Changes to H-1B visa rules to benefit IT behemoths

Changes to H-1B visa rules to benefit IT behemoths

Changes to H-1B visa rules to benefit IT behemoths

Changes to H-1B visa rules to benefit IT behemoths

It is being opined that the overhaul to the H-1B visa scheme being mooted by the United States may benefit big-ticket technology firms such as Microsoft, Facebook, Alphabet and others, but would hit the outsourcing companies hard. It is said to be focusing on doing away with H-1B visa applications of computer programmers who are not of high level. The program’s scope and magnitude would remain unaffected this year, it is said.

Every year, 85,000 H-1B visas are granted following a lottery of applicants who file applications. It is being claimed that outsourcing firms, which hire lower-skilled personnel through the program, will not be given as many visas they were if the new rules are enforced.

Rod Bourgeois, head of research at DeepDive Equity Research, was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that the crackdown on this visa program may actually benefit larger IT companies. He said that if Indian firms find it tougher to get visas processed for basic programming jobs, then the firms which depend on people with higher skills and good talent would profit.

On the other hand, Carl Shusterman, a former attorney for the USCIS (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service), commenting on the changes, said they were a veiled threat against companies that outsource.

In fact, seven outsourcing companies were issuing 1,000 visa applications for the basic level computer programmers in 2015. All of these companies are said to outsource services such as HR, IT accounting, and payroll for other enterprises. While HCL America is said to be one of them, most of the others were based out of India.

Silicon Valley companies had a different take on it as they said that they do not utilise H-1B visas like outsourcing firms. According to them, letting foreign students obtain advanced degrees from the top universities in the US and letting them go to work in other foreign nations is a misplaced policy of the US.

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Lowest Ever Express Entry CRS Threshold of 423 in April 12 Draw

Lowest Ever Express Entry CRS Threshold of 423 in April 12 Draw

Lowest Ever Express Entry CRS Threshold of 423 in April 12 Draw

Lowest Ever Express Entry CRS Threshold of 423 in April 12 Draw

The lowest ever Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point requirement has been reached in the latest draw in Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system. Candidates with 423 or more CRS points were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) following the draw that took place the evening of April 12, marking the fifth time so far this year in which a new record low has been reached.

The previous record low threshold was 431, in a draw that took place last week on April 5.

With a total of 3,923 candidates invited this time around, this draw also marks another new record for the most ITAs issued in any single draw.

Over the first three months, or quarter, of 2017, a total of 24,632 ITAs were issued, far surpassing any other three-month period in the history of Express Entry, which was first launched in January, 2015. Early April has followed in the same vein, with two back-to-back draws in consecutive weeks allowing a total of 7,676 ITAs to be issued, meaning that 32,308 ITAs have been issued so far this year.

In that time, the CRS requirement has decreased from 468 to 423. As recently as last December, just four months ago, the requirement was 497.

All of this means that a greater diversity of candidates are in position to submit an e-application for Canadian permanent residence. The following hypothetical scenarios are cases in point.

Steve is 30 years old and has been working as an IT manager for three years. He has a Bachelor’s degree and initial advanced proficiency in English. Steve has not been to Canada, but his CRS of 424 was enough to obtain an ITA in the April 12 draw.

Sylvie is 37 and came to Canada to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. After graduating, she went back to her home country to work. She has an advanced proficiency in English in speaking and listening, and an initial advanced proficiency in reading and writing. Her husband, Paul, also has a Bachelor’s degree and an initial advanced English language proficiency in speaking and listening, and a high intermediate proficiency in reading and writing. Their score of 423 CRS points meant that they were in line to receive an ITA in the latest draw.

Anne Marie is 31 years old and has been working as a restaurant manager for three years. She has a Bachelor’s degree and speaks English well. She wrote her IELTS exam, and got an 8 in each language ability. Although Anne Marie has never been to Canada, her CRS score would be 427, high enough to receive an ITA in the latest draw.

Shaun is 39 years old and has been working as a university professor for six years. He has an advanced English language proficiency and a Master’s degree. His CRS score of 426 would have been enough to secure an ITA this time around.

Common-law partners Mickael and Sophie both have Bachelor’s degrees and have an initial advanced proficiency in English. They work together as software engineers, and each has three years of experience. They have visited Canada several times, but have never studied or worked in Canada. Even though they are both eligible to enter the pool as federal skilled workers, Sophie is one year older than Mickael; Sophie is 31 and Mickael is 30. As a result, they entered the pool with Mickael as the principal applicant. Their score of 426 CRS points was sufficient to receive an ITA in the latest draw.

