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The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection have implemented positive changes as a result of the Independent Review of the 457 business sponsorship visa.
How would these changes affect 457 visa applicants and Australian businesses:
  • Eased English language requirements - The department will accept a broader range of English testing systems, including TOEFL IBT, PTE, CAE, as well as the IELTS. ...
 
 
The 4th invitation draw took place on 27th Feb, 1187 invitations for Canadian permanent residency were issued. The minimum score required was 735 comprehensive ranking system (CRS) points. ...
 
 
Canada Immigration announced that the Young professional category will re-open for Irish citizens tomorrow, 5 March.
What is Young Professional Visa?
The Young Professional category is part of the International Experience Canada (IEC). ...
 
 
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Express entry is a new electronic system that Immigration use to manage permanent resident applications. ...
 
 

180,000 Canadian permanent residency visas are expected to be issued in 2015 across the economic immigration programs through the new Canada Express Entry System.

A lucky 779 applicants managed to secure invitations to apply for visas under the express entry system for Canada’s permanent residency. ...

 
 

A new fast-track 24-hour visa service will be available for UAE nationals travelling to the UK from April 2015.

This Super Priority visa has already been launched for China and India and will now expand to the UAE. The other countries to participate in this project are Thailand, Turkey, South Africa and the Philippines.

This new visa is part of government’s efforts to enforce business and support investments in the UK. ...

 
 
This agreement will give the opportunity to 500 young Israelis and Australians age between 18 and 30 to enter each others country on a work and holiday visa. The successful candidates should meet the age requirements and have no children travelling with them. ...
 
 

The Australian government announced changes on two visa programs taking effect next year - the sponsorship visa (subclass 457) and the investor visa.

Sponsorship visa (457 subclass)
Generally, it should become easier for the business to hire overseas workers on a sponsorship visa. ...

 
 
This visa scheme will enable international tourists to travel to both countries with one and the same short-stay visa. Travelers from non-EU countries will be able to move freely between both countries on the same permit. ...
 
 
A reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement was signed yesterday between Australia and Spain. It will allow 500 young people from both countries to head overseas on a holiday and be allowed to work or study. ...
 
 
This is the first visa program of that type in the world and the Canadian Government strongly encourages all provinces to support any young entrepreneurs wanting to set up a business in the country. Foreign entrepreneurs willing to grasp this opportunity need to meet certain criteria: secure significant investment from one of the designated ‘angel’ investor groups set up for the programme, financial commitments from business incubator companies are also accepted. ...
 
 
The Croatia Working Holiday Scheme will allow 100 young Croatians annually, age between 18 and 30 to study, work and holiday in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
Croatians under the New Zealand Working holiday visa are not allowed to be involved in permanent job contracts with New Zealand employers or work with one and the same employer for more than three months. ...
 
 
Today, the Australian Fair Work Ombudsman announced that the conditions under the Working Holiday 417 visa are going to be revised because of some allegations that the working holiday makers are used as a free labour in regional areas.
The working holiday 417 visa is granted to people under 31 to holiday and work in Australia for up to 2 years. ...
 
 
In order to foster the bilateral between Canada and Mexico the Canadian government will introduce a pilot program called CAN+ was announced to become a permanent fixture of Canada's immigration system as announced by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on May 12. Under the new program Mexicans, who have travelled to Canada or United States, during the last then years will be eligible for faster visa processing. ...
 
 
The governmental agency that identifies skill shortages within the economy that needs to be filled with foreign labour will be abolished. The Australian government has confirmed that the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency will become part of the Department of Industry. ...
 
 
UK Immigration minister has announced that there will be new measures which will make it easer for Chinese visitors to obtain touristic and business visas for the country. The Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the new rules for Chinese visitors during the next week. ...
 
 
In order to attract the best immigrants from all over the world the US Congress will propose new changes in the immigration law that will allow spouses of particular highly skilled foreign workers with H1B visa to undertake full time employment in United States. In the information technology sector more than 65 000 H1B visas are granted to highly qualified foreign workers every year. ...
 
 
Indian Students who wish to attend American universities will have the opportunity to talk to the staff of US embassy at the "student visa day" June 19 in Delhi. More than 1000 potential students will be interviewed in this day including M, J and F visa applicants. ...
 
 
Home Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has announced that his country might be added to the US visa waiver program in 18 months. The Minister pointed out that the immigration department already started to upgrate its visa systems in order to comply with the requirements of United States. ...
 
 
According to a recent statistics released by the government the number of immigrants that enter the Quebec during the current intake of the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program has begun to fill. The program has already received more than 2000 applications up until 16 May and it is expected that the number will quickly increase until the cap of 6500 is reached. ...
 
 
The US world-cup soccer team has been dragged in the endless immigration debate. Nancy Pelosi, the pro-immigration leader of the democrats posted picture of the team in her Twitter account. ...
 
 
A new meeting on the topic of immigration and border protection has been hosted by the Canadian Immigration minister Chris Alexander and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Stephen Blaney. At the meeting were present immigration experts from Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. ...
 
 
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection will create new type of visa for oil and gas workers who work on offshore platforms. Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, revealed at a conference in Perth that the government is committed to sensible visa arrangements that minimise red tape and unnecessary costs for offshore projects that create jobs and need skilled overseas workers. ...
 
 
According to the National Office of Statistics, in UK there are 30.43 million people are currently employed which is a record number. During the last quarter there was a rise in employment with 283 000 people. ...
 
 
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has released new skilled The ACT currently only participates in the Skilled Nominated Visa Subclass 190 and extends sponsorship to applicants living in Australia and those residing overseas, subject to meeting certain specific criteria. All applicants that want to come to Australia with those kind of visas must not only nominate a profession that appears on the skilled occupations list but also prove that they have the level of English that is required and to provide any evidence that they are committee to stay in Canberra. ...
 
 
US Consul-General, Mr. Jeffery Hawkins has announced that US will relax the rules that concern visa applications for Nigerian citizens. ...