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Quebec Needs to Speed Up Processing Time

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Quebec is not the fastest when it comes to processing permanent residency applications. Some people are waiting for two years to get their Quebec permanent residency. And these people are Iranian nationals, who are skilled and have gone through a legal procedure. However, since they come from a conflicted country, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said that their application is still in the review phase.

Immigration critics from Quebec said that the issue is widespread across the country and not just in the province. However, they don’t have to wait for as long as two years as it does in Quebec but definitely longer than other country national applicants take. The Quebec Skilled Worker Program has a waiting period of 15 months, but Iranian nationals have to wait for more than 24 months.

Its immigration goals aren’t counted in the national total that including Express Entry and provincial nominee program goals as it works autonomously. The province majorly consists of the French population, so those are from France or know the language well prefer migrating there. To become a Quebec permanent resident, you have to follow a two-step process that includes:

1. The application should be selected by the Ministère de l’Immigration, Quebec immigration authority, and de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion. Those selected will then receive the Quebec Certificat de Sélection from the government of Quebec.

2. Then, the selected candidate has to file his application with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The federal government will then evaluate your application on the basis of health and criminality.

Quebec plans to welcome 53,000 immigrants in 2018. Other than skilled immigrants, Quebec also plans to welcome around 8,000 refugees, including those funded by the government, private sponsors, and self-funded. Other than that, Quebec will be welcoming 12,100 immigrants as a part of the federal government’s family reunification goal.

Atlantic Canada Targets for High Population

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Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada covers a huge region but barely sees an increase in immigration levels. The region comprises of four Canadian provinces namely Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. While Nova Scotia has the highest retention rate of 72 percent among Atlantic Canadian provinces, it is far less than other provinces including Ontario and British Columbia.

Coupled with the immigration issue is Atlantic Canada’s aging population. An average person in the region is eight years older than a person living in Alberta. In the last five years, Nova Scotia has had an immigration retention rate of 72 percent, Newfoundland and Labrador have 56 percent, New Brunswick has 52 percent, and Prince Edward has the lowest retention rate of only 18 percent. According to Frank McKenna, former Canadian ambassador to the United States, Atlantic Canada is currently on a time bomb, where the population is just not declining but aging as well. It means the region has to face a higher health care costs per capita.

He says it isn’t surprising that immigrants who come to study in Atlantic Canada seek work opportunity in bigger provinces like Ontario because they have their ethnic community and friends and family there.

Aim at international students

Along with identifying Atlantic Canada as the most perfect and safest place to raise a family, the region should also focus on attracting international students so that it helps for economic growth of Atlantic Canada. The region must aim to attract big names of the industry, who open their offices the provinces, that in turn attracts immigrants. They seek stability in the workplace and a safe environment, one where all their needs are easily fulfilled. You will find that the quality of life is the highest in Atlantic Canada as nature and its goodness surround you at all times.

ESU Plans to Give Equal opportunities for Study Visa Students

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European Students’ Union

In a bid to save its weakening education system, the European Students’ Union has decided to consider European Commission for public consultation for Schengen visa’s future. According to the Union, they want to achieve equal educational and social opportunities for students coming from third-party countries. Currently, 46 countries are a part of the European Students’ Union.

European Students’ Union sent a statement to its 46 member countries that include concerns regarding student visa duration, post-study work rights, free movement within the Schengen countries, and a program allowing refugee students to get into the education system. All states welcomed the statement and agreed that the Schengen student visa still requires improvements. ESU said that students that engage in international mobility are a priority for higher education but have faced many issues including discrimination, travel limitations, and freedom of movement problems.

Caroline Sundberg, vice president, European Students’ Union, said that current visa regulations are limiting EU universities’ global reach. She said that higher education institutions are global, but if students aren’t able to participate in university programs, the purpose is defeated. The students are missing out on internationalization. According to ESU’s new proposal, students who aren’t from the European Union should be allowed to travel in all member states freely and be allowed to stay for 12 months after their program is over so that they can find employment.

