pay.

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How will the Australian Elections affect immigration?

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australia

As per a recent poll conducted by IPSOS, Immigration has jumped up to 6th spot as the most common worry of Australians. The topic of immigration is divisive as the Labour and Coalition have different stands on it.

Leftist voters want to bring in more immigrants to Australia while rightist voters do not.

The major parties have the below approaches when it comes to refugee and migrant intake:

  • If Labour wins the Australian Elections:

If Labour wins the Australian Elections, skilled immigrants will be paid more. Also, it might be easier for migrants to get their parents to Australia.

Labour has made a declaration that it has a long-term approach to immigration intake. However, they are yet to announce any policies on the same.

They have, however, made many promises on many visas.

For example, Labour has promised to do away with the 15,000 yearly caps on the new Parent Visa. They have also promised to slash the visa fee for the same. Labour intends to drop the price of a 3-year Parent Visa to $1,250 and that of a 5-year Visa to $5,000. They have also promised that both sets of parents would be able to apply for the new Parent Visa which is not possible currently.

Labour also announced in December 2018 that it would increase the income threshold of the Temporary Skilled Migrants from $53,900 to $65,000 annually.

Labour also plans to increase the refugee intake from the current 18,750 to 32,000, as per Yahoo Finance.

  • If the Liberal-National Coalition wins the Australian Elections:

If the Liberal-National Coalition wins the Australian Elections then the migration intake will be slashed by 30,000.

As announced in the annual budget in April this year, the Coalition Govt. plans to cut down the immigration intake from 190,000 to 160,000. This will result in a loss of 120,000 visa places in the next 4 years until 2022-23.

The Coalition has also promised to allocate a budget of $64.2 million to “Social Cohesion Measures”. These measures will help new migrants in settling down in Australia. The budget will be used to fund community hubs, community language programs and local sports grants. It will also be used to support understanding and diversity initiatives.

However, cutting down has immigration numbers has made many Australians raise concerns about the impact it will have on the economy.

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Economist McCrann feels Australia is running an immigration scam

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Economic Columnist Terry McCrann feels that Australia is running an immigration scam. The country is building more infrastructure to service immigration rather than improving the long-term productivity and prosperity of the country.

Recently the Coalition put out its immigration policy where it wanted to cap its Refugee Visas at 18,700. Labour, on the other hand, wanted this number to be 32,000.

Labour also wants to increase the cap for the new Parent Visa. The current Govt. has capped the new Sponsored (Temporary) Parent Visa at 15,000 annually. Labour also wants to decrease the visa fee of the Parent Visa to half of what it is now.

Currently, there are about 100,000 elderly parents who are waiting to come to Australia. Plus, there are a number of refugees seeking asylum in Australia, as per The Mercury.

Terry McCrann believes that the whole point of immigration is to bring in younger immigrants. These younger immigrants can help the Australian workforce. However, bringing in 100,000 elderly parents of immigrants defeats the whole purpose.

McCrann also feels that Australia’s current cap of 18,700 for Refugees is among the most generous in the world. He cites the example of Japan which has no immigration policy for taking in refugees.

McCrann went on to say that the country is running a Ponzi Scheme on immigration. It is building more and more infrastructure day by day to support immigration. However, little is being done to improve the wealth and productivity and prosperity of Australia.

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You can now earn points for being single on your Australia PR

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Australia has introduced a new points system as well as a new Regional Visa.

Below are the changes that you can see in the new points system:

  1. If your spouse or common-law partner is skilled, then you get 10 points
  2. If you are sponsored by a State/Territory or by a family member living in a designated area, you earn 10 points
  3. If you have specific STEM qualification, you get 10 points
  4. Single applicants (those who do not have a spouse or common-law partner) will get 10 points
  5. If your spouse or common-law partner has competent English you can get 5 points

Single applicants will be given additional points under the new points system. The previous points system was more advantageous for married people as they could claim points for their spouse’s skills.

Following the advice of the Productivity Commission, Australia has revised its points system. The revision was introduced so that the spouse’s skills could contribute to the score of the primary applicant.

It was pointed out by the Productivity Commission that 50% of the immigration intake consisted of secondary applicants. Although many secondary applicants are not very skilled, a majority of them were highly skilled. They could be big contributors to the Australian economy.

The new points system will benefit applicants who have good English proficiency.

Also, single applicants and applicants who have skilled partners will receive more preference, as per SBS News.

Applicants whose spouse’s do not possess the necessary English proficiency will be ranked lower than the rest.

The new points system of Australia will come into effect from 16th November 2019.

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Canada issues 3350 invitations in the latest EE draw

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Canada held the latest Express Entry draw on 1st May 2019. 3,350 candidates were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residence.

Canada’s Express Entry Program manages the applications for Permanent Residence for the following economic immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. Canadian Experience Class
  3. Federal Skilled Trades Class

To apply under the Express Entry program, one needs to submit an online profile. Each profile is given a Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) based on attributes like age, education, work experience, language skills etc. Applicants with the highest scores are selected in each draw and are issued an Invitation to Apply for PR.

For the 1st May draw, the minimum score was 450. There was a 1 point drop as compared to the last draw held on 17th April. 3,350 candidates were invited in the 17th April draw too.

Canada has issued a total of 31,250 invitations until now for 2019. The immigration target for the year 2019 is 81,400, as quoted by Mwakilishi.

Candidates who receive an ITA get 60 days time to submit an application for Permanent Residence.

Candidates who apply for PR through the Express Entry Program can remain in the EE pool for up to 12 months if not invited. They can continue to improve their CRS Score.

Improving your language score, gaining relevant experience, getting a job offer in Canada are some of the ways to improve your CRS score.

 

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