We remind you yet again that from 1 July 2012 you will have to submit an expression of interest before submitting your Australian skilled immigration application. This is likely to mean fewer people qualifying for skilled immigration and a longer processing time. If you wish to come under the current skilled immigration programme you should apply for a skills assessment as soon as possible. You need to be ready with your skills assessment and, have passed the English language test before you can submit your immigration application.
If you are traveling to the UK for the 2012 London Olympics you will be happy to know that Heathrow Airport has unveiled plans to build a temporary terminal to deal with increased demand from departing athletes after the games finish. This means the other terminals and immigration checks at Heathrow will be more accessible to travelers and, hopefully, less congested than would otherwise be the case.
New figures show the number of Irish people moving to the UK, Canada, New Zealand, the USand Australiahas increased over the last year. The bad economy and job market are to blame for the increase in immigration.
Accountants & Engineers looking to emigrate to Australia can apply under the General Skilled Migration Program. You will need to meet the basic requirements for the program, pass the Australian immigration Points Test and pass a skills assessment for your particular occupation to qualify for an Australian visa. General Skilled Migration is for professionals and other skilled migrants who have skills in particular occupations required in Australia and who are not sponsored by an employer.
Immigration talks between the Australian government and opposition regarding asylum seekers have reached a stalemate; Government leaders can’t seem to reach an agreement with the opposition. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and opposition leader, Scott Morrison, blame each other for the failure to reach a negotiated settlement.
The government has been in negotiations over what to do with the increasing numbers of asylum seekers that are arriving by boat to Australia. Australian immigration currently detains all those who arrive by boat either in Australia or at the Christmas Island detention centre while they await Australian visas. The question now is if Australian immigration should reopen a processing centre on the Pacific island of Nauru.
India with over 1 billion people and the second most populous country in the world has been an independent state for 62 years. Indians in India and around the world celebrated Indian Republic Day on 26 January 2012 by participating in parades, dressing up in traditional costumes, and eating traditional food.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced last week that there have been five more countries added to the list of eligible nationals who can participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs in 2012. The H-2A and H-2B programsallow US employers to bring foreign workers to the US in order to fill temporary agricultural jobs and temporary non-agricultural jobs. In addition to the 53 countries currently on the list, Haiti, Iceland, Montenegro, Spain and Switzerland were added for 2012.
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