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The Australia PR quota should remain at 190,000: Expert

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Prof. Peter McDonald is a Demography Expert with the University of Melbourne. Prof. McDonald believes that Australia should retain its annual PR quota at 190,000. 

In March 2019, the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, announced a reduction in the immigration intake. The annual immigration intake was slashed by 30,000 to 160,000. The move was intended to please voters who were worried about congestion and job security. 

Addressing the Infrastructure Summit of the Australian Financial Review, Prof. McDonald said that Australia would not have been what it is today without Sydney and Melbourne. He also said that the PR quota should have been kept at 190,000. 

The Prof. also said that Australia is looking at a probable labour crunch. 2 million Baby Boomers will retire pretty soon in Australia and there are not enough youngsters to replace them. The younger generation is not growing as expected. Also, younger Australians tend to study longer which further intensifies the labour crunch. 

Immigration is the only solution to counter the potential labour crunch, said the Prof. Hence, he is a firm believer that Australia should have retained its PR quota of 190,000, as per the AFR. 

Slashing immigration numbers will not help decongest Sydney and Melbourne, said the Prof. He said that probably 10,000 of the slashed immigration numbers would have settled in these cities. However, the labour demand in these two cities is much higher than in other cities in Australia and will continue to remain so. To address their labour needs, Sydney and Melbourne will now need to look at other cities. As per the Prof., the first city that they will target will be Adelaide. 

A majority of the retiring Baby Boomers were employed in low-skilled jobs. Immigrants do not fill up low-skilled positions. Thus, reduction in immigration numbers will also cause a scarcity of low-skilled workers. 

The end of the mining boom transformed Australia drastically, as per the Prof. Workers, who were earlier moving to Perth and Brisbane, started choosing Sydney and Melbourne. However, these two cities will shape the future of Australia and are important in attracting foreign workers. 

Romilly Madew, Chief Exec. Infrastructure Australia believes that infrastructure projects should be planned carefully. These projects should keep in mind the population growth so that the cities remain livable. 

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Australia Tech Visa pilot may be reviewed by July end

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The 12-month long Australia Tech Visa pilot under the Global Talent Scheme is nearing its expiry date. The Federal Govt. plans to conduct a review to assess the effectiveness of the pilot program. 

The Subclass 457 Visa was abruptly closed in 2017 by the Australian Govt. In an attempt to pacify the irate technology sector, the Global Talent Scheme was launched in July 2018, as per The Innovation AUS. 

The Tech Visa pilot offers Visas to highly skilled overseas professionals for positions which cannot be filled locally. The pilot falls under the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa program. 

Sponsoring businesses in Australia can get access to 4-year Visas. These Visas are fast-tracked and also have a pathway to Australia Permanent Residence. There are 2 business categories-one for established businesses and the other for Startups. Established businesses should have an annual turnover of more than $4 million. 

The Global Talent Scheme was launched as a pilot initiative for 12 months by the Australian Govt. It is due to expire in July this year. The Dept. of Home Affairs has announced that a 2-week review will be conducted to assess the effectiveness of the pilot. The pilot program will continue to run during the review period. 

A Spokesperson from the Dept. of Home Affairs said that the Tech Visa pilot is due for review at the end of its 12-month validity. The review will help assess its performance and will suggest modifications to better achieve its goals. 

The Tech Visa pilot will continue as is under the GTS till the review is complete, said the Spokesperson. The Govt. will then decide the future of the Tech Visa pilot. 

The Australian Govt. is committed to cater to the skills needed to the Australian economy and attract the best talents globally. The Dept. of Home Affairs aims to provide a streamlined process to businesses and startups to hire overseas workers. 

The Tech Visa pilot had a slow start. The political turmoil in Canberra in 2018 also added to its delay. The first company to be approved under this scheme was only approved in October 2018. The first Startup was approved as late as March 2019. 

So far, 14 tech companies in Australia have qualified for the Global Talent Scheme. These companies now have access to fast-tracked Visas. 4 of these companies are Startups. The Companies include Safety Culture of Queensland, Gilmour Space Technologies and Q-CTRL. Atlassian and Canva are among the larger tech firms that have qualified for the Global Talent Scheme. 

