We keep a lookout for recent immigration changes in Australia, Canada and New Zealand so that you don’t have to. This month discover Australia’s migration trends over the past year, and see whether you’re in demand in South Australia. Find out about two new Canadian immigration schemes, and see how a licensed immigration adviser can help with your New Zealand online visa application.
Australia’s Migration Trends 2013–2014
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recently released a new report called Australia’s Migration Trends 2013–2014. Some of the key statistics from the report are that in the 2013–2014 programme year:
- 207,947 permanent migration visas were granted – a decrease of 4.2 per cent on the previous year.
- This included 190,000 places under Australia’s migration programme.
- Of the migration programme’s 190,000 visas:
- 128,550 visas (or 67.7 per cent) were granted through the skill stream.
- 61,112 visas (or 32.2 per cent) were granted through the family stream.
- 338 visas (or 0.2 per cent) were granted under the special eligibility visa category.
- The place where most people moved from was India, with 39,026 places (that’s a 20.5 per cent share).
- This was followed by the People’s Republic of China (26,776 places) and the UK (23,220 places).
- Demand for the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visas decreased significantly. Grants for these visas fell 22.0 per cent which may be due to the government’s February 2014 review of the 457 process.
Check out the full report for further details.
Revised South Australia State Occupation List
On 1 July 2015, Immigration South Australia published a revised State Occupation List. Visit Immigration South Australia to view the new list. This list gives you an idea of what skills and jobs are in demand in South Australia. New English requirements for South Australia There have been some changes to the English requirements for some occupations on the South Australia State Occupation List including:
- ICT occupations – Proficient English is required in each band score (or an overall score of Proficient Plus, i.e. IELTS 7.5 overall).
- Engineering occupations – Competent Plus English (or an overall score of Proficient, i.e. IELTS 7 overall).
The State Occupation List contains the changes to the English requirements for other occupations.
Express Entry points requirement decreasing
The new Express Entry system for skilled migration to Canada involves creating a pool of potential applicants, who are invited to apply for a visa through a regular draw. Applicants are awarded points based on certain criteria, like their skills, experience, language capabilities, work history, etc. Two recent draws in June 2015 have seen the level of applicants’ points decreasing yet the number of invitations to apply for a visa increasing. This means meeting the requirements for skilled entry to Canada may be getting a little easier.
New immigration schemes for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
Two eastern Canadian provinces, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, have recently announced new immigration schemes that are looking for skilled newcomers from overseas. The streams are aligned with the federal Express Entry systems. Although you don’t need a job offer from a Canadian employer to make an application, you must be eligible for either the:
‘Apply on behalf’ now live
Immigration New Zealand has launched a new service called ‘Apply on Behalf’. This means that licensed immigration advisers and other people exempt from licensing, like lawyers, can now apply for visas online on your behalf. This means they can:
- Start a new online application for a Student, Work or Visitor visa
- Complete the application in much the same way as you can
- View submitted applications and upload supporting documents