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Chances of International students, foreign workers, and asylum.

Chances of International students, foreign workers, and asylum seekers who are already in Canada have increased to get permanent residence application approval.

Canada has planned to offer more routes for permanent residence to abroad residents who are staying with a temporary resident visa.

With the announcement of 400,000 immigration application approvals in the coming three years, Immigration minister Mr. Marco Mendicino told Bloomberg. that the federal government will make an announcement on this soon.

 

Why such changes are needed?

Mr. Mendicino said “it is important for Canada to identify how it can accelerate pathways to permanent residence for international students, temporary foreign workers, and asylum seekers already in the country. This is necessary to alleviate the economic challenges Canada is currently facing in part due to lower immigration levels caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

During the lockdown and closure of the international border have affected the immigration streams of Canada and because of that Canada’s immigration levels have slowed population, labour force, and economic growth.

Applications of permanent and temporary residents both have dropped this year which is noticeable from the statistical report. The report shows that in 2019 more than 190,000 temporary residents entered the country yet the first half of 2020 has seen that number decrease to 18,221. Permanent resident numbers are down 60 per cent year-over-year according to government data from August.

 

The target of Canada to settle the fall short of 2020 immigration

From the pace of immigration application approvals, it is visible that 200,000 or so permanent residents will get approval this year but that is too less than the 341,000 it targeted prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada’s population is slower than other countries and such a pandemic negatively affected the growth. This year the population growth has been affected by 0.1% in the second quarter. Canada’s population usually grows by over one per cent per year.

The immigration minister told Bloomberg that, “Making temporary residents permanent will address Canada’s short-term needs to respond to coronavirus. It will help address Canada’s long-term demographic challenges, which include an aging population and low birth rate” He added.

Such statements declare that more gaps in the labour market will be created with the older population retirements. Because of the low birth rate, Canada will need the help of immigration streams to overcome the population growth issues and need to ensure that open positions in the labour force are filled.

“The government will look at the foreign talent that is already in Canada in order to find the asylum seekers, students, and workers who have the skills that align with essential services in the economy,” Mr. Mendicino told Bloomberg.

“Students from other countries are ‘particularly attractive’ as potential counter forces to the effects of an aging population. Because of this, the government is making it easier for them to work in Canada.” He added.

To justify the statement Mr. Mendicino explained with an example that,

“Canada is allowing online study at a Canadian designated learning institution between May 2020 and April 2021 to count towards future Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility. The PGWP is coveted among international students because it enables them to gain the Canadian work experience they often need to be eligible for a range of economic class immigration programs.”

These programs include Express Entry’s Canadian Experience Class, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and the Quebec Experience Program.

Canada has also recently opened up its borders to students who are enrolled in classes at post-secondary that have coronavirus readiness plans

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How spousal sponsorship application works? What are the eligibility criteria?

Now Canada will process spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months. Canada has aimed to expedite 6,000 spousal sponsorship applications a month till the end of 2020.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) made this major announcement in late-September and it shows the path to bring your loved ones together as faster as it can amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Initially, Canada’s target was to add 70,000 new immigrants a year under the spousal, partner, and children family class immigration category.

But recently Canada announced a new  2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan  that shown the addition of 10,000 more application approvals. Ultimately, Canada has aimed to welcome nearly 80,000 new immigrants a year under the spousal, partner, and children family class immigration category.

Most of these immigrants will arrive under spousal sponsorship 

 

Who are eligible under the program & who can sponsor their partners to migrate to Canada?

The citizens and permanent residents of Canada can sponsor their partners to obtain permanent residence. The sponsor & applicant must show IRCC that their relationship falls under one of these three categories:

  • Spouse
  • Common-law partner
  • Conjugal partner

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and prove that they are not getting any social assistance for a reason other than a disability, and can demonstrate you are able to financially provide for the basic needs of your partner. The sponsor will also have to show the plan and prove how they will live in Canada with the sponsored person.

 

Eligibility criteria of partners:

The person you are sponsoring needs to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Spouse: They must be legally married to you and at least 18 years old.
  • Common-law partner: They must be at least 18 years old and have lived with you for at least 12 straight months.
  • Conjugal partner: They must be at least 18 years old, have been in a relationship with you for at least one year, live outside of Canada, and cannot live with you in their country or marry you due to significant legal or immigration causes. For example, they live in a country where same-sex marriage or divorce is not allowed. You need to prove to IRCC you could not live together or get married in your partner’s country.

 

How to submit a sponsorship application

IRCC asks you to submit two applications together. One is for sponsorship and the other is a permanent residence application.

  • Step 1: Obtain an application package from IRCC.
  • Step 2: Pay your application fees to IRCC which tend to include processing fees, right of permanent residence fee, and biometrics fee. You need to pay these fees on IRCC’s website.
  • Step 3: Mail your completed application to IRCC.

IRCC’s processing standard is 12 months

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Government of Canada announces new mandatory requirements for travelers

As a part of Canada’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the travelers are required to provide the information upon and after entry to Canada. That includes the quarantine plan and contact and travel information. Canada has introduced ArriveCAN in April 2020 to create a secure and user-friendly way to help travelers to comply with the border measures. ArriveCAN is available as a mobile app or by singing in online.

  •  Canada has announced new mandatory requirements for travelers to Canada.

 

 Pre-arrival to Canada:

From November 21, the travelers whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their information electronically through ArriveCAN before boarding their flight. It includes the travel and contact information, quarantine plans (unless exempted under the conditions se out in the Mandatory Isolation Order), and COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment. Travelers must show their ArriveCAN receipt on entry where a border service officer will verify that they have submitted the information digitally. If traveler fails to submit information before boarding flight, it may be subject to enforcement action, which can range from verbal warning to $1000 fine. Exceptions will be made for those who are unable to submit the documents electronically due to personal circumstances, such as disability or inadequate infrastructure.

 

Post-entry to Canada:

From November 21, 2020, the travelers entering Canada by air, land or marine ways will be required to submit their information through ArriveCAN or by calling the 1-833-641-0343 toll-free number during their quarantine or isolation period, unless they are exempted under conditions set out in Mandatory Isolation Order. Within 48 hours of entering Canada, travelers must confirm that they have arrived at their place of quarantine or isolation and those in quarantine must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom self-assessment during their quarantine period.

  • Travelers who do not submit the mandatory information required after they have crossed the border will be considered a high priority for follow-up by law enforcement.

This new step will help government receive the information in organized way and they can contact the travelers for public health follow-up in easier way. Submitting the information digitally will help travelers to reduce the processing time at borders and limit the physical contacts. This will protect the health and safety of travelers and officers

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Immigration committee did a research on the impact of coronavirus on Canadian immigrants

Staying apart from the family and uncertainty is affecting mental health of Canadian Immigrants. Due to travel restrictions, separated family members, approved permanent residents unable to travel to Canada. Because of such reasons people and families are suffering in a pessimistic manner.

