Australian Immigration News

Traffic light bulletin -Proposed changes to the Occupation Lists

Australian immigration has marked quite a number of new changes in the field and has paved the way for more immigrants to land in Australia as a permanent resident. One of the more notable changes is the introduction of the Traffic Light Bulletin, which is due to be released in March 2020.

This is a list of occupations that have been invited or included in the past and the occupations that will be removed/added indefinitely in the future. This list depicts changes to the skilled occupation lists for immigration purposes. A number of changes have been mentioned, including the removal of several trade occupations and adding some related to personal and aged care.

The occupations flagged in red are removed from all occupations lists and included in this list are some of the famous occupations in the past such as hairdressers, massage therapists etc.

Orange occupations are the ones that will move in between the 3 occupation lists as follows:

  • Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)

The green occupations are the ones which are newly added to the lists. Occupations such as Nursing Support Worker and Disabled Carer have been added, provided that there is a mandatory skills assessment.

Furthermore, there is a list of occupations that are not listed in the occupations list, but there may be a chance of them being included in the future. This proposed Traffic Light Bulletin is due to be released in March 2020, and is subject to change.

Here’s our idea of a New Year resolution and how to start the New Year with a bang!

Another year comes to an end with 2019 at its last leg, and it has indeed been a glorious year for Immigration. The prospect of moving to another country while maintaining ties with your homeland has never been so transparent combined with endless opportunities. The immigration program in Canada has had an immensely successful year with Justin Trudeau being re-elected as Prime Minister and the appointment of a new Minister of Immigration- Marco Mendicino- born to immigrants himself.

When looking at the statistics, so far over 82,000 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) have been issued as opposed to the 89,000 in 2018 with considerably high CRS scores as compared to any other year. There has been some speculation over this as to why the score has been continuing to be so high, and one of the reasons is the significant growth of Provincial Nominee Programs. Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and even Ontario has been generous in inviting candidates to their provinces compared to previous years. Saskatchewan has invited 5,689 candidates since September, Alberta has invited 6,752 candidates through the Express Entry stream, Manitoba issued 7,362 LLAs (Letters of Advice to Apply) and Ontario has invited over 7,350 candidates. But Ontario doesn’t stop there, in a statement issued by Ontario’s Immigration Minister Vic Fidelli, it was stated that by 2022 the province hopes to increase their quotas by over 13,300.

This brings the previously targeted 61,000 new permanent residents to 67,800 by 2020 for the Provncial Nominee Programs, bringing hope to all migrants worldwide.

With all this going on, there is more good news! A new immigration program will be introduced by the government known as the Municipal Nomination Program. This has been especially introduced to attract highly skilled workers to various provincial cities in Canada to help with their economic growth.

Overall, it has been a busy year for Canadian immigration, and by the looks of it, it will get busier. Canada would target 341,000 immigrants in 2020, 350,000 in 2021 and potentially around 360,000 by 2022 by bringing the total to over 1 million new permanent residents overall during the years 2020-2022.

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By- Savindy Soysa

The Easy Guide to Australian Business Visas

Australian Business Visas can seem extremely complicated to anyone attempting to gain even just a framework of understanding of how it all works. Yes, it does take a little bit of time to wrap your head around and in all honesty, you would be totally forgiven for shying away due to the complexity of the task.


At Sanji Caldera Associates, we have decided that it’s time somebody makes an honest attempt at resolving some of the confusion around Australian Business Visas and at-least attempt to provide a somewhat easy-to-understand guide to clear things up.  We have taken up the challenge and this (hopefully) easy-to-understand guide has been developed as a result.


Acquiring a good understanding of Australian Business visa frameworks is great! But the real challenge comes when trying to select the best visa that will help you (or your clients) meet all your business migration needs and goals. Trust us… You DO NOT want to make that decision without knowing at-least the bare essentials and NEITHER do you want to place your complete trust on an opinion by a migration expert, without knowing the actual implications that your choice has on yourself, your business and your business migration goals. We have come across business migration cases where things went south very quickly, in more ways than we imagined possible!


