States in the best position to determine skilled migrant numbers

States in the best position to determine skilled migrant numbers

States in the best position to determine skilled migrant numbers

States in the best position to determine skilled migrant numbers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants states and territories to plan where migrants go so they can be guided into growth areas

It will be up to states to plan where new migrants should settle under potential changes to Australia’s national migration program.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged migrants could be asked to spend five years in a regional area if they want permanent residency.

Because the states plan roads, hospitals and schools, they need to say where they want population growth.

“This is a blinding piece of common sense, which is: how about states who plan for population growth and the Commonwealth government who sets the migration levels, actually bring this together?” Mr. Morrison told Sky News on Monday.

The federal government sets an annual cap for skilled and family migration – currently at 190,000 – with skilled migrants distributed through a range of visa streams.

Mr. Morrison said the federal government would “always” set the overall cap, but the “top-down” approach to immigration needed to be rethought.

Under the plan, the states would be asked to come to the federal government each year with a request for a number of skilled migrants.

They would be required to demonstrate they had sufficient infrastructure to handle the resulting population growth.

Mr. Morrison said the push to get migrants out to regional areas could be done with conditions on non-permanent visas.

“if you want permanent residency in this country and you’re on a non-permanent visa, and you haven’t been compliant with the terms of your non-permanent residency visa and you go home,” he said.

The office of immigration minister David Coleman refused to comment on the story when contacted by SBS News, saying the minister could not discuss matters that may or may not be the subject of cabinet discussions.

States already involved

A former deputy secretary in the Immigration department, Abul Rizvi, said greater cooperation between the Commonwealth and the states was an “excellent idea”.

But he pointed out many skilled visas, like the skilled 190 permanent residency visa, are already distributed based on nominations from each state and territory.

Mr. Rizvi told SBS News the use of state-specific visas had risen to a peak of 40 percent of the skilled stream in 2012/13 but had since fallen to less than 30 percent.

“That is a big change in terms of take-up,” he said.

The other major skilled visas are those sponsored by an individual company, known as employer-sponsored.

Mr. Rizvi said if the problem was cities failing to plan adequate infrastructure, the focus should be on total migration, not just the permanent steam.

Temporary visa holders like international students and tourists put more strain on transport systems and the housing market, he said.

Permanent migration at 10-year low

Australia’s annual intake of permanent migrants fell to its lowest level in a decade under the leadership of the Turnbull government.

Despite the cap remaining at 190,000 in the last financial year, where it has remained since 2011, the actual intake fell to 163,000 under the Turnbull government.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said more rigorous vetting of family and skilled applicants had led to the decline.

The 20,000 drops from 2016/187 levels were driven by a 12,000 drop in skilled visa grants and an 8,000 drop in family visas. Business groups responded with shock and disappointment, with the Australian Camber of Commerce and Industry describing the fall in skilled migration as a “crisis”, particularly for regional employers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison appointed a new immigration minister, David Coleman, when he reshuffled the cabinet after the Liberal leadership spill.

The move took immigration out of Peter Dutton’s direct management, but Mr. Coleman still reports to Mr. Dutton under the Home Affairs hierarchy.

The government has flagged a new direction on population policy. It is also reportedly working on a change to direct more skilled migrants to regional Australia.

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IRCC now accepting results of new TCF Canada language test

IRCC now accepting results of new TCF Canada language test

IRCC now accepting results of new TCF Canada language test

IRCC now accepting results of new TCF Canada language test

The Government of Canada is now accepting the results of a new test as proof of language ability for French-speaking economic immigration candidates applying for permanent residence.

The TCF Canada is administered by the French government-run CIEP to test proficiency in French and will be available at approved test centers in Canada and more than 150 countries.

The CIEP says the TCF Canada was designed to correspond with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s recognized French language standards, the NCLC.

Candidates for economic immigration programs including those managed by the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) — must prove a sufficient level of proficiency in either English or French in order to be eligible for immigration to Canada, where both serve as official languages.

For example, candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Class who are claiming French as their first language have to prove proficiency that is equivalent to NCLC level 7.

The TCF Canada is now the second French language test that’s recognized by IRCC. The other recognized option remains the Test devaluation de français (TEF Canada).

This means that the results of either the TCF Canada or the TEF Canada will be honored by IRCC.

English-speaking candidates for permanent residents aren’t required to provide French test results unless they are claiming French language ability.

The acceptance tests for English language proficiency are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).

The Government of Canada and provinces like Ontario have introduced a number of measures to encourage francophone immigration and bolster Canada’s French-speaking communities outside of Quebec.

Ontario’s Express Entry-aligned French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is one of Canada’s most active immigration pathways for francophone economic immigration candidates and has issued 1,383 invitations to eligible Express Entry candidates this year.

Canada’s 2016 census found more than seven million Canadians who reported using French as their mother tongue. Of that number, nearly 950,000 lived outside the province of Quebec.

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Immigration to Australia is increasing again

Immigration to Australia is increasing again!

Immigration to Australia is increasing again!

Immigration to Australia is increasing again!

After seeing a brief slowdown last year, Australia is once again experiencing increasing immigration.

The Australia Bureau of Statistics has released data based on the international arrivals and departures data for the month of August. The data reveals that the net foreign migration has peaked in the recent 3 months. The immigration levels are similar to that of Australia’s mining boom earlier during this decade.

The Business Insider quoted ABS warning that long-term and permanent movements in arrivals and departures may not be an appropriate source. They may not be appropriate for migration statistics as they do not have a reasonable track record. They can’t be used as a leading indicator for proper migration statistics.

ABS will release the next set of demographic statistics which will contain data for the June quarter later this year.

However, based on evidence it is safe to say that overseas migration is increasing. It is definitely reflective of the improvement in the Australian economy over the year that has gone by.

How can immigrants be successful at work in Australia?

Working in a foreign country can be daunting. It can be even more stressful and nerve-wracking if you are not fluent in the language of that country. This is exactly what thousands of immigrants are facing in Australia right now.

Some migrants have low levels of English language probably because they never got a chance to learn the language at home. Others only know enough to get by which is insufficient for the fast-talking, slang-speaking Australian workplace.

Hence, most migrants may be reserved in the workplace as challenging the existing conditions may be stressful. They do not freely communicate as they feel hesitant to put forth their opinions and suggestions. The very suggestions that the company might need to hear to succeed.

According to SMH, Deakin and Wollongong Universities published a research earlier in the year. The research analyzed 260 migrant workers and noted their experiences. They realized that there are 2 factors which predicted the possibility of them expressing themselves at the workplace.

The first factor is the migrants’ personal level of cultural intelligence also known as CQ. People need to be aware of the differences between their own culture and that of their colleagues to have a reasonable level of CQ. However, to have a higher level of CQ, the migrants should be willing to adapt to the multicultural atmosphere that they work in.

The second factor is the relationship that the migrants have with their immediate boss. The stronger the relationship, the more comfortable the migrants would feel in opening up. The relationship should be based on trust, understanding, support, and respect.

Hence, cross-cultural training is recommended for all staff in Australia. When migrants and their colleagues understand each other then the barriers between them can be removed.

Another recommendation is to recruit managers with higher levels of cultural intelligence. They tend to make more efforts to build congenial relationships with their employees irrespective of their ethnicity. This helps cultivate a culture where people feel safe to voice their thoughts.

Cultural intelligence and employee-supervisor relationship hold the most important in small businesses.

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