Immigration NEWS!

Dated: 27th of Aug, 2014
Sundlass Consultants launches brand new corporate office...
SUNDLASS Immigration Consultants, Off.No-07, Jagdambey Complex, (Near Income Tax Colony), Jyoti Nagar, Jalandhar (Punjab).
Tel.: (91) 98141-04562

w.e.f:- 15thSep,2014 branch office is coming up at jalandhar to catch the requirement of the student of the punjab.

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Dated: 06th of July, 2013
Australian immigration news, latest updates
Annual Update of Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List - 1 July 2013.
The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) has changed from 1 July 2013, with seven new occupations to be added.

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Dated 04th of July, 2013
Westminster International Scholarships
The University of Westminster offers a wide range of Scholarships to International students.

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Dated 27th of June, 2013
Canada's new Start–Up Visa in Silicon Valley
Minister Kenney promotes recruiting the world's best and brightest entrepreneurs to Canada

Ottawa, May 21, 2013 - Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney concluded a productive visit to Silicon Valley to promote Canada's new Start-Up Visa, the first of its kind in the world......

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Dated 25th of June, 2013
Juris Doctor (JD) Scholarship for International Students PGCA1039
Scholarship Details

Postgraduate students


Closing Date
For commencement Semester 1 2014

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Dated 25th of June, 2013
Graduate Programme
A Challenging and Rewarding Experience among Serious Scientists
NanoCore is committed to providing participating individuals a challenging environment that enhances their scientific, engineering, medical or commercial careers. NanoCore does this by fostering collaboration between participants and by matching ambitious and capable research students with world renowned faculty. Individual researchers participating in NanoCore have access to a wide network of people in the academic sector, the technology sector, the medical sector, as well as the business and financial sector. Students and staff in NanoCore are able to utilize this network to further their goals. For currently available positions please see below.

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Dated 25th of June, 2013
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)
Applications are invited from suitably qualified international students for scholarships to undertake the degree of Master by Research or Doctorate by Research at The University of Western Australia. Application for a scholarship is also an application for admission to the University.

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Dated 24th of June, 2013
New Federal Skilled Worker Program now open to applications
On May 4, 2013, CIC launched the new and improved Federal Skilled Worker Program. The goal of the updated selection criteria is to improve economic outcomes by selecting immigrants who will be able to integrate more quickly and successfully into Canada's economy......

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Dated 21st of June, 2013
Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act
Law for Protecting the Safety and Security of Canadian Families

Ottawa, June 20, 2013 - Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney welcomed the final passage and Royal Assent of The Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, which speeds up the removal of dangerous foreign criminals from Canada.....

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Dated 17th of June, 2013
NUS offers Scholarships for International Students
NGS Scholarship (NGSS)
The NGS Scholarship is awarded to talented students with an aptitude for innovative, high calibre PhD research.

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Dated 13th of June, 2013
Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship
Science, technology and education
The Developing Solutions Scholarship Fund will reach out to students who have the potential to make a real difference to the development and prosperity of their home countries.

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Dated 11th of June, 2013
IMD MBA Scholarships
The following scholarships aim to help you finance your year at IMD. You need to have already submitted your admissions application to the full-time IMD MBA program to be considered for one of our scholarships, and will only be awarded a scholarship if you are accepted into the program.

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Dated 11th of June, 2013
The Nestle Scholarship for Women
The Nestle Scholarship for Women was first awarded in 1997 and was initiated by a group of IMD MBA participants who wanted to encourage women to take the MBA.

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Dated 11th of June, 2013
Visiting Research Fellowships
The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society invites applications from scholars in Canada or abroad for visiting fellowship appointments of up to 12 months' duration during the 2013/14 academic year.

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Dated 04th of June, 2013
Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS)
The Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) is awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. MIRSs are funded by the University with each faculty having a limited number to award.

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Dated 23rd of May, 2013
Canada's new Start-Up Visa in Silicon Valley
Minister Kenney promotes recruiting the world's best and brightest entrepreneurs to Canada.

Ottawa, May 21, 2013 - Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney concluded a productive visit to Silicon Valley to promote Canada's new Start-Up Visa, the first of its kind in the world.....

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Scholarships - CanadaDated 11th of May, 2013
Canada to re-open New Parent and Grandparent program on January 2, 2014
Mississauga, May 10, 2013 – Citizenship and Immigration Canada will re–open the Parent and Grandparent (PGP) program for new applications on January 2, 2014, by which time the backlog and wait times in the program are expected to have been cut in half.....

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Scholarships - New ZealandDated 11th of May, 2013
Faculty of Arts Masters Thesis Scholarships at University of Auckland
The Scholarship was established in 2010 and is funded by the Faculty of Arts.

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to encourage and support students undertaking a research thesis or portfolio for an approved Masters degree in the Faculty of Arts.....

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Scholarships - AustraliaDated 10th of May, 2013
Royal Fresh International Scholarship at University of Curtin in Australia
Royal Fresh International Pty Ltd is operating in international business industry, mainly focuses on exporting an extensive range of agri-products to overseas.
The purpose of the "Royal Fresh International Scholarship" is to support and encourage students to study international business at Curtin University......

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Scholarships - SpainDated 10th of May, 2013
Grants for Co–Supervised Doctoral Theses for Foreign PhD Students in Spain for 2013/14
The aim of this call for applications is to award grants to PhD students from foreign universities to prepare their doctoral theses on a co-supervised basis in PhD programmes offered by the ceiA3 Universities as partner institutions in the eiDA3......

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Scholarships - Dated 10th of May, 2013
ANU College of Business & Economics International Graduate Scholarship
The College's internationally recognised graduate coursework degrees incorporate all of the College's strengths while also providing more flexible study options. The one-year professional degree programs allow students from an unrelated bachelor degree to undertake a conversion pathway to a discipline area. The more advanced two-year programs develop in-depth knowledge at an advanced level of study and provide a progressive link to the PhD program. Graduate degree programs are available in the following areas:.....

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Scholarships - Dated 10th of May, 2013
Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship in University of Westminster for Masters
The most prestigious award, this scholarship is funded by the Vice-Chancellor's Office and is aimed at fully funding a student from a developing country to study a full-time Masters degree at the University......

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CanadaDated 08th of May, 2013
Canada Reunites increased number of families in 2012
Ottawa, May 7, 2013 – In 2012, there was a 15 percent increase in immigration under the family class, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

"The actions taken by the government are helping more families reunite," said Minister Kenney. "We have created additional avenues and flexibility, so that an increasing number of families can spend more time with each other.".....

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CanadaDated 19th of April, 2013
List of Priority Occupations and Organizations Designated to Conduct Educational Credential Assessments for Federal Skilled Worker Program Released
Ottawa, April 18, 2013 –The list of 24 occupations that are eligible under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) when it re-opens on May 4, 2013 was released today.

In addition, four organizations have been designated to provide the now-required independent third party assessments of foreign educational credentials for applicants who studied outside of Canada. These assessments, which must be completed before an application is submitted, are aimed at helping newcomers through the FSWP to get off to a better start and into the Canadian labour force more quickly when they arrive.....

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Scholarships - Germany, Europe Dated 18th of April, 2013
PhD projects offered within the current JSMC Recruitment
The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC), Germany invites applications for doctoral research position ie for PhD. For the various research projects available in different areas positions are offered for three years.

Applicant must have Master's degree (or equivalent) in a discipline related to the research project for which applicant want to apply. Application Procedure.....

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Scholarships - Germany, Europe Dated 16th of April, 2013
Master's Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance
Daad announces Master's Scholarships for Public Policy and Good Governance commonly known as PPGG.

What are the objectives of the programme?

This programme is designed to further qualify futur e leaders in politics, law, economics and administration accordi ng to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis- oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers v ery good graduates with a first university degree the chance to obtain a Master's degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for th e social, political and economic development of their home country. With th e knowledge and experience acquired in Germany the scholarship holders should later contribute to the establishment of democratic ally oriented economic and social systems aimed at overcoming soc ial tensions. In addition, the training at German institutions of hi gher education should especially qualify the scholarship holders a s partners in political and economic cooperation with Germany. Wi th this programme, DAAD intends to contribute to the suppor t of Good Governance and civil society structures in selected partner countries and regions.....

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Scholarships - United Kingdom Dated 16th of April, 2013
College of Life Sciences and Medicine Development Trust Taught Postgraduate
Study Level: Taught Postgraduate

Country: All countries


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Scholarships - Australia Dated 11th of April, 2013
Endeavour Postgraduate Award (including Prime Minister's Award)
The Endeavour Postgraduate Award provides financial support for international students for up to 4 years to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field of study in Australia.

