Archive - February 2021

Ireland’s IIP – The art of attracting investment that matters

Ireland’s IIP attracts foreign investment

The choices of international investors and businessmen when it comes to migration are quite different from how others consider a country desirable to immigrate to. These days, professionals around the world and international investors show interest in keeping a base in Europe, for which a country of choice happens to be Ireland.

In 2012, Ireland launched the Immigrant Investor Program that aimed at encouraging foreign investors to invest in Ireland to create business and stimulate employment. This EU member nation has since seen remarkable success with the program.

The program started with over 1,100 investors joining the scheme in its initial period. It’s speculated that the interest of investors in the IIP is going to increase post-Brexit.

IIP has attracted investment approximately worth €826.5 million from non-EEA nationals. Their investments have been majorly in charities or Irish businesses. These investments were made in return for the right to reside in Ireland.

In the inaugural year of IIP, €1.5 million in total was paid by investors. Registering a steady annual increase, investment came to €253.7 million in 2017. After a small decline hence, in 2020, an investment of €184.6 million was made into the economy of Ireland. This was despite the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conditions for non-EEA nationals to get residency in Ireland by joining the IIP included being of good character and having a net worth of at least €2 million. Ireland’s residency may also be granted to the investor’s partner, spouse, or children in case the essential criteria are met.

The children under 18 years of age will be eligible for residency if the investor or their partner or spouse has legal guardianship of the child. In some cases, if children between the ages of 18 and 24 will be treated eligible for residency if they are unmarried and have a financial dependency on the investor.

The period of investment doesn’t determine how long the investor can keep the residence in Ireland. Once the investor complies with the terms laid out under IIP, they can renew their permission for residency for a maximum of 5 years at a time. Thus, they can practically keep their Ireland residency for an indefinite period of time.

Eligibility

Now, the question may be brewing in your mind as to who exactly is eligible for IIP. Here are some points to understand eligibility:

  • The applicant must have a personal wealth of at least €2 million.
  • The applicant must be independently wealthy without relying on funds that are solely under the ownership of another person.
  • The applicant cannot take account of the assets of their spouse. An exception is granted only where there is joint ownership of assets. In such cases, the consent of the spouse is essential.
  • The applicant must have the required amount of investment from their own resources. The amount for investment cannot be funded through a loan or a similar facility.
  • The applicant must produce a bank’s confirmation that the investor has the power to use the funds and that the money is transferrable to a bank in Ireland.
  • The applicant investor and any nominated family member above the age of 16 years must qualify with a good character. The proof for this will be the clearance certificate issued by the police for each jurisdiction in which the applicant has been living during the period required.
  • The applicant must give a report of due diligence about the source of their wealth from a recognized risk agent.

Non-EEA investors have 4 options for making investments in Ireland under IIP in return for Ireland residence. They are:

  • Enterprise investment
    • An investment of at least €1 million
    • Investment in either one Irish enterprise or distributed over more than one enterprise
    • Investment to be left in place for a minimum of 3 years
    • The enterprise invested in maybe a start-up set up by the investor or a registered business in Ireland
    • The investment must support the creation of employment or its maintenance
  • Investment fund
    • An investment of at least €1 million
    • Investment in an approved investment fund
    • Investment to be left in place for a minimum of 3 years
    • The funds as well as fund managers to be regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland in order to do business in Ireland
  • Real estate investment trust
    • An investment of at least €2 million
    • Investment in either one Irish REIT or distributed over more than one Irish REITs
    • The REIT to be listed on the Irish Stock Exchange
    • Investment to be left in place for a minimum of 3 years
    • Investor allowed to divest up to 50% of the shares bought for the IIP after 3 years
    • If the investor divests so, they may divest up to 25% more of the shares bought for IIP
    • Investor not required to retain shares after 5 years counting from the purchase date
  • Endowment
    • A philanthropic donation of at least €500,000
    • A philanthropic donation of at least €400,000 in case the applicant investor is one of 5 investors or more
    • Donation to be made into a project which has public benefit to sports, art, culture, health, or education in Ireland

The Department of Justice sets priorities for IIP so that the focus stays on projects for:

  • nursing homes
  • social housing
  • combating climate change
  • facilities for primary healthcare

The Irish Times has reported that in January 2021 funds were raised via IIP as given below:

  • €245 million for social housing
  • €165 million to build nursing homes
  • €108 million for tourism and hospitality

Seeing the results of IIP, it can be surely deduced that investment via IIP can help Ireland to bring about economic recovery post-COVID-19. This will be particularly true about the tourism and hospitality sector.

