Punjab News Canada, Oz amend immigration rules


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Announce new occupation lists
Australia to again accept new applications

Chandigarh, June 27

Canada and Australia have announced major changes in immigration rules which are good for the prospective immigrants as well as old applicants who are in the processing queue.

Both have announced new occupation lists and Australia, which had stopped accepting new applications for the past four months, has thrown the doors open again, according to a press note issued by immigration consultancy firm WWICS here today.

Canada has come up with a new occupation in demand list, adding that occupations like primary production managers (except agriculture), adjusters and claims examiners, biologists and related scientists, architects, dentists, pharmacists and social workers while omitting some others.

However, Canada will now accept only 20,000 applications with a maximum of 1,000 applications per occupation for those applying under the occupation list.

In addition, all federal skilled worker and canadian experience class applicants will now be required to send complete and comprehensive file, including IELTS result, to the Central Intake Unit at the time of filing the application in order to promptly get into the processing queue.

Meanwhile, Australia has come up with a new Skill Occupation List (SOL), which will come into effect from July 1, 2010.

Now, all major skilled professionals and trade persons were included in the SOL,Lt-Col BS Sandhu (retd), CMD, WWICS, said.