August, 2019

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Saskatchewan invites 150 candidates in the latest draw

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan conducted the latest invitation round on 15th August. 150 invitations were issued by the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program to Occupations In-demand and  EE candidates. 

SINP issued 45 invitations under its Express Entry stream. 105 invitations were issued under the SINP Occupations In-demand sub-category.  

The cut-off score in the 15th August draw was 78 points. 

To rank candidates under the EE and Occupations In-demand sub-categories, the SINP uses a unique points grid. Candidates are given a score out of a total of 100 points. A candidate’s score is based on factors like: 

  • Education 
  • Work Experience 
  • Language Skills 
  • Connection to Saskatchewan 

The SINP invites the highest-ranked candidates in both categories for a provincial nomination in regular pool draws. 

The SINP EE Sub-stream is linked to the Federal Express Entry Program. You do not need to have a job offer from Saskatchewan to apply under this category. However, it is mandatory for applicants to have work experience in any of the 19 In-demand occupations in Saskatchewan. 

In 2019, the SINP has invited 1,789 candidates under the Occupations In-Demand category so far. The EE sub-stream has so far issued 1,315 invitations in 2019, as per CIC News. 

The number of Invites issued in the 15th August draw was lesser in comparison to the previous draw. The previous invitation round happened on 24th July and issued 381 invites for a provincial nomination. 

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US Green Card: Tech companies dominate the application list

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usa green card

There are just two Indian companies featuring in the list of US Employer Green Card applications- TCS and Infosys. 

Tech giants like Facebook, Google, Cognizant, Cisco and Amazon have filed more Green Card applications than other tech companies. This has been revealed by recent data from the US Dept. of Labour. The Dept. of Labour of the US follows the calendar year from October to September. 

The highest number of Green Card applications has been filed by Amazon amongst all other tech companies. The tech giant has filed 1,500 Employer Green Card applications. 

Following Amazon is Cognizant which has filed 1,300 applications. Headquartered in the US, Cognizant has one of the largest employee bases in India. 

Cisco stands on the 3rd spot with 1,058 Green Card applications. On the 4th spot is TCS with 1,009 Green Card applications. 

Infosys has filed 519 Green Card applications placing it on the 7th spot. 

Here are the number of Green Card applications by tech firms: 

Name of the Company  No. of Green Card applications 
Amazon  1,590 
Cognizant  1,324 
Cisco  1,058 
TCS  1,009 
Google  874 
Facebook  562 
Infosys  519 
Microsoft  433 
Apple  400 
Deloitte  387 

 

How many of the above Green Card applications convert into Permanent Residence is yet to be seen. 

The US is facing a shortage of skilled professionals, as per NASSCOM. The companies in the US, hence, are hiring from where they can find the maximum-India. 

The H1B Visa is valid for a period of 3 years. It can be further extended for another 3 years. People who have been approved for a US Green Card can get the H1B Visa extended even further. That is why most people apply for a US Green Card when the validity of their H1B Visas are nearing expiry. 

Expenses for the H1B Visa have to be borne by the company in the US. However, that is not the case with Green Card applications, as per The Economic Times.  

US companies often file an I-40 or the Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers to retain highly valued or high-skilled employees. 

At present, the wait time for a Green Card for Indians can exceed 8 years. The newly introduced Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act will benefit more than 300,000 Indians living in the US. 

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India can avail visa-free travel to Thailand by the year-end

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thailand

India and China are a major source of tourists for Thailand. Hence to enhance the tourism industry in the country, Thailand is planning to introduce visa-free travel for both countries. 

India is currently eligible for the visa-on-arrival facility in Thailand. The country has also waived off the visa fee for Indians till October 2019. 

Minister of Tourism, Pipat Ratchakitprakarn, announced that India and China would be able to avail visa-free travel by the end of this year. Travellers from India and China would be able to enjoy a visa-free stay for up to 14 days. 

The new visa change could come into effect as early as 1st November 2019. It is expected to make a major impact on the tourism industry of Thailand. 

Thailand has set a tourism revenue target of TBH 3.4 trillion including domestic tourism this year. International tourists are expected to make up almost TBH 2.2 trillion in revenue. Thailand expects to hit more than 40.5 million in tourist arrivals. 

The Minister of Tourism expects the number of Chinese tourists to reach at least 11 million this year. 

1.5 million Indians travelled to Thailand in 2018. This put India at the 6th place of the largest source countries for tourism in Thailand, as per The Times of India. There was an impressive 27% increase in the number of tourists to Thailand in 2018 as compared to the previous year. 

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US stops visa-free travel for foreigners who visited N Korea

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usa

Starting 6th August 2019, the US has stopped visa-free entry services to all foreigners who have visited North Korea. Foreigners who have visited North Korea in the last 8 years would be excluded from visa-free travel. 

