USA Phases Out DACA – DREAMers On Edge

 

Trump has delivered what he promised during his election but what it means is that more than 800,000 young women/men (8,000 Indians) will face uncertain futures as their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status will not be renewed going forward. Congress has to legislate to fix this issue but looking at what Congress has been achieved in past two decades, these people have been put on edge.

These “undocumented” people were given a relief in the form of DACA by Obama administration’s executive order (only temporary fix but it could have continued in the same form but Trump decided to phase  it out as per his election promise) and they were planning their futures in USA and doing all the right things but now this has shattered their dreams as they don’t know what has future in store for them.

These people have called USA their homes and it’s not their fault that they have lived most of their childhood in USA and don’t know much about their native country as they never went back there. Technically they are illegals but they are law-abiding people who have big dreams of making it big in USA. They deserve a chance and DACA had given that window of hope to them but the door has been closed on their faces.

 

I will like to point out that the kids of legal migrants face issues of a different kind and that should also be resolved by the administration.  I personally know many Indian migrants who are stuck in USA on H1Bs for years (5-15 years average) and after their children become 18 years of age, they no longer qualify to be put on their parents temporary visas. Hence, they have to apply for their own student visas and I think they also have to qualify independently for Green Card application. This is really very stressful for those who have given 10-15 years to USA but their children are left out just because it takes more than 10-15 years for Indians to get their Green cards when people from other countries (including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bagladesh etc.) get theirs much sooner.

What is DACA?

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/daca-rescinded-immigrant-programme-170905192454024.html

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High Earners – Should They Move To Australia?

Hi Friends!

Hope you all are doing great!

Sorry, I have been away for a long time as I was busy on different projects and I was getting emails as to why I have not posted here in a while.

Someone posted a question on Quora which is very relevant to those who earn a higher income and they think whether it’s worth it to migrate to Australia. Many people have answered there and I also wrote my views there. I am providing the link here so that you can also read other people views because it is important that you should listen to everyone and do what is best for you.

Here is the link:

https://www.quora.com/Should-we-a-couple-and-infant-migrate-to-Australia-from-India-for-a-better-quality-of-life-though-we-earn-around-50-lakhs-annually-in-India

And here is exactly, what I have written there for you to read directly.

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Disclosure: Before answering your question, I must disclose that I am an Indian and a registered MARA agent, and I help people to migrate to Australia. So, I may have a biased opinion. You are forewarned 😉

Seek More Info. : Now, many people have already answered here and no answer is a wrong one because everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. Nobody knows what future has in store for them but we can definitely make informed and educated decisions by asking right people who have gone through the same process, which you plan to do yourself, and this potentially has power to make your future brighter. Gather as much information as you can and from as many sources as possible but learn to ‘process’ that data to benefit you. Importantly, in your case come visit Australia for a few weeks (which may not be enough as there is so much to do and see over here). Utilise that time to meet people/immigrants and research about your profession and networking with recruiters.

No Wrong Answers here : The question you have asked is about quality of life in Australia and whether you will be able to earn Indian rupee 50 lakhs (INR 5 million which is equivalent to AU$ 100,000 roughly as of now) in Australia. This question has many answers and that’s why you can see some people are saying ‘never’ and some are saying ‘definitely’. Now, we don’t know what exact ‘quality’ of life you are looking for but broadly speaking any western world has better quality of life than India. But there is always a balancing factor – you may not enjoy your ‘social’ life here (which I disagree with personally), miss family and friends etc.

Earning potential: It depends on your profession and your actual abilities and most importantly on your soft skills. Initially, you may not get any job, leave alone in your field. You need to research thoroughly about the job market before moving to Australia, talk to friends who are already here and get to know the real job market and try to network with people in your profession by opening LinkedIn account. Go to SEEK – Australia’s no. 1 jobs, employment, career and recruitment site daily and make it a daily habit of going through the job listings. Remember, not all those jobs are real and not all jobs are posted online. That’s why I said earlier to network with people and hence my point about LinkedIn.

Save and then come: I recommend my clients to come to Australia with savings that will see them through for six to twelve months. Some people recommend coming alone, personally I do not like the idea as you should have family by your side but if financially it’s difficult then it is a good option. Now, to complete the discussion about your earning potential, even with the basic job you will get here a salary that you will be living a life comparable to what middle class is enjoying in India.