The Endeavour Postgraduate Award aims to.....

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Dated 10th of April, 2013
USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2014
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.....

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Dated 04th of April, 2013
USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions Following Court Order
Effective March 22, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending adjudication of most Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appropriate action in response to the Court order entered March 21, 2013 in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis, 2:09-cv-00240-LDD (E.D. Pa).....

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Dated 02nd of April, 2013
Change in Visa Fees and VFS Service Charges

The Embassy of Japan has revised the Visa Fee and VFS Service Charges effective 1 April 2013. Below mentioned is the new visa fee.

Nationality Single Entry Multiple Entry Transit
Indian INR 550 INR 550 INR 50
Other National INR 2000 INR 4000 INR 470

Note: The new visa fee shall be applicable for allocations accepted at Delhi centre on and after 30 March 2013.

The VFS Service Charge applicable per application has been revised to INR 550 and shall be applicable for allocations accepted on and after 1 April 2013.

Dated 01st of April, 2013
International Scholarships 2013—14

York St John University & the SPARK fund are pleased to announce a range of International scholarships for new postgraduate international students for the 2013/14 academic year

For the September 2013 intake, we are pleased to offer:

  • One flagship ‘International SPARK Scholar’ award, offering both a full tuition fee scholarship for a Masters level student (MA, MBA, or MSc) AND a £4,000 contribution towards living costs.
  • Two full tuition fee scholarships for Masters level students (MA, MBA, MSc).
  • Two partial tuition fee scholarships for Masters level students (MA, MBA, MSc), equal to £4,000 each.......

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14th of March, 2013
Change in Visa fees from 14 March, 2013

Please be informed that w.e.f. Thursday 14 March, 2013 the Visa Fee & the Legalization fee will be revised due to change in exchange rate

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Dated 05th of March, 2013
US introduces: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers
Beginning March 4, 2013, certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens (immediate relatives) can apply for provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. The provisional unlawful presence waiver process allows individuals, who only need a waiver of inadmissibility for unlawful presence, to apply for a waiver in the United States and before they depart for their immigrant visa interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.....

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Dated 04th of March, 2013
Commonwealth Online Scholarships for Indian Students & Others

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are being offered in 2013 for the following Master's courses. Full details of these courses and the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution.....

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Dated 02nd of March, 2013
Revisions to the codes of practice for skilled migrant workers

01 March 2013
Today, the UK Border Agency is publishing a statement of intent, to help employers prepare for changes to the points-based system.
The statement announces changes to the codes of practice for skilled migrant workers from outside the European Economic Area. These will come into effect on 6 April 2013 and will also affect the timing of the applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship in March and April. The changes include:

  • Changes to the lists of skilled occupations

Our current codes of practice use the Standard Occupational Classification 2000 system, so we are updating our skill lists and levels to reflect the new Standard Occupational Classification 2010 system.

  • Changes to salary requirements

The minimum appropriate rates for skilled workers in each occupation are being simplified and updated to reflect changes in pay for settled workers. In addition, the overall salary thresholds which apply across Tier 2 will be increased in April, in line with wage inflation.

  • Changes to the way the resident labour market test is conducted

The current lists of specific publications and websites where vacancies can be advertised will be replaced with a set of simple criteria for identifying suitable media. These new criteria will make the resident labour market test more flexible, giving employers more freedom to advertise where they think will be most successful, while ensuring settled workers have the opportunity to apply for jobs.
This follows a review of the codes of practice carried out by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) last year. The statement of intent sets out the government's response to the MAC's recommendations and how we will update the system to make it more user-friendly for both applicants and sponsors.

02nd of March, 2013
Notice – Changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program

March 1, 2013 – With new criteria for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) set to take effect in May, many prospective immigrants may already be preparing to apply.
However, future FSWP applicants should be aware that CIC expects to announce three important elements of the FSWP in April that will have an impact on the application process, including:

  • a cap on the number of applications that will be accepted in the first year;
  • a new list of priority occupations; and
  • the organizations that will be designated to conduct educational assessments.

Applicants who prepare their application before this information is announced do so at their own risk. Applications that do not meet the criteria that will be announced in April will not be processed.
On December 19, 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced significant changes to the FSWP. In addition, the Minister announced that the new FSWP would be opened up for applications on May 4, 2013. A pause on applications, except for those from certain PhD students and those supported by a qualifying job offer, has been in place since July 1, 2012.

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Dated 01st of March, 2013
UK : New immigration fees proposed

Immigration Minister Mark Harper laid a written ministerial statement proposing fee increases for visa applications made overseas, and applications made in the UK.

The proposals laid in Parliament today and on 14 March, subject to Parliamentary approval, will take effect from 6 April 2013.

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Dated 28th of February, 2013
MSc Tropical Forestry - Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Up to 15 fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries to study for MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning: Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

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Dated 25th of February, 2013
New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships – 2013 Awards.

The New Zealand Government announced commonwealth scholarship for the students of developing commonwealth countries for master and PhD studies at New Zealand universities.

The scholarships will cover tuition and enrolment fees and provide an establishment allowance, a basic stipend, approved scholarship-related travel, some course-related costs, and medical and travel insurance.

Nominating agencies are appointed for submission of the applications from prospective students, who wish to be enrolled in one of the New Zealand universities for Masters & PhD. You may view the complete details for availing the scholarships:

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Dated 21st of February, 2013
ADB - Japan Scholarship Program announced.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) - Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) stablished in April 1988 with financing from the Government of Japan announced Scholar ships for students of developing countries.

The scholarship is to undertake postgraduate studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region.

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Dated 19th of February, 2013
British Prime Minister announces Super Priority Visa Service

British Prime Minister (Mr.) David Cameron, announced details of a super priority visa service which will allow frequent travellers from India to have their visas processed in just one day, Cameron told India Inc at Hotel Taj, the country's hospitality icon.....

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Dated 16th of February, 2013
USCIS to Consolidate Online Filing of Form I-539
On February 28, 2013, To Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status of Application, USCIS to consolidate online filing of form I-539

USCIS will disable the alternative legacy online filing channel for Form I-539 and offer customers the option to:
  • File online with USCIS ELIS, or
  • File a paper application by mail.
Following the launch of paperless electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS, customers are offered three ways to file the Form I-539. Since then, USCIS has improved USCIS ELIS and consolidated its filing methods.

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Dated 11th of February, 2013
Chinese Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

Chinese Government Scholarship Program is established by the Ministry of Education of P.R. China (hereinafter referred to as MOE) in accordance with educational exchange agreements or understandings reached between the Chinese government and the governments of other countries, organizations, education institutions and relevant international organizations to provide both full scholarships and partial scholarships to international students and scholars. MOE entrusts China Scholarship Council (hereinafter referred to as CSC) to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine management of Chinese Government Scholarship Program.

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Dated 31st of January, 2013
Changes to TIER 1 (Entrepreneur) route introduced wef 31st of Jan. 2013

A written ministerial statement setting out the changes to the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route has been laid in Parliament.

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Dated: 30th of January, 2013
Change in TTS Fee with effect from 1st Feb 2013
TT Service has revised the Service fee with effect from 1st Feb 2013. There is also a change in the courier fee(INR) for applicants living in Bangladesh.

From 1st Feb 2013, TTS fee is increased. Please refer to the table given below.

Country Service Fee Postage Charges Total
For Applicants Living in India INR 850 NIL INR 850
For Applicants Living in Bangladesh(in USD) USD 16 USD 12 USD 28
For Applicants Living in Bangladesh(in INR) INR 850 INR 650 INR 1500
For Applicants Living in Nepal INR 850 INR 500 INR 1350
For Applicants Living in Bhutan INR 850 INR 500 INR 1350

For applicants living in India - The demand draft against service fee should be made in favour of TT Services payable at the local branch where the application is to be lodged.

For applicants living in Bangladesh - The demand draft in USD should be made in favour of TT Services and payable at a bank in USA only

For applicants living in Nepal - The demand draft in INR should be made in favour of TT Services and payable at New Delhi.

For applicants living in Bhutan - The demand draft in INR should be made in favour of TT Services and payable at Kolkata.

1. The above mentioned service fee is charged per application and is to be paid through demand draft only.

2. Please ensure that you include separate payments for visa fee and service fee.

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Dated 15th of January, 2013
We are in Jalandhar now & will start public dealing wef 1st of February, 2013

15th of January, 2013
ETS cancels GRE exams in India

Citing technical reasons, ETS cancelled online test appointments for number of Graduate Record Examination aspirants, who have booked the appointments months before till Feb 2013.

