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Global Immigration News June Update

Here is our June round-up of all recent changes in global immigration policies.

Call us on +44 (0)333 414 9244 to find out how these updates could impact you. We’re here to help in person, on the telephone or via live chat.

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June 2024 Immigration Updates

Australia

The Australian government announced changes to their student immigration policies this month.

To potentially reduce net migration and lower the demand for housing, the cost of a Student Visa has more than doubled.  International students looking to study in the country will see the cost of an application rise to A$1,600 from A$710.

In addition, those already in Australia on a Visitor Visa or a Temporary Graduate Visa will not be able to switch to a study visa unless they leave the country and apply from overseas.

The changes coming into force… will help restore integrity to our international education system, and create a migration system which is fairer, smaller and better able to deliver for Australia.” explained Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil.

Canada

The minimum fund requirements for those applying for Canadian permanent residence via Express Entry have been updated.

Those applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Federal Skilled Trades Program must have proof of funds. However, those applying under the Canadian Experience Class or with a valid job offer are exempt.

The exact minimum of funds is related to an applicant’s family size, but a four-member family must now show access to funds of at least CAD$ 27,297.

If you have any questions about global immigration, our team is happy to assist.

China

Two further countries have been added to China’s visa-free travel list. Visitors from Australia and New Zealand will no longer need a visa if they are coming to China for 15 or fewer days for tourism, business, or visiting family.

The changes come following a rise in direct flights to China from both countries, as well as a growing worldwide increase in China as a tourist destination.

Spain

Spain’s Mbappe Law is expected to come into force in summer. Named after the famous footballer Kylian Mbappe, the law means overseas investors will be entitled to a 20 percent reduction in personal income tax rates if investing in eligible companies and assets based in Madrid.

With the proposed removal of the Golden Visa, the Mbappe Law could apply to those looking to relocate and invest in Spain.

United States

A new visa appointment booking service will benefit those applying for US visas from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

In a move to improve the visa application process for those looking to live, work, or study in the UK, the new service will enable applicants to pay visa fees, schedule a visa appointment and send documents.

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How IAS Can Help With Global Immigration Changes

With so many changes being regularly announced concerning global immigration and migration it can be difficult to keep up-to-date with how they may impact on you or your business. Reaching out to an immigration expert can help you stay informed and ensure compliance with international immigration law.

For the latest information on global immigration and the range of visas available to those seeking to live, work or study overseas get in touch with our knowledgeable IAS team on +44 (0)333 414 9244 or use our live chat service.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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