From the July 2008 Newsletter from Commonwealth Immigration – information regarding changes to immigration for Canada, Australia and the UK:
From Canada: Priority processing for skilled workers (at the discretion of the Minister for Immigration) will now be allowed, ensuring that candidates are put into place in a more timely manner.
A consultation process has now been initiated where all Canadian provinces and employers groups will be invited to give their views on the types of skilled workers that should be prioritised to meet with Canada’s skilled labour shortages. This consultation process is likely to take several months.
From Australia: A new processing centre has been opened in Brisbane that will handle General Skilled Migration visas. This is to assist in the volumes of visas now expected as a result of an increased target set by the government.
The Brisbane Skilled Processing Centre (BSPC) will not be fully operational for a few more months but it is hoped that it will help reduce the current backlog of applications at the Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre (ASPC).
More information about working in Australia can be obtained by phoning our Australian office at +61 (0)7 3112 2657.
From the UK: The new Post-Study Work category has been introduced. This will replace the International Graduate Scheme, allowing overseas students with degrees from UK universities to remain in the UK to work for up to 2 years after graduation (1 year more than the IGS).