Immigration : monthly news - May 2023


Julie Leprohon

Immigration : monthly news - May 2023

Our experts gather for you all the news in terms of immigration procedures across the world.




New spots announced for the 2023 - 2024 immigration program

The Australian government just announced 190 000 available places in their permanent immigration program for 2023 – 2024.

It represents 27 000 places more than last year for the qualified workers category, despite a global reduction of 5 000 places.

  • 137 100 spots for qualified employees
  • 52 500 spots dedicated to family members and individuals eligible to Partner Visas, the existing family reunification system, and which allows to obtain the Australian nationality in the end
  • 400 spots for special eligibility, which allows visas for special cases






Canada will be joining the Apostille Convention in January 2024

On January 11, 2024, Canada will become a member of the Convention of October 5, 1961, commonly known as the "Apostille Convention" or "Hague Convention." This entails the elimination of the requirement for the legalization of foreign public documents.


By joining this convention, Canada aims to reduce the costs and processing time associated with the legalization of foreign documents.





Hong Kong

The number of jobs on the Talent List will raise

Hong Kong authorities have raised the number of jobs on the Talent List, making it go from 13 to 51, in 9 distinct categories, including artistic professions, some engineers and some jobs working with technology. Persons with this type of jobs are now eligible to 3 types of procedures: the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, the General Employment Policy and the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals.






Modified eligibility for workers' partners visas

The New Zealander government has changed the conditions for worker’s partners visas (Partnership Work Visa) who already have an Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWS) and an Essential Skills Work Visa). From July, 1st 2023, people who wants to candidate for a Partnership Work Visa could have to follow a certain number of rules, such as:


  • Having to be sponsored for an Accredited Employer
  • Not occupying a position subject to a sectoral agreement’s ceiling
  • Being paid at least the minimum wage at the time of visa issuance or acceptance of a job offer (excluding capped sectors).


Those new conditions only apply to visas applications or renewals effectuated from the May, 31st.






Changing of the visa procedures for some nationalities

Natives from certain countries now have the possibility to obtain their visas upon arrival in Egypt instead of doing the paperwork in their original countries. This is true for:


  • Turkish and Chinese citizens
  • Iraqi and Syrian natives can also obtain a visa in Egypt if they have a valid one for the United States, United Kingdom, Schengen countries, Canada, New-Zealand, Australia and Japan
  • Syrians with a resident permit for Gulf countries







Upcoming Restrictions on Student Dependent Visas from January 2024

The UK government will limit opportunities for foreign students to bring their families to immigrate with them, except for postgraduate students (master's and beyond), in order to prevent foreign nationals from working in the UK through a student visa. This new measure, effective from January 2024, prevents the conversion of a student visa into a work visa before graduation and will require sufficient proof of funds to support their dependents.




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Julie Leprohon

by Julie Leprohon