Autumn 2014

A warm welcome to our Autumn newsletter readers

We are delighted to share the past few weeks' top stories from around the migration
world. Among our stories this month, there is good news regarding the re-opening of the non-contributory parent visas and other family visas for Australia. If any of our readers are interested in pursuing one of these visa types, please get in touch with us. This visa option may only be available for a limited time. For more information about this and other migration news check our Australia section here or read more on our website

There is good news regarding the new streamlined visa applications for Canada to be introduced in January 2015. Read more about this in our Canada section or on our website. More updated information will be available form Canada next month.

Meanwhile, New Zealand is experiencing an all time high in immigration numbers. We've added some interesting economic and social statistics to highlight what a fantastic country this is to settle in!
Overseas Emigration staff are happy to answer any of your queries – we are expert in all types of visas including business, family, skilled and employer sponsored visas for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. We offer assistance with previously failed applications, medical and child custody issues.
We can also help with your student and Working Holiday Visas for Australia and New Zealand.

Call us on 0800 193 6900 or 0131 625 6900. You can email us at: or check our website for up to date information. 

Best wishes!

The OE Team.

Image: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory


Re-Opening of the Non-Contributory Parent and Other Family visas

Legislation that closed the non-contributory parent and other family visas on 2nd June 2014 was successfully disallowed by the Senate on 25th September. The closed visas will now re-open immediately. Please note, however, that those visas lodged between 2nd June and 25 September are still invalid.
The following visa subclasses in the Family Stream of the Migration Programme are open to new applications:

-    Parent Visa Subclass 103
-    Aged parent Visa – Subclass 804
-    Aged Dependent Relative Visa – Subclass 114 and Subclass 838
-    Remaining Relative Visa Subclass 115 and Subclass 835
-    Carer Visa Subclass 116 and Subclass 836

We are currently rushing through cases on behalf of several clients under this category. If this is something you are interested in please do not postpone calling us.  These visas will be closed off shortly. Contact us at: or call 0800 193 6900 (free in the UK); +44 131 625 6900 form overseas, or check our website: 

New South Wales – Skilled Nominated Migration (190) – October 2014 intake.

The NSW government announced that the October 2014 intake for skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) will open on 22nd October at 10:00 am Australian Eastern Standard Time. This intake will be open to 1,000 applications on a first come, first served basis. Occupations that are temporarily suspended are Accountancy and ICT professions. For more information, please read here
Or contact us at on 0800 193 6900 or email:

We will have two staff members at midnight (GMT) entering cases at the moment the NSW Government opens the sponsorship.  Again - if you think you are on this list please call us as soon as possible.

Temporary closure in skilled applications for ICT and Accountancy occupations in Victoria

Due to a large volume of applications received, skilled state nomination online applications for ICT occupations will not be accepted from 1 October 2014 to 5 January 2015.
The Victoria government anticipate that this closure will be in force for three months only. Read more about the occupations affected here

Alternative English Language testing in Australia

Starting in November 2014, DIBP will accept English Language test scores from the The Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) and the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). DIBP will also accept scores from the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)” test from early 2015. IELTS will also continue to be accepted as a method for testing English language ability. Read more here

Canberra ranked “best place” to live

The Australian Capital Territory of Canberra ranks as the best place in the world to live, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Canberra led the regional ranking while Australia topped the overall country rankings, followed by Norway. Read more here

State of the States

The July 2014 quarter State & Territory economic performance report published by CommSec was recently issued with some interesting statistics. Analysis took into account 8 key indicators including: economic growth, retail spending, equipment investment; unemployment; construction work undertaken, population growth, housing finance and dwelling commencements.
Western Australia remains best performing economy closely followed by the Northern Territories and New South Wales. Next is Queensland, Victoria and the ACT. The final grouping is South Australia and Tasmania. Western Australia leads the way on retail trade and housing finance, Northern Territories on economic growth, business investment and construction work. NSW is the strongest on population growth and dwelling starts. 
Source: CommSec State of the States July 2014


Net inflow of migrants to New Zealand hit a record high of 43,500 in the year ended August 2014.

Reasons to consider New Zealand

New Zealand has always been perceived as one of the best countries to live in, in terms of the great outdoors lifestyle, safety, relative wealth, a strong sense of community and a high standard of education. All of these factors have been reinforced by two very recent research papers.

The first is by the Global AgeWatch Index 2014 which ranks New Zealand as the 10th best country in the world to grow old in – higher than Australia and the UK. Ranking is made in terms of social and economic wellbeing and covers 96 countries, representing 90% of the over 60s. The report was undertaken by the University of Southampton and researchers at Help Age International which made international comparisons in four areas – income security, health status, personal capability and enabling social environment.

The second was in the 2014 OECD (Organisation for economic co-operation and development) Better Life Index. New Zealand ranks among the top countries in a large number of areas which the OECD has identified as essential, such as material living conditions and quality of life, sense of community, life satisfaction, safety and health (in which New Zealand scored top of all OECD countries).

John Key wins third successive election victory

John Key led his National Party to a 3rd successive victory on 20th September 2014. He currently has a 70% approval rating and has been credited with leading New Zealand successfully through the global recession. Unemployment rate has fallen to 5.6% and overall economic growth is higher than the UK and Australia. Much of the economic success has been in part due to surging dairy exports to China and the $40 billion NZD rebuild of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake.


New Express Entry System to fast track visa applications

In January 2015, the Canadian Government in partnership with the provincial and territorial governments will launch the new Express Entry visa program. This new electronic application management system will apply to the four existing visa programs:

The Federal Skilled Worker Program
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Canadian Experience Class
Part of the Provincial Nominee Program

Through Express Entry, visa applicants who meet the criteria for one of the federal immigration programs will be placed in a pool from which prospective employers may consider applicants who meet their needs where they can’t be fulfilled by a Canadian. The Government’s new and improved Job Bank will help to facilitate matches.
Express Entry candidates who receive a qualifying job offer from either an employer or a nomination under the Provincial Nominee Program will be invited to apply for permanent residence. More announcements will be made in November.
This is a fantastic opportunity for those who are thinking about starting a new life in Canada. If you would like more information, please call us or email us at:
For more information on the Express Entry program read here: 

Image: Parliament Hill, Ottawa
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