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Canada issues record number of visas

Posted on July 10, 2012 in Canada Visas
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Canada issues record number of visas
The Canadian government has announced that this year has seen a record number of visas handed out to visitors applying to enter the country. The current figure stands at 500,000 which is a significant increase on the 450,000 which had been approved at the same time in 2011. Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and...

Ministers to make it easier for foreign students to come to the UK

Ministers to make it easier for foreign students to come to the UK
Ministers in the UK are considering relaxing the immigration rules for foreign students in order to attract more of them to British universities. By removing students coming from outside the European Union from the rules David Cameron would also be able to bring down annual immigration figures. The government said that it aims to cut the...

UKBA failing to deal with immigration backlog

UKBA failing to deal with immigration backlog
A new report by a government immigration inspector suggests that the UK Border Agency doesn’t have an adequate system in place for dealing with the rising number of foreign nationals in Britain who are staying on even though their visas have expired. The report claims that the number remaining in the country without the proper paperwork has...

Staff shortage at ASIO to check refugees

Staff shortage at ASIO to check refugees
According to a recent audit, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, a spy agency that checks asylum seekers for possible security threats, has been battling against rudimentary computer systems, the sudden hike in boat arrivals, and 30% less staff than necessary. The inspection into the ASIO came after criticism of the delays...

Obama pumps up OPT visa scheme for foreign students

Obama pumps up OPT visa scheme for foreign students
A programme which allows foreign STEM (“science, technology, engineering and math”) graduates to work in the United States for 29 months with no work visa has been expanded by the administration of President Barack Obama. The scheme, dubbed the “Optional Practical Training” (OPT) programme, had permitted students to be employed in...

Canada shuts down Tehran visa section

Canada shuts down Tehran visa section
As reported by France 24, the Canadian embassy in Tehran has shut down its visa section as a cost-cutting step which will have an effect on thousands of Iranians. The visa services have now been transferred to Canada’s embassy in Ankara, in neighbouring Turkey. People who called the embassy were also told that the visa section had...

Skilled foreign workers may enter Canada faster

Skilled foreign workers may enter Canada faster
As reported by Reuters, the Canadian government has announced it would relax immigration requirements for skilled foreign workers as the nation desperately needs to fill labour shortages in the construction, oil and mining industries. Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that the government would modify the Federal Skilled...

Australian Immigration Minister criticises Training Minister

Australian Immigration Minister criticises Training Minister
As reported by The West, Chris Bowen, Australian Immigration Minister, has criticised Training Minister Peter Collier for "making undeliverable promises” while attempting to entice 150,000 skilled workers from Ireland to WA. Mr Bowen's reproach came after Ireland’s Government called Australia's visa requirements a "major...

Proposed reforms for Aussie work holiday immigration

Proposed reforms for Aussie work holiday immigration
According to Migration Expert, the Australian Tourist Export Council (ATEC) has written a report to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship urging the federal government to pass five major policy changes to a visa category, claiming the reforms could potentially raise Australia's GDP by nearly $275 million within a decade. The...

Immigration visa changes won by Australian skilled labourers

Immigration visa changes won by Australian skilled labourers
According to Australia Network News, the Australian government has created a new policy which will allow skilled migrants to more easily become permanent residents of Australia. Chris Bowen, Immigration Minister, says the reform will simplify the immigration process for those holding 457 visas which grant temporary job rights, allowing...