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of Canada is directing a research study to inspect the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian immigration system over the course of no more than eight sessions.

After completion of the study a report with the findings will be submitted to the House. The government then will have 120 days to take actions accordingly; however, they are not obligated to make any change in policy.

The research will cover the issues mentioned below that are relevant to the coronavirus impact on Canadian immigration:

  • Application backlogs and processing times for the different streams of family reunification and the barriers preventing the timely reunification of loved ones, such as denials of  Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs) because of  section 179(b) of the Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations, and the on-going closures of Visa Application Centres;
  • Examine the government’s decision to reintroduce a lottery system  for the reunification of parents and grandparents; to compare it to previous iterations of application processes for this stream of family reunification, including a review of processing time and the criteria required for the successful sponsorship;
  • TRV processing delays faced by international students in securing TRVs, particularly in francophone Africa, authorization to travel to Canada by individuals with an expired confirmation of permanent residency, use of expired security, medical, and background checks for permanent immigration.

 

For such issues, the House has arranged a session and the committee is meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Rest discussion and decisions will be taken in another meeting scheduled on November 16, and 18. Immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, has also been invited to appear before the committee on November 25 and December 2.

Among other early findings, the mental health of immigrants and their Canadian family members was examined in two scenarios relating to family separation.

Their survey took a mental health snapshot of 548 respondents, who had been separated from family for months or even years at a time. Of these, a reported:

  • 18 per cent have suicidal thoughts;
  • 22 per cent had to stop working;
  • 70 per cent have anxiety and 44 per cent generalized anxiety;
  • 35 per cent started having panic attacks;
  • 78 per cent have periods of severe depression;
  • 76 per cent have severe energy loss;
  • 57 per cent now have physical pain;
  • 52 per cent gained or lost weight abnormally;
  • 85 per cent have sleep problems.
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Quebec launched new recruitment portal for direct employer-immigrant
  •  For immigrants who have the potential to add the economic benefit of the country, Quebec launched a new job portal by the support offered with an immigration advisor.
  • The latest portal has a feature through which the employer portal can recruit immigrant job seekers from Quebec and abroad using data from the Arrima system.
  • This was announced on November 5 by Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration, Nadine Girault. It was also on that date that the new functionality of the Employer Portal, a service offered by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, was made available to businesses.
  • This portal is designed to fulfil the labour market with a perfect match for the occupation. By such steps the Canadian economy will also grow with individual organizational growth. It has features that allow organizations to check the ministry’s website directly, consult the profiles of  immigration candidates, offer them a job, and help initiate the immigration process.
  • Organizations that are registered under the Registraire des Entreprises Québec (Enterprise Register) will be allowed to recruit immigrants or candidates from ethnocultural minorities established in Quebec, abroad students who have graduated from Quebec with a post-graduate work permit, or temporary or permanent workers from abroad.
  • The Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) wrote in an e-mail to a famous news portal of Canada that,
  • “By making profiles of immigration candidates available to companies, they can more quickly identify the people who best meet their labour needs,”
  • “The navigation in the Portal is ergonomic and allows the company to view results that are displayed in real-time when it selects its various search criteria. In addition, the interface allows users to save and download their search results and identify their favourites so they can quickly get in touch with them.”
  • The businesses will get beneficial support from the immigration department if there is a match between employers and immigration candidates. Organizations will get help in selecting the right immigration program and go through the various steps involved.

This personalized support program is offered by the department’s regional immigration and international recruitment advisors and is available in all administrative regions of Quebec

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Canada has announced 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan

Canada has announced 2020-2022 Immigration Levels Plan that has sparked the discussion like number of immigrants Canada will welcome, which category they will fall under, and if the Canadian economy can integrate the immigrants or not.

The decision of identifying how many newcomers Canada will welcome each year is based on the six major factors that are mentioned as below:

  • Demographics and economics
  • Canada’s policy goals
  • Global circumstances
  • Canada’s integration capacity
  • Canada’s processing capacity
  • Politics

 

Demographics and economics:

Welcoming immigrants is an economic necessity for Canada due to the demographic circumstances of Canada. It is one of the world’s oldest populations and lowest birth rates. Hence, Canada needs to welcome foreign nationals to promote demographic and labour force growth which is critical to sustain the economic growth.

 

Policy goals:

Canada has three major reasons to welcome immigrants, i.e. growth of economy, reunite families and help the refugees. Hence, Canadian government shapes immigrations levels keeping these goals in mind and Canada, to fulfil these goals, welcomes about 40 percent of its immigrants under the family and refugee classes each year.

 

Global circumstances:

Canada should respond to global circumstances and Canada has to be sure that there is enough global demand from potential immigrants who want to move to the country and as a member of international community Canada has an obligation to assist when humanitarian crises occur.

Considering this, Canada may take short-term measures to adjust the immigration levels and which category immigrants are welcome.

 

Canada’s integration capacity:

The federal government must have the confidence that country’s economic conditions are sound enough for immigrants to settle down and integrate in the labor market. Also, the country must have sufficient resources to support the settlement of immigrants, affordable housing, healthcare services, public transportation and other welfare facilities to support the larger populations.

 

Canada’s processing capacity:

Canada is the country where immigrants will surely want to move and global demand is high. The country must ensure that they have sufficient processing capacity to process the applications of the immigrants. How many new comers will be welcome depends upon the current capacity to process the applications effectively Even if the country wanted to welcome higher levels of immigration, it might not yet have the processing capacity in place to do so.

Canada has improved its processing capacity in recent years by implementing the Express Entry application management system, however, it still processes many immigration applications via paper, which is slower, and requires significant staffing resources.

 

Politics:

Politics is the most influential factor as the level of immigration chosen by government is a political decision. Economic justification or public opinion matters but when it comes to political matters, the government chooses the immigration levels based on how they think the decision will impact them in coming election time.

Immigration levels can be kept high or low as per the government’s policies and other factors that affect the decision of welcoming the new comers. Even when the country needs more immigrants, government can decide if the immigration is to be kept low or not. For example, Quebec is a province in Canada that can control its immigration level and they need higher immigration, yet the current government has decided to keep it low which is its best political interest.

The same way, the current federal government can justify the increase the Canada’s immigration level or may be decrease it as per their circumstances after the pandemic. However, they may have made the decision of increasing it slowly considering their target of welcoming new immigrants in coming years.

We have to wait for the time and announcement that Canadian government makes to increase or decrease the immigration levels in the coming times which may be majorly based on the factors discussed here. Keep checking our news and articles to know the latest updates.