The message circulated to the candidates speaks;

"We regret to inform that your test appointments scheduled with Prometric had to be cancelled due to technical glitches experienced by the site," candidates should get in touch with Prometric for an alternative date and venue for the test.

The GRE is a standardised test for admissions to top notch USA, Canadian universities & around the world, is administered directly by ETS through its associates in India, with no government agency monitoring the said exam.

With cancellation of exam hundreds of students are going to suffer for admissions, as every university has the deadline to submit GRE scores to them in order to get the I-20's & complete visa procedure in time.

In case you too are affected & need help, you may contact at their free 24/7 help line number 9814104562

14th of January, 2013
Spain opens doors for investment based residency

Spain has opened its doors to investors from India under "Non-Lucrative Residence Visa for Spain", where in those investing INR 1,00,00,000/- in buying a house will be offered permanent residency without employment.

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26th of December, 2012
Immigration System that Works for Canada: Minister Kenney
New Federal Skilled Worker Program to accept applications beginning May 4, 2013

Ottawa, December 19, 2012 — The new selection system for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) will take effect on May 4, 2013 at which time the program will re-open for applications, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

"The government's number one priority remains jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity," said Minister Kenney. "The new Federal Skilled Worker Program criteria will ensure Canada is selecting the skilled immigrants our economy needs, who are the most likely to succeed and fully realize their potential in Canada."

The improvements to the FSWP points grid are based on a large body of research which has consistently shown that language proficiency and youth are two of the most important factors in the economic success of immigrants.

The final changes to the FSWP selection criteria include:
  • Minimum official language thresholds and increased points for official language proficiency, making language the most important factor in the selection process;
  • Increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience, are better positioned to adapt to changing labour market conditions, and who will spend a greater number of years contributing to Canada's economy;
  • Introduction of the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), so that education points awarded reflect the foreign credential's true value in Canada;
  • Changes to the arranged employment process, allowing employers to hire applicants quickly, if there is a demonstrated need in the Canadian labour market; and
  • Additional adaptability points for spousal language ability and Canadian work experience.
"For too long, too many immigrants to Canada have experienced underemployement and unemployment, and this has been detrimental to these newcomers and to the Canadian economy," said Minister Kenney. "Our transformational changes to the FSWP will help ensure that skilled newcomers are able to contribute their skills fully to the economy as soon as possible. This is good for newcomers, good for the economy, and good for all Canadians."

There are two new steps to the new selection system. First, applicants will have to demonstrate that they meet the minimum language threshold, which is level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmark assessment system. Applicants will be able to get a language assessment from existing agencies designated by the Minister and listed on the CIC website.

Second, applicants will have their education credentials assessed prior to arriving in Canada. A list of assessment organizations designated by the Minister will be made available early in the New Year. The assessment of foreign educational credentials will provide prospective newcomers with a more realistic understanding of how their credentials compare to education standards in Canada. It will also give them the opportunity to upgrade their education prior to coming to Canada if they choose.

It is important to note that these changes will not apply to people who have applied to the FSWP prior to May 4, 2013 with a qualifying arranged job offer or under the Ph.D. stream.

As recently announced, due to the actions taken over the past months, new applications under the FSWP will be processed in a few months, rather than a few years. In order to ensure fast processing times and to avoid backlogs, the new FSWP will accept a fixed number of applications each year.

In the medium term, the Government is also moving forward to develop and implement an Expression of Interest (EOI) model, which will provide employers with access to a pool of skilled workers.
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Dated 14th of December, 2012
Implementation of New USCIS Immigrant Fee Feb. 1

New fee allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas after individuals receive their visa packages from the Department of State abroad

WASHINGTON—On Feb. 1, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin collecting a new USCIS Immigrant Fee of $165 from foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the United States. This new fee was established in USCIS's final rule adjusting fees for immigration applications and petitions announced on Sept. 24, 2010.

USCIS has worked closely with the Department of State (DOS) to implement the new fee which allows USCIS to recover the costs of processing immigrant visas in the United States after immigrant visa holders receive their visa packages from DOS. This includes staff time to handle, file and maintain the immigrant visa package, and the cost of producing and delivering the permanent resident card. The implementation of this new fee is further detailed in a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication tomorrow.

In order to simplify and centralize the payment process, applicants will pay online through the USCIS website after they receive their visa package from DOS and before they depart for the United States. DOS will provide applicants with specific information on how to submit payment when they attend their consular interview. The new fee is in addition to fees charged by DOS associated with an individual's immigrant visa application.

USCIS processes approximately 36,000 immigrant visa packages each month. Prospective adoptive parents whose child will enter the United States under the Orphan or Hague processes are exempt from the new fee.

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Dated 14th of December, 2012
Changes to the Immigration Rules come into effect on 13 December 2012

A number of changes to the Immigration Rules come into effect today (13 December 2012). These changes will affect non-European Economic Area nationals applying to enter or remain in the UK.
The changes include:

  • Non substantive changes to all PBS tiers.
  • Establishing a more robust and clear criminality framework against which immigration applications will be assessed.
  • Amendments to clarify the absences from the UK that are allowed during the continuous residence period for settlement for Tier 1 (General), Tier 2 and pre-points based system work routes (for example work permits, self-employment and business person).
  • Minor changes to the child and parent routes to make them as clear and comprehensive as possible and changes to simplify the operation of the income threshold for sponsoring family migrant

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13th of December, 2012
Expression of Interest – Transforming Canada's economic immigration programs
A major next step in building a fast and flexible immigration system will be the creation of a pool of skilled workers ready to begin employment in Canada, a commitment made in Economic Action Plan 2012.....

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Dated 03rd of December, 2012
US Consular Exchange rate fixed at INR 57=1USD wef 02nd of Dec. 2012
USA settles consular exchange rate for 1 USD= 57 INR, which will increase the burden on visa applicants. The increase is due to down fall of Indian Rupee against US Dollar & will be in effect till 01 Dec. 2013.

 Exchange Rate
 Consular Exchange Rate:  57 INR = 1 USD

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Dated 29th of November, 2012
USCIS Director Mayorkas Unveils Online Entrepreneur Resource Center at MIT
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas marked a significant milestone for the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative by launching an online resource center at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship in Cambridge, Mass. The resource center, Entrepreneur Pathways, provides entrepreneurs who seek to start a business in the United States an intuitive way to navigate the immigration process. It also provides information on future opportunities for engagement with the entrepreneurial community.

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Dated 28th of November, 2012
American consulate to revise exchange rate from 2nd of Dec. 2012.
The Consular Exchange Rate will be changing after December 2, 2012. Before submitting your payment, please verify that the visa fee on your deposit slip matches the current consular exchange rate listed on the visa fee page.

Current Rate
Exchange Rate
Consular Exchange Rate: 55.00 INR = 1 USD
Expiration Date: 02/12/2012

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15th of November, 2012
Passport Collection Timing
New Delhi Chandigarh Jalandhar
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Dated 08th of October, 2012
UK opens up new visa applications via point-based system route
Under the new rule, if one has limited leave to enter or remain in UK and wish to extend visa, they must apply within 28 days of current visa expiring

The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has brought out a new application for student visa under the point-based system (PBS) route. Under this route, applications can be made by students who are already at UK.

New application forms under PBS have been offered for categories including exceptional talent, investor, graduate entrepreneur, tier 2, entrepreneur, tier 1 (general), child and temporary worker.

PBS route is a means of getting entry to the UK for the non-European nationals. An individual must score a particular score to be eligible for a UK visa under the different categories. Under the PBS route, points are awarded under the system for qualifications, future expected earnings, sponsorship. English language skills and available maintenance. This route is a method of regularising immigration from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

As per the new norms applicable from October, the PBS dependant form has also been replaced with 2 separate forms. UKBA has introduced a new PBS Dependant form for Tier 1, 2 or 5 dependants and PBS Dependant form for Tier 4 dependants.

As per the Immigration Rules, the old forms for PBS category would be accepted up to and including 22 October 2012.

New rules for extending visa come into effect

The UKBA has said that new rules would apply for extending a visa under the points-based system, all working and student routes, visiting routes, long residency routes and discharged HM Forces and UK ancestry routes.

Under the new rule, if one has limited leave to enter or remain in the UK and wish to extend the visa, they must apply within 28 days of the current visa expiring. The application for further leave will be refused if an individual has overstayed his/her visa by more than 28 days when you apply.

