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Canada Government Plans to Build Temporary Shelters at Quebec Border

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Quebec Border

As the temperatures are rising, Canada is ready to receive a higher influx of asylum seekers crossing the US – Canada border into Quebec. Even during the summers, temperatures aren’t as high and Canadian government doesn’t want asylum seekers to freeze at night in the cold. And therefore, the Canadian government has decided to build the temporary residence for 520 people at Quebec border at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle. The opposition party isn’t happy with Canadian government’s decision and feel that Trudeau administration is simply building a refugee camp at the country’s border.

Michelle Rempel, immigration critic, the Opposition party, said that she is sure no Canadian thinks it is an acceptable response. There is a frustrating lack of information flow from the government about needs and makeup of asylum seekers. She questioned the Canadian government that how can they direct money towards building temporary residence when they don’t know what their needs are. Public Works and the Canada Border Services Agency, who will be taking care of the construction, said that housing will be heated, ventilated and illuminated canvas shelters and will be used for three seasons and will include areas for sleeping, warehousing, security, and reception.

The Canadian government will also be building toilets and showers, drinking water and drainage systems, and quarantine space. Last year in August 2017, the government has set many tents at the Lacolle crossing, but many of them were dismantled because the flow of asylum seekers decreased.

Increase in asylum seekers

Mike MacDonald, a senior official, Immigration Department, announced in front of House of Commons immigration committee that more than 2,500 asylum seekers crossed into Quebec from the United States in April 2018. The total is three times more than the number of crossings in April 2017. Last year, thousands of Haitians crossed into Canada after their US canceled temporary protected status, leaving them with no choice but cross over to another country.

US Ends Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans

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Temporary Protected Status

The United States government awarded temporary protected status to Honduras in 1999 after the country was hit by the disastrous Hurricane Mitch. Almost 20 years later, Trump administration announced that the temporary protected status of Honduras will come to an end on January 5, 2020, leaving more than 57,000 vulnerable to deportation.

The government of Honduras said on May 4, 2018, that he profoundly regrets the cancellation of the program and will provide free legal counseling to and support for the Hondurans to living in the United States. Marlon Tabora, Honduras ambassador to the United States, said that the conditions didn’t exist in the Central American country to deal with repatriation of 57,000 people. These families have been living in the US for around 20 years and re-integrating them in their country of origin is going to be very difficult. They are now a part of the US society and leaving it is going to be an impossible task and it is very difficult to digest this decision for Hondurans. Honduras is the second largest country after El Salvador to lose their temporary protected status.

The US government said that conditions in Honduras that resulted from the hurricane have notably improved and has given Hondurans 18 months to decide whether they want to return to their home country or stay in the US legally. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice from Boston said that they want to amend legal complaint they filed in February to include the Hondurans affected.

El Salvador

Trump administration ended temporary protected status of more than 200,000 Salvadorans who are living in the United States since 2001. Their status will end in 2019. US government has stopped temporary permanent status for most of the countries except Syria as the country is going through a horrible civil war. It is evident that, like Haitians, Hondurans will be crossing the border to seek asylum in Canada.

Pune and Bangalore Get UK Priority Visa Service Centre

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Visa Service Centre

Super Priority Visa is one of UK is the most innovative approach to handle emergency visa approval requests. India is a benefactor of the service as the United Kingdom, and India has a long history and has maintained good relationships. The United Kingdom recently extended its Super Priority Visa service to Pune and Bangalore. The service is already available in Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai. As per the service provided by UK visas and immigration services, you get the UK visitor visa in less than 24 hours.

In a written release by the government agency, the officials mentioned that with their dedicated staff, processing cases who are at the top of the priority list will be a lot easier. It means that a 24-hours turnover is achievable and secure. Caroline Nokes, UK Immigration Minister, said that they were able to extend the Super Priority Visa service to Pune and Bangalore, giving them access to a UK visa in less than 24 hours. After the announcement, the British High Commission released a statement saying that the extension is part of the UK-India Technology Partnership, which also includes establishing tech clusters in strategically important Indian cities including Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune.

