Brexit fears cause academic exodus from UK and a surge of interest from skilled US visa holders to move to Canada. In Australia, less illegal over stayers.
Uncertainty by European nationals in the UK is starting to hurt. The latest statistics show a 19 percent increase in departures of European staff from British universities in the last year with more than 2,300 leaving the UK. Theresa May has urged Europeans to stay but uncertainty as to their status after Brexit is driving them away, putting the UK sector under threat. The prestigious Oxford University has seen the highest number of resignations, with 230 departures in 2017.
Reports that President Trump is considering to toughen the rules around the H1-B skilled visa extension is sparking a marked increase in online searches originating in the US using terms such as H1-B Canada. The Indian news media is reporting that between 500,000 to 750,000 H1=B applicants from India could leave the US if the rules are toughened.
The acting head of the Australian Border Force has said that the number of “unlawful non-citizens” present in Australia dropped from 64,600 in 2016 to 62, 900 last year. “The number of individuals who overstay their visas each year is actually very small. Less than 1 per cent of people are doing the wrong thing”. Tourists are the main over stayers followed by students and working holiday makers.