India to be included in Australia’s working holiday visa programme

India to be included in Australia’s working holiday visa programme

India to be included in Australia's working holiday visa programme

India to be included in Australia’s working holiday visa programme

India to be included in Australia’s working holiday visa programme

Under the current programme that allowed backpackers to work while they stay was witnessing a decline thus creating workers shortage issue in regional parts of the country.

Australia plans to expand the ‘Working Holiday Maker’ visa programme to over a dozen countries, including India, to recruit workers to regional areas to solve the labour shortages particularly on farms, Immigration Minister David Coleman said on Wednesday.

The Australian government is in discussions to extend the scheme to include backpackers from 13 countries to find workers wanted by regional businesses to work on farms.

The Australian Government’s ‘Working Holiday Maker Programme‘, which includes the ‘Working Holiday visa and the Work and Holiday visa‘, is a cultural exchange programme which enables young travellers to have an extended holiday and earn money through short-term employment.

Apart from India, other nations which were being targeted by Australia to expand the work and holiday visa were from Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, Switzerland, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Andorra, Monaco and Mongolia.

Coleman said the government was working on expanding work and holiday visa conditions in an effort to recruit workers to regional areas, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Under the current programme that allowed backpackers to work while they stay was witnessing a decline thus creating workers shortage issue in regional parts of the country.

About 150,000 people were in Australia on a working holiday visa in March, but the programme has actually shrunk over the past five years.

Coleman said the changes were designed to resolve labour shortages in regional areas, particularly on farms.

“We know that working holiday-makers travel further into regional areas than most other international visitors,” he said, adding “They also spend substantial amounts, helping to boost regional economies.”

While countries in the uncapped 417 visa scheme are typical backpacker nations such as the UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden, the 462 visa (known as “work and holiday”) scheme includes more developing countries like Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and Bangladesh.

In a recently released video, Australia has advertised itself as “the best workplace in the world” for international markets.

Coleman countered suggestions that the scheme was becoming a channel for low-skill migrant workers.

“Work and holiday applicants must meet minimum requirements before a visa can be granted, including having a functional level of English and they must hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications,” he said.

Last year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government had not ruled out an agricultural visa in a bid to attract more backpackers to work on farms.

Changes to the backpacker visa have been welcomed by farmers but have concerned some academics.

Currently, Australia offers the two types of Work and Holiday programme visa under Subclass 417 and subclass 462 with Indian passport holders not eligible for both the categories.

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New Express Entry Draw invited 3600 Candidates to apply Canadian PR

New Express Entry draw invites 3,600 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence

New Express Entry Draw invited 3600 Candidates to apply Canadian PR

New Express Entry Draw invited 3600 Candidates to apply Canadian PR

New Express Entry Draw invited 3600 Candidates to apply Canadian PR

The cut-off score in the August 12 draw was 466

A new Express Entry draw took place Monday, August 12, in which a total of 3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with scores of 466 and above.

The cut-off score of 466 draws was seven points above the minimum score of 459 in the previous invitation round on July 24.

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers. Candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence (ITAs) through regular draws from the pool.

In order to enter the Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic-class immigration categories —the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 466, as well as those with scores of 466 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, received an ITA.

The 3,600 ITAs issued in today’s draw brings the total number issued in 2019 to 52,600.

This continued IRCC’s trend of issuing 3,600 ITAs that has now defined each of the three draws held since July 10. This is an increase of 250 over the 3,350 ITAs issued in each of the 10 all-program Express Entry draws held between January 30 and June 26, 2019.

These expanded draw sizes could help IRCC exceed its single-year ITA record of 89,800 invitations that was set last year.

The higher CRS minimum score in today’s draw may be in part attributable to the three weeks that elapsed between draws from the Express Entry pool.

Draws are typically held every two weeks and an elongated period between draws allows the Express Entry pool more time to replenish with higher-scoring candidates.

A higher number of ITAs this year may be necessary given Canada expanded admissions targets for 2019 and 2020 through the three Express Entry-managed programs and its Provincial Nominee Program, which is also partially managed by Express Entry system.

