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Much has changed around the world in the past 12 months that will have an effect on immigration to popular destinations - including the US, the UK, Australia and Canada. is pleased to bring you its review of some of the major immigration related events over the last 12 months

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UK Visa £1,000 Immigration Skills charge for Tier 2 Visas from 6 April, 2017

A controversial Immigration Skills Charge for many Tier 2 Visa holders is about to be introduced from 6 April, 2017 up to £1,000 a year depending on the size of the employer.  This change to UK visa policy will make it even more expensive and difficult for employers with Tier 2 Sponsorship Licences wishing to employ non-EEA migrants on Tier 2 visas.  

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Indians account for 57% of UK Tier 2 visas issued to Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence employers

According to a report published in the Hindustan Times, Indian nationals  secured almost 60% of the Tier 2 skilled worker visas granted by the UK in the year ending September 2016.  This is during the time when UK visa numbers fell to their lowest level since 2014.

Employers need to have both a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence and a Certificate of Sponsorship for each employee they need to employ on Tier 2 Visas. The figures were released by the UK government on 23 February.

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Trump US Visa H1B and L1 visa executive order leaked and visa review

A draft executive order leaked in February by a number of news websites, has sparked rumors that Donald Trump plans to sign a new executive order aimed at ‘strangling’ work-visa programmes. It’s understood that H1B and L1 visas, mainly used by Indian IT professionals, may face tighter restrictions as part of wider US immigration reforms.

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UK Immigration and Brexit after the EU Referendum

There has been uncertainty about what will happen to EU citizens after the decision by the UK to leave the EU following the EU referendum of 23 June 2016. Nobody knows exactly what will happen after Brexit. It seems likely that the three million non-British EU citizens already in the UK will be allowed to stay. 

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Australian 457 visa holders filling country's digital skills gaps

Australia's migrant digital workforce has a ten times higher percentage of 457 visa holders, than the national average. The findings, which come from an AIMIA salary survey, show that 10% of Australia's digital industry workforce hold a migrant visa.

AIMIA, which is the Digital Industry Association of Australia and represents a range of digital organisations, found the migrant workforce across the digital sector to be 'well above the 1% average across other industries.'

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