Australia, Canada & NZ Immigration Update10 May 2022 – Issue #44 In this issue:
- SA expands skilled migration opportunities for offshore graduates
- AU businesses urge faster visa processing for skilled workers
- Canada draws 1 million weekly travellers for first time since pandemic
- NZ welcomes working holidaymakers for first time since pandemic
- Special Feature: Australia’s Capital City – Canberra!
- Other Global News
Australian ImmigrationSA expands skilled migration opportunities for offshore graduates South Australia has opened its Skilled and Business Migration program for eligible offshore applicants. The South Australia state government has added more than 30 new eligible occupations – mostly in medical and technical fields – to provide more skilled migration opportunities for eligible graduates who live overseas. This will allow offshore eligible skilled graduates to apply for the state-nominated Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491). Read more here on South Australia’s new occupations for eligible offshore graduates! AU businesses urge faster visa processing for skilled workers Australian businesses and industries have urged the government to speed up visa processing times for skilled migrants. Business owners in Australia say labour shortages will take two to three years to overcome unless the migration process is expedited. Welcoming more skilled migrants has become a necessity for Australia amidst continuing labour shortages following the pandemic. Click here for more on Australian industries calling for faster visa processing for skilled migrants!
Canadian ImmigrationCanada draws 1 million weekly travellers for first time since pandemic Canada welcomed more than one million travellers in a single week for the first time since the pandemic. According to official data by Canada Border Service Agency, over one million travellers entered Canada during the week of April 11. With Canada heading into its peak summer holiday season, Canadian tour operators are expecting an even greater number of travellers arriving in the country. Click here to read more on Canada drawing over a million travellers in a single week!
New Zealand ImmigrationNZ welcomes working holidaymakers for first time since pandemic New Zealand has reopened working holiday visa applications for the first time since the pandemic started. Working holidays allow people – usually between 18 to 30 years of age – to travel to New Zealand and work whilst in the country. Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said the return of skilled migrants and working holidaymakers is a priority for the government, as it would accelerate New Zealand’s post-pandemic economic recovery. Read more here on New Zealand allowing the return of working holidaymakers!
Australia’s Capital City – Canberra!While many people believe cities such as Sydney and Adelaide to be Australia’s capital city, they would be surprised to learn that the capital city of Australia is, in fact, Canberra! Canberra is located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). It is the largest inland city in Australia and the eighth-largest overall. Moreover, unlike the other big cities in the country, Canberra is an entirely planned city. After the different Australian colonies formed the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, a new capital had to be selected. Both Sydney and Melbourne vied for the honour, but in 1908 Canberra was chosen as the new capital of Australia. A competition was held in 1912 to design the new capital city, which American architect Walter Burley Griffin won with his design of a garden city with roads in concentric circles. As of June 2020, Canberra has a population of more than 431,000 people. Famous landmarks in the city include the Australian Parliament House, Royal Australian Mint, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, and Black Mountain Tower, amongst others.
Other Global NewsMexico Mexico braces for increased crossing of US-bound migrants Mexico is expecting an increased flow of Central American migrants passing through the country to enter the United States. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said it was necessary to address the prospect of a greater migrant crossing after US President Joe Biden announced plans to end Covid border restrictions. Several hundred thousand Central Americans have crossed Mexico to enter the US in recent years, while migrants from Cuba and Haiti have also followed suit more recently.
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