International migration to Canada reached record levels in second quarter

International migration to Canada reached record levels in second quarter of 2018

International migration to Canada reached record levels in second quarter

International migration to Canada reached record levels in second quarter

International migration accounted for 82 percent of population growth between April 1 and July 1

International migration to Canada reached an unprecedented level between April 1 and July 1, 2018, driving an overall population increase that was the second largest recorded for a three-month period since 1971.

Canada’s population grew by 168,687 in the second quarter of 2018, of which 82 percent, or 138,978, was attributed to international migration.

Statistics Canada says this level of international migration was “never before seen for any quarter.”

The international migratory increase was the “main driver of Canada’s population growth” during the second quarter of 2018 both nationally and at the provincial level, Statistics Canada says.

The international migratory increase is calculated by adding the number of immigrants, returning emigrants and net non-permanent residents arriving in Canada and then subtracting net temporary emigration and emigrants departing Canada.

At the national level, Canada welcomed 87,661 new immigrants during the quarter, the second most for a three-month period since the study period began in 1971.

The number of non-permanent residents increased by 60,446 during the quarter, which Statistics Canada said was “significantly higher than those observed in recent years.” It attributed the increase primarily to a rise in the number of work permit holders, followed by study permit holders and refugee claimants.

This unprecedented level of international migration for a quarter helped offset what Statistics Canada said was a record number of deaths for a three-month period (67,997). Overall, Canada’s estimated natural population increase (births minus deaths) of 29,709 was the third lowest for a second quarter.

Nova Scotia and New Brunswick actually experienced a natural decrease in population (more deaths than births), which was offset by the number of international migrants who arrived in the provinces.

Statistics Canada said the international migratory increase was the main driver of population growth in most Canadian provinces and the Yukon Territory between April 1 and July 1.

Other than Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Statistics Canada said international migratory increase “either peaked or has rarely been this high” in the remaining provinces and the Yukon Territory.

Quebec experienced a gain of 19,506 non-permanent residents, the most ever recorded over a three-month period. Ontario and British Columbia also recorded unprecedented increases in the number of non-permanent residents for a second quarter (28,329 and 8,189).

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How to apply for a Tier 2 Dependent visa?

How to apply for a Tier 2 Dependent visa?

How to apply for a Tier 2 Dependent visa?

How to apply for a Tier 2 Dependent visa?

How to apply for a Tier 2 Dependent visa?

Depending on whether they are in the UK at the time of application, or outside the UK, Tier 2 Visa holders’ dependents will have to follow an application process that differs from the other.

Dependents applying from outside the UK

When a dependent applies from outside of UK then they must apply online. They should also give their biometrics at the visa application center as part of the application process.

If they are granted with a visa, they will need to collect the Biometric Residence Permit within 30 days of their arrival in the UK.

Dependents applying in the UK on their own

If the dependent is already in the UK in another type of visa, then they can apply to switch to Tier 2 Dependant Visa, without having to go back to their country. However, keep in mind that one cannot switch from any type of visitor visa to another type of visa. The UK visa that the dependant is currently holding when applying to switch to Tier 2 Dependant Visa must be some type of i.e. working visa, studying visa etc.

Only the spouse or children of a Tier 2 Visa holder are allowed to apply online in such case. If the applicant needs an answer for a shorter period they can always use a priority service, or get a decision on the day of their application at a premium service center. Of course, for such services one will have to pay extra fees.

The dependents will also have to give their biometrics, fingerprints and photo, at a certain Post Office branches if they applied online, for which a fee of £19.20 has to be paid. This can also be done at a premium service center if they applied in person.

Tier 2 Dependent Visa Requirements

There are a few requirements that the Tier 2 Visa holder must fulfill in order to be able to bring people with him to the UK. Aside of the dependents belonging to one of the categories listed above, the other requirements are as listed below:

Personal Savings

You need to show proof that you have an extra £630 available for each dependent that you plan to bring to the UK. If you present a bank statement, the money most have been in your bank account or your dependent’s bank account, for longer than 90 days before the application date.

You will not need to show proof of your savings only in case you have a fully approved (A-rated) sponsor or you possess a certificate of sponsorship that states your sponsor will provide each of your dependents with at least £630 per month if they need it.

Tier 2 Children Dependents

When it comes to bringing children to the UK under the Tier 2 Dependent Visa, things are a bit more complicated. The process of the application process for children depends a lot in the relationship of their parents. That is why, for a child to qualify for a dependent visa, he or she must meet one of the following:

  • The whole family is applying for UK visas at the same time (one parent is applying as under the Tier 1 visa, while his/her spouse and children as their dependent)
  • Both parents are in the UK (one of them or both under the Tier 2 Visa), while the underage child is applying to join them from abroad as a dependent
  • One parent is in the UK, while the other is applying together with the child to join as a dependent from abroad

However, exempt from meeting one of the above rules are the families with one of the following cases:

  1. When only one parent is alive
  2. When one parent holds the sole responsibility for the child
  3. When there are serious or compelling considerations which must be taken into account

In either case, documents must be submitted when applying in order to prove that the applicant is in one of the above-mentioned situations.