Candidates with CRS scores lower than today’s cut-off who are looking to improve their ranking in the Express Entry pool may want to consider their options for a provincial nomination.

Several Canadian provinces have immigration streams that are linked to the Express Entry system. Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 CRS points and move to the front of the line for an ITA.

Express Entry-linked nomination streams in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta have been active in recent weeks, with Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream alone issuing 1,773 invitations to Express Entry candidates with work experience in six tech occupations and CRS scores as low as 435, among other criteria.

In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program issued 104 invitations through its Express Entry sub-category to candidates with work experience in one of 19 in-demand occupations in the province, among other qualifications.

Alberta has selected Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 300 through the Alberta Express Entry Stream on four occasions in 2019. Three draws had a minimum CRS score of 301 and one other had a cut-off CRS score of 302.


The following are hypothetical examples of candidates who would have obtained an ITA in the August 12 draw:

Annan is 31, has a master’s degree and has been working as a management consultant for three years. He wrote the IELTS and scored an 8 in each category. While Annan has never worked or studied in Canada, his CRS of 467 would have been high enough to obtain an ITA in the August 12 Express Entry draw.

Adel and Sara are married and are 36 and 31 years old, respectively. They have each been working as accountants for over four years and each has an advanced English language proficiency. They have both completed a bachelor’s degree plus an additional one-year post-secondary credential. Neither Adel nor Sara have ever worked or studied in Canada. They entered the pool with Sara as the principal applicant and a CRS score of 466.

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Reasons for Canada is an awesome place for new Immigrants

Reasons for Canada is an awesome place for new Immigrants

Reasons for Canada is an awesome place for new Immigrants

Reasons for Canada is an awesome place for new Immigrants

Reasons for Canada is an awesome place for new Immigrants

Canada Still Top Immigrant Destination

Many nations are still reeling from anti-immigration attitudes around the world, especially in the most developed countries. This narrows opportunity for those who are looking to start a new life elsewhere because they fear they will not be welcomed. However, foreign nationals find that the decision to Immigrate to Canada has been one of the best (if not the best) they have made due to the welcoming nature of Canadian citizens and residents.

Life in Canada is measured by unparalleled civil liberties and flourishing expat communities in all of its 13 provinces and territories. According to the 2018 World Happiness Report, Canada ranks in the globe’s topmost welcoming nations when it comes to immigrants or those born outside of the country. This statistic is reinforced by the government’s plans to invite well over a million workers to join its economy within the next three years. If you are looking for a place that cherishes diversity and multiculturalism, look no further than Canada, still a safe haven for those looking to settle in a different country.

Canada is the 10th largest economy in the world

Canada punches above its weight when it comes to the world economy. Despite having the 38th largest population in the world, Canada has the 10th largest economy, with an output of 1.6 trillion or $48,100 per capita. Canada overtook Russia in 2015 to claim a top 10 spot. Though Canada is well-known for its wealth of natural resources, Canada’s economy is actually heavily service-oriented, with 78.9% of Canadians working in a service-related job, according to Statistics Canada. Though the goods-producing sector is relatively small in comparison to the service sector, Canada’s manufacturing and oil and petroleum industries have experienced small but steady annual growth over the last several years.

Canada’s education system is world-class

Canada spends more on education per capita than any other industrialized nation in the world and has been named the most educated country in the world. Canada’s K-12 public education system is regarded as one of the best in the world. Canada is also home to some of the world’s top universities, with McGill University, the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and the University of British Columbia ranking among the world’s top 100 institutions. According to Statistics Canada, 54% of Canadians 25-64 have a post-secondary degree, and an additional 10.8% have completed an apprenticeship or a trades certificate. In some provinces, the cost of tuition is fully or partially covered by low-income students.

Canada’s tech industry is growing rapidly

The tech sector is Canada’s fastest-growing industry, which spells good things for Canada’s future, as the need for tech professionals continues to boom. Government support and investment in Canada’s tech industry is strong, as well, with grants and other tools available to help Canadian startups. Canada is rapidly becoming a destination of choice for employers seeking skilled tech talent. Toronto leads the pack, with big names like Google’s Sidewalk Labs, Shopify, Salesforce and Facebook setting up shop in the city. While Toronto gets a lot of attention for its plentiful tech talent, it’s not alone. Other Canadian cities are pulling in tech talent, too. Montreal quietly established itself as an epicenter for innovation in AI and game development. Vancouver and Calgary, meanwhile, are known for innovation in cleantech, among other things.

