Archive - September 2020

US Green Card no easy grab, public charge test returns

US reintroduces public charge test for Green Card

In a new development in the US immigration scene, the Trump administration has reintroduced the public charge wealth test. With this, the migrants will have to prove that they are not dependent on US public benefit funds to be eligible for Green Card.

This new ruling is also going to affect the possibility of migrants getting free COVID-19 tests, which is very crucial at this point in time. The rapid increase in COVID-19 cases could even be attributed to such a condition.

A federal judge had stopped the public charge wealth scheme in July 2020. This was after its introduction in 2019 by the Trump administration. The scheme was stopped on the grounds that it gives US immigration authorities to exercise more freedom on whom to issue the Green Card.

The public benefits that come under scrutiny include housing benefits and food stamps among others.

The updated guidance was posted on the USCIS website that said that it will apply the public charge test to all US Green Card applications filed after February 24, 2020. These pending applications and all future Green Card applications will have the public charge test applicable.

The public charge, meaning “public burden” economically, is a standard that has its roots back in the 1880s. The aim of the standard is to ensure that the US has legal immigrants who are going to stay for long in the country should be able to sustain and fend for themselves without government support.

With the new measure, the Green Card applicants will now have to submit a Declaration of Self-sufficiency form along with their application. The form is meant to enquire if the applicant is receiving any type of public benefit. This could include food stamps and Medicaid. This is besides enquiring about the applicant’s financial position, resources, assets, and household income.

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Japan takes new steps to let more foreigners into the country

Japan’s new long-term visas for foreigners

Japan is all set to gradually begin letting entry to foreigners. For this, the country’s going to introduce newly issued long-term visas from October 2020. The Japanese Prime Minister has indicated the move to relax the tough restrictions that were brought into effect earlier this year at the onset of COVID-19.

The relaxations in travel restrictions will be applicable to foreigners with the appropriate visas. These include dependent visas and student visas. These visitor visa holders will be selected sequentially from nations that have shown improvement in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

These nationals entering Japan will have to test for COVID-19 upon arrival. But foreigners on a tourist visa are still not allowed to enter Japan.

The conditions for relaxing the travel restrictions will be implemented through negotiations with countries on a bilateral basis. The number of people allowed entry will be limited to 1,000.

Japan has managed to control the pandemic outbreak much better than countries like the USA and India.

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UK to start 32 new Language test centers around the world

UK to start 32 new Language test centers around the world

UK to start new English language test centers

The UK has announced the starting of 32 new ELT centers in various locations around the world. It will serve the requirements of UK visas & immigration.

4 new centers have been confirmed in the UK in Wolverhampton, Leeds, Cardiff, Cambridge. The other centers will be opened by Pearson in other countries of the world. 3 UK Visas and Immigration ELT centers have been announced in China. These centers overseen by Pearson in China will be located in XiAn, Shenyang, and Chongqing.

Caracas, Venezuela’s capital and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania will also have centers. The Senior Vice President of Pearson, the English Assessment organisation, Freya Thomas Monk, said that the number of UK Visas and Immigration approved centers will come to nearly 150 with this new announcement.

Pearson sees a high demand from the world over for test-takers wanting to book and deliver PTE. Most of the new locations are now open to deliver ELTs. There’s plan to open more centers once the local COVID-19 restrictions end.

Pearson’s test centers have safety measures against COVID-19 in place. There are sanitizers, disinfection of workstations, and sanitation of frequently touched points.

Government had given approval to Pearson in May 2020 to offer ELTs for UK immigration and visa purposes. Since then, Pearson has opened 147 centers around the world in different locations.

Pearson offers services that include:

  • PTE Academic test catering to Tier 2 work visas and Tier 4 study visas
  • PTE Home test for applications for UK family visas, citizenship, and settlement

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ELT – English Language Test

Manitoba’s latest round of EOI draw welcomes 189 candidates

Manitoba’s EOI draw invites 189 candidates

Manitoba’s latest immigration draw was held on September 24, 2020. This draw had LAAs (invites) sent to 189 candidates from Skilled Workers in Manitoba and International Education streams of immigration Canada has.

