Australian Citizenship Laws undergone recent changes

Australian Citizenship Laws undergone recent changes for International Migrants!

Immigrants residing in Australia with an aspiration of becoming Australian Citizen will be required to take an independent English language test prior applying for Australian citizenship from now onwards. Due to the recent changes in the Australian citizenship Laws which took place in the parliament on Thursday, fresh applicants will be required to prove the language proficiency under various level of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

However, the level of proficiency will be decided by the immigration minister itself.

Applicants who can take exemption from this rule must be aged 60 plus or 16 below along with people having hearing, speech, sight impairments or permanent physical or mental disability.

As per the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, “English language was essential to economic participation and social cohesion,” and due to which this new changes have been applied.

He also added that, “There is also strong public support to ensure aspiring citizens are fully able to participate in Australian life by speaking English, our national language.”

The major change took place under this recent reform is the minimum time period of permanent residency in Australia one must have to be eligible for Australian Citizenship.

This time is now changed from a time period of 1 year to 4 years, along with the new examinations and tougher character assessment.

Eligible candidates will also be required to state the incorporation into the community, by “acting in a manner compatible with Australian values”.

Additional changes include:

  • The ‘pledge of commitment’ is now renamed to the ‘pledge of allegiance’.
  • Individuals rejected by the minister for Australian citizenship on the basis other than not fulfilling the eligibility, will be banned for 2 years from Australia.
  • It is a must that the applicants should hold a good character in order to be eligible for Australian citizenship.

Mr. Dutton, further said that, “This  Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

New law will help in maintaining the strong public support for immigration and the Australian citizenship values in an increasingly challenging national security environment.”

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Ontario released the Processing Times for Immigration Streams

Ontario government is now posting the estimated processing times for streams within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Already, this data was not freely accessible.

The territory additionally uncovered that, as of June 19, marginally the greater part of the 6,000 assignment testaments inside the OINP portion for 2017 have been issued.

The OINP is a standout amongst the most powerful and differed of all PNPs. It contains three streams lined up with the government Express Entry movement determination framework, and in addition streams for worldwide graduates and business people.

OINP Processing Times (as of June 19, 2017)

OINP Stream Processing applications submitted and paid for between Estimated processing time
Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities March 1, 2017 and June 19, 2017 inclusive 60 to 90 days*
Express Entry – French Speaking Skilled Worker February 2, 2017 and June 19, 2017 inclusive 60 to 90 days*
Express Entry – Skilled Trades June 8, 2017 and June 19, 2017 inclusive To be posted at next update*
International Masters Graduate May 1, 2017 and May 15, 2017 inclusive 30 to 60 days*
International PhD Graduate May 3, 2017 and May 19, 2017 inclusive 30 to 60 days*
Employer Job Offer – Foreign Worker and International Student February 13, 2017 and June 16, 2017 inclusive 60 to 90 days*
Entrepreneur Applications are assessed on a case by case basis Dependent upon the complexity of the application
Corporate Applications are assessed on a case by case basis Dependent upon the complexity of the application

*Processing time estimations are a rule just, and may differ contingent upon the conditions of the document.

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Upcoming Australia General Skilled Migration Changes – July 2017

From the date of 1st July 2017 Australia General Skilled Migration changes will be implied, such as:

  • Under Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 the maximum age requirement will be changed from 49 to 44
  • A new Australian permanent residency pathway for New Zealand citizens will be released
  • Australian skilled occupations lists will be most probably reviewed
  • Occupational ceilings will be declared
  • Reopening of State Migration Plans will be done

Age Limit changes under Skilled Independent visa subclass 189

The current maximum age under Skilled Independent visa subclass 189 is 49. It will be changed to 44, effective from 1 July 2017.

Following visa programs will remain unaffected by this reform:

As per the Department of Immigration’s research and survey conducted, it has been seen that only 1% of applicants under Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189 is ranging from 45 to 49 currently. Which is why the age criteria of 49 has been replaced with 44.

