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Biometrics waived for selected Canadian PR applications

Canadian permanent residence applicants who have submitted their biometrics in the last 10 years no longer have to submit biometrics again when applying to move to Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced.

IRCC said this special measure has been taken to prevent delays in Canadian immigration for applicants, who might be unable to provide their biometrics due to the ongoing pandemic.

Eligible applicants for this waiver must have a pending or new application for Canadian PR, and must have submitted their biometrics within the last 10 years. 

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56,000 applications approved for student visas to Canada

Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino has announced 56,000 first-stage study permits have been approved for international students looking to move to Canada for higher education.

These approvals will allow international students to pursue their studies in Canada from overseas while unable to apply for Canadian immigration during the pandemic.

Canada recently announced a two-stage study permit process to allow international students to begin their studies while unable to travel to Canada due to the ongoing pandemic.

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Express Entry: 4,500 invited to apply for Canadian PR

4,500 Express Entry candidates have been issued invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent Canadian immigration in the latest round of Canada’s Express Entry draw.

This round of the draw is the joint-biggest ever held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), with the last draw of this magnitude being held in February this year.

With these 4,500 ITAs issued to Canadian PR applicants, IRCC has now invited a total of 82,850 applicants to move to Canada this year.

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New Zealand Education & Immigration

Lockdown hindering processing capability of Immigration NZ

New Zealand’s immigration ministry, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has seen its visa application processing capabilities severely reduced by the coronavirus lockdown. 

Because of delayed processing, around 51,000 people have been left waiting on decisions regarding their New Zealand visa and residence applications.

Lockdown in New Zealand and overseas visa services offices being closed means that at least 10,000 more New Zealand visa and residence applications compared to last year are currently awaiting decisions, as an increasing number of NZ immigration applications continue to pour in.

You can read more about this news here.

Australian Education & Immigration

Australian partner visa to require mandatory English test

The Australian government has proposed a mandatory English language proficiency test for foreign partners of existing Australian residents looking to move to Australia with a partner visa to the country.

Australian Immigration Minister Alan Tudge described the new English language test requirement as a necessary step to ensure better “social cohesion” among Australians. 

Foreign partners who will apply for an Australian permanent visa or Australian citizenship must pass the English language test, as the government aims to make sure that all Australian residents have a functional level of English.

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Clipped migration to Australia results in population decline

A decrease in the number of migrants moving to Australia because of the pandemic has resulted in the lowest population growth Australia has seen in more than 100 years.

According to the 2020-21 Migration Program, net overseas migration to Australia will be significantly lower than 2019-20, which will account for the lowest population growth Australia has had in over a century.

However, as Australia comes to grips with the difficulties created by the pandemic, borders will start to reopen, and migration numbers will increase to around 201,000 in 2023-24 – the silver lining promised by Australia’s Migration Program. 

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