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Not Just Canada, New Zealand Also Feeling Heat of Trump Bump- US to NZ Immigration Requests up by 70%

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After Canada and Australia, New Zealand is also feeling the heat of Trump Bump. Recently, a huge number of Americans have applied for the New Zealand citizenship. In last three months, the applications from the US, for the grant of NZ citizenship have raised by 70 percent. Many countries have faced similar situation, since US elections last year, i.e. November, 2016.
Americans are looking to move to New Zealand

If you thing 70 percent rise in citizenship applications from US to NZ is staggering, there is more to know for you. In January, 2017, an upsurge of about 18 percent observed in the number of Americans, who have obtained NZ work visa compared to last year same time.

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This is being seen as the Trump bump, as several Americans have become uncertain about their future in the US and looking to move to other countries, since Donald Trump has elected as the President of the USA. However, the individuals looking to settle in New Zealand from America require staying in New Zealand for 5 years to become eligible to apply for citizenship in the Kiwi country.

 

As per the reports, two days after the US election results, the website of Immigration New Zealand registered about 4146 visits from the USA, which were just 305 a month ago at the same time. Traditionally, immigration to New Zealand from the US has remained lower side in the past in view of the mighty distance (10,000 kilometers) between the two countries. However, things have changed a lot in last few months.

New Zealand has emerged as the favorite immigration destination in last few years

The top Hollywood movies, i.e. ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ gave tremendous recognition and fame to New Zealand as a great destination to travel and live. The celebrities traveling to New Zealand to shoot movies also had great things to say about New Zealand when they traveled back, which ultimately gave New Zealand huge popularity as the top immigration destination in the world.

Several Americans living in New Zealand already have confirmed that many of their friends and relatives have contacted them to confirm the NZ immigration process and expressed the interest and willingness to relocate to the land of Kiwis.

Canada also faced similar situations during and after the US elections, when website of Canada immigration crashed due to excessive visits from the USA on the US election night. The citizenship request applications to Canada from the US also rose significantly immediately after the US elections. Now, New Zealand is also facing the similar situation. It is more so as New Zealand has come a long way to become one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world in last couple of years. Every month a record number of international skilled workers and students are flying to New Zealand.

If you are also an NZ immigration aspirant, get in touch with a trusted NZ Immigration and visa expert to confirm process details and apply for relevant NZ Visa.

Germany welcomed about 4 Million Immigrants in last one decade

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Germany- the key advanced nation in Western Europe has welcomed about staggering 4 million immigrants in last one decade. This happened much before the whole chaos begins about huge refugee influx in Europe. Germany traditionally have had the lenient immigration policy and hence, massive number of immigrants found their foot in Germany in the past.

Huge Immigration to Germany from Non-European countries

As per the German Federal Institute for Population Research about 3.8 million immigrants welcomed by Germany between 2005 and 2015, from the Non-European countries. The data includes the immigrants from Asia, America, Oceania, and Africa, etc. who established themselves as the permanent residents in the Germany and didn’t remain only the so called visitors or tourists.

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Though, the number didn’t include the other four million immigrants from the European countries, who are settled in the Germany. This massive immigration influx is twice compared to the Cold War era, i.e. 1980-1990, when Turkish workers welcomed by the then West Germany in huge numbers. Though, the idea of the Germany policy at that time was to help the immigrant workers settle again in Turkey after earning some valuable bucks, however, most of those works, stayed in Germany only in that era. As a result, today, the Turkish community is the second largest in the country after the Germans themselves.

Germany is an ideal destination to move for Young Skilled Workers

Germany is one of the best countries to move to for the young and talented skilled works, particularly, for the ones who have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) background. There is a great demand of STEM graduates in Germany; this is the reason that it offers considerably high wages to the international skilled workers with STEM background.

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It probably offers the best wages in the world to the STEM graduates. This is the reason that most youngsters today desire to move to Germany to earn in Euros and establish a wonderful career in one of the best European nations.

Want to move to Germany?

If you are a STEM graduate and wish to immigrate to and work in Germany, the German Job Seeker Visa is the ideal visa option for you. It allows you to live and find job in Germany for up to six months. If you have fond the suitable job within this period, you can always convert your Germany Job Seeker Visa into the work permit in Germany. The Work Permit can further be converted in to permanent visa, if you meet the required criteria.

