Time for Turnbull to play the migration card

There are only three ways Australia can pay its public debt. Either both sides of politics agree there will be no new net spending until such time as the national debt has been dealt with, or deny the vote to all those who pay no taxes. Neither of these will come to pass; they are…

Canada’s Largest Ever Express Entry DRAW With the Minimum CRS Requirements

During the latest draw, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada invited 3,923 candidates to apply for Canadian immigration. This draw took place on 12, April 2017, which exhibited lowest CRS score in the history of Express Entry. This is the fifth time during 2017 that the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score has dropped to its minimum level. The…

What’s behind Australia’s new immigration rules?

The announcement that a new maternity hospital in Dublin may be managed by a religious order is generating much disquiet in Ireland; but here in secular Australia, a more secular controversy about this country’s proposed immigration reforms is raging. Last week, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a tightening of the criteria for migrants seeking to…

Heavy tourist rush pushes Australia visa processing time to one month

Unlike visas of most countries, bagging an Australian stamp on the passport has always involved a long wait. Over the past few weeks, visa-processing time for this destination Down Under has only increased; it now takes a month. On March 31, the Australian High Commission sent a letter to travel agents saying that the visa…

All Romanians can go to Canada without visa from December 1

All Romanian citizens will be able to travel to Canada without a visa starting December 1, the Canadian ambassador in Romania, Kevin Hamilton, said on Thursday, March 30. Romanians who hold a valid visa for the U.S. or have received a visa for Canada in the last 10 years will be able to travel without…

Rapist wins case to be allowed to stay in NZ

A man who raped a sleeping woman at a party, and who has a conviction for passport fraud, has won his appeal against deportation to India. Tajinder Paul Singh was 29 when he was jailed for six years for the rape at a neighbour’s party in Christchurch. The Immigration and Protection Tribunal suspended his deportation…

Canadian specialized nurses will be allowed to work on U.S. visas

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has apparently reversed a misinterpretation of visa rules that had put at risk the ability of highly specialized Canadian registered nurses to work in hospitals in Detroit and other cities along the northern border. Last week, Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System sounded an alarm after hearing Canadian nurses had been denied renewals of…

Thai student drowned while rock fishing in Australia

A 23-year-old Thai student drowned yesterday while rock fishing after being swept into the water by a large wave at the popular Blue Fish Point of Watsons Bay in New South Wales, the Daily Telegraph online reported. The article quoted police in identifying the victim as Aphirat Nepang, who was in Australia on a student…

Australian 457 visa changes bringing in more restrictions

The Australian government made up of the Liberal-National coalition has announced that it will cut the amount of time foreign workers on 457 visas can remain in the country once their employment term comes to an end. This makes it more difficult for overseas workers on 457 visas to find another job in Australia.  The…

Australia considering a tougher citizenship test, confirms Immigration Minister

Instead of answering the basic questions about Australia’s political structure, parliament, election and perfunctory duties of a citizen, Australian citizenship aspirants may now have to deal with a more specific test that reportedly aims to examine whether they have integrated with the Australian way of life and the social values. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said revamping…