The ranking score of the invited candidate who scored the lowest was 464. The invites issued to each stream of candidates were as follows:

  • Skilled Workers Overseas stream: 4
  • International Education stream: 25
  • Skilled Workers in Manitoba: 160

The candidates from the stream of Skilled Workers Overseas were directly invited by the MPNP. The ranking score of the invited candidate under this stream who scored the lowest was 847.

Out of the total number of LAAs issued, 18 went to those who had a valid Express Entry ID declared. They also had a valid job seeker validation code.

EOIs from Skilled Workers Overseas candidates have not been included in this draw unless:

  • The candidates were invited directly by the MPNP
  • The candidates have been denied invitation due to lack of a valid job seeker validation code, Express Entry ID, and job experience in Manitoba in any of the 29 listed occupations

Not providing a valid language Test Number in the EOI or the language test result having gone invalid, will have a candidate not receive an LAA. Such non-receipt of LAA could also be due to the candidate not providing a valid invitation number of an invitation received from MPNP under a Strategic Initiative that he/she has indicated in the EOI.

Immigrants are still invited to work in Canada, be it via federal draws or provincial draws. Keeping updated about the immigration programs of Canada and submitting your profile in the right pool will help you reach Canada when your merits get you picked.

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EOI – Expression of Interest

PR – Permanent Residence

LAA – Letters of Advice to Apply

MPNP – Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Weekly Immigration News Sep 21st to 25th

weekly Immigration News sep 21st to 25 th
NSW prepares to bring international students early in 2021

NSW to welcome foreign students early 2021

With plans to revive the educational sector post after the COVID-19 crisis, NSW is taking steps to facilitate the return of foreign students in early 2021.

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Stuck Schengen visa holders must leave Germany in September

Stuck Schengen visa holders must leave Germany in September

Germany asks expired Schengen visa holders stranded in the country owing to COVID-19 to leave to their home countries by September 30, 2020.

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Thailand’s new long-term travel visa to revive tourism

Thailand to bring new long-term travel visa

The new long-term visa with a 90-day validity is going to be introduced by Thailand for travelers who wish to spend quality time in the country.

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The US is up to increase wage level of H-1B visa holders

Raised wage level in US for H-1B holders

It’s been proposed in the US to increase the wage level of H-1B and other work permits holders. The move is expected to have a big impact on US worker migration.

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Australia helps offshore visa holders with new measures

Australia’s new steps help offshore visa-holders

Australia will help visa holders like students stranded offshore with measures to enable them keep their visas valid until COVID-19 travel restrictions end.

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Apply for Dubai’s retirement visa now on easier terms

Apply for Dubai’s Retirment visa easier

If you are going to apply for Dubai’s retirement visa, as per a new rule, you won’t need a medical insurance during initial stages of application.

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More of Italy’s VACs reopen in world countries

Italy’s VACs reopen in world countriesIn many of Italy’s VACs around the world services have resumed by accepting immigration visa applications and providing other services in a limited way.

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Travel has now resumed between Hungary and Austria

Hungary lifts entry ban on AustriaHungary’s entry ban relaxed for commuters traveling between the country and Austria from September 1, 2020, is the latest positive from the region.

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NSW prepares to bring international students early in 2021

NSW to welcome foreign students early 2021

NSW, Australia is getting ready to welcome international students willing to study in Australia by early 2021. To this purpose, the state will be putting to good use the lessons it learned from the hotel quarantine system. Australia practiced it on 60,000 travelers through Sydney as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The experience with that measure will serve as a good base for managing the international student influx. NSW expects these students at the beginning of the new year. In fact, Australia could open its borders to international students earlier than it does for international visitors to the country.

For realizing this plan, talks with the Vice-Chancellors in the university sector are on. Closer collaboration on the work at hand will be achieved as a result of these discussions.

A plan to establish a secure corridor scheme for international students to come back to Australia was tried but stalled. The reasons for that included the repatriation of Australian citizens, and the worsened COVID-19 situation in Victoria. There was also pressure put on the hotel quarantine system.

The current discussions with university Vice-Chancellors are to formulate a plan on creating a system of quarantine for students. This will be based on the experience of the government and in collaboration with NSW police.

Steps will be taken to create an optimal environment for international students in universities and the state itself. That will also act as a contributor to the state economy’s benefit.