So, if you have plans to move to Germany in 2017, contact a reliable and registered immigration consultant today, confirm the process details, and apply for Germany Job Seeker Visa.

For further assistance regarding the topic above or Germany immigration in general, you may send your inquiries and details to the expert at info@visasavenue.com.

 

A few gloomy Changes to H-1B Visa are forcing the US immigration aspirants to think about Canada

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As the USA has announced some gloomy changes to the H-1B Visa processing, a vast number of US visa aspirants are considering planning immigration to Canada. The H-1B visa is a popular US work visa, through which, the US employers hire skilled worker from overseas. The popularity of this visa is evident from the fact that last year, 3 times more candidates than the annual quota, applied for this visa.

In view of huge demand for this H-1B Visa, the US immigration department selects the applicants for this visa through a lottery system. However, now the US administration has announced to suspend the fast processing of the H-1b visa.

Canada is all set to accept the international workers finding it difficult to move to US

The Canadian companies, especially, the IT sector is making all efforts to lure the international workers, who are finding it difficult to move to US after the recent immigration orders by the Trump administration. The Canadian government is also offering multiple pathways for such overseas skilled workers to immigrate to Canada.

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It all started when the US president Donald Trump imposed travel ban on the immigrants from seven Muslim countries. The Canadian immigration along with Prime Minister John Trudeau issued statements to provide temporary residence to all such immigrants’ workers affected by travel ban order issued by the US administration. And with the recent H-1B visa orders, Canada is expecting even more international workers in the country.

Gloomy Changes announced in H-1B Visa

As of now, the employers submitting application for the issuance of H-1B Visa for their overseas employees, can make the processing faster by paying $1,225 as additional charge for ‘Premium’ or faster processing of applications, i.e. within 15 days. In this case if the visa is not processed within the specified time, the fee will get refunded by the US immigration or department.

With no ‘Premium’ processing, the application may take 3-6 months for processing. However, vide new order, w.e.f. April 3, 2017, the ‘Premium’ faster H-1B visa processing option will be suspended for next 6 months by the US administration. Such change in H-1B Visa processing was expected in view of President Trump’s stand on this visa category. He has on many occasions criticized the essence of this visa, mentioning it as not good for the US workers.

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Canada’s Immigration Policy is just opposite to the US

On the contrary, the Canadian government has really eased the immigration rules and system in Canada to facilitate the entry of overseas skilled workers and their families. It is in process to launch its Global Talent Stream, which will offer two weeks processing time for Canadian work permit. The government has already reduced the processing time for family reunification to 12 months from 24 months last year. Apart from this, they have announced many such steps to facilitate the entry of immigrants in the country.

Canada also needs skilled and talented immigrants from overseas for its fast growing industries, in view of ongoing skill shortage and ageing population. So, looking at the immigration scenario in both Canada and United State of America, the Canada is surely the top choice for immigration aspirants.

Finally, if you are one among such aspirants of immigration and overseas visa, you may get in touch with a reliable Canadian immigration Consultant to prepare your immigration documents and apply in the relevant Canada immigration program.

Why you need an Immigration Consultant to apply for Canadian Visa in 2017?

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If you have gone through the title, you must be looking for the answer of the question too. In fact, most of the people who aspire to live, work or settle in Canada, want to know whether or not they should hire a consultant for Canada immigration and permanent residency process.

Well, there are two aspects of the answer of this question. Let’s explore the both.

Do you need an Immigration Consultant for Canada immigration in 2017?

The fist aspect is how well you are prepared for immigration to Canada. The preparations can be of various kind, when you are moving to the incredible maple leaf country. If you follow the Canada immigration process updates, immigration rule changes, instructions and guidelines, etc. you can apply on your own as well.

If you are thorough with the process, your chances of making mistake are minimum and you are more likely apply for the visa correctly.

  1. On the other end, if you are not much aware of the immigration rules, process guidelines, and frequent changes being announced by the Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada, it is wise to take service from a reliable and registered Canadian Visa and Immigration Consultant. The second point needs a bit further elaboration.

Frequent Canada Immigration Rule Changes in last couple of years

The Canada Immigration process has undergone various changes in last couple of years. The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have announced various changes in the immigration process and immigration rules. The key reason behind this has been induction of new federal government in Canada.