Quick Growth: Your employer will appreciate your hard work and dedication towards your job and within two to three years’time you may be able to earn much more by switching jobs if your employer is not suitably rewarding you and now that you have local experience. From there only sky is the limit. Mind you, the initial 3–6 months time is going to be very hard and you may go through the remorse phase that why did I leave India, what was I thinking. People may try to discourage you but listen to yourself and be confident about your abilities.

Quality of life: What matters you? If you want to know more about quality of life in Australia, as someone said here, there is no comparison between major cities of India and Australia. Delhi is one of the worst polluted cities in the world and every third person has or developing some form of lung disease due to constant exposure to pollutants. The other cities are not that far behind with cities like Mumbai, Kolkata and even Kanpur, Ludhiana and many more also featuring in this most polluted cities of the world.

Personally, for me these things are very important – cleaner air/water/ food and entitlement to peaceful living if I am not doing anything wrong. I don’t like to go to people to get my my licence/passport /hospital and school admission. Can you believe it, even to get money from banks you need ‘connections’ but not to be harsh, that was an aberration.

Why you should NOT move to Australia: If you don’t like pristine beaches, fresh air, work life balance, then yes, Australia is not for you. If you don’t like your kids learning life skills and be confident, and not be book worms, then Australia is not for you. If you like to call your boss ‘sir’, and expect same from your juniors, then Australia is not for you. If you have to dislike taking your kids to cricket practice sessions on Tuesdays, soccer on Fridays, and swimming twice a week, then Australia is not for you. Also, if you don’t like to go on beautiful drives every weekend and in stead, you like to be a couch potato, then yes, Australia is not for you. You get the picture, don’t you?

We all love India: Don’t get me wrong, I love India and always will. I look forward to going to India and enjoy my time over there and connect to my friends and family. I was in USA in 2011, when I watched the cricket world cup games. I remember the Final game in Wankhade Stadium very clearly as it happened yesterday and so proud of that moment when India won the World Cup. I used to not sleep for a minute and watch the Indian games live so that I could help India win ;). You know that superstition which cricketers follow? Same way as Sachin would not take off his pads! I follow Indian politics, sports and developmental stories, it makes me happy to see that India is marching ahead on it’s path to become a developed country.

USA or Australia: Let me reiterate you the obvious now : Australia is best for young families and also for families with teenagers, just go Google. I have lived in USA for more than 5 years but decided move when realised that it may take up to 30 years to get American green card, and another 5 years to get the citizenship. USA is a great country and I loved my time there. I strongly suggest that if someone gets a chance to work and live in USA grab that opportunity and experience life there. Only after you have lived there that you will understand what I am going to say now.

Gun Related Violence in USA: The gun culture is rampant in USA and every day people get killed due to gun related violence. I am not talking about mass killings which get wide coverage in the media but accidents that happen every day. Just Google how many people get killed every year in USA ( it is more than 12,000) . After Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012 where 28 people were killed mainly 4–5 years old, I was seriously worried about safety of my kids.

Social Divide: The social divide is very glaring, rich is becoming richer and poor more poorer. On one side we have $1 billion home of Mr Ambani and on the other millions of people go to bed hungry every day. In my opinion that’s a very big problem because this is already resulting in spike in crime rates. Australia is very good at dividing the wealth and hence you will not insane amount of millionaires but you will also not find that many homeless people here.

Getting First Job in Australia: Having said that, Australia is not a perfect place in the world. No place is! But it gave me freedom to pursue my dreams. People whinge that jobs are scarce here and they may be right but please note that Australia may be a big country – almost as big as USA but population not even 10% of USA. So, naturally the job market is much smaller. With right attitude and good strategy, you can land a job here and grow much quicker than in India. I got my job within one month after I started to look for job in my field. I personally know 4–5 families who migrated at the same time as I did and we used to live in the same apartment building. We would help each other with helpful piece of information in landing our first jobs. I am glad to let you know that all of us got jobs sooner than we were expecting, but that may be exception as I do meet people who are frustrated of not getting jobs. We are still in touch and enjoying our lives in here Australia, some changed jobs because they got better offers.

Money Not Sole Factor: Again, if you are looking for only money then Australia is not for you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t get rich here if you worked hard. Australia is for those who treasure their time with family and friends and want to enjoy great outdoors and sports all year around. Everyone gets at least 4 weeks of annual leave and 2 weeks of medical leave, whereas there is ZERO mandated leave days in USA. Even India is much better than USA. Your employer contributes 9.5% of salary towards your retirement fund (called Super here, which you call provident fund in India and 401k in USA) on TOP of your salary.