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Canada is reopening with successful job additions every month

The statistical report of Canada’s labour market shows 0.1% points fall last month to 8.9%. In October 2020, Canada added 84,000 new jobs and that is slower but a good growth comparing to the previous months’ situations. In August & September, only 378,200 jobs were created in the Canadian labour market.

All over October, the Canadian government eased the restrictions leisurely taking the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing viral cases into consideration and steadily opened the job market.

At the same time, there was very little change in the unemployment rate compared to September, according to Statistics Canada’s  latest Labour Force Survey.

Since October starting the unemployment rate was 0.0% but by the end of the month, it decreased and went to 8.9%, which is a noticeable growth in this pandemic.

Also, the report says that,

“For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of self-employed workers increased by 33,000; among those who worked at least half of their usual hours, the number working at home also increased by 150,000.”

Women under the age group of 25-54 have seen the most benefits from the increase in employment. Comparing to all other age groups, youth employment remained well below pre-pandemic levels.

 

Province to province variation in labour market:

In October, provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island have performed well and shown a healthy increment in employment rate and other provinces have shown basic changes in employment rates.

Firstly, British Columbia gained 34,000 jobs in October and most of them were full-time.

Secondly, Ontario added 31,000 new jobs in October, and businesses like wholesale & retail trade and manufacturing contributed well to this increment ratio.

Then Alberta added 23,000 jobs in October and most of the growth was seen in Calgary. This increment showed a great hike in its employment rate for the fifth consecutive month after passing through a large number of job losses.

Employment in Newfoundland and Labrador increased by 5,900 in October, and in Prince Edward Island by 900

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Get an Immigration Pathway to Canada

Canada has continued to hold the draw during the lockdown where majorly it was for Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) where the most candidates were already in the country. Canada had set target to invite newcomers for 2020.

Canada is planning to offer more permanent residence pathways to foreign nationals who are already in the country. Canada, as announced before, would welcome over 400,000 immigrants per year over the next three years, and hence, the federal government will make announcements on new pathways soon.

Why this change is necessary

It is necessary for Canada to find the pathways to PR for international students, temporary foreign workers, and asylum seekers already in the country as it is necessary to alleviate the economic challenges the country is facing in current time. The decline in Canada’s immigration levels has slowed population, labour force, and economic growth. The number of both permanent and temporary residents dropped significantly this year.

The benefits of Canadian experience

There are two major benefits to the country in introducing more pathways to existing students, foreign workers, and asylum seekers in Canada. In short run, the temporary decrease in immigration due to pandemic will be covered to support the economic growth and in the long run, immigrants with Canadian experience tend to have strong labour market outcomes.

The combination of having Canadian education, work experience, social and professional networks, and fluency in English and/or French results in quicker labour market integration and high wages in the long term.

What could changes look like?

The authority did not hint what the changes may include, but there are certain assumptions as follows:

  • launching new federal pilot programs
  • holding program-specific Express Entry draws
  • modifying Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to provide more points for Canadian experience
  • modifying eligibility criteria for federal programs (e.g., reducing the work experience requirement for the Canadian Experience Class)
  • extending the length of temporary work permit durations to give candidates more time to gain the Canadian work experience they need to be eligible to apply for an immigration program such as the Canadian Experience Class.

The minister and IRCC have not provided any indication on what reforms they are planning to come up with, so we must wait for the official announcement. Keep checking our news and blogs to get the latest update

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While overseas education plans may have deferred for some students, many are still hoping to be able to land in a foreign country soon. However, for students who are yet to decide the university this year or in the years to come, two factors will be added to the list while shortlisting institutions - how well did the country manage the corona virus outbreak and how did it support international students amid the virus outbreak.

In an exclusive interview to Education Times

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Supporting international students to support Australian jobs
The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to
ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from
the COVID-19 pandemic.
International students are extremely important to Australia and our economy, contributing
$40 billion annually and supporting 250,000 jobs. Many also go on to become great
Australian citizens.
While the closure of our international borders has been critical to our success in slowing the
spread of the coronavirus, and Australia has been a leader in this regard, it has presented
challenges to the education sector and students, both here and offshore.
These five visa changes will ensure international students are not worse off due to the
coronavirus pandemic and that Australia remains competitive with other countries.
The changes include:
 The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged
outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas
and be able to make arrangements to travel.
 International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of
charge, if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity
due to COVID-19.
 Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will
be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a
post-study work visa.
 Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa
outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.
 Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where
COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.
Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan
Tudge said the changes provide assurance to international students already in Australia and
those who haven’t been able to travel due to COVID-19 border closures.
“These measures back the international education sector – our fourth largest export sector
– and will assist its recovery,” Mr Tudge said.
“In making these changes, we have been guided by the principles that the health of
Australians is key, but that international students should not be further disadvantaged by
COVID-19.
“We are a welcoming nation with a world-class education system and some of the lowest
rates of COVID-19 in the world. Students want to study here and we want to welcome them
back in a safe and measured way when it is safe to do so.
“Doing so will not only support the education sector, it will also have flow-on effects for
many local communities and businesses, including accommodation services, tourism,
hospitality and retail.”
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the changes would give international students
confidence in their visa arrangements so they can make plans to study in Australia when it is
safe to do so.
“Our remarkable efforts in controlling the spread of the virus mean we can begin to
welcome back international students in a COVID safe way once state borders re-open and
face-to-face learning resumes,” Mr Tehan said.
“As well as supporting jobs, international education builds our connection to the rest of the
world and supports a number of critical industries like health, aged and disability care.”
The Government has previously relaxed work restrictions for international students working
in the health, aged and disability care sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also
been flexible in cases where the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented international students
meeting their visa conditions, such as not being able attend classes in person.
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Apply now and start online in Semester 2, 2020, or Semester 1 or 2, 2021. If your application to start at Swinburne is successful, we’ll advise you by email

Our 30% scholarship is still available for online study

The George Swinburne STEM Achievement Postgraduate Scholarship is all about changing the world. And the good news is, you can still change it, even if you’re studying online from your home country.

This scholarship is inspired by our founder, George Swinburne’s strong belief in educational opportunities for all. That’s why we thought it would be a great idea to award aspiring engineers, scientists and tech gurus a 30% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of the course, even while you’re studying online - and when you’re able to join us here on campus.

Am I eligible?

You belong to the next generation of inventors, risk-takers and problem solvers who’ll change the way our world works. Even if you start online from your home country, you still deserve the chance to pursue your dream.  

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Swinburne has partnered with LinkedIn to bring you an exciting program that lets you start your course from home this year! If eligible, you’ll receive a 30% fee reduction on any units completed online before you join us on campus, here in Melbourne. So, if you’re impacted by travel restrictions, you’ll automatically be considered for the Swinburne X LinkedIn International Program when you apply for a Swinburne course with a June-December 2020 intake.

