September, 2019

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Which industries pay the highest to techies abroad?

Tech workers

Tech workers abroad get paid more in some industries as compared to others. Even though the qualifications and work experience of tech professionals may be similar, there is still a pay disparity among various industries. Some industries like biotechnology or finance can invest more in their tech workers as compared to sectors like a school district.

As per the Dice Salary Survey, here are the industries where tech workers take home more than $100,000 a year:

Industry Salary

Aerospace and Defence $109,698

Bank/Financial/Insurance $105,170

Entertainment Media $103,608

Computer Software $102,739

Medical/Pharmaceutical $100,539

As per the Survey, tech professionals can earn around $80,000 per year in industries like Govt., e-commerce, telecommunication and manufacturing.

Here are the industries which pay techies between $80,000 and $99,000 per year:

Industry Salary

Professional Services $99,466

Telecommunications $97,702

Manufacturing $91,634

Retail/E-commerce $80,580

Marketing/Advertising $80,320

These industries pay tech workers less than $80,000 per year:

Industry Salary

Transportation/Logistics $78,162

Distributor/Wholesale $76,716

Hospitality/Travel $73,859

Non-profit $71,911

Education $68,586

According to the Dice Salary Survey, there is also a discrepancy in the yearly increase in salaries among various sectors. Sectors like aerospace which offer a high pay show a significant yearly increase in salaries. However, sectors like education which pay less show a decline in the yearly increase in salaries.

The survey states that salaries for tech professionals have levelled off between 2017 and 2018. This could be the reason for the disparity between the salaries of tech workers in different industries.

Industries are now only willing to shell out a certain amount to techies even though they may be handling critical functions.

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No extra English test for doctors and nurses to work in the UK

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doctor nurse

Doctors and Nurses do not need to appear for any extra IELTS or TOEFL English Tests to work in the UK anymore. 

Before they can start working in the UK, nurses, midwives and doctors need to clear the licensing process. The licensing process also involves appearing for an English language test. However, when applying for the Tier 2 (General) Visa, they need to appear for a separate IELTS or TOEFL exam. That would no longer be necessary as per a new announcement by the UK Home Office. 

There are two prominent healthcare boards in the US: 

  • The General Medical Council 
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council 

To clear the licensing process through both these boards, applicants need to appear for the OET (Occupational English Test). This test will now be sufficient for not only the licensing process but also the visa application process. Doctors and Nurses will not need to take any extra English test to work in the UK. 

The Occupational English Test assesses the English proficiency of medical professionals who want to work in an English-speaking country. 

The UK Home Office wants to streamline English proficiency testing. The new rule will ensure that medicos who have already appeared for one English test do not need to appear for a separate one. This will exempt them from a separate English test for their Tier 2 (General) Visa application. The OET results can be used for the visa application process too. 

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British Columbia invites 519 candidates in the latest draw

british columbia

british columbia

British Columbia issued 519 invitations in the latest draw held on 17th September. The invitations were issued under the Express Entry, Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Stream.

This was the 36th draw of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. So far in 2019, BC PNP has issued 5,499 invitations.

In the 17th September draw, 481 invitations were issued to candidates under the BC Express Entry and BC Skills Immigration streams.

30 invitations were issued under the BC Entrepreneur Stream-Base category. Under the BC Entrepreneur Stream-Regional Pilot, BC PNP issued 8 invitations.

The Skills Immigration category is open to high-skilled and semi-skilled workers working in in-demand occupations in British Columbia.

Express Entry candidates with a valid profile in the EE Pool can apply under the BC Express Entry sub-stream. Besides meeting the requirements of the BC PNP, eligible candidates should also be willing to live in BC in the long run.

The minimum score required for both the Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories were between 92 and 101 points.

Foreign entrepreneurs who wish to set up their own or invest in a business in British Columbia can apply under the Entrepreneur Stream.

The minimum score in the latest draw for the Entrepreneur stream was between 108 and 115.

