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Updates in canadian Points System

The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made some refurbished changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for its express entry selection system.

This would apply to the three federal programs of express entry into Canada:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • Canadian Experience Class

These changes are applied to the job offers below:

A qualification job offer now requires you to have 200 points if the occupation applied for is under the Major Group 00 of the National Occupational Classification of (Senior managerial level positions) which are as follows:

  • 0011 Legislators
  • 0012 Senior government managers and officials
  • 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  • 0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership organisations
  • 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services not elsewhere situated
  • 0016 senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities.

The qualifications points were 600 for the Labour Market Impact Assessment under the CRS.

The new regulations also allow the following LMIA holders to be awarded points for a qualifying job offer:

  • The North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA)
  • And the Intra-Company Transfers.

The consequences for candidates in this pool

 The Express Entry Pool is a very competitive environment, where a candidate’s profile is ranked against each other and the highest-ranked student has a greater advantage at receiving an ITA when the draw is made. With the release of the new points, the value of the job offer will go down from 600 points to either 200 or 50 points which would depend on the position offered.

 Benefits for foreign students in Canada

 For the first time, international students would be awarded additional points for their studies in Canada. Allowing for post – secondary credentials to receive more points as a bonus.

  • 0 points – If a foreign student has a secondary school educational credential ‘
  • 15points – If the foreign student has a credential eligible from a one-year or two-year post – secondary program
  • 30 points – A credential eligible from a post-secondary program of three years or more
  • An eligible credential from an institute – level program at master’s level at the level of entry to practice a professional degree for an occupation listed in the national occupational classification matrix at skill level-A
  • An eligible credential from a university – level program at the doctoral level.

But in order to be eligible for the points:

  • you must have completed your study in Canada
  • you must have been enrolled in a full-time study or training for a minimum of about 8 months
  • And you must have been physically present in Canada for the last 8 months.

For further details and ways to immigrate to Australia do contact our consultants they would be happy to help you out.

Bad News for foreign immigrants who want to join the fast food business!

Working at the fast food business in Australia has been put to a stop for all 457 visas immigrants on temporary visas.

The fast food multi-national companies such as KFC, McDonald’s and Hungry Jacks are no longer allowed to sponsor or hire foreign workers on temporary visas, as of the announcement by the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s statement on Thursday.

The fast food employment agreement that allowed hundreds of foreign workers and their families to immigrate to Australia. This act was taken as according to the words of the Immigration Minister “Australian workers, particularly young Australians, must be given priority”.

These labour agreement still do exist in places for the restaurant, fishing, meat, on-hire, dairy, pork, snow sport, and religious sectors.

Individual fast food businesses will still be able to make requests under the normal 457 visas arrangements to cover positions where there are labour shortages.

A business that will genuinely need foreign workers that would contribute to the economic growth will still be considered.

Existing foreign workers will be forced to leave the country once their agreements are finished unless their employer is able to give a sustainable reason as to why they should be allowed to remain in the country.


Important changes made for lodging certain Australian visas!

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection made an announcement stating that the arrangements to lodge certain visas in Australia will face a change.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection posted an update on their website about the changes of lodging an application in person in Australia. The application will no longer be accepted for the following visa subclasses:

  1. Visitors visa (Subclass 600 Tourist Stream)
  2. Remaining Relative visa (Subclass 835)
  3. Carer Visa (Subclass 836)
  4. Aged Dependent Relative visa (Subclass 838)
  5. New Zealand (Family Relationship) visa (Subclass 461)

According to the information on the website, the department has now a different preferred lodgment method for visas what will continue to be online through ImmiAccount.

The option is specifically available for the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600 Tourist Stream) applications.

Though the paper lodgment option is available for all other subclasses in the above mentioned list, keeping in mind that the paper application must be sent by post or courier to the address specified on the application form.

How to Create an ImmiAccount?

The ImmiAccount compiles of two different registration options:

  • ImmiAccount (Individuals) is for individual applicants, a family member or friend to apply for a visa or citizenship.
  • ImmiAccount (Organizations) is for organizations and agents applying for a visa or citizenship or checking visa entitlement on behalf of others.

