how enormous the effects would be, Australia closed its border on 20 March
2020. Nearly a year later, we are very much aware of the effects of Australia’s
border closures. We are waiting in anticipation for notifications from the
government, that will provide us with clarity and perspectives on lifting the
border restrictions. Australia’s vaccine rollout could mean that there is a
light at the end of the tunnel.
The current situation
Australia’s very strict approach to the pandemic is the
reason why the number of Corona cases in the country is comparatively low. As
of March 13th, 2021, Australia reported a total of 29,112 registered
corona cases. This includes 909 people who died from the virus.
vaccine rollout strategy
Australia´s population will be vaccinated in 5 phases. Phase 1A is currently under way. In this phase 1.4 million doses are available, to vaccinate health care workers as well as quarantine- and border workers. The image below provides an overview of the rollout strategy:
Expectations on lifting
the border restrictions and visa procedures
everything goes as planned, all Australian´s (who wish to be vaccinated) could
have had their first dose of the vaccine by October 2021. The airline company
Qantas has indicated that they are planning to resume regular international
flights starting October 31st, 2021. This is in line with the
expected timeframe for Australia’s vaccine rollout to be effectively completed.
consultants have been (virtually) present at information sessions, organised by
the Department of Home Affairs and various Australian states and territories on
March 12th. During these meetings, the assumption was made that the
immigration budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year will be finalized in May 2021.
Following that, the budget for nomination places will be allocated to
Australian states and territories, whereupon the new visa year beginning July 1
will hopefully again provide options for overseas candidates.
Would you like to find out about your personal visa options? To do so, please fill out the free and non-binding visa check. Based on the information you provide, we will assess your visa options.
planning to travel to Canada to activate your work permit? That is only an
option if you meet the following conditions:
You will be landing on one of the
following airports: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto Pearson or Montreal Pierre Elliott
You plan to be working in a crucial
sector. An overview of all crucial occupations can be found here.
Furthermore, your Canadian employer provides you with a letter which you can
show upon arrival in Canada. This letter (if possible, printed on official
letter head) describes the company, your occupations and duties and the reason
why your skills are required;
Upon arrival you present your quarantine-plan,
wherein you describe where and how you will be spending 14 days in quarantine
after arrival in Canada;
must download the ‘ArriveCan-app’ and fill out the required details. This app
will ask for your health, arrival and flight number and asks you if you’ve thought
about a quarantine-plan. Upon arrival at one of the four airports you can verify
your information with the so called ‘tokens’ which are hanging at the airport. Download
de ArriveCan-app for Android and IOS.
Do you meet
all the additional requirements above? Don’t forget about the standard
requirements: upon arrival you need your passport, you visa application approval, evidence that
you have sufficient funds (at least CAD 2,500.-) and evidence of health insurance.
Please contact us if you
have any questions about travelling to Canada.
Due to the measures with regards to COVID-19, our Canadian office is currently closed. Therefore, we cannot be reaced by phone at the moment. All personal appointments will be take place through video calls (Skype). If this is not an option, appointments will be rescheduled. If you have an appointment with one of our visa consultants in Canada, they will inform you personally about the options.
If you have any questions regarding your visa application or travel restrictions, please send an e-mail to your direct contact. If you don’t have a direct contact or for general enquiries, you can send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia is now banning all non-citizens and non-residents from entering the country. The travel ban is in force from of Friday 20 March, 9 pm. Australians, Australian permanent residents and their direct family members and New Zealand citizens resident in Australia will be allowed to return to Australia from overseas, but must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry.
Measures will continously be reviewed. We will keep our website up-to-date.
Australian Capital Territory
nomination program reopened
Over the last few months, the Australian Capital Territory took its time to review the Skilled Nominated (190) visa nomination program. On 29 November 2018, the nomination program was reopened to all applications with a new system for determining nominated applicants.
The new nomination process
From of 29 November 2018, the nomination process is a two-stage process. Herein clients firstly need to formally express their interest in applying for nomination by the Australian Capital Territory. Candidates now need to complete a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’. In this matrix, points are allocated against economic contribution or benefit and their genuine commitment to be a part of the Australian Capital Territory community.
The highest raked candidates will be selected and invited to apply for nomination. Scores of 20 points and above will be ranked.
Australian Capital Territory occupation list
Besides the new nomination process, a new occupation list has come to effect as well.
The Canadian immigration service (IRCC) has announced its new immigration targets for the next 3 years. This shows a clear increase in the number of available submissions within the economic emigration streams. Concluding, more people have a better chance for a permanent visa through these programs!
The Canadian immigration programs can be divided into different categories: 1) the economic programs, 2) the family programs, 3) visas for refugees and protected persons, and finally 4) applications based on humanitarian grounds. Visa4you can assist with visa applications within the first two categories, which together claim about 84% of all permanent visa applications.
The growth of the immigration targets is largest within the Skilled Worker stream and the Provincial Nomination Programs, which respectively have been awarded 18.5% and 29.6% more places for the years 2020 and 2021.
Maximum age Working Holiday visa Australia
increased to 35 years of age
From 1 November 2018, the maximum age of 30 years has been increased for Canadian and Irish citizens. From now on Canadian and Irish citizens will be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday visa up to and including 35 years of age. This is an increase of the current maximum age of 30 years. For all other eligible countries, the maximum age remains 30 years.
What is a Working Holiday visa
A Working Holiday visa offers young people an option to go to Australia for a holiday and work. This visa lets you stay in Australia for up to twelve months and encourages cultural exchange and closer ties between Australia and eligible countries.
What lets this visa you do
As stated, this visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to twelve months. During this period you are eligible to work. In most cases, you are allowed to work with an employer for up to six months. Thereby, you can study up to four months.
This visa offers you a unique chance to explore the country and it’s labour.
Each year, ‘The Economist Intelligence United’ publishes the global livability index of cities all over the world. This year also!
The 2018 report shows that not only Australia but Canada as well, both are listed in the top 10 with three cities each. For the first time, Vienna, Austria became first with a score of 99.1/100.
Top 10 – Global livability index 2018
Cities have been assessed and rated on over 30 aspects. Hereby you could think of stability, healthcare, culture and milieu, but education and infrastructure as well. This year, many cities have notified improvements in the ranking as a result of increasing stability in most regions. Thereby cities that appear at the top of the list, seems to have a link. The cities that score the highest are mostly medium-sized cities in wealthy countries.
Six out of ten cities are located in Australia and Canada, with a respective population density of 3,2 and 4 people per square kilometre.