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IIP – Immigrant Investor Program

REIT – Irish real estate investment trust

ETC survey results reflect the big desire of Europeans to resume travel

Most Europeans hope they’ll be able to travel before August 2021

There are more approved vaccines entering the market, more people are getting vaccinated, and hence the hopes of people waiting to travel have also risen. The ETC’s report that was lately released shows that Europeans are brimming to travel even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the Europeans are hoping to resume traveling by the beginning of summer 2021. The data used for the ETC report was collected in January 2021. The survey of which the report was released, involved travelers from Belgium, Austria, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and Switzerland.

54% of the respondents of the survey stated that they were planning to travel within the next 6 months. They were desirous to travel to domestic locations or other countries in Europe. 69% of the European travelers said that they feel safer in countries and destinations that have adopted preventive measures against COVID-19. The rest felt that COVID restrictions will ruin their vacation somehow.

11% of the respondents claimed that effective vaccination against COVID-19 would play a significant role in their decision to travel again. Another 11% of the respondents thought that the effectiveness of managing the health crisis presented by COVID-19 will be key for them in considering travel. Another 10% thought that COVID testing before departure to any destination is the key factor in deciding to travel.

Only 12% of the respondents showed the willingness to start traveling by the end of March 2021. Over one-third of the respondents had plans to travel as if on a tourist visa between May 2021 and July 2021. These included people from Germany, France, Austria, and Switzerland who had plans to go on a trip to destinations that are well-known for sun and beaches.

41% of the respondents wanted to cross borders to travel to another European country. Only 35% wanted to stay in their domestic country. The top five nations that are potential travel markets that chose domestic trips owing to the COVID-19 include Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Poland.

The most popular destinations European travelers chose to visit even during the COVID-19 pandemic included Italy, Spain, Greece, France, and Germany.

The health risk in air travel has come down to 16% from 20% as it was in September 2020. This has caused an increase in the number of people who are working on plans to travel by air. Their volume has increased to 54% from 49% throughout the same time period.

From what was found from the survey’s respondents, the second most preferred mode of transportation was a car. 56% of respondents who planned to take a trip chose a car as their travel method.

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ETC – European Travel Commission

New UK visa scheme in the making for fintech talents

New UK tech visa to launch for fintech workers

Rishi Sunak, the UK Chancellor, is to launch a new UK visa scheme to support fintech companies in London to attract more international talent. The exodus of EU citizens in large numbers from London, one of the world’s largest hubs for fintech, has put the stability of the UK’s fintech sector at stake. The new visa scheme is aimed at filling this void and helping the UK’s fintech sector to grow with more people holding a UK work visa employed in the sector.

UK’s fintech sector is worth £7 billion. Sunak is eager to protect the status and global repute of this sector of the UK economy. He is expected to announce the new visa scheme officially in his budget presentation on March 3, 2021.

The 3 fintech firms based in London: Revolut, Cazoo, and Monzo, along with 5 other firms with headquarters in the UK are worth over £1 billion. This makes it important to keep up the high stature London has in the fintech sector. That’s why Sunak’s new visa scheme will be welcomed by Tech Nation. It’s an organization that UK’s Home Office has designated to endorse applications for the UK’s Global Talent visa.

The idea for the new visa originated from Ron Kalifa, the ex-Chief Executive of Worldplay. He suggested this idea after an independent review came out on ways to boost the fintech sector in the UK post-Brexit with more foreigners willing to work in UK in this sector.

