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Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189 visa) is the most sought-after visa among those who aspire to migrate to Australia. The 189 visa is for eligible skilled workers who are neither sponsored by an employer or family member nor nominated by a state or territory. The visa is obtained through a point-based system and once obtained, it offers the visa holder and his/her accompanying family members permanent residency in Australia.

Requirements for Subclass 189 Visa

In order to obtain Skilled Independent Visa (Subclass 189 Visa), the applicant must:
  1. Have an occupation in the (Skilled Occupation List) of Australia.
  2. Score a minimum of 60 points in the points test based on his/her profile factors such as age, work experience and English language proficiency.
  3. Be under the age of 45.
  4. Have a minimum score of 6 in each of the four test components in the IELTS test or a relevant score in an English competency test from an approved test provider.
  5. Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and be invited by the immigration authority of Australia to apply.
  6. Have valid health and character certifications.

Application process for Subclass 189 Visa

  1. The applicant must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via SkillSelect with the required details such as nominated occupation, skills etc.
  2. SkillSelect will rank the applicant based on the points he/she scores.
  3. Based on the applicant's rank and the availability of places for his/her nominated occupation, the applicant will be sent an invitation to apply for the visa.
  4. The applicant will have to apply for a visa within 60 days of receiving the invitation.
  5. The application is usually processed within a maximum of eight months.

Benefits of Subclass 189 Visa

A Skilled Independent Visa holder and his/her accompanying family members enjoy:
  1. The right to live and work in Australia indefinitely.
  2. The right to study full-time in Australia from primary school to postgraduate level.
  3. Healthcare at subsidized rates.
  4. Social security benefits.
  5. Eligibility to apply for Australian citizenship [given that they meet all the requirements].
  6. Travelling in and outside Australia as many times within five years after getting the visa.
  7. Sponsoring a family member to stay in Australia on a temporary or permanent basis.

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Part-time Work in Canada for International Students

For international students in Canada, especially those from developing countries, the option to work part-time while studying is a great blessing. Although students must submit proof of sufficient funds to meet their study and living costs, working part-time benefits them in many ways; including:
  • Gaining Canadian work experience, which can be an added attraction to their CV
  • Getting extra spending allowance while living in Canada
  • Establishing contacts and strengthening their network, if they are planning to obtain Permanent Residence Status
  • The business contacts they establish may help them at the time of immigration
  • A part-time job can turn into a full-time permanent position

Part-time Work Options

Working off-campus:

Under Off-campus Work Permit Program, a student can work up to 20 hours a week during regular academic sessions and 40 hours a week during holidays and spring break. To be eligible to work off-campus, the student must:
  • Be a full-time student with a valid study permit
  • Have a Social Insurance Number(SIN)
  • Be enrolled at a Designated Learning Institution(DLI) at post-secondary level
  • Be studying in a vocational program (if he/she is living in Quebec)
  • Be enrolled in a program to obtain a degree, diploma or certificate

Work on-campus:

To work on campus, the student:
  • Does not need to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).
  • Can work more than 20 hours a week.

Co-op/Internships:

Co-op/Internship Work Permit Program is meant for international students who have to take up employment as part of their study program in Canada. The work portion of such programs of study is sometimes 50 percent of the study program.

Types of jobs

Students have numerous options when it comes to part-time work including:
  • Bookkeeper
  • Customer Service Assistant
  • Sales Assistant
  • Office Assistant
  • Painter
  • Cook
  • Educational Interpreter
  • Lifeguard
On an average, the rate of pay is CAD $10 per hour.

Guide for Part-Time Work in Canada

  • It is ideal to choose a job that is related to the field of your study program.
  • You have to be careful when choosing your job, as it may have an impact on the kind of job you will get next.
  • Try to impress your employer while working part-time as it can benefit you in the future when trying to find a job after completing your studies.

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Medical Tests Required for Australian Visa

The healthcare system of Australia is the second best in the developed world, according to a study conducted by Commonwealth Fund researchers based in New York. With an aim to maintain high standards in healthcare, Australia has made it mandatory for visa applicants to meet certain health requirements. So, all those who want to migrate to Australia must undergo certain medical examinations.

Who needs health checks?

Health checks are required for all those who apply for a permanent Australian visa and those who apply for temporary visas. If the family is accompanying the primary applicant, all the members must meet the health requirements. There is also a chance that if a family member fails the health check, the visa is refused to everyone. In some cases, even if the applicant’s family members are not accompanying him/her, he/she may be asked to undergo medical tests.

Diseases for which tests are undertaken:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS

Any other tests may be requested at any time by a Medical Officer of the Commonwealth.

