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UK set to see the introduction of an immigration skills charge

January 20, 2016 United Kingdom

The UK needs to introduce an immigration skills charge for skilled works from outside the European Union and also raise pay thresholds for Tier 2 visas, a new report suggests. The recommendations from the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) are aimed at addressing concerns about the rising number of migrants on these kind of visas […]

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Experience abroad helps with working life, new research suggests

January 19, 2016 General

International experience is one of the keys to having a focused role in your career and working life, according to a new report. Almost half of people who have spent time abroad have gone on to have a productive and focused role in their work, says the research from the British Council, the UK’s international […]

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Start-up visa programme expected to be popular in Canada in 2016

January 18, 2016 Canada

Canada’s business immigration start-up visa programme is expected to become a more popular financing option for new companies across Canada in 2016. Over the past few years there have been a number of changes in business immigration programmes in the country with the cancellation of the Federal immigrant investor programme and the Federal entrepreneur programme. […]

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More students opting to study in China despite post-graduation visa rules

January 15, 2016 China

More students are opting to study in China, but those who want to stay on after graduating can find it difficult if they want work because of visa difficulties. But it is hoped that restrictions and rules may change in the short term that can enable international graduates to benefit even further from their experience […]

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The US Internal Revenue Service is failing expats, says new report

January 14, 2016 America

The US tax man is failing to provide an adequate service for American taxpayers living abroad having closed overseas offices and reduced other services, according to a new report. Indeed, the report from the National Taxpayer Advocate, goes on to say that the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) “does not sufficiently address the unique needs […]

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UK announces new visa and immigration fees

January 13, 2016 United Kingdom

Visa, immigration, and nationality application fees are set to increase in the UK, especially for premium services. The UK government has released its proposed changes to the fees for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services for 2016/2017. Specific fee changes for 2016/2017 will apply after further legislation is laid in Parliament by […]

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Expats want more help when they return home, global survey finds

January 12, 2016 America

Expats need more support from employers, particularly when it comes to local culture and lifestyle, but also when they return home, according to a new global study. It suggests that coming home can be just as tough as becoming an expat and only 54% of those surveyed said that their employer offers a formal repatriation […]

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2016 sees change to working holiday visas for Canada

January 8, 2016 Canada

Young people seeking to get a visa for a working holiday in Canada now need to work with a set of changes to the International Experience Canada (IEC) programme. Run by Immigration and Citizenship Canada (CIC) and aimed at young adults wishing to work while visiting Canada, it has been regarded as the simplest visa […]

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Shanghai named most expensive city for expats in Asia Pacific region

January 7, 2016 China

Shanghai is the most expensive city for expats in the Asia Pacific region while 14 Chinese cities are in the top 50 globally in terms of living costs. The Chinese city has moved from third place in the ECA International cost of living survey rankings and Beijing is now second in the region, Guangzhou sixth […]

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New round of parent and grandparent visas opened in Canada

January 6, 2016 Canada

A new round of visa applications to sponsor parents and grandparents has just started in Canada and is expected to be popular, immigration officials have announced. A limit of 5,000 new and complete applications has been put on the visa stream by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). A spokesman explained that all applications received […]

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Historic vote on New Zealand flag set for March this year

January 5, 2016 New Zealand

Everyone living in New Zealand and registered to vote will be able to vote on whether or not the country gets a new flag in a historic referendum, including expats. In 2016 New Zealanders got to choose which design should go up against the original flag which is shows the UK Union Jack on a […]

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New flights to strengthen travelling between Canada and Australia

January 4, 2016 Australia

People travelling and moving between Australia and Canada are set to gain much greater access under a new bilateral air services arrangement announced by both governments. Over the coming year gateway capacity in this market for business travellers, students and visitors will triple, offering new opportunities for both Australian and Canadian airlines and their passengers, […]

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New countries added to US temporary visa programme for 2016

January 1, 2016 America

A number of countries have been added to the United States visa programme that allows employers to bring in workers for certain sectors to fill temporary jobs. Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan and Timor-Leste are now on the list of countries whose nationals are […]

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