John Garvey, PwC’s global leader for financial services, has stated that industry leaders are taking it into serious consideration to determine which roles must be assigned to permanent employees and which of them to contractors, gig-economy workers, or even crowdsourced workers. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

As COVID-19 and the ensuing travel restrictions have given rise to the new culture of working remotely, there’s an increased opportunity to access and recruit international talent as temporary or gig workers in the financial services sector. The physical presence in a physical location of these workers isn’t necessary now. Their skills that boost productivity within the fintech business are available. Hence, the new visa will be similar to the Global Talent visa that was announced in 2020, once its final details are decided upon and made available.

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The US decides to roll back civics test to its 2008 version

The US decides to roll back civics test to its 2008 version

USCIS reverts to the 2008 version of the Naturalization Civics Test

On February 22, 2021, USCIS announced that it was reverting the naturalization civics test that begins on March 1, 2021, to the 2008 version. The move has been made to avoid the potential barriers to the process of naturalization that were found cropping up with the 2020 version of the civics test. These barriers get created in the test development process, testing procedures, content, and schedule of implementation of the 2020 version.

The reversal was decided upon being consistent with the framework of the executive order that aimed at the restoration of faith in the legal US immigration systems. The reversal was a result of a comprehensive review of the process of naturalization prevalent in the US.

The 2008 version of the civics test is applicable to those who applied for US citizenship via naturalization. It’s a statutory requirement for naturalization. It aims at testing the knowledge and comprehension of US history, the form of government, and the principles upheld by the country.

Those who applied for naturalization between December 1, 2020, and March 1, 2021, will be given the option to choose between the 2020 and 2008 versions of the civics test. This is an option given in the transition period that leads to the complete adoption of the 2008 version. This transition period will be till April 19, 2021, for those taking the test for the first time. Those who are applying on or after March 1, 2021, must take the 2008 version of the civics test.

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USCIS – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Greece has great news! Digital nomad visa is in the cards

Greece to create special visa for digital nomads

Digital nomads are the new work culture that has even more relevance in this period of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The government of Greece is planning to introduce a visa for them. With the digital nomad visa, these international workers who are engaged in remote jobs will be allowed to work from Greece.

The plan is expected to be put into practice sooner as a consensus regarding the digital nomad visa has been reached between the ministers of foreign affairs and migration. They have reached a common agreement whereby remote workers will be able to work under this trend which is nothing short of being innovative when it comes to the matter of ways to work overseas.

The proposed digital nomad visa could be given tax incentives, which is a point of attraction for permanent investments. Greece already has a strong currency in Euro, along with the support of a strong institutional framework of the EU.

Moreover, as Alex Patelis, the chief economic advisor in Greece said, the 5G networks that are already working in Greece’s major cities are

 going to be a great push to the prospect of adopting such a visa category. Also, tax incentives are targeted at people who relocate to Greece. So, for international workers looking to work abroad jobs done online will offer greater freedom and benefits.

In Greece, legislation was introduced in December 2020. It encourages foreign nationals to invest in the country for which they get tax treatments as they are willing to transfer their tax residence to Greece.

In the efforts to attract investment via foreign investors, this new measure is expected to be a good move.

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Immigration hasn’t stopped in Canada for businessmen as immigrants

Business travellers can still come to Canada during COVID

Businessmen who are traveling to Canada these days are welcomed under different Canada immigration pathways the country offers them. In 2020, 140 business people under the Start-up visa program came to Canada and got their Canada PR in the first half of that year.

It’s been identified that not only businesspeople who are coming to Canada to start a business but also those who are aiming at obtaining a Canada PR visa via Canada’s economic immigration programs are traveling to the country.

These potential entrepreneurs are expected to provide critical economic services, infrastructure support, supply chains, and much more. Canada needs them essentially as it still battles the COVID-19 pandemic. The travel restrictions imposed by Canada to prevent the pandemic have not stopped participants of economic immigration programs. 65,830 foreigners under various economic immigration programs have obtained Canada permanent visa in the first half of 2020 itself.