DON’T DELAY, START YOUR COURSE TODAY!

The  Swinburne  X  LinkedIn  International  Program   is   exclusive toourinternationalstudentcommunityandoffers:

  • 30% fee reduction on undergraduate and postgraduate units completed online in your homecountry
  • Full credit for every online unit youcomplete
  • Exclusive access to LinkedIn Learning for the duration of yourcourse
  • Seminars with LinkedIn experts on finding a job in Australia, standing out on LinkedIn & boosting yourCV

How will this help while I’m studying online?

The Swinburne X LinkedIn International Program helps:

 

KEEP YOUR COURSE ON TRACK

All units delivered online are taught by Swinburne academics who share the most up to date knowledge, across all subject areas.

 

SUPPORT YOUR COURSEWORK

Extra online learning materials from LinkedIn and Swinburne will enhance your main coursework.

 

STRENGTHEN YOUR CV

Complete LinkedIn Learning  modules  to  earn  badges,  boostyourLinkedInprofileandincreaseyourexposure to potentialemployers.

 

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he Government of Canada has announced it will be removing restrictive barriers for international students working in essential services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada said on Wednesday that a temporary rule change for international students is being put in place, aimed at helping healthcare centres and other facilities under pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting immediately, the government will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session, provided they are working in an essential service or function, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply

“Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are making important contributions as frontline workers in health care and other essential service sectors. We know and value their efforts and sacrifices to keep Canadians healthy and ensure the delivery of critical goods and services,” said Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

According to a press release issued by the federal government, workers in certain roles and industries have been under considerable pressure during the COVID-19 outbreak and international students who are already present in Canada will help meet the challenges of the pandemic.

The government added that thousands of international students are studying in health and emergency service-related programs, including many who are nearly fully trained and ready to graduate.

The rule change is said by the government to be temporary, as access to well-trained workers are badly needed during the coronavirus crisis. The restrictions will be lifted until August 31, 2020.

Back in 2017–2018, Statistics Canada reported more than 11,000 international students were enrolled in health-care programs at Canada’s universities and colleges, representing about 4% of health-care students at that time.

The announcement came on the same day that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled details of a $9 billion emergency fund for post-secondary students. The student plan was geared towards helping those who are not currently eligible for other government aid programs.

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Now is the time to be bold, to lead, and to get ahead. Apply now! Get started online and join us in Adelaide when our borders re-open.

We’re all living in rapidly changing circumstances, but one thing hasn’t changed - the biggest challenge of the future has always been the unknown, and the best way to face the unknown is to be ready to prepare, to transform, and to change the game. At Flinders, we’re doing everything we can to make that happen for you. To make sure you have the opportunity to study with the same high-quality education we’ve always provided, based around online study, so you graduate future ready. With flexible study and payment options, take advantage of every opportunity. Join us online now and on campus when our borders re-open. Our online options are stronger than ever, and our teachers are adapting to deliver classes in innovative ways.

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A number of our students travel from around the world to study with us. We are committed to supporting them to successfully engage with their studies, in the face of the challenges posed by COVID-19.

The State Government has announced a new $13.8 million support package   designed to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship. This includes $10 million to support pathway and international students at South Australia’s public universities. At the University of Adelaide the funding will be distributed through the existing Student Support Package and will allow us to support even more students in need. International students studying on a Pre-Enrolment English Program (PEP) or on a pathway course at University of Adelaide College, who are in hardship, are now eligible to apply for assistance.

You can reach Ask Adelaide on +61 8 8313 5208 or online.

For questions about student travel (eg exchanges, study tours), contact our Study Overseas helpline on +61 8 8313 6363 (9 am to 9 pm).

Students affected by travel restrictions should call the University's dedicated helpline on +61 8 8313 2882 (or +861087833298 if in China for the cost of a local Beijing call).

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The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. We have a team working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date advice. From Monday 1 June we will transition to the ‘Recovery’ phase of the framework.
  • Our Australian campuses remain open – students and staff require swipe card access for some of our buildings. We have kept our campuses open because we know that some people don’t have laptops or unlimited WiFi.
  • Remote teaching will continue until the end of Semester 1 and Trimester 2. We are providing opportunities for formal lab and practical sessions that cannot be run online to be run on campus.
  • Our intention is to return to face-to-face teaching for the majority of classes on campus from Semester 2 and Trimester 3. More information here.
  • At the start of April we announced the establishment of the University of Newcastle COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund valued at $1 million and our Office of Alumni and Philanthropy launched an appeal to our wider University community. More details about donating are here.
  • We have introduced a number of heavily-subsidised, online short courses to help people whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 build new skills to re-enter the workforce or undertake further study.

We encourage everyone on our campuses to adhere to handwashing and hygiene practices and practice social distancing.

Please take your own measures to respond to COVID-19 in line with Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit our campuses and please seek medical support.Consult your GP for advice or go to your nearest Fever Clinic for testing

If the test is positive COVID-19, inform health.response@newcastle.edu.au

Keeping work and study environments clean may also help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infections such as the common cold.

We ask students, staff and visitors to our campuses take the precautions advised by the public health experts including:

Hand washing for 40 - 60 seconds with soap

Using hand sanitiser

Following coughing and sneezing etiquette

Please observe and comply with health-related signage around the University

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The ACT will lead a pilot program for reintroducing international students into Australia after coronavirus travel bans barred thousands from studying on campus. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said students could be welcomed as early as next month on a pilot basis only for people who were pre-approved to study at particular institutions. Mr Morrison said students would only be accepted with appropriate quarantine entry arrangements and biosecurity measures.

ACT universities welcomed the progress on the pilot program.

Australian National University vice-chancellor, professor Brian Schmidt, said he looked forward to having students back in Canberra.

"We've missed them and it's been tough on them being away from the city and campus - and from a community they contribute to substantially.

"Our focus is maintaining the safety of the ACT community and wellbeing of our students as they transition back to campus."

Vice-Chancellor and president of the University of Canberra, Paddy Nixon, said Canberra was one of the safest cities in one of the safest nations in the world.

"We are missing all of our international students and the vibrancy they bring to our tight-knit UC community-our campus is not the same without them," he said.

Australian universities have experienced huge revenue losses since the start of the pandemic with a drop in full-fee paying international students contributing to the decline.

ANU reported a $225 million shortfall while University of Canberra reported a $33 million loss for 2020.

Universities Australia figures show the international education sector contributed $39 billion to the Australian economy in 2019 and supported 259,000 jobs.

Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson said international students would be crucial for reactivating businesses and creating jobs.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said students could be welcomed as early as next month on a pilot basis only for people who were pre-approved to study at particular institutions.

Mr Morrison said students would only be accepted with appropriate quarantine entry arrangements and biosecurity measures.