Refugee status recognition

ESU also called for simplifying the process of refugee status recognition and also a program to let refugee status students apply for higher education during their waiting period. They should be given all rights and benefits what any other international students are given. The ESU is also trying to simplify the visa procedure and make it more accessible and affordable so that people from the less advantaged background can also fulfill their dream of studying in a foreign country.

French President Faces Criticism for New Immigration Policy

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French President

French President Emmanuel Macron’s latest immigration policy is much criticized, but he feels it is much required to fix the dysfunctional immigration system. In his most recent bid to save France from illegal immigrants, Macron has streamlined the process for asylum seekers and brought in stronger rules including detention for illegal immigrants.

Macron feels that French migration and integration policies are severely broken and need amendments. Even though France has rules and regulations for deporting migrants who have entered illegally, they rarely implemented. Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, made promises that he would make sure rules are implemented but never were. Addressing issues related to immigration has feared politicians that people will end up voting for the National Front. Macron has the dual responsibility of being a supporter of immigrants and also a security guard protecting right-wing voter borders. Gerard Collomb, French interior minister, launched the law in December 2017 but was welcomed rather harshly by Republique en Marche party, Macron’s party, and called it unworthy of French values.

Macron had to take down the policy and discuss it with civil society groups. He finally came up with a reform that was fair and efficient, which involves immigrant integration. All he has to do in the coming weeks is prove to lawmakers that he has made an impartial choice.

Emotionally charged subject

Macron needs to be a better president and supporter of immigration than his predecessors Nicholas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande. While Sarkozy was very aggressive on papers, his policies never saw the day, Hollande was far too aggressive to make sense and was overpowered by Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, with her sensible immigration policies. If successfully implemented, Macron’s immigration policy would bring France close to its immigrants, especially Muslim ones. It would also be a positive example to help Europe reduce its struggle with immigration.

Indian Techies Heading to Canada

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Indian Techies

On June 12, 2017, the Canada government started Global Skill Strategy program under Express Entry system and issued 4,400 Invitations to Apply in just six months. Almost all of the invitations went to Indians, mostly from the information technology sector, followed by the Chinese. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada confirmed that India is the single largest source of skilled workers in the North American country.

As mentioned by the government of Canada, the Global Skill Strategy program was started to aid Canadian businesses to attract global talent for being successful in the workplace. The program further reduces the time to bring skilled foreign workers to Canada to only two weeks. Lindsay Wemp, a spokesperson from the IRCC, said that in the global race of attracting investments of companies, Canada has to get in competition with European Union and the United States, both of whom have a large talent and labor base. Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO, Fantasy 360, said that the US imposing visa restrictions had encouraged Indian techies to apply for Canada.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Global Skill Strategy program consist of faster processing time, enhanced customer service, and exemption from work permit. The process is a lot faster than the work permit process and a definite one to attract global talent, thereby, adding new skills to Canada, growing its economy, and strengthening the middle class.

Benefits for family

Canada is not that good when it comes to bringing spouses on a dependent visa. But that’s not the case with Global Skill Strategy program as spousal visa, which is an open work permit, and dependent visa for children, for studying in the country is processed within those two weeks. This program too leads to permanent residency and then citizenship. Canada has assured that it will process 80 percent of applications in two weeks, so if you are lucky, then you’ll get it.

Australian Govt Supports South African Farmers with a Special Visa

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South African Farmers

Peter Dutton, Home Minister of Australia, announced that the government might start a special visa for South African farmers because of the horrific conditions they face back at homes such as violence and land seizures. He talked about the visa with Daily Telegraph on March 14, 2018, and will see a similar processing time as a humanitarian visa.