It is mandatory for applicants under the Entrepreneur stream to provide evidence of business and managerial experience. The net worth requirement for the Regional Pilot category is $300,000. On the other hand, for the Base category, the net worth requirement is $600,000, as per CIC News.

The BC Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) manages all the categories under the BC PNP.

Candidates must first create an online account on the SIRS to apply for a provincial nomination through British Columbia. Candidates are then scored based on factors like age, education, language skills, work experience etc.

Below are the 17th September draw results:

Date

Category Minimum score

No. of ITAs issued

17th Sep 2019 EE BC- Skilled Worker

97

481

EE BC- International Graduate

97

SI- Skilled Worker

92

SI- International Graduate

101

SI- Entry Level and Semi-skilled

77

17th Sep 2019 Entrepreneur Immigration- Base Category

115

30

17th Sep 2019 Entrepreneur Immigration-Regional Pilot

108

8

 

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Saudi Arabia slashes visa fees for Hajj pilgrims

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is currently restructuring its visa system to cater to pilgrims travelling to the country for Hajj and Umrah.

As per the new visa system, the visa fee for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims has been slashed to SAR 300. Previously the visa fee for the same was SAR 2,000. The SAR 2,000 was valid for multiple Umrah visits for a period of 3 years. In comparison, the new visa fee of SAR 300 is a significant cut.

The new visa will also apply to transit and other visitors during the same period. Pilgrims will not have to shell out anything for repeat Umrah visits.

The significant decrease in visa fees shows that Saudi Arabia is gearing up to receive the surging number of visitors for Hajj and Umrah. Also, the kingdom is investing in huge infrastructure projects to improve the services in holy places like Mecca, Madinah and other cities.

In other news, Saudi Arabia will launch a new Tourist Visa on 27th September. The Saudi Govt. is working with various social media influencers to roll out a PR campaign for the same on the Internet. The PR campaign aims to bring in more visitors to the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia had long held the dubious distinction of being one of the hardest countries to get into. Non-Muslims or those not visiting for pilgrimage or business generally could not get in. However, with the launch of the new Tourist Visa, all that is about to change, as quoted by The Gulf Business.

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman had launched the Vision 2030 initiative some time back. Under the same, Saudi Arabia is working hard to develop the tourism industry in the country. On the same lines, Saudi Arabia had issued special visas for special events last year. Noteworthies are the Formula E races and concerts involving big names like Mariah Carey.

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Which countries offer visa-free travel and e-Visas to Australians?

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australia

Certain countries in the world offer visa-free travel and e-Visas to Australian citizens. 

Australians can now travel with lesser complications as they now have passports with microchips which can be scanned at airports. Immigration Officers also have access to an information database that makes it easier to screen passengers entering the country. 

Here are the countries that Australian can travel to visa-free or with an e-Visa: 

  • India 

India has recently started offering e-Visa services with a validity of 1 year. With an electronic Tourist Visa, tourist may visit India multiple times. Each time, they will be allowed to stay for a period of up to 90 days. 

  • China 

Australian can travel visa-free to China. They can also enjoy longer stays in many prominent cities in China. Australians can stay for up to 144 hours in several cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing and Hangzhou without a visa. However, to be eligible for the visa-free travel Australians should have an onward ticket showing that they would be exiting China within the 144 hours. 

  • Sri Lanka 

Australians can avail visa-on-arrival service in Sri Lanka. This will allow them to stay in Sri Lanka for up to 90 days at a time. Sri Lanka also offers non-immigrant visas and multiple-entry visas on arrival. 

  • Madagascar 

Australians can apply for an e-Visa for Madagascar. They can stay for up to 90 days in the country on an e-Visa.  

  • Egypt 

Australians can avail multiple-entry or single-entry e-Visas to Egypt 

  • Ethiopia 

Ethiopia offers e-Visas to Australians with a validity of 30 or 90 days. 

  • Uzbekistan 

Australians do not need a visa to travel to Uzbekistan. They are allowed to stay in the country for up to 30 days. 

