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EU says no more visa waiver for US and Canadian citizens

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Europe flagThe latest immigration news is that the EU has proposed that Americans and Canadians must apply for a visa, irrespective of whether they plan a short visit or a longer one. The EU has insisted more EU countries need to be included to the list of those countries whose citizens are not required to obtain a visa when traveling to the US. If the United States doesn’t meet the terms then American travelers will be required to apply and obtain a visa when heading for Europe.

Americans and Canadians have only required a passport at the time they visit the EU. Citizens from Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Poland visiting the US need to apply and obtain a visa, prior to the visit. Romanians and Bulgarians also require a visa when visiting Canada.

According to the latest immigration news, the EU’s objective is to get better reciprocity for all member state citizens traveling to the US and Canada; in short, a complete waiver on all visa requirements. The current situation is unfair and is a main concern for the European Union, according to one of the spokespersons, for the EU Commission.

The requirements for US Visa Waiver Policy have not been fulfilled by some countries

Some EU countries have still not fulfilled some of the requirements for the visa waiver policy. According to EU’s State Department officials, they are in discussion with these countries regarding the program’s core requirements as well as the progress they are making.

According to the latest immigration news, even the Canadian visa policy fails to recognize visa waiver reciprocity. Under the EU rules, two years after the countries have been advised of the state of affairs, the European Union needs to initiate the mutual visa waiver requirements for the countries that prefer not to waive the visa requirement for citizens from European Union.

The UK and Ireland being the only two EU countries to have opted to be out of EU’s current visa policy program, however, the Americans can still travel to both Ireland and UK, without a visa. Currently, there are 38 Countries whose citizens can travel visa-free to United States are listed –Andorra, Brunei, Australia, Iceland, Chile, Japan, Monaco, Lichtenstein, San Marino, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and the 23 European Union countries.

The visa requirement proposal is on hold

The visa requirement proposal has been put on hold by EU authorities until mid-summer. The deadline has been set for July twelfth by the commission set up by EU for reviewing and revamping EU’s visa policy. The EU member states and the EU Parliament will advise as the latest immigration news concerns the transatlantic relations.

However, after the deadline, the commission may possibly start enforcing visa requirements for Canadians and Americans.

Business Savvy Indian Students Gearing up to Tap UK Entrepreneurial Visa program

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With regards to the UK Student visa news, Indian students can explore the lesser-known entrepreneurial visa. There are other options open according to President of the UK’s prestigious Imperial College London if the students are unable to acquire a post-study work visa. The message was to let Indian students know that they would be “warmly welcome” in the UK.

Sharp decline in the number of Indian students

A restriction on the post-study work visa route has been extensively seen as the raison d’être for the decline in the number of students. The work visa allowed the students to work in Britain after completing their studies. The repercussion of the restrictions on the UK Student visa news has seen a sharp decline in the overall figure of working Indians in the UK.

The visa program suggested – entrepreneurial visa route – is bound to help more graduates to set up start-ups in the country. Graduate Entrepreneur Tier1 visa can also be accessed by UK Indian graduates from outside the EU; however, they need to be officially endorsed to have a genuine as well as a realistic and reliable business idea.

The US has benefited because of a similar visa program

The UK can benefit just like the US; the Silicon Valley was setup based on a similar visa program. Post-study work UK Student visa news states that it can be acquired with salaries beyond the threshold; there are many of those entrepreneurial students with great ideas. These students would not have salaried jobs, however, would combine enormously in small or medium-sized enterprises or set up start-up companies.

This is an attempt to curb the falling number of Indian students choosing Britain for higher education as the ideal destination. This would not only expand the entrepreneurial visa numbers, as well as the Colleges, can provide numbers to highlight the need to expand the numbers in the visa programs.

Indian students are extremely innovative and eager towards entrepreneurship with interesting innovative ideas that can help communities at large.

The first-year enrollment of Indian students at UK universities due to the UK Student visa news is that it fell by 10%, according to the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency, from 11,270 to 10,125. All international students, particularly the Indian students are greatly valued in the UK and her visit to India carries the message of the importance of Indian students and that they are welcome to the UK.