"We've received some very, I think, well thought-through proposals from states as to how this can be done, particularly here in the ACT," he said.

The Prime Minister said he made it clear that states and territories that had border controls in place for other Australians would not be in the position to accept international students.

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South Australia will reopen its borders to unrestricted travel on July 20, while restrictions on venues including pubs, restaurants and gyms will be further eased next week.

Premier Steven Marshall has just announced that South Australia's borders will be fully open on the 20th July.

Students that are transferring from interstate to study at a South Australian institution won't have to self-isolate for 14 days from the 20th July.

 

Key points:

  • Up to 300 people will be allowed per venue in SA from next Friday
  • Premier Steven Marshall also announced SA's borders will open on July 20
  • The Government is seeking legal advice on opening individual borders earlier
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS 25% scholarship on fees for the course duration

Application deadline 5 June 2020.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE? • Available for offshore applications from India • Available for students applying to study at Southern Cross University Sydney, Melbourne or Perth. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS APPLY NOW Application deadline 5 June 2020. Terms & Conditions Apply 25% scholarship on fees for the course duration Published by Southern Cross University on 6 April 2020. The information in this flyer is accurate at the time of publication and is to be used as a guide only. Southern Cross University reserves the right to alter, amend or delete details published in the flyer at any stage. To the extent permitted at law, the University excludes all liability (including all losses, damages, costs and expenses of whatever nature) arising from the use of, or reliance on, any of the information contained in this flyer. Information in this flyer is for international students wanting to study in Australia. Enquiries: E: info@educoglobal.com or speak to your local EduCo representative T: 1800 422 226 (from Australia) +61 2 8599 1820 (outside Australia)  scusydneyintl  scumelbourneintl  scuperthintl EduCo conducts academic courses on behalf of Southern 

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PARTNER NEWS - MAY 2020

I hope this email finds you, your teams and families, healthy and well.

Firstly, I am delighted to say the state of South Australia has been a world leader in its handling of Covid-19. Our State Government and SA Health department have done a fantastic job in keeping our residents (including your international students) safe and well.

Not only did our State Government announce one of the most generous per person emergency funding schemes, in conjunction with an also generous scheme provided by the University, South Australia has one of the highest rates of testing per capita throughout the world. The state has recorded just one new case (who was repatriated from the UK) in the past month and as of last week, there are zero active cases within South Australia.

Whilst we have no clarity on when we can re-open our borders, we are excited by these recent developments and will continue to update you on the prospects of international travel as the situation evolves.

We have a number of updates to provide which are relevant for recruitment into our 2020 and 2021 intakes: 

  • Semester 2 and Trimester 3 2020 Intakes
    • The university will continue to teach programs online for the remainder of the year and our semester commencement and census dates are unchanged. As the Covid-19 situation continues to evolve, we will keep you updated with any changes, particularly relating to online and in-person teaching delivery modes. We may also be in a position to offer a wider variety of programs for Trimester 3 (September) and will provide further updates on this shortly. 
  • Scholarships for International Students 
  • Acceptance of Alternative English Language Tests
    • Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Alternative English Language Tests will be accepted for admission to all coursework applications for 2020 and 2021, until such time as standard testing centres reopen. Approved tests include TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, IELTS Indicator and Cambridge Linguaskills General. 
  • Acceptance of Agency certified documents and English translated documents
    • Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the University will accept digitally certified documents until further notice, including translations submitted by University authorised agents. COEs will be issued with condition of verification on them for Semester 2 & Trimester 3, 2020 and Semester 1 & Trimester 1, 2021. 
  • Conditional offer letters with scholarships 
    • The University will issue conditional offer letters with relevant scholarships for Semester 2 / Trimester 3, 2020 and Trimester 1 / Semester 1, 2021.

Please feel free to get in touch with your relevant Regional Manger for further details. 

I would like to personally thank you for your continued support throughout Covid-19 and sincerely look forward to the time we can again welcome your students to Adelaide. 

 

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EDUCATION IN IRELAND
  1. The spreadsheet should be used by all  education providers and updated and emailed to ndvi@dfa.ie on weekly basis. Education providers who are using this will find that their applications will be processed faster because it is quicker for us to certify student’s details with education providers.  Where education providers are not emailing us this information on a spreadsheet , this may cause delay in processing applications from those providers because it will take us longer for us to verify student’s details we make decision.

 

  1. It is recommended that all students apply for  multi entry long stay visa  in case they have to leave Ireland within  3 months of their arrival before they registered for their IRP card.

 

  1. Processing time will be 4 weeks (20 working days).  However this will be dependent upon amount of applications received staff resources and Covid 19 situation in Delhi.

 

  1. The travel of the visa will be 4 weeks before the course date to ensure the students can self isolate 14 days before they commence their course if this is needed. All study applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks before their course starts to ensure that visa office can process visa 4 weeks in advance of course date.

 

  1. If students have already accepted with course paid half of course fees and have all the needed supported documents they should submit their applications to VFS WHEN THEY REOPEN and  LOCKDOWN restrictions have been lifted.

 

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Southern Cross University is pleased to offer students who have displayed outstanding academic potential an opportunity to apply for an Outstanding Academic Excellence Scholarship. These scholarships are designed to support high performing international students to study sciences or engineering at our Lismore or Coffs Harbour Campuses**. Combined with the relatively low cost of living in regional Australia, these scholarships, which are valued at up to $60,000, will provide outstanding students the opportunity to channel their energy into their studies by significantly improving the affordability of their time in Australia.

Eligibility To be eligible for this scholarship you must be: 1. International Students who are commencing in Session 2, 2020 or course transferring into a new course in Session 2, 2020. 2. Students must be full time (ie. 3 units or more in each Study period) 3. Students must be able to demonstrate a very high standard of Entry into the course (ie. must have completed a graded Diploma or higher with outstanding results). 4. Student must study sciences or engineering at our Lismore or Coffs Harbour Campuses** Amount $15,000 per annum for the life of the degree. Duration Up to four years Closing Date • Applications close 26 June, 2020 • Outcomes will be released progressively • Final outcomes released 30 June, 2020 Apply now

Apply Today.

scu.edu.au/scholarships/ international-student-scholarships/

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Scholarships for international students Excited about moving here to study? We’re just as thrilled to welcome you. That’s why we’ve created scholarships just for international students. If you’re awarded one, you can focus less on finances, and more on learning and experiencing all that Swinburne has to offer.

Up to 75% off your tuition fees

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Some scholarships are awarded based on the grades of your previous study, meaning the better your grades, the higher the scholarship amount. Other scholarships are awarded based on your ability to meet the entry requirements of selected courses.

Further scholarships, separate from Swinburne International scholarships, are also available to international students. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more. 