  • Kazakhstan 

Australians can travel visa-free to Kazakhstan and are allowed to stay for up to 30 days. 

 

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Alberta invites 294 Express Entry candidates in the latest draw

Alberta

Alberta

Alberta conducted the latest invitation round on 28th August and issued nearly twice the number of invites as in the previous draw. 

294 EE candidates were invited in this Alberta EE selection draw. 

The lowest-scoring candidate in this draw had a score of 400 which is 38 points lower than the lowest Federal Express Entry cut-off in 2019. The lowest that the Federal Express Entry draw has gone is 438 in the 30th January draw. 

Alberta invited 121 candidates in the previous draw held on 15th August. In comparison, the number of invites in this draw has doubled. Alberta has conducted 23 draws in 2019 and has issued 5,236 invitations. 

Eligible candidates in the Express Entry Pool can use the Alberta Express Entry Stream as a route to Canadian PR. 

Candidates who have work experience in any occupation of economic importance in Alberta can qualify under this stream. The province, however, has not released any list of high-demand occupations. Candidates who have a strong connection to Alberta can also qualify under this province. 

The Alberta Express Entry Stream has been instrumental in inviting eligible candidates with scores as less as 300. Candidates with CRS as low as 301 have received invitations on almost 4 occupations. 

Express Entry candidates can apply for a provincial nomination provided they receive an invitation from AINP under the Alberta EE Stream. 

Candidates with previous work experience in Alberta or a job offer from the province are prioritized by the AINP. International students who have a job offer from Alberta also receive priority. So do candidates who have a blood relative like a child, parent or sibling living in the province. 

You may not receive an invitation from Alberta if: 

  • Your EE profile expires within 3 months of the draw 
  • Your occupation is listed on the Alberta Opportunity Stream Ineligible Occupation List 

 

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Manitoba invites 360 candidates in the latest draw

manitoba

manitoba

The latest draw held by Manitoba on the 15th of August invited 360 candidates.  

The candidates received invitations under the following sub-categories: 

  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba 
  • Internation Education Stream 
  • Skilled Workers Overseas 

32 invitations out of the total of 360, went to candidates in the Express Entry Pool. 

In 2018, the MPNP issued around 5,207 invitations. 98% of these invitations were issued in both the skilled workers’ category. 

Skilled Workers in Manitoba 

The Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-stream received 241 invites. This stream is open to temporary foreign workers and international students who are already working in Manitoba. 

You must create an online profile to apply under this category. The EOI profile contains details regarding your age, education, language skills, work experience etc. You will be scored out of a total of 1000 points on the Manitoba points-grid. Eligible candidates are then placed in the EOI Pool of Manitoba. 

The least-scoring candidate in this sub-stream had a score of 542. 

Skilled Workers Overseas 

This stream received 83 invites. Invited candidates were part of the Strategic Recruitment Initiative of Manitoba. 

You need to create an online EOI profile to apply under this category too. 

The least-scoring candidate had a score of 685 under this sub-stream. 

Express Entry candidates who were invited under the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category need to have a valid profile in the EE Pool. Eligible candidates should also have work experience in any occupations listed on the in-demand occupation list. 

International Education Stream 

International graduates who meet the labour and economic requirements of Manitoba qualify under this stream. 

There are three sub-streams: 

  • Student Entrepreneur Pathway 
  • Career Employment Pathway 
  • Graduate Internship Pathway 

This stream received 36 invitations in the 15th August draw. 

The MPNP has conducted 16 draws so far in 2019 and issued 5810 invites, as per CIC News. 

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Which are the highest paying industries in Australia?

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australia

Salary is a big attraction when one considers attracting new talented workers. Australian recruiters are very well aware of how good salaries attract the best talents from around the globe. 

Read on to know which are the highest paying industries in Australia: 

Industry-wise 

The Information and Communications Technology industry takes the top spot for the highest paying industry in Australia. This industry has more than 19.2% of job roles that earn more than $200,000 per year. 

