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EU Approves Conditional Visa-free Travel for UK Citizens Post Brexit

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EU Approves Conditional Visa-free Travel for UK Citizens Post BrexitWith Brexit postponed to April 12th, an announcement has been made by the European Parliament that after UK leaves the EU, UK citizens will be permitted to travel to other EU countries for short trips, without a visa –provided the UK grants such traveling rights to the Europeans.

With the possibility of no-deal Brexit, the EU parliament has supported a draft law that excludes UK travelers from requiring a visa for short trips to European countries in order to wade off travel chaos. The law is expected to take its course after Brexit so that at the time, UK nationals will be able to stay in the EU for up to 90 days in any 180 days period. Apart from having the right to work in the EU, the visit will only apply for tourism, business or family/relative visit.

Reciprocity is a Condition

However, the European Parliament has agreed that if visa requirements are introduced by the United Kingdom for nationals of even one European Union country for either business or tourism visits, visa requirements will be reintroduced for UK nationals to all European Union countries.

This visa waiver applies to all EU countries excluding Ireland who already has a visa-free travel agreement with the United Kingdom as well as the Schengen countries of Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

In the case of Brexit occurring on April 12th without a deal, there will be an adoption and publication of the draft agreement in an official European Union journal.

However, UK nationals should also be in the know that across the border travelling rules for pets may go through some changes after Brexit.

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Quebec to Offer Newcomers Expanded French Lessons as They Work

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Quebec to Offer Newcomers Expanded French Lessons as They WorkQuebec is raising on-the-job lessons fund by $450,000 as it aims to ensure people just entering the province can effortlessly relate and transact in French.

Having recorded significant successes in its on-the-job courses which is a part of its multimillion dollars efforts to make immigrants fluent French speakers – a program called “la francisation”, the government of Quebec made the announcement to expand the program in the province.

The program, operated by Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, which started with only 30 migrants in 2016 is expected to have at least 500 participants in 2019 fiscal year.

Over the years, Quebec’s “francisation” programs have been greatly criticized with many tagging it inefficient but the introduction of free courses has been a timely antidote as it offers measurable results. Since the program began, records have shown that at least 80 percent of the participants advanced by a minimum of one level of French at the end of their three-month session.

A City that Seeks Common Linguistic Grounds

Free French lessons in the province of Quebec is welcome news for immigrants moving to a city that often gravitates towards a common linguistic.

One of the cornerstones of Quebec’s immigration policy has always been to ensure newcomers understand and speak French because language is considered a key part of the province’s identity and survival.

The current administration in the province cut migration to the province by 20 percent explaining that it is a necessary move to ensure proper integration of immigrants including teaching them the French Language. There is the possibility of being expelled from the province if migrants fail a French and values test after three years of being in the province.

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Brexit: UK outlines NoDeal arrangements for EU Citizens

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Brexit: UK outlines No Deal arrangements for EU Citizens

Home Secretary had yesterday outlined provisions to make it possible for EU citizens to still come to the UK after Brexit, should there be no deal.

If Brexit occurs without Britain agreeing to a deal, the government will move to put a stop to free movement and has thus introduced an immigration bill to this effect.

However, the Swiss citizens, as well as the EEA nationals and their family members, are still free to go in and out of UK as they wish, just as they do presently.

But, this is only for a transitional period, as for them to stay more than three months in the UK, application for permission should be made to acquire the European Temporary Leave to Remain, valid for three years.

If after three years, the citizen still wishes to prolong his stay, another application should be made under the new system of Skills-based future immigration, beginning in 2021.

What’s going to happen?

According to the Home Secretary, if there is no deal when UK leaves EU, the free movement will be ended so that the UK will gain control of all its borders, which has never happened in decades. He also stated that the arrangements to still grant EU nationals free access to the UK after 29 March is not applicable to the EU citizens who are already living and working in the country presently, as these have the protection of the EU Settlement Scheme; claiming that the value placed on such individuals is high.

If no deal is met, the following will happen:

  • The citizens of the European Union who come to the UK and wish to stay for more than 3 months will be subject to security, identity and criminality checks after they had applied for the European Temporary Leave before permission will be granted.
  • A family permit will need to be applied for in advance for an EU citizen’s family member who is a non-EU and wishes to accompany the EU citizen.
  • E-gates will be needed by an EU citizen when he/she uses a biometric passport to travel, though he would still be granted free access to and from the country.
  • The European Temporary Leave will be paid for, but the fee is yet to be announced. However, the leave for the first 3 months after 29 March will be free.
  • This policy is not applicable to Irish citizens who will still be granted free access into the country under the Common Travel Area.

