Got an eccentric and innovative idea? Australia is a place to try your talent

Good news for the talented people who want to try their new ideas in developed economies. Australia introduces one-of-its-kind visa category namely Global Talent Scheme (GTS) from 1st July 2018.

Most developed economies are in pursuit of inviting talented people to bolster innovative ideas which could create employment opportunities for the indigenous population and people from the world. Canada was the first in introducing such kind of visa category a few years back while Australia realizes the importance of the value of talented people who could lead by example in the years to come.

It is certainly a positive move by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the DIBP ensures that they are on the right track to support the Australian Government’s innovation agenda by introducing this visa category.

This will help the Government of Australia to remain connected with the world’s best and brightest human talent, thereby boosting the cutting-edge skills for innovation and startups.

Fast facts of the GTS:

What is the Global Talent Scheme (GTS)?

The GTS is a niche pilot scheme under the TSS visa program. It is a 12-month pilot program effective from 1st July 2018.

This visa category will allow employers to recruit highly-skilled positions that have not been filled by Australian workers or through other visa programs, in particular the short-term and medium-term streams of the TSS visa.


Don’t be a victim of the marriage fraud

It is not an entirely new sensation to come across the stories of marriage-fraud victims intending to immigrate to various countries; most popular destinations are USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK and other European countries.

Some people know about their ineligibility to immigrate to such countries or others might realize hard to navigate the official channels to make their new homes. So, what happens then? There are many scammers who would advise them to marry someone to jump the immigration line.

Those who have craze of settling in these countries, they go to any lengths to fulfill their desires. And more often they get entangled into a vicious circle of deceit, crime and loss of their hard-earned money. At worst, they are banned to enter some countries forever or for some years. I have arranged a video with such stories from the official website of the Government of Canada. Think twice before committing such immigration frauds.

Australia increases Visa Application Charges (VAC)

As expected usually that 1st July always brings some changes and fee increases from the Government of Australia, there is a nominal increase in various types of Australian visa. A legal instrument passed namely Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2018 on 21 June 2018. The below Visa Application Charges (VAC) will be effective from 1st July 2018.

Visa Type Current Fee From 1st July 2018
Student $560 $575
General Skilled Migration $3,670 $3,755
Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 $1,500 $1,535
Partner $7,000 $7,160
Parent (Contributory) first instalment $330 to $3,770 $340 to $3,855
TSS – STSOL $1,150 $1,175
TSS – MLTSSL $2,400 $2,455
ENS/RSMS $3,670 $3,755
Business Migration $4,875 $4,975
Significant Investor Visa (SIV) $7,150 $7,310


Struggling with finances to study in NZ? Here’s the information about scholarship awards in NZ!

Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Scholarships help students reduce their financial expenses for studying along with a sense of achievement and a sense of endorsement of their achievements. There are a range of scholarships available for international students wishing to study at New Zealand schools. To obtain a scholarship, you need to meet the certain scholarship criteria laid down by the specific New Zealand institution. Criteria may vary from university to university and hence check the individual website of institution. However, certain basic such as mentioned below remain constant for all countries.

  • Area of study
  • Nationality
  • Academic excellence (past and ongoing)
  • Achievement
  • Government’s grant for specific area of studies and nationality
  • Financial need
  • Quality of leadership
  • Essay writing
  • Community involvement or service
  • Gender (certain scholarships are available for male or female)

Here is the list of scholarships available in New Zealand:

  • The University of Waikato
    • University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship
    • University of Waikato Foundation Studies Scholarship
  • University of Auckland
    • Commonwealth Scholarships
    • Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Programme
  • Auckland University of Technology
    • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Education New Zealand (Part of New Zealand Government)
    • New Zealand Excellence Award (NZEA)
  • Lincoln University
    • New Zealand Excellence Award (NZEA)
    • Taught Master (180 credits) Academic Scholarships (NZ$10,000)
  • The University of Canterbury
    • Eamon Molloy Memorial Scholarship
    • College of Engineering – scholarship opportunities
    • University of Canterbury Dean’s Award
  • Universal College of Learning (UCOL)
    • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Massey University
    • CREATIVE Arts International Excellence Scholarship
    • Massey Scholarships
    • Business School International Student Scholarship
  • Southern Institute of Technology
    • John Wright Academic Scholarships
    • John Wright Sports Scholarships
  • Tuia Kia Tipu Award

Why should you study in New Zealand?

