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US Embassy Issues Update For Indians Who Applied For US Student Visa 2022

  • The Embassy of the United States (US) in New Delhi, India has issued an update for Indian students who had applied for their interviews.
  • The embassy in the update said that it will continue the interview process for those with had received the confirmed appointments.
  • The embassy also said that it has already interviewed a record number of Indian students for the winter season between 01 Oct 2021 to 15th January 2022.

USA Drops In-Person Interviews for H-1B, L-1 Visas For Now As Covid Surges

  • Applicants for H-1B, L-1 and O-1 visas applying from abroad won't be required to do an in-person interview at a US consulate, typically the final step before a visa is issued. Those categories represent the most common visa types companies use to attract high-skilled talent from abroad.
  • The consular officers are now temporarily authorized, through December 31, 2022, to waive in-person interviews for certain individual petition-based non-immigrant work visas and their qualifying derivatives in the following categories: Persons in Specialty Occupations (H-1B visas),
  • Trainee or Special Education Visitors (H-3 visas), Intercompany Transferees (L visas), Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement (O visas), Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers (P visas), and Participants in International Cultural Exchange Programs (Q visas), added US State Department release.

UK Govt. Announces More Visa Routes “Start- Up” Or "Innovator" Visa for Settlement

Over the last two years, we’ve seen the Home Office try its best to re-boot Tier 1 of the Points Based System.

It has introduced the Start-Up visa for those wanting to set up an innovative business in the UK, the Innovator visa (similar to the Start-Up visa but with the possibility of applying for settlement after 5 years), and the Global Talent visa for leaders or potential leaders in academia or research, arts and culture or digital technology.

We also have the long-standing Entrepreneur and Investor visas. It seems a lot of work has been put into setting up these routes, so it may come as a surprise that two more (and again very similar) routes are on the horizon.

In the latest issue of the ‘UK Innovation Strategy’ document issued by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, key future actions were noted as further steps towards the government’s avowed aim of making the UK a global hub for innovation by 2035. One action point in particular is to “Introduce new High Potential Individual and Scale-up visa routes, and revitalize the Innovator route to attract and retain high skilled, globally mobile innovation talent.”

Canada issues new priorities for immigration system

Justin Trudeau laid out the federal government's priorities in a mandate letter written to immigration minister. These guidelines are expected to drive the changes to the immigration processes in the upcoming days at both federal and provincial levels.

  • Make the citizenship application process free for permanent residents who have fulfilled the requirements needed to obtain it.
  • With the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, establish a Trusted Employer system for Canadian companies hiring temporary foreign workers and, as part of improving the Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, simplify permit renewals, uphold the two-week processing time and establish an employer hotline. Continue to work with provinces, territories and regulatory bodies to improve foreign credential recognition.
  • Continue working with Quebec to support the French-language knowledge of immigrants in Quebec, respecting provincial jurisdiction and complementing existing measures, and continue to implement an ambitious national strategy to support Francophone immigration across the country.
  • Expand pathways to Permanent Residence for international students and temporary foreign workers through the Express Entry system. With respect to pathways for agricultural temporary foreign workers, you will be supported in this work by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
  • Building on the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, work with employers and communities across Canada to welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill labour shortages in high-demand sectors such as health care.
  • Continue to bring newcomers to Canada to drive economic growth and recovery, as set out in the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan.

International students allowed to work more hours to help ease COVID worker shortage

  • The federal government has removed the 40-hour-a-fortnight working restriction on visa holders
  • Foreign students will be allowed to pick up more hours to help alleviate worker shortages as more people are forced into isolation due to Australia's Omicron COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Mr Morrison encouraged international students to return to Australia, and backpackers are also allowed into the country under working holidays visas, on the condition they are fully vaccinated.
  • There have been worker shortages in the food distribution and manufacturing industries recently because a large number of workers have had to isolate due to a surge of coronavirus cases.

Latest News

USA Embassy New Student Rules ..

For all the students categories (F and M) visas for new students can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the start date for a course of study. However, you will not be allowed to enter the United States on your student visa more than 30 days before the start date.

USA Embassy changed the rules for renewal of H1 B visas ….

US embassy for H1 B visa renewals where Client letter is not mandatory and its possible with Form I-797A Notice of Action, Copies of I-129 Application, Labor Condition Application (LCA/ETA 9035) and H-1B Department Letter only mandatory documents

UK Embassy Increased the IHS Insurance fees for Non Immigrants studying in the UK…

The IHS was introduced in April 2015 and from December 2018 it was hiked from 200 pounds to 400 pounds per year. … “The increase in the health surcharge to 620 pounds will add to the already expensive visa fees for overseas skilled workers.

AUSTRALIA EMBASSY announced Two new visa policies which have been introduced with a pathway to apply for permanent residency.

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa..

Main features of the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa

  • time required to live and work in regional Australia in order to be eligible for permanent residency will increase from 2 years to 3 years.
  • a simplified definition of regional Australia for skilled migration purposes includes all areas of Australia except the metropolitan areas of; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. Newscastle, Wollongong, Gold Coast, Perth and the NSW Central Coast are now eligible.
  • Access to an increased number of eligible occupations (over 500)
  • priority processing of applications (no further detail provided)
  • additional points awarded for state nomination or family sponsorship (10 to 15), partner's skills (5 to 10), partner's English skills (5 to 10) and selected STEM occupations (5 to 10). Applicants without a spouse or de facto partner will receive an additional 10 points.
  • Age limit is 45 years
  • Visa will be valid for 5 years
  • Visa holder can move from one regional area to another
  • PR pathway available through visa subclass 191 that will begin from 16 November 2022
  • Visa application fee is set at $4,045 and the partner fee is $2,025.

Difference between the 489 visa (ceased) and 491 visa

  • The wait for 491 visa holders for PR will now be 3 years instead of 2 years in the visa subclass 489.
  • 491 visa has more regional areas compared to the 489 visa. The areas where the holders of 491 visa can live include all areas in Australia except metropolitan Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. The areas of Newcastle, Wollongong, Gold Coast. Perth and NSW Central Coast have also been added to the list.
  • If you're unmarried or are a single applicant, you'll get extra points. There will be also be more points to gain for eligible relative sponsors and skilled partners with competent English.

The system For 2019-2021, Canada plans to accept 341,000 new immigrants in 2020..

Canada plans to accept 341,000 new immigrants in 2020 and targets to accept 350,000 new immigrants by 2021 through Express Entry’s high-skilled worker pathways and through Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), many of which are aligned with Express Entry. Explore us more by checking your eligibility check with our Experienced Immigration staff.

US Embassy Issues Update For Indians Who Applied For US Student Visa 2022

  • The Embassy of the United States (US) in New Delhi, India has issued an update for Indian students who had applied for their interviews.
  • The embassy in the update said that it will continue the interview process for those with had received the confirmed appointments.
  • The embassy also said that it has already interviewed a record number of Indian students for the winter season between 01 Oct 2021 to 15th January 2022.