Automatic consideration

You don’t need to submit a separate application* for these scholarships. Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice, and when we assess your course application we will automatically assess you for a Swinburne International scholarship. Visit our How to apply page for course application details.

*Other Swinburne scholarships may require you to submit a separate application form. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more.

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Scholarships for international students Excited about moving here to study? We’re just as thrilled to welcome you. That’s why we’ve created scholarships just for international students. If you’re awarded one, you can focus less on finances, and more on learning and experiencing all that Swinburne has to offer.

Up to 75% off your tuition fees

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Some scholarships are awarded based on the grades of your previous study, meaning the better your grades, the higher the scholarship amount. Other scholarships are awarded based on your ability to meet the entry requirements of selected courses.

Further scholarships, separate from Swinburne International scholarships, are also available to international students. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more. 

Automatic consideration

You don’t need to submit a separate application* for these scholarships. Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice, and when we assess your course application we will automatically assess you for a Swinburne International scholarship. Visit our How to apply page for course application details.

*Other Swinburne scholarships may require you to submit a separate application form. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more.

 

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Scholarships for international students Excited about moving here to study? We’re just as thrilled to welcome you. That’s why we’ve created scholarships just for international students. If you’re awarded one, you can focus less on finances, and more on learning and experiencing all that Swinburne has to offer.

Up to 75% off your tuition fees

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Some scholarships are awarded based on the grades of your previous study, meaning the better your grades, the higher the scholarship amount. Other scholarships are awarded based on your ability to meet the entry requirements of selected courses.

Further scholarships, separate from Swinburne International scholarships, are also available to international students. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more. 

Automatic consideration

You don’t need to submit a separate application* for these scholarships. Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice, and when we assess your course application we will automatically assess you for a Swinburne International scholarship. Visit our How to apply page for course application details.

*Other Swinburne scholarships may require you to submit a separate application form. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more.

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Scholarships for international students Excited about moving here to study? We’re just as thrilled to welcome you. That’s why we’ve created scholarships just for international students. If you’re awarded one, you can focus less on finances, and more on learning and experiencing all that Swinburne has to offer.

Up to 75% off your tuition fees

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Some scholarships are awarded based on the grades of your previous study, meaning the better your grades, the higher the scholarship amount. Other scholarships are awarded based on your ability to meet the entry requirements of selected courses.

Further scholarships, separate from Swinburne International scholarships, are also available to international students. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more. 

Automatic consideration

You don’t need to submit a separate application* for these scholarships. Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice, and when we assess your course application we will automatically assess you for a Swinburne International scholarship. Visit our How to apply page for course application details.

*Other Swinburne scholarships may require you to submit a separate application form. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more.

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Scholarships for international students Excited about moving here to study? We’re just as thrilled to welcome you. That’s why we’ve created scholarships just for international students. If you’re awarded one, you can focus less on finances, and more on learning and experiencing all that Swinburne has to offer.

Up to 75% off your tuition fees

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Some scholarships are awarded based on the grades of your previous study, meaning the better your grades, the higher the scholarship amount. Other scholarships are awarded based on your ability to meet the entry requirements of selected courses.

Further scholarships, separate from Swinburne International scholarships, are also available to international students. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more. 

Automatic consideration

You don’t need to submit a separate application* for these scholarships. Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice, and when we assess your course application we will automatically assess you for a Swinburne International scholarship. Visit our How to apply page for course application details.

*Other Swinburne scholarships may require you to submit a separate application form. Visit our main scholarships page to find out more.

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Prime minister has released a three-stage "road map" to re-open Australia Step 3 will look at considering international student travel International students are ‘willing and waiting’ to return to Australia, says education agent

Revealing the ‘Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia’, Prime Minister Scott Morrison laid out a three-step pathway for easing restrictions across the country, which includes considering international student travel.

"Today, we move ahead with reopening our economy and our society, with a clear plan, and a clear framework, that shows Australians the road ahead," Mr Morrison said.

PM Morrison said that while he, the Premiers and the Chief Ministers aspire to see the country move through these three steps by July, he emphasised it will be up to states and territories to determine exactly when the restrictions will be lifted.

“The pace though will be totally up to states and territories. They will be responsible for setting their own timetable and communicating that to their citizens and residents in their own states and territories,” Mr Morrison said.

“Premiers and Chief Ministers have asked me to stress that there will be no expectation of step one starting on day one unless they are already there. Moving on these steps will take some preparation.”

“This is great news as international students stuck abroad are waiting to travel to Australia,” says Melbourne-based registered education agent Bina Shah.

Ms Shah says many international students from India have not been able to return after Australia shut down its border to temporary migrants.

“This morning, I had three calls from students who are stuck and waiting to return. They all are willing and waiting to come back to Australia,” Ms Shah said.

“While cases are increasing in India, we have handled COVID-19 very well in Australia. That too has increased their confidence to return to Australia,” she adds.

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From the implementation of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa, changes in Occupation Lists, to mandatory provisional visas before permanent residency, take a look at significant changes and what is in pipeline for 2018.
By 
Mosiqi Acharya
 2 JAN 2018 - 11:48 AM  UPDATED 8 JAN 2018 - 10:20 AM
 

The 457 visa will be replaced with Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa

 

 
 
 
 
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (R) has defended the decision to scrap the 457 visa program.

 

From March 2018, the current 457 visa program will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.

The TSS visa will be comprised of a Short-Term stream allowing stays of up to two years, and a Medium-Term stream allowing stays of up to four years.

The Short-Term stream visa is renewable only once.  The STSOL occupation list will apply for Short-Term Stream applicants.

The Medium-Stream visa holders may renew their visas onshore and may apply for permanent residence pathway after working for three years in Australia. The MLTSSL occupation list will apply for Medium-Stream visa applicants. This stream is relatively similar to the current 457 visa.

Tighter Regulations for both streams:

  • Increased Work Experience Requirements
  • Higher English Language Levels Requirements
  • Mandatory Labour Market Testing
  • Set Australian Market Salary Rates
  • Additional Character, Anti-Discrimination and Training Requirements

More information: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/WorkinginAustralia/Documents/abolition-replacement-457.pdf

Changes to Occupation lists in 2018

 

 
 
 
 
Skill Migrant

 

A number of changes were made to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) in April 2017 and again in July 2017.

CHECK IF YOUR OCCUPATION IS IN THE MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM STRATEGIC SKILLS LIST (MLTSSL) HERE

Though the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skill List (MLTSSL) is likely to remain the same, the STSOL which is a list of occupations nominated for temporary and short-term visas is likely to see some changes.

Some of the occupations flagged for removal from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List are Accommodation and Hospitality manager, Hair or Beauty Salon Manager, Recruitment Consultant and Building Associate..

University Tutor, Psychotherapist, Property Manager, Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Representative may be added to the list.