The aim now is to enable international students to return before the start of the first semester next year. Apart from NSW, Australia’s Northern Territory and South Australia are working on bringing international students back too.

So, are you willing to study abroad Australia and its states? They are already planning what’s needed for students like you to join colleges and universities from next year.

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NSW – New South Wales

Canada’s awards for immigrant achievers tell inspiring tales

Canada’s RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigration AwardsCanada’s RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigration Awards

Canadian immigrants are achievers too! Upon choosing Canada immigration, they had confidence in themselves and realized the potential in one of the most popular countries amongst immigrants around the world: Canada.

Canada recognizes the achievements of immigrants who came to invest and work in Canada with the Canadian Immigrant Awards. This award recognizes the contributions of immigrant academics, activists, and entrepreneurs to Canada.

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award considers the overwhelming number of votes that were cast a testament to the important contributions that immigrants have made to Canada.

Of the top 25 winners, 2 were selected for the Entrepreneur award and the Youth award. Here are those 2 winners.

Tareq Hadhad

He got the RBC Entrepreneur Award recognizing his excellence in entrepreneurship. The founder of Peace by Chocolate, a small kitchen operation he set up initially in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, has now successfully turned his chocolate company to a peace mission. He donates 3% to 5% of his company’s profits to the Peace on Earth Society.

Maryam Yaqoob

She received the RBC Youth Award for her work in mentoring refugee youth and co-founding the Calgary STEM Cell Chapter. It’s quite an honor to have a Doctor of Medicine student at the University of Calgary to be so inspiring and enterprising.

The winners will:

  • Receive a ceremonial gift package and a commemorative plaque
  • Be featured in the Canadian Immigrant magazine

Other winners are:

Ajibola (Jibs) Abitoyen

  • She has origin in Nigeria, Abitoyen.
  • She’s founded a clothing store named Divineity Fashion. It brings business to women and families in Nigeria.
  • She’s a councilor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • She donates a portion of the money from her fashion line to an organization that helps survivors of domestic abuse.

Shahab Anari

  • He emigrated from Iran to Toronto.
  • He’s a mentor for Futurpreneur Canada.
  • He’s co-founder of North Star Success. It’s a personal branding agency that helps coaches and consultants.
  • He hosts free seminars and webinars on professional and personal development.

Samer Bishay

  • He’s the President and CEO of Iristel and Ice Wireless. It’s Canada’s leading provider of wireless and wire line IP services.
  • He immigrated from Egypt. He currently lives in Markham, Ontario.
  • He’s an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Armed Forces’ 34 Signal Regiment.

Kanwar Dhanjal

  • He emigrated from India to Canada.
  • He’s the former President of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce
  • He’s now the CEO of Just Instruments Inc. It specializes in instrument calibration.
  • He’s currently the Director of the Brampton Board of Trade.

Serena Chan

  • She came to Toronto from Hong King.
  • She holds 16 professional certifications.
  • She’s a partner in the IBM Financial Services sector in IBM Global Business Services.
  • She was also named one of Canada’s Top 50 women in FinTech recently.
  • She’s a 4-time IBM Redbook author.

Sharmarke Dubow

  • He immigrated to Canada from Somalia.
  • He’s a City Councillor in Victoria, B.C.
  • His contributions include:
    • Starting a renters advisory committee
    • Help in making public transit free
    • Initiating reconciliation dialogues between Indigenous and newcomer community members
    • Standing up for the addition of affordable housing in Victoria

Isaac Garcia-Sitton

  • He immigrated to Toronto from Spain.
  • He’s currently working on his Ph.D. in Education.
  • He’s the inaugural Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education, and Inclusion at Ryerson University.
  • His Ph.D. topic is Language, Culture, and Teaching at York University.

Virginia Guiang-Santoro

  • He came to Canada from the Philippines.
  • He works to protect the rights of live-in caregivers in Manitoba.
  • He’s the founder of the Filipino Domestic Workers Association of Manitoba (FIDWAM).

Basavaraj Halli

  • He immigrated from India.
  • He’s the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of GoFor Industries Inc.
  • His company has expanded into 60 major urban markets in Canada and the USA.
  • His company provides last-minute, last-mile delivery services to the construction industry.

