Wednesday, September 15, 2010

AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP DAY

Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September 2010. Recently, 20 people from seven countries, including from Japan became the UK, India and Korea, Australian citizens in a special ceremony held in Bernie, Tasmania to launch the Australian Citizenship Day 2010th.Thousands of people in Australia will be Australian citizens in citizenship celebration.

A representative of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) had this to say:
Australian citizenship day
"Australian citizenship days in 2001 as an opportunity for people to be proud of our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian."

"Citizenship is the bond that unites us all in our national cultural diversity. It symbolizes our sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or have decided to make our home.

"Australian citizenship celebrations provide an opportunity for us all to be proud to be part of this great nation. There is also a special day for our newest Australians to join our family at ceremonies around the country."

Some highlights from the Australian citizenship celebrations September 17, 2010 are as follows:
  • About 3600 people from 118 countries will become Australian citizens at 69 ceremonies across Australia as part of Australian citizenship day.
  • There will be ceremonies of DIAC and local councils in cities and major urban centers and towns throughout Australia.
  • Ceremony venues will vary from Adelaide's Town Hall to the Shire of Yalgoo in Western Australia Mid West region.
  • The citizenship ceremony with the highest number (223) become Australian citizens will be at Brimbank City Council in Victoria. A person will become an Australian citizen in Bombal Shire in New South Wales.
Australia needs new migrants to how many eventually become Australian citizens. As mentioned in a recent news report, but high immigration, the Australian economy will be hit hard by the shortage of skilled workers now and in the future.

UK IMMIGRATION FROM NOVEMBER 2010 ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIRMENT FOR SPOUSES AND PARTNERS

If you want to enter or remain in the UK as a spouse or partner to someone who lived in the UK you will from 29 November 2010 to confirm that your English to a high enough level so that you can both speak and understand English. This will involve you in the following cases:
  • You are in a relationship with someone who is a British citizen or have permanent residence in Britain.
  • You want to apply as a spouse, civil partner, fiance (e), proposed civil partner, unmarried or same sex partners.
  • If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland. This European Economic Area comprises the entire European Union as well as some other countries.
UK immigration language requirement changes
If you are not nationals of a majority English-speaking country, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You must pass an acceptable English tests at an approved test provider.
  • You must demonstrate a basic level of English ability to speak and listen at Level A1 of the Common
  • European Framework of Reference. Usually it is supposed to require 40-50 hours of instruction for most. You have to understand simple everyday expressions and very basic phrases. You do not need to demonstrate ability in English in reading and writing.
  • You must pay the costs of the English language test yourself. The cost of the test will vary greatly depending on the supplier and the country.
The list of most English-speaking countries, whose citizens do not take the test are below:
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States
To avoid this new requirement, you should ensure that your application is submitted before 29 November 2010. If you are not from a majority English-speaking country after that date you must pay for teaching English and take a test.

UK IMMIGRATION FEES INCREASES DURING OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2010

UK Immigration has announced that there will be further increased immigration charges. Part of the fee will be in October 1, 2010 covering the UK visa fees are "below cost". The majority of the increases, if approved by Parliament will take place in November 2010. This additional fee increases are something controversial comes on top of some large increases in the fees it 6 April 2010. If you are a citizen of a country outside the EU and would like to visit, study, work or enter the UK for other reasons, it is likely that you have to pay higher UK visa fees.
UK immigration fees increase
This is another attempt by the British government to raise funds. You can not justify these fee increases to cover only the cost of immigration applications. The fees set much higher than the fees will pay for the cost of processing immigration applications. The government has infact said earlier that the increased fees also pay for other expenses they say is a result of immigration into Britain. There are a lot of evidence to suggest that especially during the boom years, increased immigration was a huge win for the UK and has helped to fuel the economic boom in the UK.

The UK Border Agency had this to say:

"The UK Border Agency considers that the proposal to increase the charges continue to find the right balance between maintaining safe and effective border controls and ensure that our fee structure does not hamper Britain's ability to attract immigrants and visitors who make a valued contribution. "

UK Tier visa fee increases are as follows:
  • Tier 1 visa at the consulate outside the UK £ 690 to £ 750
  • Tier 1 visa from within the UK £ 840 to £ 850
  • Tier 2 visa fee from £ 270 to £ 350
  • Level 2 in the country from 475 pounds to 500 pounds
  • Tier 4 visas from £ 199 to £ 220
  • Tier 4 visa from the UK was £ 357
  • Level 5 visas from £ 128 to £ 130
You will see the largest increases in the UK immigration charges are for applicants applying for Tier 1 and Tier 2 visa visa from outside the UK. This will affect skilled immigration to Britain.