The Australian visa program gets a rejig

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The most commonly used Australian visa program is the 457 visa – to sponsor skilled workers, for both Australian or overseas employers, to work in Australia temporarily. The best immigration consultants in India can provide the details regarding the visa and advise on the 2 major alternate sponsorships – Business and self-sponsorship offered by the visa program.

According to the program the temporary skilled Australian work visa, subclass 457, permits skilled workers to work for an agreed business and the visa is valid for up to four years. A recent federal proposal that allowed businesses to bring in specialists for a shorter duration of about a year without the 457 visa has been abandoned.

The Australian government has shifted their focus on other options to revamp the skilled worker migration visas to heighten competitiveness.

The short-term mobility visa is not on the agenda

The Australian Immigration Department plans to reform and create a new and a more simplified system that deregulates the visa requirements. It will focus on improving the overall procedure for applying for the visa, as well as reducing any related visa procedures. More details regarding the reforms will be provided by the best immigration consultants in India.

A visa program proposed earlier in December 2014 Immigration Department proposal paper was controversial. The visa program named “short-term mobility visa” is not on the agenda, according to the information from the best immigration consultants in India.

The visa program proposed, seemed to cut protection for workers and permitted the employers to evade some requirements like the labor market testing as well as the proficiency of the English language.

457 visa reforms to a simplified system

The Immigration department is currently focusing on reforms to make things easier for getting the 457 visas. A lot of consultation has been done to develop options to reform the visa system for the highly skilled workers, and at the same time ensures support to Australia’s economic future.

The Australian government recognizes the fact that the visa programs are difficult to navigate, especially the skilled migration as well as the temporary activity visa programs. There is a need to smarten the visa regulations, improve integrity in the visa programs and increase the contribution of the skilled workers to the productivity and economy of Australia.

The Immigration Department is working on reforms to improve the competitiveness and attract highly skilled workers to Australia. The new visa structure includes access to entrepreneurs and fields where workers will be required in future, so contact the best immigration consultants in India.

US visa fee hike targets IT companies in India

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US visa fee hike

A hike in the US visa fee has been a cause of concern in India as it has largely impacted the IT workforce, and the various IT companies. The H-1B, L1 visa fees have been hiked. Both the visa programs are popular among the Indian IT professionals, for more information check with the visa consultants in Hyderabad.

An exceptional fee was imposed last year, which amounted to about USD 4,500 on H-1B and L-1 visas. The fee was charged to fund the 9/11 health care Act as well as the biometric tracking system. This decision was made after the bill was agreed upon for spending USD 1.1 trillion by the Congress leaders. They agreed to impose an extraordinary fee of USD 4,000 on specific types of H-1B visas. A fee of USD 4,500 was imposed on the L-1 visas, contact your visa consultants in Hyderabad for more information.

H-1B and L-1 visas are US permits for skilled workers

H-1B and L-1 visas are temporary foreign worker programs just like the other visa programs – OPT, O-1, and TN. The holder of the H-1B visa can stay for the maximum duration of ten years with an exception of Defense project. The L-1 visa is valid for a shorter duration with a five year validity period for India, Germany, Japan while three months for Iran nationals. More details can be provided by your visa consultants in Hyderabad.

Indian IT Industry has welcomed India’s move to file a complaint against the US over visa fees hike and limitation on migrants. Indian professionals generate more than USD 25 billion towards the US Social Security for the duration of ten years, without ever reclaiming their contribution.

The visa fee hike costs Indian IT industry

The US has increased fees for some of the other work visa categories, and India finally filed a complaint when the H-1B and L- visas were doubled. This hike in the US visa programs to fund unrelated US government programs may annually cost the IT industry in India $400 million.

The US visa fee hike is likely to put an ‘uncalled for’ burden on the IT companies, your visa consultants in Hyderabad can be contacted for details regarding the visa and the formalities.

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. companies to employ extremely skilled foreign employees in case they are incapable of finding the required talent locally, for intra-company transfers the L-1 visa program is made use of.