The US has a visa-waiver program with 38 countries in the world which makes them eligible for visa-free entry to the US. The visa-waiver program includes countries like Japan, South Korea, Singapore and France. The citizens of these 38 countries can avail visa-free travel in the US for up to 90 days. 

People who have visited North Korea since 1st March 2011 are excluded from visa-free travel, as per the website of the US Customs & Border Protection. To travel to the US, such people would now need to apply for either a Tourist or a Business Visa, as per Al Jazeera. 

Apart from North Korea, there are 7 more countries on the exclusion list. These include Libya, Somalia and Syria. 

The new visa reform will affect many people from visa-free countries who have travelled to North Korea in the past. 

The new rule will dampen President Moon Jae-in of South Korea’s hopes of promoting cross-border tourism with North Korea. It is yet to be seen how the new rule will affect business leaders like Lee Jae-Yong, VP of Samsung Electronics. Jae-Yong was part of a Jae-in’s delegation that travelled to North Korea for the Pyongyang summit. 

US citizens are banned from travelling to North Korea since 2017. The ban was enforced after the detention of an American student in Pyongyang in North Korea. The country released the student while in a coma and he died a few days after the incident. 

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Canada to fund 800 projects to help new immigrants settle down

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canada

Canada plans to fund projects that aim to help new immigrants integrate into various communities in the country. 

The Canadian Govt. has issued a media release stating that 824 projects have been selected by the IRCC. These projects will help new immigrants find work and settle down permanently in Canada. 

Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, attended the event at the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton in New Brunswick. He announced that Canada leads the world in integration and settlement. Canada believes in helping new immigrants find work, learn the language and create a successful life, as per CIC News. 

The project at the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton proves to be an example of novel programming. The project aims to help newcomers bring out their true potential. The project also focuses on helping new immigrants integrate into society and contribute to the communities and economy of Canada. 

The new project initiatives include: 

  1. Communication training including language training for the workplace 
  1. Employment services 
  1. Business-support services 
  1. Provide help and support to new immigrants whose first language is French 
  1. Helping vulnerable population integrate into Canadian society like youth, seniors, women, LGBTQ etc 
  1. Provide mental health support as well as well-being support 
  1. Projects that will support newcomers to integrate into small, rural and northern communities 

Canada will start funding the approved projects from 1st April 2020 and will continue to do so till 31st March 2025. 

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Everything you should know about the UK Spouse Visa

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spouse visa

People often misuse the institution of marriage for a visa. To eradicate fake marriages, the Govt. has introduced stringent rules for the UK Spouse Visa. Getting a UK Spouse Visa can be a complex and cumbersome process. 

Here is everything that you should know about the UK Spouse Visa: 

What is the Spouse Visa? 

Spouses and common-law partners of British citizens and PRs can apply for the Spouse Visa to join their partner in the UK. The Spouse Visa is generally valid for 2.5 years. 

You are allowed to work in the UK on a Spouse Visa. However, you are not eligible to get benefits like tax credits and housing assistance in the UK. 

What are the relationship requirements of a Spouse Visa? 

You and your partner should be above 18 years while applying for a Spouse Visa. It is imperative that you and your partner should have met in person. You should also have the intention to settle down permanently in the UK. 

You should be in a legal marriage or a civil relationship which is recognized in the UK. To prove the same, you will need to provide marriage or a civil partnership certificate. 

You will also need to prove that you and your partner are in a genuine relationship. To prove the same, you can provide the following evidence: 

  • Chat logs and text messages as proof of communication between you and your partner 
  • Documents (flight bookings, hotel bookings etc) to prove that you have travelled to visit each other 
  • Photos of both of you together during your relationship 
  • Marriage certificate or Civil partnership certificate 
  • Divorce certificate (if applicable) 

You may provide other evidence as well to prove that you are in an authentic relationship.  

What are the financial requirements of the UK Spouse Visa? 

You should have sufficient funds to take care of yourself in the UK. You should be able to sustain yourself without relying on public funds. 

If you have no dependent children, you will need to have a yearly joint income of at least £18,600. If you do have dependent children, you will need extra £3,800 for your eldest child. For every subsequent child, you would need to have an additional £2,400 per child. 

What is the English requirement of the UK Spouse Visa? 

You will need to take an approved English test to prove your proficiency in English. 

You may be exempted from an English test if: 

  • You are a citizen of an English-speaking country that is exempted by the Home Office 
  • You are over 65 years of age 
  • You have a physical or mental disability that prevents you from taking the test 
  • You have an exceptionally compassionate circumstance 

You would need to have at least an A1 level of English under CEFR to qualify for a UK Spouse Visa. 

What are the other documents of a UK Spouse Visa? 

You may have to submit a medical certificate proving that you have been screened for TB.  

Also, the accommodation that you choose to live in the UK should be yours or owned by your family. Also, it should not be too crowded, as per The Guardian. 

What documents do you need for a UK Spouse Visa? 

