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  • South Africa
    South Africa to trial e-visas by March 2019

    South Africa has decided to introduce electronic visas in order to make it easier for tourists to visit the country as visa and permit applicants will be captured online and so will be the biometrics of applicants within the country and abroad. In response to a parliamentary question of the DA, the primary opposition party… Read More »

    Mar 22, 2018
  • H1B visa application
    H1B visa application processing starts on 2 April

    The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that H1B visa application process will begin on 2 April. The H1B visa, which is a non-immigrant work visa, is highly popular with Indian IT companies as it allows them to recruit a large number of skilled professionals. In its announcement, the USCIS, however, said that… Read More »

    Mar 22, 2018
  • grandparents
    Canada issues invitations for parents and grandparents program

    IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has started issuing invitations in March third week to prospective sponsors via its Parents and Grandparents Program. IRCC, in a March 19 update, stated that potential sponsors were randomly selected and had 60 days, beginning from the invitation date, to submit a finished application. In 2017, new procedures were… Read More »

    Mar 21, 2018
  • New Zealand
    New Zealand’s net migration continues to fall

    Net migration in New Zealand grew by 7,405 for February 2018, a fall from 8,609 in February 2017 and 8,581 in February 2016, Statistics NZ revealed. For the year ended February 2018, the net population increased by 68,333, a decline from 71,333 in the year ended February 2017 and 67,391 in the year ended February… Read More »

    Mar 21, 2018
  • Fewer foreign doctors
    Fewer foreign doctors enrol in US, says report

    The number of foreign doctors wanting to pursue the graduate medical education in the US has been wavering in the past few years. The situation has, however, become worse of late. The proportion of immigrants who became US doctors and surgeons increased to 28 percent in 2016, up from 20 percent in 1990, said Washington’s… Read More »

    Mar 20, 2018
  • USA
    US may become pricey for Indian investors

    Indians looking to migrate to the US on EB-5 visa (immigrant investor visa program) may find it very expensive in future if the proposed reforms to it are approved by Congress. If that happens, the minimum money that prospective immigrants must invest will almost increase by almost twice. Released on 8 March, the Immigrant Investor… Read More »

    Mar 20, 2018
  • Thailand
    Skilled foreigners in Thailand to get smart visas

    With effect from 1 February 2018, eligible foreign entrepreneurs, executives, investors in the science and technology industries and other foreign experts are eligible for Smart visas. This is being welcomed as an encouraging incentive that may aid in bringing down organizational burdens and expenses for those eligible for Smart visas and people employing them. This… Read More »

    Mar 20, 2018
  • Australia visa
    Australia introduces new visas for highly skilled workers

    Australia’s large firms and tech startups will benefit from a new visa scheme, the aim of which is to offer a permanent residency to migrant workers just after three years. Known as the Global Talent Scheme, it is being opened on a trial basis following the expiry of the 457 visa program on 18 March.… Read More »

    Mar 19, 2018
  • Australia
    Australia replaces 457 visas with TSS visas

    The popular 457 visa program of Australia has been removed, with a new legislation becoming effective from 18 March. It will be replaced with a new visa program known as TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa. The 457 visa will be annulled by the Migration Legislation Amendment Regulations 2018 and replaced with the new Subclass 482… Read More »

    Mar 17, 2018
  • Migration
    Migration does not reduce natives’ joy: WHR

    Migration does not reduce the happiness of the local population as per the latest World Happiness Report compiled by economists and endorsed by the United Nations. It further elaborated that immigrants themselves become as happy as the nation of their migration. This is a latest and groundbreaking report with regards to the impact of migration.… Read More »

    Mar 16, 2018