"If you have no right to be in the country we expect you to leave voluntarily and we will enforce your return if you fail to do so. Where we need to enforce someone's return they may be subject to a ban on re-entering the UK."

UKBA has also announced minor changes to the Tier 1 Exceptional talent route. It includes widening the eligibility by allowing Tier 2 (General) migrants and sponsored researchers who are Tier 5 (Temporary worker) migrants to switch into the Exceptional Talent route while they are in the UK. Further, Botswana and Malaysia have joined the list of low-risk countries, whose nationals applying for a Tier 4 student visa benefit from a streamlined UK visa application process.

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Dated 04th of October, 2012
USCIS Launches Spanish-language I-9 Central on
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today launched a Spanish-language version of I-9 Central, an online resource center designed to provide information and assistance related to the most frequently accessed form on Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification. This free, easy-to-use website provides employers and employees simple one-click access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete Form I-9 and better understand the Form I-9 process. Read the News Release.

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Dated: 27th of September, 2012
Belgium revises visa fee for applicants w.e.f. 28th of September
Please be informed that w.e.f. Friday 28 September, 12 the Visa Fee & the Legalization fee will be revised due to change in exchange rate. The new fees will be as follows:

VISA TYPE A, B, C (short stay Schengen Visa) 60€ 4080 INR
VISA TYPE A, B, C (short stay Schengen Visa for children between 06-12 years of age) 35€ 2380 INR
VISA TYPE D (long stay national visa) 180€ 12240 INR
Legalization 15€ 1020 INR
VFS Service Charges
Application (short stay & long stay)   618 INR
Legalization   190 INR

For more information, kindly call at 0172-2621090 or send mail at

Dated: 26th of September, 2012
Australia implements Label Free Visa Processing
Applicants for Australian visa will no longer require to submit the original passport along with the Visa application with the introduction of Label free Visa regime.

Visa Label

Australia does not require a person holding a valid Australian visa to have a label in their passport to travel to, enter or remain in Australia. Australia's electronic visa system enables visa status to be confirmed electronically.

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21st of September, 2012
Canadian student visa checklist updates

21st of September, 2012
Sixteen homeless Indian nationals arrested in enforcement operation

The site where the homeless migrants had been living is now being secured to prevent further access.

Sixteen Indian illegal migrants have been arrested in a UK Border Agency-led enforcement operation targeting homeless migrants. The migrants had been living in squalid conditions underneath a motorway bridge in Heston, West London.

UK Border Agency officers were supported by the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Hounslow Council when they attended the site at about 6:00am yesterday, Wednesday 19 September.

The sixteen men were arrested for a variety of immigration offences and the UK Border Agency will seek to return them to India as soon as possible.

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Dated 20th of September, 2012
United States Consulates relocates New Premises in India

Please be informed that United States consulates in India is relocating into new premises w.e.f. 24th Sep., 2012. Below are the new addresses:





Bandra East,
Mumbai - 400041

Trade Center, Gr. Floor, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex


Teynampet, Chennai,
TamilNadu – 600018

No 3, Cenotaph Road


Secunderabad – 500003

502, Gowra Grand, S.P.Road


Kolkata – 700017

Jasmine Tower, 31, Shakespeare Sarani (1st Floor)

New Delhi

Nehru Place,
New Delhi – 110019

S - 1 American Plaza, (Hotel Eros Managed by Hilton), International Trade Tower

Also from 26 September onwards there will be a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at and call centre +912267209400/ +911206602222 /+13106165424(USA local number).

For more information, kindly call at 0172-2621090 OR send mail at

Dated 20th of September, 2012
Germany restricts Non Interview Applications

As per the recent instruction received from the consulate general of the Federal Republic of Germany –Chennai due to unavoidable circumstances applications processed under Non interview modes have been limited until further notification.

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Dated 18th of September, 2012
IELTS scam, Curtin University employee charged with fraud

An inquiry into an English language test scam at Curtin University has found usernames and passwords were shared to falsify scores.

A Corruption and Crime Commission report tabled in Parliament today found a former Curtin University staff member accepted bribes to log into the International English Language Testing System under another staff member's name to change scores. The tests are part of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's application process for visas or permanent residency.

Mr Kok Keith Low, a former staffer at the university, is one of 12 people to receive sentences for a total of 73 counts of bribery.

Mr Low is currently serving a two-year sentence over his involvement in the scheme.The report said a number of factors allowed Mr Low to alter the scores of those doing the IELTS tests including:

  • Curtin staff were involved in the testing shared usernames and passwords to access the Australia-wide IELTS database if it crashed, allowing Mr Low to logon using the name of other staff.

  • The IELTS database could only detect the last score entered and could not track changes made to test scores.

  • Periodical audits of the test forms used in the tests were not conducted. Curtin University has since cancelled its involvement in IELTS and the database has been upgraded.
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Dated 05th of September, 2012
New Visa Procedure being implemented in India for non-immigrant visa seekers.

The United States Embassy in India today announced it is implementing a new visa processing system throughout India that will further standardize procedures and will simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website at Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs, Julia Stanley, announced at a press conference here today that beginning September 26, 2012 U.S. visa applicants will be able to pay application fees via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or with their mobile phones. They can also pay in cash at more than 1,800 Axis bank branches.

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Dated 05th of September, 2012
Changes to the Immigration Rules

A written ministerial statement has been laid in Parliament today outlining a number of changes to the Immigration Rules.

The changes amend the Immigration Rules further to the Supreme Court's judgment in the case of Alvi . They follow on from the earlier changes on 19 July 2012 in response to the same judgment, which required that requirements that were previously set out in Home Office guidance be incorporated into the Immigration Rules.

Some further amendments that are not related to the Supreme Court's judgment are also being made, including:

  • changes to the family and private life rules and the transitional provisions for dependants of points-based system migrants;
  • changes to Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) of the points-based system; and
  • changes to the list of low risk countries for the purpose of Tier 4 of the points-based system.
The rules changes will come into effect tomorrow (6 September 2012), except the changes to the list of low-risk countries for Tier 4 and the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) route, which will come into force on 1 October.

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Dated 1st of September, 2012
Malaysia tightens student visa requirements

All overseas students will have to take out medical insurance, issuance of a standard student card and proof of acceptance from a higher education institution before they can apply for a visa.

They will also need to take a Malaysian language course during their first year of studies to help them interact better with Malaysians.

"Previously, a student could enter Malaysia before joining an institution," the minister of higher education, Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said. "Now all matters pertaining to foreign students involving the Immigration Department will be handled by EMGS." Malaysia is one of Asia's fastest growing education hubs – home to top international branch campuses such as the University of Nottingham and some 95,000 foreign students (a figure it wants to raise to 200,000 by 2020).

However, some claim Malaysia's student visa system is too lax and being abused by those who come to the country to partake in crime, such as drug trafficking.

In a right-leaning op-ed this week in the Malaysia Star, journalist M Veera Pandiyan wrote: "With "international" colleges even operating out of shop-lots, the reality is, many foreigners…are exploiting the "student route" to stay, work illegally or commit crimes in the country.

"The exact number of bogus students is unknown but there is no question that the number of colleges is mushrooming, especially in smaller towns."

"The exact number of bogus students is unknown but there is no question that the number of colleges is mushrooming" Others see the problem as less severe; Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities president, Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh, has been quoted as saying that there are probably fewer than 10 institutions having bogus foreign students. EMGS will seek to control impropriety, enforcing the new restrictions and checking students have sufficient funds for their education before issuing visas.

Likened to the British Council, it will also coordinate the promotion and marketing of Malaysia's higher education as well as the recruitment of and support services for international students.

Dated 30th of August, 2012
London Metropolitan University's license to sponsor students is withdrawn

The UK Border Agency has revoked (withdrawn) London Metropolitan University's licence to sponsor students from outside the European Union.

The withdrawal of London Metropolitan University's licence means that it is removed from the register of licensed sponsors, and students from outside the European Union are no longer allowed to study at the university.

We understand that international students at London Metropolitan University may be concerned.

London Metropolitan University students who are already in the UK with a current, valid UK visa do not need to do anything immediately.

A government-led taskforce is being created, which will include the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Universities UK, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the UK Border Agency and the National Union of Students. This will work with London Metropolitan to support those affected and enable appropriately qualified genuine students to find another institution where they can continue their studies in the UK. The taskforce will start work immediately.

If an existing London Metropolitan University student with a current, valid visa is on holiday outside the UK, they can return to the UK.

