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Immigration Updates 10-Oct-08

This is for the Accountants on the move. Recent updates in work permits or immigration procedures in different countries:

United Kingdom

01-Oct-08: Points-based system - apply for your sponsor licence as soon as possible

Under the points-based system, employers will need a sponsor licence to bring in skilled or temporary workers from outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. You should make your application for a sponsor licence as soon as possible so we can make sure you get the earliest possible decision and minimise any delays to your recruitment process. Read More

11-Sep-08: Changes to Tier 1 guidance notes

On 11 September 2008 new versions of the guidance notes for Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 1 (Post-study Work) applications were released. Read More

08-Sep-08: Strict new jobs list for migrant workers

A strict new list of shortage jobs which targets migration better at the needs of British businesses, while reinforcing the selective approach of the new Australian-style points based system, was presented to the Home Office today by independent advisors. Read More

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Canada

05-Sep-08 Canadian Experience Class now open for business

The Canadian Experience Class is a new avenue of immigration for certain temporary foreign workers and foreign student graduates with professional, managerial and skilled work experience. Unlike other programs, the Canadian Experience Class allows an applicant’s experience in Canada to be considered a key selection factor when immigrating to Canada. Read More

05-Sep-08 Government of Canada announces pilot project to help speed the processing of new applications

With funding provided in the 2008 budget, which set aside $109 million to help meet the growing demand for permanent and temporary immigration, a centralized intake office will be established at CIC’s Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Over 30 additional staff will eventually be hired and trained. The centre will begin reviewing applications in October. Read More

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