Lowest Ever Express Entry CRS Threshold of 423 in April 12 Draw

Lowest Ever Express Entry CRS Threshold of 423 in April 12 Draw

Selma is 29 and came to Canada as an international student. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in British Columbia and has been working for two years on post-graduation work permit. She has an intermediate English language proficiency in listening, reading and writing, and a high intermediate proficiency in speaking. Selma’s score of 425 CRS points would have been enough to obtain an ITA.

The latest trends in Express Entry follow a remarkable few months in the history of the system. Not only has Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) ramped up the number of ITAs issued — a major contributing factor in the corresponding decrease in the CRS requirement — but the current period comes between two sets of improvements made to the CRS.

The first set of improvements came last November, when IRCC determined that the number of CRS points awarded for a qualifying job offer would be changed from 600 points to either 50 or 200, depending on the position offered (note: a job offer is not required to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry). Around that time, IRCC stated that ‘a reduction of points to candidates with arranged employment means the CRS cut-off will decline,’ with a further aim to ‘balance the Comprehensive Ranking System to put greater weight on human capital, skills and experience.’

Therefore, IRCC predicted that this first set of changes would have a significant effect on the make-up of the pool. Over time, we have seen that this has been the case.

The next set of improvements, which have already been announced, are due to be implemented on June 6. There will be three changes. First, additional points will be allocated to candidates with a sibling in Canada. Second, candidates with French ability may be awarded additional points. And lastly, registration in the Canada Job Bank will become voluntary. These changes are not expected to alter the make-up of the CRS as significantly as the first set of changes introduced last November.

“Candidates in the pool, as well as individuals thinking of creating an Express Entry profile, should be hearing IRCC’s message loud and clear — 2017 is a breakout year for the system, and this could be the year to set in motion a plan to realize your Canadian immigration goals,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“IRCC expects to process applications within six months, and in the vast majority of cases we have seen that this goal is being met. Consequently, many invited candidates and their families could be living and working in Canada before the end of the year. The first step, however, is to enter the pool with an updated and accurate profile, before gathering supporting documentation and taking steps to improve one’s CRS score, thereby increasing the chances of receiving that all-important Invitation to Apply.”

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Ireland, besides Canada, becomes popular with Indian students for higher education

Ireland, besides Canada, becomes popular with Indian students for higher education

Ireland, besides Canada, becomes popular with Indian students for higher education

Ireland, besides Canada, becomes popular with Indian students for higher education

Since Donald Trump took over as the US President and with UK’s Brexit policy also creating apprehensions among Indians students intending to study abroad, Canada and Ireland have increasingly become popular with them as study destinations.

For instance, Rahul Kolli who was about to join Michigan Technological University in the US to pursue Master’s degree in data science and with a $42,000 student loan to boot changed his plans and is now heading to the University of Dublin in Ireland. In addition, the cost of his fees and other expenses are turning out to be half of it would have been in America.

Rohit Madhav, a SAP consultant, meanwhile, is worried about recent assaults on people of Indian origin, making his parents wary. They suggested him to look beyond the US at countries such as Canada and New Zealand, which too housed good educational institutions.

Madhav was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that recent incidence of racist attacks targeting Indians was frightening. With plans of pursuing his management studies there, he said that he could repay his loan amount if he stayed in the US for two to three years and work. On the other hand, it would take him seven to eight years were he to come back to India and work here.

According to Vijay Sricharan, a business head at Manya Education, a Chennai-based company, it is advantage Canada because of the changes happening in the US.

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French a key credential for the Atlantic immigration pilot program

French a key credential for the Atlantic immigration pilot program

French a key credential for the Atlantic immigration pilot program

French a key credential for the Atlantic immigration pilot program

We are reminded of the fact that if one door closes better and bigger doors are open. But you need to have the passion, to build new opportunities even when things don’t happen the way you expect. At times fortune favors be vigilant to answer the door for the Atlantic immigration pilot program. One of the key criterions for this program is the familiarity with the languages French and English. This will carry more Weightage.

The ministry of Immigration’s Canada is making the ground ready for 2000 applicants and their families to the Atlantic Region of Eastern Canada. The brainchild of the governments of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island all collaborated with the Federal Government have unanimously launched this unprecedented program.

The pilot program which is an employer-driven program primarily focuses of eligibility such as:

  • Skilled workforce and immigration
  • Innovation
  • Trade
  • Investment
  • Infrastructure
  • Substantial growth
  • Clean ambiance

This very program involves employers from all these provinces to enroll into this program. And once the registered employer finds an employee who suits the eligibility of the program they are supposed to release an offer letter to the employee which will be useful to apply for the Canadian work permit visa. Moreover, the employer who enrolls under this Pilot immigration program need not have the Labor Market Impact Assessment.

