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Australia migrant trends survey points to Asian Century

Australia migrant trends survey points to Asian Century
For the first time in Australia’s long migrant history, Asia is the leading source of incomers seeking permanent immigration. The Migration Trends Report, released by Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor, reveals that, for the first time in the country’s history, Asia is the major source continent...

New UK family immigration rules may deter executive relocation

New UK family immigration rules may deter executive relocation
Cross-party parliamentary groups are demanding urgent reviews of the UK’s family immigration rules, saying they are breaking up families and may result in the loss of high-net worth executive migrants. The UK government is accused of failing to support family life due to its introduction of new rules governing returning British citizens...

Oz sex worker advocacy group demand 457 visa access for immigrant sex workers

Oz sex worker advocacy group demand 457 visa access for immigrant sex workers
A leading Australian sex worker advocacy group is urging the government to include prostitution in its temporary 457 skilled worker visa list. The request is not as crazy as it sounds, as prostitution is legal in all Australian states, although laws relating to the trade vary across the country. Even the Australian immigration authority...

US Senate begins debate on controversial immigration overhaul bill

US Senate begins debate on controversial immigration overhaul bill
The USA Senate has begun the debate on the new bill intended to fix the country’s broken immigration system, with a vote due to be taken by month’s end. The controversial bill enjoys bipartisan support within the Senate, but is expected to struggle in the House of Representatives, which is at present preparing its own version....

Oz immigration backlog prevents Welshman from migrating to care for parents

Oz immigration backlog prevents Welshman from migrating to care for parents
Wes Leonard’s application for a carer’s visa to look after his aged parents in Australia is unlikely to succeed due to immigration red tape. Wes’s parents, Leonard and Audrey, were cared for by his sister Samantha at their home in Bakewell, Northern Territories until her death in late 2012. Both parents are in poor health, are...

Top Chinese engineers and computer scientists emigrating overseas

Top Chinese engineers and computer scientists emigrating overseas
The vast majority of China’s innovative talents in the fields of maths, computer science and physics have migrated to top jobs overseas. A survey by the Chinese Academy of Sciences has revealed that 87 per cent of China’s most talented workers in the sectors have moved overseas to take advantage of positions in major foreign...

Oz to close offshore workers loophole by creating special visa

Oz to close offshore workers loophole by creating special visa
The Australian government has announced it will bring the country’s offshore resources industry under Australian law by the creation of a designated offshore visa. Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, announced that the Migration Act is to be extended, bringing all offshore employees under the law and requiring...

Bipartisan immigration reform bill makes it to full Senate

Bipartisan immigration reform bill makes it to full Senate
Slewed slightly to the political right to attract Republican votes, the controversial US immigration reform bill is now heading for the senate floor. The centrepiece of the proposed legislation, the 13-year ‘road to citizenship’ for the majority of the 11 million illegals in the US, has survived intact and may emerge as the most...

Canada to lure Silicon Valley techies struggling with immigration issues

Canada to lure Silicon Valley techies struggling with immigration issues
Canada’s minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism arrived in the Bay area last Friday determined to spread the message that his country is open for business. In a Vancouver interview before he left, Jason Kenney told the media that the dysfunctional US immigration system is now common knowledge worldwide, adding that he...

Merkel urges Germans to accept immigration policy changes

Merkel urges Germans to accept immigration policy changes
In a game-changing speech delivered earlier this week German chancellor Angela Merkel urged the German people to face up to the hard facts of essential changes in immigration policy. Merkel’s speech at a government-backed conference focused on Germany’s demographic challenges and the social legacy of unchecked immigration over...