What is the purpose of health checks?

  • To prevent migrants from bringing diseases/infections/viruses into Australia
  • To determine if the applicant has above-average healthcare needs and become a burden on the public healthcare system in Australia.
  • To determine if the applicant's medical condition may harm the health of the Australian public.
  • To determine if the applicant's medical condition will cause Prejudice of Access (transplantation, dialysis, blood products, radiotherapy, high-level nursing home care, etc).

What is the ideal time for medical tests?

To avoid delays, it is ideal to undergo the medical tests before lodging the visa applications using My Health Declarations.

The validity of the results of medical tests for an Australian visa is 12 months.

 

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Your Guide to Studying in Ireland

Ireland, with one of the best education systems in the world, offers students a wide range of opportunities to lay the foundation for their bright future. The only English-speaking country in the Eurozone, Ireland has 34 higher education institutions offering more than 5000 internationally recognised study programs.

Study in Ireland: Step by Step

Step 1: In order to get an admission for a degree program in Ireland, the student must prove his/her proficiency in English with test results from language tests. The certificates must have been issued within two years before the start of the course in Ireland. In the case of IELTS, the student must have a composite score of 6.0- 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in individual components. Step 2: Choose a study program in an Irish educational institution that will enable you to meet your future goals. In order to do so, you have to check whether your academic and English language standards meet the requirements of the institution. Once you have applied and gotten admission, you have to pay the admission fee. After you have paid for your course, you can apply for a long-stay or D Study Visa. Step 3:  Find a suitable accommodation. In Ireland, you have various options for accommodation including rented apartments, student accommodations and home stays. Many colleges and universities have accommodation officers who can help the students in finding accommodation. Before applying, you have to make sure that your passport is valid for more than 12 months from the date of your application.

Study in Ireland: Costs

How much it will cost to study in Ireland depends on various factors, including the course you choose, the institution where you get admission and if you are a European student or not. Approximate course fees:

Courses

Undergraduate

 

Postgraduate

 
Medicine & Health Sciences €45,000 - €52,000 €4,000 - €31,000+  
Engineering €9,750 - €23,000

 €9,250 - €24,000

 
Science and Technology €9,750 - €22,000

 €9,250 - €45,000

 
Arts and Humanities €9,750 - €20,000

€9,250 – €22,000

 
Business €9,750 – €18,000

€9,250 – €34,500

 
 

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CRS Score

If you want to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system, your chances of being selected are almost entirely based on how well you score in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). You are awarded points under CRS based on a number of factors including education, proficiency in English and/or French language, age and work experience. Other factors that can significantly increase your score include Canadian degrees, diplomas, certificates, a valid job offer, and a nomination from a Canadian province or territory. The candidates ranked the highest, based on their scores, are sent Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada. Here are some ways to improve your CRS score:

1. Improve language scores

One of the easiest ways to raise your CRS score is to focus on the language scores. Prepare for language tests such as IELTS, if you are able to score a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 9  in the language test, you can get up to 136 direct points under the language section and up to 100 points under the sub-factors of the Skill Transferability section. You can also earn up to 24 points by appearing for a language test in French if your first language is English and vice versa.

2. Apply through a Provincial Nominee Program

If you are nominated by one of the Canadian provinces or territories under Canada's PNP, you will receive up to 600 CRS points. This will increase your chances of getting an ITA. You can apply for a Provincial Nominee Program before or after you create your Express Entry profile

3. Secure a LMIA-approved job offer

Another way to increase your CRS score and get up to 600 points is to secure a job offer, recognized by the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), from an employer in Canada. This will make a candidate from the Express Entry pool more eligible to receive an ITA.

4. Make your spouse the primary applicant

If you are applying for Canada immigration with your spouse or common-law partner and he/she can score more CRS points, it is advised to make them the primary applicant. However, if you have already started your application, it is not possible to change the primary applicant in an existing Express Entry profile. So, you will have to create a new profile with your partner as the primary applicant and yourself as a dependent.

5. Keep working

If you have less than three years of full-time work experience, it is ideal to continue working. You will receive points under the Skill Transferability section, the more the work experience, the better.

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Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018

Universities in Canada are attracting thousands of students from across the world. In addition to getting a quality higher education, studying in Canada also means low tuition fees, simpler application processes and more opportunities for permanent residency. THE World University Rankings is an annual publication ranking the top universities in the world.  The top 1000 universities in the world are evaluated across teaching, research, international outlook, and reputation. Of a total of 26 Canadian institutions that were listed among the top 1000 universities in the world, the following is a list of the five best universities in Canada that were ranked among the top 200 universities in the list.