To make it clear, we are not having a crack at migration experts or their ability/capabilities to provide solid and valuable advise. In fact, in nearly all troubled business visa cases involving a migration expert or experts, we can say that in all honesty, the advise was given in good faith and with substantial ethical reasoning. However, there seems to be a huge discrepancy on where focus takes place and we think that this is where it all goes wrong. The business owner is focused on what is good for the business and Migration Expert is focused on what is good for the application. The solution is to recognize and be proactive about this impending issue and put both minds together to try and figure out what is best for both worlds! We hope this guide can get that conversation started…


Bon Voyage!

-Sanji Caldera Associates


Australian Business Visas

An Australian business visa is for people wanting to start a business or invest in Australia. Visas within this category are designed to attract applicants to Australia who have the skills to enhance and uplift the Australian economy by way of commercial venture or investment. The visa of choice and the most widely-utilized application process by international businesspeople when migrating is the two-stage system; Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 188 (Stage 1) and Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa – Subclass 888 (Stage 2).


Business Innovation and Investment Visas

The entirety of the Australian business migration process will be undertaken in 2 separate stages. Once the Subclass 188 (1st stage) visa application has been assessed, processed and finalized by an Australian visa case officer, who by then, will have confirmed that all mandatory conditions, criteria, legislation, and regulations for the Subclass 188 visa have been met, they will provide a recommendation to an authorized delegate of the Australian Minister of Immigration to grant the applicant a “Provisional Residency” visa.

Provisional Residency Visa: In brief, a provisional residency visa is a temporary visa which has been designed to lead into a permanent residency visa (Subclass 888), once the applicant has met the pre-determined visa obligations (See business visa streams below) as a part of their 1st stage visa grant (Subclass 188).

At a minimum, the applicant will only be eligible to apply for the Subclass 888 (2nd and final stage) of the business migration process; 2 years after the grant of the Subclass 188 (1st stage) visa – this is a common criterion across all streams. At this stage, the Australian visa case officer will be looking to validate and confirm that the applicant has abided by and met all mandatory visa obligations and conditions as stipulated in the grant of the provisional visa (Subclass 188). Once the Subclass 888 visa has been processed and granted, the applicant will be an Australian Permanent Resident and will, later on, be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship.

Please keep reading below for a detailed break-down of the Subclass 188 and Subclass 888 visas.


Stage 1: Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa – Subclass 188

What this visa allows you to do:

  • Establish a new or develop an existing business.
  • Invest in Australian State or Territory Government.
  • Make complying investments in Australia.
  • Participate in an Entrepreneurial activity in Australia.
  • Travel in and out of Australia for the life of your visa.
  • Bring members of your family.
  • Visa valid for 4 years & 3 months.
  • Seek permanent residence by applying for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa – Subclass 888.
Stage 2: Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa – Subclass 888

What this visa allows you to do:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely.
  • Work and study in Australia.
  • Make complying investments in Australia.
  • Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care & expenses.
  • Apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible).
  • Bring members of your family.
  • Sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence.
  • Travel to and from Australia.


Popular Business Visa Streams

Subclass 188 and 888 visas each have 5 adjacent streams (including 2 sub-streams in the 188 visa) that are by design, bridging pathways to one another. Each stream has been designed to accommodate a multitude of businesspeople and investors, ranging from small to large enterprises. Essentially, the streams are broken down into two separate categories; the Business Innovation Stream and the Business Investment stream. The streams listed below are two (out of five) of the most popular streams that are utilized by businessmen and entrepreneurs.


Business Visa A – Innovation Stream

Stage 1 (Subclass 188) Criteria:

This visa is for people with business skills who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia.