Regardless of the country the immigrant is from, Canada is allowing all asymptomatic people to enter the country.  However, the compulsory 14-day quarantine is applicable to all of them after they arrive in Canada.

Any foreigner arriving from a country other than the US is required to have a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken prior to boarding their flights. The test must have been taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight. Then they will be eligible for an exemption from travel restriction. The exemptions are granted to:

  • Selected international students
  • TFWs
  • Immediate family members with authorization in writing from IRCC to reunite with a temporary resident in Canada
  • Selected people with approval to become a PR in Canada, but are not yet become one
  • Members of the Canadian forces, visiting forces arriving in Canada to perform official duties, Department of National Defence and their immediate family members
  • Transiting passengers
  • Accredited diplomats and their immediate family members
  • French citizens living in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon and have been in only the US, Canada, or Saint-Pierre & Miquelon during the 14 days prior to the day they sought entry into Canada
  • Members of air and marine crew
  • Anybody whose being in Canada has been identified as being in the national interest, as opined by the minister of foreign affairs or Immigration, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Anybody who doesn’t pose a significant threat to public health as opined by Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, and the ones who will render an essential service while in Canada

It’s mandatory from February 22, 2021, that any traveler arriving from any country in Canada has to take a COVID-19 test and stay in a hotel approved by the Canadian government for 3 days. The cost for the stay will be paid by the traveler. The period of stay will serve as their waiting time to get the COVID test results.

People coming by land from the USA also are subject to the COVID test as of February 15, 2021. Business travelers arriving from the US during the COVID-19 pandemic must show the official at the border that they will satisfy the needs listed in the list of essential services and workers prepared by Public Safety Canada.

The list includes the following:

  • Healthcare workers who give care directly viz. nurses, physicians, and dentists
  • Personnel at hospital and laboratory
  • People who work in other medical facilities
  • Technicians, manufacturers, warehouse operators, and logistics as well as medical equipment distributors or people offering services in medical cleaning
  • Public health workers
  • People who manage billing, health information, and health plans, who can’t work remotely
  • Workers who perform cybersecurity functions at public health and healthcare facilities
  • Incident management, emergency operations, and security functions at or for healthcare entities

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PR – Permanent Residence

Canada launches own program that implements UN’s 2030 Agenda

Government of Canada launches its 2030 Agenda National Strategy, Goal 1 is to end poverty completely

Amongst great news on Canada immigration, this one stands out. The Canadian government has launched its 2030 Agenda National Strategy.

If you have heard about the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, you should be aware that there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are aimed to be realized. These include:

  • protecting the planet
  • ending poverty
  • ensuring everybody gets to live in peace and prosperity

The governments of world countries share the responsibility to realize these goals. For this, civil society, governments, and the private sector cooperate and jump into action.

Canada too takes achieving these goals seriously and do the best to meet the 17 SDGs which are:

  • Life below water
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Peace and justice strong Institutions
  • Quality education
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • No poverty
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Good health and well-being
  • Climate action
  • Zero hunger
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Partnerships to achieve the goal
  • Life on land
  • Gender equality
  • Reduced inequality

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children & Social Development, and Karina Gould, Canada’s Minister of International Development launched Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy on February 17, 2021. It’s an important milestone for the country in implementing the UN 2030 Agenda. With its own program, Canada will work and progress on the SDGs inside and outside the country.

There are 30 federal actions laid out to be practiced so that the 2030 Agenda can be maintained better. They also represent Canada’s ambitions that it aims to realize as part of its own 2030 Agenda.