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Know the most in-demand jobs in the UAE for 2019

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jobs in uae

The UAE is one of the most popular destinations for overseas workers. Tax-free income, affordability, world-class facilities, and safety are many of the charms of the country.

These are the most in-demand jobs in the UAE for 2019:

  1. IT (Graphic Designer, Software Developer)

The UAE has seen a massive surge in growth in the last 5 years and with it, the demand for IT jobs has also increased.

Large companies in the UAE have a huge demand for Software Developers. Graphic Designers collaborate with the IT Team to enhance and develop the company websites.

  1. Architects and Engineers

The increasing growth of the UAE has attracted a large number of companies to the country. It is not surprising to see mega-structures being build all over the country. The UAE rules, Sheikh Mohd. Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, envisions the UAE to become the top tourist destination in the world. Hence, the need for skilled Architects and Engineers have increased manifold in the country.

  1. Marketing and Social Media

The UAE has seen a surge in the number of foreign investors in the country. New companies are coming up every day in the UAE. In order to develop these companies further, Social Media and Marketing professionals are needed to create business and generate revenue.

  1. Sales Representatives and Customer Service professionals

The UAE is famous as a global shopping destination and hosts the yearly Dubai Shopping Festival. Hence, there is an ever-increasing demand for Sales Representatives and Customer Service Professionals in the many supermarkets and shopping centres across the country.

  1. F&B Professionals

The UAE is the hot spot for tourists and has a number of cafes, restaurants and dining options. Thus, Food and Beverage professionals are much sought after in the country.

  1. Real Estate Consultants

The demand for retail and commercial spaces has gone up with a large number of companies now venturing into the UAE. With this rising demand, the demand for Real Estate Consultants has also increased in the country, as per The Khaleej Times.

  1. Medical Practitioners (Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists)

The Healthcare Sector in the UAE is seeing a considerable investment. The Dubai Healthcare Authority wants to further improve the healthcare sector. A number of medical practitioners especially from countries like India and the Phillippines are hired every year.

  1. Hospitality Staff

The UAE is a favourite spot for tourists all across the globe and hence a number of hotels are being built across the country. This has increased the demand for hospitality staff in the country.

  1. Human Resource Professionals

Besides developing the organizational plan of a company, HR professionals also recruit suitable candidates for a job. With a large number of companies venturing into the UAE, the need for suitable candidates have increased. This, in turn, has increased the demand for HR professionals in the country.

  1. Secretarial (PA, Admin, Receptionists)

Myriad administrative jobs like answering phone calls, paperwork, responding to queries are an integral part of office work. Secretarial professionals, hence, have a huge demand in hotels, medical centres, commercial centres, shopping centres etc.

 

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Canada chooses 11 communities for a new Immigration pilot

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie

In the new Northern and Rural Immigration Pilot, Canada has chosen 11 northern and rural communities to participate. The Pilot Program can now invite migrants to settle in the country on PR.

Canada is struggling with a low birth rate and an ageing population. Thus, rural Canada is witnessing a severe decline in the availability of workers.

The new Pilot Program will help attract overseas workers which will, in turn, propel the growth of the Canadian economy. It will also support mid-level occupations in the participating communities, as per CIC News.

The communities that are participating in the pilot will have a wide range of support.

The communities below have been chosen to participate in the pilot program:

  • (ON) Sault Ste. Marie
  • (BC) West Kootenay
  • (ON) North Bay
  • (AB) Claresholm
  • (SK) Moose Jaw
  • (MB) Coulee Plum-Rhineland-Altona-Gretna
  • (MB) Brandon
  • (ON) Timmins
  • (ON) Thunder Bay
  • (ON) Sudbury
  • (BC) Vernon

The 11 chosen communities present a representative model of the various regions in Canada. This will further help design the model for the rest of the country.

