We at workpermit.com wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2011!If you are in the UK or will shortly be in the UK and are thinking of obtaining a highly skilled migrant Tier 1 visa to extend your stay, it is important for you to start preparing your application as soon as possible. Starting in April of 2011 the Tier 1 (General) immigration category will in effect end. This is a highly popular points based immigration route which does not require a job offer from a UK employer.
London Mayor Boris Johnson says that the UK Government's immigration cap will harm Britain's economy and make the nation uncompetitive. Johnson said that business was having a difficult time finding skilled staff to fill vacant positions.
A new study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says that UK net immigration is unlikely to fall much below 200,000 in 2011...
As a reminder, until the end of March 2011, there is no limit on the number of Tier 1 (General) visa applications that can be made from within the UK. This is now the only way in which you can apply for a Tier 1 (General) visa. It has not been possible to make Tier 1 (General) visa applications from outside of the UK since 23 December 2010 when the Tier 1 (General) limit was reached.
The UK economy is recovering from the economic downturn in 2008. There are skills shortages in certain areas with many UK employers having to recruit from abroad to find suitable staff. It's important for companies to understand the UK's various routes of entry for foreign workers from outside the European Union. This is especially true for businesses in skills shortage areas such as in healthcare and engineering.
Official Australian government statistics show that the largest source of immigrants to the Australian state came from the United Kingdom and New Zealand. 19.5 percent of immigrants to Western Australia came from the United Kingdom in 2009-10, with New Zealand accounting for 11.9 percent and South Africa at 11.5 percent.
Australia has seen a sharp drop in student immigration from India, says the Australian High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese. He said that this is due to tougher student immigration requirements by the Australian government. He did not feel the reduction in student immigration is due to bad publicity following attacks on Indian students.
If you wish to bring in skilled professional level workers with at least a bachelors degree to the United States, you should consider applying as soon as possible. As of 21 January 2011, there were only 2,200 H-1B visas left.