Visit Visa fee increases are as follows:
  • Short term visit visas are generally for up to six months from £ 68 to £ 70
  • Visit visa - long two years from £ 230 to £ 245
  • Visit visa - long five years from £ 420 to £ 450
  • Visit visa - long 10 years from £ 610 to £ 650
  • Settlement Visa (permanent residence) will increase from £ 644,750 GBP
  • Increase dependent visa fees to 20-30% of the principal applicant fee
To apply for a visa and want to avoid paying increased British government visa fees you should consider applying sooner rather than later. If you need to pay higher visa charges both for yourself and family the extra costs can be quite considerable.

UK REQUIRED HIGHLY SKILLED IMMIGRATION

Business leaders in Britain are concerned about a recent proposal to restrict immigration into the country highly skilled workers from outside the EU. A new leader in the Observer endorses the views of business leaders: immigration roof would be detrimental.

The article says the British economy will lose a valuable source of knowledge and innovation at a time when the economy is most vulnerable.
UK needs highly skilled immigration
"In truth, the CAP is limited only to the highly skilled immigrants who are most obvious economic value. So this is unlikely to allay public concern about high immigration," the article stated.

Especially since the global economic slowdown in 2008, it has been more concern about the high immigration into Britain. The British effectively allowed unlimited immigration from the former Eastern Bloc countries which joined the EU in 2004. For some years there was a significant growth in Eastern European immigration to Britain and Ireland (who also chose to open their doors to new members).

However, there have been immigrants from outside the EU which has taken the largest hit from the government's efforts to calm public concerns over immigration. Ironically, the same migrants that Britain needs most. Due to EU law, it is not possible to restrict immigration from most EU countries.

The new points system implemented in 2008 is still one of the more liberal immigration system in the developed countries, but the government also tends to use the system as a tool in the effort to "do something" about immigration. This generally suggests that the UK Border Agency retouching to make it more difficult to enter the UK as a highly skilled immigrants, or via a different route in its four-tier system.

"There are plenty of myths, but little concrete evidence the recent immigration has created major problems for Britain as a whole," said the article. "On the contrary, the evidence suggests that immigration has on the whole, led to significant economic and social benefits."

Immigration has historically played a major role in increasing a country's cultural and economic power, especially when the best and brightest are allowed to enter. There are fears that immigration from outside the EU has become too difficult and that this will create problems for the economy in the future.

UK Immigration Cap Consultation to end September 17, 2010 - Tier 1 and Tier 2 Visa

The British coalition government is currently consulting the public about the new immigration cap. This will largely affect the level 2 and a visa application. The consultation will look at how immigration agricultural policy should work in practice.

UK immigration say they want to "attract the brightest and best people in the UK". But they do not want to "uncontrolled immigration". There has been concern in Britain that "unlimited" levels of immigration have put too much pressure on public services, schools and homes.

The Director of the HSMP Forum Ltd. Amit Kapadia who has been very successful in opposing changes to immigration policy in the High Court had this to say:

"The [UK] government's move to introduce an illogical cap will be resisted."

"We do not think any kind of roof would work. It would be impossible to handle. The impact remains to be seen, but if the government really trying to implement drastic measures that will cause a lot of discontent, especially among immigrants who work hard and pay taxes .

The temporary immigration cap has already caused problems for companies in the UK. Some companies are said to be "furious" that they have had to reduce substantially the number of people they can use as part of Tier 2 visa system. In some cases, companies have a zero allocation certificate of sponsorship and will not be able to hire someone new for Tier 2 visa next time. London first, which represents a number of large British companies called immigration cap 'economically insane. " Some companies are even threatening to leave Britain.

The consultation will also examine how to attract wealthy immigrants to the UK as investors and entrepreneurs. It has been suggested that a reduction in British rates would probably help to attract wealthy individuals from abroad and also overall in less wealthy individuals to leave the UK.

Migration Board Advisory Committee (MAC) is also having its own consultation on immigration cap. This consultation closes on 7 September 2010. The UK Government consultation launched on 28 June 2010 and will end on 17 September 2010. The permanent borders for non-EU economic migration will then be introduced on 1 April 2011.