Indians selecting Canada for immigration

September 3, 2020

A lot of visa aspirants are going to Canada instead of the US. There is a surge of applicants including job seekers going to Canada.

There has been an increase in the number of immigrants who are choosing Canada. In 2018, 3, 03,257 immigrants went to Canada. There has been an increase in this number in 2019 and its like to increase even more.

Indians looking for jobs in Canada

There is an increase in immigrants who are choosing Canada to get foreign degrees also. The reasons why Indians are substituting Canada over the US is because its fee rate is 30-40% less than the US visa rate. And Canada also allows a post-graduation work permit, depending on what is the duration of the course. However, this visa is available for 3 years. There has also been an increase in the number of Indians searching for a job in Canada. They have been looking for it through online websites. On the same websites, there has been a decline in the number of Indians looking for a job in the US. This has happened due to the negative environment in the US about immigrants. Canada wants to get more immigrants into the country because it believes that they can increase its productivity. Apart from that, the population of Canada is reaching the end of working age, due to which more working-age people are needed.

Why are Indians getting lured by Canada?

Since someone can work on this visa for such a long time, they become eligible for the Canadian Experience class PR visa. Canada had a lot of permanent residents coming here in 2018 and a large majority of such residents consisted of Indians. The large surge in the study visas to Canada is because of the anti-Indian incidents happening off-campus which have been responsible for a reduction in the popularity of these campuses. In 2018, 92,231 immigrants came to Canada, out of which Indians constituted the largest percentage(43%). In 2017, also, the largest number of immigrants coming to Canada was from India. India sent 65,500 immigrants to Canada this year, out of which 40% were Indians. So, it is clear, that India is getting a large number of Canada study and immigration visas.

Immigration made easier for STEM-based workers

Immigration to Canada is also easier for those who have STEM-based degrees. These kinds of candidates are required in Canada for the IT industry there. Canada also has launched a scheme for such visa aspirants. They can get the visa approved within two weeks due to which they can move there quite easily. An LMIA is approved for such workers within 2 weeks. In the budget of 2019, it was declared that GTS aims to get 40,000 workers from this scheme. There has been a hike in the number of immigrants coming to Canada and 75% consist of Canadian’s population includes immigrants.

The immigration levels could be increased from 3.30 lakhs in 2019 to a massive 3.50 in 2021. So, Canada has the most amazing immigration plans now.

Australian government changes threshold medical amount for disabled people

September 3, 2020

Australia government has rectified the rule with which the disabled people cannot get visas. It now requires that those who have a disability cannot be stopped from getting a visa to this country. So, anybody who had illness could not get a visa to Australia because the condition might act as a problem for the taxpayer who has to spend on illness. Every year, 15 people used to be prevented from getting a visa as per this rule.

Change in maximum permissible expenses for an ill immigrant

As per July 1, the maximum expenses for such an ill person have been increased to 49,000 AUD from 40,000 AUD. So, the cost of the illness threshold for this visa has been increased. Earlier, those visa cases were rejected for whose cost of illness was more than the exceeded the threshold figure of 40,000 over the life of the visa aspirant. But now, the cost of illness should be more than the threshold of 49,000 AUD over 10 years.

This change would make sure that a lot of people with illnesses can live in Australia easily. These illnesses are Down syndrome, hepatitis B and cerebral palsy. This implies that those applicants, who are already suffering from a condition that can be predicted over the coming years, can get a visa if the costs are not more than 49,000 for a decade. However, the visa will not be given if the costs are more than this amount.

Change in threshold after every two years

The cost of this threshold will be changed after two years. The department of home affairs has informed that they have created a new methodology by which this threshold will be estimated. This threshold will be changed because the costs of healthcare are going to be changed all the time.

Although the threshold amount has been increased, there is a need to increase these costs even more. As per the opinion of the Natalia Wade who is the Australian lawyer for human rights, “The very heart of what our issues are as lawyers, as advocates, as migrants, is still that the significant cost threshold is very low when you compare it to what the cost of living with a chronic health condition or disability is.” This change would indeed be quite important for families who have the risk of deportation because they have an ill family member. The members of a family are also not supposed to get a disability support pension unless they have been in the country for more than a decade.

The immigration law of Australia can cause problems for someone who has a disability because if it is too expensive to take care of it or risk if the condition is infectious. All visa applicants have to abide by a visa condition as per the Migration Regulations 1994. The act states that the Australian government has to make sure that contagious diseases don’t spread in the country, secondly Australians must have reasonable chances of getting an organ donor and making sure that the taxpayer does not have to pay too much for someone else’s medical illness.

Why Canada has to be cautious about immigration levels?

September 3, 2020

A lot of immigrants have been getting into Canada. This is because of the new government led by Trudeau. US polls show support that 63% of Canadians want to curb immigration levels. This new government had set a target of 1 million every 3 years until the year 2020. But these immigration levels should not be more than 2,30,000. 

In fact setting of a target of 1 million for the 3 years is not something sensible. Its because immigration should vary as per the economic conditions of a country.

As per this target, out of this target of 1 million immigrants, not all of them are economically able to support themselves in the country of Canada. They are dependent on the primary applicant. So, all the costs of education are borne for them by the country. Its because immigrants bring kids with them and primary and secondary schooling is free for them. So, the more the number of immigrants, the more will be the amount of such free costs. There is also pressure on the infrastructure used by them. Therefore it’s better to reduce this target.

However, the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau is not bothered by these challenges created by the figure of 1 million immigrants. Trudeau is ready to invest more money for these immigrants into domains such as health care and educational charges. The argument for this investment is that immigrants help in reducing the labor shortages which exist in Canada. However, shortages have been persisting in labor despite getting immigrants to Canada for such a long time. Therefore, immigration can’t be favored because of reducing labor shortages.

The immigration department of Canada is not acting as the HR department of a company that only hires people looking at whether they have the experience required for jobs. However, the immigration department behaves as if they hire someone first for the jobs and then expect them to get into jobs which are vacant in the economy. Moreover, dependents of the primary applicants of the Canada PR visa don’t work, they study in schools or are too old to work. 

Taxpayers are also angry about the immigrants who have entered into the Canadian border illegally through the US.  The public was also quite angry about the number of asylum seekers who entered Canada through the Quebec-US route. In 2017, Justin Trudeau wrote a tweet about welcoming asylum seekers and 43,000 of such immigrants entered the US-Quebec route. These asylum seekers are refugees who have jumped the queue and the taxpayers have to spend a lot of money in identifying them and deporting them back.

These queue jumpers cant be allowed immigration on humanitarian grounds because already Canada has invited people refugees from Syria on the same grounds. Luckily, such kinds of entrants into Canada have stopped after talks with the US. Its important to understand that Canadian immigration has to be used with a lot of caution and cant be granted to anybody because it increases the burden on Canadian taxpayers.