New students who were planning to travel to the UK to start studying with London Metropolitan University should not travel.

Dated 27th of August, 2012
Skill Select: First round offers go to skilled professionals

Doctors, dentists, nurses and engineers have dominated the first round of skilled migrants invited to formally apply for visas under the government’s new online SkillSelect service. 

Accountants, ICT analysts and programmers were also strongly represented in the 100 invitations in the first round, which drew the highest scoring candidates from the initial expressions of interest (EOI).

“This is an excellent result for the economy, employers, and ultimately for Australia,” a spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said today. 

“SkillSelect helps to ensure the skilled migration program is based on the economic needs of Australia. It supports the government in managing who can apply for skilled migration, when they can apply and in what numbers.”

More than 10 000 skilled people have completed EOIs through since it went live on July 1.

Earlier this month, the first automated invitation round for skilled independent (90 visas) and skilled regional family-sponsored (10 visas) was completed. 

The lowest points score invited was 75 points in both the skilled independent and skilled family sponsored visas.  This is significantly above the 60 point pass mark, and demonstrates the quality of the skilled people interested in migrating to Australia, and the benefits of selecting only the best.

“The points score varied from 75 up to 85 across the two visa subclasses,” the spokesman said.

“Additionally, almost 400 skilled people have been invited since July 1 following nominations lodged by state and territory governments.

“More than 160 of these invited clients have already lodged their visa applications, and the others have 60 days to lodge their documentation using DIAC’s electronic lodgement system,” he added.

Full details of the first round of SkillSelect visa invitations are available at

For more information on the first round offers and statistics on SkillSelect go to

Dated 27 of August, 2012
Update on Visa Application Forms Friday, 24 August 2012
Canada Visa Applicants may please be informed that there is a change in the Visa application forms for applying for a Canada visa.

The new and updated forms are available on the VFS website:

Applicants & Travel agents are strongly advised to use the new forms in order to ensure timely processing of their visa application.

Note: Please ensure that your computer is installed with Adobe version 9.0 in order to view and download the forms.

Dated 25th of August, 2012
Canadian Visitor Visas Soar to Record Number
CIC is on track to issue a record number of visitor visas this year with over 500,000 issued since the start of 2012. This is a 10 percent increase compared to the same period last year. This does not include visas issued to students or temporary workers which are also experiencing high volumes. In some cases, high volumes can lead to processing delays, so applicants are encouraged to apply early for all temporary visas.

Dated 25th of August, 2012
Ongoing Consultations on 2013 Immigration Levels and the Immigrant Investor Program
CIC’s Parliamentary Secretaries Chungsen Leung and Rick Dykstra have launched a series of cross-country consultations on the appropriate level and mix of immigration for Canada in the coming years. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history.

The Parliamentary Secretaries are hosting meetings with stakeholders in Toronto, Windsor, Vancouver, Halifax and Ottawa. Online consultations are also open to the public and stakeholders for input from July 31 to August 31, 2012. These consultations present an important opportunity to generate greater public understanding of the difficult decisions involved in managing a global immigration system. Engaging stakeholders and the broader public is key to CIC’s development of an overall strategy for Canada moving forward.

CIC also launched online consultations July 31, 2012, to engage the public on ways to improve the federal Immigrant Investor Program. This delivers on Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012, which announced that business immigration programs will be reformed to target more active investment for Canadian growth companies.

CIC is now inviting online submissions from stakeholders and the public on how the department can:

  • Increase the economic benefit that immigrant investment capital brings to Canada;
  • Attract experienced, international investors with the skills and resources needed to ensure they integrate into Canada’s economy; and
  • Develop efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering an investment program.
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Dated 25th of August, 2012
Grants and Contributions – Call For Proposals
CIC is currently accepting applications under a Call for Proposals (CFP) for projects that will be funded under the Department’s Settlement and Resettlement programs. The CFP is a competitive process to fund delivery of services to newcomers and for projects that are regional/local, national or international in scope. The CFP will determine which projects will be funded for 2013 and beyond.

CIC is aiming for a slightly more modernized approach to the application process this year by offering an e-submission page from which applicants will be able to upload their application form and submit it online once completed. There will also be on-line tutorials and FAQs to assist applicants in completing their applications.

Applications can be submitted online until September 7, 2012.

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Dated 25th of August, 2012
Refugee Reform Laws Pass
On June 28, 2012, new legislation that brings further reforms to Canada’s refugee determination system was passed. These changes build on reforms that were passed in June 2010 as part of the Balanced Refugee Reform Act.

While every eligible refugee claimant will continue to receive a hearing at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, key to this new system is faster refugee claim decisions. One way this will be accomplished is through the use of the new designated country of origin (DCO) policy.

DCOs are countries that do not normally produce refugees. Claimants from these countries will receive accelerated processing of their claim, will have limited access to appeals and limited access to work permits.

Some of the changes to the refugee system are already in effect such as changes to pre-removal risk assessments and applications for permanent resident status based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations. The other changes to the refugee system will come into effect later this year at a date that will be determined by the government.

Supporting regulations for this legislation will be published in Canada Gazette for comments later this summer/early fall.

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Dated 25th of August, 2012
Changes to CIC Regional Offices
On June 1, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) closed 19 small regional offices across Canada. CIC offices across Canada that remain open will no longer provide walk-in service and applicants will only have access to these offices by appointment.

CIC realizes that this change is an adjustment for the people we serve but does not expect service wait times to increase. With more and more of CIC’s services being provided electronically, fewer individuals will find it necessary to visit local offices.

Applicants will be able to conduct routine business with CIC quickly and easily online. In addition, CIC will offer some in-person services on an itinerant or travelling basis in some of the communities where offices have closed.

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Dated 25th of August, 2012
Canada Is Working With Other Countries to Deter Fraud
Over the past few years, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has turned more of its attention to deterring fraud of all kinds. CIC has tightened rules governing immigration consultants, developed increasingly more sophisticated fraud detection techniques, and launched ad campaigns warning fraudsters against trying to dupe the system.

Canada is not the only target of immigration fraud. Other immigrant-receiving countries are also popular destinations for those wishing to immigrate in any way possible.

In June, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia held a joint press conference in India, to warn prospective visitors and immigrants of the dangers of being misled by unscrupulous immigration agents.

With the recognition that each country faces similar challenges, Canada and its partners have united their voices to warn against immigration scams.

Marriage fraud, for example, has been a particular problem in some countries that are major sources of applicants for immigration to Canada. In many cases, sponsors and foreign applicants arrange a “marriage of convenience”: a marriage or common-law relationship where the sole purpose is for the sponsored spouse to immigrate to Canada. Some of these plans are put together by crooked consultants, advising their clients that this is an easy way to get into Canada.

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Dated 25th of August, 2012
Soccer Opens Doors for Newcomers
Even though the climate, currency and the culture of Canada was not familiar to Edgar Musonda when he first emigrated to Canada from Zambia, he felt right at home when he stepped onto a soccer field at a park in Ottawa.

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Dated 22nd of August, 2012
USCIS Reaches Milestone for Third Straight Year: 10,000 U Visas Approved in Fiscal Year 2012
U Visa Protects Victims of Crime and Strengthens Law Enforcement Efforts

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today marked a significant milestone in its efforts to provide relief to victims of crimes by approving the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status, also referred to as the U-visa. This is the third straight year USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U-visas in 2008.

Each year, 10,000 U-visas are available for victims of crime who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to help law enforcement authorities investigate or prosecute those crimes. A U-visa petition requires law enforcement certification of assistance in the investigation or prosecution of crimes.

"The U-visa is an important tool aiding law enforcement to bring criminals to justice," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. "At the same time, we are able to provide immigration protection to victims of crime and their families. Both benefits are in the interest of the public we serve."

In recent years, USCIS has greatly expanded its public education and outreach effort through partnerships with law enforcement agencies and service providers. As part of this effort, USCIS officers have traveled to more than 40 cities, including Denver, New York City, Newark, and San Antonio, to train federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and immigrant-serving organizations on immigration protections available to individuals who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes.

The program was created by Congress to strengthen the law enforcement community's ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes while at the same time offering protection to victims. More than 61,000 victims and their family members have received U-visas since the implementation of this program in 2008.
USCIS will continue to accept new petitions as they are received until the end of the current fiscal year, and will resume issuing U-visas on Oct. 1, 2012, the first day of fiscal year 2013 when new visas are available.