New Zealand Citizen Pathway for Australia Permanent Residency

New Australian permanent residency pathway for New Zealand citizens who have resided and hold an employment experience in Australia for a minimum time period of 5 years will be released on 1 July 2017.

This new pathway will be applied as a distinct stream under Skilled Independent visa Subclass 189. The eligibility criteria for New Zealand citizen stream will be comparatively easier to fulfill than the subclass 189 visa itself due to following reasons:

  • English language examination, skills assessment, point test assessment, or employer sponsorship are not required.
  • No age limitation
  • Moderate financial income and exemptions offered
  • Health waiver offered
  • Little initial application fee

The Australian government authorities have analyzed that around 60 – 70,000 New Zealand residents can apply under the new pathway. Due to this there will be fewer applicants under the point assessment stream. This can also affect the skilled migration occupational ceilings, and lead to higher point requirement in order to grab an invitation under SkillSelect.

Review of Australian Skilled Occupations Lists

Australia occupations list under General Skilled Migration, MLTSSL and STSOL may get renewed from 1 July 2017.

There are multiple occupations, majorly available under the engineering category, which is present in the MLTSSL but not in the STSOL. This is not fair and which is why the lists are expected to be reviewed.

List of “Flagged Occupations” are kept and managed by the Department of Education. This list could also be abolished.

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Quebec Skilled Worker Program is reopening for fresh candidates

Gazette Officielle du Québec announced their decision saying that Quebec Skilled Worker Program will reopen for 5,000 fresh applicants within upcoming 12 months, i.e. before March 31, 2018. The decision was made on March 30, 2017. The fresh applications will be accepted during the intake period occurring before March 31, 2018. The exact dates are yet to be announced.

Quebec skilled worker program (QSWP) is specifically constructed to select skilled foreign candidates on the basis of their ability to establish economically, after their immigration to Quebec. Skilled Immigrants who wish to settle within Quebec are examined under an organized system. Quebec Skilled Worker Program works on a first-come, first-served basis, compared to the EOI system which became famous within many Canadian provinces, and also at the federal Immigration level.

Candidates for Quebec Skilled Worker Program are assessed through a unique point based system which is based upon several selection factors like area of training, work experience, age, language proficiency in French/English, relationship with Quebec (any visits or family), and factors of the applicant’s spouse. Following the selection, the candidates are issued a Quebec selection certificate which eventually takes them to the Canadian Permanent Residency (Immigration) Visa. The Candidates must complete the medical and criminal record checks prior their application to CIC for Canadian Permanent Residency Visa (Canada PR Visa).

There is no need for a prior job offer under QSWP, but one can score additional points for a valid employment offer in Quebec.

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Updated Reforms in the QSWP

Recently, the Quebec government made some improvements in the QSWP points system:

  • For Single applicants: minimum score requirement is changed from 49 points to 50 points.
  • For Married applicants: minimum score requirement is changed from 57 points to 59 points.
  • Points awarded for particular areas of training have under gone some alterations. Points for (section A) areas of training changed from 16 points to 12 points.
  • The areas of training scoring 12 points are changed to 9 points.

The above mentioned reform will be applied on the applications submitted on or after March 8, 2017.

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Express Entry draw 57: More than 3000 skilled workers invited

Express Entry draw 57: The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points needed by an applicant under Canada Express Entry  are still at low with high number of Invitation to Apply (ITA). On 24 March 2017, around 3,749 applicants having 441 or more CRS score achieved an ITA.

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Applicants who attained an ITA are allowed to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Family members who are going to accompany the primary applicant such as spouse or common-law partner, dependent children are also eligible under Canada PR visa to reside in Canada.