  1. World-class education: NZ prides itself on offering a world-class education to students. All eight of New Zealand universities are in the top 3% in the world. They are known for leading the way through academic excellence and personalized learning.
  2. Student safety: According to Global Peace Index, 2017, New Zealand is rated as the second most peaceful country. It is a politically stable and peaceful country with the least rates of corruption compared to the world.
  3. Impeccable lifestyle: New Zealand is blessed as a natural abode. Students find no difficulties in maintaining work/life balance. It is a country worth exploring for all possible natural adventures to soothe away the busy and hustling life pressure.
  4. Teaching method: NZ institutions focus on improving students’ critical thinking. By this teaching approach, they believe in creating the future leaders. Their academic courses are designed to encourage practicality and hands-on learning.
  5. Welcoming community: New Zealanders are welcoming and respectful of others culture. Every city is an epitome of multiculturalism.

Education system in New Zealand

New Zealand education system mirrors the British-based erudition system that is recognized worldwide. This model facilitates the student mobility on choice between institutes of New Zealand and other English-speaking countries during their studies. Both international and domestic students share classrooms together and are encouraged to actively participate to gain learning of various facets in their courses. The internationalization of teaching offers the collaborative learning between both types of students. Universities and colleges are well-equipped with offering competitive degrees on broad fields of study. The Government of New Zealand better understands the value of international education and its positive impact on various dimensions.

Work rights for international students

International students are authorized to work part-time up to 20 hours a week while studying or full-time in the holidays, depending upon your visa conditions. They cannot work until they have commenced their course in New Zealand.

Visa Requirements

In order to succeed in your student visa application, you must demonstrate your genuine intent to study, have enough financial support to pay your tuition fees, maintenance expenses and air tariff.

Apart from these basic visa requirements set out by the New Zealand Immigration department, you may also need following documents/evidence:

Offer Letter: Your university/ITP/college will issue an offer letter which depicts your full name, DoB/Passport Number, student ID, name of the course, length, concentration (discipline), title of degree, full-time status, and tuition fees.

Health and medical checks: You will need to have a chest x-ray and/or a medical examination as proof of your good health.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is mandatory for international students for the entire period of their stay on a student visa.

Guarantee of Stay for Minors (less than 18 years): An undertaking from a person or an institution stating that the student has suitable accommodation arranged in New Zealand.

Proof of Language Proficiency Certificate: The IELTS mark card is one of the prerequisites for New Zealand schools and Immigration Department.

StudyGroup offers scholarships to Indian Students

Selecting which university to attend can be a difficult decision for your students. By offering a variety of scholarship opportunities, Study Group is working towards making that decision easier.

Baylor University: Ranked #75 University in the USA by U.S. News and World Report

  • Campus-funded scholarships are available (for direct entry). All students are automatically considered

City College of New York: #16 Public School – Regional Universities North by U.S. News and World Report, 2018

  • Campus-funded scholarships available to students

James Madison University: #4 Public School – Regional Universities South by U.S. News and World Report, 2018

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group

Lipscomb University: Ranked #181 National University by U.S. News and World Report

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group

Oglethorpe University: #33 America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges, Forbes, 2015

  • “Special Presidential Scholarships” available to students who confirm prior to 30 June
  • $10,000 Robinson Scholarship (2.5-2.9 GPA)  for Direct Admit or International Year (Fall intake)
  • $14,000 Sheffield Scholarship (3.0-3.4 GPA) for Direct Admit or International Year (Fall intake)
  • $20,000 Weltner Scholarship (3.5-4.0 GPA) for Direct Admit or International Year (Fall intake)
  • Study Group-funded merit-based scholarship of $5,000 to International Year students

Roosevelt University: #3 Campus Ethnic Diversity – Regional Universities Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group
  • $3,500 scholarship available for International Year students who have graduated from the ISC and are progressing to full-time study at Roosevelt

Royal Roads University: Graded “A” for quality of teaching and learning, Canadian University Report

  • Scholarships based on academic criteria are available for International Year applicants.

University of Vermont: #41 Top Public Universities by U.S. News and World Report, 2018

  • Scholarships available for ISC students through Study Group

West Virginia University: #99 Top Public Universities by U.S. News and World Report, 2018

  • Campus-funded scholarships available to students

Canada streamlines the student visa process for India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduces the new study permit guidelines for students from India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Since April 2009, the ambitious plan called the Student Partners Program (SPP) had been operational in India until three days back. The success of this proactive plan to invite international students, especially from India and China was evident and was all set to invite a great number of students year on year basis. Because of the consistency of this visa policy program, IRCC witnessed a multifold rise in the student number from India and other countries.