USCIS has reached H-1B 2017 Fiscal Year Cap

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One of the Federal immigration agencies of the US, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS), declared that it has put a ceiling on the foreign worker visa program, H-1B. According to the latest visa news updates, USCIS has received a large number of H-1B visa requests, more than the limit of 20,000.

As the latest visa news updates, the statement was made to announce that it has reached its cap, set by the U.S. Congress, for the fiscal year 2017. The H-1B program provides work for foreign nationals to have jobs with specialization in different fields like science, engineering, and computer programming.

Computer generated lottery system to select the visa petition

USCIS plans to use a computer-generated lottery system, to randomly select the petitions required to meet the general category limit of 65,000 visas and advanced degree exemption of 20,000. The USCIS will randomly pick the advanced degree exemptions; all the unselected visa requests will join the random selection process for the general category is one of the latest visa news updates.

The filing fees will be returned by USCIS after rejecting and identifying the duplicates. The lottery date has not been determined. However, some H-1B applications filed, that will be considered, on behalf of current immigrant workers with a request to extend the worker’s time in the US, change in employment terms, and change of employer and possibly grants immigrant workers a second H-1B position to work.

H-1B visa program in the Presidential Campaign

According to the latest visa news updates, all through the presidential campaign, the H-1B visa program, and immigration have been a major topic of debate. The program is not good for workers as it is unfair to the workers.

As per Donald Trump regarding the latest visa news updates, a Presidential election candidate, it is clearly essential to examine and study at least the past two years of data to conclude and establish a provisional suspension on the visa problem. According to another presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, a large number of immigrants coming to the U.S. is low-skilled workers; this has led to lower wages for the Americans.

H-1B visa program may be reformed and temporarily halted

Currently, the immigration system seems to allow millions of illegal workers into the country. There has been a proposal to reform the visa system and suspend H-1B visa issuance for 180 days to complete a comprehensive investigation and audit of the abuse of the visa program, according to the latest visa news updates. This may lead to individuals with advanced degrees, preferably from American universities in choicest fields to come to the U.S. via the H-1B visa.

Jobs In Australia, Currently Is At Its Highest

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The number of jobs in Australia currently is at its highest level as seen in over three years, as per the data released by the ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics). In the last three months to February, the numbers of job vacancies have swelled by 3.1 percent. This has left the number of job openings up to 13.4% from 12 months earlier. The increase has been phenomenal to 172,900 jobs in trend terms.

Since August 2012 have there have not been these many Australian job vacancies

Sector-wise the jobs in Australia, where the openings in the private firms grew by 2.7 percent about 157,000 jobs. The job openings were up to 12.4 percent from February 2015. Even though small in number, the number of job vacancies with the government jumped by 6.8 percent to 15,900. This has increased up to 24.8 percent from the levels the vacancies were at a year earlier.

Even though this is a pleasing sign, as well as one that suggests an improvement in the labor market conditions as it is seen in the second half of last year, the growth in advertisements for job vacancies has been moderate in the recent months. This suggests that hiring level, besides the job openings, may be slow in the times ahead.

Mining jobs are becoming rare

In a fast changing economy, the mining jobs in Australia are becoming hard to come by, mainly on account of the slowing raw material demand from China. The number of mining jobs has stabilized in the past year, though the industry is downsizing.

New investment has slowed down and job losses have impacted many industries where most of the losses was found to be in mining and construction jobs in Australia. There has been a transition from the construction industry to production-based industries.

Changes have been brought about with an efficiency drive that has led to cut in the layers of replication and duplication in the middle management, along with automation that has ultimately reduced the number of manual roles.

Highest paid jobs in every Australian state

According to the ATO’s (Australian Taxation Office) annual Taxation Statistics, some of the top paying jobs in Australia include Surgeons, Anesthetists, Specialist physicians, Psychiatrists, Legal professions, Medical practitioners, Dental practitioners, Financial dealers, consultants and economists, Chemists, Food and Wine Scientists, Mining engineers,  as well as Chief executives and Managing directors. The salary packages range between $139,000 and $480,000 depending on State based on the average taxable income. This information should help prospective students and those seeking to immigrate to Australia, to streamline their applications, develop their skill set and apply for these top paying jobs.