  • Under 55 years of age (Exceptions apply).
  • Functional English (IELTS 4.5 in each band: Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking).
  • Ownership of a business with a turnover of equivalent to AUD $500,000.
  • Assets of AUD $800,000 (Main applicant only or combined with partner).
  • Own at least one of the following percentages of your nominated business.
  • 51% if the business has a turnover of less than AUD $400,000 per year.
  • 30% if the business has a turnover of more than AUD $400,000 per year.
  • 10% if the business is a publicly listed company (PLC).
  • Must be approved by a state government.


Stage 2 (Subclass 888) Criteria:

This is a permanent residency visa that will allow you to continue owning and managing a business in Australia.


  • Must hold a subclass 188 visa in the relevant stream (Business Innovation).
  • Eligible to apply after 2 years of holding a Subclass 188 visa.
  • You must be in Australia for at least 1 year out of the 2 years immediately after you apply. (Additional conditions may be imposed by the state government)
  • Must be approved by a state government.
  • You must be able to show ongoing business involvement.

Ongoing Business Involvement Criteria:

  • Have had an ownership interest and will have continuous ownership interest along with a direct and continuous role in an actively operating business for two years prior to applying.
  • Annual turnover of at least AUD $300,000 in the last 12 months immediately prior to applying.
  • You (or your partner, or you and your spouse together) must demonstrate that you have achieved at least 2 out of the 3 following criteria:
  • AUD $200,000 net business assets
  • AUD $600,000 in total assets (including business assets)
  • Employed two full-time employees who are Australian residents. (Cannot be members of your family)


Business Visa B – Investor Stream

Stage 1 (Subclass 188) Criteria:

This visa is for people who are willing to make a designated investment of at least AUD $1.5 million in an Australian state or territory.


  • Must be under the age of 55 years (exceptions apply).
  • Functional English (IELTS 4.5 in each band: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking).
  • Have at least 3 years of experience or direct involvement in managing a business or investment.
  • 10% Ownership interest in a business or AUD $1.5 million in investments for 1 year within the last 5 fiscal years.
  • Have acquired Business, Investments and Personal assets of at least AUD 2.25 million (net) during the last 2 fiscal years. This must be available for legal transfer to Australia within 2 years after your visa has been granted.
  • Must make a designated investment of at least AUD $1.5 million in a state or territory government and be prepared to hold that investment for at least 4 years.
  • Must be approved by a state government.


Stage 2 (Subclass 888) Criteria:

This is a permanent residency visa that will allow you to continue business and investment activity in Australia.


  • Must hold a subclass 188 visa in the relevant stream (Investor Stream).
  • Must have held a designated investment for at least 4 years.
  • Must have lived in Australia for at least 2 years out of the 4 years.
  • Only eligible to apply after 4 years of holding subclass 188 visa.
  • Must be approved by a state government.

For any inquiries, please contact:

Keith Hepponstall – Director (Business Development)

Mob: (+614) 20 949 195

E-mail: keith@sanjicaldera.com

Massive Waves of Hong Kong Citizens Seek Stability in Australia and Canada

As violence in the streets and anti-government protests ran rampant in the city of Hong Kong, residents are seeking migration to other parts of the world, with high numbers heading to Australia and Canada.

An article written by Michael Smith – China Correspondent (Australian Financial Review) in July 2019 stated that the number of Hong Kong citizens looking to migrate to Australia has risen exponentially, since the proposed extradition laws. This notion was later confirmed in an article written in the South China Morning Post by Fiona Sun on August 2019. In her article, Sun affirmed that the top three destinations for Hong-Kongers in the last 5 years were Australia, United States and Canada.

Both articles by Sun and Smith attested that amongst the residents looking to leave Hong Kong, are some of the city’s most affluent. The wealthy are looking to move assets to countries such as Australia and Canada as an “insurance policy” in fear of the introduction of the proposed extradition laws, which will allow people “accused” of financial crimes to be sent to China.