With the grand success of SPP, IRCC is making great strides in promoting Canada as a study destination for international students by implementing efficient ways to process study permits. Now, the government has decided to replace the SPP with the Student Direct Stream (SDS). The SDS visa framework is effective from 9th June 2018 in four countries: India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. More importantly, the Government of Canada is working on expanding this SDS program to Africa and contemplating adding Kenya and Senegal. Senegal seems to be getting priority because it has a rich French colonial heritage. Recently, we have seen the government is keen on inviting international students and intended immigrants who are proficient in French language to meet the acute needs of the French speaking manpower in certain industries and in various pockets of the country. Senegal fits into this story!

All these four countries and probably along with the new entrants i.e. Africa, Kenya and Senegal would be aligned together into one program to ensure the operational smoothness and consistency.

What all new changes have been introduced in the SDS program? Let’s study the existing policies versus the previous ones:



Tuition payment for the first year of study at a designated community college in Canada Tuition payment for the first semester of study at a designated community college in Canada
No CHANGE Purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000
A qualifying score of at least 6 in IELTS, with no less than 6.0 band in any module* A qualifying score of at least 6 band overall in IELTS, with no less than 5.5 band in any module

* The Government website doesn’t clarify the score of individual module, but the country-specific-checklist does.

All these new changes have now become a reality. What ramifications could we expect from these new changes in the context of Indian students wishing to study in Canada?

  • The upfront tuition payment for the first year: To date, parents/sponsors have been paying the one semester tuition fees before the final application for a study permit was lodged. For example, if we take the average of annual tuition fee of any community college on the upper side it comes to around CAD$ 14,000 (₹ 756,000). The Indian students paid around CAD$ 7,000 (₹ 378,000) for being the first semester tuition fees plus CAD$ 10,000 for purchase of a GIC. This totaled to CAD$17,000 (₹ 918,000). With this new SDS program, the upfront tuition payment doubles to CAD$ 14,000. It means students would be making the payment of CAD$ 24,000 (CAD$14,000 + CAD$ 10,000). So, the total expense comes to around ₹ 1,296,000 against INR 918,000, an increase by ₹ 378,000.

Students whose parents are struggling with finances take a hit with this new change. Unequivocally, this new policy is better for the Government of Canada but may not bring happiness for some Indian students. Further, looking at the hawkish stance of the RBI in India it seems that the interest rate would go up whereby the educational bank loan would also become expensive in the months to come. In a nutshell, with this SDS program parents would have a double whammy of loan interest increases and the burden of additional payment of one semester tuition fee.

  • A qualifying score of IELTS: As I do not have the official statistics about the median individual score of IELTS of the Indian students, I am presenting my assumptions.

If we were to believe that students wishing to study in Canada needed minimum 6.0 band in each module of the IELTS test, there would certainly be a massive amount of frustration among students. Over the decades, we have seen students slide by 0.5 band score at least in one of the individual modules, especially either in Writing section or Reading section.  Some students may manage to keep their nerve and win over this difficulty, but NOT all for sure. Consequently, students really need to prepare well for the IELTS test or they may face desperation and loss of the hard-earned money after paying for the test repeatedly.

Any new change either brings the luck or puts someone down: One man’s nightmare is another man’s dream. Ergo, some students will be caught in the crossfire of a silent scream.

Who will be reaping the harvest of SDS?

It goes without saying that British Council and IDP would be the greatest beneficiaries of this new change of the test score revision. Their numbers are already on the rise, and they could witness another 20% to 25% growth for Academic IELTS in the Indian market.

CELPIP test arrives in India

Paragon Testing Enterprises which is a subsidiary of University of British Columbia has finally decided to open a testing center in India by the end of Summer 2018. The first test center will be opened in the capital, New Delhi.

The CELPIP test center stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). The CELPIP is a 100% Canadian English test designed for permanent residence status. There are two designated tests accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for immigration purpose – one is CELPIP and the other is IELTS General module.

The CELPIP test is developed by Paragon Testing Enterprises, a subsidiary of University of British Columbia. It is the first-ever Canadian English test which is designated by IRCC and mirrors the best in Canadian research. The test is designed to give prominence to Canadian English and accents as used in Canada.