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s new president, is working for the rights of black South African farmers to enable them to get back their land without any compensation. At least one white farmer is killed every week. Dutton said that it is horrific when you hear and watch videos showing what all they are suffering from. He said that humanitarian, refugee and other visa programs were started to help people and have the potential to do so. As much as he knows, Dutton believes South African farmers do require help from a more developed and civilized country like Australia.

People from South Africa want to work hard and want to contribute to a country where they feel safe like Australia. Dutton said that he wants people to come here, abide by Australia’s law, integrate into the society, and work hard but not live a life of charity or welfare. He feels people like South African farmers deserve special attention. Australian home affairs department is continuously looking for ways to help them and improve their condition. Dutton said that the visa announcement will be made soon.

Cooperation with South African government

During his interview with the Daily Telegraph, Dutton asked if this visa is developed in association with the South African government. Dutton plainly replied that Australia will work with any government around the world for improving lives of people and bring them out of misery. There are many South African farmers working in Australia, most of whom came as refugees.

Studies Says that Second-Generation Immigrants Earn More in Canada

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Second-Generation Immigrants

According to a study of Canada 2016 Census, second-generation immigrants earn more than their parents. The study focused mainly on second-generation immigrants between 35 to 44 years of age. During the study, it was found that first-generation immigrants earn less money, especially those from visible minority groups.

For the third generation, the salary difference between them and non-immigrant workers is almost negligible. However, it isn’t the same for South Korean and Japanese third generation immigrants. Even second generation immigrants do better at academics and salaries than their non-immigrant counterparts. The first generation visible minority community immigrants earned $38,000 on an average while white immigrants earned $48,000 annually.

The second generation visible minority immigrants earn $54,200 per year while second generation white immigrants earn $56,000 annually. The increase for visible minority children is a whole 47 percent compared to their parents. Speaking about third generation visible minorities from South Asia, the stats were very different, as they earned way more than white counterparts. The third generation visible minority immigrants earned $62,650 annually, while immigrants earned lesser than them. Only Latin American and Black third-generation immigrants were way behind their counterparts. However, they did earn 20 and 22 percent more than their parents. According to the report, second and third generation immigrants do so well is because their first generation parents make sure they have every good thing available in the new country.

Third generation immigrants study less

While second-generation immigrants study more because they see their parents struggling, when they become parents, they embrace a more Canadian approach to parenthood. They give their children freedom of choice to follow their parent’s paths or take their own. This attitude causes a nine percent drop in income levels between second and third generation immigrants of certain communities. Refugee immigrants earn lesser than skilled immigrants. The first generation parents make sure they have every good thing available in the new country.

Immigrant Children in Canada Performs well than Natives

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Immigrant Children

30 percent of the children in Canadian schools are immigrants themselves or have at least one parent who is an immigrant. The count is 23 percent in the US. However, as compared to the US, Canadian education standards are much higher as the Program for International Assessment ranked it as one of the highest performing education systems across the globe. The assessments test 15 years old from 70 countries to develop the ranking system.

The test is taken of both immigrant and native children, but only after three years, immigrant children enter the country. One of the biggest reasons why Canadian education is so strong is because the country has a history of highly educated skilled immigrants entering the country through a merit-based system, while the US uses a lottery-based system for welcoming immigrants. The reports are pretty surprising because according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, immigrant children fare badly as compared to native children. But it seems like; the board’s statement is merely a myth.

According to Louis Volante, who works as an education professor at Brock University in Ontario, immigrant children face double burden including adjusting to a new way of doing things and low socioeconomic status, which is common among most immigrants. Refugee children have a triple disadvantage, which includes these two burdens and trauma either because of war or natural disaster.

The reason behind Canada’s success

Canada’s immigration policy selects people on a scoring system. Better the skills set, language proficiency in either English or French and ability to adapt to a new environment, higher is the score. In a study, it was found that wealthy immigrant children in the US fare a lot worse than same category children in Canada. It is an excellent indicator that Canada provides more opportunities to immigrant children than the US.

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