Canadians enjoy access to universal healthcare

Canada’s universal healthcare system was adopted in the 1960s. Under the program, every province or territory in Canada has a healthcare plan which provides all residents with reasonable access to medical services, without paying out of pocket for healthcare services such as hospital visits or access to doctors. In 2017, Canada spent $6,323 per person on healthcare, according to the OECD. Despite spending about half of what the US does per capita, Canada’s quality of care has been rated significantly higher. Thanks to the reliable healthcare programs available to everyone in the country, Canada has one of the world’s highest life expectancy rates at just below 82 years. That places Canada’s life expectancy at 18th in the world.

Canada has the best benefits, holidays and paid leave in North America

Canada is a progressive country with many policies in place to protect workers. It’s the only country in North America with mandated vacation leave, with 2 guaranteed weeks of paid vacation for all employees, in addition to 6 to 10 statutory holidays, depending on the province. Canadians are also guaranteed access to a variety of monetary protections including Employment Insurance (EI), old age security, the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), and a federal childcare benefit.

The minimum wage in Canada is also one of the highest in the world, though it ranges from $11 to $14 depending on your province of residence. Canada’s maternity and parental leave policies are also progressive. Canadian workers are permitted to take up to 18 months of parental leave, with the mother and father able to share the leave however they choose.

Canada is extremely safe

Canada regularly ranks among the top 10 safest nations in the world on various polls and indexes. According to the Global Peace Index of 2018, Canada was ranked the 6th most peaceful nation in the world. The index weighs a variety of factors including homicide rates, militarization, political stability, diplomatic relations, ongoing conflicts, incarceration rates, and terrorism impact, among others. Canada is well known for its strong gun control and relatively peaceful approach to foreign diplomacy. In general, Canada’s crime rates are low and have declined significantly since their peak in the 1980s.

Canada’s banks are extremely stable

For years Canada’s banks have been ranked the world’s most stable according to the World Economic Forum. In Canada, you can rest easy knowing that if you deposit your money into a major bank it’s going to be safe and sound. Canada hasn’t had a bank failure since 1983. Also, unlike the US, which continues to use magstripe cards, Canada has moved towards PIN and chip technology, which is a lot more secure. Canadians are also very forward-thinking when it comes to using bank tech, with 68% of Canadians doing their day-to-day banking online or through mobile apps.

Canada is a beautiful place to live

There’s no denying that Canada has some epic scenery to enjoy. From BC’s mountains to PEI’s coastal views, to Montreal’s historic buildings (the city just celebrated its 375th birthday and is looking pretty good for its age!) there’s no shortage of places to visit and things to see in Canada. The country boasts hundreds of nationally protected parks, reserves, historical sites, and hiking trails.

From world-renowned parks like Banff and Jasper in Alberta to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, to Georgian Bay in Ontario, there’s no shortage of natural wonders to enjoy from coast to coast. Speaking of coasts, Canada also has more coastline than any other country in the world, with over 200,000 kilometers of coastline, almost 4 times as much the next closest (Indonesia.) So while Canada may not exactly be known for its warm weather beaches, there’s plenty of beautiful coastal scenery to enjoy when the weather does heat up. If you’re more of a city person, Canadian cities like Calgary and Toronto are regularly listed among the world’s cleanest cities.

Canada has a stable, democratic political system

Though Canadian governments shift between various liberal and conservative parties depending on the political climate, in general, all of Canada’s political parties have relatively centrist stances on hot-button issues such as women’s and LGBT rights, environmental concerns and immigration, which are sometimes highly divisive in other democratic nations. Canadians also have faith in and respect for the political system and government bodies. Though scandals break occasionally, they tend to be fairly mild and there’s little in the way of widespread corruption, fraud or government distrust. Canada’s political campaigns are also short and inexpensive for taxpayers compared to other democratic nations. Even at a national level, political campaigns rarely last more than a few months.

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