Archive from November, 2023
Nov 29, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Latest updates in global immigration

This week, the Global Immigration team at Smith Stone Walters would like to highlight the following recent updates from Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Australia: Start date set for permanent residence changes
The Department of Home Affairs has set a start date of 25 November 2023 (subject to the approval of regulation changes) for its previously announced changes to the employer-sponsored permanent residence programme.
From that date, all Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa holders will be able to access permanent residence via the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visa. Read more…

Nov 28, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Home affairs boss Pezzullo sacked after leaked texts

Mike Pezzullo has been sacked as head of the home affairs department after a code of conduct breach finding.
Mr Pezzullo was stood down after leaked messages revealed the secretary repeatedly inserted himself into the political process.
The governor-general in council terminated his appointment on Monday.
The texts revealed he lobbied for his department and pushed his personal views, in breach of public service standards, across a five-year period.
It is not suggested the messages show corrupt or illegal conduct. Read more…

Nov 27, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

India Provides Enhanced Online Visa Access to Citizens of South Africa, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Bulgaria

India, a country renowned for its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is pleased to announce that citizens of South Africa, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Bulgaria can now enter the nation without a visa. This progressive step demonstrates India`s commitment to forging international connections, boosting tourism, and expediting the visa application process for travelers from these nations. Indian history, culture, and scenic landscape have long drawn travelers from all over the world. Travelers from these countries are invited to experience India`s famous sites, varied customs, and stunning scenery thanks to the increased visa access. Read more…

Nov 23, 2023 - Business Permit    No Comments

Nigeria leads as fastest-growing student population in Canada, Jan-Jun 2023, says report

Business insider – 23 November2023

Nigeria leads as fastest-growing student population in Canada, Jan-Jun 2023, says report

  • According to the report, the Canadian government issued just over 3,000 student visas to Nigerian nationals in 2019.
  • By 2021, that number had doubled, and in 2022, it doubled again.
  • Insufficient finances were cited as a refusal reason in 74% of study permit refusals for Nigerians in 2021 and 2022.

Nigerians have emerged as Canada’s fastest-growing international student population in the first half of 2023. This is according to a recently released report on Nigerian study permit trends in Canada, highlighting growing visa numbers and which provinces Nigerians are studying in.

The report published by ApplyBoard revealed that Nigerian student mobility to Canada is increasing at a momentous rate. According to the report, the Canadian government issued just over 3,000 student visas to Nigerian nationals in 2019. By 2021, that number had doubled, and in 2022, it doubled again. Now, amid record numbers of international students coming to study in Canada, Nigerians have become the country’s fastest-growing student population.

Growing Canadian Student Visa Numbers for Nigerian Students

Key findings from the article reveal Nigerians submitted more than 43,000 study permit applications across the first six months of 2023 and appear likely to become Canada’s second-largest cohort of inbound students this year.

From January to June 2023, the Canadian government processed more than 43,000 study permit applications from Nigerian students, exceeding the totals for full-year 2017, 2018, and 2019 combined.

Out of the 43,000 applications, nearly 18,000 Canadian study permits were issued to Nigerians across the first six months of 2023, more than for any other country of origin but India. Insufficient finances were cited as a refusal reason in 74% of study permit refusals for Nigerians in 2021 and 2022.

Nearly 18,000 Nigerian students came to Canada to study in the first half of 2023. This was more inbound students than any other country excep India.

The report also noted that the study permit approval rates for Nigerians continued to rise across the first six months of 2023, to just under 40% – more than double what approval rates were in 2020.

Another interesting insight from the report showed that Nigerian students are more evenly distributed across Canada than average. Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick, each accounted for more than 5% of study permits issued to Nigerians from January to June 2023.

Eight of 10 provinces saw more Nigerian students issued study permits in the first half of 2023 than in the previous year.

Across these four regions, Ontario and BC accounted for around 63% of study permits issued to Nigerians in the first six months of 2023.

While Ontario and BC were the top destinations, Nigerian students are far less centralised in those two provinces than average. Nova Scotia’s growth is particularly notable, with more than twice as many study permits issued as in full-year 2022. That was the third most behind Ontario and British Columbia.

Given the increasing centralisation of international students at Ontario colleges, the report concludes that the Nigerian student population is an important corridor to maintain the long-term health of Canada’s international education sector.

Nov 23, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Cape Town woman allowed to emigrate with her two children to live in Dubai with US fiancé

relocate to Dubai with her children where they will be living with her American fiancé.
The woman was married and got divorced from the father of her children in January 2016.
The children were eight and three when their parents divorced. At the time of the divorce, both parties lived in Durban.
In March 2019, the woman relocated with the children to Cape Town. The father would visit the children and sometimes they would visit him.
In 2020, she started dating GJ, an American citizen. She said for almost two years, they have been living together with GJ as a family. Read more…

Nov 23, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Reverse emigration twist for South Africa

Although many wealthy South Africans are packing their bags for the UK, new migration data shows that the inverse is also true.
The latest Wealth Migration Report 2023 from Henley & Partners and New World Wealth shows that around 400 High Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs) those with a net worth of over US$1 million (roughly R18 million) emigrated out of South Africa in 2022 with a further 500 leaving the country in 2023.
The UK is an emigration hotspot for South Africans with the 2021 UK census noting that over 215,000 South Africans live on the island. Read more…

Nov 23, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Sham doctor case leads police to fake identity syndicate within home affairs

The NPA is waitng on Interpol results on Kingsley Chele`s identity verification.
More than 370 fraudulent documents issued by public servants
An investigation into the two identity documents belonging to bogus doctor Kingsley Leeto Chele led to police cracking an alleged syndicate involving home affairs officials who are accused of selling documents to illegal immigrants.
A source close to the investigations has revealed how the syndicate had issued over 370 fraudulent documents and had been charging more than R2,000 per applicant. Read more…

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