Applicants who want to submit their application for Canada permanent residency under one of the program named, Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), should first submit their profile in the Express Entry pool of Candidate. After this each individual will be given a CRS score depending on the factors such as age, education, work experience, language capability etc. All profiles are ranked in the Express Entry pool on the basis of their CRS score, and then IRCC periodically organize Express Entry draws in order to invite the highest-ranking profiles from the pool to apply for Canada Permanent Residency.

Updated Express Entry Draw 2016 -2017: Last 3 months

Draw Date Number of Invitation Minimum CRS score
57 March 24 3,749 441
56 March 1 3,884 434
55 February 22 3,611 441
54 February 8 3,664 447
53 January 25 3,508 453

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British Columbia welcomes more than 100 of skilled Workers and Graduates

British Columbia welcomes more than 100 of skilled Workers and Graduates

An aggregate of 377 contenders for British Columbia Immigration have been welcomed to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that occurred on March 8. All Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued on March 8 were issued over a scope of BC PNP sub-classifications oversaw under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a special framework used to rank and select competitors under certain BC PNP sub-classes.

A few people issued ITA are currently in a position to present their BC PNP common designation application through one of the upgraded BC PNP sub-classes adjusted to the government Express Entry determination framework. The rest of the competitors will have their applications handled outside the Express Entry framework at the government level.

If you don’t mind take note of that the ITA regarding the BC PNP is not the same as the ITA issued at the government Express Entry level.

Latest BC PNP Draw

The only sub-category that saw a change in the number of points required in order for a candidate to receive an ITA since the previous draw was the Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-category.

Stream/category Minimum score Number of invitations
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 90 68
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 70 99
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 90 60
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 70 112
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65 38

 Express Entry British Columbia Program

Using the Express Entry British Columbia Program, category of the Skills Immigration, the province nominates skilled workers for Canada Permanent Residency visa. This section is linked with the federal government’s immigration program, Express Entry. Under the Express Entry British Columbia program the selected candidates will receive a faster visa processing in their BCPNP application, which eventually leads to Canada permanent residency, if one gets nominated by British Columbia.

The Skills Immigration categories which can be processed through Express Entry British Columbia are:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Health Care Professional
  • International Graduate
  • International Post-Graduate

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Express Entry draw 56: CRS Requirement dropped to the lowest

Express Entry draw 56: The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points needed by an applicant under Canada Express Entry immigration to acquire an Invitation to Apply (ITA) continuously falling low. On 1 March 2017, around 3,884 applicants having 434 or more CRS score achieved an ITA. According to the experts, this is till date the lowest threshold point of any draw since Express Entry launched.

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Applicants who attained an ITA are allowed to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Family members who are going to accompany the primary applicant such as spouse or common-law partner, dependent children are also eligible under Canada PR visa to reside in Canada.

Applicants who want to submit their application for Canada permanent residency under one of the program named, Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), should first submit their profile in the Express Entry pool of Candidate. After this each individual will be given a CRS score depending on the factors such as age, education, work experience, language capability etc. All profiles are ranked in the Express Entry pool on the basis of their CRS score, and then IRCC periodically organize Express Entry draws in order to invite the highest-ranking profiles from the pool to apply for Canada Permanent Residency.

Updated Express Entry Draw 2016 -2017: Last 3 months

Draw Date Number of Invitation Minimum CRS score
56 March 1 3,884 434
55 February 22 3,611 441
54 February 8 3,664 447
53 January 25 3,508 453
52 January 11 3,334 459
51 January 4 2,902 46

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Express Entry draw 55: CRS Requirement falling to further Low

Express Entry draw 55: The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points needed by an applicant under Canada Express Entry immigration to acquire an Invitation to Apply (ITA) continuously falling low. On 22 February 2017, around 3,611 applicants having 441 or more CRS score achieved an ITA. According to the experts, this is till date the lowest threshold point of any draw since Express Entry launched.

Calculate your Express Entry points through Canada Point calculator

Applicants who attained an ITA are allowed to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Family members who are going to accompany the primary applicant such as spouse or common-law partner, dependent children are also eligible under Canada PR visa to reside in Canada.

