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The United States House of Representatives has approved a bill that will eliminate current diversity programs and will relocate those immigration visas to foreign postgraduate students attending American universities in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines. The bill also ensures the spouses and the children of those graduates will get visas for USA, thus encouraging keeping families together in the USA. ...
 
 
UK Border Agency has announced that From December 17 2012, it is mandatory that all visa applicants from Malaysia pay online for their UK visa. According to the announcement, as part of the online application process, from December 17, all applicants in Malaysia seeking UK Visas will have to pay for their visas online in U.S. ...
 
 
UK Border Agency has launched a priority visa service in Oman. The new service will be available only for applicants who pay additional 62.50 OMR for their application. ...
 
 
Six immigrant soldiers were honored in Arkansas by receiving US citizenship. They came from Mexico, Panama, Jamaica and South Korea. ...
 
 
Australian will start collecting biometric data from visa applicants that are coming from Cambodia. The rules that will require people in Cambodia who apply for Australian via to to lodge their applications in person and provide their biometrics at the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh are part of the new border management initiative of the Australian government. ...
 
 
During a recent meeting in Ottawa, the Canadian Minister Stephen Harper had a discussion with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the possibility of lifting the visa requirements for Mexican citizens, who want to visit Canada. A visa requirement for Mexican citizensh was introduced by the Canadian Government in 2009 when there was a spike in the number of refugee claims from Mexico from 2005 to 2009. ...
 
 
The Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced that the country will introduce new regulations that will require visa applicants from certain countries to provide a biometric data when lodging their Canadian visa applications. The biometric data requirements will come into force from 1 January 2013. ...
 
 
Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced that it will open a several immigration centers in Pakistan in order to provide all prospective applicants with convenient service when they apply for a visa to Australia. The new immigration centers will be located in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and will open in January 2013. ...
 
 
According to a recent announcement by the Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen, the country is looking to increase the number of its Working Holiday Agreements. Australia is in talks with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Poland and the Slovak Republic to establish reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangements. ...
 
 
An affiliate of the Goldman Sachs Groups has started a new investment group that will tap into the boom in applications from Chinese seeking to relocate to countries like Australia. Because of the economic slowdown and the political uncertainty in China caused by the recent change of leadership many rich Chinese businessman are searching foreign passports or residency in order to protect their assets and their families. ...
 
 
On 26 November UK Border agency has announced that starting form 2013, the Youth Mobility Scheme will open for Japanese citizens. The scheme allows to young people aged between 18 and 30 years old to live, work and study in UK for up to two years. ...
 
 
Six immigrant soldiers were honored in Arkansas by receiving US citizenship. They came from Mexico, Panama, Jamaica and South Korea. ...
 
 
UK Border agency recently announced that applicants from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland, who are granted residence for more than six months or after 1 December 2012 must apply for biometric residence permit. The change is considered a move to ensure the UKBA meets its obligations under European legislation when biometric residence permits will replace older forms of documentation. ...
 
 
Due to the strength of the Australian economy in comparison with the weaken-by-the-crisis world economy, the good performance of the Australian dollars on the international markets has caused a dropdown in the Australian tourism industry's revenues. Foreign tourists who realize that Australian can offer them less for their money will choose alternative destinations. ...
 
 
The government of Australian announced that it will begin accepting application for new category of visa called Significant Investor Visa. The requirements are that foreigners invest at least 5 million AUD in the Australian economy. ...
 
 
New Zealand Immigration authorities have denied to four private colleges the right to issue visa for international students. The reason for this is that a recent investigation carried out by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and Immigration New Zealand (INZ) revealed that they knowingly enrolled international students who had obtained a New Zealand visa fraudulently. ...
 
 
According to the mayor of London Boris Johnson the new immigration policy of the UK is damaging its international reputation and is hampering its ability to attract top students from abroad. IN the beginning of the last week Johnson said that the he is disappointed by the current policy of its party to combat the inbound migration by trying to reduce the number of international students. ...
 
 
From the beginning of 2013 there will be two significant changes the will be introduced to the International Experience Canada initiative for Irish citizens:
1. Irish citizens will be able to come to Canada under International Experience Canada for a period of up to 24 months, on a maximum of one occasion.
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (APPG) has started an inquiry into the new changes that were introduced in the UK immigration system. The efforts of the UK government to reduce the immigration to "tens of thousands per year" have brought significant alterations in the immigration rules of the country. ...
 
 
The German Blue Card program that was introduced earlier this year and whose aim is to attract foreign immigrants is not as successful as expected. The card has attracted just 137 so far which is far below than the initial targets. ...
 
 
US tourism industry has put a lot of efforts to attract visitors form abroad during the last several years. The legislation for legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington has prompted fears that those states may become "drug tourism" destinations. ...
 
 
The Culture Secretary of UK Maria Miller is planning to reduce the visa requirements for Chinese tourists who want to visit Great Britain. A lot of recent statistics shows that wealthy Chinese people, who travel abroad tend to spend much above the average travelers. ...
 
 
The Chinese capital city Beijing has recently announced that visitors who come to the city for less than 72 hours will no longer require a Chinese visa. Beijing often serves as a transit city for both domestic and international travelers. ...
 
 
The New Zealand Immigration authorities have announced that they have made a deal with a Chinese airline which will allow frequent travelers from China, who visit New Zealand to be eligible for a fast track visa. Chinese visitors will still need a visa for New Zealand but under the new deal they will be exempt from answering questions as part of their visa application and processing. ...
 
 
The immigration mnister of UK Theresa May has denied the rumors that any immigration measures will be taken that will prevent the Bulgarian and Romanian citizens from working and coming to UK. Bulgaria and Romania were accepted to EU in 2007, but both countries are subject to restrictions that prevent their citizens from working in many EU countries. ...
 
 
Statistics New Zealand – the statistical agency of the government of New Zealand has issued a report which shows that there is a population net decrease of 3000 people. The reasons is the emigration of New Zealand citizens most of which usually go to Australia. ...
 
 
Australian tourism export council (ATEC ) and 30 of the most influential backpackers organizations in Australia have decided to send a letter of complaint to the Wayne Swan because of his decision to increase the application processing price of the Working Holiday Visa. On first January 2013 the cost of the visa will be increased from 270 AUD to 350AUD. ...