Published on : December 22, 2023
Key immigration news from around the world, for the week of December 21, 2023.
The International Experience Canada (IEC) pool is now open. Applications are being accepted for 2024. An announcement made by the Canadian government through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Canada IEC offers a route to a Canadian work permit. To be eligible, you must be a citizen (aged 18 to 35 years) of a country with a Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada. Nationals of more than 30 countries across the world will be among the 90,000 applicants that are accepted under IEC in 2024.
Similar to the Express Entry system, IEC also runs through an application management system. An expression of interest is the first step of the process. Following a review of the application by IRCC, an invitation to apply is sent out to the applicant. They can then apply for a permit to work in Canada as a temporary skilled foreign worker.
The IEC benefits Canada by helping the country deal with labour shortages. Immigration is a prime source for filling the gaps in the Canadian labour system. Under the IEC, Canada works with partner countries to provide young labour to the key sectors in Canada. The IEC pathway allows Canadian and foreign youth the opportunity to acquire international work experience.
On December 11, 2023, Australia announced a new Migration Strategy. Outlining a new vision for Australia immigration, the Migration Strategy states the mission of the Australian Government for the years to come.
Going ahead, there will be five core objectives in the migration system of Australia. The Strategy aims at making migration work for the nation and building a secure and prosperous Australia.
The five core objectives are -
According to the Migration Strategy, “It is time for Australia to once again adapt its migration policy to the nation’s changing needs and to reconnect migration with the aspirations of Australians.”
The eight key actions in Australia’s Migration Strategy -
An ambitious roadmap has been set. The Australian government will take up a phased approach for delivering on its many commitments.
Effective January 1, 2024, there are expected significant changes in the Hungarian immigration laws. The new changes will affect how third-country nationals enter and stay in Hungary.
There will be three categories of work permits -
Golden Visa application will be accepted from July 2024. There will also be introduced new residency types and categories for skilled workers.
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