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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.


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


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.

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)