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Centre issues SOPs for vaccination of persons undertaking international travel for educational purposes, or employment opportunities, or as part of India's contingent for Tokyo Olympic games

CoWIN certificates to be linked to Passport of such Travelers

Mention of vaccine type as ‘Covishield’ is sufficient; no other qualifying entries required in Vaccination Certificates.

Government of India has been supporting the efforts of States and UTs for an effective Vaccination drive under the ‘Whole of Government’ approach since 16th January this year. With the aim to universalize the Vaccination drive, the Government has opened vaccination for all adults above 18 years of age with the onset of Liberalized Phase III of India’s vaccination strategy from 1st May 2021.

It has been a constant endeavour of the Union Government to streamline the vaccination process to increase coverage of all segments of the population. In this regard, taking note of the several representations received by Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for allowing administration of second dose of Covishield for such persons who have only taken first dose of Covishield and are seeking to undertake international travel for educational purposes or employment opportunities or as part of India's contingent for Tokyo Olympic games, but whose planned travel dates fall prior to completion of the currently mandated minimum interval of 84 days from the date of first dose, Union Health Ministry has written to States/UTs to facilitate vaccination of such persons.

The Ministry has issued SOPs in this regard which have been conveyed to States/UTs. States/UTs have been advised to widely publicize and take all necessary measures to immediately implement these SOPs.

The SOPs are as follows:

At present, based on the recommendations by National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), the schedule of Covishield vaccine under National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy is to administer the 2nd dose at 12-16 weeks interval (i.e. after 84 days), after administration of 1st dose.

With the receipt of several representations for allowing administration of dose of Covishield for such persons who have only taken first dose of Covishield and are seeking to undertake international travel for educational purposes or employment opportunities or for participation in India's Contingent for Tokyo Olympic games, but whose planned travel dates fall prior to completion of the currently mandated minimum interval of 84 days from the date of first dose, the issue was discussed in Empowered Group 5 (EG-5) and appropriate recommendations have been received in this context.

With a view to providing full coverage of vaccination and facilitating international travel for such genuine reasons, the following procedure shall be followed for administration of second dose of Covishield vaccine for such beneficiaries.

This special dispensation will be available to —

a. Students who have to undertake foreign travel for the purposes of education.
b. Persons who have to take up jobs in foreign countries
c. Athletes, Sportspersons and accompanying staff of Indian contingent attending International Olympic Games be held in Tokyo

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About one week after launching an ambitious immigration program that aims to admit up to 90,000 permanent residents to Canada, the immigration minister is hinting at the possibility of raising that cap.

Im open to discussion on whether or not to review the current caps, Canadas Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino, was quoted saying in the Globe and Mail.

The minister remained cautious in his remarks, however, saying his department must first carefully assess the early results of the program, including the quality of applications that have been received, and how quickly the target of 90,000 admissions will be reached.
Public Policy Considerations

The pandemic has highlighted the contribution of immigrants to the well-being of our society. Our economy relies on immigration to fill critical labour market needs across a wide variety of occupations and sectors and as Canada rebounds from the global COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased need to ensure stability in its workforce.

The public policy targets foreign nationals who have been granted an eligible Canadian credential, and who are currently employed in Canada, to provide an influx of talent across the economic landscape. In so doing, the public policy recognizes the economic contribution of recent international graduates and acknowledges Canadas ongoing need for the talent, skills, Canadian education and work experience of these skilled immigrants, which has been exacerbated during this exceptional time.

While applications for permanent residence have been accepted and processed throughout the pandemic, the global travel restrictions and capacity constraints have led to a shortfall in admissions in 2020. The 401,000 new admissions announced for 2021 in the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan are key to ensuring Canada has the workers it needs to fill key essential positions and remain competitive in attracting global talent.

As such, I hereby establish that, pursuant to my authority under section 25.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Act), there are sufficient public policy considerations that justify the granting of permanent resident status or an exemption from certain requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Regulations) to foreign nationals who meet the conditions (eligibility requirements) listed below.

Conditions (eligibility requirements) applicable to principal applicants

Based on public policy considerations, delegated officers may grant permanent resident status to foreign nationals who meet the following conditions.

The foreign national must:

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Canada has taken first place in the 2021 Best Countries Report, an analysis project conducted by US News & World Report. This is the first time the country has claimed the top spot in the yearly ranking, climbing up from the second place in 2020s report.

Canada beat out 78 other countries, including Japan, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia, which round out the top five. The US comes in at number six.

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New federal funding aims to support recruitment, retention of international students. People are welcoming and that is longed-for news for the Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration in Sydney. The division of New Dawn Enterprises is encouraging international students and their families to make the island their home.

About two years after launching a pilot, the centre's international student support and integration program was recently awarded $600,000 from the federal government to continue its work to support settlement and retention.

Officials say the money from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency will provide help for up to 800 students the first year, and scale up in years two and three. With this program, the student doesn't have any hard time.

In 2020, Nova Scotia's population reached a record high, based largely on its immigration efforts. But there remains a challenge in keeping newcomers who are often attracted to the larger city centres.

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Route is open for international students who want to work following the successful completion of a course of study at UK bachelors degree-level, or above.?The new Graduate route?will allow the UK to retain the brightest and the best international students to continue to contribute to society and the economy post-study.

The new Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021
The UK has also extended the coronavirus concessions for students unable to travel to the UK. Students who started their studies in autumn 2020 will now need to be in the UK by 21 June 2021.
Students who began their studies in January or February 2021 will need to be in the UK by 27 September 2021.
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