Hamza Haq

  • He immigrated from Pakistan.
  • He’s an actor.
  • He’s currently starring on the CTV as Bashir ‘Bash’ Hamed in the medical drama “Transplant”.
  • He has acted in Indian Detective, This Life, Quantico, and the Art of More.
  • He has a Bachelor of Arts in film studies and a Minor in Law from Carleton University.

Mike Hurley

  • He’s immigrated from Ireland.
  • He’s been a lieutenant of the Burnaby Fire Department.
  • He’s also been the former President of the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.
  • He’s the Mayor of Burnaby BC.
  • He has received the Diamond Jubilee Medal and Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Shanthi Johnson, Ph.D.

  • She immigrated from India.
  • She’s a professor and Dean of the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health in Edmonton.
  • She has dedicated her research career to falls prevention in seniors.
  • She’s a leader in the fields of health promotion and healthy aging.
  • She has also researched social isolation especially among immigrant and refugee seniors.

Meryam Joobeur

  • She immigrated from Tunisia.
  • She’s a graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.
  • Her film, Brotherhood, received 75 prizes at 150 festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • She’s a writer and director.
  • She was nominated for an Oscar in 2020.

Conny Lo

  • She immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong.
  • For the Baby Caden Koo Memorial Fund, she has raised around $200,000. It was founded by her in memory of her son.
  • She’s the Associate Director at SickKids Foundation.
  • She leads the fundraising and promotion of global child health in the Chinese community.

Jakub Martinec, Ph.D.

  • He immigrated from the Czech Republic.
  • He’s the Artistic Director and conductor of the National Boychoir of Canada.
  • He’s the founding Artistic Director of the Atlantic Boychoir.
  • He’s the Director of Choral Activities at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s.
  • He has performed all over the world.

Adeola Olubamiji, Ph.D.

  • She immigrated from Nigeria.
  • She is the founder of the STEMHub Foundation. It’s a non-profit organization.
  • She’s a scientist who specializes in metal and 3D printing.
  • The organization promotes the engagement of minorities and women in STEM careers.

Fariba Pacheleh

  • She emigrated to Canada from Iran.
  • She’s also the chairperson of BCIT School of Computing PAC.
  • She’s the Director of the Project Management Office for the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.
  • She provides strategic advice and assistance to BCIT.

Bruce Poon Tip

  • He immigrated to Canada from Trinidad &Tobago.
  • He’s the founder of G Adventures. It’s an award-winning small group adventure travel company.
  • It’s a pioneer of community tourism, also the world’s largest small-group adventure travel company.
  • He’s a bestselling author based in Toronto.

Dr. Henry Reis

  • He immigrated from Brazil.
  • He’s the CEO and owner of Integra Eyecare Centre. It’s an innovation hub in Burnaby, BC.
  • He’s the co-founder and CEO of OSDx.
  • His company developed the first AI corneal imaging device in the world.

Arlene Ruiz

  • She immigrated to Canada from the Philippines.
  • She contributes to:
    • Make a Wish Foundation
    • ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor)
    • Children’s Wish Foundation
  • She’s the owner of Alexene Immigration and Employment Services Inc. It’s a licensed immigration consultant and recruiter.

Krishana Sankar, Ph.D.

  • She emigrated to Toronto from Guyana.
  • She’s an award-winning and published Doctoral Fellow in the faculty of medicine.
  • She’s the founder of GradWriteSlack.
  • She’s the communications lead and operational strategist with COVID-19 Resources Canada.
  • She’s looking to better understand and improve treatment for type 1 diabetes.

Harsh Thakkar

  • He immigrated from India.
  • He’s also an advocate for international students.
  • He’s the Manager of DIVERSEcity Interpretation & Translation Services. It’s a social enterprise.
  • He leads a team of 300+ interpreters and translators to promote cross-cultural communication in British Columbia.
  • He has volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Halia Valladares Montemayor

  • She immigrated from Mexico.
  • She’s a faculty member at Thompson Rivers University.
  • She’s also a Professor at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
  • She’s a managing partner at Global Trading and DS, Inc.