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Dated 17th of August, 2012
New SPP rules for Indian students in Canada for Jan 2013 intake

This is to inform you that the CIC in New Delhi and Chandigarh has made the following changes to the SPP for the January 2013 intake as of September 1, 2012:

1. A minimum IELTS band score of 5.5 will be implemented for all programs that require 6.0 bands overall.

2. Applicants are now able to deposit $10,000 into a GIC at Scotia Bank for living expenses. The amount will be disbursed as follows:

a. $2,000 upon arrival

b. $2,000 every two months thereafter

This is an added value feature for applicants in India and is based on the New Zealand model that is already in place in India. Applicants who make a deposit of $10,000 improve their chances of receiving a Study Visa. Please keep in mind that this DOES NOT replace the first semester tuition payment to the institution. The CIC will be getting back to all SPP colleges regarding the mechanisms applicants can use to make a GIC deposit in the coming weeks. This deposit MUST be made in India and not by a relative outside of India including Canada.

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Dated 16th of August, 2012
USCIS begins accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting requests, effective immediately, for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. On June 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet other key guidelines may request, on a case-by-case basis, consideration of deferred action. Read the Update.

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Dated 3rd of August, 2012
Notice Regarding USCIS Centralized Filing for Waivers of Inadmissibility

Since June 4, 2012, individuals outside the U.S. who have been found inadmissible for certain visas by a U.S. consular officer and seek to waive an inadmissibility ground should no longer apply for a waiver at their foreign location, but should file requests directly to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by mailing the application to a USCIS Lockbox facility in the United States. This change only affects situations where individuals outside the U.S., who have been found inadmissible for an immigrant visa or a nonimmigrant K or V visa, must file their waiver applications. These waiver applications are adjudicated at the USCIS Nebraska Service Center (NSC).

The change affects filings for:

Individuals in Mexico who seek to file a waiver application continue to have the option to file with the local USCIS Field Office in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in addition to the Lockbox, during a transition period until Dec. 4, 2012. However, those who choose to file their waiver applications at the Lockbox will experience certain advantages, such as: Faster filing: Applicants can file a waiver application immediately after the consular interview. An applicant who files with the Lockbox does not need to wait for an appointment at a USCIS Field Office to file the waiver application and will not need to travel to the USCIS office.

Shorter processing time: The NSC's goal is to process the waiver applications within 3 months.

Ability to track the progress of an application: Applicants who file waiver applications through the Lockbox can view the progress of their application online. This service is not available to applicants who file their waiver applications at USCIS international field offices.

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Dated 1st of August, 2012
U.S Consulate Hyderabad discontinuing advance submission of documents

U.S Consulate Hyderabad is discontinuing the advance submission of documents for all BEP cases and regular petition based (H &L) cases with effect from August 6. The last interview date for advance submission will be this Friday, August 3. Anyone with appointments from August 6 onwards is required to carry their documents directly to the consulate on the day of their interview.

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Dated 23rd of July, 2012
GRE test fees revised to US$ "175" w.e.f 1st July, 2012

GRE test fees revised to US$ "175" w.e.f 1st July, 2012

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Dated 18th of July, 2012
Change in Visa fee with effect from 17 April 2012

This is to inform you that visa fees have been revised for Germany. The new visa fees will be effective from 17 July, 2012, Tuesday.

Schengen-Visa (adult) 4100, - INR
Schengen Visa (child) 2400, - INR
National-Visa (child) 2,100, - INR

Visa Fees

TThe visa fee for the applicable visa type is listed in the table below. The fee mentioned is applicable per applicant.

  Visa Category Visa Fee in Euros
Visa Fee in Euros
Visa Fee in INR
Visa Fee in INR
  Short term (including Tourism & Visit to Family and Friends) Business, Transit. 60 35 (No visa fee is charged for children below 6 years of age)  4100 2400 for the children between the age of 6 to 12 yrs ( No visa fee is charged for children below 6 years of age)  

VFS Service charge:

Applicants will be charged Rs.652 (inclusive of taxes) per application. VFS logistic fees are payable in cash.

Please Note:

  • The applicable visa fee in Indian Rupees is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice
  • The visa fee for applicants applying in North India is payable by a bank draft in favor of. “The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi”.
  • There is an optional courier facility available at Rs.255 (inclusive of taxes) per passport.
  • VFS Charges (Logistics, courier, bank handling) are non-refundable.
  • Alternate option for payment of visa fees is available at the centre at a service charge of Rs.57 (inclusive of taxes) per application.

  • A VFS logistic fee of Rs.353 (inclusive of taxes) will be charged per application for submission of passport for National Visa issuance. This service is only available at VFS Germany Centre, New Delhi.

This is an optional service. Please read the SMS Service Disclaimer carefully before applying for this service.

Note: Exemption of visa fee for a child is only applicable in the case of Short Term category, if the child's age is less than 6 years.

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Dated 11th of July, 2012
Canada SPP: May 2012, Sept. 2012, Jan 2013 Extension

SPP program for India have been extended for one more year means students will be able to apply under this program for May 2012, September 2012, January 2013 sessions. Most of the rules are same as they have been during last 3 years but there are few changes

• Any one who has been refused earlier under SPP program will not be eligible to apply.
• Any submission of fraudulent documents or bank statement will result into immediate refusal.
• There are more chances that the candidate will have to undergo an interview
• Candidates are advised to submit medical report along with the application
• It's recommended that the candidate should submit their application at least 3 months prior to the start of their course.

1. For May intake any application submitted after 1st April wont have good chances to get processed
2. For September intake any application submitted after 1st August wont have good chances to get processed
3. For January intake any application submitted after 1st December wont have good chances to get processed

Dated 11th of July, 2012
News 1 new result for immigration law New UK immigration law sparked wedding frenzy in Pakistan
London: New immigration laws imposed by the British government forced frantic British Pakistanis to hold last-minute weddings.

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Dated 6th of July, 2012
NZ to launch 10-day student visa processing. !

In a bid to boost international numbers, Immigration New Zealand has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Education New Zealand to speed up visa processing times for those wanting to study in New Zealand.

From the end of July, international students who use a New Zealand Specialist Agent (NZSA) will have their visa applications processed within 10 working days, compared with the current average waiting time of 30 days through other agents.

Immigration Minister Nathan Guy says the MOU will see an enhanced role for Immigration New Zealand in the operation of the NZSA programme.

"Immigration New Zealand plays a key role in facilitating the entry of around 100,000 international students who come here each year," Mr Guy.

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Dated 04 of July, 2012
The USCIS Electronic Immigration System's First 1,000 Cases

By Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on 3rd of Jul, 2012

Every day, USCIS receives thousands of paper applications for immigration benefits - more than 6 million each year. For generations, we have received, reviewed, shipped, and stored paper applications and files throughout our agency. This paper-based process consumes a great deal of resources and employee time.

USCIS, the world's largest immigration benefits agency, reached a significant milestone on May 22, 2012 with the launch of our new electronic immigration system, USCIS ELIS. USCIS ELIS allows applicants and their attorneys and accredited representatives to create an online account and submit and track their immigration benefit requests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Currently, individuals applying to change or extend their nonimmigrant status, Form I-539, can use the system. We will roll out additional form types and functions over time until all USCIS applications and petitions can be processed through the system. USCIS ELIS also has enhanced tools to combat fraud and safeguard national security.

Not long ago, we received our 1,000th electronically-filed application through USCIS ELIS. We have also seen a commensurate drop in the number of paper Form I-539 applications submitted since the system's launch. USCIS ELIS has already delivered for our early users the timeliness, convenience, and added security of a more modern immigration system.

While its use is not mandatory, I encourage all individuals who are eligible to file Form I-539 to use USCIS ELIS. We continue to build this system for our customers, our dedicated workforce, and our federal partners. Your feedback is important as we prepare future releases of USCIS ELIS to meet your needs today and into the future. Please visit the USCIS ELIS Web page to learn more about USCIS ELIS and its benefits, and please share your user story with us here in our comments section or by emailing us at I look forward to your comments as we continue to modernize our agency.

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Dated: 03rd of July, 2012
Canadian Immigration seekers wait prolonged till early 2013 !!!

CIC will temporarily stopped accepting applications for the Federal Skilled Workers Programme wef 01st of July 2012. Proposed FSWP changes are expected to come into force by early 2013.

Those with a qualifying job offer and applying under PhD stream will not be affected under this criteria of FSWP.

Dated: 03rd of July, 2012
w.e.f. 1st July , 2012 New Skilled occupations List are in demand

Changes to the Skilled Occupation List (SOL) w.e.f. 1st July, 2012. Four occupations will be added to the list and four occupations will be removed.