The 30 federal actions are as follows:

  • Implementing the 2030 Agenda with demonstrated leadership, both within and abroad. This will be done through the coordination of a national strategy for the whole of Canada for the 2030 Agenda. Also done will be the gauging of the progress achieved on the SDGs.
  • Align the mechanisms of federal reporting. Also support the integration of the SDGs into existing and new policies, strategies, and programs. This will be done across federal agencies and departments to improve coherence with the policy.
  • Develop the 2030 Agenda training materials and materials for its SDGs. These SDGs are meant for federal public servants across all agencies and departments.
  • Make sure there’s a diverse representation at the High-Level Political Forums of the UN from every level of the Canadian government. This will include:
    • the territories and provinces,
    • communities,
    • indigenous people and governments,
    • cities, and
  • Create long-term plans for inclusive engagement with:
    • indigenous communities and partners,
    • modern treaty organizations,
    • national indigenous organizations, and
    • indigenous self-government.

This is to extend the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Identify opportunities for collaboration and to integrate perspectives of the indigenous people, priorities, and ways of exploring the SDGs, support activities for capacity building, and raise awareness on the 2030 Agenda.

  • Improve collaboration with communities, municipalities, and cities. This is to implement the 2030 Agenda further locally and give supportive action to realize the SDGs.
  • Share best practices. Also, find out opportunities to collaborate and localize the SDGs across every level of government. Do so also with communities as well as local organizations.
  • Work with partners on:
    • calls to action and compelling storytelling, and
    • highlight those Canadians’ stories who are acting on the SDGs.
  • Support a national SDG Forum. The Forum converges diverse stakeholders to take up discussion of the 2030 Agenda. They also come together to discuss innovative approaches for advancing the progress of the SDGs in Canada.
  • Partner with communities and organizations. This will be to work and ensure that marginalized and vulnerable groups know about and are engaged in the 2030 Agenda.
  • Make way for horizontal partnerships and collaboration. This will promote sharing of ideas, best practices, and experiences about the 2030 Agenda.
  • Leverage opportunities strategically at key regional and international forums and events. The events could be the likes of:
    • the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People,
    • the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development,
    • the G7 and G20 summits,
    • the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and
    • the OECD.

This ensures that the best practices can be shared in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Also, Canada’s efforts can be showcased, and collaboration can be achieved with other countries to raise the impact of the SDGs and bring about more momentum.

  • Give support to Metis, first nations, and Inuit-led initiatives for:
    • research,
    • governance structures and protocols and
    • partner with universities, schools, research networks, and academic institutions

This will help to support research, resource sharing, development, and engagement of the youth in the SDGs.

  • Establish a representative external advisory committee of experts. This will guide the implementation of Canada’s 2030 Agenda.
  • Support research in areas that help figure out shortcomings in Canada’s efforts to achieve SDGs. Or else provide support in improving the comprehension of the economic, social, and environmental requirements of populations that are underrepresented. They also run the risk of getting left behind.
  • Every year take part in the High-Level Political Forum and make a presentation of at least one extra Voluntary National Review to the UN before 2030.
  • Take data disaggregation forward and explore local/community-driven measurement. This is to make sure that the Framework reflects and monitors groups that are marginalized and underrepresented groups.
  • Enhance disaggregation of data. Also, recognize Indigenous identity better across the Canadian Indicator Framework. This must be done to whatever possible extent. Also, improve the integration of community-based, indigenous-owned data in the future. This can be done by building on work such as the development of Indigenous indicators of poverty, health, and well-being of the National Outcome-Based Framework.
  • Bring forth a report that covers the national strategy of Canada regularly. Also, report on a yearly basis to Canadians on the progress achieved in the Global Indicator Framework.
  • Give support to peer review processes and independent review mechanisms as a way to enhance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by Canada.
  • Give support to sub-national reporting to highlight existing and new actions locally that are making progress on the SDGs.
  • Implement the 2030 Agenda with full consideration for the rights of Indigenous people. This must be done by giving protection and promotion the rights, as made apparent in:
    • the 10 Principles of Reconciliation,
    • the calls to action of TRC,
    • the National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls to justice and the UNDRIP.
  • Consult with Indigenous communities and National Indigenous Organizations. This is to make sure that the 2030 Agenda is implemented with great collaboration and in a manner that respects the rights of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit to be self-determined. Also, support participation in the processes of implementation, follow-up, and review.
  • Increase awareness among all Canadians about indigenous ways of knowing.
  • Give support to the resource development that connects the past, present, and future experiences of Inuit, Métis, and First Nations, and Canadian communities to the 2030 Agenda.
  • Improve collaboration between different levels of government, the private and research communities, and non-profit sectors, and give support to the development of innovative approaches, partnerships, and breakthroughs to advance multiple SDGs.
  • Encourage organizations into philanthropy, private investors, and private sector firms to make their contribution to realizing the SDGs. This must be done through the chance to collaborate which could include:
    • resource efficiency,
    • sustainable production and procurement processes,
    • improved social protection for labor,
    • clean energy and the regenerative use of natural resources,
    • ESG-compliant investment in emerging and frontier markets,
    • the adoption of circular economic approaches, and
    • CSR initiatives.
  • Make partnerships with organizations to encourage the implementation of SDG in the business community, including CSR initiatives.
  • Engage with partners to build, test and deploy flexible and innovative financing tools that will invite new investments to realize the SDGs inside and outside Canada.
  • Calculate the effectiveness and economics of the impacts of successfully implementing SDG, various resourcing requirements, and potential funding types.

