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Australian citizenship approvals double and wait times drop

Australian citizenship

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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canada

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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saskatchewan immigration

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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MPNP Canada issues 196 invitations in the latest draw

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manitoba

In the latest draw conducted on 23rd May, MPNP issued 196 invitations for Canadian Permanent Residence.

119 LAAs (Letters of Advice to Apply) were issued under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category. 60 LAAs were issued under the Skilled Workers Overseas category and 17 under the International Education category.

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has issued 4,320 invitations to skilled workers in 2019.

Manitoba, through the MPNP, nominates candidates for a provincial nomination. Employers in the province thus get access to foreign skilled workers to fill in the skill gaps. MPNP nominated candidates also should be able to settle quickly and economically establish themselves in the province.

Since its inception in 1998, MPNP has welcomed more than 130,000 newcomers to Canada, as per CIC News. The MPNP is considered one of the most active and successful provincial nominee programs in Canada.

In the 23rd May draw, 27 LAAs were issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool with a job validation code. These candidates had work experience in any one occupation listed on the In-Demand Occupation list of Manitoba.

Temporary overseas workers and international graduates in Manitoba can apply under the Skilled Workers in Manitoba category. It is mandatory for these applicants to be currently working in a permanent, full-time job in Manitoba.

Eligible candidates living outside Canada may apply under the Skilled Workers Overseas category. It is mandatory for these applicants to demonstrate a connection to Manitoba. The connection could be:

  • A family member or friend living in Manitoba
  • Previous work experience in Manitoba
  • Previous education in Manitoba

Such candidates may receive an invitation under the Strategic Recruitment Initiative of the MPNP.

60 LAAs were issued to Skilled Workers Overseas candidates through a Strategic Recruitment Initiative in the 23rd May draw.

To apply under the MPNP, candidates must first complete an online Expression of Interest. Candidates are awarded a score on the basis of their education, work experience, language skills and connection to Manitoba.

Highest-scoring candidates are invited through regular MPNP draws.

The minimum score in the latest draw was:

  • Skilled Worker Overseas: 506
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 548

In 2018, MPNP issued 5,207 provincial nominations. 98% of these nominations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas and Skilled Workers in Manitoba categories.

 

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How will the latest Australian Elections affect immigration?

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australia

In the latest Australian Elections, the Liberal Party Coalition has emerged victorious. The Party will thus retain the Govt. for the coming 3 years.

Here is how the latest Australian Elections will affect immigration:

  1. Regional Visas

As announced, the Subclass 491 Provisional Skilled Work Regional Visa will be available from November 2019. The Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa will also be available from November 2019.

  1. Designated Area Migration Agreements (DAMA)

The new Govt. is trying to roll out more DAMAs to encourage migrants to settle in Regional Areas. The new DAMAs will also give regional employers access to skilled foreign workers to meet their business needs. DAMAs provide more flexibility to sponsor overseas workers as compared to the standard pathway. Applicants receive concessions on language skills and salary requirements. It also provides a pathway to Permanent Residence, as per SBS News.

  1. Nomination rejections for Subclass 482 and 457 Visa

There were a few noteworthy details published under the Freedom of Information Act. The report revealed the visa outcomes for the Subclass 457/482 (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa) from 1st November 2018 to 31st January 2019. 10% of all these nominations were denied while 7% were withdrawn or finalized.

  1. Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Review

The SAF levy is confiscated when a nomination is rejected which affects many businesses in Australia. However, the Govt. plans to review the SAF levy in November 2019. Many people have suggested changes to the refund provision.

  1. TSS Visa Senate Inquiry

A report published in April 2019 assessed the success of the TSS Visa system. The focus was on the ability of the TSS Visa system to address the real skill shortage in Australia. The Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee has made many recommendations in the published report. Since the Govt. is yet to respond to the report, only time will tell if any of these recommendations are implemented.

  1. Authorization via major investment

Earlier this year, Australia announced a new probable category for becoming an accredited sponsor for TSS Visas. Businesses applying under this category need to make a minimum investment of at least $50 million AUD. A lower level of investment can be considered for cases where the investment has the potential of generating employment. More details on this policy are awaited.

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SINP Canada issues 325 invitations in the latest draw

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

On 22nd May, SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) conducted its latest draw. 325 invitations were issued through its Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories. The lowest-ranked candidate invited in the latest draw scored 82 points out of a total of 100.

104 invitations were issued under the SINP Express Entry sub-category. The remaining 221 invitations were issued under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category. Both these sub-categories form an integral part of the SINP. The province of Saskatchewan can nominate applicants through the SINP to meet the labour demands of the province.

Since 2007, the province of Saskatchewan has welcomed more than 108,000 newcomers. These newcomers came from over 170 countries. Immigration plays a key role in driving workforce and population growth in the province.

SINP has listed 19 occupations as being “in-demand” in the province. An applicant needs to have work experience in any one of these occupations to apply under both the categories.

An offer of employment from Saskatchewan is not necessary to apply under the SINP.

In 2019, the SINP has issued 854 invitations under its Occupations In-Demand sub-category. 814 invitations have been issued under the Express Entry sub-category in 2019, as per CIC News.

Candidates who are successful in obtaining a Provincial Nomination through SINP get an extra 600 points on their CRS score. The extra points ensure that they receive an ITA for Canadian PR.

To apply for a Provincial Nomination under the SINP, one must first complete an online EOI (Expression of Interest). The EOI has to be submitted under the International Skilled Worker Category of the SINP.

The profiles of eligible candidates are scored out of a total of 100. They are given points on the basis of their

  • Skilled work experience
  • Education
  • Language skills in either English or French
  • Connection to the province.

Candidates who score the highest points receive an Invitation to Apply through the draws conducted.

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Canada invites 3350 candidates in the latest EE draw

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migrate canada

Canada conducted the latest Express Entry draw on 29th May. 3,350 candidates received invitations to apply for a Canadian PR. The lowest ranked candidate had a Comprehensive Ranking Score of 470.

After 1st May, the 29th May EE round was the first all-programs invitation round. This round also saw a large number of ITAs being issued.

The last Express Entry draw was conducted on 15th May and was exclusively for FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program) candidates. 500 ITAs were issued to FSTC candidates in this round, as per CIC News.

The Express Entry system manages applications under the below economic migration programs of Canada:

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

There was a gap of almost a month between the last two draws involving all 3 immigration programs. This can be attributed to the high cut-off score in the last draw.

As per the past trends, all-program draws were conducted by the EE system every 2 weeks. When there is a larger time gap, the EE pool gets more time to gather more high-scoring applicants. This often results in the cut-off score getting higher.

The tie-breaker rule was used even in the latest EE draw. The date and time used were 23rd May 2019 and 10:18:56 UTC. This means that all applicants who had a CRS score higher than 470 received an ITA. Also, all those applicants who had a score of 470 or higher and had submitted their profiles prior to the above time and date also received an ITA.

IRCC has issued a total of 35,100 ITAs so far in 2019.

Canada has increased the annual immigration target for 2019 under the economic programs of the Express Entry. The immigration intake is expected to increase further in 2020 and 2021.

The immigration intake target for 2019 is 81,400 which is 6,500 more than the target of 74,900 in 2017.

There are a number of ways through which candidates can increase their CRS score. The most significant among them is to apply through the Provincial Nominee Program. Candidates who succeed in obtaining a provincial nomination get an addition 600 points on their CRS score. This guarantees an invitation for Permanent Residency of Canada.

 

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