Sun further elaborated that a survey conducted in June 2019 by market research firm YouGov found that almost two-thirds of Hong-Kongers aged between 18 – 34 have thought of migrating elsewhere. An article written in August 2019 by Journalist Ben Doherty from The Guardian Newspaper, stated that the top three “push factors” were:

  • Too much political dispute/social cleavage (25.7%)
  • Overcrowded living conditions (25.7%)
  • Dissatisfaction with the political institutions (17.4%)

Furthermore, Doherty refers to a survey conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Pacific Studies in December 2018 – just a few months before the current turmoil began. The survey found that approximately one-third (34%) of the respondents suggested that given the opportunity, they would migrate elsewhere. The survey also uncovered that 51% of respondents between the ages of 18 – 30 were more likely to leave as well as those with tertiary level education (47.9%). Moreover, respondents to the survey also stated what they were looking for in a new country, the top three were:

  • Ample living space (35%)
  • Better air quality, less pollution and a beautiful environment (22.3%)
  • More liberty and better conditions for human rights (15.6%)

Australia boasts over 100 nationalities and ethnic backgrounds within its borders, making it one of the world’s most multicultural and culturally diverse countries. According to Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey (2019) on over 450 cities, Australia has 6 cities ranked in the top 30 safest places in the world.

In a recent national air quality study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Canada placed 3rd best amongst the countries with the cleanest air on the planet. Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver all made the 2018 list of Most Liveable Cities in the World for their low crime rates, awesome culture, and stellar education.


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New Subclass 494 Visa to Replace Subclass 187 RSMS Visa in November 2019

On 16th November 2019, the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Subclass 187) or more commonly known as the RSMS 187 visa will be discontinued and will be replaced by Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (Subclass 494).

Skilled migrants will no longer be able to apply directly for Permanent Residency under the new Subclass 494 visa as they did earlier with the Subclass 187 visa. Instead, they will need to meet the following criteria to apply for Permanent residency:

  • Live and work in a designated regional area for 3 years
  • Can only be unemployed for no more than 90 days without finding new eligible employment
  • Must have earned a minimum taxable income (Yet to be announced) for the duration of the 3 years.

Meeting the above criteria will allow skilled migrants to apply for the PR under the new Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa (Subclass 191). There will be  criteria for the Subclass 494 visa is as follows:

  • Age under 45 years at the time of application
  • Obtain a valid skills assessment
  • Hold a Competent English examination at the time of application
  • Hold a job offer from sponsoring company for a minimum duration of 5 years
  • Have at least three years’ full-time relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field, at the same level of skill.

The Subclass 494 introduces a new incarnation of visa that mirrors the recently established Subclass 482 visa. In essence, the Subclass 494 visa can be viewed as the regional version of the Subclass 482 visa.

The Rise of Canada PNP Programs in 2019

The Canadian immigration program introduced by IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) in 2015 has kicked off to a momentous start in 2019 and is highlighted more so with the prominence given to provincial nominee programs this year. Since the start of the year, provinces such as Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, and especially Alberta has either opened or made changes in their provincial nominee programs.


Saskatchewan province introduced a new job demand list which includes professions in fields such as Computer Programming and Architecture- among many others. The latest draw was held on the 16th of August with 150 candidates being invited to apply.


Ontario released a news statement stating that a whopping 6,900 economic immigration candidates will be accepted into the province in 2019, with the most recent draw inviting 997 candidates in the Managerial and Financial occupation on the 15th of Ontario. Ontario stated at the beginning of the year that IT/Software related occupations are given priority in their province, including Software Engineers, Computer Engineers, Web Developers, and even IT managers.

Prince Edward Island-

143 invites were sent out by PEI on the 15th of August for the EOI candidates in the Express Entry, Labor Impact and Business programs of its PNP program. Out of this, 133 were given to Express Entry and Labour Impact candidates.


