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Recent Reports recommend making changes to Australia's Skill Occupation List -

The Department of Jobs and Small Business is responsible for undertaking a regular review of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL). These occupation lists are used for skilled migration to meet the needs of the Australian economy.

Given below is the list of occupations in the May 2018 that are under consideration for a proposed change in their status on the STSOL, MLTSSL or ROL.

SHORT TERM SKILLED OCCUPATION LIST (STSOL) OCCUPATIONS FOR POSSIBLE REMOVAL

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status Proposed FLAG Status
133411ManufacturerSTOLOFF
211499Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals necSTOLOFF
212312Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)STOLOFF
212314Film and Video EditorSTOLOFF
212315Program Director (Television or Radio)STOLOFF
212316Stage ManagerSTOLOFF
212317Technical DirectorSTOLOFF
212318Video ProducerSTOLOFF
241311Middle School TeacherSTOLOFF
323215Textile, Clothing and Footwear MechanicSTOLOFF
323316Watch and Clock Maker and RepairerSTOLOFF
342411Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)STOLOFF
342413Telecommunications LinesworkerSTOLOFF
399211Chemical Plant OperatorSTOLOFF
399312Library TechnicianSTOLOFF
411715Residential Care OfficerSTOLOFF
599612Insurance Loss AdjusterSTOLOFF

MEDIUM LONG TERM STRATEGIC SKILLS LIST (MLTSSL) OCCUPATIONS FOR POSSIBLE MOVEMENT TO STSOL

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status FLAG
221112Management AccountantMLTSSLSTSOL
234111Agricultural ConsultantMLTSSLSTSOL
312212Civil Engineering TechnicianMLTSSLSTSOL

STSOL OCCUPATIONS FOR POSSIBLE MOVE TO MLTSSL

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status FLAG
452411FootballerSTSOLMLTSSL

OCCUPATIONS FOR POSSIBLE MOVEMENT FROM STSOL TO REGIONAL OCCUPATIONS LIST (ROL)

ANZSCO Occupation Current Status FLAG
252312DentistSTSOLROL
253211AnaesthetistSTSOLROL

TOEFL-PBT no longer accepted as evidence of English Student Visa Applicants

TOEFL-PBT or Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-Based test which was previously used as a tool by the Department of Home Affairs to measure the English skills of foreign applicants whose native language was not English is now withdrawn by a legislative instrument broadcasted on June 5, 2018. The test was designed for the Subclass 500 (Student) visa applications.

An external agency re-assessed the TOEFL-PBT on October 14, 2017, and it was then decided not to continue with the TOEFL-PBT as a pedestal for speaking.

What is TOEFL-PBT?

Testing of English language speaking skills is a prerequisite for evaluation of a visa applicant to determine that they have the specified proficiency for the English Language. The test is designed to make sure that the applicants can communicate properly in person to person situations within Australia.

Impact of the Change

The change in the TOEFL-PBT led to the IMMI 18/015 instrument, not including the TOEFL-PBT as an established English language test. This is due to the failure to measure the English language speaking proficiency of the visa applicant. Therefore, the main objective of the modified tool is to eliminate the TOEFL-PBT as one of the required skill tests for determining the English language skills of an applicant approved by the Subclass 500 (student) visa applications department.

However, the previous criterion for the English language proficiency stays the same as they were before the new instrument was rolled out. The new instrument for the English language proficiency requirements are now mentioned in section 2 of the instrument that includes:

  • The English language tests;
  • The English language test scores;
  • and, the time frame within which an English language test must be taken.

Longer Tourist Visa for Parents of Australians

DIAC has made changes in Tourist Visa which would enable parents of Australian Citizen and permanent residents to visit Australia for longer period. These changes will allow parents who meet the criteria to have regular extended visits with their family in Australia without needing to apply for a new visa.

Multiple entry visas with a maximum stay of 12 months will be considered on a case-by-case with maximum validity period of up to 5 years.


Boom in Australian Mining industry " Open doors for Asian immigrant

"Boom in Western Australian economy has forced Australian immigration minister to include PERTH in regional migration scheme to help growing industries of WA to acquire skilled immigrants at the earliest.

"Australia has become top destination for migrants from China & India in this year. Australia has welcomed 29,547 Australian migrants from China and 21,768 from India.

Australian has severe demand for skilled migrants to work in Australia especially in booming mining and energy industry. These two fields are investing huge sums to meet demand from China and India.

In 2011-12 government of Australia is planning to allocate 185000, Australia migration visa which will include 125,850 Australian permanent skilled visas."


Accountants have demand in Australia

The migration of accountants in Australia has been doubled during 2010-11, despite of this there is still more demands for accountants.