Australian PR’s Are Eligible for Citizenship with a Change in Fee

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An Australian PR visa allows individuals to remain in the country for an indefinite period. Under the migration program initially, a 5-year visa is issued, which is granted together with the permanent residency. The immigrant holding the initial visa may re-enter Australia freely until it expires.


An Australian PR has the majority of the rights and entitlements as that of an Australian citizen. There are a few differences like Australian citizens have the right to enter the country any time they travel, however, if a PR chooses to travel internationally, they must make sure their visa is valid and also must have a valid travel authority in case they wish to come back to Australia as permanent residents.

Australian Citizen offers certain rights to PR

Australian citizens can vote in the federal, state or territorial and Government elections, however, an Australian PR cannot. However, there is an exception to this rule, of those that were enrolled to vote prior to 1984 as British subjects. They can continue to exercise their vote.

Australia is built on a combination of indigenous Australians as well as foreign nationals from all around the world. It is a diverse country and constantly strives for unity, and harmony with a stable government.

Other Privileges as an Australian Citizen

The Australian PR, like other citizens will be eligible to apply for Australian Public service or work in the defense force. They will be eligible to receive help from Australian officials overseas, register their children as Australian citizens by descent, apply for the Australian Passport and travel and re-enter Australia freely.

The citizenship is based on the type of visa and residence history

An Australian PR can apply for citizenship based the visa and residency history. There are various ways like Australian citizenship by descent, by adoption, resuming Australian citizenship and evidence of Australian citizenship.

The Australian PR is required to support with documents for children, certified original documents, long-term residence documents, translation of documents not in English, as well as providing the documents from outside, not within Australia.

Once the Australian PR has applied for the Australian citizenship program, most of the people are required to take a citizenship test to demonstrate their understanding of the nature of their application, their knowledge of the English language as well as privileges and responsibilities as a citizen of Australia along with knowledge about Australia.

Before applying for the citizenship, it is essential to know the cost of the application as it will depend more on the application option.

Food skills count, when it comes to immigrating to Canada

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Canada sought 16% of immigrants in the food service and cooking sector where the Express Entry method resulted in nearly one hundred and ninety thousand applications of which only 31,000 met the criteria for permanent residency and the applicants were invited to apply for the same. If you are also travelling or migrating to a country like Canada for business or work or study then there are several advantages of having your case dealt by the best immigration consultants.

The Canadian immigration department has set a record of completing 80 percent of all visa applications, completing the process well within the time frame of twenty four weeks. Of the 31,000 applying for PR, 10,000 are the primary applicants and their families have already migrated to Canada.

The top occupations to migrate to Canada included some from the food sector

Professors top the list for occupations and international students do exceedingly well in the Express Entry visa system. The number of applicants for the post of food service supervisors was 2,356 to immigrate in the year 2015 followed by 2,295 cooks. The two occupations together accounted for 16 percent of those who got a PR status in Canada.

The immigration process has been laid down by the government along with the rules and regulations. The best immigration consultants are well equipped with the latest information to be communicated to the client honestly and in the most transparent way possible.

Some of the best jobs that will help you gain Entry to Canada

Under the Express Entry system, the top sector to gain entry to Canada is Food service supervisors and Cooks. Some of the other occupations that ended up in the top ten list of the Canadian list are – Software engineers (3 percent), Information systems analysts (4 percent), Interactive media developers, Computer Programmers (3 percent), University professors and Lecturers (3 percent), Illustrators and Graphic designers (2 percent), Retail sales supervisors (2 percent), Accountants and Financial auditors (2 percent) and Financial investment analysts (2 percent).

The best immigration consultants are abreast and updated at all times. They will be able to help you work the entire procedure right from scratch, providing timely services. They will help you to attain the most accurate and updated information as per the trend.

The top three immigrant source countries are India, China, and the Philippines, accounting for 41 per cent of the candidates successful in gaining entry to Canada. In 2015, there were a number of people from the United Kingdom (5.8%), Ireland (4.3%) and United States (3.4%). They ranked among the top six to contribute to the immigrant population. The countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Egypt were left out of the top 10 countries.

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