It seems that everywhere in the developed world, the need for skilled IT and health-care workers is growing exponentially. Declining birth rates lead to a work force that needs to be replenished; rising age expectancy is casting a shadow over retirement plans and funds. And the predilection for service industry jobs leaves manufacturing falling in a downward spiral in countries whose national debt is growing to insupportable levels.
Clearly, the need for skilled professionals is a driving force behind immigration and the willingness – even eagerness – of many countries to welcome new immigrants. These, not only fill jobs; they also provide a diversity that enriches the economy and local culture.
Each country publishes and updates its list or required professionals on a regular basis. In Requirements include relevant education, experience, age and language skills. For Canada, there is even an Express Entry procedure for the 347 eligible occupations, so long as you can demonstrate at lest one year of full-time paid employment within the past 10 years. New Zealand differentiates between long-term and immediate skills shortages, based on the urgency for specific required professionals.
Britain differentiates between people with ‘exceptional talents’ (leaders or emerging leaders in their field) – defined as ‘Tier 1’ visa candidates – and skilled workers who can apply for a ‘Tier 2’ visa. Once again, a list of shortage occupations is published regularly, and preference is given to EU nationals. And the US H-1B visa is provided to professionals (on the list) who have at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.
CIS Application’s team of specialists are highly experienced in immigration services, and can help you immigrate, work and study abroad. All visa applications are serviced by members of the respective national immigration lawyers and agents associations.