Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian Market

Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian market

Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian market

Tourism NZ, Immigration NZ move to boost Indian market

Tourism New Zealand and Immigration NZ have signed a raft of MOUs in India that will reduce visitor visa wait times there from 15 days to just three for those wanting to come here.

The initiative, part of Immigration NZ’s Tourism Industry Partnership Programme, aims to help lift Indian visitor numbers here from just over 63,000 in the year to March, to 100,000 annually by 2023.

The MOUs are with four key travel agents: Thomas Cook India, SOTC Travel, Cox and Kings and Kulin Kumar Holidays. They will target high-value Indian visitors for New Zealand.

“This new visa process will make it even easier for Indian travelers to experience New Zealand,” TNZ’s regional manager of the south and south-east Asia, Steven Dixon, told local media. “This agreement will ensure that New Zealand welcomes even higher caliber visitors.”

The number of visitors from India in the March 2018 year was up 18.5% on the previous 12-month period. Visitors spent an average of 13 days in New Zealand.

“Increasing awareness through different promotional programmes and tying up with travel agents, who have promoted NZ as a preferred destination has helped us in achieving this growth,” said Dixon.

Thomas Cook India said NZ was growing as a destination for both families and millennial travelers with its combination of extreme sports and spectacular scenery.

“We have seen a strong and steady growth of travelers heading to NZ,” said Rajeev Kale, president and country head of holidays at Thomas Cook India

“With a growth of more than 19% over the last few years, it has turned into a key market for Thomas Cook India. This new visa process will make it even easier for Indian travelers to experience New Zealand and we are confident of seeing higher uptake.”

India is New Zealand’s 11th largest international tourism market with around 60% of visitors free independent travelers.

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Canada Australia where should you Immigrate


Canada Australia where should you Immigrate

Canada Australia where should you Immigrate

If you’re thinking about immigrating to a new country, it’s likely that you’ve considered a few possibilities for where you want to move. Canada is a great country, especially for immigrants, but why wouldn’t you compare your options before picking a location to start a new life? One big factor in deciding where to immigrate is the immigration system itself! Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you and compared Canadian immigration to another popular destination: Australia!

So, you’re trying to decide whether you should live down under with the kangaroos, or in the north with the moose? Well, before you make any decisions, take a look at our comparison of immigration programs between Canada vs Australia, and determine which immigration program gives you better options!


This article is going to compare two popular immigration programs: Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program and Australia’s Skilled Independent program (subclass 189).

Both of these programs target new immigrants with skilled work experience. As well, neither of the programs require applicants to have a connection to the country in terms of work experience, educational experience, or a job offer. This means that these two immigration programs are excellent choices for highly qualified skilled workers from any country, regardless of whether or not they have any relation to the country to which they wish to immigrate.

The end result of both of these programs is permanent resident status. It allows holders to enter and exit the country as often as they’d like and provides a clear pathway to citizenship in the country.

Similarly, both of these programs utilize points-based systems to determine eligibility and to select applicants. We’ve taken the time to compare these points systems below.


Those who are familiar with Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker program will know that the program requires candidates to have at least 1 year of full-time, skilled work experience. Canada defines skilled work experience as any job at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B.

Similarly, Australia’s Skilled Independent program requires candidates to prove that they are qualified to work in one of the program’s eligible occupations. Australian immigration maintains a Skilled Independent Occupations List indicating all of the program’s eligible occupations. In order to be eligible, a candidate must consult with the proper Assessing Authority (included on the list) to receive proof that they are eligible to practice that profession in Australia. If an occupation is not on the list, or if an applicant has not consulted with the Assessing Authority, then they are not eligible for this program.


Both programs utilize points-assessment grids to determine the eligibility of candidates for immigration. The grids assign points for age, language proficiency, work experience, education, and other unique factors. In Canada, you must score a minimum of 67 points out of 100 in order to be eligible, while Australia’s program requires a minimum of 60 points out of 135.

If you meet the minimum points requirement, you are eligible to submit your interest in the program. However, please bear in mind that for both countries simply meeting the minimum point’s requirement does not guarantee that you will be able to immigrate. Meeting the minimum points is only the first step in the application procedure.

Factor Australia Canada
Maximum Points Per Factor
Age 30 12
Language Proficiency 20 28
Foreign Work Experience 15 15
In Country Work Experience 20 10
Education 25 25
Other Factors 20 10
Passing Score 60 67



Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is contained within the Express Entry immigration system, which manages immigration applications electronically. Through Express Entry, candidates who meet the 67 points first must create an Express Entry profile through the online immigration web portal. The Express Entry profile acts as an Expression of Interest (EOI), indicating that the candidate is interested in Canadian immigration.