Steps to take for the Pilot program

  • Need to have work experience for at least 30 months in the relevant field.
  • The applicant must receive an endorsement letter from any one of the 4 regions under this program.
  • Each province has its procedures
  • As a part of procedure, you will also receive an offer letter from the employers in this program


  • An offer letter from a designated employer.
  • The job might be full time or even seasonal
  • The minimum contract will be for 12 months for every applicant
  • Minimum qualification accredited to the publicly funded educational institutions.
  • You must be level 4 in the Canadian language benchmark. Either French or English
  • Submit original score card for the language assessments which you have already taken.
  • Current bank statements
  • Deposit statements
  • Stable savings evidence
  • Valid passport

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot program has unique features to offer at the same time eligibilities to enroll as well. The three-year pilot program aims to reach out resource gaps which certain genres are facing, It is a challenge and that is the reason why the employers are authorized to look for global talent. The program has two sub-programs such as:

Atlantic High Skilled program

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled program and one glorious program for international students which is

Atlantic International Graduate program

Steps for Employers:

Need proof of evidence that the local were first given importance and as a result, to fill the gaps global talent are hired

  • Then hire global talents
  • Offers can be off seasonal, full time or part time.
  • Evidence of settlement plans with newly hired employees from overseas resources.

Employee checklist for the National occupational classification groups:

  • NOC Skill type O: All management jobs
  • NOC Skill type A: Jobs which are considered professional such as Doctors, Dentists, Architects.
  • NOC Skill type B: Technical jobs such as Chefs, Electricians, and Plumbers.
  • NOC Skill type C: Truck drivers, butchers, farmers, Food & Beverage related jobs.

If you are from one of the sectors and categories mentioned you must sign the declaration form attached to the offer of employment which will be filled in by

Your employer. After you gather up all the needed documents please ensure you have the true attested copies of all the original documents to proceed further. As you fill the form electronically please mention the province you would be applying for yourself and also include the names of spouse and dependent children as well on the application. Along with the main application, a background verification form has to be filled duly by the applicant.

The language French is given high prominence for the Express Entry Program. And if any skilled immigrant has minimum proficiency in the language French you score more points under the points based category. This is not just for skilled immigrants even an exuberant plat form for former students of were once graduates or post graduates in Canada or from one of the four designated provinces.

The increase in the Francophone immigration and growing demand in the Francophone communities which are a part of the Express entry system. This great opportunity is attracting more number of skilled, hardworking, and innovative above all a unique diverse workforce contributing to the growth of the Canadian economy.

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Believe something nice to happen after your studies in the UK

Believe something nice to happen after your studies in the UK

Believe something nice to happen after your studies in the UK

Believe something nice to happen after your studies in the UK

As a student, you can always expect great things and certainly, great things will happen. And having spoken about great things, before they commence time is all it takes. And when you see a small hairline opportunity give it your best and that little will fetch you a great reward. One does not have to retreat for less when you can still expect things to happen amidst of all chaos and perplexion. For students who migrate to the UK, there is a whole lot of hope all you have to do is believe good to happen.

The UK is an incredible mix of contemporary ideas and multi-cultures held under one strong sense of tradition and balanced identity. As an international student with a Tier 4 visa, you will be clouded with exciting experiences and a great opportunity to discover new things and a whole lot of learning from circumstances you would do all by yourself.

As you make it to the UK who will find things lot more in common making it feasible for you to adjust and keep progressing ahead. All you have to do in the UK is make the best use of time. You will face the real world after that student tag is almost going fade from your brow. The UK still stands as the best destination for higher education. If you have the zest to contribute to the British economy. Unprecedented universities in the UK are the best access and platforms to learn develop and excel.

The life after studies is a point of discussions as if for now in the UK Post-Brexit. There are possibilities that Indian students would get full access to work as full-time employees. As a matter of fact, Indian students were not having the benefit of staying back after the attaining of degrees. But the latest golden opportunity is after the completion of studies students might be given a two-year extension to attain a full-time Tier 2 work permit general visa.

There are plans and discussions which are in progress to reinstate the two-year post-study work visa which will be a huge blessing in disguise. Despite the exponential decline in the number of students making it to the UK each year. Post 29th March 2017 we can anticipate good things to happen.

A Tier 2 General is for graduates, post graduates and students who have completed 12 months of a Ph.D. program all eligible to be enrolled into this visa category. The applicant can apply for this while staying still in the UK. A 70 point under the points-based system has to be secured. The key aspect will be to receive Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) from the Tier 2 sponsored employer. The Indians students have enormously contributed in fees to the universities in the UK considerably high compared to any other.

There is a sense of relief because there are possibilities for the issue to be reinstated. It is better not to lose hope. You still can expect great things to happen and they will at the right time. The current issue being considered a bilateral challenge it would be streamlined before it commences full-fledged.

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