Liberals are known for their soft stance on immigration, hence, several immigration rules have been eased in last one year or so. So, overall most of the changes have been positive for the immigration and visa applicants. Let’s take a look at the key immigration changes announced in last one year by the Canadian government.

  • Revised the Express Entry point system
  • Doubled the application intake of Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP)
  • Family reunification processing time reduced to half
  • Points to international students to apply for Canadian permanent residency
  • Removal of ‘Four in Four out’ and ‘Conditional Permanent residency’ provision applicable to certain applicants.
  • Extending the time period for submitting visa application after receiving the invite from IRCC from 60 days to 90 days.

A common man often don’t follow or understand the frequent immigration rule changes, however, the immigration consultants, being the professionals, often follow even the minute process details and changes, and use the same while helping you in submission of visa application.

How an Immigration Consultant can help you in Canada immigration?

If you have hired a genuine and registered Canadian immigration consultant, it can provide you vital immigration advice and assistance in visa and immigration process for Canada. However, make sure that you hire a consultant with proper accreditation status and authenticity. For further assistance with regards to Canada immigration and visa process, you may drop an email to the expert at info@visasavenue.com.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) of Canada may soon undergo key Changes

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The Canadian government may announce key changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in the forthcoming budget of Canada. The statement in this regard has been issued by the Patty Hajdu- the Employment Minister of Canada. The amendments in the TFWP are awaited since long and it has been in the priority list of the Liberal party government.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) enables the employers in Canada to recruit skilled workers from overseas for a limited period of time to combat the skill shortage in the country. However, the program also oversees that the local Canadians are the first priority, when there is an open position in Canada.

A Few Changes in TFWP have been made already

Though the reforms in TFWP will be announced formally in the federal budget, however, some key changes have already been made to the program, i.e. Elimination of the ‘Four in, Four out’ rule.

The ‘Four in Four out’ rule denies some foreign skilled workers to stay in Canada, once their four years work contract has finished. Such overseas skilled workers can now stay in Canada and apply for the Canadian permanent residency as well.

 

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Long awaited reforms in TFWP

The recommendations for the amendments in TFWP were published in September, 2016 only by the Parliamentary Committee. A few of these recommendations were hassle free pathway to Canadian permanent residency to overseas skilled workers and easing the process for the businesses in the country, so that they can combat the rising labour market demands.

The MPs in Canada also advised to have key protection and security for the workers to discourage the incidents, i.e. low paid jobs and abuse at work, etc.

 

The parliament committee also emphasized on some key requirements of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, such as, employers providing transition plan for the recruitments in high skilled professions, and how a particular employer accustomed itself about the program. Apart from this, the federal government has also made a recent announcement with regards to early processing of the certain work permit applications, i.e. within 2 weeks.

The response from government is due regarding the advice from parliamentary committee. However, the announcement about TFWP reforms will be made in upcoming budget is being considered as government’s response only. The budget is likely to be released towards the end of February or in the first week of March, 2017.

TFWP reforms are likely to be the part of Government’s lenient immigration policy

The forthcoming reforms in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) are likely to be an addition to the series of steps the liberal government has taken to ease the immigration in the country. The liberal government of Canada has traditionally been soft on immigration and immigrants in the country and glimpse of the same had been seen in the past when they issued several relaxations in the Canada’s immigration rules and process, i.e. amendment in the express entry point system, reduction of family reunification processing time, and removal of stringent immigration rules to benefit the immigration applicants.

Hence, if you have plans to apply for temporary work visa or permanent residency in Canada, you may go ahead with your application in coordination with a trusted Canadian Visa Consultant.

Nova Scotia Accepted Record Number of Immigrants in a year- More to Arrive in 2017

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The Nova Scotia Province of Canada has accepted a record number of immigrants in a year. A total of 4,835 immigrants accepted by the province in a year ending October, 2016 including skilled immigrants, refugees, entrepreneurs and immigrants, who arrived on family sponsored visas. The number is highest in last few decades.

This record number of immigrants include considerable amount of Syrian refugees, (About 1500), which were allowed and accepted in the country as per the lenient immigration policy of federal government.

Nova Scotia government lobbied for enhancing immigration quota

Government of Nova Scotia has been making constant efforts to raise the annual immigration quota of the province. Nova Scotia lobbied in 2016 to get the number of immigrants increased in the province allowed in a year through Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The NSNP is the popular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of the province. Nova Scotia got its PNP allocation increased twice in last one year.