A new single Skills-based immigration system, set to start operation from 2021, has been planned by Mr. Sajid Javid. This system is to curb immigration, as well as empower the employers with skills from around the world.

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New Zealand Government vows to Stop Immigrants Exploitation

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New Zealand Government vows to Stop Immigrants ExploitationAs cases of migrant workers exploitation becomes a frequent issue in New Zealand and officials are finding it difficult to understand the extent of the problem, the country’s immigration minister has warned dodgy employers to desist from such acts as the government will do all it can to uncover whoever continues on this path.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway revealed that migrant workers exploitation is a major problem in New Zealand as it has been found everywhere officials charged with the responsibility of detecting and stopping it has turned to. He reminds the country that cracking down on migrant workers exploitation is one of the government’s coalition agreement promises and will do all in its power to stand by it.

Scope Eludes Policy Makers

The government’s effort to root out this problem is highly hindered by the lack of comprehension of the scale and scope of the problem. Policymakers continue to find it difficult to understand the scope of the problem despite the increased awareness surrounding the issue according to a cabinet paper and briefing documents sent to Iain Lees-Galloway.

The minister made it clear that he has given the issue of worker exploitation much attention since he assumed office and advised all involved to immediately tidy up their game.

New Research to curb the Situation

Having realized the need to first understand the scope, the minister has ordered a new research project to help get the situation under control.

Reacting to the research, Michael Woodhouse – National Party immigration spokesman – said this research will likely delay things and will most likely come up against the same problems that officials have encountered.

Nevertheless, Lees-Galloway is hopeful that the use of research and representatives from advocacy and industry groups will make more people facing exploitation speak up than is obtainable with enforcement officials.

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Key Immigration Policy to Be Reversed By US

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Key Immigration Policy to Be Reversed By USA controversial US policy that necessitated that all adults residing with migrant children’s sponsors go through an extensive background check is to be reversed by the current administration. The reversal of this policy will ensure the quicker release of migrant minors from government custody.

The time migrant children spend in government custody had increased since the enactment of the policy of fingerprinting all adults living with sponsors back in June, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS, a department that cares for children who cross the border alone, revealed this on Tuesday, 18 December. They revealed that, as of 17 December, the number of immigrant children in government-run shelters has skyrocketed to a record high of 14,700.

US And Juvenile Detention

The time migrant juveniles can use in detention is limited by United States laws; hence children are often released to adult sponsors in the US when caught making their way across the border without a parent or legal guardian. Such children in the custody of adult sponsors are after that required to fight their deportation cases at the immigration court.

In regards to an extensive background check, Assistant Secretary at Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Lynn Johnson, said it had been discovered that the policy is not giving the protection or safety of the children any edge.

Advocates argued that a good number of children are held up in US custody as a result of the delay in fingerprint processing. They also said relatives are scared of claiming such children because information of potential sponsors is shared with Department of Homeland Security.

According to the reversal, only sponsors will be fingerprinted henceforth.

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US to Shut Government Down Over Border Wall Funding

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US to Shut Government Down Over Border Wall FundingPresident Trump’s move to build US-Mexico border wall has been met with stiff opposition from the opposition party, Democrats, who now has the strength of number in the house.  However, Trump’s administration remains bent on getting the border wall built, whatever it takes.

On Sunday, a top aide to the government revealed that the administration is ready to do anything, including shutting down the government, in order to get the necessary funding for the wall.

A senior Adviser to the US government who has been crucial to the governments’ aggressive and controversial immigration policy, Stephen Miller, revealed on Sunday that they are prepared to do whatever they have to do to get the wall built.

In defense of the wall, Miller said the barrier is imperative to stop the ongoing crisis of illegal immigration – referring to the migrating caravans presently at Tijuana.

The administration needs the support of Democrats if the budget funding makes it as part of the broader budget on Friday. Without this, the government may be left with no option than to shut down government according to Mr. Miller.

