According to immigration experts, prospects of future immigrants from India, especially Punjab, will be affected by major changes in immigration rules introduced by the Canada and Australia governments.
Both of the two countries have made announcements regarding new occupation lists and Australia have thrown the doors open again after a period of four months.
Australia has come up with a new Skill Occupation List (SOL), which will come into effect from July 1.
Leading immigration consultancy, World Wide Immigration Consultancy Services Ltd. (WWICS), chairman and managing director B.S. Sandhu told IANS that in the past, nearly 30,000 families used to migrate to Canada from India under the skilled worker programme.
‘India has been the second largest immigrant source to Canada. But with the changed scenario, Australia will soon become the number one destination for Indians seeking migration abroad,’ said Sandhu, a retired Indian Army colonel.
Under Australia’s new SOL, all major skilled professionals and people engaged in trade are included in the list applicable for federal and state sponsored programmes.
Sandhu said that all cases filed for Canada on or before June 25 will not be affected by the changes. Immigration cases pending since 2004 will now be cleared on top priority.
Canada will be accepting only 20,000 applications with a maximum of 1,000 applications for occupations for individuals applying under the new occupation list though applicants with a job offer are not restricted by this cap.
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