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Immigration and Visa News - Latest Updates

  • Spain Tourist Visa
    Now, residents of 12 third-countries can go to Spain

    From July 4, 2020, legal residents of 12 third-countries – Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Tunisia, Thailand, Uruguay, Rwanda, Serbia, Georgia, and Montenegro – can enter Spain for short-term purposes, provided that they hold the required visa for the same. This has been done in accordance with the recommendation of the EU Council.… Read More »

    Jul 8, 2020
  • Temporary Resident Visa
    IRCC: Only online applications to be accepted for temporary visas

    From July 1 until September 30, 2020, Canada will be accepting only online temporary visa applications. Applicable to all those applying – while outside Canada – for study permits, work permits, and temporary resident visas [TRVs] during the specified period. According to Ministerial Instructions 41 [MI41],“All applications for a Temporary Resident Visa [including a Transit… Read More »

    Jul 7, 2020
  • UK visa application centres
    UK visa centres gradually reopening, no priority processing as of now

    UK visa application centres worldwide are gradually reopening. Within this week, centres in countries such as – India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait – resumed UK visa services. Towards the beginning of June, UK visa application centres in Thailand, Taiwan, China, Australia, Hong Kong, and Malaysia had resumed operations. Nevertheless, UK visa centres… Read More »

    Jul 7, 2020
  • Canada Visitor Visa
    Canada resumes processing of eTA and visitor visa

    Despite the travel restrictions expected to be in place at least until July 31, Canada has resumed visitor visa and eTA processing from July 1, 2020. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] has begun processing – to the best of its ability – online Canada visitor visa and eTA applications. While the travel restrictions are… Read More »

    Jul 4, 2020
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program
    10 EE candidates among the 125 invited by the MPNP

    The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program [MPNP] held its EOI Draw #93 on July 2, 2020. Total 125 Letters of Advice to Apply [LAAs] were issued by the province to immigration candidates under 3 MPNP streams. All those that have received LAAs can now apply for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent residence. Of the 125… Read More »

    Jul 4, 2020
  • Top Ten Skill Shortage Sectors in Hong Kong
    Top Ten Skill Shortage Sectors in Hong Kong

    A report released by Manpower Group showed 65 percent of Hong Kong employers find it difficult to fill job vacancies because of the shortage of talent. The Hong Kong Occupation List consists of the occupations that are high in demand in the country. It is designed to attract overseas immigrants who have good skills and… Read More »

    Jul 4, 2020
  • Canada Express Entry Draw
    Why is the tie-break rule applied in Express Entry draws?

    A tie-break rule is often applied in the federal Express Entry draws held by the Government of Canada. The rule is used for the purposes of ranking candidates that might have the same Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score. Through the tie-break rule, the profiles in the Express Entry pool are ranked based on the time… Read More »

    Jul 4, 2020
  • Migrate to Canada
    Immigrants faring better in Canada labour market

    As per a June 2020 Report – The Improved Labour Market Performance of New Immigrants to Canada, 2006-2019 – “the labour performance of new immigrants generally improved between 2006 and 2019”. The report provides a descriptive analysis of the labour market outcomes of recent immigrants to Canada during the period 2006 to 2019. Based on… Read More »

    Jul 4, 2020
  • Travel to EU Countries
    The European Union marks 15 countries as ‘safe’

    The European Union Member States have approved 15 countries as safe in terms of their COVID-19 situation. The decision was reached after much discussions and deliberations. A draft list of 54 countries had been drawn up earlier. This was eventually narrowed down to 15 countries. As per a Press Release by one of the EU… Read More »

    Jul 3, 2020
  • BC PNP Draw
    British Columbia holds the second-largest PNP draw of the year

    In the latest draw held on June 30, 2020, British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] has invited 314 immigration candidates through the categories of Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC. Those invited can now apply to the BC PNP for being provincially nominated for Canada’s permanent residence. While the Skills Immigration candidates are only… Read More »

    Jul 2, 2020
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