The best part of CELPIP is it measures your functional language proficiency which is more relevant for day-to-day life. It focuses on test taker’s English abilities in a variety of different situations and contexts, such as how you communicate with your colleagues and others at workplace, interact with your friends, comprehend and respond to the written materials and understand news items. It is a complete measurement of your English abilities which include four modules of your language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The CELPIP comes in two versions: the CELPIP – General test and the CELPIP – General LS test. Those who intend to immigrate to Canada can take the CELPIP General test to fulfill the requirement of English language proficiency for IRCC.

UK – Top 10 jobs with a handsome pay

The 10 most in-demand jobs in the UK

 Current unemployment rate is 4.3% and inflation rate is 3%

The UK is known as a business hub of Europe. The country is also known for producing best scientists, innovators and business tycoons.  There are many high-paying jobs in various sectors. We have rounded up the list of high-paying jobs for you. Here are top ten unmissable jobs with the most potential:

  1. Quant developers

Job outlook: One of the sought-after jobs in the tech industry is a quant developer. Typically, they work with the team of researchers to create and deliver custom software solutions for businesses.

Average salary: £92,910


  1. Java architects

Job outlook: Java architects are considered the backbones in the tech world and their role is a key to the IT infrastructure. By analyzing information requirements, they define infrastructures for design and further integration of internet computing systems. They are responsible for determining platform architecture, and involved in many other technical indispensable jobs.

Average salary: £82,016


  1. Financial services lawyers

Job outlook: By the first look, it gives an impression that such professionals would be fighting in the court. But, it is not in real terms. Financial services lawyers advise clients about funds and asset management and pension. Their job also encompasses a wide range of responsibilities including getting their clients acquainted with the existing financial services regulation and insurance.

Average salary: £80,520


  1. Corporate lawyers

Job outlook: Amid corporate scandals and tax evasions, regulatory bodies have adopted stringent laws to protect the interest of shareholders and others in general. Because of severity in nature of corporate deals, some corporations have in-house legal counsel or retain the expert lawyers to defend their cases or fight such types of cases against others. These corporate lawyers help their clients to interpret laws and deal with the legal issues.

Average salary: £77,596


  1. Pediatric intensive care nurse

Job outlook: I guess this prestigious job does not need any introduction. Pediatric nurses have a huge responsibility on their shoulders to get young children back on their feet. Nurses work under high pressure situations. They care for critically ill children in intensive unit and share their up-to-date observations to the concerned doctors.

Average salary: £68,808


  1. General practitioners

Job outlook: GPs are the saviors on this earth and again one of the most sought-after jobs. Their demand would never die down ever. National Health Service (NHS) always has openings for medical practitioners in the UK.

Average salary: £68,369


  1. Lead business analysts

Job outlook: Business dynamics never remain constant and bring challenges all the time, especially when every company is out there to go to any length in competition. All the businesses need to make use of technology at the optimum level so as they can stay ahead of challenges. From gathering details about consumer behavior to any other business analytics they bring in new software and technologies. However, it is a daunting task for mangers to make employees use these new features top-down. Business analysts make sure that how everyone uses such a new fancy piece of software. So, somebody who has a knack of doing business analysis with the IT background puts this job in order.

Average salary: £66,475


  1. Sonographers

Job outlook: “According to Adzuna, sonographers – medical professionals who perform diagnostic ultrasounds on patients – were among the best-paid workers in the UK this year.”

Average salary: £66,374


  1. Senior iOS developers

Job outlook: iOS developers are responsible for designing, recoding and creating new mobiles apps powered by Apple’s iOS operating systems. The world is getting digital with the stronger penetration of iPhones worldwide; these developers seem to remain in demand for the years to come.

Average salary: £65,187


  1. Biostatisticians

Job outlook: The chief responsibilities of biostatisticians are to apply their skills of mathematics and statistics to a varied range of topics in biology. The UK is known for its researching on various ailments of humankind and discovering of breakthrough technologies for making life beautiful.

Average salary: £64,444

Reference: The Telegraph

New Zealand – Top 10 jobs with a handsome pay

The 10 most in-demand jobs in New Zealand

Current unemployment rate is 4.6% and inflation rate is 1.60%

The twin-island country, New Zealand is known for its natural beauty and landscape.  New Zealanders make around 45,000 annually. Apart from medicos, there are also other high-paying jobs in New Zealand. We have rounded up the list of those jobs for you.

  1. Information Architects

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering. A master’s degree is preferred with several years of work experience.

Job outlook: Information architects are chiefly responsible for directing, planning, organizing, evaluating and controlling the operations of information systems and electronic data processing (EDP). They meet with clients to discuss the timelines, system requirements, costs and specifications. New Zealand hosts medium- and large-sized IT companies which cater their services to businesses within New Zealand and also export to Australian businesses and elsewhere.