Some of the other programs that are a part of the technology partnership include improving visa service, additional optional services for customers, and digital technology. As a part of the initiative, Indians can now apply for UK travel visa three months in advance from their date of flying. India and the United Kingdom has dedicated 2018 as the year of fostering strong cultural relations between the two countries.

Visiting the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is one of the most visited countries by Indians. Some of the places you definitely need to visit include are Big Ben, Stonehenge, Giant’s Causeway, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Roman Baths, National Museum of Scotland, Blenheim Palace, Loch Ness, and Edinburgh Castle. Best time to visit the UK is during the summers when there are light rain and pleasant climate.

Current Immigrants Well Educated but Lag Behind

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Current Immigrants

According to a recent research conducted by Center for Immigration Studies, the United States’ current immigrants are better educated than ever before but are still behind local Americans when it comes to income, employment, and government dependence. The report was released on April 18, 2018, and asks a very serious question – whether education is enough for immigrants to strive in the United States. Steven Camarota, the author of the report, said that the report suggests that education alone won’t necessarily get you the flow that immigrants won’t.

The report studied immigrants who arrived in the United States between the years 2007 and 2017. From 34 percent in 2007, immigrants with a college degree jumped to 49 percent in 2017 which is a good sign for Immigrants. The 15 percent increase a lot more than the 4.6 percent increase seen in local Americans between 25 to 65 years of age. Despite the huge increase, the economic performance of immigrants is not good enough. Immigration participation in labor force reduced from 73 to 67 percent, meaning that immigrants now hold more skilled jobs in the US. Labor participation of local born Americans reduced from 78 to 76 percent.

Median income also reduced from $19,125 to $18,402 between 2007 and 2017. At the same time, poverty gap between immigrants and local Americans is drastically increased. New immigrants are twice more likely to live in poverty compared to local born Americans. Use of Medicaid also increased from six to 17 percent as the entry of immigrants has also increased likewise.

Better educated outperform than less educated immigrants

Camarota said that immigrants with higher education perform better those who aren’t well-educated. He confirmed that college graduates lag behind local American with the same educational credentials. The difference is because of the Great Recession, and it is severely affected immigrants more than the local Americans. Even though they are more educated, they seem to lack some very basic skills.

Three days Visa-free Travel for Indians to Kazakhstan

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Visa-free Travel

Indian passengers traveling through Kazakhstan will now enjoy a three-day visa-free regime from April 23 to December 31, 2018, but only if they enter the country through Astana and Almaty, and Kazinform international airports. The news was released by Air Astana JSC. The government of Kazakhstan signed the decree along with Air Astana on April 10, 2018. Air Astana runs daily flights between Almaty and New Delhi and three times a week between Astana and New Delhi.

The direct flight program between the capitals of Kazakhstan and India was introduced on July 2, 2017. Ever since the direct flights were launched, 570,00 passengers and over 5,600 tons of cargo have transported already. India is the second country to strike a deal with Kazakhstan after China signed a similar decree for their transit passengers.

You need to remember a few things to ensure a smooth 72-hour stay in Kazakhstan:
1. Mention it at the Air Astana that you intend to enjoy a 72-hour stay in Kazakhstan on your way to the final destination.
2. Make sure you book a hotel for two nights stay in either Astana or Almaty and inform your country’s Air Astana representative office about it. Inform them your hotel’s address.
3. Here are things that you will require to acquire the migration card:

  • Confirm air ticket to your third country within the next 72 hours
  • Boarding pass receipt of the previous flight
  • Valid passport with at least one blank page and visa for the final destination country

Best destinations in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is a beautiful country and very huge, which means you won’t get to cover a lot of places in just three days. But make sure you cover these amazing destinations – Baiterek Tower, Belukha Mountain, Lake Kaindy, Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, and Ile-Alatau National Park. You need to remember a few things to ensure a smooth 72-hour stay in Kazakhstan.

United Kingdom Tier 2 Salary Requirements Too High

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Tier 2

It seems like the United Kingdom government will do everything not to let any more immigrants enter the country. A few days ago, the British government increased the minimum salary required to get the tier 2 visa to 50,000 pounds, which is absolutely absurd. The salary requirement is not for those occupations that fall in the skills shortage or occupation shortage list and Ph.D. occupations, which is the published yearly by the UK government. The requirement was even higher than this in March 2018, which was a 60,000 pounds.