1. University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is structured as a collegiate system comprising of 12 colleges. It offers more than 700 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate courses. The university is reputed for excellence in research and has made significant contributions towards the discovery of insulin, stem cell research and the invention of the electron microscope. The university offers courses in Medicine, Business, Engineering, Humanities and Education.

2. University of British Columbia

One of the best universities in Canada, University of British Columbia is among the highest ranked universities in the world. It is one of the oldest universities in Canada, with campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. It offers around 500 Bachelor's and Master's programs. The university houses Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science (TRIUMF) and Canada’s second largest research library with more than 7 million publications.

3. McGill University

McGill University has its main campus located in downtown Montreal and is one of the best universities in Canada. It founded Canada's first faculty of Medicine in 1829 and to this day, it is highly ranked for clinical subjects internationally. The university has 25% international students and has the highest percentage of PhD students among Canadian research universities.

4. McMaster University

McMaster University is one of the few Canadian universities consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities. It is also ranked among Canada's top research-intensive universities. In addition to its prestigious medical school, McMaster University offers various courses in Engineering, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science.

5. University of Montreal

The University of Montreal is the only Francophone university ranked among the top five. The university has campuses in Terrebonne, Laval, Longueuil, Saint-Hyacinthe and Mauricie. It also has two affiliated schools: Polytechnique Montréal, a specialist engineering school, and HEC Montréal, a business school. A quarter of all the students in the university are international students.

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If you aspire to pursue a postgraduate program in Engineering abroad, Germany is one of the best choices you can make. Many German public universities offer postgraduate courses in Engineering with no tuition fees and English as a medium of instruction.

1. International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA)

The International Master of Landscape Architecture (IMLA) at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is the best option if the applicant is a graduate in landscape architecture, landscape planning, landscape construction, landscape management, architecture, town planning or physical planning. In order to apply, the applicant must have above average marks to apply and be proficient in the English language at level B2 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent. Though the students do not need to pay any tuition fees, they will have to pay enrolment fees, approximately EUR150. The living cost is approximately EUR 800-900 per month.

2. Automation & IT

The Master's degree in Automation and IT offered by TH Köln is a fully accredited program covering the areas of both industrial automation and computer science.  Though students do not need to pay any tuition fees, they will have to pay an administrative fee for student services and student union fee, approximately EUR 85. The monthly living cost is around EUR 700-850. The applicant must have certified proficiency in English: TOEFL (550 points), Computer TOEFL (213 points), Internet (80 points), IELTS (band 6.0), Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Level C1 or equivalent certificate. The minimum qualification required to apply is a Bachelor's in the field of engineering science, computer science, computer engineering, or informatics.

3. Renewable Energy Systems - Environmental and Process Engineering

The Renewable Energy Systems - Environmental and Process Engineering program at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences trains students to develop, plan, design, execute, operate and service renewable energy systems, particularly solar thermal systems, photovoltaic systems, biogas, biomass to liquid and wind energy systems. The courses and exams are in English, though optional courses are offered in German. The applicant must have a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering, process engineering or a similar field, with the academic grade equivalent to the German grade 2.5. Enrolment fee is approximately EUR 321 per semester and living costs are approximately EUR 700 to 900. To explore your study abroad options, get in touch with our team of qualified consultants today!

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Reasons for Inadmissibility

Before moving ahead with your plans to immigrate to Canada, it is important to find out if you meet the admissibility requirements of the country. A person wanting to enter Canada may be found inadmissible by Canadian law for any of the following reasons:

Criminal Inadmissibility

  • Criminal inadmissibility is for an individual who has been convicted of or has committed a crime.
  • Some of the crimes that lead to inadmissibility include theft, assault, manslaughter, reckless driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and the possession of or trafficking of drugs and/or controlled substances.
  • The act must be considered a crime in both the place it was committed and in Canada to lead to inadmissibility.
  • In the case where the crime was committed outside of Canada, a conviction is not necessary if there is substantial evidence to prove the crime.
However,  it is ultimately in the hands of the immigration officer to decide if a person must be allowed to enter Canada or not.

Other Reasons for Inadmissibility

Some of the other reasons for a foreign national to be found inadmissible include:
  • He/she is a security risk.
  • He/she has committed human or international rights violations.
  • He/she has a serious health problem.
  • He/she has a serious financial problem.
  • He/she deliberately provided incorrect information in the submitted application and/or interview.
  • He/she does not meet Canada's immigration law requirements.
  • If one of their family members is not allowed in Canada.

Deemed Rehabilitation

Deemed rehabilitation is a way for an aspiring Canadian immigrant to overcome criminal inadmissibility.

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