Required Documents for a Tier 2 Dependent visa

A person applying to get to the United Kingdom as the dependent of a Tier 2 Visa holder, must submit the following documents during their interview with the interviewer:

  1. Appointment sheet. Proving the applicant has appointed a visa interview.
  2. Valid for 6 months beyond the planned stay, with at least one blank page in order to be able to affix the visa
  3. Application form. In some locations, you can only apply by making an online application, check that with the UK embassy in your home country. If you can apply online, take the confirmation form with you. If you cannot, fulfill the application form, print it twice, sign them at the end and bring both with you.
  4. One passport photo in color. 45mm high by 35mm wide, taken within the last month and printed to a professional standard.
  5. Original birth certificate or marriage certificate. It must show the dependent’s relationship to principal Tier 2 work visa holder.
  6. Previous passports. In order to show your previous travel history. If you have more than one, do not staple them. Instead, just tie them with a rubber band.
  7. Official translations of every document that is not in English
  8. Tuberculosis screening. If you are from a country the nationals of which are required to take a tuberculosis screening

The embassy or consulate where you are applying holds the right to require extra documents from you or your sponsor. Before starting to gather the required documents ask the embassy in your country for a checklist, just to make sure because in some countries you might be asked for extra or less documents.

Your documents, including your passport, will remain at the embassy/consulate, during the time your application is being reviewed.

Tier 2 Dependent Visa Work Eligibility

If you come to the UK and you have the required age which permits you to work, then you are allowed to take a job according to your qualifications. The only exception is that Tier 2 Dependents are not allowed to work as a doctor in training.

In addition, if you come to the UK as a Tier 2 Spouse Dependent then you are not allowed to switch your visa to a Tier 2 Visa once in the UK, even if you find a job that requires highly skilled persons. You will have to return to your home country and apply from there in order to be able to obtain a Tier 2 Visa.

Tier 2 Dependent Visa Extension

Every person remaining in the UK as a dependent of a Tier 2 Visa holder, has the right to apply to extend their stay in the UK. The applicant needs to meet the requirement, as well as the Tier 2 visa holder.

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Australia’s new immigration minister reveals visa priority

Australia’s new immigration minister reveals visa priority

Australia's new immigration minister reveals visa priority

Australia’s new immigration minister reveals visa priority

Australia’s new immigration minister reveals visa priority

David Coleman said his priority is to get migrants to struggling regional communities. But, he hasn’t forgotten about controversial plans to toughen citizenship requirements.

Australia’s new Immigration Minister David Coleman has flagged a revamp of regional visas, saying some towns are begging for migrants.

“There are a number of different regional visa classes at the moment and one of the things I’m assessing is the effectiveness of each of those programs and potential ways of improving those.”

Currently, there are several visas available to migrants to fills skills shortages in rural and regional Australia.

Towns including Warrnambool in Victoria, the Goldfields region of Western Australia and the entire state of South Australia are asking for thousands of migrants, according to Mr. Coleman.

“There are lots of examples at the moment of regions that are seeking additional immigration to fulfill economic needs,” he said.

“We have quite a few regional gaps in employment right now.”

According to figures compiled by the Department of Home Affairs, 10,918 places were awarded under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme in the 2016-17 financial year.

Along with the 1,670 Skilled Regional visas, they formed about 10 percent of permanent migration visas.

The former Assistant Finance Minister holds the marginal Sydney seat of Banks and was elevated to the outer ministry after the Liberal leadership spill last month.

The 44-year-old MP served as an assistant finance minister in the Turnbull Government and was first elected to the House of Representatives for Banks, New South Wales, in 2013.

The immigration portfolio was separated from Peter Dutton’s Home Affairs ministry and given to Mr. Coleman, as well as the Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs ministries.

“Immigration has been so fundamental to our success as a country,” he said.

“The history of our nation is one of immigration because, apart from Indigenous Australians, we’re all immigrants.”

Fourty-four percent of his electorate is overseas-born, with people of Chinese ancestry being the largest migrant group.

On the issue of Australian citizenship, the minister would not go into specifics about the government reviving plans to change the requirements to become a citizen.

The controversial plans to introduce a tougher English language test, increase residency requirements and requiring applicants to sign an ‘Australian Values statement’ were quashed by the Senate late last year.

While he didn’t go into detail about English language requirements, Mr. Coleman reiterated the importance of learning English.

“Having some English is obviously a good thing in Australian life,” he said.

“The more English people are able to speak, the more they can contribute in Australian life.”

Mr. Coleman said the government was “in consultations” about re-introducing elements of the legislation.

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