The second spot for the highest paying industry goes to the Healthcare and Medical industry. 17.8% of job roles in this industry earn salaries of more than $200,000 per year. 

Construction takes the third spot with 13.2% job roles earning more than $200,000 every year. 

The top-paying job roles in the ICT industry are as follows: 

  1. Program and Project Management: 16% 
  1. Architects: 15% 
  1. Management: 13% 

The highest-paying job roles in the Health & Medical sector are: 

  1. General Practitioners: 53% 
  1. Medical Specialists: 26% 
  1. Dental: 5% 

The highest-paying job roles in Construction are: 

  1. Project Management: 46% 
  1. Management: 16% 
  1. Contracts Management: 10% 

Location-wise 

When we look at the highest paying job roles in Australia, we see that most of these are based in New South Wales. Victoria and Queensland follow. 

Region-wise, here is the breakup: 

New South Wales: 43.9% 

Victoria: 24.4% 

Queensland: 15.1% 

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The Foreign Workers Stream of Ontario is now open

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ontario

Ontario had temporarily suspended the Foreign Workers Stream of the OINP in April this year. However, the Foreign Workers Stream of Ontario is now open to applications.

You may apply for this stream through the e-filing portal of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Candidates who are successful will get a support letter for a Work Permit. This letter will allow them to apply for a Work Permit for Canada while their Permanent Residence application is under process.

Here are the advantages of the Foreign Workers Stream:

  • There is minimum language proficiency or education qualification requirement
  • You do not need to have any previous connection with the province of Ontario

Candidates who get selected can submit a paper-based PR application to IRCC.

What is the eligibility for the Foreign Workers Stream?

To be eligible for the Foreign Workers Stream, you must have a job offer from Ontario. Your job-offer should be full-time and the salary offered should be at or above the median wage in the province. Also, your job offer should be in any occupation under NOC 0, A or B.

You should have 2 years of relevant work experience in the recent 5 years to qualify for the Foreign Workers Stream. Your experience should be in the same occupation as in your offer letter. You may be exempt from this requirement if you hold a license or authorization to practice a certain occupation. Your license or authorization should have been issued by the authorised regulatory body in Ontario.

Ontario is the most popular choice among new immigrants in Canada

More immigrants move to Ontario than any other province in Canada. Ontario also has the largest migrant allocation nomination in 2019 than ever before. Ontario aims to welcome more than 6,900 immigrants and their families in 2019, as per CIC News.

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Quebec pledges $55 million to help businesses recruit foreign workers

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quebec

Quebec has pledged $55 million to help businesses in the province hire temporary foreign workers. Labour Minister, Jean Boulet, said that $20.9 million of the allotted budget will be used to help Quebec employers to hire overseas workers.

Quebec is facing its highest labour shortage in 40 years and has the highest job vacancy rate in Canada.

A large number of Quebec employers are now turning to overseas workers to meet their workforce needs. There was a 36% increase in Work Permits in 2018 as compared to 2017.

On 26th August, Quebec announced that it plans to partially subsidize international recruitment by businesses in Quebec. The Quebec Govt. will also cover up to $1000 in relocation expenses for temporary foreign workers.

Quebec also announced that it will support around 2,000 businesses in the province to recruit temporary foreign workers.

$33.9 million of the allotted budget will go to 2 programs which help foreign workers integrate into Quebec society. These programs are:

-IPOP
-PRIIME

Mr Boulet acknowledged that businesses in the province are struggling with a labour shortage and hence turning to overseas workers. The new measures will help temporary foreign workers integrate well into the labour market of the province.

Quebec had recently reduced its immigration intake which attracted a lot of criticism.

The Chambers of Commerce Federation says that Quebec needs 60,000 migrants annually. However, the new admission target will only admit 40,000 in 2019 which is 20,000 less than what is actually needed.

The Quebec Govt. says that the immigration policies of the province will ensure only those candidates come in who meet the labour needs of the province. The policies will also ensure that immigrants who do come in integrate well into the Quebec workforce.

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