Foreign talent needs to meet the salary threshold to obtain the restricted certificates of sponsorship, which gives them enough points to get selected. Since December 2017, the Uk government has been getting more than the available number of tier 2 visas monthly. It prompted the government to increase the required points from 21 to 50, which is very difficult to get. Paying every foreign employee a minimum of 50,000 pounds will drain the company’s resources, and therefore, employers are opting for intra-country transfer, which means they hire the employee in a different country and transfer them to the UK after a year.

According to a recent research published by Oxford University, non-European Union lawyers working in the UK won’t ever get tier 2 visas because they are paid at least 30 percent less than their British counterparts. It is the same with teachers and health professionals, despite the United Kingdom having a shortage in both the occupations.

Raising tier 2 visa cap

The only way to tackle the increasing demand for tier 2 visa shortage is by increasing the cap limit and not overburdening the system with regulations like the US is doing. Most British move out of the country and settle in the US, Canada, and Australia, so it is the immigrants, especially Indians, who bear the load of improving the UK economy.

Germany Needs to Implement Canadian Type Immigration System

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Germany

The German economy is in dire need of immigrants, but the government still needs to reform its immigration laws to make it easier for highly skilled immigrants to enter the country. During a recent interview, Joachim Stamp, deputy state premier, North Rhine-Westphalia, expressed his anxiety towards the current immigration system and said the federal government should call for a summit as soon as possible to discuss it.

He said that immigration laws pop up during every speech, discussion, or interview. People are going to feel fooled if they the government doesn’t ask soon. Asylum, war refugees, and immigration of highly skilled foreign talent are being thrown in one pot. It is the country’s humanitarian duty to develop an ordered system and for the growth of Germany’s economy. Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration strongly believe that immigration is key to maintaining a healthy economy. Daniel Thym, law professor, University of Konstanz, said that the time has now come to ask these questions.

Majority of the population and businesspeople are aware that something is not right in the country. They need to hear from the government that they are going to change things and make everything in alright. It will give people a chance to discuss the major issues regarding immigration, not just refugees and Muslim immigrants.

Lack of technicians

According to German Economic Institute, Germany’s most major issue is lack of qualified technicians, which is the worst among very highly skilled people. Tapping into domestic workforce won’t help for long because it is very little, so bringing people from out of the country is the only solution to save Germany.

And that is why many German immigration experts believe that the country needs to adopt an immigration system similar to that of Canada’s. It is difficult in terms of investment demanded, but it is the easiest way to attract the much-required talent to the country.

Canadian Permanent Residency for Iranian Students is Taking More Time

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Iranian-Students

Mohsen Sanayei, an Iranian student, came to Canada four years ago in 2014 and wanted to visit his ill father in Iran but he cannot. His father is suffering from colon cancer. Sanayei is a Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan. If he leaves Canada, he won’t be able to re-enter the country because he is still waiting for permanent residency to come through. Many of his Iranian friends are going through the same issue as they have to wait for more time than other country nationals for their permanent residency.

Sanayei said that the stress has severely affected his mental health as he can’t focus on his work and move ahead with his research. He, along with other Iranian students, met Thomas Mulcair, former MP and NDP leader, and expressed their concern but nothing has been done yet. More than 300 Iranian students have informed the Iranian Canadian Congress about the permanent residency delays. The Congress is lobbying on behalf of all students asking the government to teach each and every application fairly. Sanayei applied for permanent residency in December 2016 and should’ve received it as the process around six months.

Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and Ministry of Public Safety issued a joint statement acknowledging frustrations of Iranian applicants because of permanent residency delays. The statement said that security checks are done on a case-by-case basis and therefore, processing time is different for nationals from different countries. Canadian Border Security Agency performs security checks on immigrants, refugees, and visitors who are 18 years or older.

Not expected to be treated like this

Sanayei’s partner said that because of his uncertain status she is unable to come to Canada. She is neither a citizen or a permanent resident, which means only after they marry, she can get sure employment in Canada. He is paying fees what international students pay instead of paying domestic fees and has to take a lot of loans to survive.

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