Generally you would be using the individuals option if you are planning on migrating to Australia, Here is a step by step procedure:

  • Click the Individual option on the ImmiAccount page
  • Make sure you complete the mandatory fields
  • Provide a valid email address and make a note of your username and password
  • Remember the security answers you provide to the security questions that you would select.
  • Once you create the account you can then login to your ImmiAccount using your username and password.

To create an organization ImmiAccount

  • Apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
  • Access VEVO for Visa Holders
  • Check the status of your citizenship application form

Why do you need the ImmiAccount?

 Apply for a visa or citizenship online

  • Access the My Health Declaration Service
  • Continue a saved online application
  • Import a paper application (service is available for certain visa subclasses)
  • Attach documents to an online or imported paper application
  • Consent to using eMedical and answer medical related questions where required
  • Check the progress of an online or imported paper application
  • Update application details online
  • Access Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) (organisation accounts only).

 You can also currently lodge the following applications online using your ImmiAccount:

Skilled visa application

  • Temporary work skilled visa – nomination (subclass 457)
  • Temporary work skilled visa-standard business sponsorship(subclass 457)
  • Temporary Work skilled visa (subsequent entrant)(subclass 457)
  • Temporary work skilled visa(primary)(subclass457)
  • General skilled migration visa(subclass 476,485,887)
  • Provisional skilled regional visa(subsequent entrant)(subclass 489)
  • Provisional skilled regional visa(renewal )(subclass 489)
  • Point based skilled migration visa(subclass 189,190,489)
  • Business innovation and investment visa(subclass 132,188,888)
  • Employer nomination for a permanent appointment (subclass 186,187)
  • Permanent employer sponsorship or Nominated visa(subclass 186,187)

Temporary visa applications

  • Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988)
  • Tourist offshore visa (subclass 676)(approved agent only)
  • E-visitor (subclass 651 )
  • Visitor visa(subclass 600)
  • Student temporary visa(subclass 570,571,572,573,574,575)
  • Work and holiday visa(subclass 462)
  • Second working holiday visa(subclass 417)
  • First working holidays visa(subclass 417)
  • Temporary activity visa (subclass 408)
  • Training visa (subclass 407)
  • Temporary work (short stay specialist)visa(subclass 400)

Family visa application

  • Partner visa information for permanent stage processing (subclass 100,801)
  • Migration to Australia by a partner (subclass 300,309/100,820/801)
  • Sponsorship for a partner to migrate to Australia.


Other applications

  • Resident return visa (subclass 155,157)
  • Bridging visas (A, B, C)
  • My health declarations
  • Citizenship by descent
  • Citizenship by conferral

General Skilled Migration –  Updated 2017-18 Skilled Occupations List

The General Skilled Migration – Overview


The visa subclass 189 is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers tested through points and who want to work and live in Australia. The subclass 189 visa is only intended for individuals who are not sponsored by an employer, family member or nominated by a state, territory Government.


How to apply for the visa?


To apply for this visa you would need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and then wait to be invited through the SkillSelect program to apply.  You can be in or outside Australia while you apply and while the visa is granted.


What is the visa subclass 189?


This is a permanent residence visa. That allows you and any of your family members who have also been granted this visa:

  • To stay in Australia indefinitely
  • To work and study in Australia
  • To enrol in a Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • To apply for an Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • To be able to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • To travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time you would need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia)


Skilled Occupations List (SOL) 2017/2018 Review


The Department of Education and Training is accountable for providing advice to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on the arrangement of the SOL. The SOL identifies the occupations that would benefit from the skilled migration program for the purpose of meeting the medium to long-term skills required in the Australian economy.

The suitability of occupations for presence on the Skilled Occupations List is assessed through two-steps.

  • The first step involves identifying occupations that are most liable to supply restraints (e.g. due to the time is taken to develop necessary skills).
  • The second step involves assessing the medium of long-term skills required to build the economy for each occupation that is identified in step one as well as to determine if the occupation would benefit from skilled migration.

Each year a number of occupations have been removed and added to the SOL which is set to take effect on the 1st of July 2017.  The number of occupations removed is almost certainly to exceed the number of occupations added this year.  Submissions for SOL 2017-18 is now closed and wide reviewing is now underway.


The 2017-18 Skilled Occupations List to come into effect on the 1st of July 2017.


Occupations being added to the SOL from 1 July 2016 were:

  1. Orthoptist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912)
  2. Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).