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SDG – Sustainable Development Goals

EU Settlement Scheme shows great progress in Home Office report

Five million EU citizens have applied to remain in Post-Brexit UK

 

Staying back in the UK seems to have been the choice for millions of EU nationals living in the UK post-Brexit. Over 5 million EU nationals have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme offered by the UK. The scheme has a deadline that will arrive on June 30, 2021.

On February 11, 2021, the UK Home Office published data that revealed the number of EU nationals who applied under the EU Settlement Scheme so far. The distribution of the number of applicants in terms of countries they belonged to was as follows:

  • England – 4.5 million
  • Wales – 83,800
  • Scotland – 252,400
  • Northern Ireland – 81,800

Over 4.5 million applicants under the EU Settlement Scheme have been granted the status they applied for that helps them in UK migration. Priti Patel, UK’s Home Secretary, expressed her elation on the progress the scheme is making, saying that it’s the biggest of its kind in the history of UK and UK immigration.

Kevin Foster, the Minister of Future Borders & Immigration, has reassured that there’s support available in plenty and a handsome amount of funding announced. The UK isn’t leaving any stone unturned to make the EU Settlement Scheme a grand success.

To make the scheme a success, the UK has launched a fresh campaign worth £1.5 million. The aim of the campaign is to make EU citizens and their families in the UK apply on time for the EU Settlement Scheme. This new campaign follows the already completed campaign for which £4.6 million was invested by the UK.

The UK has also allocated £4.5 million to fund 72 organizations in the UK. These organizations support those who are hard to reach and vulnerable to get them to apply for the scheme. £17 million has already been already invested in this effort.

The needy people who are approached by these 72 organizations include victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking, people without a permanent address, those with mental conditions, and those who are isolated and elderly.

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Find your Australia PR eligibility score

Are you interested in a checklist for determining the points you will possibly score for Australia immigration? It’s indeed necessary to know your chances of getting to the chance of getting an Australian PR visa by responding to the checklist that acts as a mirror. It shows you finally how eligible you are to apply for Australia immigration PR.

If you score at least 65 points after going through the checklist, you have a shot at a permanent residence in Australia. Of course, the points you will really require to get to specific opportunities through immigration will depend on many factors that you get to check with the help of a checklist for immigration Australia provides online.

Let’s go through the various questions the checklist will have, which will prompt you to respond and finally gives you the points you will score. It will give you food for thought and helps you make any improvements needed to improve the score so that your chances at immigration to Australia get better.

Choose the visa subclass

You will be asked for the Australian visa subclass that you opt for immigration. The options are:

  • Subclass 189 (Skilled Independent) – 0 points: You won’t need sponsorship for this option. Nevertheless, you must have a job on the relevant list of skilled occupations.
  • Subclass 190 (Skilled Nominated) – 5 points: Here, you will need to be nominated by the government of a state or territory. Besides, you will need a job that’s on the relevant list of skilled occupations.
  • Subclass 491 (Skilled Work Regional (Provisional)) – 15 points: For this subclass, you must have sponsorship by a relative residing in a regional or designated area if not the government of a state or territory.

