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Why UK needs Indians in their workforce?

It is no doubt that there is a growing shortage in human resources in many developed countries and the task of filling jobs has been upscale and of top priority.

Currently, the UK is struggling to fill positions in various industries since voting to leave the EU. Being no longer a part of the EU has left a huge shortage of skilled, highly educated workforce, and hence encouraging graduates to stay and work
serves the country’s economic interests which will work as a win-win situation for the government. The country is in need of workers across a range of professions such as key workers, hospitality, veterinarians, doctors, scientist, architects, artists,
and more.

There has never been a scenario of this kind forcing Britain to accept that migrants are the economic lifeblood bringing in energy and ideas to boost economies. This certainly has been a requirement of these times as it will help rebuild after the ravages of the pandemic just like the world wars when the country saw people pouring in from all corners of the globe that assisted in the country’s recovery.

Why India?
India is touted to be one of the most promising nations with massive potential of its working-age population and a GDP of 2.6 trillion. As per the current world statistics India is set to be the world’s third-largest economy by the year 2050. This surely means that India has a good population of a younger workforce who are ready to usher onto the international platforms.

In the UK, there is a large Indian diaspora mostly because of historic colonial links between Britain and India. If one has to go back to the statistics of the 2011 census there were more than 1.4 million people of Indian origin in the UK and it is a safe assumption that the numbers must have increased manifold by now.

So, why is the UK keen to win back Indian migrants and make condusive immigration policies from time to time? One of the major reasons is that India does not have bilateral trade deals with either the US or the European Union (EU), presenting post-Brexit Britain with a very valid opportunity to get in there first.

That’s not all, India is touted to be a world leader by 2050 and a free trade agreement with the country will open up huge opportunities for UK businesses to trade with India’s 2.6 Trillion economy. Hence the Government of UK backed by its ministers strongly believes that a trade deal with Delhi would provide British businesses with a much-needed head start.

A step further to this was when UK and India signed the new migration partnership on May 21 aiming to take a major leap in the UK’s bilateral relationship with India. The agreement is meant to permit several 18-30-year-olds to work and live in each other’s country for up to two years.

Referring to the most recent statistics it has been learned that around 98,000 Indian students came to the UK to study last year which is up 90% from the previous year. This is an outstanding number and in addition to this, the new post-study Graduate Route offers eligible graduates 2-3 years to stay back after studies in the UK – opened for applications in July 2021, offering yet another route for talented young Indians to build careers and experience in the UK.

Indian citizens have been the largest cohort of non-EU immigrants and despite the pandemic, Indians were granted more sponsored skilled-worker visas than any other group, and typically, recent migrants occupy highly paid roles in the UK. Not surprising that Healthcare has been and will always be the main sector that attracted Indian migration with more than 32,000 Indians as of September 2021 making Indians the largest foreign group working in the NHS after British Nationals. Even currently the UK still faces a severe shortage of staff.

Summary: With the exit from the EU and with growing shortages of Human Resources post covid it would be a huge risk for the UK to stand alone and hence it is imperative to say that the country needs to throw open the welcome gates to migrants more than ever before. India seems to be the definite choice and working closely with India may be mutually beneficial for both nations.

canada immigration

Upcoming changes related to Express Entry and opportunities for International Graduates.

Many countries across the globe are slowly rebounding from the pandemic and require newer policies that will bring greater
focus on their economic growth. One such country is Canada which has shown the strongest recovery patterns after the
COVID in comparison to any developed country around the world. According to the latest report the GDP of Canada has
exceeded pre-pandemic levels and Canada’s unemployment rate is said to be the lowest ever since the beginning of the
pandemic. Promising statistics also show it to be the lowest since the country has started keeping a track of the numbers
way back in 1976. The country has now seen almost 115% of the jobs that were lost during the pandemic to have returned. This
surely is an extremely positive sign and is a huge sigh of relief for many as now many employers and businesses are actively
looking to fill hundreds and thousands of vacant positions in every sector across the country.
There has always been a trend in Canada that has seen migrants playing a major role in contributing to areas that are key to
Canada’s prosperity such as Health Care, Science, and Research. Hence immigration has been and will continue to be a major
driving force in fueling Canada’s economy. Keeping this in mind Canada is all set to boost the processing capacity of IRCC to
ensure that the country gets more skilled workers. In order to support the same, the country has doubled the number of
permanent resident decisions in the first quarter of this year compared to the same time period last year, which was the
most successful year it has had in terms of the number of permanent residents resettled in Canada.
The total number of final decisions on permanent residence applications from January to March alone has been over
1,56,000. More than 113,000 new permanent residents have been welcomed since January. In order to boost this growing requirement for skilled workers and to facilitate more opportunities for international graduates, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Sean Frase has made several upcoming and promising changes related to Express Entry.
Let us take a look at the many measures that are announced.
1. Extending Post-Graduation Work Permits: This is going to be a huge relief to many who have concerns about
whether they will be able to continue to work and stay in Canada. Canada is going to extend post-graduation work
permits for recent international graduates and for those whose permits already have or will expire this year
ensuring that people are eligible for an additional open work permit for 18 months.