Median salary: $135,000


    2. Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering. A master’s degree is preferred with several years of work experience.

Job outlook: Data mining and business analytics are useful tools to aide business services in this modern era. A better understanding of data and business analytics plays a vital role in the growth of large corporations. Companies are always on the lookout of IT specialists that possess the skills of data modeling and database design.

Median salary: $115,000


    3. Cybersecurity Specialists

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer systems, information technology, engineering or a related discipline

Job outlook: According to the Investing News Network (INN), “together, the expanding number of cyber-attacks, the increasing severity of these assaults and the amount of money companies are spending on cyber security illustrate why it is such an important market.” Computer geeks with the concentration of cyber security and ethical hacking courses are generally suitable for these jobs. Their job is to protect the company’s data and other vital information from being breached. Looking at the recent WannaCry attacks in May 2017 which affected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, the significance of this role has increased dramatically.

Median salary: $105,000


    4. Construction Project and Contract Management   

Training needed: Minimum bachelors or diploma degree in civil engineering. A master’s degree in project management is usually required

Job outlook: For any construction projects to succeed, the budget and timeline are key points.  Some companies have multiple projects working concurrently, and it is hard for them to keep track on these underlying factors. Project managers are responsible for delivering their entire projects on time and on budget. It is relatively a new concept wherein the skills of technical and managing the project are given priority. In a country like New Zealand, we expect more development in infrastructure and private construction activities. This business impetus derived from both the government and the private sector could increase the demand of such professionals in the years to come.

Median salary: $105,000


    5. IT sales

Training needed: Minimum diploma or bachelor’s degree in business administration or in a related field. Candidates with the IT background academically or practically are preferred.

Job outlook: if you think you are good at convincing clients to buy the product that you sell, IT sales could also be a right avenue for you to get on the board. IT sales professionals mainly sell hardware or software products to their clients. Be it a small or large business, owners believe in having the automated operations and try to use the maximum technology.

Median salary: $105,000


   6. Mine/quarrying managers

Training needed: Generally speaking, extensive quarrying or mining experience is a must. You also need to obtain an Extractives Certificate of Competence from WorkSafe New Zealand

Job outlook: Mine and quarry managers are responsible for all activities on a work site. This includes coordinating production, monitoring site systems and managing staff.

Salary range: $100,000 – $ 155,000

Source: Leitch Chris, “Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in New Zealand.” Career addict


  7. Finance managers and controllers

Training needed: Minimum bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, commerce or a related field is required. Some positions may require a master’s degree with finance concentration.

 Job outlook: There are openings for this role in all sized corporations. If you are passionate about numbers and overseeing the company’s financial health, get on the board and take your company ahead of others.

 Median salary: $100,000


  8. Database experts

Training needed: Minimum bachelor or diploma degree in computer science or in mathematics.

Job outlook: Currently data is equated with the traditional commodities such as crude oil or gold. Some might think that it is an utter disconnect to this comparison. But, no; it is true. Companies have multiple departments filled with a variety of information stored in a database bank. In some cases, data is an asset and at the same it is the duty of a company to protect the confidentiality of clients’ data. Here comes the important role of data administrator or any designation suffix you name after data/base. There are IT companies to which the data storing job is also outsourced. Looking at the current labor market of New Zealand, we believe the demand for this occupation will remain stable for the years to come.

Median salary: $95,000


  9. In-house legal counsel

Training needed: A bachelor’s degree in law along with the registration and experience of years.

Job outlook: Whether there is a reasonable or frivolous lawsuit looming over the company, the legal department swings into action to counter the allegations or fight the right on behalf of his client. However, some issues/legal matters merit the reconciliation by means of the out-of-court settlement as no company is interested in investing its resources in a long-winded process of cases. To streamline various legal matters for interior or exterior issues, in-house legal counsel makes more sense. With the inevitable business growth of some companies, in-house legal counsel costs lesser than retaining a full-fledged senior counsel from the market.

Median salary: $95,000


  10. Quantity surveying

Training needed: Minimum bachelor or diploma degree in engineering or a related field. Usually it is one of the branches of project management also.

Job outlook: Another respectable and sought-after techno job! This occupation saves a lot of money and time for construction companies. The job duties include preparing the complete feasibility studies to estimate labor costs, time and materials. Furthermore, quantity surveyors are also responsible for analyzing, negotiating and preparing contracts and bidding.

Median salary: $95,000