By opening up multiple times within the year, the latest intake was 319 when Notifications of Interests were sent out by Alberta. In addition to this, 354 Express Entry candidates were also sent invitations. Alberta has given prominence to applicants with a family member/relative already living in the province.

This is a pattern which has been apparent in this year with considerable prominence given to provincial programs, unlike in previous years. However, unlike in the Express Entry Application System, provincial programs are known for their processing time duration being too long and the process itself being time-consuming. Therefore, it is recommended to candidates who are unable to stack points in the Express Entry system. That being said, it is important to note that with the rise of provincial programs it may be favorable for the candidates with low scores to apply in Express Entry as well as candidates with direct ties with that particular province hence paving the way to a more flexible immigration system. Apply today, and live a life filled with promise in Canada!

Changes to Australian Skilled Migration:

New Australian visas will be introduced on 16th November 2019, the Skilled Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 489) will be discontinued and will be replaced by Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 491). There will be some significant changes in the new Subclass 491 visa in comparison to the current incarnation, the Subclass 489 visa.

As apart of the roll out of the new Subclass 491 visa, there will also be a new subsequent permanent residency visa that will replace the Skilled Regional Visa (Subclass 887). The new subesequent permanent residency visa will be the Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) Visa (Subclass 191).


Subclass 191 – New Criteria:

Subclass 491 holers will be eligble to apply for the subsequesnt Subclass 191 visa, once the following criteria has been met:

  • They must have held a Subclass 491 visa for a minimum of 3 years.
  • They must have earned a minimum taxable income (amount yet to be determined) for the duration of the 3 years.

Further to this, the subclass 491 will hold a validity period of 5 years instead of 4 years as stipulated by its predecessor – the Subclass 489. The above criteria sums up the critical changes in the Skilled Regional segment of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) category.


General Skilled Migration (GSM) – Point System Overhaul:

Moreover, there will also be some significant changes to the points test for the whole GSM category. As of 16th November 2019, the following changes will be effective:

  • 15 points for Regional nomination sponsorship and/or including family sponsorship to live and work in regional Australia – Currently only 10
  • 10 points if the main applicant’s qualification comes under STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) NEW

Partner points: (can select ONLY ONE of the following)

  • 10 points for a skilled spouse or de facto partner (requires skills assessment) Currently only 5
  • 10 points for applicants without a spouse or de facto partner – NEW
  • 10 points if the partner is an Australian or eligible New Zealand Citizen – NEW
  • 5 points if the spouse or de facto partner obtains ‘Competent English – NEW


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1. Post-study working in Australia:

If you have studied in Australia for 2 academic years or more and have completed your course within the last six months, you may be eligible for a Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485). This visa has 2 streams:

• Graduate Work Stream – Length of Stay: 18 months

The Graduate Workstream is for international students who have recently graduated with skill and qualifications that closely relate to an occupation identified as being in need in the Australian labour market.

• Post-Study Work Stream – Length of Stay: 2 – 4 years depending on your qualification

The Post-Study Work stream is for international students who have recently graduated with an eligible qualification from an Australian educational institution, regardless of their field of study.

– Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Degree with Honours, Masters by Coursework Degree or Masters (extended) Degree: Your visa is valid for 2 years.
– Masters by Research Degree: Your visa is valid for 3 years.
– Doctoral Degree: Your visa is valid for 4 years.


2. Engineering Graduates:

If you have completed an engineering degree at a recognized institution (in Australia or overseas) within the past two years, you may be eligible for a Skilled-Recognised Graduate visa (Subclass 476). This visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to 18 months for skilled work experience. The following specializations in Engineering are deemed suitable for this visa:

• Civil Engineering.
• Structural Engineering.
• Chemical Engineering.
• Environmental Engineering.
• Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
• Mechanical, Production and Plant Engineering.
• Mining and Material Engineering.