Applicants who want to submit their application for Canada permanent residency under one of the program named, Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FTSC), or Canadian Experience Class (CEC), should first submit their profile in the Express Entry pool of Candidate. After this each individual will be given a CRS score depending on the factors such as age, education, work experience, language capability etc. All profiles are ranked in the Express Entry pool on the basis of their CRS score, and then IRCC periodically organize Express Entry draws in order to invite the highest-ranking profiles from the pool to apply for Canada Permanent Residency.

Updated Express Entry Draw 2016 -2017: Last 3 months

Draw Date Number of Invitation Minimum CRS score
55 February 22 3,611 441
54 February 8 3,664 447
53 January 25 3,508 453
52 January 11 3,334 459
51 January 4 2,902 468
50 December 22 2,878 475

Click to see all the Express entry draws till date by CIC: Express Entry Draw 2016 -2017.

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Ontario reopening Immigration programs upcoming week

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will be taking visa applications under its most renowned immigration programs in the upcoming week. The selected programs are as follows:

  • Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • International PhD Graduate Stream
  • International Masters Graduate Stream

Earlier in the month of May 2016, there was a temporary hold the above programs as they reached their yearly intake limit.

The Intake target for 2017 is kept at 6,000 applications. This is higher than last year’s intake which was 5,500 applications and also this time it involves visa applications across the entire OINP programs.

Moreover, a latest online visa application process was also planned to be opened along with the opening of these OINP programs. Ontario government mentioned that with this the visa application process will be faster, customer services will improve, and also will aid the Ontario employers in finding eligible skilled workers sooner.

Provincial government also conveyed that these OINP programs will be kept on hold and reopened on a periodic basis. The target behind this strategy is improvement in processing of visa applications.

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Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities Stream allows OINP to nominate eligible applicants having required academic qualification, work experience, language capability, and other skills, so that they can enter the federal Express Entry pool. It helps these candidates establish and function into labour market and communities of Ontario.

Among all other requirements, one of the major eligibility requirements is that an applicant must have submitted his or her profile in the Express Entry pool and must score at least 400 or above Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. In case the applicant acquires the OINP nomination certificate under this program, he or she will be given 600 additional CRS points and will be eligible to get an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residency.

International PhD Graduate Stream

International PhD Graduate Stream allows candidates who have acquired a PhD qualification from any of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. Under this stream, job offer is not required.

International Masters Graduate Stream

International Masters Graduate Stream is designed for candidates who have acquired a Master’s degree from any of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. Under this stream, job offer is not required.

Further Information and important details are expected to be coming till February 21. Keep in touch…with Make Visas.

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Saskatchewan Express Entry Immigration Category Opened

The renowned International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened inviting 500 new visa applications on February 14 this year.

Under this particular sub-category, eligible applicants, who have submitted their profile in the Express Entry pool can apply and achieve a nomination certificate from the province of Saskatchewan. This gives the applicants 600 additional points from the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and that applicant will be chosen at a subsequent draw from the pool by Canadian Government.

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SINP government is inviting eligible candidates with the required skills and qualification needed to fill the skill gap in the Saskatchewan’s labour market. Applicants under the Express Entry sub-category must have been submitted their profile in the Express Entry pool, and should be eligible for any of the three economic programs, Federal Skilled WorkerFederal Skilled Trades, and the Canadian Experience Class.

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The Provincial Nominee Program for Saskatchewan is termed as SINP – Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. It allows the province to nominate skilled and experienced applicants through the federal government for permanent residence by awarding them with the Saskatchewan Provincial Nomination Certificate under Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. With this nomination the applicant can further apply for Canada permanent residency visa.

The processing time compared to other Canadian immigration classes proves to faster in Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.

The applications for SINP are accepted under the below mentioned categories:

  • International Skilled Worker Category
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
  • Entrepreneur and Farm Category

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