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Canada Migrant Caregivers Want Better Immigration Program

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Caregivers want an easier pathway to permanent residencyMigrant caregivers in Canada are urging the federal government to make permanent resident status easier for them, stating that immigration struggles are unfair for people who support families.

Since November 2018, when Canada’s caregiver immigration program expired, caregivers in Canada have been finding it extremely difficult to bring their families including children to the country.

Yesterday, Sunday 12 May, the migrants organized a sombre Mother’s Day brunch to send a message of the family they wish to have in Canada to the government.  One of them, a Filipino, lamented how hopeless and helpless she feels about any chance of her two daughters joining her in the country.

Proposed caregivers program

In February, Ahmed Hussen – Canada Immigration Minister revealed two pilot programs that are lined up to replace the expired migrant caregivers’ program.

According to Hussen, the two pilot programs which are designed to make permanent residency easier for the migrants will have a total of 5,500 principal applicants annually, 2,750 apiece and caregivers and their families will get work permits and open permits respectively.

The new programs are in response to Canada’s commitment towards improving the pathways to permanent residency for caregivers, and the country’s immigration department is hopeful the errors of the previous program will be corrected, according to a spokesperson for Hussen.

Despite the plans, no legislation has been put in place for implementation, which is a significant concern for caregivers. Kara Manso, the coordinator for Caregivers Action Centre, said the interim plan is lackluster and exclusionary because the language and educational requirements are unrealistic. She suggested the permanent solution to the problem is a residency, which she believed is obvious but is simply ignored.

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US to Create Easy Way for Immigrants with Required Skill Sets

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US to Create Easy Way for Immigrants with Required Skill Sets President Donald Trump of the United States is hoping to open a ‘big door’ that migrants with required skill sets can walk through as the administration look to overhaul existing laws, a White House official revealed on Tuesday.

According to the proposal being developed by the president, there will not be any need of sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, the official said. He said he expects the number of illegal immigrants entering the US to fall significantly if the proposal is implemented because the border will be more secure and people will be duly removed following proper trial.

The big door will make it simpler and faster for people coming to the US legally, he added.

Overhaul may involve harsh measures

In a tweet on Tuesday, President Trump states that Democrats may leave with no option than to use harsh measures if they continue to stand in the way of the proposed overhaul.

The president did not give further details as to what the measures would be or what the proposals are but threatened Democrats in Congress to vote in favor of a more secure southern border.

Trump’s commitment to secure the border, protect American wages, recruit only the required skill sets and make America safe for all was restated by an official. The meeting held with the GOP senators on Tuesday was just a first step in getting necessary coalition, and more details will be released when the president deems fit.

The meeting with the senators, which was a sounding board according to Sarah Sanders, was a very positive one as the people who the president considers vital gave positive reactions to the proposal.

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Australia: Most Preferred Destination for Migrating Millionaires

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Australia Becomes Haven for Migrant MillionairesData in 2019 Global Wealth Migration Review released by New World Wealth has revealed Australia as the destination most preferred by migrating millionaires all over the world.

A study regarding the movements of the wealthiest people in the world was released in April by a global market research group – New World Wealth – based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Several factors that impact wealth growth, including the growth of the economy, freedom of the press and safety of women, were considered in the analysis.

According to the report, Australia topped the US in 2018, for the fourth year in a row, regarding the number of millionaires that migrated to the country. Australia had a whopping 12,000 millionaires enter its border in 2018 compared to 10,000 recorded by the US, the report said.

In 2018, 108,000 millionaires moved around the world according to the researchers. It represented a 14% percent increase to the numbers recorded in 2017. The top ten recipients of the movements are Australia, the US, Canada, Switzerland, UAE, Caribbean Islands, NZ, Singapore, Israel, and Portugal (in descending order).

Perfect Australia

The researchers said the countries, Australia and the US, who have consistently remained top of the list retain such places for several reasons. Beautiful landscapes, safe environment, first-class healthcare system, strong school system and low crime rate are some of the critical reasons that keep Australia top of the list, the report said. The lack of inheritance tax in the country covers for the generally high tax rates. This is a significant motivation for wealthy individuals to build their family’s estate in Australia, the researchers said.

The Gold coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, and Perth are Australia’s most attractive cities for migrating millionaires.

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Britons Already Adjusting to Lower EU Immigration – UK Government

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More Britons Employed in the UK Since Brexit Vote

More Britons Employed in the UK Since Brexit VoteAlmost all new jobs created in the United Kingdom since Brexit vote in 2016 have been filled by Britons signifying an obvious adjustment on the side of businesses regarding lower European Union immigration according to the UK government.

UK Employment Minister, Alok Sharma, revealed that since the 2016 vote, the number of EU nationals joining the country’s workforce had significantly fallen below 35,000.

If the number of EU nationals, 410,000, that joined the workforce two years prior to the vote is considered, businesses have every reason to be concerned as they surely were. Nationals of EU members accounted for about (50%) half of employment growth in the UK between 2014 and 2016.

Fortunately, the British people have reacted brilliantly by taking the majority of the new jobs in the country, and EU nationals are only responsible for five percent of the new jobs created.

Above one million joined the workforce

Since 2016, more than one million Britons are now in work in the UK. Minister Sharma attributed this to the number of unemployed Britons that are now employed as well as the number of people returning to work after they left on health or childcare grounds.

Sharma said this is a case of adjustment from employers in the UK. He said about nine of ten new jobs are filled by Britons since 2016 signifying that the confidence companies have to invest in job creation in the country has not been dampened. He also lauded the government for not being complacent in ensuring the proper adjustment.

He said further that the UK’s pool of unemployed and returners (about 3.5 million people) would take up more jobs by the time the UK leaves EU.

