Migrants have played a key role in Australia’s growing population. At the end of World War II, Australia's population was about seven million, 10% of whom were immigrants. According to the country’s census report of 2006, the population is nearly 20 million, 25% of whom are migrants.
In the first week of July 2010, the Australian government announced some changes to its skilled migration program. The changes intend to extend the legal rights of immigrants in a better way and improve the country’s student inflows. The skilled migration program is developed for people who are not sponsored by their employers and have specific skills that pertain to specific occupations.
Non-resident Indians can bring back effects (personal and used) on returning to India without payment of duty provided the stay was over two years, under the NRI Laws.
Happiness comes when you have a home, one that is your own. It’s no different with your citizenship. You may want a green card in the US for material benefits but when you have accomplished all that you wanted to, the yearning to be in your own home in India may be a part of your conscious mind. For many NRIs, coming back was not practical due to numerous legal hurdles. Still, there can never be a better, happier place than your own home, isn’t it? That’s exactly why Indians across the world welcomed the dual citizenship system introduced in the country. This enables an Indian to be considered as a legal citizen of two or more nations simultaneously.
In India, the big dream of nearly every middle class family is to send a son or daughter to the US. Novels, films and songs have echoed the theme in different ways but do we know how serious the legal implications are in the US, in the context of immigration laws? Are we aware about the public demand in the US, pushing for more reforms? How many of us in India have a clear picture of US immigration law reforms? Let’s find out, shall we?