Occupations removed from the SOL on the 1st of July 2016 were:

  1. Mining Engineer (Excluding Petroleum) (ANZSCO 233611)
  2. Petroleum Engineer (ANZSCO 233612)
  3. Metallurgist (ANZSCO 234912)
  4. Environmental Health Officer (ANZSCO 251311)
  5. Occupational Health and Safety Adviser (ANZSCO 251312)
  6. Dental Hygienist (ANZSCO 411211)
  7. Dental Prosthetist (ANZSCO 411212)
  8. Dental Technician (ANZSCO 411213)
  9. Dental Therapist (ANZSCO 411214).

The following occupations were highlighted for removal during the last review:

133513 Production Manager (Mining)
221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
224111 Actuary
224511 Land Economist
224512 Value
231212 Ship’s Engineer
231213 Ship’s Master
231214 Ship’s Officer
232212 Surveyor
232213 Cartographer
232214 Other Spatial Scientist
233111 Chemical Engineer
233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
233411 Electronics Engineer
233511 Industrial Engineer
233512 Mechanical Engineer
233513 Production or Plant Engineer
233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
233914 Engineering Technologist
233915 Environmental Engineer
233916 Naval Architect
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist
234711 Veterinarian
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist
252411 Occupational Therapist
262611 Podiatrist
252712 Speech Pathologist
253111 General Practitioner
253211 Anesthetist
253312 Cardiologist
253315 Endocrinologist
253316 Gastroenterologist
253317 Intensive Care Specialist
253321 Pediatrician
253913 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
253999 Medical Practitioners NEC
271111 Barrister
271311 Solicitor
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologists NEC
351311 Chefs
399111 Boat Builder and Repairer
399112 Shipwright


What should you be doing?


If you intend to apply for the subclass 189 visa and note that if your occupation is listed as flagged, it is important for you to ensure that you lodge your expression of interest via SkillsSelect and wait to receive an invitation to apply for the 189 visa prior to the 1st of July 2017 as it is likely (though not a guarantee) that the above occupations will be impacted as a part of the current review.  It is also not uncommon for the occupations that are not flagged to be removed as part of the reviewing process.

As with any other visa subclass, there are criteria’s applicable at the time of application which you would need to meet in order to secure a favourable application outcome.


Australian Federal Government Considering to Settle Migrants Outside the Cities

Migrants to be diverted out of Australian Cities!

According to the Federal Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke says it is important to discuss the issue of housing crises in the major cities and divert migrants to other parts to solve the crisis.

The federal government is considering a plan that would involve the diversion of migrants to settle outside the major cities such as Sydney to help ease the housing crisis.

The key priority is to find ways to encourage migrants to settle outside of Sydney in particular.

Proposed plans for migrants

The city would still be an attractive destination for migrants, because of its flourished economy, the government is also looking forward to work with other state governments and regional governments to partner with them and see what could attract migrants to other regional centers.

How could migrants benefit from this decision?

  • The options of gaining a job for migrants in other states would increase and have better employment opportunities.
  • The standards of living in other states would also increase attracting better-skilled workers.

With the excess migration taking place in Australia the government is becoming strict at the borders and trying to control the rate of immigration as well.

Benefits of migrating into Sydney from a regional area 

  • The opportunities to attain employment is much greater than of a reginal area
  • The job market in is very tight in regional areas. There are a few jobs, and hardly any part-time jobs as well
  • Sydney offers a wide career prospect.

 What can the government do about the issue?

Due to the shortage of jobs in the regional areas and an increase in migration over the past few years. The government is taking strict actions against the migration issues it is faced with.

The government may consider building better transport facilities and train services that may allow people to shift out of the cities and live in the regional areas of Australia as it offers a lot of beauty as well. But unless the issue is solved migrating to the main cities is considered at cost.

General Skilled Migration – An important update from the South Australian Government

According to the review of the General Skilled Migration of 2017 to 2018 that is in good and accurate motion with the South Australian Government after releasing their latest update.
From 9am onwards according to the (Australian Central Standard Time) on the 19th of April 2017, the recruitment procedures for the high points nominations would increase from 80 to 85 points. The change is in response to the entire quota being achieved under the existing 80 points recruitment program.
The following changes will not affect applications that will be lodged prior to this time. The applications received for the high point’s nomination after this time will be rejected if they do not comply with the points required that are 85.