Racism: I have personally never experienced racism either in USA or here in Australia. On the contrary, people have shown their appreciation to the fact that my family is nicely assimilated in the local community. Don’t try to live in Indian dominated suburbs and make a bubble for yourself. Go out, talk to strangers, invite over your neighbours. The mantra is try to blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb. Volunteer and help make Australia better which has given you a chance to change the destiny of not only your life but your kids too.

My recommendation : come visit Australia and experience the life Down under for yourself. It’s a beautiful country with great people and excellent sports facilities which will inspire you to be fit and healthy. Open spaces, great parks, sports training centres in close proximity to wherever you decide to live. That’s why Australia ranks much higher than USA when you compare per capita Olympics medals. Top 4 for 2016 Rio Olympics – Grenada, Bahamas, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia at 14 and USA at 43. I compare Australia with USA because I have lived there and for most people USA is no. 1 destination.

Most important question:  First of all, check whether you qualify to apply for an Australian visa. Rules are changing everyday and occupations are being removed as all western countries are making it harder to qualify. Australia has made some changes to 457 visas and even getting Australian citizenship is under revamp and the bar will be set higher. I am afraid but I think next target may be the Australian Permanent Residency (PR) system and come July 1, some occupations may be axed. This is just a speculation but subscribe to my blog below to get the latest on this.

To sum up, I strongly recommend to those who are considering moving to Australia to act before it is too late. If you are seeking professional help,  always hire MARA agents only because Department of Immigration regulates their conduct and MARA agents have to follow strict guidelines or else they risk losing their licences. If anyone need help regarding Australian immigration, I can assess your case for free.

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Not sure to make the move to Australia?

I keep reading on forums people complaining about not getting their dream jobs soon after arriving in Australia. And some people are very vocal about the Government’s position, as their policy is aiding migrants to come to Australia.

Please remember that the Government is letting you come here based on the skills you possess in the hope that you are a highly skilled migrant and you will be able to settle down. They are NOT promising any job when they grant you Australian PR. You will always find people who forcefully defend their opinions and they are right in their own sense because that’s THEIR opinion.

But the picture is not that gloomy or rosy. If you are qualified, positive and smart, then your hard work will definitely pay-off. I will not say it’s a walk in the park, on the contrary, prepared to fight it out in the beginning. And that’s why I say you need to be smart – that’s the most important thing if you are not “networked” in Australia for job hunting. You should be alert and agile so that you can change your plan quickly if you see it’s not working or if you notice someone’s plan which worked.

Start researching your field of jobs while you are still in your home country and start applying when you are scheduled to land within 1-2 weeks in Australia. Come prepared for the worst, not for success – so that you do not give up after your initial failures. Soon, you will find what’s going to work for you if you are smart!

My recommendation : come with savings enough for you to survive for at least 6-12 months and do not hesitate to take any job you get with fully focussed on your dream job.

And be in touch with people who have successfully gotten jobs in their fields – believe me there are many (just do Google search search  – they are real people). For every unsuccessful migrant story there are hundreds of successful stories as well. It is in the interest of Australia for you to be successful!

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Best decision of my life!

We are living in very uncertain times right now with Donald J. Trump as President-elect of USA. His recent appointments indicate that he is serious when he talks about immigration restrictions. This can be really frustrating for those migrants who have not yet received their Green Cards (GC).

The wait for GC is very long for us Indians. It is a scary feeling that we might be shown the door after investing all our life in USA when Senator Sessions takes over as Attorney General of USA. All he has to do is to tweak some regulations as he knows very well how to get things done in the US political system being there. And those of us who are legal migrants in USA are well aware that he is a fierce opponent of H1b and will leave no stone unturned to make the lives of migrants difficult.

What can we do right now- nothing? No there are options and I will discuss them later. Indians who are waiting in USA for their GCs are in panic mode, and they have started blaming other visa categories for their long wait, which in most cases can be decades long! This is a natural reaction but I do not know if this is going to benefit anyone except migration opponents like Sessions, who is already in battle mode.  Legal preparations are underway for launching ‘surgical attack’ on H1 b among other things, which will be declared as soon as Trump becomes President on Jan 20, 2017.  Donald Trump said on 10th December that he won’t allow H1b holders to replace USA workers. 