The huge increase in numbers of accountants obtaining skilled migration visas to Australia has still not fulfilled the demand for Accountants in Australia. Therefore DIAC intends to keep the occupation on the Skilled Occupation List.


Melbourne, Australia has been ranked as world's best city to live

In the survey of 140 cities around the globe, Melbourne Australia's second largest city has secured first rank with a score of 97.5%. Three other Australia cities are in the top 10, the country's capital Sydney is at Sixth rank and Perth & Adelaide on eighth rank.

Canada's city Vancouver is at third rank and Toronto secured fourth rank. The survey was conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) for Global Liveabililty. In the survey rating as given on the basis of five major categories" stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure"

"Department of Immigration and Citizenship " Australia (DIAC) has updated its Skilled Occupation List (SOL) for 2011 which features 13 more occupations and 4 occupations are removed."

"With new skilled migration scheme, Australian Government forecast they can attract more of skilled Indian workforce."


Australia's new immigration system"Skill Select" will be live from 1st July, 2012

DIAC has introduced new system "Skill Select" which will be live from 1st July, 2012. DIAC believes that the system willfilter applicants who can meet the needs of Australian skilled workforce, will reduce processing times and speed up the movement of skilled workforce. Under Skillselect skilled migrant who wish to migrate to Australia, will now first need to submit Expression of interest (EOI).

EOI is not visa application; it is just an indication that applicant would like to considered for skilled visa. All prospective applicants will be required to meet the relevant English language proficiency and obtain the necessary skills assessment prior to their EOI submission.

Under EOI, applicant will need to provide all their details such as basic personal information, qualification, work experience, level of English skills, and details of skill assessment related to his nominated occupation, etc. After submitting the application, applicant will gain points and will be ranked in the system according to appropriate points test. The ranking process will be automatic, without the involvement of department's staff. Invitations will be issued automatically to the highest ranking EOI's subject to occupation ceiling i.e. limit on how many people are selected from an occupation group. After receiving the invitation, applicant can apply for their visa.


Australian Skilled Occupation List (SOL) Updated for the year 2012-2013

The SOL determines which occupations are eligible for independent and family sponsored skilled migration to Australia and identifies occupations which are of high value. Based on expert advice form Skills Australia, the Australian Government has updated its SOL list for the year 2012-13.

The updated SOL features 192 high value occupations in which 4 occupations are added and 4 occupations have been removed.

The following occupations have been added to the Sol list:

  • Production Manager (Mining)
  • Metallurgist
  • Optometrist
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer

The following Occupations are removed from SOL List:

  • Chemist
  • Audiologist
  • Bricklayer
  • Wall and Floor Tiler

The SOL is continuously reviewed by Skills Australia on an annual basis, to ensure that it meets the demands of Australia Labour Market. To find out is your occupation is in SOL please refer to Schedule -3

Australian Pass mark will be relaxed from 1st July, 2012.

To qualify for Skill Select Visa Subclasses (Skilled Independent 189), 190 and 489, the Pass Mark will be 60 points. Earlier the Pass Mark was 65 points; the DIAC has reduced the Pass Mark down to 60 points to attract more skilled workers. Lowering of Pass Mark would make easier for trade workers and skilled migrants age between 45 to 49 to migrate Australia.

Canada

Canada comes closer to its Immigration target by issuing the largest Express Entry Draws of 2018.



The Canadian Government held its eleventh and till date, the largest Express Entry Draw, by issuing 3,750 ITAs to candidates whose CRS or Comprehensive Ranking System score is of 451 and above.

This draw comes three weeks after the last draw in May 23. Comparing the Draw Schedule in 2018 so far, draws have usually been announced after two weeks. This, however, is a positive change because the time gap helps the Express Entry group to recharge, which then results in the minimum score being raised even though larger draws are often seen to decrease the minimum CRS score.

The IRCC used its Tie-Break rule whose date for this latest invitation round was around July 21, 2017. The Government of Canada has planned to achieve its target of 74, 900 for 2018 by admissions through the three economic immigration classes consisting of the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class


Federal Skilled Worker Invitations Take a 400% Leap in 2017

According to a new report by the New Express Entry published on Thursday, the reforms brought in the way the candidates have issued the points in the federal economic immigration network pool benefited the candidates immensely in the Express Entry's Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Based on the expected annual report, the ITAs (Invitations to Apply) that were distributed to the candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program shot up to a whopping 41, 364 in 2017 from 8, 332 in 2016. The invitations distributed to the Canadian Express Class applicants on the other hand, shot up to 35,020 in 2017 from 15, 102 in 2016.