The high points and chain migration eradications

Effective proximately the following occupations on the Supplementary Skilled List will no longer be available for the high points or the chain migration nomination:
• 221111 Accountant (General)
• 223111 Human Resource Adviser (will not be available for high points since 02/09/2016)
• 225113 Marketing Specialist
• 225412 Sales Representative (for Medical and Pharmaceutical Products)
• 242111 University Lecturer
• 242112 University Tutor
• 251511 Hospital Pharmacist
• 251513 Retail Pharmacist
These changes would not affect any applications lodged prior to 1 pm on the 5th April 2017. Applications for any of these occupations lodged after this time will be declined if the applicant is applying for high points or chain migration nomination.
The Australian Government is expecting other States to release a further update in the lead to 1st of July 2017 release of the updated Skilled Occupations List.

What should you be doing?

If you are planning to lodge a subclass 189/190 application, you should vigorously seek to ensure that you would be able to meet the “time of application” criteria such as skill assessment, English language and any other applicable criteria. At the same time as submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) which will not guarantee an ‘Invitation To Apply’ for the subclass 189/190 visa, there may be a transitional arrangement such as the ones listed above which could be quite favourable to your personal circumstances.

Updates on Making Visa Applications for Australia


February is expected to be generally a quiet month for migration, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection have nevertheless made a number of important changes to the arrangements which may impact the current and prospective visa applicants as well as visa holders.

Potential, as well as existing visas applicants, should review the changes being made and having an appropriate discussion with a migration agent whether any of the changes impact their initial immigration strategy.

Future applicants – Approved forms

The important updates have been released that specify the approved forms, classes of applicants, and the places and manner for making an application for the following visas:

  • Investor Retirement (Class UY) visa;
  • Retirement (Temporary) (Class TQ) visa;
  • Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) (Class GA) visa;
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) (Class GD) visa;
  • Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa; and
  • Training (Class GF) visa.

Current Visa Holders – Amendments to cancellation powers

The Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Act 2017. An Act to made amendments that relate to the visa cancellation powers.  

Working Holiday Visa Applicants – Changes to eligible countries – Vietnam

This instrument amends the Arrangements for the Work and Holiday and Working Holiday Visa Applications 2017/003 to specify that Vietnam is an eligible country, enabling the Vietnamese passport holders to make an application for a Work and Holiday (Temporary) (Class US) visa, specifies for the Vietnamese candidates the place and manner for making an request for a Work and Holiday (Temporary) (Class US) visa, and specify the educational qualifications to be held by a Vietnamese candidate at the time their application.

The Visitor’s Visa Applications – Changes to Schedule 1

The new instrument specified, for candidates of a Visitor (Class FA) visa, the approved forms, places and the manner for making applications, and the travel agents that must be used by an applicant intending to travel to Australia from the People’s Republic of China as a member of an organised tour.

The Subclass 461 visa – Changes to Schedule 1

This change is of a particular importance as it makes the amendments to schedule 1 criteria (i.e. lodgement procedures). The new instrument also specifies new arrangements for Other Family Visa Applications and New Zealand (Family Relationship) Visas.

The Subclass 408 visa – Further information on the criteria relevant to the grant

The new instruments would now specify matters for the making of an application for a Temporary Activity (Class GG) visa and other particular criteria’s relevant to the grant of the corresponding Subclass 408 (Temporary Activity) visa.


Australia to Replace Passports with Face Recognition & Fingerprints this Year

The worlds-first, a new self-processing system will be set to replace passports with facial recognition at Australian airports.

In a proposal to avoid the long time-consuming paperwork procedures that the staff take while processing and to quicken and simplify the processing time for travellers, the Australian government is introducing a self-processing system at its major airports and sea ports this 2017.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is currently seeking proposals for a self-processing system which will use the fingerprints, facial or IRIS recognition in the place of paperwork.

The plan is to introduce this new system by the end of the year, to begin in Canberra which has a limited amount of international flights coming in and flying out and later on roll out the procedure across the country. The plan has been said to be completed developed by March 2019 where 90% of the travellers would be able to avail the service.