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Dated: 28th of June 2012
Revision of visa fees

The Visa fees for applications lodged in India and Nepal will be revised from 1 July 2012.

Click the link to see List of VACs-1 July 2012

Dated 18th of June, 2012
Australian Foreign students to get two to four years of Post Study Work Permit;

A move being resisted by local unions, much to the amusement of foreign students, The Australian government will relax immigration rules next year to allow all foreign students who graduate from Australian universities to be eligible for work visas lasting two to four years.

The new rules would
potentially allow all 220,000 foreign university students in Australia to work in any job once they graduate in an attempt to curb the labour shortage and to boost Australia's education exports

Under the current
system, only graduates who have studied for a skilled occupation - including the trades, medicine, engineering, architecture, accounting and teaching - may work in Australia for up to 18 months. Other foreign students must leave Australia within a month of graduation.

But, from next year, visas will be granted to all graduates regardless of their field of study. The 18-month time limit will also be extended to two years for graduates with a bachelor degree, three years for a master's degree and four years for a doctorate, the report said.

Visa holders will need "competent English" and health insurance, besides having to pass health, character and security requirements. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said the expansion of the Skilled Graduate visa scheme would "help to enhance the competitiveness" of Australia's A$18 billion (S$23 billion) inbound student industry.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions, the largest peak body representing workers in Australia, and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), lobbied the Immigration Department last year against expanding student work permits. CFMEU construction division national secretary, Mr Dave Noonan, criticised the new rules.

"There are some very serious job losses in the construction industry," he said, adding: "There is already significant exploitation of workers under student visas and this will probably see that increase." Agencies

Dated 16th of June, 2012
Talented young illegal immigrants can stay in US: Obama

In an election-year move hailed by South Asian, Latino and other immigrant organisations, President Barack Obama announced that his administration will stop deporting talented young illegal immigrants if they pose no criminal or security threat.

The changes caused by his executive order will make immigration policy "more fair, more efficient and more just," he said in a White House address Friday afternoon to praise from Latino leaders but outrage from opposition Republicans.

"This is not amnesty. This is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship. It's not a permanent fix," Obama said answering his critics. "This is a temporary stopgap measure."

Noting children of illegal immigrants "study in our schools, play in our neighbourhoods, befriend our kids, pledge allegiance to our flag," Obama said, "It makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans."

Under the new policy, people younger than 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat, and were successful students or served in the military, can get a two-year deferral from deportation.

It also will allow those meeting the requirements to apply for work permits, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

The change is part of a department effort to target resources at illegal immigrants who pose a greater threat, such as criminals and those trying to enter the country now, she said.

Republicans who have blocked Democratic efforts on immigration reform immediately condemned the move with Obama's likely Republican presidential opponent Mitt Romney saying the issue needs more substantive action than an executive order, which can be replaced by a subsequent president.
But members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a network of 42 organizations, applauded Obama's announcement.

"South Asian youth and families stand to benefit from this change in policy, given that individuals from South Asian countries are among the one million undocumented students in the United States," it said.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, also welcomed Obama's decision.

The move addresses a major concern of the Hispanic community which has been upset over an overall increase in deportations under Obama with some 400,000 illegal immigrants removed last year, the largest in US history.

News by Deccan Herald

Dated 8th of June, 2012
W.E.F. 11 June 2012, Visa Fee for Canada Visa will be changed.
Change in Visa Fee.

W.E.F. 11 June 2012, Visa Fee for Canada Visa will be changed.

Immigration Cost Recovery Fees Effective 26th Mar11th June

Single entry to Canada 3,675 75 3.975 75
Multiple entry 7,350 150 7,950 150
Family Rate for either single or multiple entry (All family members must apply at the same time and place. Family Rate applies to the principal Applicantplus a spouse or common-law partner and their biological or legally adopted children less than 22 years of age.)

19,600 400 21,200
Work Permits

 Work Permit 7,350 150 7,950 150
Work permit - Group of 3 or more Performing Artists (A group of three or more persons consisting of performing artists and their staff, who apply at the same time and in the same place for a work permit will not exceed 450. However, performing artists who also need a TRV are still required to pay the appropriate individual fee for it.)

22,050 450   23,850   450
Study Permits 6,125 125 6,625 125

Permanent residence fees 26th Mar11th June






Permanent Resident Fees



Skilled Worker applicants including Provincial nominees



Principal applicant 26,950 $550 29,150 $550
A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner 26,950 $550 29,150 $550
A family member of the principal applicant who is less than 22 years of age and is not a spouse or common-law partner 7,350 $150 7,950 $150

Investor, Entrepreneur or Self-employed Persons Class applicants



Principal applicant 51,450 $1050 55,650 $1050
A family member of the principal applicant who is 22 years of age or older, or is less than 22 years of age and is a spouse or common-law partner 26,950 $550 29,150 $550
A family member of the principal applicant who is less than 22 years of age and is not a spouse or common-law partner 7,350 $150 7,950 $150

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF)
Note that for Family Class applicants, the Right of Permanent Residence Fee must be paid by the sponsor from within Canada. The visa cannot be issued until this fee is paid.

24,010 $490   25,970   $490

OTHER FEES26th Mar11th June




  I NR





Temporary Resident Permit

9,800 $200 10,600 $200

Return to Canada (for Permanent Residents) - Travel Document

2,450 $50 2,650 $50
Permanent residents outside Canada who do not have a Permanent Resident Card can apply for a travel document so that they may return to Canada    

Replacing a Visa (If you have a valid temporary resident visa in an expired passport, this fee is for obtaining a replacement visa in a newly-issued passport)
Replacement or Certification of an immigration document

1,470 $30   1,590   $30

Determination of rehabilitation



Application processing fee, if inadmissible on the grounds of serious criminality 49,000 $1000 53,000 $1000
Application processing fee, if inadmissible on the grounds of criminality 9,800 $200 10,600 $200

Processing Fee for Authorization to return to Canada after removal:

19,600 $400 21,200 $400

Repayment of removal expenses



To the U.S.A. and St. Pierre and Miquelon 36,750 $750 39,750 $750
To any other country 73,500 $1,500 79,500 $1,500

Dated 6th of June, 2012
Another American institution raided by immigration for Student Visa fraud.

Tuesday, 05th of June 2012 eight officials of the New Jersey-based American Health and Technology Institute (AHTI) and Vision Career Consultants USA Inc, were nabbed who helped Indian/foreign students get admissions at AHTI bending the rules & bringing the chinks in US immigration system to the fore once again.

AHTI has nearly 200 foreign students, & is working for last fifteen-years. AHTI is approved to operate in New Jersey by the Department of Education, NJ Department of Labour & Workforce New Jersey. AHTI is authorized by the US government to enrol non-immigrant alien students.

Raising the serious question of who is wrong and who will bear the brunt of loop holes in the immigration system of worlds most powerful nation & will students from other nations be victimized like this. Ultimately AHTI too is authorized by none other than Department of education which in turn is a government body.

5th of June, 2012
Immigration New Zealand has revised the application processing fees with effect from 02 july 2012. !

Immigration New Zealand has revised the application processing fees with effect from 02 july 2012.
We accept the fee in the form of a draft in the name of "immigration new zealand". The inr draft should be payable at a bank in new delhi and usd draft payable at a bank in usa.

The revised list is attached. The new fees are applicable to indian, bhutanese, nepalese and bangladesh nationals applying at new delhi branch.

   Category of Fee


Indian Rupees   US Dollars
Visitor Visa 6,800 140
Temporary Work Visa under – Work To Residence 14,800 300
Temporary Work Visa under – Work Partnership 14,800 300
Work Visa – Any other category of Immigration Instruction 11,100 225
Student Visa 11,100 225
Limited Visa – Student 11,100 225
Limited Visa – Any other category 6,800 140
Variation of travel condition of visa by person holding resident visa 7,400 150
Permanent Resident Visa application by person holding resident visa or who previously held resident visa 7,400 150
Resident visa application by person who previously held resident visa 7,400 150
Transit Visa application 5,800 115
Temporary Visa – Long Term Business Visa 131,200 2,625
Transfer Fee where visa stamp or label is transferred from one Passport or Certificate of Identity to another 4,400 90
Resident Visa – Family Category 65,600 1,315
Resident Visa – Refugee Family Support Category 32,800 660
Resident Visa – Any Other Residence Category 65,600 1,315
Resident Visa – Investor Category 163,600 3,275
Resident Visa – Entrepreneur Category
131,200 2,625
Resident Visa - Skilled Migrant Category 98,400 1,970
Expression of Interest – Online NZD   510
Expression of Interest – Online USD   420
Expression of Interest – Manual NZD   650
Expression of Interest – Manual USD   535
EOI under Parent Category-Online USD 13,600 275
EOI under Parent Category-Manual USD 17,300 345
Migrant levy – Per Person 12,800 255
Migrant Levy per person if under 5 years of age 6,400 130
ESOL Tuition fee    
4.5 or more 71,200 1,425
4 or more but less than 4.5 140,300 2,805
3.5 or more but less than 4 209,600 4,195
Less than 3.5 278,600 5,575

5th of June, 2012
Malaysia Visa Application Centers in Ahmedabad

VFS Global Services is pleased to announce the opening of their Malaysia Visa Application Centers in Ahmedabad. The Ahmedabad Visa Application Centres will start accepting visa applications from 07 June 2012.