3. English Language Ability:

In order to meet the eligibility criteria for the above visa’s, you must have evidence to demonstrate that you have sufficiently met the English language requirement. However, if you hold a passport issued by the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or Ireland and you are a citizen of that country, you are exempt from this requirement. Otherwise, you must demonstrate one of the following:

• You have achieved an overall score of at least 6 with a minimum a score of 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test that has been undertaken in the three years prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components of an Occupational English Test (OET) that has been undertaken in the three years prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved a total score of at least 64 with the following minimum test scores in each of the four test components: 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved an overall test score of at least 50 with a minimum score of 36 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.

• You have achieved an overall test score of at least 169 with a minimum score of at least 154 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test that has been undertaken on or after 1 January 2015 and prior to lodging the visa application.


4. Professional Year Programs:

These programs are available for international students who have graduated in the following disciplines:

• Accounting
• Information Technology
• Engineering

The professional year training program runs for 44 weeks which will also include a 12 a week internship with a host organization for industrial based training. The aim of this program is to drastically increase your opportunities for employment in Australia.

There are numerous other benefits to a professional year when applying for migration:

• Completion of the professional year will add 5 points to your overall score for General Skilled Migration.

• Accountants: The professional year is a substitute to the usual English language criteria for a CPA skills assessment (7.0 in each band of Academic IELTS or equivalent).

• IT Professional: The professional year is a substitute to the usual work experience requirement for an ACS skills assessment (1-year post qualification work experience in IT).


5. Family:

Family can join you in Australia and can be included in your application. You can include the following people in your visa application at the time of lodgement:

• Partner
• Child/step-child or partner’s child/step-child

  • You cannot add any other family member to your application.


6. BONUS TIP – ALWAYS use a MARA registered migration agent/immigration lawyer:

Only registered migration agents can legally give immigration assistance in Australia. To do this, they must be listed on the Register of Migration Agents, held by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

To check a migration agents credentials, please refer to this link on the MARA website:

To check our credentials please enter our 7-digit MARA registration number in the search bar on the MARA website: 0635492


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SCA News Update: 26th October 2018

The Australian Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) have released the SkillSelect results for the invitation round on 11 September 2018.

Statistics in September 2018 remained the same as in the month of August 2018:

Subclass 189: 2,490 invitations
Subclass 489: 10 invitations

These numbers indicate no change to the number of invitations issued in the previous month.

The waiting time of non-pro-rata occupations for the Skill Independent Subclass 189 visa has increased to 12 weeks, but the score remained at 70 points.

The score of pro-rata occupation, Electronic Engineer, was brought down from 75 to 70 points in the last round but with a longer wait-time of approximately 10 months.

The following table depicts the points required to be obtained for pro-rata occupations and the status pertaining invitations.

Pro-rata occupation

Required points Invitations issued on 11th September 2018 Remaining positions Filled positions (%)
Accountants 80 636 3117


Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 80 227 1115 16.92%
ICT Business and System Analysts 75 248 1218 16.92%
Software and Applications Programmers 75 1231 6040 16.93%
Electronics Engineer 70 51 249 17.0%
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 70


301 1479


Other Engineering Professionals 75 119 581 17.0%
Computer Network Professionals 70 367 1800


In total, The DOHA has issued 5,980 invitations for the Skilled – Independent subclass visa 189 and 30 invitations for Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489 in the 2018 – 2019 migration program.

Recent changes to Australian Immigration:

The Australian Government has recently indicated that they may decide to prioritize Regional Skilled Migration. This initiative has come about in order to mitigate issues relating to congestion in major metropolitan cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

If this decision does come into fruition, the states will be bound to extend their scope to aid this initiative and to add more occupations to the Regional Occupation List which will further support the employer sponsorship and regional sponsorship.

What more to expect if this initiative is implemented:

An increase in the number of Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) applications and an escalating rate of 489 visa subclass applications.
The required point for a 189 invitation is expected to remain the same for non pro-rata occupations in the next round.
Good opportunities are expected to be created in areas not limited to South Australia and Western Australia.


