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UK Announces Major Hike in Visa Fees, New Penalties for Illegal Working

The UK government is planning to raise visa application fees, likely in autumn 2023, with increases ranging from 15% to 20% for various visa types and services. Employers should prepare for higher recruitment costs and consider expediting applications before the fee hike. They're also advised to maximize visa durations for new hires to avoid costly renewals.

Additionally, the Home Office plans to enhance civil penalties for illegal employment in 2024, with fines ranging from £15,000 to £60,000 per illegal worker. Employers must follow Home Office guidelines, conducting thorough right-to-work checks for all employees and maintaining high compliance standards for Sponsorship Licence holders.

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Closure of the Pandemic Event Visa - Australia


📢 Press Release in collaboration with Hon Andrew Giles MP

Breaking News: The Albanese Labor Government to Discontinue Pandemic Event Visa

Starting February 2024, the Pandemic Event visa will no longer accept applications, as the circumstances that initially necessitated its implementation are no longer present, bringing clarity to our visa system.
Commencing from September 2, 2023, only current Pandemic Event visa holders will be eligible to submit applications for this visa category.

All other visa holders will not qualify for the Pandemic Event visa, a temporary measure aimed at safeguarding visa integrity during this transitional phase.
Holders of valid Pandemic Event visas will maintain their lawful status until their existing visas expire.

The phased approach to closing the visa program is part of broader efforts to ensure the Australian visa system effectively meets the needs of its citizens.
Upon inheriting a migration system plagued by backlogs, delays, and extensive waitlists, the Albanese Government has been committed to resolving the challenges left by the previous Liberal Government.
Recent terminations of pandemic-related measures by the Albanese Government include removing the option for unlimited work hours for international students and ceasing work exemptions for Working Holiday visa holders.

These collective measures exert downward pressure on Net Overseas Migration, which is rebounding post-pandemic, and aid the return to pre-pandemic levels of population growth.
Effective September 2, 2023, newly submitted applications will be granted a six-month visa, alongside the introduction of a $405 AUD Visa Application Charge.
These adjustments will further ensure that the visa is exclusively utilized by individuals genuinely requiring to contribute and remain in Australia.

For individuals presently holding a Pandemic Event visa who seek a different visa, meeting the criteria of the targeted visa category is necessary.
Individuals with no alternative visa options are expected to depart Australia upon the expiration of their visa.

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Canada Ranked the Most Attractive Destination for Immigrant Entrepreneurs in 2023

According to the latest Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, Canada is ranked the most attractive and sought state for entrepreneurs.
Canada is considered one of the most attractive states for immigrant startup founders and entrepreneurs compared to all other OECD countries.

There are 24 OECD countries, including the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Australia.
The OECD report suggests that there has been a great interest seen from these countries in attracting immigrant entrepreneurs to promote innovation, job creation, driving economies, and foreign investment.

A study from OECD tells that Canada achieved scores within the upper quartile across all dimensions defined in the framework, excluding the "skills environment." Canada boasts an encouraging regulatory environment for founding or starting new businesses.

Canada extends a wide range of immigration routes and work permits custom-made for entrepreneurs, investors, and self-employed individuals.
The ranking given to Canada highlights the state's capacity, which has cultivated a great culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and also invites start-up founders in the country successfully.

Exciting Opportunity: Canada Launches Cutting-Edge Digital Nomad Initiative!

Canada has proven its commitment to global talent acquisition and provides exciting opportunities for skilled workers and businesses.
Similarly, the Canadian government has exciting news for all digital nomads seeking a new adventure in the Great North. Similar to the digital nomad programs introduced in Portugal, Spain, and other countries, Canada has also introduced a similar pathway to attract global talent and stabilize the labor shortages in specific sectors.

Ø  Digital Nomad Program:
Now, individuals who dream of working remotely in the stunning landscapes of Canada can turn their aspirations into reality.
Under the previous Canadian immigration rules, digital nomads working for foreign employers were allowed to stay in the country as visitors for a maximum of six months.
However, with the commencement of this new program earlier this month, digital nomads can now apply for a temporary work permit, granting them an extended stay of up to three years if they secure employment with a Canadian employer.
According to Canada's immigration minister, this program is a remarkable chance for people to experience life in Canada and decide whether to commit long-term. The move comes in response to Canada's labor shortage in key tech occupations, as the country faces a steady outflow of skilled workers seeking higher-paid opportunities in the United States and other competitive markets.

Ø  Job Market in Canada
Randstad Canada, a leading staffing agency in the country, has reported that Canada loses approximately 0.7% of its population to the U.S. yearly, with many skilled workers opting for lucrative tech and finance roles in cities like New York and San Francisco.
The average tech worker's salary in Canada is about $74,000 annually, whereas tech workers in major U.S. cities often earn well over $130,000.
Canada is now joining more than 30 countries worldwide that have embraced similar initiatives to attract digital nomads, including Spain and Portugal.

Ø  Visa Process:
If you're considering applying for a temporary Canadian visa, there are key requirements to remember. You'll need a government-issued passport and evidence of a stable income. Additionally, be prepared to undergo fingerprinting and an interview with representatives from Canada's immigration office.
Canada's approach stands out in this regard, providing a clear path for those who settle down in the country for the long haul.
For those ready to embrace the Canadian experience, the Digital Nomad Program opens a gateway to a world of breathtaking scenery, diverse cultures, and a vibrant tech industry.

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