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The New World Immigration Blog provides you with a platform to conveniently gain access to recent news and insightful advice with relation to visa application and immigration information. This blog aims to provide useful content for anyone or business company interested in immigrating to South Africa or Australia. Be open to use this space to comment and share your thoughts on uploaded posts.

Canada’s British Columbia face economic loss due to skilled labour shortage

A new report has highlighted the fact that the Canadian territory of British Columbia’s economy is likely to haemorrhage billions due to a lack of skilled labour. According to the Conference Board of Canada British Columbia will experience and estimated 514,000 shortage in skills within ten years translating into a potential economic loss of as much as CAD $7.9 billion …

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South Australia Work Visa holders could soon pay school fees

South Africans in possession of a temporary Australian work visa, commonly known as the 457 visa, could be expected to pay for their children’s South Australian school education from next year. Announced in December last year, South Australia state government has proposed a public education contribution fee for 457 visa holders. This affects families on 457 visas whose…

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What Australian 457 visa-holders can expect to be paid

In Australia there are almost 95,000 temporary skilled migrants working and living in the country under the 457 visa program. The 457 visa is only available to skilled migrants with prove experience in their field and whose occupations are listed on the country’s SkillSelect list. SkillSelect lists occupations for which a demand exists amongst the country’s employers. T…

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Why you want to be eligible to benefit from New Zealand’s Healthcare and Education

For years now migrants have cited many excellent reasons for making New Zealand their number one country of choice. Besides a stable political climate, continued economy growth, low unemployment rates – and as a direct spin off low crime rates – the country offers a general improvement in the migrant’s lifestyle, set against a breath-taking backdrop of natural beauty and …

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Canada introduces lottery-system process for Parent and Grandparent Immigration Plan

Canada is moving away from the first come first serve principle when selecting successful applicants in their Parent and Grandparent Immigration plan. Instead, they will be making use of a lottery type system involving regular draws where by applicants will be invited to continue with the application to migrate to Canada. The next application cycle for the popular Paren…

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Skilled immigrants return to the classroom to get job search tips

Australia has taken to offering skilled migrants, who are finding it difficult to land an interview or nail that great job interview, tips and lessons on being successful in their job search. Ticking all the boxes when it comes to qualifications and experience offers the skilled migrant on the hunt for a job no certainty of being successful in Australia's competitive la…

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South Africa imposes reciprocal visa for New Zealand travellers

New Zealand nationals entering South Africa are now required to obtain a visa announced the South African Department of Home Affairs yesterday. This announcement comes in reaction to New Zealand’s requirement for South Africans to obtain a visa prior to boarding a flight to New Zealand – which came into effect on 21 November this year. South Africa’s Minister of Home A…

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Why South African Expats choose New Zealand

South Africans immigrating to New Zealand typically do so in search of a better quality of life for them and their family. New Zealand is one of the world’s most peaceful, politically and economically stable countries in the world and what’s more; expats and migrants are welcome too! An almost crime free and clean environment supported by a strong infrastructure means th…

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Victoria is looking for skilled engineers, teachers, builders and scientists

Australia’s most Southern state, Victoria, is offering migrants a foot in the door with the release of the state’s newest State Nomination Occupation List. The state is seeking to attract highly skilled and employable graduates in selected occupations that are difficult to source from the local labour market. The occupations were identified after an extensive research a…

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New Zealand requires 10-year commitment for sponsoring parents

Immigrants living in New Zealand who wishes to re-unite their families by sponsoring their parents to settle in the country will now have to commit to taking care of their needs for 10 years. Immigration New Zealand announced this change to the family visa stream which serves to curb the country’s annual spend on accommodating migrants. In an effort to address the situa…

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Permanent Residency will soon be within reach of Skilled Migrants and Students

The Canadian federal government plans to smooth the path to Permanent Residency for skilled migrants and foreign students currently based in the Canadian territory of Ottawa. From 19 November changes to the Canadian Express Entry immigration selection system will result in increasing the chances of suitable international students and some high-skilled foreign workers to…

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New Zealand seeks expert builders from South Africa after quake

New Zealand is looking offshore for hundreds of workers to rebuild roads, railways and buildings after this month's earthquake amid a shortage of local workers in an overstretched construction industry. "We can't get enough people to fill the demand currently …the earthquakes kick in and you need even more people," said Kevin Everett, director of Building Recruitment, a…

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Australia could cut Fifty Two Occupations from their Skilled Occupation List

While reports that the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training might cut 53 occupations from their skilled migration program are Skilled Occupation List, experts have commented that these cuts won’t necessarily happen. Who could be affected? The occupations mentioned as the most frequently used for the 457 program are Cooks, Cafe or Restaurant Mana…

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New Zealand only has place for seriously skilled migrants

Immigration New Zealand has started a second review of the skilled migrant category shortly after the government announced tighter points criteria for immigrants. The review includes the opinions and input of a number of stakeholders. Immigration New Zealand area manager Darren Calder said the new review would ensure the skilled migrant category (SMC) provided the most be…

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Human Capital, Skills and Experience to Become More Prominent Under New Immigration System

Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has provided important new information about the future of Canada’s Express Entry selection system. By drawing on the past, IRCC has learned more about its own Express Entry system and made predictions for the future following recent improvements that have been made. Qualifying job offers earn applicants extra points A job offer w…

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New Kiwi visa for South Africans came into effect

As of yesterday South Africans planning a Christmas holiday or visit to family in New Zealand will have to make sure they are in possession of a special visa before they will be granted entry into the country. Those planning on travelling to the country on business or work will also have to present the applicable visa. This new requirement came into effect at midnight a…

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Canada’s Construction Industry Requesting more Skilled Migrants

The Canadian construction industry is hoping to fill gaps in the industry by recruiting skilled migrants and plans to appeal to the highest authority, the Canadian Government, to step in. The proposal, to be tabled by Canada’s Building Trades Union (CBTU), will seeking the government’s buy-in to grant more visas to highly skilled construction professionals from all over…

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New Zealand Immigration soon accepting additional English Test

The New Zealand Immigration Department have decided to accept the results of a new English test as proof of visa applicants’ language proficiency. New Zealand, as most other English speaking countries, require visa applicants to provide sufficient and accepted proof of the applicant’s English language proficiency. South Africans are included in this requirement. Englis…

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Canada Immigration Issues Public Statement on Improvements to Express Entry

The Canada Express Entry immigration system will undergo important changes that will come into effect later this week on November 19, but that might not be the end of adjustments to be made to the system. Earlier today, November 14, the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a press release in which it outlined the changes to be made in…

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Doubling Australia's Migrant intake to drive Economic Growth

A new report has revealed that in order for Australia to boost their economic growth more skilled migrants would have to be used to fill gaps in their employment market. The report, from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, CEDA, says that doubling Australia's migration intake to 400,000 by the 2050s could dramatically drive economic growth. In the repo…

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