Travelers flying to Malaysia can now avail the fastest, easiest and most hassle free visa services from Visa Application Centres operated by VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. in 8 cities across India.

Please check this website for details on the address and the application process.

5th of June 2012
Notice for applicants applying for Belgium visa at New Delhi:

Visa applicants applying for Belgium visa at New Delhi are advised to submit their applications 03 weeks before the scheduled date of departure from India. Application of any category which has a gap of less than 05 working days between submission and travel dates will not be accepted.

Please get in touch with the VFS Belgium Visa helpline no.011-41608607 from 9am to 4pm (Monday to Friday) for further information.

Dated: 23rd of May, 2012
Temporary Delay in Issuance of I-129 Receipt Notices.

Due to the high number of recently filed I-129 petitions with USCIS, customers may experience a longer than usual period of time to receive a receipt notice from USCIS. Usually, customers can expect to receive their receipt notice within 30 days of delivery confirmation. However, due to an unexpectedly high volume of I-129 petitions, it may be an additional two to four weeks before customers receive a receipt notice.

Customers who do not receive notification of receipt of an I-129 petition within 60 days of their delivery confirmation date may contact the appropriate Service Center via the email addresses listed on our Contact Us Web page. This is a temporary situation and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Dated: 23rd of May, 2012
Japanese Yen Now Accepted As Payment Option for the TOEFL iBT® Test

Japanese students now have the option to use the yen as a payment method for the TOEFL iBT® test. The new payment choice is available to test takers by selecting the credit card option through the TOEFL® online registration system. The euro, won and rupee are also now accepted as payment through the online registration system.

Dated: 20th of May, 2012
Change in Visa fees from 31 May, 12

Please be informed that w.e.f. Thursday 31 May, 12 the Visa Fee & the Legalization fee will be revised due to change in exchange rate. The new fees will be as follows:

VISA TYPE A, B, C (short stay Schengen Visa) 60€ 4140 INR
VISA TYPE A, B, C (short s tay Schengen Visa for children between 06-12 years of age) 35€ 2415 INR
VISA TYPE D (long stay national visa) 180€ 12420 INR
Legalization 15€ 1035 INR
VFS Service Charges
Application (short stay & long stay)   607 INR
Legalization   187 INR

Dated: 16th of May, 2012
New British missions in Hyderabad, Chandigarh announced

The British High Commissioner, Mr James Bevan, today welcomed the establishment of new British Deputy High Commission offices in Hyderabad and Chandigarh.

In addition to the British High Commission in New Delhi, the UK already has four Deputy High Commissions elsewhere in India: in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. New DHC offices in these two vibrant cities will focus, like much of the rest of our network in India, on boosting trade and investment between the UK and India. That will help secure greater prosperity for all our citizens.

Dated: 16th of May, 2012
Malaysia Visa Application Centers in Chandigarh

The VFS Global Services is pleased to announce the opening of their Malaysia Visa Application Center in Chandigarh. The Chandigarh Visa Application Centre will start accepting visa applications from 21 May 2012.

Travelers flying to Malaysia can now avail the fastest, easiest and most hassle free visa services from Visa Application Centres operated by VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd. in 6 cities across India.

Dated : 01st of May, 2012
ETS Launches Math Assessment Games Challenge

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is now taking entries from game developers and educators for a contest to create a computer game or mobile app that acts as a K-12 math assessment.

One grand prize winner will receive $7,000 and an all-expense-paid trip for one person to showcase the winning project in learning and games demo space at ETS in Princeton, N.J.

Dated : 28th of April, 2012
Major changes to GRE score reporting

ETS has for the first time made changes to GRE score reorting to various universities & colleges.

ETS made a mojor announcement on score reporting procedure of GRE test, this announcement serves as major relief to thse who have appeared in GRE test more than one time but did not effect first time test takers,

First time test takers can report the GRE scores to four universities at the time of test free of cost & can pay for sending scores to more universities officially.

Those who appeared in the test multiple number of times, will now have the ease of reporting best scores to universities, unlike before. Universities will not have the access to other score reports, procedure goes as such;

The three options below are available to the students who are appearing for more than one time & option is available after the next day of test

  • Send your most recent score reports
  • Send all of your score reports
  • Send any of your score reports.

still if you have any doubt, please let us know at 09814104562 OR send E-Mail at

Dated : 19th of Feb. 2011
USCIS Reminds Petitioners to Complete Part 6 of Form I-129

In November 2010, USCIS published a revised Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, which became effective on Dec. 23, 2010. Due to a number of inquiries regarding Part 6 of the Form I-129, "Certification Regarding the Release of Controlled Technology or Technical Data to Foreign Persons in the United States", USCIS advised petitioners that they would not be required to complete this section until Feb. 20, 2011. Petitions postmarked on or after Feb. 20, 2011, must complete Part 6 of the Form I-129.

Dated : 30th of Dec. 2010
USA deports 3,92,862 illegal immigrants in the fiscal year 2010, with a goal of 4,04,000 for year 2011 ... !!!

A record number of immigrants were deported from the United States in 2010 and the year also has been marked by the expansion of the Secure Communities program of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which identifies imprisoned undocumented foreigners.

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Dated : 29th of Dec. 2010
Malaysia starts, "Malaysia my Second Home OR MM2H Programme", making it easier for frequest travellers to stay long .....


It is open to citizens of all countries recognised by Malaysia regardless of race, religion, gender or age. Applicants are allowed to bring their spouses and unmarried children below the age of 18 as dependants.

Applicants Below 50

Applicants aged below 50 years are required to show proof of liquid assets worth a minimum of RM500,000 and offshore income of RM10,000 per month. For certified copy(s) of Current Account submitted as financial proof, applicants must provide the latest 3 months' statement with each month's credit balance of RM 500,000.

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Dated : 21st of Dec. 2010
Australia relaxed student visa norms wef 01st of April 2011

All the student visa applications that would be lodged on or after April 1 2011, the students would need to show funds for only two years of the studies. At present the requirement is for three years. In future funds are required to be only three-months old against the six-months old current requirement. As per the new law students can show the funds of any individual against the current legal requirement, which limits the sponsorship to applicant's spouse, parents, siblings, grandparents and uncle or aunt meeting a certain criterion.

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Dated : 17th of Dec. 2010
Australia to relax student visa norms under pressure of education sector & falling economy

Australia is considering relaxing its student visa norms, with pressure mounting on the country after relaxed visa norms applied by Canada & New Zealand diverting the potential students to these countries. .The federal government has bowed to pressure from the country's tertiary institutions over international student visa criteria, The Age reported on its website.

Critics say that the delay in processing student visas has hurt the international students market in the country & often changes in Australian immigration law further did the job to divert students to countries like New Zealand & Canada. Universities, Colleges cried foul over the attitude of policy makers, with their budgets shrinking & definite job cuts to be applied.

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Dated : 15th of Dec. 2010
W.e.f 20th Dec. 2010, online application for TIER 2 in UK

Applicants interested to apply under TIER 2 points based system in UK, can apply online, wef 20th of Dec. 2010, including dependants. Applicants have to complete the forms online and dedicated desks will be provided at the visa application centres of British High Commission.

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Dated : 15th of Dec. 2010
Immigration Consultant charged with Student Visa scam, in Burnaby

Dated : 13th of Dec. 2010
New  Student Visitor Visa for English Courses !!!

Dated : 06th of Dec. 2010
Tougher Immigration rules may cut the strenghth of foreign students in UK by over few hundred thousand,

Dated : 19th of Nov. 2010
US Immigration increases the immigrant & non immigrant visa fees wef 23rd of Nov. 2010