The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said this new system will also boost the security of the nation’s border and it would be easier to detect threats.


How would this benefit the travellers?


  • The system reduces the time taken to get through from customs.
  • This would make it easier for foreign nationals to enter the country without a rush to be first in line.
  • People will have to carry their passports but the foreign nationals will not have to present their passports in the long term at all.
  • This would make it safer for citizens to travel and live in Australia.
  • People wouldn’t have to look for paper work while standing in a Que at the clearance booths.
  • Travel with a free mind of enjoying without worrying about whether you picked up the papers or not. ”Or do I have the papers in my bag or in the suitcase worries”.
  • Make it easier to enter and leave the country.
  • The lesser rate of criminal activity in the country.


How does this benefit the country?


  • The new system will introduce a boost into the security of the country and make it easier to detect threats.
  • The system will be more reliable than people scanning passports manually.
  • This would help track detections of people that might come into the country to do the wrong thing.
  • This would boost the countries tourism.
  • Make it easier for the country to track citizens from the time they arrive in the country.
  • Make it easier to enter and leave the country.



Visa Processing Time To Be Available Online

With the recent launch of the visa processing time being available for applicants to check it out themselves, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection made an announcement stating that the information will be available online for most visa and citizenship types and could be found on the visa and citizenship page of their website DIBP website, as well as on visa finder.

With the outcome of this people could benefit by the following ways:


  • You can see up-to-date information
  •  This would give you an idea as to how long it will take you and help you plan accordingly.


How does this work?


  • The estimated processing time will be updated regularly to redirect current caseloads at different visa processing locations.
  • There would be two processing times depending on the subclass you have chosen which would probably indicate how long it may take to finalise 75% and 90% of the applications globally.
  • This would completely depend on the supporting documents being that have been submitted with an application.


How can I help in gaining an accurate estimate?


An applicant must lodge a complete application but it is important to know that the actual processing time it may take may vary depending on the individual’s circumstances as well as the right documentation being submitted.


Other things that can affect the time it takes to be accurate


  • It may be affected by the time it takes to receive information from the external parties such as the:
  • Health
  • Character
  • National Security
  • Assurance of Support requirements.

The time taken to process an application may also be affected by:


  • The number of places available in the migration program
  • And if there is an increased number of applications during the peak season.
  • Applications are assessed on a case by case basis and the processing time can vary due to general individual circumstances.



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Skill Select Update Australia


The Pro Rata Occupations are likely to be filled by the end of April. So if you haven’t applied yet its best if you do now.

The results for the SkillSelect invitation round for the 15th of March have already been published. Two of the most chosen occupations have filled in during the 15th March round. There were more invitations issued than the number available at the time of selection. And with upcoming updates on the temporary 457 visas the chances of getting jobs are getting tougher in Australia.

The occupations are:

  • Other Engineering Professionals
  • Computer Network Professionals


This is the list of occupations likely to be filled in the next few rounds:

After looking at the number of pro rata occupations list being filled at a fast rate, here are the next occupations that have been expected to fill up:


29th of March

  • ICT Business and System Analysts


12th of April

  • Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  • Accountants
  • Software and Applications Programmers


26th of April

  • Electronics Engineer
  • Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers


Can I apply if the occupations have been filled early?



What are the consequences if the occupations fill in too early?


This would increase a backlog of applications that have been lodged by applicants all over the globe. Making it difficult to get through with EOIs through skill Select, and those who apply after that may have to wait for a substantial amount of time to receive the invitation. This would all fall through if the invitations are not issued between April 2017 and July 2017.


How do I increase my chances of getting into the Pro Rata Occupations list?


Here are a few tips that may help you get into the right occupation as well as out beat the competition you are going to be facing:


  • Increase your point score: this will significantly increase your chances and give you a boost when it comes to being a part of the SkillSelect Program.
  • Consider working hard towards multiple fields in other occupations: this could be based on the kind of qualification and experience you already have, or are looking forward to pursuing further studies in a different field.
  • Try other visa types that you may eligible for: you may have a good chance to be eligible if you fit the visa criteria for employer sponsorship or sponsorship by a family member.
  • Getting State Nominated: occupation ceiling do not apply as the same for state nominations, which would increase the chances of you getting into the SkillSelect program with ease if you have the right skill set.


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