Keep up to date with the latest news from Australia, Canada and New Zealand:
Canada: new visa designed for entrepreneurs plus Canadian Experience Class success
In the wake of Canada’s immigration policy changes, they’re still busy beavering away with further changes and improvements, this time by introducing the startup visa – aimed at immigrant entrepreneurs.
The idea behind it is that venture investment funds would choose entrepreneurs to invest in who the government would then try to clear for entry into Canada within weeks – the perfect marriage of Canadian money and foreign brains.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s press secretary Alexis Pavlich says:
“This program will link brilliant, job-creating, immigrant entrepreneurs with Canadian investors. We want the world’s best and brightest to come to Canada – to start businesses and to create jobs in Canada.”
The Globe and Mail has the full story.
In a related story, Canada has welcomed its 20,000th permanent resident through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) stream. The CEC stream is Canada’s fastest growing economic immigration program, offering a pathway to permanent residency for international student graduates and others with skilled work experience in Canada. Read more at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
New Zealand: being Kiwi
New Zealand’s national paper, The New Zealand Herald, has undergone a makeover to a new, compact format. To celebrate, they launched a week-long series about what it means to be a Kiwi these days. It makes pretty interesting reading for anyone planning on making the move.
It kicked off with an article about what it means to be a Kiwi, especially now that almost a quarter of NZ residents are overseas-born, rising to almost 40 per cent in Auckland. Words like “sporty”, “outdoors”, “adventurous” and “friendly” all popped up when describing Kiwis.
Another article explained that nearly one in four people in New Zealand today were born overseas – in 2010 it came tenth in a list of countries with foreign-born populations. Yet the article explained how new arrivals to NZ can struggle between identifying with their adopted home and their place of birth.
The waves of British expats heading to New Zealand in the 1960s and 70s have now grown up and are having their say about why they moved to New Zealand and how being a migrant has shaped their life experiences. Like many would-be migrants these days, some were driven by ‘wanting a better life for our children’.
Over in Australia…
The news coming out of Oz is still heavily dominated by the mining boom with articles weighing in one side or the other. At least the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows the employment outlook for the mining and construction sector in the coming quarter is up 10 per cent. The full detailed report can be viewed here.