It is also likely that Skilled Occupations List will include Airline Pilots in 2018 to address the shortage of pilots in Australia. Following lobbying from the peak body for regional airlines, SBS Hindi reported the Skilled Occupations List will be revised to allow foreign pilots to come to the country on a two-year work visa.

Plans to introduce mandatory provisional visas before permanent residency in Australia and reducing the number of visas from 99 to 10

 

 
 
 
 
Getting permanent residency in Australia

 

The Government undertook public consultation to transform Australia’s visa system in 2017.

The Australian government discussed plans to introduce mandatory provisional visas where migrants may need to spend a certain period of time before they are granted permanent residency and also to reduce the number of visas from 99 to 10 to simplify the process.

The Department received 255 submissions and approximately 184 representatives of industry, academia, community and government participated in roundtables across the country, with an additional 60 industry representatives participating in immigration reform workshops.

In December 2017, the department in a consultation summary said while approximately 55% opposed a provisional period, among those who supported the principle of provisional residence, a provisional period of a minimum of two years was most popular.  

88% of the submissions supported visa simplification with suggestions that importance be given to transparency around decision making, reduced processing times and a system that was easier to understand and navigate.  

The department though has not set a timeline for its implementation and says, ‘This is a long-term programme of improvement to the way we deliver our services. There is no immediate impact for visa applicants or holders. The first step will be broad consultation with the market on the design and build of a new visa processing platform.’

We are likely to hear more about these plans in 2018.

Temporary sponsored parent visa

 

 
 
 
 
parent visa

 

In the 2017-18 federal budget, a new temporary sponsored parent visa was announced - to be available from November 2017. However, the new visa which will allow migrants’ parents to stay in the country for extended periods has been delayed.

The Bill enabling the new visa to come into effect has not yet been approved by the Senate.

Here are the six must know facts about the new long stay visa for parents.

  • 3-year-visa will cost $5000, a 5-year-visa will cost $10,000 and a 10-year-visa will cost $20,000, with the opportunity of a single renewal for another five years at the same price. 
  • 15,000 people each year will be granted this long stay parent visa. 
  • Children/Sponsors will be required to pay for their parents' private health insurance. The children will also need to act as financial guarantor on any extra healthcare costs their parents rack up in Australia.
  • Those on the new visa will not be allowed to work, however, the government hopes they will take on family roles which would see “reduced pressure on childcare facilities.”
  • Those sponsoring their parents for the new visa need to be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or “eligible New Zealand citizens”.
  • The visa-holders would not be allowed to reapply beyond the 10 years and would have no pathway to permanent residency.

Partner Visa

 

 
 
 
 
Wedding

Proposed changes to Partner Visa were expected in 2017 but it has been deferred to 2018. 

This is because the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016(Cth) (“the Bill”) is still before the Senate and has not been enacted.

If the Bill is enacted, it will establish a sponsorship framework for partner visas, placing more focus on the assessment of sponsors.

In particular:

  • The sponsorship assessment would be separated from the visa application process
  • Sponsors would need to be approved before visa applications are made
  • Legal obligations would be imposed on approved sponsors
  • If sponsors fail to meet their obligations, sanctions may be imposed
  • In certain circumstances sponsors can be barred from sponsorship

The new regulations propose partner visa sponsorship applications would need to be lodged under stricter criteria and approved before the overseas partner visa application could be lodged.

The new two-step process is expected to delay the lodgement of the overseas partner application and require the overseas partner to have a valid visa until a visa application for the overseas partner can be lodged.

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Victoria has always been a popular destination among international students. According to the latest facts and figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 30 per cent of all international students opt to enrol in educational institutions around Victoria. This number is second only to the amount of international students who travel on migration visas to New South Wales - 37 per cent.

Victoria has always been a popular destination among international students.

According to the latest facts and figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 30 per cent of all international students opt to enrol in educational institutions around Victoria.

This number is second only to the amount of international students who travel on migration visas to New South Wales - 37 per cent.

However, Victoria may nudge New South Wales out of the top spot this year, thanks to a number of programs the government has implemented to make the state a more attractive choice.

The government, for example, has just launched its 2014 International Student Welcome Desk at Melbourne International Airport. It was christened by the arrival of the first batch of international students for the year on Tuesday (January 28).

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher revealed this is the fifth year the "Welcome Desk" program has been implemented. It's jointly funded by the City of Melbourne, the government and Melbourne International Airport.

Its purpose is to offer international students useful and up-to-date information about Victoria's migration program when they arrive. This includes tips and advice on topics such as accommodation, health and safety and other support services.

When international students are equipped with this knowledge, said Ms Asher, they're better able to settle into their new lives in Victoria quickly.

"The Victorian government recognises the outstanding contribution that our large community of international students makes to Victoria, both during their time here and as ambassadors for the Victorian education sector on their return to their home countries," explained Ms Asher in a January 28 statement.

That's why, alongside the 2014 International Student Welcome Desk, the government has launched a range of other programs to improve international students' experiences during their time in Victoria.

These include the International Student Care Service, the Culture Card, various scholarship programs and the Victorian International Education Awards and the Study Melbourne website.

The first program provides "confidential support" to international students and is a great source of support for those going through difficulties.

Also worthy of note is the Culture Card, which gives international students discounts on many activities and destinations, such as sporting events, museums and art galleries.

If you'd like to find out what Victoria has to offer international students, get in contact with a migration agent in the area today!

 

Extracted from Migration Alliance News

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As at 19 April 2017, the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) programme

As at 19 April 2017, the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) programme can no longer be used for the occupations listed below where the nominee’s position falls within the scope of the ‘caveat’ specified in the relevant legislative instrument.

A summary of the caveats that apply to particular occupations is provided below. For the specific wording of each caveat, see: legislative Instrument.

ANZSCO occupation
ANZSCO occupation Positions excluded due to caveat Relevant ‘note’ no. in instrument
Accountant (General)
(ANZSCO 221111)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • clerical, book keeper and accounting clerk positions
  • positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1Million
  • positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
5
Advertising Specialist
(ANZSCO 225111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Agricultural Technician 
 (ANZSCO 311111)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast. 26
Animal Attendants and Trainers (nec) 
(ANZSC0 361199)
Excludes positions related to animal husbandry, including but not limited to positions that involve caring for livestock on a farm setting. 6
Apiarist 
 (ANZSCO 121311)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Aquaculture Farmer 
 (ANZSCO 121111)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Baker 
 (ANZSCO 351111)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • related to mass or standardised production, including positions based in a franchise or factory, as opposed to specialist production
  • that involve full or partial production of food product for distribution to another  location
  • that predominantly involve the use of pre-prepared food product from another location.
7
Beef Cattle Farmer
(ANZSCO 121312)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Cafe or Restaurant Manager
(ANZSCO 141111)

Excludes positions in a limited service restaurant.   