2. Application for New Permanent Residence Visa Open: Canada had put a pause on new applications for permanent residents from skilled newcomers as it had to pivot its strategy to welcome more people who were there on a temporary basis. Now it’s a welcoming change that
Canada is going to begin to invite new candidates to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system
starting in July. This will include newcomers who are already in Canada on the temporary status and those who are looking for an extension of an open work permit and even those who are nearing the expiry of a postgraduate
work permit. The federal high-skilled processing inventory has been cut in half, decreasing from almost 112,000 in September of last year to just 48,000 by March of this year.

3. Open Work Permit: Applicants who applied for an open work permit while waiting for their permanent residence
application to be finalized will be able to get permits valid until the end of 2024 and individuals will no longer need to
stay in Canada while their applications are being processed. These measures that have been announced aim to address
some of the pressing needs of Canada’s labor market requirements that need new talent from abroad in order to
support its government’s broader efforts to ensure Canadian employers have the workers they need to succeed including
through Minister Qualtrough’s recently announced temporary foreign worker program workforce solutions roadmap.

Canada Immigration

4 things you can do to protect yourself from Canada Immigration Application Backlog.

Ask any Canada Immigration Consultant and you are sure to learn that
Canada has always been the perfect choice for many to migrate to
especially for skilled workers and will continue to be so for the coming
many years. One of the many reasons why skilled workers choose Canada
as their most preferred destination is due to its pro-immigration policies,
process transparencies, and merit metric immigration programs run by the
government of Canada. More specifically there are no quotas, caps, or
limits and all the processes are very quickly without any delays.
Though the immigration process has been simple and quick the same has
seen a downside mainly due to the massive disruptions caused by the
Covid pandemic. This has significantly increased the backlog of
immigration applications and hence delays in the entire process. The
government of Canada is aware of this and many steps have been taken to
deal with this backlog which also includes more funding to immigration
authorities. According to the latest reports, the backlog of applications that
were pending processing had seen a steep rise from 1.913 million to 1.844
million in just a matter of 3 months. This data is based on the numbers
from December’21 to March 22.
It is also learned that the situation won’t see any immediate improvements
for the simple reason being that Canada is facing a huge shortage of
skilled workers as the country reopened its economy after the pandemic.
In such scenarios, it becomes imperative to think of ways to tackle this
situation and ensure that your dreams of studying or working in Canada
are not affected in any way. Let us jump in and evaluate 4 possible things
you can do to safeguard yourself from this backlog problem.
Avoid Errors in your Application
Your application has to be processed without any hiccups and that should
always be the game plan. One of the worst situations that can happen is
when your processing is hampered due to any mistakes or errors in your
application. Once you have errors in your application then you will have to
start the entire process right from scratch and that is one thing you need
to avoid. Zeros error has to be the aim. Check on all your necessary
documents and transcripts along with all the necessary updations in your
educational qualifications or even changes in your family. Ensure that you
have the necessary language test results and it is valid throughout the
application process.
Always keep in mind the worst-case scenario
If you are a student wishing to study in Canada then the last thing you
would want to happen is a delay to join college because your study permit
was not processed in time.
Always plan for the worst-case situation and presume that Canada has a
huge backlog of applications to be processed. This way chances for any
errors are kept to the minimum.
Fast-Track is an Option
Keep a watch on the various fast-track options available at the time of
submitting your application. Check out if there are any pilot programs like
occupation-specific pilots in Saskatchewan and Quebec or the Altanti
Immigration program that can be a way to move to Canada faster.
This won’t be a perfect choice but in case this can help you get the right
choice and get your work permit or PR faster then it is good.
Always consult with an Immigration Consultant
And to end it all one of the most important things you need to be doing
right from the beginning is to consult with an Immigration Consultant. To
avoid all application errors and to make things work in the best possible
way quickly is that you get in touch with an expert in the field. It is surely
not advisable to do everything on your own and this is not something that
you are accustomed to.
Hence an immigration attorney who has been handling many applications
for a long time is the best bet for you to smoothly take you through your
journey of the entire immigration process.
Final Thoughts
Migrating to Canada might be your dream but it has to be in the
smoothest way possible. No one would want to go through hindrances in
particular given the current situation of application process backlogs.
Let M&G, one of the best Immigration & Study Abroad consultants take
care of all the hassles so that you can fly to Canada as soon as possible.

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