The Canadian Government has announced that it will increase the level of settlement funding which newcomers to the country are entitled to. The announcement will please many who plan to make a move to Canada in the coming months.
Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism made the announcement, stating that the funding levels would rise for all states, except Quebec, in 2012-13.
Kenney stated: “The Government of Canada wants newcomers to integrate into Canada. That is why we have tripled settlement funding since 2005-06.
“We are committed to ensuring the distribution of settlement funding is fair and that immigrants receive the same level of service, regardless of where they choose to settle.”
The settlement funding is used towards services provided to immigrants coming to Canada and it is hoped that the increase will make it even easier for migrants to settle in Canada and make Canadian immigration easier and more appealing to those thinking about making the move.
The funding allocation is spread across all states outside of Quebec and will total £358 million – a sharp rise compared to the £114 million in 2005-06.
The US Department of State has voided the results of the 2012 Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery it posted to its website due to a programming error which resulted in incorrectly selected winners in the Lottery scheme. "The results were not valid because they did not represent a fair, random selection of entrants, as required by U.S. law," the State Department said in a statement. "If you checked [the website] during the first week in May and found a notice that you had been selected for further processing or a notice that you had not been selected, that notice has been rescinded and is no longer valid," they added. The U.S. State Department said that another drawing would take place on or about 15 July 2011, essentially rebooting the 2012 Diversity Visa selection process. If you have entered yourself and/or your family into the Green Card Lottery drawing, remember to check the status of your application after the drawing is conducted again in July 2011.
Until summer 2011, the UK Border Agency's points-based calculator is offering only a reduced service for migrant applicants who want to check whether they will pass their points assessment.
The calculator will continue to fully support self-assessment for the following categories:
Tier 1 (General) in-country extension
Tier 1 (Post-study work)
Tier 2 (Minister of religion)
Tier 2 (Sports person)
However, you can carry out only a partial self-assessment in the following categories:
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
Tier 1 (Investor)
Tier 2 (General)
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer)
The calculator does not support any self-assessment for Tier 4 (General) and Tier 4 (Child) applicants.
We advise you to read the relevant policy guidance in order to assess whether you meet the requirements to score points.
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New research shows that the European Union risks being left behind in the global competition for skilled engineers and scientists.
The study by BusinessEurope states that the inflow of graduates in science and technology is falling across the 27-member bloc.
According to the research Germany is suffering from a shortage of 117,000 skilled workers. Austria reported a 77 percent shortage of skilled labour in 2010.
The European Commission has stated that the EU needs millions of skilled migrants by 2050 to remain competitive. This has been the driving force behind the blue card initiative, a one-stop shop for non-EU skilled migrants that will enable them to gain work and residence permits in EU member states.
The EU has also put forward an intra-company transfer scheme which will allow multi-national firms to bring overseas workers into the EU.
"The challenge ahead of us is immense," said Philippe de Buck, BusinessEurope's director-general. "The position of Europe in today's world economy is under pressure."
"Emerging economies are pushing hard," he added.