Australia Points Calculator:

Choose your age

Age is an important factor that’s considered. Here’s how the points are granted for the options you choose in this section:

  • 18-24 years – 25 points
  • 25-32 years – 30 points
  • 33-39 years – 25 points
  • 40-44 years – 15 points

Choose your level of proficiency in the English language

  • Competent English – 0 points
    • You have a passport from the USA, the UK, Canada, Ireland, or NZ, or
    • You have 6 or more in each component of the IELTS exam, or
    • You have 50 or more in each component of the PTE Academic test, or
    • You have 169 or more in each component in the CAE test, or
    • You have 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking, and 21 in Writing in the TOEFL iBT test
  • Proficient English – 10 points
    • You have 7 or more in each component of the IELTS exam, or
    • You have passed with a B grade in each component of the OET test, or
    • You have 65 or more in each component of the PTE Academic test, or
    • You have 185 or more in each component of the CAE test, or
    • You have 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking, and 27 in Writing of the TOEFL iBT test
  • Superior English – 20 points
    • You have 8 or more in each component of the IELTS exam, or
    • You have passed with an A grade in each component of the OET test, or
    • You have 79 or more in each component of the PTE Academic exam, or
    • You have 200 or more in each component of the CAE test, or
    • You have 29 in Reading, 28 in Listening, 26 in Speaking, and 30 in Writing of the TOEFL iBT test

Confirm if you have an Australian educational qualification

Here, you are asked if you have any diploma, degree, advanced diploma, or trade qualifications for which you studied full-time in Australia for a minimum period of 2 years (I.e., 92 weeks) at an institution in Australia.

  • Yes – 5 points
  • No – 0 points

Confirm if you have a specialist education qualification

Here, you are asked if you have done PG at a doctoral or master’s level in a particular field that took a minimum of 2 years of study in Australia.

  • Yes – 0 points
  • No – 0 points

Choose your highest qualification

  • A recognized Ph.D. – 20 points
  • A recognized Bachelors degree or higher – 15 points
  • A recognized trade certificate – 10 points
    • Trade certificate or Diploma at an educational institution in Australia
    • Any other qualification or award that’s recognized by Australia’s authority to assess skills

Number of years of overseas work experience

Choose how many years, in the past 10 years, have you worked overseas in the job you have nominated.

  • 8 years or more – 15 points
  • 5 years or more – 10 points
  • 3 years or more – 5 points
  • Less than 3 years – 0 points

Choose how many years of working in Australia you have

Choose how many years, in the past 10 years, have you worked in Australia in the job that you have nominated.

  • 8 years or more – 20 points
  • 5 years or more – 15 points
  • 3 years or more – 10 points
  • 1 year or more – 5 points
  • Less than a year – 0 points

Partner skill qualifications

Choose if

  • You are single or your partner is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia – 10 points
  • Your partner is under the age of 45, isn’t a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, and can meet the requirement of competent English along with being able to get a positive skills assessment for a job on the relevant skilled job list for the same subclass you wish to file an application for – 10 points
  • Your partner is under the age of 45, isn’t a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, and can meet the requirement of competent English – 5 points
  • Your partner isn’t a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, can’t meet the requirement of competent English, and can’t get a positive skills assessment for a job on the relevant skilled jobs list for the same subclass you wish to file an application for – 0 points

Choose your designated language

  • You are an accredited level-2 or above para-professional interpreter or translator as certified by NAATI – 5 points

Now that you know how points are granted for your credentials, you can find out how much you can score and plan to improve the score if required.

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NAATI – National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters

How to get a work permit in Germany in 2021

Learn about obtaining a German work permit

Germany is a developed nation that offers many good opportunities for building a career through competent jobs in various industries. It’s renowned for its industries, innovation, and inventions. It’s also the fourth-largest economy in the world. German companies and products are world-renowned.

