Category: Shortage Occupations

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

UK Conservatives Propose Annual Cap on Foreign Worker Visas

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a plan to implement an annual cap on immigration visas, aiming to reduce the number of foreign workers and their dependents entering the United Kingdom. Sunak revealed the proposal as part of a strategy to appeal to core voters who are concerned about the surge in net migration,…
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Germany’s Opportunity Card Visa Route: A New Pathway for Non-EU Workers

From June 2024 the Opportunity Card (Chancenkarte) opens new ways for non-EU nationals to find a job in Germany. Germany is hoping to combat its shortage of skilled workers with a new work visa pathway for young non-EU residents including the UK nationals hoping either to eventually secure a long-term job or simply work in…
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Canada Extends Work Permit to Family Members of Temporary Foreign Workers

In a move that may benefit thousands of foreign professionals, Canada will expand its work permit eligibility to the family members of Open Work Permit (OWP) holders in 2023. This comes amid the labour shortages in the country. The Open Work Permit allows foreign nationals to work in Canada for any employer and any job. …
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New Zealand Immigration: Nurses Eligible for Immediate Residency

The Minister of Immigration of New Zealand, Hon Michael Wood, has announced that nurses and midwives will be added to the Immigration Green List that qualifies migrants for immediate residency.  This means a straight-to-residence pathway among a range of new immigration settings. They will be able to enter the country under the new setting from…
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Portugal Eases Visa Rules To Combat Labour Shortage

Portugal announced on 01 September that it would b to citizens of other Portuguese-speaking countries. Citizens of Portuguese-speaking countries will now have it easier to move to Portugal as the country has facilitated visa rules for them in a bid to tackle labour shortage. The countries in the Community of Portuguese language countries (CPLP) are…
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