2010 was a momentous year for immigration around the World. Below we include some of the most important immigration stories for 2010:
- Unlimited numbers of Tier 1 visa applications can still be made from within the UK until the end of March 2010.
- Tier 1 General visa or equivalent almost impossible to obtain from April 2011.
- Temporary immigration cap on Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas introduced in July 2010.
- Temporary immigration cap declared unlawful on 17 December 2010. However, temporary immigration cap reintroduced on 21 December 2010.
- Permanent immigration cap to be introduced in April 2011.
- UK Permanent residence and other visa categories will be more difficult in future.
- Australian skilled occupation list for General Skilled Migration applications reduced from 400 occupations to 181 occupations from 1 July 2010.
- Changes to Australian skilled immigration in July 2011 will make it more difficult for tradespeople and those with poor English to qualify for immigration.
- Canada in demand occupations reduced to 29 occupations from 26 June 2010.
- Many prospective immigrants to Canada will now require a job offer to qualify for immigration.
- US H-1Bs continue to be available throughout the year. In the booms years H-1B visas were used up the first day that they became available.
- US Dream Act reform of immigration system stalled. Uncertain future for US Dream Act.
Immigration around the World is becoming more difficult. If you wish to emigrate to a particular Country it is increasingly the case that you will need a job offer. However things will change in future. As the World economy continues to improve there will a need for more and more immigrants. Probably in the next five to ten years if not sooner Governments around the World will have no choice but to make immigration entry requirements easier.