Canada is collaborating with other regions to address the immigration requirement in Northern Canada. This will help complement the newly launched pilot program. The program is dedicated to attracting the best global talent to fill in skill gaps. This will also aid the growth of local countryside economies which, in turn, will help entire Canada.

The Govt. of Canada will work through the summer with the participating communities. This will help them identify immigrants for Permanent Residence as quick as Fall 2019. The participating communities will be able to recruit workers and endorse them for PR.

New immigrants would be able to arrive in Canada by 2020 through the Northern and Rural Immigration Pilot.

A similar program, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in 2017. The objective of this program was to promote growth in rural areas of Canada under the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

Rural communities in Canada employ more than 4 million workers. They account for almost 30% of Canada’s GDP.

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Canada introduces 2 new PR routes for Caregivers

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caregivers

Canada introduces 2 new PR routes for Caregivers to help them to arrive and settle in the country. The Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot programs have expired. They have been replaced by the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot programs. Applications for the new pilot programs are being accepted from 18th June 2019.

A job offer from Canada is now mandatory for Caregivers to apply for a Work Visa. Caregivers also need to meet the requirements of the economic immigration programs in Canada. The new pilot programs will help Caregivers gain 2 years of Canadian work experience which will qualify them for a Permanent Residence Visa.

The new pilot programs have the below benefits for Caregivers:

  1. Canada Work Visas which are occupation-specific are not employer-specific. This enables Visa holders to change employers if required.
  2. Family members of Caregivers will be eligible for Open Work Permits or Student Visas
  3. The new pilots will help Caregivers to transition from temporary to permanent status. They will be eligible to apply for the PR visa once they fulfil the work experience requirement.
  4. A Labour Market Impact Assessment will not be necessary to hire an overseas Caregiver.

Both the new pilot programs will provide a pathway for Caregivers and their families to transition to Permanent Residence. Canada is dedicated to better the lives of its immigrants and support employment for its middle class.

For the pilot programs that have expired, Canada has stopped accepting fresh applications with effect from 18th June 2019. However, Caregivers who have submitted their applications prior to this date will continue to have their applications processed to a final decision.

Caregivers who have not yet submitted their applications will now need to do so through the new pilot programs.

IRCC has announced that it will reopen its Interim Pathway for Caregivers on 8th July. This program will remain open for 3 months, as per CIC News.

The annual quota for Principal Applicants under both the pilot programs is 2,750. Along with the family members of the Caregivers, Canada will admit 5,500 newcomers every year.

 

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Australian citizenship approvals double and wait times drop

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Australian citizenship

As per the Dept. of Home Affairs, Australian citizenship approvals have doubled as compared to last year.  The Dept. also added that the wait times for the approvals have also dropped. As per the latest data released by the Dept., the wait times have dropped by 10%.

For 75% of the applications, the duration from filing to citizenship conferral has dropped to between 18 and 20 months. However, for 90% of the applications, the processing time remains the same at 23 months.

April 2019
Aus Citizenship appl. type 75% of appl. processed in 90% of appl. processed in
Conferral-lodgement to decision 16 months 20 months
Conferral-approval to ceremony 4 months 6 months
Conferral-lodgement to ceremony 20 months 23 months
Descent(Lodgement to decision) 54 days 4 months
Evidence(lodgement to decision) 5 days 12 days
Last updated: 26 April 2019 (for the month ending 31 Mar 2019)

 

May 2019
Aus Citizenship appl. type 75% of appl. processed in 90% of appl. processed in
Conferral-lodgement to decision 14 months 19 months
Conferral-approval to ceremony 5 months 6 months
Conferral-lodgement to ceremony 18 months 23 months
Descent(Lodgement to decision) 54 days 84 days
Evidence(lodgement to decision) 5 days 10 days
Last updated: 23 May 2019 (for the month ending 30 Apr 2019)

 

Several reforms have been put in place which the Dept. attributes to the reduction in wait times. Australian citizenship is a great privilege, said the Dept. Thus, it takes its responsibility seriously to efficiently and effectively process the applications legally.

Twice the number of people have been approved between 1st July 2018 and 30th April 2019 as compared to the same duration the previous year.