Nova Scotia is expecting more immigrants through NSNP this year

The province of Nova Scotia is expecting a total of 2150 newcomers in 2017, however, the break up with regards to immigrant categories has not been revealed by the government till date. The efforts and lobbying by the government of Nova Scotia has really paid off as the province has been successful in inviting and welcoming more number of immigrants in recent times.

Newcomers are also expected through new Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

The Nova Scotia is also a key participant in the newly launched Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) along with rest of the Atlantic Provinces, i.e. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Hence, apart from NSNP, the newcomers in the province may also arrive through the AIPP. The federal government has structured this new immigration program to invite 2,000 immigrants in the Atlantic Provinces including Nova Scotia.

Moreover, Nova Scotia also has access to Express Entry pool of candidates, through which, it can invite the applicants to apply in Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

Nova Scotia needs Immigrants for right Demographic balance

The Ivany Report, projecting the economic blueprint of the province has advised to enhance the immigration in the country in view of decreasing birth rate and outmigration. As per the report, the workforce of the province will be reduced by 100,000 in next 15 years, and the birth rate of the province is not convincing enough to replace the same. Report suggests that province should try to attract about 7,000 immigrants annually by the year 2024 to meet the rising demographic challenges of Nova Scotia.

Apply in Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) to move to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is an incredible province to live, work and get settled on a permanent basis. If you wish to immigrate to Nova Scotia, you can get your file prepared in coordination with a reliable Canada immigration consultant to apply in the NSNP. For any query and assistance with regards to NSNP or AIPP, send an email to info@visasavenue.com.

What are NOC ‘C’ class Occupations in Canada? How one can apply to work in such occupations

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When you think of Canada immigration, the first thing that comes in your mind is that mostly the professionals, i.e. Software Engineers, Doctors, Engineers, Accounts managers, etc. move to Canada on work visa or permanent residency. Not many know or explore that Canada also offer visas under NOC (National Occupational Classification) ‘C’ category occupations. Let’s find out more about ‘C’ category of occupations and pathways to move to Canada to work under these occupations.

NOC Skill Type ‘C’ Class Occupations in Canada

The NOC (National Occupational Classification) Skill Type ‘C’ has been structured for intermediate jobs in Canada. These jobs usually require high school education or job related training etc.

A few of such occupations are:

  • General office support workers
  • Data entry clerks
  • Receptionists
  • Library assistants and clerks
  • Receptionists
  • Accounting and related clerks
  • Banking, insurance and other financial clerks
  • Desktop publishing operators and related occupations
  • Shippers and receivers
  • Letter carriers
  • Storekeepers and parts persons
  • Home child care providers
  • Retail salespersons
  • Food and beverage servers
  • Casino occupations
  • Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
  • Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs
  • Other repairers and servicers

All such occupations are intermediate level occupations, which don’t require higher qualifications or high level of job training, experience, or expertise.

How to Apply for Canadian visa to work under these occupations?

To apply for visa and work under NOC ‘C’ class occupations in Canada, you need to apply for visa thorough any of the below mentioned pathways:

  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

In Canada, most of the provinces have a Provincial Nominee Program, through which they select suitable foreign skilled workers for their province. A candidate who apply and get selected in a PNP, gets the nomination certificate from the province, based on the same a candidate can apply for permanent residency in Canada. The PNPs accept the experience in all NOC Skill Types. The Provincial Nominee Programs open their application intake at regular intervals throughout the year.

Key Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada are:

  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Nova Scotia Nominee Program
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program, etc.
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) is newly launched immigration program of Atlantic Provinces of Canada. The AIPP has been structured in coordination with the federal government and will start accepting applications from March, 2017. The AIPP accepts the skilled experience in the skill type/level 0, A, B, or C.

Interested in applying for NOC ‘C’ category of occupations?

If you wish to apply for NOC ‘C’ category of occupations, you need to get your file prepared well in advance, as both AIPP and PNP programs have limited number of applications. If you are applying for Canada immigration for the first time, it is advised to take the services of a genuine and reliable Canada immigration Consultant. For further assistance with regard to Canada immigration programs or immigration process, you may send your immigration queries to info@visasavenue.com.