The Australian Government makes an average of 3 legislation changes per month relating the Australian migration. Certain decisions may directly or indirectly affect the application process without your knowledge.

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Keith Hepponstall – Director (Business Development)
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Andriea Perera – Regional Manager (UAE)
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Jesse Wijeyasinghe – Country Manager (Canada)
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Samith Fernando – Country Manger (UK)
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Top 5 Migrant Friendly Cities in Canada

Canada is fast becoming one of the most sought-after countries in the world to live in due to the quality of life, stability and stable economy the country can provide, but most importantly, the countries immigration programs. Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world and is known for its varied diversity and a renowned reputation for extending a warm welcome to individuals and families in search of better opportunities, both to their livelihood and professional careers.

This is reflected and is very much evident by the mass of migrants originating from different countries, backgrounds and cultures, who have chosen Canada as their new home and have established themselves in the vast expanse of the country. However, the process of migrating permanently to a new country can seem quite daunting. Moving to a new country where you are unfamiliar with basically everything and yet somehow want to fit in. So, which major cities in Canada that embrace vast amounts and various migrant communities? Read on to find out.

  1. Vancouver- British Columbia

Known for being the city where a substantial of Hollywood movies and TV shows are filmed. Vancouver is famous for its diversity and is ranked as one of the best cities to live in the world. The city of Vancouver is proud of the fact that 50% of their resident population’s 1st language is not English. It is quite evident that many immigrants prefer this city as one of the more favorable and welcoming cities to settle down in. Vancouver withholds the largest population in British Columbia and is also known for having a very mild climate compared to other cities and provinces, this is certainly a factor that is highly favorable for Asian migrants. A busy business hub and employment opportunities seem to be endless in the city of Vancouver.


  1. Ottawa- Ontario

The capital is most definitely a safe bet for prospective immigrants to settle in Canada. Ottawa has a sunny climate, although winters can be cold and snowy. Many immigrants choose to make Ottawa their destination of choice due to the employment opportunities it provides, not to mention, the city is expecting a rapid rise in employment in the very near future. Predominantly an English-speaking city, Ottawa is known to be one of the cleanest cities in the world. It encompasses environment-friendly parks to be enjoyed by everyone. The housing prices are also manageable in comparison to other cities and the provides decent public transportation. Overall, Vancouver is a city that is immigrant friendly, with moderately priced housing, high paying jobs, excellent schools and low crime rates.


  1. Calgary- Alberta

By far the largest city in the state of Alberta, Calgary has the highest number of migrants in the province. In terms of employment, the city is a popular destination for migrant skilled professionals in engineering and business. Calgary has an active spirit including outdoor activities such as Skiing, Snowboarding and Ice Skating for people looking to explore their adventurous side. Just like in Ottawa, Calgary is known for its safety and enjoys low crime rates. The city also boasts of having low rent housing opportunities which can be highly beneficial to new migrant families during their initial years of settling in Canada. Over 25% of living in Calgary are South Asians, proving it yet again, that this is a city worth considering in your move to Canada.


  1. Brossard- Quebec

Quebec is a majority French-speaking province and is situated in the east of Canada. Brossard is yet another city that has become home to migrants from around the world (estimated immigration population is approximately 40%). Other immigrant minority languages spoken include English, Spanish and Chinese. So, what exactly makes Brossard any different from any of the cities mentioned here already? Well, the low real estate prices for one! The city is famous for having some of the lowest residential prices in the province and also boasts a comparatively low crime rate. Definitely a city worth looking into if your circumstances require you to migrate on a budget.


  1. Mississauga- Ontario

Mississauga is of the most populous cities in the province that holds a migrant population of nearly 50%. Only a 20-minute drive from downtown Ontario, Mississauga is home to many Canadian business corporations and is another city that thrives on employment opportunities. Climate is moderate throughout the year, although during the winter temperature can drop below zero.


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