The report also highlighted how the Federal Skilled Workers also benefited from the quick processing turnarounds. It further indicated that 80% of Federal Skilled Worker appeals were successfully closed within 4 months or less in 2017. This figure was much lower than the 6 months turnaround in 2016.

According to a report published by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Express Entry pool is now the major source of permanent resident appeals related to the economic immigration class of IRCC's multi-year immigration rank strategy.

The report further quoted that there were 86,022 invitations sent in 2017, while 109,497 applications were received, 93,596 visas were distributed and 65,401 permanent residents and their families were allowed entry in Canada.

Factors considered for awarding bonus CRS points

There was a marked improvement in the candidates who received an ITA for permanent residence in the first half of 2017 which was a jump of 62 per cent since November 2016. The factors that affected this change were:

  • 600 points for Provincial Nomination
  • 200 points for Arranged Employment
  • 30 points for Canadian Educational Credentials
  • 30 points for French-language Proficiency
  • 15 points for Sibling in Canada

As per IRCC, the targeted changes affected the occupations of the candidates who were issued the invitations in 2017.


Report Says, A Drop in the Immigration Could Hit Canada's Economy

Canada's small population and a workforce that's growing old may lead to a considerable drop in immigration leaving the Canadian economy in trouble by 2040 as foreseen by the new Conference Board of Canada.

According to the senior research associate of the Conference Board, Kareem El Assal, immigration is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy in many different ways. He further added that the immigrants will not only contribute to the country's workforce but will also contribute to country's economy.

Based on the 2016 data gathered from Stats Canada, almost 22 percent of Canada population consists of immigrants. The Conference Board further forecasts that by 2040 Canada's population will be completely powered by immigrants as opposed to the 71% growth in population due to immigration in the current situation.

The report by the Conference Board observes two aspects of which the first delves into the possible effect on the economy of Canada in case the immigrant entry into the country stops completely or reduced dramatically while the second observes the outcome of increasing the immigration levels from 0.8 percent to 1 percent in 2017.

While the increased immigration helped support economic activity, the influx of young immigrants of working age also helped address the issue of the ageing population of the country. The report highlighted the fact that in Canada where immigration has it the lowest of all time, 26.9 percent of the population would be of 65 years of age by the year 2040 and this will lead to substantial drop in the country's growth from 1.9 percent to 1.3 percent.

In the meantime, a Carleton University professor, Christopher Worswick described while there are several possible causes why the Canadian immigration should be increased, he also warned against the levels rising too intensely.


CRS Scores Hit Rock Bottom in 2018 in the Fresh Express Entry Draw (24th May)

In a fresh Express Entry Draw held on Wednesday, May 23, by the Government of Canada, 3500 invitations were issued for application of permanent residence. The cut-off score for this round was 440 based on the Comprehensive Ranking System.

The score on Wednesday witnessed a new low, beating the low score of 441 in the past. The date and time for the tie-breaker of the new invitation were scheduled at 06:39:40 UTC on December 30, 2017. This signified that all participants with a score of 440 and above received an ITA or Invitation to Apply in the current invitation draw, who submitted their profile prior to this time frame.

The draw held on Wednesday was the tenth draw of 2018 and the fourth consecutive to execute 3500 ITAs, getting the ITA total to 31,500 in 2018.

The Express Entry draw sizes have considerably increased in 2018 to 3000 in February and March and to 3500 for each of the four draws held since April due to immigration, refugees and citizenship. The numbers were previously at 2750 at the beginning of the year.

The CRS cut-off score could be effectively lowered by larger invitation rounds or by maintaining it lower than smaller entries which is what has been observed in the last four draws. The three dates that observed a significant reduction in the CRS cut-off score by six points that are, from 446 to 440 were April 25, May 9, and May 23.

The target for Government of Canada for 2018 is 74, 900 admissions via three economic immigration sections managed by the Express Entry System such as The Canadian Experience Class, The Federal Skilled Trade Class, and Federal Skilled Worker Class. The target set for these three sections in 2019 is 81, 400.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced its occupationsList for Federal Skilled Worker Program

After long waiting Canada has announced their Occupation List for Federal Skilled Worker Program. The list contains 24 occupations which will have a cap of 300 applications in each of the occupations on the list. The applicants need to have at least one year of continuous work experience in one of the 24 occupations. FSW new programme kicks off on 4th May 2013


Independent Skilled Migrants in Canada are highest earners

As per new study on Canada immigration, the immigrants who come to Canada as independent skilled migrants had "consistently and substantially"the highest earnings of four categories of immigrants.