I am not saying that his intention to save USA workers jobs is not right, as this should be the priority of every nation. I also do not want to discuss other aspects related to that today. But yes, it has definitely put legal temporary migrants’ dreams of getting a US GC in jeopardy. This is specially bad for those who have been in USA for many years and have invested their lives in their pursuit of the American dream.

So, that brings us to the most important question: what should we do now? Time to take one of the hardest decisions of  your lives is here because even though you made the best decision possible when you migrated to USA with the information you had at the time, you’ll still have to reconsider your choices from time to time, because life is all about change.

The greatest option available at this time in my opinion is to get an Australian Permanent Residency (PR- Australian equivalent of USA Green Card) now before it becomes ‘difficult’ here too. It is one of the best countries to raise your kids, enjoy a laid-back lifestyle and hence, live happier and live longer! It is a must read for all those doubting Thomases who do not want to give Australia (read 12 reasons to choose Australia) a chance. Why? Because it is written by an American immigrant who is happily settled in Australia, so you can be sure that he is providing you very insightful analysis of comparing life in Australia and in USA.

It reinforces my belief that I made the best decision of my life to migrate to Australia  after living for 7 years in USA on H1b visa. I have been saying that in my past blogs and many people have found those readings as eye-opener. What are you waiting for? Contact us immediately for a free assessment of your case because tomorrow can be fabulous!

The Australian PR process is very clearly defined and is based on points system for Skilled Independent Visa, so there is no ambiguity there. The process is very smooth and you DO NOT NEED employer to get the PR (189 visa). It is a very quick process – it took me 18 days after I applied for my visa to get the approval. Yes, you read it right – 18 days!! But that is ONLY if your application is decision ready. It means that you have fulfilled all the formalities required. It took me approximately 3 months for this whole process. But, remember, every case is different. And I do not guarantee any timeline nor do I guarantee the visa outcome – no one can!

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Points Test for Australian PR (189 visa)

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The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence (PR) visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia. The list of occupations (SOL) which qualify for this visa is here. The next step in the process is to get positive assessment for your occupation. There are other factors involved too but the focus of today’s blog is to share with you the points calculator so I will keep the blog focussed on that.

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply. This is a great way to enter Australia as this visa lets you whatever you want to do (of course, legally!) unlike USA where you have to work in your profession even if you have worked there for decades!!

You need to score at least 60 points against points test factors to be eligible to be invited to apply for this visa as mentioned above. If you are invited to apply, you must achieve at least the score specified in your letter of invitation.

Here is the points test table, which is used to calculate your eligible points. Please keep in mind that this table is for general calculation only and even if you reckon that you score 60 points, it does not mean that you will get the visa. Some professions have higher threshold for qualifying for the invitation. For example, as of writing of this blog accountants need 70 points to get the invitation.

 Points Test for 189 Visa
Factor Description Points
Age 18–24 years 25
25–32 years 30
33–39 years 25
40–44 years 15
45–49 years 0
English language ability

Test results must be no older than three years immediately before the day on which the visa application was made.

Competent English

 

0
Proficient English 10
Superior English

 

20
Skilled employment

Only 20 points can be awarded for any combination of skilled employment in and outside Australia

Outside Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation
  • In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)
5
  • In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)
10
  • In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)
15
In Australia: skilled employment in your nominated skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation
  • In skilled employment for at least one but less than three years (of the past 10 years)
5
  • In skilled employment for at least three but less than five years (of the past 10 years)
10
  • In skilled employment for at least five but less than eight years (of the past 10 years)
15
  • In skilled employment for at least eight and up to 10 years (of the past 10 years)
20
Qualifications Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or other doctorate of a recognised standard 20
At least a bachelor degree from an Australian educational institution or other degree of a recognised standard 15
Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia 10
An award or qualification recognised by the assessing authority in the assessment of the skilled occupation 10
Australian study requirement One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian study requirement 5
Specialist Education Qualification Post Graduate Degree by Research through a course or courses taken for at least two academic years at an Australian educational institution 5
Other factors Credentialled community language qualifications 5
Study in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area (excluding distance education) 5
Partner skill qualifications 5
Professional year in Australia for at least 12 months in the four years before the day you were invited to apply 5
Nomination/sponsorship (where required) Nomination by state or territory government (visa subclass 190only) 5
Nomination by state or territory government or sponsorship by an eligible family member to reside and work in a specified/designated area (visa subclass 489 only)

Source: Australian Government Immigration website (www.border.com.au)

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