Border Wall: Part of Trump’s Campaign

Trump stated during his presidential campaigns in 2016 that he will fix the wall with the expectation of making Mexico fund it. Unfortunately, Trump has not been able to get the funding from Mexico and has since turned to Congress to fund the wall.

Democrats’ Dauntless

After last week’s meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, Democratic House and Senate leaders respectively, Trump revealed he would shut down the government if he doesn’t get the $5bn funding for the wall.

Schumer reiterated after the meeting that the government will not get his desires as far as the wall is concerned. He said they will only give not more than $1.3bn in public funds exclusively for fencing upgrades and other border security measures.

In reaction to this, Miller said Democrats will have to choose either fighting for America or to promote illegal immigration.

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Canadian Immigration Target Welcomes 1.3 Million by 2021

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Economic Immigration CanadaThe Immigration targets set for 2019 and 2020 is undergoing upward result in Canada, and the country has equally declared an extension of its multi-year levels of immigration plan which will now run to 2021. This is in preparation for the influx of about 1.3 million new permanent residents in the coming four years covered by the plan (2018-2021). These changes were officially announced on the 31st of last month (October 31, 2018). Multi-year levels (being operational for one year) programs was introduced as a guide for the immigration plans for 2018 to 2020.

Through the immigration categories (economic, humanitarian and family and refugee) in Canada, raising targets and extending the plan are expected to position the country to receive above 1.3 million new entries ranging from 2018 to 2021. The revision made to the plan requires a gradual increase in yearly admission targets. It will gradually extends from 310, 000 new entries (permanent residents) in the start year (2018) to 350, 000 in the final year (2021). New targets for 2019 and 2020 are now 330, 800 and 341, 000 respectively – it was previously set at 330, 000 and 340, 000 respectively.

Skilled Workers Will Be Welcomed

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ahmed Hussen said that more talented workers who have the much-needed skills and expertise would be welcomed under this new plan. More families will also be reunited as well as more refugees in search of new and better lives accommodated.

In this immigration plan, Economic immigration programs under the management of Canada’s PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs) and federal Express Entry economic system will retain the important roles given to them. About a quarter (25%) of the expected new entries are projected to come through Express entry, and about 19% will be accounted for by PNP Program.

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Australia Reinforces Tough Border Controls

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Australia reinforced its tough border controls when illegal immigrants from South Asia, possibly Sri Lanka, were returned to their point of departure.

The group of illegal immigrants arrived Australia by boat this week. They were seized mid-way between Australia and Sri Lanka close to the Cocos Islands. Their arrival breached Australia’s border security for the first time in two years, according to the latest immigration news.

The 18 asylum seeker included seven children and babies; it was under the cover of darkness with vehicles positioned to obscure view, and they were sent back. The asylum seekers were made to board a charter aircraft that landed in Sri Lanka.

Australia cannot send refugees back, according to the latest immigration news, under the international law, to countries wherein they may face possible harm. The screening process used by the Australian government has been criticised.

In 2014, the asylum seeker boat of 157 people to arrive Australia was intercepted near Christmas Island. The passengers were transferred to the Curtin Detention Centre after they spent a month on an Australian Customs ship offshore.

Australia successfully tackles the problem of migrant boats.

Australia tackles the issue of migrant boats and is the only country to do this successfully by saying ‘no’ to seafaring arrivals those are irregular. It monitors genuine refugees and admits them entry through an orderly points system according to the latest immigration news.

The Australian government enforces a policy of returning boats before they reach Australian waters to their point of departure. In case, they fail to comply they are then removed from the vessel which are made to sink by gunfire and sent back in government-supplied lifeboats with provisions.

Response to Australia’s refugee policy internationally

Australia refuses migrant boats illegally entering the waters, according to the latest immigration news. The country’s policy towards asylum-seekers arriving by sea is different. They are placed offshore on two islands in detention facilities, and their asylum claims are processed while keeping them there. On an average asylum seeker spend a year as it sets no bail, and there is no time limit to their stay in camps.

There have been several cases of self harm in an act of desperation, according to the latest immigration news. The self-harm controversy is proof enough that Australian immigration detention centres are inhumane. Australia is increasingly becoming a country where the asylum seekers policy reflects intolerable cruelty.

Australia’s refugee policy has been tested time and again the way a country maintains balance between those evicted and it’s right to allow entry and seek asylum.

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