You will need to the following documents for a UK Spouse Visa: 

  • A valid passport 
  • Proof of meeting the yearly income requirement 
  • Proof of being in a genuine and subsisting relationship 
  • Proof of English proficiency 
  • Have the right to live in or the necessary visa to live in the country that you are applying for the Spouse Visa from 
  • Medical certificate proving you have been screened for TB 

 

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Know the immigration trends in Canada

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migrate canada

Canada has been welcoming immigrants for a long time. The country has also helped immigrants integrate into Canadian society. 

Since 2001, there have been 221,352 and 262,236 immigrants coming into Canada every year. 

In 2017, under the Multi-year Immigration Levels Plan, Canada announced that it planned to welcome 1 million immigrants in the next 3 years. In 2020, the number of immigrants will increase to 340,000. 

There are three reasons that the Canadian Govt. is encouraging immigration: 

  1. Social: Canada welcomes migrants who already have close family members living in the country 
  1. Humanitarian: Canada is open to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees provided they meet the eligibility requirements 
  1. Economic: Canada encourages migrants to work and settle permanently in the country thereby contributing to economic growth 

Immigration Trends 

The number of immigrants coming to Canada peaked in 1993 and continues to rise. More than 90% of the immigrant population prefer to settle down around larger cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Immigrants account for 7% of the population of Toronto and Vancouver and 5% for Montreal’s population. 

A comparison between Canada and the US shows that most immigrants in the US are from Latin America. Whereas, in Canada, maximum immigrants come from Asia particularly from countries like India, Pakistan, China and the Philippines. 

Country-wise analysis  

Country-wise analysis of the country of origin of immigrants reveals that in the 1970s most of the immigrants were European. However, Canada now has immigrants from over 20 countries in the world. 

As per a 2016 analysis, the maximum number of immigrants in Canada came from Indian. China and the Philippines were next in line, as per CIC News. 

Canada plans to continue to welcome immigrants in the future while acknowledging their valuable contribution to the economy. 

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British Columbia invites techies and entrepreneurs in the latest draw

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british columbia canada

British Columbia held the latest invitation round on 30th July. BC PNP issued 98 invitations under the Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC), Skills Immigration(SI) and Entrepreneur stream. 

In the 30th July draw, the British Columbia Tech Pilot invited 70 candidates. These went out to techies and international graduates who had an offer of employment in the province. The job offer had to be in any of the 29 eligible tech occupations. The lowest-ranked candidate had a score of 90 points. 

28 invitations were issued under the Entrepreneur Stream under the: 

  • Entrepreneur Immigration-Base Category: 22 invitations 
  • Entrepreneur Immigration-Regional Pilot Stream: 6 invitations 

The cut-off score in the Base Category was 114 while that in the Regional Pilot Stream was 111. 

British Columbia introduced its tech pilot in 2017. The Tech Pilot focuses on the labour need of the growing technology sector in the province.  

In 2019, the British Columbia Tech Pilot has issued 848 invitations till date, as quoted by CIC News. 

To be eligible under other BC PNP categories, you need to have a full-time, indeterminate job offer from the province. However, under the Tech Pilot, candidates need to have a job offer that is at least 1-year long. These candidates should also have 120 civil days left at the time of applying for a provincial nomination. 

The Entrepreneur Immigration-Base Category is for business owners and Senior Managers who want to set up or invest in a business in BC. 

The Entrepreneur Immigration-Regional Pilot Stream focuses on bringing in talented foreign entrepreneurs to the regional areas in BC. 

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Europe takes active measures to stop “Visa shopping”

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europe

While travelling to Europe, you need to have a valid Schengen Visa. The Schengen Zone comprises of 26 countries of the European Union. The Schengen Visa allows you to travel throughout the entire Schengen zone without the need for multiple visas. 

As per rules, if you are travelling to multiple countries in the EU, you should get a visa from the country where you will have the maximum stay. Your port of entry could be in a different country. 

However, some people do not apply for a Schengen Visa from the country where they plan to stay the longest. They apply from the Consulate/Embassy of a country where getting a visa is easier or faster. This practice is called “Visa shopping”. For example, Germany takes a week or longer to grant a visa while France issues one in as less as 2 days.  So, many people apply for a visa through France and then stay longer periods in other countries. 

Europe is now taking active measures to stop the practice of visa shopping. Indian tourists have to go through extensive checks to ensure that they had provided correct information while getting the visa. Hotel booking and other travel documents go under scrutiny to very the information provided. 

Ideally, you should be applying for a visa from the country that is your primary destination. You should be staying the longest in this country. You may also get a Schengen Visa from the country that will be your port of entry, as per the Deccan Chronicle. 

However, several tourists violate the rules each year. As per Officials of the European embassies in India, there is a very high volume of visa applications which makes it difficult to check each traveller’s itinerary. Hence, tourists are questioned by Immigration Officers at the airport to ensure the authenticity of the information provided. 

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