Once a candidate creates their Express Entry profile, they are assigned a score, called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Note: The CRS score is a scoring system out of 1200 points, completely separate from the eligibility points grid we discussed above. An Express Entry profile remains valid for up to 12 months, if the profile is not selected within 12 months the candidate must resubmit.

Approximately every two weeks, the Canadian government conducts an Express Entry draw, inviting the candidates in the pool with the highest CRS scores to submit official applications for permanent residence. If an applicant is successful, they receive permanent resident status for themselves, and all accompanying family members who were included on the application.


The application procedure for the Australian Skilled Independent Visa program is similar to Canada’s Express Entry system. First, candidates who meet the minimum of 60 points must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using Australia’s online system: Skill Select. Unlike Canada, Australia does not have a secondary points system, and simply uses its eligibility grid to rank candidates against one another.

Australian immigration issues invitations approximately twice per month. Candidates with the highest ranking EOIs will be invited to apply. If multiple candidates have the same ranking score, the candidate whose profile was submitted earlier will be prioritized. Skill Select EOIs are valid for up to 2 years. If an EOI is not invited within 2 years, it will expire.

It should be noted that the Australian Independent Skills program determines occupation ceilings each year. Each eligible occupation is given a maximum quota and if that quota is met then no other professionals in that occupation will be invited until the next year.

After receiving an invitation, an applicant is given 60 days to submit an official application for Australian permanent residence. If the applicant is successful, they receive permanent resident status for themselves and any accompanying family members (including partner and children).


Canada demonstrates an advantage in terms of both processing time and cost of immigration.

Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker program charges total fees of $1040 CAD per adult applicant, plus an additional $150 per child. Though, applicants to Express Entry programs should be aware of the various other costs they can expect during the immigration process.

Australia’s Independent Skills program costs $3560 CAD for the principal applicant, plus an additional $1790 CAD for a spouse or partner, and $900 CAD per child. As with Canadian immigration, Australian applicants should expect a range of other costs for documentation, postage, etc.

Canada’s Express Entry system boasts a speedy processing of 80% of all applications within 6 months of receipt. Australia’s Independent Skills program states that 75% of applications are processed within 8 months of receipt.


As stated at the beginning of the article, both of these programs are ideal for high-skilled workers without a connection to either Canada or Australia. If a worker has a connection to the country, perhaps they completed their studies in Canada or they have a job offer in Australia, then they may have additional options.

Canada, for example, also manages the Canadian Experience Class, another program within Express Entry which prioritizes foreign nationals with at least 12 months of work experience in Canada. As well, Canada has a host of Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) which often select candidates who have some sort of regional connection.

As well, Australia operates several immigration programs for skilled workers with connections to the country. There are visas available to those with an employer nomination, to those from certain regions, and for those with special skills.

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CRS reaches new 2018 low in latest Express Entry Draw

CRS cut-off reaches new 2018 low in latest Express Entry draw

CRS cut-off reaches new 2018 low in latest Express Entry draw

CRS cut-off reaches new 2018 low in latest Express Entry draw

Large Draws Continue with 3500 candidates invited to apply

The Government of Canada has invited 3,500 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a draw that took place on April 25. The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was 441.

The cut-off score for this draw is three points lower than the previous invitation round on April 11, which had a CRS minimum of 444.

Today’s draw is the second consecutive invitation round in which Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 3,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs), tying the highest number of ITAs in a draw this year. Today’s total brings the number of ITAs issued by IRCC in 2018 to 24,500.

Under its new multi-year immigration levels plan for 2018-2020, the Government of Canada has increased its admissions target for 2018 to 74,900 admissions under the three economic immigration classes administered through the Express Entry system — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class. The admissions target for 2019 is 81,400.

Larger draws, like the one conducted today and two weeks ago, may help IRCC reach these targets. They can also have the effect of lowering the CRS cut-off score, as we saw with these last two draws.

IRCC employed its tie-break rule in this latest invitation round. The date and time employed in this round were December 8, 2017, at 10:25:33 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 441, as well as those candidates with scores of 441 who submitted their profile before this time, received an ITA.

The following is a hypothetical example of a candidate who received an ITA in today’s invitation round.

Sarya is 29 years old, has a bachelor’s degree and has worked as a programmer for three years. She has advanced English language proficiency and has never worked or studied in Canada. Her CRS of 441 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in the latest Express Entry Draw.

“Two consecutive draws of 3,500 have now knocked the CRS cut-off down to its lowest point of the year,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen immigration law firm in Montreal.

“April and May of 2017 were the busiest time for Express Entry, in terms of large draws, with May 2017 seeing the lowest minimum CRS score ever. With larger targets for 2018, and 2019, we will continue to watch, with interest, the draw sizes and minimum CRS scores in upcoming invitation rounds.”

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