Despite all the reforms implemented to streamline the process, more than 200,000 applications are still in the backlog. This is despite the fact that there has been a reduction in the wait times, as per SBS News.

As per the Dept. of Home Affairs, there were 221,859 citizenship applications pending as of 26th May 2019. The numbers have reduced as compared to the previous year where there were 250,000 pending applications.

There has been a 30% increase in the Indian population in Australia in the last 2 years. Indians form the third largest migrant group in Australia.

The Dept. of Home Affairs spokesperson said with increased focus, the citizenship application backlog will further reduce.

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Quebec immigration could increase to 52,500 by 2022

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Quebec in Canada has introduced new proposals under which the immigration levels are expected to increase to 52,500 by 2022. The new proposals were introduced on 7th June.

An increase of 10,500 immigrants to Quebec is expected as compared to the target of 42,000 in 2019.

Public hearings on migration will commence on 12th August based on the newly introduced proposals.

The immigration levels in Quebec were 53,084, 52,388 and 51,118 respectively between 2015 and 2018.

A temporary reduction in immigration was introduced by the CAQ (Coalition Avenir Quebec) in 2018. This was done to address concerns that new immigrants were unable to integrate into the province. The Immigration Ministry (MIDI) said that the reduction was necessary to overhaul the integration services and programs. The base of the reforms has been laid, however, the policies and programs to achieve the goals are yet to be made.

Quebec, thus, expects a gradual increase in immigration levels by 3,000 to 4,000 a year between 2020 and 2022. This gradual increase will allow both the state as well as the civil society to allow newcomers to integrate into Quebec society.

Quebec aims to achieve immigration levels between 49,500 and 52,500 by 2022, as per CIC News. It aims to achieve 65% of the same through its economic immigration programs. The province aims to achieve 59% of its immigration intake through its economic immigration programs in 2019.

Other new proposals recommended are as below:

  1. Favouring international graduates and overseas workers who have acquired a degree in Quebec. Such immigrants who are already residing in Quebec and meet the labour needs of the province will be prioritized.
  2. Favouring overseas workers who have a job offer or in-demand training which fulfil the short-term labour market requirements of Quebec
  3. Expedite the arrival of newcomers in Quebec to address the province’s labour market needs faster
  4. Support employers in Quebec to hire temporary foreign workers. This can be done by decreasing procedural delays before their arrival and initiate procedures which help meet the workforce needs.
  5. Promote the selection of migrants who know the democratic values of Quebec and those enshrined in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedom of Quebec.
  6. Increase the number of French-speaking adults by increasing access to French-language training run by the Govt.
  7. Encourage more young people to settle permanently in the province to counter the rapidly ageing resident population

 

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Latest Australia Subclass 489 Visa update for Orana in NSW

Orana Regional Authority

Orana Regional Authority

Orana Regional Authority has announced changes in the requirements and application process for the Subclass 489 Visa sponsorship. These changes will come into effect from 1st June 2019.

The Orana RDA (Regional Development Australia) has now introduced an online Expression of Interest (EOI) process. Applicants will need to submit an EOI before submitting a Visa application. The EOI will be used to screen candidates who are willing to live and work in the Orana regional area.

Explicit conditions for Orana Regional Nomination

From June onwards, applications from candidates who have been living and working in Orana for the past 6 months only will be assessed. These applicants should have been working for at least 30 hours a week, as per SBS News.

The applicant should have been working in an occupation classified for the Orana region in the Long, Medium or Short-term Skill Shortage list. An eligible applicant must qualify for either the Subclass 187, 482 or 489 Visa. Aged Care Workers are also eligible to apply.

Applicants nominating ANZCO Level 1 Occupations should have Proficient English.

Applicants applying for Orana regional sponsorship in June 2019 should be living and working in Orana for at least 6 months. In order to apply, they will first need to submit an EOI. For further information on the eligibility criteria, they may contact the Skilled Migration Authorities in Orana.

Applicants should not submit an EOI if they do not meet the eligibility criteria. Such EOIs will not be considered and applicants will not be able to get a refund too.

