Ontario Continues to make use of Express Entry streams

Ontario continues to make use of Express Entry-aligned streams with 142 new invitations

Ontario continues to make use of Express Entry-aligned streams with 142 new invitations

Ontario continues to make use of Express Entry-aligned streams with 142 new invitations

The Canadian province of Ontario has issued a total of 142 Notifications of Interest to candidates in the Express Entry pool in two draws, which took place on April 11 and 12.

The draws conducted were for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Express Entry-aligned French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW) and Skilled Trades Stream. Since the draw was for candidates who met the criteria for the FSSW and Skilled Trades Stream, there was no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement to receive a Notification of Interest, or NOI, for these draws.

Under the FSSW Stream, 55 candidates who have submitted their Express Entry profile between January 1, 2018 and April 12, 2018 were issued an NOI. An additional 87 candidates with Express Entry profiles submitted between January 1, 2018 and April 11, 2018 were issued NOIs under the Skilled Trades Stream.

The FSSW Stream was launched in 2015 to help the OINP select French-speaking skilled workers who also have sufficient English language abilities and who want to live and work permanently in Ontario.

The Skilled Trades Stream helps trades workers with experience in an eligible trade to settle in Ontario through the use of the Express Entry selection system.

Invited candidates with a successful application to the OINP will obtain 600 additional CRS points, leaving them well positioned to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at a later federal Express Entry draw.

OINP data show that 791 Express Entry candidates have been issued NOIs under the two streams this year.

In addition to these streams, the OINP has been issuing NOIs on a regular basis to candidates through its Express Entry-linked Human Capital (HCP) Stream. The HCP Stream has a minimum CRS requirement of 400 points.

Since the beginning of 2018, the OINP has invited a total of 3,378 candidates from the Express Entry pool.

Candidates in the Express Entry pool do not apply directly to Ontario’s Express Entry streams. Candidates must first obtain an NOI from Ontario through their IRCC online account.

Once a NOI has been received, candidates have 45 calendar days from the date the NOI letter was issued to submit an online application to the OINP.

In order to pursue any of Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams, Candidates must first enter the Express Entry pool.

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Australia increased financial requirement for families of new migrants

Australia doubles financial requirement for families of new migrants

Australia increased financial requirement for families of new migrants

Australia increased financial requirement for families of new migrants

The Turnbull government has quietly made it harder for poorer migrant families to financially back their relatives in visa applications.

Significant changes have been made to the assurance of support scheme, a program designed to keep new migrants off welfare by ensuring their families have enough money to support them in their initial years in Australia.

It is compulsory to have a guarantor for some visa categories, including parent, aged dependant, contributory parent and remaining relative, while the home affairs department has a discretionary power to require it in other categories.

But late last month the government changed the amount an assurer needs to earn. In most cases, the families of new migrants will need to earn more than double what was previously required.

For example, if a couple in Australia wants to act as financial backers for their parents, they will need to earn a combined $115,475 a year, instead of $45,185. A single person who wants to vouch for their parents will need to earn $86,606, rather than $45,185.40.

The changes will also significantly increase the amount families need to have as “security” – usually a bank guarantee – for new migrants in some visa categories from April 2019.

The government also intends to introduce the 12-month assurance of support requirement for part of Australia’s humanitarian intake, through the community sponsorship program.

Labor said it had received complaints from the Chinese community about the changes, and was angry they were made without public announcement or debate.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia told Guardian Australia it was very worried about the changes.

The federation’s chair, Mary Patetsos, said “all family reunions [would be affected], regardless of place of origin”.

“The additional costs will have a heavy financial impact on Australian families,” she said. “Family reunion enhances successful settlement, promotes social cohesion and drives economic prosperity.”

A migration agent, Chelsea Liu, who works predominantly with Chinese families, said her clients were confused and worried.

Liu’s organisation, New Stars Education and Migration, has started a petition which already has more than 5,000 signatures.

“Some of our clients, they are already thinking of withdrawing their application, or [getting] family members’ or friends’ help to support their parents as well,” she said. “Maybe there’s another chance maybe you can claim some part-time salary, and that’s another way to increase the income.”

The changes did not require legislation, were made on 26 March and became active on 1 April.

The Labor spokeswoman on social services, Jenny Macklin, described the changes as “very concerning” and said her office had been overwhelmed with emails from “very angry families, particularly from the Chinese community”.

“It is bad form by the Turnbull government to try and sneak this change through parliament without any debate or scrutiny or even a media release from the minister,” she said. “It’s just not good enough.”

The social services minister, Dan Tehan, was not available for comment, but a department spokeswoman said the changes were designed to ensure new migrants were able to support themselves.

“The change will also ensure Australia’s social security system remains sustainable,” she said.

The assurance of support scheme has not been updated for about a decade. The changes seek to align the income requirements with the income cut-off for New start payments. The required income for sponsors depends on the number of people acting as sponsors and the number of migrants they plan to support.

The scheme is designed to make sure sponsors can support the new migrants and themselves. It is understood the new requirements will not apply to applicants who submitted their applications before 1 April.

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NZ contributes to global actions on migration

NZ contributes to global actions on migration

NZ contributes to global actions on migration

NZ contributes to global actions on migration

New Zealand contributes to global actions on migration and human rights

Three members of Parliament will represent New Zealand at an international forum focused on promoting democracy and human rights.

Rt Hon David Carter, is leading the delegation, including Deputy Speaker Hon Anne Tolley MP and Louisa Wall MP, to the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland from 24 to 28 March 2018.

Speaker, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said, “The IPU is an important forum for political dialogue and positive democratic change. Our regular participation with the IPU ensures that the New Zealand Parliament’s perspectives on the many issues facing the international parliamentary community are presented. I am pleased that the delegation will be able to connect with colleagues from around the globe and they will share best practice, innovations, and solutions.”

New Zealand will contribute to the central debate on the theme ‘Strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees: the need for evidence-based policy solutions’. Delegates will also participate in Standing Committees which will examine the role of parliaments in ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, supporting sustainable development and renewable energy, health, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. Meetings of women and young parliamentarians will be held, to discuss and develop mechanisms for ensuring diversity and representativeness in parliaments.

Immediately prior to the Assembly, New Zealand’s permanent representative to the IPU, Rt Hon David Carter will take part in a mission on behalf of the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians to the Maldives. He will also represent New Zealand at the IPU’s roundtable on the Common Principles for Support to Parliaments following the Assembly.

The IPU brings together parliamentarians from over 170 countries, twice a year. Members have diverse systems of government, cultures, and histories, but share a commitment to peace and cooperation among peoples. The IPU was established in 1889 and remains the worldwide focal point for parliamentary dialogue and a global champion of representative democracy and human rights.

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