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Canada Invites 3,350 Candidates in Latest Express Entry Draw

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Canada Invites 3,350 Candidates in Latest Express Entry Draw

Canada Invites 3,350 Candidates in Latest Express Entry DrawIn a new draw Express Entry draw held on Wednesday, 17 April, 3,350 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence by Canada, bringing the total number of invitations to apply (ITA) given to Express Entry candidates to 27,900 in 2019.

451 was the cut-off score for the latest draw, and tie-break rule was used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). All candidates who scored 451 and above and had entered their profile in the Express Entry Pool before 15:01:49 UTC on April 2, 2019, were issued ITAs.

Express Entry System

Canadian express entry system is in charge of candidates’ pool for Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class – three of the main economic immigration programs of the government of Canada.

Candidates who are eligible for this pool are ranked based on age, work experience, education and language proficiency (English or French). Candidates that rank highest are thereafter invited for permanent residence in Canada.

The provincial nomination appears to be the most valuable of the several ways by which candidates can boost their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Any candidate who gets a provincial nomination automatically gets 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points hence the assurance of getting Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the next Express Entry Draw.

It is expected that the total number of ITA issued in 2019 will surpass what was issued in 2018 because of higher targets set by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

David Cohen, a senior partner with a Canadian immigration law firm, said the higher targets could see IRCC hold more frequent or more significant draws which would also result in lower Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

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US: Court Ruling Set a New Precedent for Asylum Seekers

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US Court Ruling Set a New Precedent for Asylum SeekersOn Tuesday, 16 April, US attorney general sets a new immigration precedent that could affect thousands of asylum seekers at the country’s southwest border.

During the immigration ruling, Attorney General William Barr decided that asylum seekers who are facing full removal proceedings should no longer be released on bond implying that the case of lots of asylum seekers who usually reside in the US on bond as related authorities decide on their status will no longer be possible. Such asylum seekers will now have to wait for such decision in detention centers.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is empowered by this ruling to detain this group of asylum seekers indefinitely according to a specialist in immigration matters, Sarah Pierce. Pierce, however, said the ruling would be affected by ICE’s capacity as she does not think the agency currently has it takes to handle such number.

As a result of this capacity limitation, Barr gave ICE 90 days to create more space after which the ruling should become effective.

Unlawful treatment of Asylum seekers

Following this ruling, several immigration organizations have quickly turned into action and are preparing to take the current administration to court regarding this policy according to Michael Tan, an attorney for one of such organizations.

Tan said the ruling is another twist in the punishment of asylum seekers for seeking refuge in the US by the current administration. He said no law in the country allows the government to treat asylum seekers this way without following a due process.

US laws empower the attorney general to overrule the decisions of immigration judges and establish new precedents just as Barr did. Barr set the new precedent by overruling the decision made by an immigration judge and also condemned the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals which is responsible for reviewing decisions made by immigration courts.

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US to Set Travel Restrictions on Nationals of Some Countries

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US to Set Travel Restrictions on Nationals of Some CountriesAs president Trump prepares for his re-election campaign, he is looking to take advantage of several issues surrounding immigration to ensure his second term in office. As a result, top officials on his cabinet are already proposing ways to be tougher on countries which rank high in the number of nationals who overstay short-term visas in the US.

Following several discussions amidst the officials, new travel restrictions could be in the channel for nationals of the marked countries as revealed by insiders who spoke under anonymity.

This restriction is just one in many other issues discussed by the officials who are doing all they can to meet the demands of the president regarding immigration. Trump’s hard stance against immigration formed the basis of his campaign in 2016 and has shown serious ire at the influx of migrants at the country’s border.

Trump; a man full of extreme and subtle

Mr. Trump’s administration has fielded several immigration policies that have often been deemed highly controversial and extreme. A threat to shut down the US-Mexico border, move to build a border wall forcefully and family separation are few of the extreme moves while efforts to crack down on visa overstays represent one of the subtle moves.

Hogan Gidley, a spokesman for White House, said the reduction of the rate of visa overstays in the country, as well as visa waivers, has been a top priority for the current administration. He emphasized that the government is committed to ensuring the protection of American taxpayers.

Yesterday, Monday, President Trump revealed that sending of migrants to sanctuary cities is taking effect irrespective of how unfeasible it looks.

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Ontario Announces Pilot Program to Attract Highly Skilled Immigrants to Smaller Communities

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Ontario's New Immigration Initiative Favours Smaller CommunitiesThe government of Ontario has on Thursday, 11 April announced the introduction of a new immigration stream that targets tech workers as well as a new immigration pilot initiative designed to meet the demand for highly skilled immigrants by smaller communities around the province.

While unveiling Ontario’s new $163.4 billion budget on Thursday afternoon in Toronto, the government of the province outlined four immigration-focused priorities.

According to the budget, the initiatives are a response to the needs of employers in the province.  The government revealed that by the enhancement or modernization of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in agreement with other initiatives, it would ensure workforce in the province stays in the league of the most highly skilled for the modern economy.

The four immigration-focused priorities include a dedicated stream for tech workers, Immigration pilot for smaller communities, Expanding eligible in-demand occupations and Entrepreneur immigration.

Dedicated Stream for Tech Workers

The province will create a dedicated stream in helping its technology sector attract highly skilled workers. This stream is to feed the province’s booming tech sector in some of its cities including Ottawa, Waterloo, and Toronto.

Immigration Pilot for Smaller Communities

Smaller communities around Ontario are also favored by this initiative that is aimed at bringing highly skilled immigrants to them. According to the government, this pilot program is to ensure the benefits of immigration reach smaller communities.

Canada remains one of the most migrants’ receptive countries in the world as of today and still hope to bring in many more into its workforce according to targets set.

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