The four categories include independent primary skilled migrant's applicants, accompanying economic immigrants, family class immigrants and refugees.


New Pilot Project Launched by Canada Immigration department on 15th August, 2011

Under Pilot Projects, family members of temporary workers in British Columbia will be granted permission to work.

Temporary foreign workers are those who are allowed to work in Canada for Canadian employers.

Previously, only spouse or common-law partners of temporary foreign workers employed in managerial, professional or skilled trades job were eligible to obtain an open work permit in British Columbia, which allows you to work for any employer. From August 15, spouses, common- law partners and working age dependants of temporary foreign workers will be eligible to work under any employers.

CIC believes giving chance to spouses, common- law partners and working age dependants of temporary foreign workers will support local business and ultimately contribute to economic growth.

Up to 1,800 open work permit will be available under the pilot project, which will end on 15 February 2013.


Canada has been Ranked As Most Reputed Country in the world.

According to the study conducted by Reputation Institute, Canada has the highest reputation ranking of 50 countries surveyed. It was judged on following categories" Trust, Esteem, Admiration, Quality of life and Safety and Attention to the environment.

Canada's strong reputation is due to its focus on active lifestyles, well-developed political system, perceived neutrality to international political upheavals and safety of the country.

Three Canadian cities, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary were ranked as top five of the World's Most Liveable Cities of 2011.


CIC have announced to make changes in immigration system to attract trade people

In Canada, demand for trade people is high. To overcome the shortage, CIC are depending upon the overseas skilled workers.

The current point system, select only people with advanced university degree, so it's impossible for trade people to get selected. Therefore, CIC Minister Jason Kenny has announced to make changes in the current immigration system so that it can be flexible to deal with labour shortage.

Canada depends on immigration for labour shortages and by changing immigration rules it will attract more migrant to overcome shortages in specific area

UK

Engineering and IT sector in UK are facing difficulties in recruiting skilled workforce due to new restriction levied on skilled migration by the UK Government.

As per EU Law, European residents are free to work in UK, due to which there is a high immigration from European countries, making UK most populous Country. As UK cannot restrict entry for European countries, the UK Government has cut down the immigration from outside European countries.


U.K. Immigration Scandal: Theresa May Appoints Minister Sajid Javid as Home Secretary

British Prime Minister, Theresa May replaced appointsSajiv Javid on Monday as Home Secretary. He is the first ethnic-minority politician appointed for this key post followed by the scandal over the ill-treatment of the long-term Caribbean residents that left the government struggling.

Amber Rudd resigned during the late hours on Sunday stating that he had unintentionally misguided the lawmakers about if the government had any deportation objectives.

The decision came after days of the Windrush immigration scandal that was a burning headline in Britain. This scandal set off intense condemnation of the orthodox government's strict policies.

The outcry took off with the report in the Guardian newspaper that stated how some people from the Caribbean who migrated to U.K. just after the 2nd World War have been refused any medical help recently in Britain or how they were threatened with deportation since they could not show any documentation or proof of their right to live in the country.

Immigration has been an enraging issue in Britain, with a decrease in the influx of migrants which was a major aspect for many voters who have supported leaving the European Union in 2016.

The government has failed to meet their long oft-stated goal of lowering the number of immigrants below 100,000 people per year which is less than half the current level. According to the opposition, the government should drop that target.

May is facing intense opposition to be liable for the strict immigration policies that took off in 2010 when she was the home secretary.

The affected immigrants are from the "Windrush Generation" named after the ship Empire Windrush. This had brought hundreds of Caribbean to Britain in 1948 which needed nurses, railway labour and others who could help it recreate after the World War II devastation.

It's believed that these Caribbean migrants and others who followed belonged to the British Colonies or ex-colonies and had the automatic rights to legally live in the U.K. But, some of these legal migrants have been refused of facilities like housing, medical treatments, or jobs because the employers and the doctors check the immigration status first, while others have been asked to leave the country by the government because as per the government they have been living in Britain illegally.

New Zealand

New Zealand Immigration Department has updated its Skills shortage list

In order to remain responsive to the needs of New Zealand labour market i.e the New Zealand employers and the economy, the New Zealand's Department of Labour review the Essential Skills Demand list regularly.

In the demand list agricultural science jobs are added and teaching occupations are removed.

The following occupations are added:

  • Agricultural Scientist (Farm Systems Scientist)
  • Social Professional Nec (Applied Social Scientist)
  • Life Scientist Nec (Animal Scientist or Bioinformatics)
  • Environmental Research Scientist (Water Quality Analyst)

The occupations which are removed:

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School Teacher)