The opportunities Germany offers to non-Germans are many. Germany immigration is a golden opportunity for skilled and qualified candidates to arrive in Germany. They can find the best jobs that help them to secure a promising career.

The Germany work visa gives the chance to qualified foreign workers and professionals to settle in Germany doing a job in their field. They can work in Germany for up to 2 years. They also have the option to extend the Germany employment visa.

With a German work visa, the visa holder can in time apply for an EU Blue Card or another similar residence permit.

Let’s check out the types of German long-stay work visas in 2021 and how you can be eligible for one. The following are the types of uses that can be had with such a visa:

  • Employment for those who already have an offer for a job in Germany
  • Self-Employment for those who wish to set up a business in Germany if not working as a freelancer
  • Job-seeking to look for a job while in Germany
  • Young adults working as Au Pairs if they wish to learn more about the language and culture of Germany
  • Youngsters working on a Working Holiday visa after signing a Working Holiday Visa agreement with Germany

Citizens of the following countries can apply for a residence permit to enter into employment in Germany:

  • The USA
  • EEA/EU member states
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Israel
  • Switzerland
  • New Zealand
  • The Republic of Korea

Citizens of other third-world countries must get a visa for work purposes prior to traveling to Germany.

The following are the categories of foreign candidates eligible to apply for a German Employment visa:

  • Foreigners who are highly qualified, especially:
    • teaching personnel or scientific personnel working in important positions
    • researchers with special technical knowledge
  • Intra-corporate transferees, especially:
    • managers
    • Specialists

Nationals of third-world countries who possess a university degree or a vocational qualification are also eligible for the German Employment visa if:

  • The candidate has an offer for a job
  • There’s a dearth of skilled workers in the job category the candidate belongs to
  • The candidate’s education is recognized as equal to a degree in Germany

How to apply for a Germany work visa?

These are the steps to apply for a work visa in Germany:

  • Obtain a job offer in Germany
  • Make sure whether you require a German visa for staying for a long time
  • Find out where to submit your application for a visa
  • Collect all necessary documents as per the instructions
  • Book an appointment for a visa interview
  • Pay the fee for the German Employment Work visa
  • Attend the interview
  • Await the response to your application for the visa

The documents required to apply for a Germany Employment visa

  • 2 applications fully completed signed and printed
  • 2 passport photographs
  • A valid passport
  • A residence proof (Your driver’s license or utility bill)
  • A health insurance certificate, valid from the date of employment, from your German employer.
  • A contract of employment or a binding offer for a job with details of gross annual salary along with a detailed description of the job in Germany
  • The approval by the Federal Employment Agency (in case it’s applicable)
  • Your updated CV, that mentions your academic qualifications and work experience
  • Certificates, diplomas, mark-sheets, etc., or anything that can prove your qualifications
  • A covering letter that explains the duration and purpose of your stay in Germany
  • Proof of a criminal record that’s clean
  • Proof of visa fee paid (€75 for a German long-stay visa)
  • Accuracy of Information declaration

Where can you apply?

  • A German consulate in your country
  • The German embassy in your country
  • At a VAC
  • The German consulate/embassy in a neighboring country, if there are no representative bodies of Germany in your country of residence
  • The consulate/embassy of another country, located in your country, to which Germany has outsourced admission of visa applications

The processing time of a Germany work visa is from 1 to 3 months from the date of application.

What after arriving in Germany?

Once you arrive in Germany on a work visa, you must go to the Foreigner’s Office in Germany which is closest to your residence. Though mostly they welcome you walking in for an interview, in some offices you will have to make an appointment.

The documents you will have to produce at the interview include:

  • Your valid passport
  • Two photos
  • Application form for a Residence Permit
  • Report of a clean criminal record
  • Health Insurance Confirmation
  • Proof of German Language
  • Proof of Job offered

The validity of your permit will depend on the duration of the employment agreement with your German employer. This term of the permit is extendable as long as you keep your job status.

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VAC – Visa Application Center