All applicants interested in applying for Orana Regional Sponsorship under NSW Subclass 489 visa should make note of the latest update.

The Orana RDA is a Regional Certifying Body for the Orana region in New South Wales. It offers immigration services as part of the workforce planning and development strategy of this region.

Being an RCB, it assesses the eligibility of applicants for filling in skill gaps in the present labour market. It then nominates these applicants to the NSW Dept. of Industry or the Dept. of Home Affairs.

It plays a key role in assessing the eligibility for the below Australian Visas:

  • Subclass 489 Skilled Regional Provisional Visa: This evaluates an applicant’s eligibility for State Sponsorship
  • Subclass 187 Skilled Regional Visa: This visa needs to be sponsored by an employer in Australia. This visa also has regional concessions. The Orana RDS evaluates if a particular applicant caters to the skills which are needed in the region. It also evaluates if their employment terms are on par with other Australian workers.

 

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SINP Canada issues 426 invitations in the latest draw

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In the latest draw held on 6th June, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program in Canada issued 426 invitations. These invitations were issued under the Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand sub-categories.

342 invitations were issued under the Occupations In-Demand category. Remaining 84 invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates.

In the 6th June draw, the cut-off score for both the sub-categories was 75 points out of 100. As compared to the previous draw held on 15th May, there was a drop of 7 points in the minimum score required.

Saskatchewan can nominate eligible overseas workers for Permanent Residence through the SINP. The SINP categories are tailored to meet the labour and economic needs of the province.

To apply for a provincial nomination through Saskatchewan, the first step is to submit an online EOI with the SINP.

To apply under either the Occupations In-Demand or the Express Entry sub-category, one needs to have relevant work experience. This work experience should be in any one of the 19 occupations in the In-Demand list of the province, as per CIC News.

Express Entry candidates get an additional 600 points on their CRS score for obtaining a provincial nomination. This effectively guarantees an ITA for Canadian Permanent Residence.

The SINP Expression of Interest contains details regarding a candidate’s age, education, work experience, language proficiency, etc. The candidates are awarded points on these categories out of a total of 100.

The highest-scoring candidates are issued invitations to apply through regular draws. This is true for both the Occupations In-Demand as well as the Express Entry sub-category.

In 2019, the SINP has issued 898 invitations under the Express Entry sub-category. 1,196 invitations have been issued under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category in 2019.

 

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Know the health requirement for Australia Visa applicants

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health requirements

The Migration Regulations 1994 outlines the health requirement for Australia Visa applicants.

The requirement which is under the Schedule IV of the Public Interest Criteria has the below objectives:

  • To safeguard Australians against communicable/infectious diseases and to ensure public safety
  • To protect access for Australian for medical supplies like organ transplants which are in short supply
  • To streamline and control the spending on health and community services

Enforcing the above health policy is crucial to Australia and its visa programs. Incoming travellers and migrants should not be the cause of surging public health risks and health costs.

Advocates, however, have been critical of the health cost requirement in Australia. They believe that the health requirement costs unfairly target people with a permanent disability. This is, thus, a breach of the International Human Rights which Australia should abide by. This is under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under the United Nation’s Convention.

The “Significant Cost Threshold Policy” of Australia decides whether an increase in the health costs is required or not. Australian Visa applicants who have a disability or a chronic medical condition do not meet this requirement. This happens when the cost of the medical condition is considered to be higher than the threshold by the Medical Officer of the Commonwealth. The current “Significant cost threshold” has been fixed at $40,000 by Australia, as per SBS News.

When you apply for a Temporary Visa of Australia, your potential cost of services is calculated for the duration of your Visa validity. For example, the validity of a Student Visa for Australia is usually 4 years. So, the probable health costs are calculated at approx. $12,000 a year. An applicant who falls above this threshold does not meet the health requirement.

The health cost for an Australia PR applicant under 75 years is calculated by the incurred costs over 5 years. For those who are above 75 years, the cost is calculated by the incurred cost over 3 years. If the health cost goes beyond the threshold, such applicants do not meet the health requirement.

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