RBC has donated $50,000 to Windmill Microlending, in honor of the award winners. Windmill Microlending is a charity helping internationally trained newcomers pay for the Canadian credentials they need. The donation used to support the re-accreditation of 50 internationally trained immigrants in the profession of healthcare. They have fought COVID-19 on the frontlines.

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Stuck Schengen visa holders must leave Germany in September

Stuck Schengen visa holders must leave Germany in September

An ultimatum for expired Schengen visa holders who have been stranded in Germany has been given. These people have been unable to go to their home country due to travel restrictions and the absence of means of travel owing to COVID-19. They will have to leave Germany by September 30, 2020.

The decision was taken by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Home Affairs. They reasoned that international travel options have improved considerably overall and that every country is allowing its own citizens to enter the countries.

Germany is now returning to normalcy and is inspecting the issuance of residence permit on a case-by-case basis. Even while third-country citizens with Schengen visas can’t leave the country owing to special circumstances, Germany is trying to help. They are assisted with whatever options are available in the Residence Act until departure is possible and their German migration ends for now.

In April 2020, the Ministry of Interior had allowed Schengen visa holders unable to leave Germany to stay in the country until June 30, 2020. These people were also affected by COVID-19 and the travel restrictions caused by it.

At that point in time, an exemption was granted to these visa holders and they weren’t required to obtain a residence permit and weren’t implicated for unlawful stay. On June 23, 2020, the Ministry extended the ordinance that allowed the Schengen visa holders to stay till September 30, 2020. They were also exempted from requiring to obtain a residence permit.

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Thailand’s new long-term travel visa to revive tourism

Thailand to bring new long-term travel visa

“Sawatdee-krap”! It’s time to pack your bags for Thailand, now that the country is about to introduce a new long-term Thailand visit visa with a validity of 90 days. As per the announcement of Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand, according to the new rule, the approved visa holders will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Thailand.

If you are willing to get this visa, you will have to make reservations for accommodation for their stay up to 90 days in Thailand. You can choose any of the premium estates in Thailand for your stay.

There’s provision for extending the visa 2 more times for 90-day periods each. You must have travel and health insurance.

These visas are limited in number. Once the mandatory quarantine is over, you can travel anywhere in Thailand.

When it comes to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand has done a commendable job by containing the pandemic. The country had a safety certification program that was launched to identify tourism entities that meet the health standards prescribed for COVID-19.

In May 2020, the Thailand government announced its SHA Certification Program. The program was created to ensure that the people of the country stayed safe in the wake of the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. The program is now available to all entities related to tourism like tourist hotspots, restaurants, hotels, spas/parlors, tour operators and other retailers.

The reopening of Thailand tourism and Thailand tourism visa post COVID-19 will be done with new vigorto which the advent of the new visa is an initiative. The tourism industry will pick up pace once again and Thailand will get back on track sooner.

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SHA – Safety and Health Administration

The US is up to increase wage level of H-1B visa holders

Raised wage level in US for H-1B holders

The USA gives immigrants a surprise yet again! This time, The US Department of Labor is seeking to increase the minimum wages of workers who hold an H-1B or other work permits. A proposal to this effect has already been submitted and the move is expected to have a significant impact on the H-1B visa program.

Though the details of the proposal aren’t out yet, lawyers expect Donald Trump to clear the proposal before the presidential elections due in November 2020. A go-ahead would mean its implementation without public comment, which would be an entirely different treatment considering how other rules are implemented.

The minimum wage and wage levels of E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, and PERM are proposed to be restructured. The issue comes where the aftermath of such restructuring will be putting small to medium-sized businesses under jeopardy as they will find it very hard to pay the wages as per the new level.

To immigrants, this means there will be a lesser intake of H-1B candidates in the US and hence will quash the dreams of international workers willing to work in USA.

The new wage revision will affect the wage levels on which foreign recruits in companies will be paid. Earlier, where the immigrant employees will have started with wage level 1, will now have to be paid starting with level 2 or 3 wages. This will be a burden for many companies, that will be pushed then not to recruit H-1B or similar workers.

The fact that comes out of an analysis of the data collected by US Department of Labor is that 4 out of 5 employers who recruit H-1B visa holders pay them 20% more than the average market salaries.

That shows how things could turn out for H-1B and other work visas once the new wages are implemented.

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PERM – Program Electronic Review Management