January 18, 2018
Low skilled workers to be barred from US visa. Canada family reunification lottery reopens and Commission salesmen lose out for Australia residence visa.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that Haitians who moved to the US after the 2010 earthquake will no longer be eligible for US visas given to low-skilled workers. The DHS has said that Haiti is being removed from a list of more than 80 countries whose citizens can be granted H-2A and H-2B visas given to workers in agriculture and in similar industries. Belize and Samoa have also been removed from the list of countries.
Canada has reopened a new lottery system for the Parents and Grandparents program. More questions however have been added to the application form to ensure that only those eligible enter the lottery. The lottery opened on January 2, 2018 and will close on February 1. All those who fill in the “Interest to Sponsor” draw will be put in a draw which will choose the successful candidates. To qualify, potential sponsors must show appropriate income for the previous three years and also sign an undertaking to support the parent or grandparent financially, and reimburse the government for any social assistance paid out to the relative, for 20 years from the date of permanent residence.
Commission based workers in Australia are missing out on eligibility for residence visas under new minimum income criteria. The new rules set a minimum salary requirement for visa applicants. Income from commissions is not taken into account because it is not guaranteed income. The worker however, does pay tax on the commissions earned.