UK launches new visa scheme for startups
The British government has introduced a new visa scheme for startups to attract more entrepreneurs to come to the UK. The new visa route, devised with Brexit in mind, is intended to make the visa process smoother and faster for entrepreneurs and was introduced by home secretary Sajid Javid this week during London Tech Week. It will be launched in Spring 2019.
The cost of the visa and any cap has not yet been decided but a Home Office spokesman said: “This visa will replace the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa route, which was only open to graduates, so opening that route up to a wider pool.
Antony Walker, deputy CEO, techUK, UK’s technology trade body, said: “The new startup visas are a sensible move to encourage those with good ideas to come to the UK. However for many mid-tier and larger tech companies, there remain serious concerns around Tier 2 visas.
200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency
Canada has emerged as a coveted destination for India’s diaspora.
Indians appear gung-ho about Canada’s Express Entry programme which invites topranked candidates — under the country’s point-based immigration system — to take up permanent residency. Express Entry is Canada’s flagship programme for key economic migration.
Under the scheme, out of the 86,022 invitations sent in 2017, nearly 42% (or 36,310) were to those holding Indian citizenship. The total number of invitations sent in 2017 was more than double the previous year — 33,782.
In 2016, the number of invites sent to those having Indian citizenship in Canada was merely 11,037, showing an increase by more than 200% a year later.
UK to ease visa cap blocking Indian doctors
The UK government is set to ease its immigration cap blocking professionals such as Indian doctors from being brought in to tackle shortages in the state-funded National Health Service (NHS).
UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who had promised a review on the issue earlier this month, will make a formal announcement on removing doctors and nurses from countries outside the European Union (EU) from the UK’s annual visa cap of 20,700 on Friday.
As part of the announcement, Javid is also expected to announce a wider ease up of the Tier 2 visa category to allow companies to be able to recruit highly-skilled professionals from non-EU countries.
The cap under the Tier 2 visa category to allow companies to bring in professionals from outside the EU is set at 20,700 per year, with a monthly limit of around 1,600. Until December last year, that limit had been exceeded only once in almost six years but since then that cap has been reached nearly every month.