A limited service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • fast food or takeaway food services
  • fast casual restaurants
  • drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
  • limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
  • limited service pizza restaurants.  
3
Chef
(ANZSCO 351311)

Excludes positions involved in mass production in a factory setting or positions in a limited service restaurant.   

A limited service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • fast food or takeaway food services
  • fast casual restaurants
  • drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
  • limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
  • limited service pizza restaurants.  
11
Chief Executive or Managing Director
 (ANZSCO 111111)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M
  • in businesses that have fewer than five employees
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $90,000.
17
Conference and Event Organiser
(ANZSCO 149311)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
9
Contract Administrator
(ANZSCO 511111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Cook 
 (ANZSCO 351411)

Excludes positions involved in mass production in a factory setting or positions in a limited service restaurant.

A limited service restaurant includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • fast food or takeaway food services
  • fast casual restaurants
  • drinking establishments that offer only a limited food service
  • limited service cafes including, but not limited to, coffee shops or mall cafes
  • limited service pizza restaurants.  
11
Corporate General Manager 
 (ANZSCO 111211)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M
  • in businesses that have fewer than five employees
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $90,000.
17
Corporate Services Manager
(ANZSCO 132111)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M
  • in businesses that have fewer than five employees
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $80,000.  
18
Cotton Grower 
 (ANZSCO 121211)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Crop Farmers(nec)
(ANZSCO 121299)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Customer Service Manager
(ANZSCO 149212)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • based in a front-line retail setting
  • that predominately involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis
  • with businesses than have an annual turnover of less than $1M
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
10
Dairy Cattle Farmer 
 (ANZSCO 121313)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Facilities Manager
(ANZSCO 149913)

Excludes positions:

  • not located in a commercial building or shopping centre environment, or
  • that predominantly involve the management of the provision of one particular service to a facility or managing one particular relationship. 
     Example: a position that manages the cleaning contract for a facility but not other contracts relevant to the facility.
8
Finance Manager
(ANZSCO 132211)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Flower Grower
(ANZSCO 121212)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Fruit or Nut Grower 
 (ANZSCO 121213)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals), or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.    
12 and 26
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower (Aus) / Field Crop Grower (NZ) 
 (ANZSCO 121214)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Grape Grower
(ANZSCO 121215)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Graphic Designer 
 (ANZSCO 232411)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years full time relevant work experience. 20
Hair or Beauty Salon Manager 
 (ANZSCO 142114)

Excludes positons:

  • that predominantly involve hair dressing or beauty therapy related non-managerial tasks; or
  • in businesses that employ fewer than five full-time employees.
13
Hairdresser 
 (ANZSCO 391111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Horse Breeder 
 (ANZSCO 121316)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Hotel or Motel Manager
(ANZSCO 141311)
Excludes positions which predominantly have responsibility for managing hotel or motel staff.  
 Note: The caveat does not exclude positions that predominately involve responsibility for organising and controlling the operations of a hotel or motel that may have limited duties requiring management of hotel or motel staff but is not the main function of the position.
19
ICT Project Manager
(ANZSCO 135112)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
ICT Support Engineer
(ANZSCO 263212)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
ICT Systems Test Engineer 
 (ANZSCO 263213)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Information and Organisation Professionals (nec) 
(ANZSCO 224999)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Livestock Farmers(nec)
(ANZSCO 121399)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Management Consultant 
 (ANZSCO 224711)

Excludes positions in businesses that:

  • have an annual turnover of less than $1M; or
  • in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
21
Marketing Specialist
(ANZSCO 225113)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • based in a front-line retail setting
  • that predominately involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis
  • with businesses than have an annual turnover of less than $1M
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
10
Massage Therapist 
(ANZSCO 411611)

Excludes positions that:

  • are non full-time; or
  • are not based in a therapeutic setting; or
  • involve the provision of  non-medical relaxation massage.
14
Mechanical Engineering Technician 
 (ANZSCO 312512)
Excludes positions relating to mobile phone repairs. 22
Mixed Crop & Livestock Farmer 
(ANZSCO 121411)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Mixed Crop Farmer 
(ANZSCO 121216)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Mixed Livestock Farmer  
 (ANZSCO 121317)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Pastrycook 
(ANZSCO 351112)    

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • related to mass or standardised production, including positions based in a franchise or factory, as opposed to specialist production
  • that involve full or partial production of food product for distribution to another  location
  • that predominantly involve the use of pre-prepared food product from another location.
7
Pig Farmer 
 (ANZSCO 121318)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.  
12 and 26
Poultry Farmer 
(ANZSCO 121321)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Primary Products Inspectors (nec)
(ANZSCO 311399)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast 26
Production Manager (Forestry) 
(ANZSCO 133511)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast 26
Recruitment Consultant 
(ANZSCO 223112)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M;
  • in businesses that have fewer than five employees;
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
23
Sales and Marketing Manager 
(ANZSCO 131112)

Excludes of the following positions:

  • based in a front-line retail setting;
  • that predominately involve direct client transactional interaction on a regular basis;
  • with businesses than have an annual turnover of less than $1M;
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
10
Sheep Farmer 
(ANZSCO 121322)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Software Tester 
(ANZSCO 261314)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Sugar Cane Grower 
(ANZSCO 121217)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Supply and Distribution Manager 
(ANZSCO 133611)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M;
  • in businesses that have fewer than five employees;
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
23
Technical Sales Representatives(nec) including, but not limited to, education sales representatives 
(ANZSCO 225499)

Excludes any of the following positions:

  • based in a front-line retail setting;
  • based in a call centre and do not require a significant technical knowledge of products;
  • predominantly involve selling educational courses to individual students; and
  • that have a nominated base salary of less than $65,000.
15
Transport Company Manager 
(ANZSCO 149413)

Excludes ant of the following positions that are:

  • truck driver positions;
  • fleet manager positions;
  • container controller positions;
  • positions in businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $1M;
  • positions in businesses that have fewer than five employees.
16
University Lecturer (Suitable for the position of Research Associate or Research Fellow in a University) 
(ANZSCO 242111)
Excludes positions that do not require a minimum of two years relevant work experience. 20
Vegetable Grower (Aus) / Market Gardener (NZ) 
(ANZSCO 121221)

Excludes positions that:

  • predominantly involve low skilled tasks (e.g. fruit picking or packing, feeding of livestock or animals); or
  • are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, the Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast.
12 and 26
Wine Maker 
(ANZSCO 234213)
Excludes positions that are not located in regional Australia – that is, positions located in: Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Melbourne metropolitan area, Greater Brisbane area, or the Gold Coast. 26
 
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