Visas, Permits and Immigration

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UK super priority visa service to be extended to more countries

November 14, 2014 Britain

The UK government has unveiled plans to extend the popular 24 hour visa service to more business leaders, investors and wealthy tourists aimed at attracting more investment into the country. The Super Priority Visa Service, already on offer in China and India, ensures a decision on a visa application within 24 hours, removing lengthy bureaucratic […]

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Joint visa scheme for Ireland and the UK could be expanded

November 6, 2014 Ireland

The authorisation to allow Chinese and Indian citizens to transit through the UK on route to the Republic of Ireland under the Transit Without Visa Concession (TWOV) has been ratified in the UK parliament. UK Minister of State for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire has also announced that this first phase of the scheme will […]

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New report calls for special mobility zones between Commonwealth countries

November 5, 2014 Visas, Permits and Immigration

Citizens of the key Commonwealth countries should be granted special status to live and work in the UK without restriction, according to a new report. Bilateral mobility zones should be established between the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada says the report from the Commonwealth Exchange. The proposal is based on an idea first put […]

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New Zealand is breaking immigration records all over the place

October 21, 2014 New Zealand

A record number of people are arriving in New Zealand with net gains in September equalling the highest levels ever recorded, the latest figures show. There were more arrivals than departures, reaching 4,700 last month, equal to the highest net gains ever recorded in August 2014 and February 2003 with arrivals from India pushing up […]

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Immigration department warns of Australian visa scams

October 17, 2014 Australia

People seeking a visa to live and work in Australia are being warned about the pitfall of scams, especially connected to the popular 457 skilled worker visa. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) says that applicants should be aware of their responsibilities and obligations when applying for a visa and of visa scams […]

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US officials warn visa and citizenship applicants of immigration scams

October 10, 2014 America

US officials are warning that while many people offer help with immigration services, unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so and visa applicants need to be aware of scammers. ‘While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and […]

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New Zealand sees highest ever annual influx of migrants

October 1, 2014 New Zealand

New Zealand reached its highest ever net gain of migrants in the August 2014 year, according to the latest data from New Zealand Statistics. The numbers reached reached 43,500, topping the previous high of 42,500 migrants in the May 2003 year. The new net migration record was driven by more arrivals and fewer departures of […]

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Support for Australian-style visa points system grows in UK

September 30, 2014 United Kingdom

Support for an Australian-style visa points system for people from outside the European Union is growing in the UK. One of the country’s newest political parties, UKIP, which could win its first seats in parliament in forthcoming by-elections, said it wants to limit immigration to 50,000 a year. Steven Woolfe, UKIP spokesman on migration and […]

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Malaysia introduces new 5-year multi entry visa

September 19, 2014 Australia

Malaysia is set to offer business investors 5-year multi entry visas in a move aimed specifically at attracting more Australian business people. Business men and women, financial managers and wealthy investors are top of the list for the new visa stream. The new visa scheme will start in December 2014 as part of a new […]

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Employers urged to be ready for Canada’s new immigration Express Entry system

September 11, 2014 Canada

Meetings are taking place across Canada, with more being planned, to make sure businesses and leading employers are ready for the country’s new Express Entry immigration programme which launches in the New Year. Starting in January 2015, Canadian employers will be able to consider Express Entry candidates for jobs where there are no Canadians or […]

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Visitors to Oz and NZ for Cricket World Cup will need just one visa

September 8, 2014 Australia

People visiting Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 Cricket World Cup will only need to apply for one visa under a new arrangement, it has been confirmed. The International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup will take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015, with all 14 qualifying teams to play matches in both […]

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Opposition grows to new expat visa rules in Saudi Arabia

September 2, 2014 Saudi Arabia

Opposition is mounting in Saudi Arabia to a new rule due to come into being next month which would restrict expat working visas in some categories to four years. The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an increasing number of businesses have spoken out in opposition to the move, which was announced as part […]

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UK sees significant increase in long term migration

September 1, 2014 Britain

Net long term migration to the UK is increasing despite attempts by the government to reduce the number of people arriving, especially from outside of the European Union. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show an estimated 243,000 arrivals in the year ending March 2014, a statistically significant increase from 175,000 in […]

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